The Savannah Chapter of Sophisticates, Incorporated, celebrated its 35th Anniversary on March 4, 2017, with a Mardi Gras formal affair in the ballroom at the Embassy Suites Savannah. The Sophisticates and SophistiCats entertained their friends and visiting Sophisticates and “Cats” who were special guests of the evening, in a Mardi Gras décor with New Orleans-style cuisine, music, dancing and revelry.
The Sophisticates, Incorporated, was founded in Columbus, OH, in 1957, by a small group of young married women who decided to organize for the sole purpose of socializing with their husbands and friends whenever possible. Six chapters were organized before the Savannah Chapter became a part of the group. The Savannah Chapter was chartered April 1981 at the Annual Weekend for Sophisticates, hosted by the New York (NY) Chapter. The ceremony took place in the Russian Tea Room, and Bette Lynch, who is now a Savannah Chapter member, served as President of the New York Chapter at the time. Savannah became the first “Southern-Most” chapter to affiliate with the organization which now has fourteen (14) chapters located in Ohio, New York, Washington DC, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, South Carolina and of course, Georgia. There are now three (3) Georgia chapters – Savannah, Atlanta and Alpharetta. The Savannah Chapter has hosted four (4) Annual Weekends in Savannah for our Sophisticates Chapters – 1987, 1994, 2001 and 2010. We have been privileged to sponsor both the Atlanta (GA) Chapter, chartered in 1999, and the Columbia (SC) Chapter, chartered in 2011. Sophisticates, Inc., will celebrate its 60th Anniversary during the Annual Weekend hosted by the Atlanta (GA) Chapter in April 2017.
Current Members are Charter and Life Member Evelyn Dandy (J. Alphonso), Anne Marie Davis (Clarence), Veronica Enoch (Terry), Julie Grant (Joseph), Betty Irby (Leroy), Charter Member Shirley B. James (Robert), Life Member Kathryn Johnson, Anne Linton-Maynard (Roy), Anne Lipsey (Albert), Bette Lynch (Frederick), Alumna Member Frieda McDew-Shorter (Obey), Charter Member Joyce McLemore (Andrew), Dora Myles, Joyce Patterson (Beau), Joyce Roche- Seals (Johnie), Mary Shank (Roger), Julia Sheffield (Lonnie), Charter Member Charlease Stevenson (Robert) and Donna Williams (Ben). Charter members Evelyn Dandy, Shirley B. James, Joyce McLemore and Charlease Stevenson and their “Cats” have been active with the Savannah Chapter since its chartering 35 years ago. Donna Williams is currently serving as the Chapter President.