Coffee and Conversations brought together RBHS senior girls and area businesswomen

COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS–Pictured are some of the attendees, organizers, speakers, greeters, helpers and former Red Bud Woman’s Club members at the first Coffee and Conversations event, held April 25 at the Opera House Bistro. This event, put on by a committee through the Red Bud Chamber of Commerce, replaces the former Red Bud Woman’s Club Senior Tea. Photo courtesy of Forever Young Photography.

In 1934, the Red Bud Woman’s Club started what would become an annual tradition in Red Bud – the Senior Tea. Invited to this social event were all of the young women in the Red Bud High School senior class.

Unfortunately, following their 83rd annual Senior Tea, the Red Bud Woman’s Club decided to disband and the tradition also ended.

But the absence of the tea last year was noticed.

A group of volunteers – Mary Koester, Quinn Liefer and Amanda Zimmerman – decided they wanted to bring back and put new life into this time honored event. Working with the Red Bud Chamber of Commerce, the committee created a plan.

The committee wanted to share with the senior girls “things we wished people had told us at that age.”

They also wanted to empower these young women by helping them get to know some of the businesswomen in the community, as well as the many opportunities and resources that Red Bud has to offer regardless of the direction they decide to take after high school. 

It was also changed from an afternoon formal tea style event to a business/conversational style breakfast. So it was renamed Coffee and Conversations, to reflect the changes.

The new and hopefully annual event was held for the first time on the morning of Thursday, April 25 at the Opera House Bistro.

For more from Coffee and Conversations, please see this week’s print edition.