Service, Support, Friendship – since 1963
The FHU Associates is a women’s organization whose members know the value of Christian education at Freed-Hardeman University. Members volunteer time and energy to raise money for student scholarships at FHU; more than $4 million dollars has been raised over the last 50+ years! Fun projects and lasting friendships built around a common purpose bind volunteers together.
The Associates organization is composed of chapters in different cities and states. Each chapter hosts their own fundraising events and, for large events on FHU’s campus, multiple chapters come together.
All ladies interested in supporting the work of FHU are invited to join the FHU Associates. Whether you are a career woman, a stay-at-home mom, retired or just joining the work force, in the Associates, you will find a way to use your talents.
On September 5, 1963, ladies whose husbands were members of the Freed-Hardeman College Board of Trustees and Advisory Board met for the purpose of planning a women’s organization to help support and encourage Christian education at Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee. Mrs. Neal Penny of Milan, Tennessee presided at the meeting and was elected the first president.
In late 1963 and early 1964, chapters of the Freed-Hardeman Associates were organized in west Tennessee and Kentucky, and north Alabama and Mississippi.
National presidents during the Associates first 56 years have been Margaret Penny, Rebecca Woods, Pearl Griffin, Louise Dixon, Hazel Bradfield, Sylvia Harris, Irene Taylor, Lynda Ruff, Delphia Thornton, Martha Alls, Rubye Dodd, Corine Taylor, Fran Davis, Jo Martin, Lora Edwards, Laurel Sewell, Genia Southall, Ann Watson, Diane Smith, Lana Pirtle, Debbie McLaughlin, Sylvia Scott, Jeanita Estes, Carole Childers, and Shirley Eaton.
The FHU Office of University Advancement annually chooses two members of the Associates to receive special awards.
The LaVonne B. Scott “Heart of a Servant” Award is given to an Associate who exemplifies the heart of a servant – who is happy to work at projects (even in the thankless jobs), who is excited about our mission, and who does not ask for recognition, but who deserves to be honored.
The Martha J. Alls “Leap of Faith” Award is given to the Associate who is an innovator, an encourager – an Associate who, perhaps, is responsible for getting a new project off the ground or who came up with a “big new idea” and had the courage to follow it through. This award honors the Associate who says, “We can do that!”
Heart of a Servant – Arlene Brown
Leap of Faith – Sandra Moore
Heart of a Servant – Linda Hale
Leap of Faith – Lorie McCaskill
Heart of a Servant – Sharlene Thompson
Leap of Faith – Nyla Stewart
Heart of a Servant – Jackie Hibbett
Leap of Faith – Debbie McLaughlin
Heart of a Servant – Linda Hale
Leap of Faith – NONE
Heart of a Servant – Doris Maness
Leap of Faith – Martha Alls
Heart of a Servant – Jean Marilyn Hogan
Leap of Faith – Brenda DePriest
Heart of a Servant – Lynne Golson
Leap of Faith – Carole Childers (awarded posthumously)
Heart of a Servant – Joan Rhea
Leap of Faith – Dwina Willis
Heart of a Servant – Diane Smith
Leap of Faith – Connie Pritchard
Heart of a Servant – Clydeen Puryear
Leap of Faith – Debby Gibbs
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Other Executive Committee Members
Standing National Committee Chairs
Finance/Budget: Ashley Smith
Hardeman House1: Laurel Sewell (email@example.com)
Membership: Lynne Golson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Projects: Connie Pritchard (email@example.com)
Historian: Lieh Brumback (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CALENDAR OF NATIONAL EVENTS 2022-2023
|Fall National Meeting||August 20, 2022|
|10:30am at the Hardeman House|
|Homecoming at FHU||November 11-12, 2022|
|Merry Market at FHU’s Benefit Dinner||December 2, 2022|
|Annual Bible Lectureship at FHU||February 5-9, 2023|
|Daily Lunches in the Lectureship Kitchen (Aux Gym)|
|Beloved FHBrew Coffeeshop, every day, 7:00am-7:00pm,|
|concession stand in the Sports Center|
|Information and Membership Booth (Main arena)|
|Winter National Meeting, 5:00pm, Hall of Fame Room||February 6, 2022|
|Spring National Meeting||April 21, 2023|
|Fiscal Year End (All donations due.)||May 31, 2023|