SouthWest UU Women

SWUUWCon 2019

SWUUWCon 2019

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Plan now to join us in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Feb. 22-24, 2019!

Registration will open after Thanksgiving! 


Lodging and Map

Hotel ImageThe Hotel Hot Springs & Spa

305 Malvern Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71901

TAKE NOTE: Your hotel room is NOT included in the conference registration fee. You must reserve and pay for your hotel room separately. See below for rates and info.

Call 501-623-6600

and ask for the SWUUW Conference pricing. 

Online registration with our conference rate is NOT available through the hotel! Please be sure to CALL EARLY to get the conference rate!

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Keynotes and Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Vice-Mayor of Little Rock, AR Kathy Webb

Kathy Webb

Kathy Webb is the Executive Director of the AR Hunger Relief Alliance and the Vice Mayor of Little Rock. The Alliance is the statewide umbrella organization for Feeding America food banks, food pantries and agencies, and hunger activists, the lead partner for the AR No Kid Hungry Campaign, and the education and advocacy clearinghouse on hunger issues in Arkansas. Webb was elected to the Little Rock City Board in 2014, and was elected to serve as Vice Mayor by her colleagues in January, 2017.

Webb represents Ward 3 on the Little Rock City Board, and is the liaison to the Arts and Culture Commission, the Midtown Redevelopment Commission, and the Children, Youth and Families Commission. She is Vice-Chair of the Capital City Crime Prevention Task Force, and President of the Arkansas Cinema Society. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church.

Webb became Executive Director of the Alliance in 2012. Webb has long been active in the fight against hunger, working with the Alliance and the Legislative Hunger Caucus. The mission of the Alliance allows Webb to pursue her passion of providing immediate support for those in need as well as fighting for systemic change. In 2013, she received the National Advocate of the Year Leadership Award from Share Our Strength. The competitive award was given to Webb based on her tireless efforts on Share Our Strength's behalf, in the fight to end childhood hunger. 

 She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College with a BA in Political Science. Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Alliance, Webb co-owned of Lilly's Dim Sum, Then Some. Webb lives with Maggie, her rescue dog, and Carl and Dash, her Katrina cats. 


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SWUUWCon Schedule 2019

Feb. 22

Please note Friday dinner is on your own. The hotel has a restaurant and your welcome packet includes a listing of nearby restaurants.
3:00 pm Hotel check-in begins
  Conference registration desk opens
  Raffle Ticket sales begin - Proceeds support scholarship fund. Items donated by vendors.
  Silent Auction items on display.
  Bazaar opens (closed during Opening Ceremony and at 9:00pm). Each conference vendor has generously donated an item for the Raffle. Your ticket purchases help support the conference Scholarship Fund.
  Red Tent Room opens (closes at 10:00 pm). Ask for room number at Registration Table
4:00 - 5:30 pm Hot Springs Trolley Tour - Gather in front of the hotel where trolleys will pick us up
4:00 - 7:00 pm Settling in, touring on foot, early dining time
7:00 - 7:45 pm

Opening Ceremony - Begin finding Peace and Healing in the Valley of the Vapors

  Reverend Jan K. Nielsen, UUCLR
After the Gather with friends or set out on your own for dinner and to explore Central Ave.
ceremony... Shop at the Bazaar until 9 pm
  Spend time in the Red Tent Room relaxing, conversing, playing, getting a henna painting
  Drumming on the veranda - weather permitting

Feb. 23

6:00 - 9:00 am Complimentary breakfast buffet for Hotel Hot Springs guests. Pre-paid $12.00 breakfast tickets will be in your badge holder. If you are not staying at the hotel but wish to have breakfast here, please buy a $12 breakfast ticket when registering. 
7:00 am Yoga with Roxy Westhues - Location TBD. Bring your own mat.
All Day Registration Desk open
  Raffle Tickets available and Silent Auction items viewable
  Bazaar open from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  Red Tent Room open until 10:00 pm
8:30 am Welcome to your beautiful day - music and laughter
9:00 am Opening Service (Homily) - Rev. Jan K. Nielsen, UUCLR
9:15 - 10:15 am Keynote Address - Kathy Webb, Vice-Mayor, Little Rock, AR
10:30 - 11:50 am Morning Workshop Session - AM 1
12 - 1:15 pm Luncheon, SWUUW Annual Meeting (for all conference attendees)
1:30 - 3:00 pm First Afternoon Workshop Session - PM 1
3:15 - 4:45 pm Second Afternoon Workshop Session - PM 2
5:00 - 5:30 pm Old board/New board Meeting - Location TBD
5:30 - 6:30 pm Happy Hour Reception - Cash Bar
  Last chance to purchase Raffle Tickets
  Place bids for Silent Auction
6:45 - 10:00 pm Banquet Dinner
  Silent Auction
8:00 - 10:00 pm Musical Entertainment by Cassie Lea Ford and Christine DeMeo

Feb. 24

Check out time is 11:00am. The hotel will gladly hold your bags in the lobby area until you are ready to leave.
6:00 - 9:00 am Complimentary breakfast buffet for Hotel Hot Springs guests. Pre-paid $12.00 breakfast tickets will be in your badge holder. If you are not staying at the hotel but wish to have breakfast here, please buy a $12 breakfast ticket when registering. 
7:00 am Yoga with Roxy Westhues - Location TBD. Bring your own mat.
9:00 am Closing Ceremony
  Spiral Dance with Gretchen Ohmann
10:30 am Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901
  Hospitality Hour is 9:30 - 10:30am in the downstairs of the UUCHS building.


More Highlights and Activities

Hot Springs Trolley Tour

4:00pm Friday February 22

Only $18 for a 90 minute tour of the town during which you will learn about the springs, the bathhouses, the boyhood home of President Clinton, gangsters and much more. Get a bird's eye view of the town from the Summit. You will also receive a Historical Guide Book and a water bottle you can fill for yourself at one of Hot Springs' natural fill stations.

The trolley will pick you up at the Hotel Hot Springs. Trolleys are handicap accessible and fully air conditioned. Limited to the first 72 registrants.

Morning Yoga

Get up and get your body moving! At 7:00am Saturday and Sunday mornings, Roxy Westhues will lead a yoga session. Bring your own mat. Location to be announced at the conference.

Silent Auction

A Silent Auction will be conducted to raise additional scholarship funds. Items will be donated by UU Church of Hot Springs members and local business owners. Items will be displayed near the Raffle Prizes during the day on Saturday and in the dining room Saturday night. Winners will be announced sometime during the banquet dinner.

The Red Tent Room

Our annual tribute to female energy will be set up in a private parlor room. The Red Tent Room will be an active, yet relaxing place to go and recharge. This welcoming space is for sisters of all ages – maidens, mothers, and crones. The Red Tent Room will include healthy snacks and beverages, henna tattoos, coloring meditation, tarot readings, calming music, and other essentials to aid in peace and healing. Feel free to bring blankets, shawls, tarot cards, playing cards, games, and treats.

The Bazaar

Find a hand-crafted treasure at the conference Bazaar, where skilled artisans will offer a selection of unique items for sale. Everyone can enjoy shopping on Friday and Saturday between conference sessions. Each conference vendor has generously donated an item for the Raffle; by buying tickets for the prizes you want, you’ll help support the conference Scholarship Fund.

Contact List

To help everyone stay in touch, we'll distribute all participants' contact information to all others via email unless otherwise requested. You can opt out of this listing when you register.


T-shirt $12

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Annual Meeting Agenda

Below is the Agenda for the SWUUW Annual Meeting that will take place during lunch on Saturday February 23, 2019.

  1. Call to Order & Opening Words
  2. Review and Approve 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report and Presentation of 2019-2020 Budget
    1. Vote to Approve Budget
  4. Presentation of 2019-2020 Board Slate by Nominating Committee
    1. Vote to Elect Board Members/Officers
  5. Announcements
  6. Adjourn

Printable version pdf here (29 KB)

Apply to Be a Vendor at SWUUWCon 2019!


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