Agigaue recognizes Rhudy as Beloved Woman

Amy Rhudy and husband, Lee (left), and their son, Nathan

Amy Rhudy and husband, Lee (left), and their son, Nathan

Amy Rhudy, curator of Blount County Memorial Museum, has been selected by the Agigaue Club as this year’s Beloved Woman.

She will be honored at the club’s annual auction tomorrow ( Thursday) night at Heritage Golf’s Twin Oaks in Oneonta.

Rhudy has been curator of the museum for 11 years and has lived in Oneonta for the past 17 years. Prior to working at the museum, Rhudy worked for the law office of Holt, Cooper, and Upshaw in Birmingham.

She has been named a DAR Community Service Volunteer winner for 2010-2011 and has twice received special recognition from the Governor’s office for outstanding service and volunteerism. Currently vice president of the Blount County Historical Society, she has also served on the boards of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, Blount County Children’s Center, Blount County Relay for Life, Operation Grateful Heart, Oneonta Beautification Board, and Blount County Salvation Army.

Amy and husband, Lee, have one son, Nathan, who is a junior at Oneonta High School.

The auction, this year’s is the 14th annual, serves as the main fundraiser for the Agigaue Club’s many community projects held throughout the year. Those projects include bringing the Birmingham Children’s Theatre to Oneonta Elementary School for performances, providing activity bags for the emergency room at St. Vincent’s Blount, providing assistance with the summer reading program at Oneonta Public Library, and providing refreshments for the DHR Foster Children’s Christmas Party. In addition, the group funds college scholarships each year.

This year, there will be more than 100 items in the silent auction to go with those to be bid on during the regular auction.

Cost is $20 per ticket and each ticket is good for a dinner buffet, two drink vouchers, and access to both auctions. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Agigaue Women’s Club was chartered in 1975 by Amilea Porter, who recognized the need for a women’s service club. She invited 10 women to join her based on their moral character and responsibility and willingness to work toward a goal of community involvement and awareness.

The group took the name Agigaue which means “beloved woman” in the Cherokee language.

Each year, the club recognizes a “beloved woman” at the auction. This person is honored by the group for her integrity and service to the community.

For tickets or other information, contact Marla Smith at 274-9600 or e-mail Tickets are also available from any club member.