Friday, November 10, 2006

Very Vegetarian Society

Tuesday night, Julie and I visited the monthly meeting of Winston-Salem's own Very Vegetarian Society at Miller Park Recreation Center. The group was founded in 1990 by Ann and Wes Weaver, and it meets on the first Tuesday of every month.

It's a shame that it took us this long to get to a meeting, but my work hours usually keep me from evening activities. There were about 10 members there that night -- attendence averages from eight to 20, I was told, although there are about 100 members in the group. We shared a wonderful vegan potluck dinner -- it's a rare treat to be able to sample every dish at a buffet or potluck dinner! Then we settled back to listen to a presentation by dietician Dayle Fuentes of BestHealth -- though I'm not sure "settled" is the correct word, since we had a lot of questions and discussion about the topic!

Vegetarians are well on their way to having a heart-healthy lifestyle because of our food choices, but avoiding meat isn't the only answer. Did you know that 40 percent of the deaths in the United States are blamed on some type of cardiovascular problem? I knew it was a major factor, but I didn't know it was that major.

It was fun to mingle with other vegetarians of all ages, and I hope that we can make it to some more meetings.Check out the group's Web site for more information about how to join, nutrition information and a reading list.


At 1/08/2007 6:45 PM, Blogger Netgirl said...

It is with great sadness we inform you that Anne Weaver passed away Sunday about 2:00. For more info, contact the group at

At 1/10/2007 1:03 PM, Blogger Dilip said...

Anne and Wes were a great team spreading the beneficial words of plant-based diet for decades. I'll miss Anne. gives details about a celebration of her life this Sunday - I'll copy the text here in case the link stops working at some point.

Anne Pearce Weaver, 85, of Winston-Salem passed away Jan. 7, 2007. She was born July 12, 1921, in Augusta, Ga., to the late Henry Lester and Gretchen Meyer Pearce. She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Leck, John, Frank, Wig, Sid and Sam Pearce; and a niece, Judy Pearce Herring. Mrs. Weaver was actively involved in the Shepherd's Center and the Very Vegetarian Society. She was also a charter member of Highland Presbyterian Church. She graduated from Reynolds High School in 1938, where she won two Senior Superlatives, Best All Around, and Best Athlete and graduated from UNC-G in 1942. Mrs. Weaver retired in 1983 as recreation director at the YWCA after 23 years. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Wesley Weaver Jr.; children, Wesley (Pat) Weaver III of Boone, Ron (Janice) Weaver of Roanoke, Va., and Carol (Jim) Smith of Richmond, Va.; seven grandchildren, Rachel Weaver Strife, Matt, Adam Gretchen and Shane Smith; Rebecca and Brad Weaver; two great-grandchildren, Josie and Peter Strife IV; several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Highland Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to the Shepherd's Center, 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or Very Vegetarian Society, c/o Jan Lukens, 2348 NC Hwy 65E, Walnut Cove, NC 27052.

At 9/14/2007 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking for the Jan Lukens (male) who lived in Greensboro probably 20 years ago, worked at Anne Allen, painted wonderful portraits?
Nancy Jones

At 9/14/2007 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking for the Jan Lukens (male) who lived in Gso probably 20 years ago, worked with Anne Allen, and painted wonderful portraits.
Nancy Jones


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