About five years ago, Judi Sarafin saw an article in the paper about the Quad Cities Women’s Outdoors Club (QCWOC) and happened to know someone mentioned in the story. Inspired by a recent pilgrimage to see the Dali Lama and a newly discovered freedom in a divorce, Judi felt compelled to reach out to this person and inquire about the club.
“From what I learned from the Dali Lama and from what I’ve read, people who have more connections and are in more groups live longer….at a time in my life when I didn’t know where I was going and what I was doing, it really helped me out so much.”
Judi is now the Marketing Representative for the Club and I recently had the opportunity of sitting down and asking her a few questions about what the QCWOC is all about.
The club started in 2006 and has about 300 members. It costs $25 to join and there are tons of weekly scheduled events, many of them free, with a wide range of options. There’s outdoor things like bicycling, walking, kayaking, and indoor activities like going to the gym, pickle ball, bowling, glass blowing, and have you ever heard of human foosball?
One of the great things I kept hearing when discussing the club is how welcoming it made Judi feel. At first she was worried that all the women would be tough, fierce athletes; but all shapes and sizes are represented, all ages and skill levels are welcomed, and everyone supports one another in their fitness goals, whatever they may be. It has now become a wonderful community that connects women of the Quad Cities and the beautiful surroundings our area has to offer.
Nikki Jones, the creative force behind Vida Performance Art, spent time at last Saturday’s annual picnic teaching a hula-hoop class. She is the one who told me about the club and got me interested; there are a lot of different ways women can come together in the Quad Cities and enjoy the area as well as each other’s company.