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SWUUWCon 2019

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Kaleidoscope Quilt Raffle

Kaleidoscope Quilt Raffle

SWUUW Fundraiser for Scholarship and Programs
Drawing on Feb. 23, 2019 in Hot Springs

Need NOT Be Present To Win

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Donated by SWUUW Board Member Mary Kirwin, this quilt is expertly pieced and professionally quilted. Made from 100% cotton fabrics and sized at 50" square, it is suitable as a wall hanging, or lap or children's quilt. It can be safely laundered in your washer and dryer.

Raffle tickets are One for $5 or Five for $20. You may purchase tickets online below or at the conference.

Purchase Tickets Now!

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!

See More Hotel Info

Keynotes and Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Vice-Mayor of Little Rock, AR Kathy Webb

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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 Lilly's Dim Sum, Then Some. Webb lives with Maggie, her rescue dog, and Carl and Dash, her Katrina cats. 


Christine DeMeo and Cassie Lea Ford

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 Christine DeMeo is a full-time Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Performer who earns her living by doing what she loves. She started playing music at the age of 15, performing in churches and traveling around to provide music for different church camps. Before long she began to expand her musical horizons by delving into the secular music scene. She started her own band and after a while she also began playing guitar/ bass and drums for other artists: lead guitar for Maria Long, bass for Anna Jordan-Moonshine Mafia, and acoustic guitar and vocals for Ned Perme. During her musical career she has had many amazing opportunities such as singing in Carnegie Hall with National Park College Choir, traveling the United States, performing at Verizon Arena, playing multiple radio shows, and opening up for artists such as Relient K, Jars of Clay, Family Force 5, Justin Moore and Buddy Jewel.

 Cassie Lea Ford is a native to Hot Springs AR. She is married to Kyle A. Ford and is the mother to two boys, Kason and Charlie. Cassie has been surrounded by music her entire life. Currently Cassie is a Music Education Major at Henderson State University and plays professionally not only as a solo act but also with her duo partner Christine DeMeo, is a member of the Ned Perme Band, works as a studio recording vocalist for the Blue Chair Recording Studio, is the lead vocalist for the Henderson State University NuFusion Jazz band, is a part of the auditioning ensemble University Choral, and loves every opportunity she gets to collaborate with other artists. Cassie believes that by sharing her heart and her passion for music she is able to connect with others in the most beautiful of ways.


Rev. Jan K. Nielsen

RevJanNewRev. Jan grew up on a farm north of Van Buren and is a graduate of both the University of Arkansas School of Law and Harvard Divinity School. During her first year of college at Henderson State University, Jan realized that she always had been a Unitarian Universalist. Rev. Jan was ordained in 2002.

Rev. Jan and her husband, Roger Jeremiah, are the proud parents of three young adult children – Meredith, a ministry student; Hannah, an artist; and Nathan, a chef.




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. Cost: $18 when registering.
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.

Download a printable version of the schedule pdf here (76 KB) .  

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. Please sign up and pay for this event when registering. 

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.

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)

Fees and Deadlines

Early Bird registration extended!

Registration fees are $200 for early registration through January 10, 2019 January 18, 2019 and $225 after that.

We do not have a dedicated maiden program, but young women aged 13-17 are encouraged to attend the conference sessions with their parent or guardian. Registration for attendees aged 13-17 is $100.

Online registration closes on February 6. Registering later and on-site will only be possible if space is available.

Scholarships are being offered. To apply for a scholarship, use the scholarship form. Our underage attendees are not eligible for a scholarship.

The registration fee includes:

  • All conference sessions and materials, from Friday evening through Sunday morning 
  • Saturday night entertainment with Cassie Ford
  • Saturday plated lunch
  • Saturday plated dinner
  • SWUUW annual $25 membership dues

Dinner with friends on Friday is on your own, in the hotel, or at one of the area’s many restaurants.


You may pay online with a credit card via PayPal (preferred), or by check. No checks will be accepted after the Early Bird deadline of January 10 January 18.

To pay by check, make payable to "SWUUW" and mail to:

SWUUWCon 2019
c/o SWUUW Treasurer
8127 Mesa Dr Ste B206-324
Austin, Texas 78759


Receive a scholarship to attend… or donate!

SWUUW understands that not all may be able to attend the conference due to financial constraints. We are offering scholarships, simply apply as you register. The deadline to apply for a scholarship has passed. We will contact all scholarship applicants by the end of January, at which time their balance will be due. Scholarship applicants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging costs. 

Please note that maidens are not eligible for a scholarship.

If you’re unable to attend the conference, you may help one these of women come. All donations are welcome. 

If you would like to support this effort, you can make a donation to the SWUUW Scholarship Fund during your registration or any other time at

Refund Policy


Administered by SWUUW Board:

1)     50% refunded until Jan 1

2)     25% refunded until Jan 19

3)     No Refund after Jan 19

By registering, you are agreeing to this refund policy.

If you should need to cancel your registration, please contact the Registrar,

Registration Help

If you experience any trouble with the registration form or payment options, please feel free to email or call Jackie, our SWUUW Web Admin:


Contact Us

Registration or payment questions:

If you should need to cancel your registration, please contact the Registrar.

If you are paying via check, please make payable to "SWUUW" and send to: 

SWUUWCon 2019
c/o SWUUW Treasurer
8127 Mesa Dr Ste B206-324
Austin, Texas 78759

No checks will be accepted after the Early Bird registration deadline of Jan. 18, 2019. Payment will only be accepted via PayPal at that time.

Scholarship Questions:

Vendor questions:

Website or online registration form questions: Jackie Purdy-Andrews

Lodging questions: Contact the Hotel Hot Springs & Spa directly, 501-623-6600

Membership questions: SWUUW Board president Katie Womack

Conference Convener: Linda Griffin Puckett