River oaks
Business women´s
Exchange club

GET ENGAGED. BE INSPIRED. GROW YOUR BUSINESS.

Women’s Business
Connection

Contact us to learn more about our organization and how it can positively impact your career.

WE ARE REBELS
AND WE ARE POWERFUL

In 1976, refused admittance into business organizations by male leadership, five women met for breakfast and conversation at the Travel Lodge on Waugh Drive. From that catalyst grew the River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club (RClub), an organization for women, run by women. Our members share their business acumen, resources, insights, and more, to help one another succeed. We are our own heroines.

We are a networking club comprising seasoned professionals and new professionals – and those in-between – in diverse occupations and fields. We work to ensure that women have the information, tools, and support they need to realize their professional goals.

WE ARE SOCIAL
AND WE MEAN BUSINESS

Continuing the practice of our pioneering founders, we gather monthly for breakfast meetings to nurture our relationships and learn from speakers who are leaders in their fields. The club also sponsors social functions, entertaining activities, dining opportunities and unexpected experiences throughout the year.

In addition, RClub has several “roundtables”, made up of about 15 women, which focus on business topics or the serious business of getting to know each another. Member interest drives these groups, sharing best practices, relaxing and connecting.
We have fun. We get to know each other, our businesses, and then we share that knowledge with people who can hire us. It’s that simple.

MEETING DETAILS:

When:

RClub meets on the first Friday of every month.

Where:

River Oaks Country Club | 1600 River
Oaks Blvd. | Houston, TX 77019

AGENDA:

MEETING DETAILS:

When:

RClub meets on the first Friday of every month.

Where:

River Oaks Country Club | 1600 River
Oaks Blvd. | Houston, TX 77019

AGENDA:

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 1
March Breakfast Meeting
7:00 am
River Oaks Country Club
April 12
April Breakfast Meeting
7:00 am
River Oaks Country Club
May 3
May Breakfast Meeting
7:00 am
River Oaks Country Club

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 1
March Breakfast Meeting
7:00 am
River Oaks Country Club
April 12
April Breakfast Meeting
7:00 am
River Oaks Country Club
May 3
May Breakfast Meeting
7:00 am
River Oaks Country Club

RClub Board of Directors

Holly Smith

Board President 2024

Carol Gradziel

Secretary

Ellen Efsic

Treasurer

Chaundra Frank

Membership Director

Liz Lara Carreño

Programming Director

Clare Legg

Communications Director

Nancy Martch

Reservations Director

Angelina Lopez

Socials Director

Maureen Sanders

President Elect

Speakers

*Registration Required*

Testimonials

Contact

March 1, 2024

Valerie Koehler

Owner, Blue Willow Book Shop

Valerie Koehler opened Blue Willow Bookshop in west Houston in October 1996. With only 1400 square feet, Blue Willow Bookshop has become a neighborhood destination with a vibrant children’s department, a haven for book clubs, and a place to meet authors of all kinds. Blue Willow has also become a leading partner for many city wide initiatives, including TeenBookCon, Tweens Read, and Bookworm Bookfest. Blue Willow also partners with many non profit literacy organizations. Valerie is the general manager, buyer, and oversees all operations with a great team of people making it all work.

Valerie was named a Champion of Literacy from Literacy Advance of Houston .She has served on the boards of MidSouthIBA, Mountains and Plains IBA, American Booksellers for Children, and American Booksellers for Free Expression. Her latest service was serving as a board member of the American Booksellers Association.

Valerie has a very patient husband and two grown sons and one precious grandson. They give her great joy along with her large, boisterous family of siblings, nephews and nieces, and her 95 year old mother, the matriarch.