VIRGINIA BEACH BRANCH
Our branch meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Health Education Center at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, 1060 First Colonial Road, across from the emergency room.
*Notes change from regular meeting date, location or time.
October 16, 2019
Nikki McCray is entering her third season as the head coach of the ODU Lady Monarchs basketball team. Her resume is impressive. In college, she played for the ever-dominant Lady Vols (U. Tenn). After graduating, she went on to play for several WNBA teams, and was named to three WNBA All-Star teams. She has also played on two Olympic gold-medal teams. She came to the Lady Monarchs after helping to coach the South Carolina Gamecocks to a national championship. In addition to her career on the court, McCray also created a name for herself in the realm of community service. In 1999 The Library of Congress selected Nikki McCray to be the keynote speaker for the Women’s History Month Address. In 2000, McCray was hand-picked by President Bill Clinton to be made a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. We welcome Coach McCray as she tells her story of how a woman has excelled in a sport that once excluded women.
September 18, 2019
The speaker for our September meeting is Missy Cotter Smasal, a candidate for State Senate District 8 (which encompasses much of Virginia Beach). She is opposing Bill DeSteph, who unfortunately was unable to accept our invitation due to Senate business. Ms. Smasal served as an officer in the United States Navy and owned and operated a successful small business. She’s a parent, coach, and volunteer, and has advocated for safety in Virginia Beach schools. We welcome the chance to hear Ms. Smasal’s stand on issues facing the Virginia State Senate. There will be a q & a time, so bring your questions (and family and neighbors!)