Vice-President, Charles Woerner, and Branch President, Alan Harvey


The annual VA Branch Convention was held on Saturday, November 5, at Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, VA.   13 Circles in our region, VA Beach, Norfolk, Gloucester, Richmond, and Mathews, VA raise money for the Children’s Hospital (CHKD) in Norfolk.

The Ware Circle just celebrated 120 years of service and the York River Circle celebrated 121 years!


Officers and Chairmen-  (Front Row, Left to Right):  Nan Pointer, Robin Ball, Gloria Torrence, Wyolene Pointer, Lydia Wetterling, Faye Hutchinson, Nancy Barret (Recording Secretary), Jill Wilkinson  (Back Row):  Brownie Bartley (Corresponding Secretary), Patty Kane (Treasurer), Charlie Woerner (Vice-President), and Alan Harvey (President)


Margie Borden, Charlie & Mary Alice Woerner. The Woerner’s cooked a delicious luncheon for about 70 people.  It was fabulous!



Dot Daniel, Chad Custalow, and Faye Hutchinson. Chad, from the Mattaponi Reservation, is a Nursing Student who has 3 semesters left to get his R.N. with Bon Secours. We are proud of him. Our King’s Daughters (13 Circles) are assisting with books and part of Chad’s tuition.



Jean Heywood and Margie Borden

The Sheltering Arms Hospital
and The Peterkin Society


In 1889, Rebekah Dulaney Peterkin of Richmond, Virginia persuaded her sewing circle at St. James’s Episcopal Church to become the area’s first circle of the International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons. The circle’s project was to found a free hospital for ill or injured people who could not afford medical care; thus Sheltering Arms Hospital was born. One hundred and twenty-eight years later, Sheltering Arms is now the area’s premier physical rehabilitation hospital, and it continues to offer financial assistance to those in need.

“The Peterkin Society”  is composed of individuals and organizations that Sheltering Arms recognizes for their many years of supporting the hospital through dedicated volunteer service. The Sheltering Arms Circle of KDS supports the hospital’s patients, the Hanover Christmas Mother, area rescue squads, and other projects.



In 1896, the Norfolk City Union was formed to provide health care for needy mothers and their children. In 1961, the Union established the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) exclusively for children.

Today the hospital is a comprehensive health care center.  Click here to visit the site.

Some Virginia Branch Circle Members:

Dolphin Circle


York River Circle




Sheltering Arms and Chesapeake Bay Circles