Opinion & Editorial

Women of American Muscle revved up in Willamette Valley

Hello! We are the founders of Women of American Muscle (WAM), a car club created by women for women. 

WAM began October 2022 when we decided to create a new space in the car club community — a space where muscle car driving women can come together for adventures, support and to be encouraging to each other. 

We have an incredible administrative team, including Sarah Towne, Wende Thatcher, Kirstin Ardrey, and Jazmine Lind. They work together behind the scenes to plan exciting events traveling to places around Oregon and doing unique activities, all offered to the club members who join via Facebook. 

Occasionally, we have events that welcome the whole family including male partners or friends, and most events are kid friendly. Members of the club are invited to post and share on both the main page and a messenger chat. 

It’s really beautiful to see how it all comes together. We have women sharing about the joys and difficulties in their daily lives and supporting and encouraging each other. We are hoping to develop a sisterhood and loving culture amongst women while having fun with our muscle cars.

We are committed to serving the community, too, including events on the club calendar such as NAMI Walks; “Stuff the Trunk” toy drive benefiting the children of The Arc of Lane County; the Out of Darkness Walk; and assisting with the Signs of Hope for the Suicide Prevention Coalition. We are excited and already planning for next year’s give-back opportunities. 

We are really excited about the Stuff the Trunk event in November. Members will decorate their cars with a fun Christmas theme and dress up. The community will be invited to come and vote for their favorite car with a toy donated into that trunk. All toys will be given to the children served by The Arc. The event will be hosted in the parking lot at 4181 E St. in Springfield on Nov. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Outside of the club, we work full time jobs within the community.

Annie works as the youth services director for The Arc Lane County, volunteers for various suicide prevention/mental health organizations, and assists in crisis intervention support. 

Tiffany works as a clinical mental health therapist serving those with severe and persistent mental illness at Shangri-la Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, and volunteers in suicide prevention. 

Veronica works as a care provider and advocate for individuals with Autism and an executive assistant/accounts payable manager for the Traxler Group. 

We get so excited when we see a woman driving a muscle car! We want all ladies with a muscle car to feel welcome to join us. 

Annie Wahto, Tiffany Morris, and Veronica Lind are the founders of Women of American Muscle. Find them online at tinyurl.com/WomenofAmericanMuscle. The group was part of The Chronicle’s monthly networking event, Roast, Toast, & Boast, which features women in leadership and nonprofits. The next RTB will be held on Monday, Sept. 11 from 8:30-11 a.m. at Pegasus Playhouse in Springfield. All are welcome to join. 



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