On May 1, 1980, a group of women who had worked together in various arts organizations, decided to form an organization of their own. They named the organization "The Athenian Society for the Arts & Sciences," for the city of Athens, the cultural capital of the classical world. The object of the organization is to further the arts and sciences in the community by cultivating opportunities for enrichment and education, and by nurturing cooperation with, and lending assistance to, organizations dedicated to the arts and sciences. The well-organized day trips have enlightened many long-time area residents as well as those members who have recently moved to the Roanoke Valley. A thorough familiarity with important regional sites of interest becomes an asset to Athenians as they fulfill their most important role in the Roanoke arts community - that of greeting visitors and providing information at the Information Desk at Center in the Square.