Celebrations and Traditions

Woman's Club Gavel with Silver urn, bowl, and spoon


In earlier days, the Club owned its own silver set which was used at their teas and luncheons. Each tea had a theme, chairwomen, and an appetizing menu.

Each year the outgoing President is given a token of appreciation for their service; these include a silver bowl or spoon. The President also ceremoniously passes on to the incoming President the silver urn, which is a gracious reminder of a more formal era, and the gavel that is used while presiding over meetings.

Woman's Club Golden Anniversary Tea Invitation

The Golden Anniversary of the Club, 1960 – 1961.


The event to celebrate this milestone was held in the Lounge of the Women’s Building on November 4, 1960, with a Dessert Tea where charter members and newcomers were honored.  Betty Hinchey’s Club history was read by Elsie Langsdorf; this brought back memories and made for a nostalgic afternoon.  The special project for the year was compiling and publishing favorite recipes in a cookbook – Cooking by Degrees.

Club members selling aprons for 75th Anniversary<br />

(L to R): Ruth Selfridge, Marcia Bernstein, Dina Feldman, Emilie Brandhorst


The primary emphasis of the Club’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in 1985 was to honor the Woman’s Club for its long presence on campus.  The Board decided the Club should raise funds for a gift to the University.  The three main fundraising activities were: historical house tours; a bazaar; and a dinner-auction to honor Elizabeth Danforth for her devotion and service to the Woman’s Club while her husband was chancellor

Funds from these activities, as well as from the sale of tote bags, aprons, and food at the tours, netted more than $11,000, and the proceeds were used to establish and support the Annual Lecture.  The Club and members continue to donate to this fund.