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Title:West Roxbury Women's Club records
Call Number:M78

Historical Note

The West Roxbury Women's Club was organized on February 6, 1911. The Club's mission was to promote education and philanthropy, and to encourage united thought and action for social service. The West Roxbury Women's Club sponsored regular seminars and social activities, such as an annual International Day, literature and art days, and musical events, and was involved in philanthropic activities, such as knitting afghans for veteran's hospitals. Club members also helped to organize regular scholarships to schools such as the New England School of Art, Pierce Secretarial School, Garland Junior College, and the Faulkner School of Nursing.

Membership consisted primarily of West Roxbury residents and individuals who had a strong interest in the West Roxbury Community. Non-resident members, who lived more than 25 miles outside of West Roxbury, were permitted to attending meetings and classes but could not vote or hold office. Regular meetings were held the second Tuesday of each month between October and April, and an annual meeting was held on the second Tuesday of April. Annual dues were collected from the members.

The West Roxbury Women's Club was governed by an executive board consisting of a president, vice president, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, treasurer, six directors, a chair of department committees, and a financial advisory. Club work was divided into eight departments: American Home, Art, Community Service, Education, International Affairs, Legislative, Literature, and Social Welfare. The West Roxbury Women's Club was also affiliated with the Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Organizations, Boston City Federation of Women's Organizations, and General Federation of Women's Organizations, which were groups of women's organizations. The West Roxbury Women's Club is no longer in existence.
1911 Feb 6 Founded by Mrs. Walter G. Newell, first president, 1911-1914
1911 Mar 23Admitted to the Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Organizations
1912 Apr 30Admitted to the Boston City Federation of Women's Organizations
1915 Mar 16Admitted to the General Federation of Women's Organizations
1971 May 5Celebrated its 60th year

West Roxbury (Mass.) Women's Club. (M78). Year Book, 1971-1972. Box 1, Folder 3.