The Washington University Woman's Club

The Washington University Woman’s Club has had a tradition of education, service and friendship for over 100 years. We pride ourselves in providing stimulating programs and activities for our members as well as service to the university community. We strive to make a difference to our members, to the university, to the students, to friends and to other organizations through our many programs.

Four years ago we awarded our first Endowed Scholarship to a deserving student attending University College. This year, we are delighted to again be awarding two Endowed Scholarships to deserving University College students.


We will start the year on September 2, 2015 with a Butterfly Celebration in appreciation of the Club members who volunteer to lovingly tend the Elizabeth Danforth Butterfly Garden on Forsyth Avenue.  The garden is beautiful and relaxing, and full of butterflies. Woman’s Club members plant and maintain the garden throughout the year as a service to the University community. It is our crown jewel created to honor the wife of retiring Chancellor William H. Danforth.

We follow this with our annual welcome lunch hosted by Risa Zwerling Wrighton at Harbison House on September 11, 2015. Risa’s warmth and generosity provide a chance for continuing members to reunite and for newcomers to learn about our Club events, Interest Sections, and Service activities. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum also holds its opening of two exhibits that evening; Club members and guests are welcome at 7 PM.

Luncheons throughout the academic year will include topics of “School Choice in the St. Louis area: Charters, Transfer Programs, and Unaccredited School Districts” in November, “Fifty Shades of Greek: Love, War, and Women in Ancient Greece” in January, and at our Annual Meeting in April, “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade.” Additionally, at the January luncheon, we recognize two students from University College who will receive Woman’s Club Centennial Scholarships.
We will hold two scholarship endowment games days this year, one in the Fall and one next Spring, to help build the endowment.

Theater Night at the Edison in October offers a casual dinner in the DUC Orchid Room, a preview lecture, and a Performing Arts Department production of Company. Next year in early April, we will hold a Spring Musical featuring Todd Decker, with a musical lecture/presentation on “Fred, Adele, George, Ira—and Jazz” The Astaires and the Gershwins as Pop Music Ambassadors.

The annual Assembly Series Lecture is made possible through a Club endowment begun in honor of our 75th Anniversary. This year it will be in November and will feature Meghan Daum, author and op-ed columnist.

Through “Meet the Leaders,” we co-host programs with the Gephardt Institute and the Provost’s Office. On Veteran’s Day in November we will hold our service project, “Holiday Cards for Heroes,” with the Red Cross. Then in late March we feature “A Discussion on Human Trafficking.”

Please take time to attend our financial education efforts. First, the Club works with TIAA-CREF to present two sessions on living retirement on your terms in October and April held from 5-7 PM so working members and guests can attend. Also, on the second Tuesday of the month over the lunch hour, we present monthly meetings on the Med School campus in Erlanger Auditorium on Financial Literacy: A Women’s Personal Finance Series.

“Women and the Kemper” provides exclusive study sessions with curators as well as special events. We have regular meetings of women who share common interests in our many interest groups and service activities. Additionally, we create and deepen lasting friendships as we do arts and crafts, learn about gardens and art, dance, join a book club, play bridge, canasta, or Mah Jong, learn how to write our life stories, and visit special museum sites and galleries in St. Louis

Our international women are those women whose husbands or partners are students or fellows of the university. They love to meet American women in an intercultural exchange of ideas. This group meets every week to enjoy each other and see St. Louis.

We do all this and more, so be sure to read our online newsletter or have it sent to your mailbox to keep up to date on all of our activities. Like us on Facebook to see photos of our members’ activities. We hope you will join us this year for friendship and exciting events.


Jennifer Luner
President 2015-2016