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.

WC-newsletter-cover-revised-1We will start the year with a welcome lunch hosted by Risa Zwerling Wrighton at Harbison House on September 12, 2014. Risa’s warmth and generosity provide a chance for continuing members to reunite and for newcomers to learn about our activities.

Luncheons throughout the academic year will include topics of “The Monarch Butterflies and Our Native Pollinators,” “Immigration Reform,” “Familial Hypercholesterolemia: It’s Relative,” and a flamenco and Caribbean dance concert. In February, we will have dinner at Ibby’s restaurant and then enjoy a performance of “Blues for Mr. Charlie,” a presentation at the Edison Theatre by the students of the Performing Arts department.

Through “Meet the Leaders,” we will co-host a program with the Gephardt Institute about “Aging & Adaptation” in the fall, a service project, “Holiday Cards for Heroes,” with the Red Cross in December and a program, “The Science of Happiness” in the spring.

“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. We create and deepen lasting friendships as we learn about gardening, join a book club, play bridge or Mah Jong, or visit a special site in St. Louis. In mid-April, we will hold our bi-annual arts showcase where our members display and share their creations.

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.

Please take time to visit the Elizabeth Danforth Butterfly Garden on Forsyth Avenue. The garden is beautiful and relaxing, and full of butterflies. The Woman’s Club members plant and maintain the garden throughout the year. It is our crown jewel.

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 2014-2015