Rockford Woman’s Club - A Rich History
In 1897, 13 independent women’s groups dedicated to civic and cultural improvements and the intellectual growth of its members joined forces to form The Rockford Woman’s Club (RWC). Throughout it’s history it has been a major force in serving the community.
One of the first philanthropic projects founded by RWC was the Montague House, which helped immigrants acclimate to American society. Through the years, RWC has tackled a variety of community issues from starting the first school lunch program to housing the Literary Council and today it is going back to its roots; helping immigrant mothers and children learn to thrive in our community.
The work of RWC is many and varied, but always geared toward the betterment of the Rockford Community. For more information about Rockford Woman’s Club click here.
A Beautiful Historic Location
RWC opened its lovely historic club house in 1918 - The Rockford Woman’s Club Building at 323 Park Avenue in downtown Rockford. The building boasts spacious meeting rooms, beautiful banquet facilities and an 800 seat theatre. In addition to hosting RWC meetings and events, the club is the perfect setting for formal or informal gatherings and theatrical performances.
An Overview of Our Activities
There are currently three departments within Rockford Woman’s Club, Emerson-Lathrop, Marie T. Perry and Jessie I. Spafford, named after founding members. Each department meets monthly at the club for networking followed by a luncheon and a speaker. They also enjoy working on philanthropy projects, attending special events and attending monthly social activities. In addition, all-club events and philanthropic activities bring the entire membership together. We are ever-changing and evolving, bringing new members, new ideas, new programs and new energy into the club.
Rockford Woman’s Club members share a commitment to the philanthropic causes we champion, and we share a commitment to each other. Because of that commitment, we have built a community of friendship and support. Much like a family. If you would like to join us in our commitment to our community and to each other, click below to learn more about the departments and then complete the application form for the department you wish to join.