WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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to care for Wellesley residents unable to pay their bills. For nearly 60 years, the Wellesley Club provided generous and mostly silent annual financial support to the hospital, as well as one-time gifts of $100,000 in 1946 and $50,000 in 1960. In gratitude, the hospi- tal changed its name to Newton-Wellesley. The Club had become the most significant force in town, to the delight of Richardson, who noted that "it is next to impossible for a new member to realize the sense of pride and satisfaction that some of us take in seeing the Wellesley Club so strongly supported." The railroad added a special car on the 9:25 p.m. train so that members could ride home together. The only time that the town's select- men moved their own Monday meetings was to defer to the Club's Monday meetings (and they still do today). Over the next decades, the membership limit was continually raised from the original 100 until in 1964 it reached today's total of 300, with a waiting list of 100. There was even a waiting list for the waiting list, a seri- ous status which became legendary when The New Yorker magazine excerpted (in a wry end-of-the column observation under the headline "Anti-Climax Department") a para- graph from a Townsman profile of Robert L. McMillan, president of Shattuck, Clifford and McMillan advertising agency. The piece proudly touted among his honors that he was "a member of the waiting list for the waiting list of the Wellesley Club." 117 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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