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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on Town Affairs Night were women (as were 46 percent of Town Meeting Members), the issue of gender equality in the Club took its time to bubble to the surface. When interviewed by The Wellesley Townsman, a longtime board member said angrily, "women [in the club] would be the end of it." Then, on October 3, 1988, by three votes, members voted to admit women. Four years later, Katherine ("Gig") Babson, Wellesley native, Town Moderator, Advisory Chair, longtime Selectman, and daughter of a Club president (David Babson, 1950-51), moved off the waiting list to become the first woman to join the Wellesley Club, and seven years later was elected President. In recognition of societal shifts, meetings were cut back to four times a year, and three of those meetings are now held not at the long- standing Harvard Club "clubhouse" in Boston, but in or around Wellesley — at Wellesley College, Babson College, the Crowne Plaza, or the Wellesley Country Club. Yet the Club remains conscious of its responsibilities to history and to the future, organizing and funding the Centennial Time Capsule, which was sealed by President Dick Gardner behind a bronze plaque in the library at a dedication cere- mony on November 29, 1981, to be opened in 2081. A century ago, when founder George Richardson was asked, "Of what good is the Wellesley Club?," he replied with words that could still stand today: "[At Town Meeting since the founding of the club] has there not been a distinct advance in their action and general morals? I claim that the improvement is already due to the unconscious influence of our club, bringing as it does many of the citizens to one social center ... making them acquainted with each other, and as a result of that acquaintance showing them that they are members of one community, and that forbearance, gen- erosity, public spirit, and good judgment are really what all should practice. As long as it maintains its present standard, so long will there be a place for it and so long will its quiet influence permeate the whole community." 120 How the Wellesley Club Shaped Wellesley W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5

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