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why it grew so quickly. The Club was formed with 21 charter members and its own constitution and handmade gavel. Meetings were held in the parlor of the Unitarian church on Washington Street once a month on Wednesdays – which has continued to this day – and members found a way to get there, even if they had to ride their bicycles in their fine clothes and fancy hats. While the world has changed in the past 125 years, the spirit of the organization has not. It unites women from Wellesley and surround- ing towns and helps to unify their common interests and foster discus- sion with monthly programs about music, literature, education, nature, and current events. "Our monthly programs are not your grandmother's slide show," says Jane Kettendorf, past WHWC pres- 138 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 WHWC's Timeline n 1890 WHWC founded n 1892 Founded first Vacation School for local children n 1896 Founded Wellesley's first kindergarten n 1898 Started evening division of club, which became Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club n 1899 Founded the Friendly Aid n 1908 Brought Elm Park to Wellesley n 1910 Established school lunch program n 1912 Created first branch library n 1912 Created first community center n 1917 Created first town directory n 1917 Create first Parent-Teacher Association n 1927 Had 550 members and a long waiting list n 1977 Donated items of historical value to the Historical Society n 1992 Donated a cherry tree to Simons Park n 2004 Donated to Kids on the Block program (for children with disabilities) n 2014 Donated six mannequins for use in CPR program good works "educated, intelligent women" top: Officers of the Club in 1950 bottom: Three charter members and the oldest member of the WHWC in 1940 P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F T H E W E L L E S L E Y H I L L S W O M A N ' S C L U B ident and current co-publicist for the club. In the old days the organi- zation attracted such prominent speakers as Booker T. Washington and Julia Ward Howe. More recently they've had William Martin and Hank Phillippi Ryan. "Our club is made up of educated, intelligent women who still come together once a month to enjoy an interesting program and an elegant luncheon with lace tablecloths and real china," adds Kettendorf. Members pay annual dues of $50 a year, which includes monthly meetings and luncheons at the Wellesley Community Center, as well as an annual event at the Wellesley College Club. All programs are free of charge, open to the public, and newcomers are always encouraged to attend.

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