The Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club was organized in 1905
by Elmira T. Stephens with an initial membership of 88 women. It incorporated
1911. Three years later, the new club house was completed. The club members
led very efficient fund raising and recruiting campaigns and by 1922 the
original mortgage was fully paid off. By the 1950s, the membership had
grown to 700, and the ladies were involved in numerous activities such
as the Needlework Guild and the Well-Baby Clinic. Members also organized
Red Cross activities, hosted USO parties for servicemen during WWII and
supported the local community in many other ways. Today, over 100 years
after the founding of the club, our membership has decreased significantly
- most importantly on account of women joining the workforce. But we still
try to play an important role in our community as supporters of charitable
organizations and cultural events and by providing a place for social
gatherings for women of all ages.
What We Do
According to our bylaws, the purpose of our club is
"the advancement in all lines of culture, education, welfare, service
and civic affairs". We organize cultural programs for our monthly
meetings, support local charities and sponsor grants and scholarships.
Our benefit parties are a lot of fun! Some of the many organizations
and schools we helped in the past were Santa Monica High School, Santa
Monica College, the Rape Treatment Center, the Salvation Army, Sunlight
Mission, Operation Smile, Heal The Bay, K9 Foundation, Santa Monica
Firefighters and WISE. However, our most important role is to give our
members a home away from home, a place where they can meet other women
and form friendships to share life's wonderful and also its sorrow moments.
Our scholarship fundraisers include luncheons,
bridge and canasta games. We hold parking lot sales, cookie sales and
fundraisers to support other charitable and non-profit organizations.
We invite speakers on all kinds of subjects and also are open for social
gatherings and activities both during the day and in the evenings.