From its beginning in 1900, the Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair has promoted service to Montclair and its neighboring communities. It began with a small group of neighbors who called themselves the Thursday Club and met weekly to discuss questions of common interest and to work on project to benefit the community.
The Club today continues this tradition. It was incorporated in 1920 and is a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs. It supports a wide range of worthwhile projects initiated by the State Federation, including Autism Awareness, Operation Smile, Canine Companions for Independence, preservation initiatives and many others. Their project for the 2018-2019 club year is Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Jersey (CASA).
The Club is committed to supporting projects that serve the needs of our community. Raising funds to advance these projects is an important part of our mission. The Holly Berry Gift and Craft Fair is held every November at the clubhouse as a major fundraiser and a very special event to open the holiday season. Other efforts throughout the year support the service mission, collecting food for the Human Needs Food Pantry, for example, or putting together packages to be sent to members of the armed forces abroad, and adopting a family at Christmas.
Club meetings are often the opportunity for educational exploration through guest speakers or special performances. There might be a presentation about the Tunnel to Tower Foundation or a report on a public issues advocacy effort by the state organization of Women’s Clubs. The Club includes departments focusing on the creative or performing arts, music and travel. Club members have embarked on a host of virtual journeys, including to Vietnam and Machu Picchu. Conservation and Garden decorates our house for Christmas, and educates members on various gardens and issues around our state.
The Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair brings together women with shared interests. Opportunities are virtually unlimited for volunteering your time and talents. The Club meets monthly along with luncheons and other events throughout the year. The Needlework Group meets twice a month at members’ homes, and Mondays are a time for bridge and other games in the clubhouse. You might find the Club’s chorus rehearsing for a holiday performance, or the Book Group in thoughtful discussion about their monthly selection. Book Discussion Group meets at 1:30 PM the 3rd Thursday of every month. Needlework Group meets at 12:30 PM the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Bridge and Other Games meets at 12PM the 2nd Monday of the month.
For more information contact Co-President Waltraut Becker, or Co-President Vivien Finn at (973) 744-9138.