The Shorewood Woman’s Club was founded in 1936 by three community leaders: Mrs. Clarence Benton, Mrs. Earl Gile and Mrs. William Hubbard who gathered friends as Charter members. They met for many years in churches and later at Hubbard Park.
For more than 30 years the Club maintained a clubhouse (leased from the Village) in the former Lodge in Hubbard Park, managed a Thrift Shop in the lower level of the Village Hall and established the first Senior Center.
From its foundation, scholarships were a priority for the use of Club funds and thanks to their legacy, the Club continues to use the gifts of the founders to offer academic scholarships to Shorewood High School young women who demonstrate excellence in their studies and community service. Later scholarships were expanded to include 2 scholarships for women returning to school at UWM to complete their education.
Our membership draws from the Shorewood, Fox Point, Milwaukee, Glendale, River Hills and Whitefish Bay communities. Service projects have included the purchase of a specialized pediatric emergency bag for EMTs, sewing and gathering supplies for Operation Smile, showers for Meta House residents, gifts for Sojourner Family Peace Center and an annual holiday card project for Village shut-ins.
Our members especially enjoy being the ice cream ‘scoopers’ for the summer Village Family Night held each July at the Shorewood Library. But it isn’t all work as members enjoy tours, theater productions, Bunco parties, art projects and other social events too!
GFWC SHOREWOOD WOMAN’S CLUB, founded in 1936,
serves Shorewood and the greater Milwaukee community through focused projects .
Due to the Covid-19 Crisis, Club meetings will be held via ZOOM and in person (hybrid) until further notice.
Every month a speaker from a local organization presents an informative and entertaining program.
Annually we provide:
Academic scholarships for Shorewood High School women and students at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Donations to the GFWC Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Program
Contributions to numerous local organizations
Heifer International - Accelerating the path to living incomes worldwide
Operation Smile - Global Cleft palate repair surgery sponsorship
And the GFWC-WI maintains ...
Wisconsin’s Own Library – A library of books by native Wisconsin Authors housed at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin
George Washington Memorial Forest – 80 Acre GFWC Wisconsin-owned nature preserve
We are honored to have one of the two winners of the Jennie Award from the Great Lakes Region (MI, IN, IL, OH, WI) as our club member --> Pat Mueller! Pat is a 70 year member of the GFWC and will attend the GFWC International Convention in New Orleans, LA next June! This award is named in honor of GFWC's founder, Jane Croly, who wrote for National newspapers under the pseudonym "Jennie June". This award recognizes individual GFWC members for personal excellence.