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Building Community, Friendship and Leaders

2020 — 2021


Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Supporters,

Marci Rubin

It is our honor to serve as Presidents of the Woman’s Club of Evanston. We remain steadfast in our mission to build community, friendship, and leaders as we face new challenges. Thankfully, we have a history of innovative and thoughtful leaders to guide us.

Since 1889, we have had a legacy of responding to the issues of the day and positively impacting the community. Banding together to help during a public health crisis isn’t new for The Woman’s Club of Evanston. Shortly after we were founded, there was a typhoid outbreak in the city and The Club began a Hospital Committee which helped fund Evanston’s Kim Stanton first hospital. Just a few years after building our Clubhouse, we had the space and resources to create the Evanston Community Kitchen. During the 1918 Flu Epidemic, members prepared meals in the basement kitchen to deliver to those too sick to care for their families during the epidemic. In recent years, members of the Woman’s Club of Evanston dedicate thousands of volunteer hours and fundraise upwards of $100,000 for local nonprofits. Our nearly 400 members from 22

in and around Evanston represent a group of active, socially conscious women. Membership in the WCE is open to all women. Visit our website at to learn more. In the pages of the Yearbook, enjoy reading about the many committees and projects that keep our members engaged in our community and with each other. Many thanks to the dedicated Yearbook Committee who worked to put together this book. Our Historic Clubhouse is the center of our social gatherings and philanthropic work. When our Clubhouse was built in 1912, the advice given was “build something we can all be proud of” and “consider the future of the town”. Our clubhouse is a jewel in the crown of the Evanston Historic District. We look forward to welcoming our community into our home again soon. We know there will be much work to do, and we are ready. Best, Marci Rubin WCE President, 2020-2021 Kim Stanton WCE President, 2019-2020

Learn more about the Woman’s Club of Evanston Contents


President’s Message WCE Leadership 2020-2021 Board of Directors 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Building Leaders 32 2 4 5

History of the WCE 6 The Woman’s Club of Evanston by the numbers 7 Building Community Through Service Signature Projects 10 Local Service and Support 12 Building Community Through Philanthropy Overview and Grant Process 2020 Grant Recipients 2019 Grant Recipients Harbert Society The Charitable Foundation Supporting Named Beneficiaries Spring Benefit Holiday Bazaar Revue

Major Initiatives Landmark Campaign


Thank you to past advertisers 34 2020 Advertiser Index 34 2020 Partner Advertising


Book Design: Lynn Granstrom Designs


Select photos from Horizon Photography Jennifer Schumann

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The Woman’s Club of Evanston 1702 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60201 847.475.3800 Reproduction of any part of this publication without permission from The Woman’s Club of Evanston is strictly forbidden. 3



Kim Stanton

Marketing Chair

President Elect

Marci Rubin

Bylaws & Strategic Planning Chair

First Vice President – Membership Chair

Caitlin Cody


Emily Caragher

Second Vice President – Philanthropy Chair

Jessica Trent


Anne Saywitz

Third Vice President – House & Grounds Chair Community Outreach Chair 4

Marge Gambow Donna Frett

Karissa Marcello Kathy Rocklin



Marci Rubin

Marketing Chair

President Elect

Jessica Trent

Bylaws & Strategic Planning Chair

Julie Garrison

Chelsea Greenbaum


Allyson Leber

Second Vice President – Philanthropy Chair

Meggie Smith


Leslie Sevcik

Third Vice President – House & Grounds Chair

Susan Bedard

First Vice President – Membership Chair

Community Outreach Chair

Claire Strykowski

Teresa Grodsky 5

HISTORY OF THE WOMAN’S CLUB OF EVANSTON First official meeting of The Woman’s Club of Evanston on March 23

1889 1889 1892 1889

The WCE donated a significant contribution to the establishment of Evanston Community Hospital Mobile library organized by the WCE to give children access to education

1892 1889 1897 1889 1902 1889 1913 1889

Evanston Community Kitchen opened in the basement of the Clubhouse

1917-18 1889

Sponsored Evanston’s first Mothers March on Polio as part of the March of Dimes campaign

1952 1889

Charitable Foundation created

1951 1889

1965 1889

Fairy Tale Trail provided a safe Halloween experience for all abilities for over 25 years

1990 1889

Clubhouse added to the National Register of Historic Places

2006 1889

2005 1889



Welfare Sewing initiated sewing for various causes; continues today as the Sewing Circle. Visiting Nurse Association created with help from the WCE; continued into the 1990s Clubhouse opened at 1702 Chicago Ave

Community Fundraiser Benefit Show began; continues as the Annual Revue

Antique Show created to raise funds for building maintenance

1968 1889 1987 1889

Courtesy of The Woman’s Club of Evanston: A History of 125 Years

Evanston incorporated as a city

Merry Merry Market began; evolving into Cornucopia, and continues today as Holiday Bazaar Dreams Delivered began: outfitting ETHS students for prom

131 years and the Woman’s Club of Evanston is still going strong!


Active members


Volunteer hours donated by WCE members to the community


Community service projects Since 1889, The Woman’s Club of Evanston has been helping support organizations that make a difference in our community. Through a combination of financial grants, philanthropic efforts, and community focused initiatives we create an integrated community impact.


Annual fundraising events


Awarded to local organizations in Community Grants in 2019 7

OUR HISTORY AND MISSION We are 131 years old and stronger than ever! The Woman’s Club of Evanston is a nonprofit organization comprised of a vibrant, diverse group of more than 330 women from the North Shore and beyond. The WCE has long been a force for service and progress in the Evanston community. Founded in 1889 by 42 original Charter Members, the WCE is dedicated to community service, philanthropy and friendship.

Our mission is to connect women behind a shared purpose of volunteerism, social empowerment and community support. The talent, hard work and dedication of our membership continues to have a tangible positive impact on our community. Every year, members of The Woman’s Club of Evanston donate thousands of volunteer hours and we raise an average of $150,000 for local nonprofits — nearly $2 Million over the past decade alone.

Author and suffrage activist Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, Ph.D. brought together a visionary group of Evanston women in 1889 to create The Woman’s Club of Evanston. The WCE’s constitution declared the object of the Club to be “mutual helpfulness in all affairs of life and united efforts toward higher development of humanity.” Within ten years the Club had contributed to the foundation of Evanston Hospital and the creation of the Visiting Nurse Association. The WCE’s rich, historic legacy continues to inspire our members who work to exemplify the Club motto: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity”.



Building Friendship


Building Community

Building Leadership

Building Community Through Service Through Philanthropy Our Community Outreach programs provide thousands of volunteer hours to Evanston and surrounding communities. For women whose busy lives make it challenging to give back, volunteering through the WCE allows members to interact and impact many organizations on your own schedule. We assist the homeless, build self esteem and create joy for children.

Our members raise important funds for local grants and help designated beneficiary organizations reach larger financial goals.

Building Friendship It is amazing how friendships grow when you are with people participating in a community or a Club event. There are fun ways to spend time with and learn from WCE friends both during the day and in the evening. Enjoy local member meet ups and excursions for lunch, dinner or a movie. There are also classes and discussions like our monthly book group and weekly bridge games.

Building Leaders Organize a program, chair an annual event, be a business manager, help produce and promote a musical Revue, or help identify organizations to support. Put your skills to use, mentor or learn new areas of leadership. We support people moving into leadership roles and we create an environment built on professional structure and teamwork.


BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH SIGNATURE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS WCE Signature Projects WCE members actively engage in a range of hands-on service projects to positively impact the lives of individuals and families throughout Evanston and surrounding communities. Year after year we roll up our sleeves and team-up with local nonprofits to make a difference. We provide food and clothing to individuals living in poverty, help to create a safe space for women and children who have fled abusive homes, and create handmade comfort pillows for individuals living with cancer. As we work side by side with each other and our nonprofit partners, we build friendships, new skills and networks of caring individuals dedicated to strengthening our community. The current signature service projects organized and implemented by the WCE are:

As early as December 1897, club members gathered for a sewing meeting “the object being to supply needed materials for the visiting nurse”. The sewing tradition has continued since then to address needs and support various causes.


The Sewing Circle has a longstanding tradition of knitting and sewing handmade clothing and other items to support the participants who receive services from local hospitals and other nonprofit organizations. Since the 1930’s, WCE members have gathered regularly at our historic building to create beautiful handmade items to brighten the lives of others. Our projects currently include aromatherapy hearts for premature babies at the Evanston Hospital. We create colorful comfort pillows and breast forms which are distributed to patients following mastectomies in Northshore University Health System’s Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park, and Skokie Hospitals, as well as useful walker totes distributed by SASI (Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes) in Evanston. Always looking to fill unmet needs, our most recent project is Hope 4 Women International’s Dress a Girl Around the World project.

BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH SIGNATURE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS The Woman’s Club of Evanston believes every Evanston Township High School senior, regardless of means, should be able to attend senior prom as part of their celebration of completing high school. Dreams Delivered: Over the past 14 years, Dreams Delivered has outfitted more than 650 local students for prom. In 2020, we were disappointed that students could not share the prom experience due to COVID 19, but we are always collecting items for next prom and will be ready to make it a special occasion. In that spirit, each Spring, we transform our Clubhouse into a prom boutique. New and nearly new formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories are provided free of charge to any ETHS student. Our talented seamstresses donate their

services so that each outfit can feel like it is custom-made. We partner with ETHS who eagerly promotes the event at school and with the local Delta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to outfit students at the prom boutique. Donate New and nearly new formal dresses, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Keep in mind that girls are looking for ageappropriate prom styles they see in the stores (preferably 3 years old or less). We do not accept men’s tuxedos or suits. Donations are accepted yearround at The Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Avenue. Call (847) 475-3800 to arrange a time or stop by on weekdays only between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Thank you to Kenny the Kleener, Chicago’s Discount Dry Cleaner, who has dry cleaned hundreds of dresses for Dreams Delivered, free of charge. He is our Fairy Godfather, and we could not do it without him. 11

BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH SERVICE LOCAL SERVICE AND SUPPORT In addition to our signature service projects, the WCE supports these local organizations on a regular basis with volunteers, coordinated donations, and organizational support:

Adopt a Room For nearly ninety years, this important Evanston organization has served the community with its motto: “No Evanston child should miss school due to lack of warm sturdy clothing”. WCE volunteers donate clothing and help families find the clothing they need to keep their children in school. 12

Make a Difference Day Connections for the Homeless (CFH) Working in conjunction with Winnetka’s Make a Difference Day, WCE members helped unload and organize donations to the CFH shelter’s clothing and food pantry.


Deacon’s Closet at First Presbyterian Church

Soup Kitchen at First Presbyterian Church

Members donate and sort gently-used clothing and also help homeless and other vulnerable individuals ‘shop’ in the Deacon’s Closet, a clothing boutique set up in the church’s basement. In addition, we plan and host an annual holiday party to bring a little joy to local residents who are unlikely to have other ways to celebrate the holidays with caring individuals.

WCE members help to staff the Saturday Soup Kitchen seven times a year serving meals to local individuals looking for a hot meal, smiling face, and sense of community. We also plan and host an annual holiday party to bring a little joy to local residents who are unlikely to have other ways to celebrate the holidays with caring individuals. 13


Housing Opportunities for Women (H.O.W.) Holiday cheer is brought to the children and families of H.O.W., a transitional housing resource which empowers women, children and families to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. WCE members host a holiday party including crafts and activities, lunch and a picture with Santa. All leave with homemade cookies and a goody bag. 14


ESCCA Team: Fern Allison, Sheila Best, Ruth Borushek, Fran Dietzgen, Katherine Dong, Kathy Fisher, Kathleen Kennedy, Taylor Kinn, Karissa Marcello, Moha Mehta, Lori Osbourne, Lohra Vogel, Julie Zare

Evanston School Children’s Clothing Assistance (ESCCA) For nearly ninety years, this important Evanston organization has served the community with its motto: “No Evanston child should miss school due to lack of warm sturdy clothing”. WCE volunteers donate clothing and help families find the clothing they need to keep their children in school.

Bundled Blessings WCE members held a collection drive for diaper donations and then sorted diapers with the Bundled Blessings team at First United Methodist Church. Bundled Blessings is a diaper pantry that provides diapers to families in need through partnerships with local social service organizations.



Race Against Hate

MLK Day of Service Members, families and friends join us for a Martin Luther King Day of Service. We make encouraging Valentine cards for our U.S. Marines and children at Evanston Hospital. 16

In a typical year, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate draws over 5,000 participants and the WCE has fielded a 5K team. In 2020, we couldn’t gather for the Race, but many people embraced the spirit of the event by walking, running, supporting, protesting, and working to change our systems.


COMMUNITY GRANTS FUND OVERVIEW Since 1889, The Woman’s Club of Evanston has been helping support organizations that make a difference in our community. A combination of financial grants, philanthropic events and community-focused initiatives creates an integrated community impact. The Process Each year, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Evanston and surrounding communities are invited to submit grant applications to The Woman’s Club of Evanston. Since 2000, the WCE’s Contributions Committee has designated an annual giving focus. The giving focus drives applications around a central community issue or initiative. Once the giving focus is announced, the WCE invites organizations that have programs within the scope of the giving focus, and that operate within the designated geographic area, to submit a grant application. Applications are used to identify beneficiaries of our community grants (typically $1,000 – $5,000). The Grants Funds supported 12 organizations in 2020. Applicants are also invited to apply for our Clubhouse Usage Grant, and to be event beneficiaries for the WCE Revue and the WCE Spring Benefit. The application also identifies organizations for potential Community Outreach volunteer service projects. The Annual Giving Focus and application are announced in

“The Woman’s Club of Evanston is an organization dedicated to identifying and addressing our community’s most pressing needs. It’s important to me that the WCE has been consistent and steadfast in this important work since our founding 130 years ago. I take great pride in having been a part of this rich legacy. — Rona Taylor, Past President, WCE September on the Woman’s Club website. All applications are due by mail or delivery by November 1. For an application, please visit, or call 847) 475-3800. Any questions should be addressed to the WCE Contributions Committee Chair at 17


2020 GRANT RECIPIENTS 2019-20 Giving Focus

The Woman’s Club of Evanston collected grant applications from programs and organizations in Evanston, Skokie and Rogers Park, that serve the needs of children from birth through Grade 5, and whose mission is to ensure that every child has an equitable opportunity to succeed.

2020 WCE Grant Recipients Bundled Blessings Diaper Pantry: Funding to purchase diapers for low income households in Evanston and surrounding communities.

Family Promise Chicago North Shore: FP provides a supported pathway to self-sufficiency for families who are experiencing homelessness. Funding will help pay transportation costs for families with children while in the program and to purchase necessities for families re-entering permanent housing.

Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute: Funding to provide grief counseling and therapy at their Evanston location, for children from birth to 5th grade families who have suffered a loss or traumatic event.

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and NW Indiana: Funding to support All In: Girl Scouting for Every Evanston Girl by making paid troop leaders available to run troops for low-income girls where having a parent troop leader is not an option.

Childcare Network of Evanston: Funding for field trips to two educational locations for low-income families, as well as to purchase harnesses so young children can safely ride a bus to attend field trips.

Learning Bridge Early Education Center: Funding to support the Whole Child, Healthier Families program through July 2021, serving children 6 weeks to 5 years old, to identify and create equitable access to a range of individualized, client-centric resources that help provide the essentials of life required by families to nurture healthy infants and toddlers at home.

Evanston Symphony Orchestra: Funding for Music in Your World weekly program for Early Head Start children July 20-21 Academic Year. 18



McGaw YMCA Head Start Program at Family Focus: Funding to expand access to Head Start in the 5th Ward of Evanston, by making Head Start available year round instead of just during the school year, and adding wrap around times starting at 7:30 am ending at 6 pm.

Young, Black & Lit: Funding for a pilot Lit Year Program to partner with a D65 school, most likely Oakton School, to provide one or two age, culture and reading level appropriate books per month, per student, in 1-2 classrooms.

Tiz Media: Funding will partially support one session of Quest4Earth program, consisting of 12 weeks of 2.5 hour out-of-school workshops for 20 students in Ward 5. Q4E is an environmental awareness and stewardship program focused on increasing students’ STEM knowledge and skills.

2020 Revue Beneficiary

Washington Elementary PTA: Funding to provide science and art programming and enrichment activities for the Good Mornings program that supports children near or below the poverty line who do not have access to breakfast or safe childcare at home in the morning. YES Evanston/NJTL: Funding to support tutoring and tennis lessons to 20 or more low to moderately low-income children at Fleetwood-Jourdain.

2021 Revue Beneficiary The 2021 Revue will benefit the Piven Theatre. Proceeds of the Revue will be used to fully fund all elementary-aged scholarships for FY21. 2021 Spring/Summer Benefit Beneficiary The 2021 WCE Spring Benefit will support Books and Breakfast, a before-school program that provides a healthy morning meal and tutoring to low income Evanston-Skokie School District 65 students in need of additional support. 2021 Clubhouse Usage The One-Time Club Usage Award will enable 24/7: Father’s Arms Ministries, to hold a networking event to spread the word about its work in the North of Howard neighborhood.



2019 GRANT RECIPIENTS 2018-19 Giving Focus

The Woman’s Club of Evanston supported organizations providing tools and resources promoting mental wellness for individuals and families by offering empowerment and education. The Woman’s Club of Evanston was able to grant funds to support 17 organizations.

2019 WCE Grant Recipients Books & Breakfast C24/7: Father’s Arms Ministries Center For Independent Futures Connections for the Homeless Curt’s Café Good News Partner Howard Area Community Center Lakeview Pantry Peer Health Exchange Peer Services Special Gifts Theatre The Cradle The Harbour The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy The Warming House Youth Center 20

Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center Youth & Opportunity United (YOU)

2020 Event Beneficiary 2020 Revue Beneficiary Proceeds will be used to grow the WCE Annual Grants Fund for 2021 to support multiple organizations in the community. 2020 WCE Spring/Summer Benefit Beneficiary: The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education 2020 Clubhouse Usage The Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center


COMMUNITY GRANTS FUND AWARD BREAKFAST Hosting a breakfast for community philanthropic organizations is another way the WCE assists with building community.

The Annual Giving Focus and application are announced in September on the Woman’s Club website.

In late Spring (May/June) the Community Grants Fund grants are awarded. This positive start to the day provides a chance for nonprofits to learn more about each other and celebrate their collective efforts. Sadly, the Contributions Breakfast for 2020 could not take place because of the coronavirus. The Woman’s Club looks forward to resuming this joyful occasion in 2021.

All applications are due by mail or delivery by November 1. For an application, please visit, or call (847) 475-3800. Any questions should be addressed to the WCE Contributions Committee Chair at

2019 Grant Recipients 21

Martha Conley Vickie Burke Mimi Roeder Tamara McKnight Patty Sprague Julie Chernoff Donna Brown Loreen Mershimer Kate Spector Anne Gilford Lucia Guridi JoAnne Brown

Anita Remijas Kate Collinson Beth Geiger Pam Swales Diane Golan Trimmy Stamell Pam Hess Kathy Rocklin Natalie Tate Sara Brenner Jan Hartwell Anne Berkeley

Donna Frett Gabe Brooks Jane Liechty Maureen Crowle Leslie Weyhrich Evelyn McGowan Terry Dason Fern Allison Lohra Vogel Chava Wu Linda Walker Marjorie Leventhal

Marge Gambow Jan Bowers Phebe Tinker Tracey Kiefer Bloomer Niki Moe Horrell Heather Silver Fran Caan Nancy Cuniff Barbara Putta

There are many ways to structure your gift. Members receive a symbolic lily of the valley pin. For more information, please contact Vickie Burke (, 847-853-1944) of the Charitable Foundation. 22



Sometimes you can’t pay it back, so we pay it forward The Charitable Foundation was incorporated in 1968 to promote and assist the Woman’s Club of Evanston in contributing to educational, charitable, civic and philanthropic activities. The Charitable Foundation has been busy this spring. We are thrilled to share our exciting news on our Scholarship Front. The Linda Wade Community Service Award: This scholarship was awarded to two graduating students at ETHS who had demonstrated exemplary service to the community through volunteer activities. Each student received $1,000 for 1 year. Charitable Foundation supports Early Childhood Education: Learning Bridge has received a $3,500 scholarship and Cherry Preschool has received $2,500. The Charitable Foundation made a $2,000 donation to the Evanston Community Foundation Rapid Response Fund (ECRR) to address COVID-19 crisis. Executive Committee Trustees Vickie Burke, President Anne Berkley Sara Brenner, Vice President Fran Caan Heather Silver, Secretary Donna Frett Fern Allison, Treasurer

Lisa Miceli Barbara Putta Kathy Rocklin

Frieda Walter Mary Watt

The Harbert Society was established by the Charitable Foundation so that WCE members would consider including the Woman’s Club of Evanston in their estate plan or make deferred major gifts. 23


SUPPORTING NAMED BENEFICIARIES The 2020 Spring Benefit moved to Summer and went virtual. The annual WCE Spring Benefit is a WCE Premier Event with proceeds from attendance, sponsorships and fundraising activities granted to one designated local not-for-profit organization. We didn’t let the pandemic stop us from moving forward to raise funds and celebrate all of the great work of The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education – Due to social

distancing and the pandemic we still committed to finding a way to raise funds with our usual flair and were able to postpone and rethink the event being so large. Proceeds of the virtual benefit will help jump-start a new program called Teen Mental Health Academy, which will train teens to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness in themselves, their siblings, their peers and have the knowledge and skills to access support services. Look for the 2021 Spring Benefit which will support Books and Breakfast, a before-school program that provides a healthy morning meal and tutoring to low income Evanston-Skokie School District 65 students in need of additional support.



WCE RAISING FUNDS FOR THE COMMUNITY GRANTS The WCE Community Grants Fund supports the missionfocused grants. Throughout the year, key events and projects build the fund: the WCE Holiday Bazaar, the WCE Yearbook and smaller fundraising events. The WCE Holiday Bazaar This annual holiday art and gift show has been a major fundraising event of The Woman’s Club of Evanston for over 20 years. In light of the pandemic, the difficult decision was made to postpone until our partners and visitors are safe. Watch for the 2021 Holiday Bazaar which will continue to be a juried gift fair at our clubhouse featuring artists and makers of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts. Our historic Clubhouse is a spectacular backdrop showcasing 55 to 60 carefully curated artists who hand craft or hand-design inspired and unique gifts. Proceeds from booth, special event fees, the silent auction and raffle ticket sales, plus sponsorships from local businesses go to the WCE Community Grants Fund. The WCE Yearbook is our club annual. Sales of ads in this publication play a vital role in supporting our WCE Community Grants Fund.




The Annual WCE Revue is show-time with a cause. The WCE stages an annual musical production which takes place in early March as a joint partnership between the WCE and the show beneficiary. The WCE Revue raises money for the designated beneficiary selected annually, giving the show significant meaning, incentive, and providing a focus for volunteers’ time and talent. The WCE Revue is open to the public and normally runs over two weekends.


This year, the WCE Revue joined forces with all the club’s philanthropy fundraising streams to increase our reach and celebrate our commitment to the community. Proceeds of the 2020 WCE Revue will support multiple organizations in our community as part of the 2021 WCE Contributions Grants Cycle. While the Revue began as a fashion show, it quickly morphed into a variety show, notorious for its clever and funny show titles and comical and irreverent parodies. It is created by a troupe of volunteers with high spirits who work through the winter for a good cause. For 69 years, members and friends of the Woman’s Club have written, directed, choreographed and performed a revue of musical satire that has benefited many organizations. While the show is produced by volunteers, we deliver a quality show with professional technical crews and a real live band!

running social event for club members, their spouses, significant others and friends. It is a delightful way to make new friends and a wonderful port of entry for new club members as well as a creative outlet for those with an “artistic bone” … all while having loads of fun and supporting a deserving cause. Photos by Robert Shiverts Photography

The WCE Revue has a long tradition of friendship, camaraderie and support. It is the largest volunteer project and the longest 27

BUILDING FRIENDSHIP We are a community of women focused on giving back and having a great time. We have fun ‌ and get a lot done. It is in our shared experiences that the WCE grows deep friendships among members and our community partners. Day and evening programs and events offer fun ways to spend time with and learn from WCE friends. From exploration exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago to sampling the latest restaurants- WCE members have an array of opportunities to choose from. Members also join the Flick Chick at numerous movies, share stories with our monthly Book Buzz, learn bridge and break bread together with our informal lunch or supper meet-ups. And we support each other. Our Member Assistance Team (MAT) is a group formed to provide meals and support to members of The Woman’s Club who are going through difficult times. 28

We have fun for good causes.


We have fun for good causes.


JOIN US - MEMBERSHIP Are you looking to join a community of women focused on giving back and having a great time? We welcome you. Membership in The Woman’s Club of Evanston is open to all women dedicated to community service, philanthropy, and friendship. We pride ourselves on the significant contributions we make to our community year after year and we have fun doing it. Women new to our community (Evanston and surrounding areas), women with a new baby, women new to retirement, women who want to give back to our community, women who pass by our clubhouse and wonder about its story … come join us We believe women are at their best when their lives are full and they are doing what they love. With our mix of ages, backgrounds vocations, hobbies, interests, and personalities, the WCE women are making a difference. Benefits of Membership • I nteraction with enthusiastic and dedicated women in service and social settings • Leadership training for community and club involvement •O  pportunity to serve the greater community during our philanthropy and community outreach events

“The WCE has provided me countless opportunities to take on different leadership roles. I have been allowed to take full ownership over these roles while still feeling the support of the Club behind me. If you volunteer for a leadership role, you will inevitably get a real-life, crash course in project management, event planning, high level decision-making, strategic planning, and/or stakeholder relations– I can say that of almost nowhere else but The WCE! — Chelsea Greenbaum, WCE member • Learning new skills in a supportive environment How to learn more: Come to the clubhouse for an information night The WCE hosts prospective member events throughout the year Call our Clubhouse at (847) 475-3800 Email us at and we’ll take it from there! Visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 31

BUILDING LEADERS Our Club runs on a committee structure led by 10 Board Members and 25+ women on the Leadership Council. Leadership opportunities exist at all levels of commitment. Experienced club leaders mentor newer members providing a nurturing environment for women to grow their leadership skill while serving the community. A variety of WCE committees are focused on finance, policy or marketing for The Woman’s Club of Evanston. These member-driven committees advise and counsel our Board of Directors and keep our club strategically focused on the future while empowering our members. The Marketing Committee builds awareness of The Woman’s Club of Evanston by sharing Club news,

promoting our events and outreach projects, and managing internal communications. The Finance Committee is responsible for the fiduciary management of the Club’s affairs. FSAC (Finance Strategy Advisory Committee) is the advisory investment management committee of the WCE tasked with ensuring the long­term financial stability of the Club. The Bylaws and Strategic Planning Committee analyzes, interprets, and recommends changes to our policies and procedures to meet our evolving needs with an eye toward strategic growth and direction of the WCE. Office of the President: Additional specialized and ad hoc committees provide their skills, experience, and insight to advise the President and Board of Directors.



LANDMARK CAMPAIGN The Woman’s Club of Evanston LANDMARK CAMPAIGN will fund critically needed renovations to our Clubhouse to ensure its vitality. A Vision for the Future The WCE Clubhouse Master Plan calls for a phased approach to interior construction and capital maintenance, prioritizing the most urgent needs. First Priority: All New Restrooms and the First Floor Sunporch – Completed in Spring 2018 The Clubhouse now has modernized restroom facilities that equalize access for any gender identity or ability. The first-floor sunporch was transformed into welcoming multi-purpose. Second Priority: Vestibule, Entry Hall, and First floor Tea Room In this phase, the entrance and vestibule are enhanced with a re-polished marble lobby floor, new lighting, furnishings, painted masonry and center railing on the grand staircase. The first-floor hall and tea room will receive new interior decoration (paint,

carpet, lighting, window treatments, cushions, gas logs in the fireplace, and technology improvements) Third Priority: Music Room and Ballroom Wooden flooring will be restored and refinished. Updated painting, lighting, and historic mill-work preservation, along with new concealed storage spaces for tables and chairs will upgrade the space. Fourth Priority: Members’ Room and Archives Room In the final phase, the members’ room, office and archives room will receive new paint and carpeting along with updated lighting, window treatments, and furnishings. Maintenance Needs and Future Costs Campaign donations will be allocated for infrastructure and maintenance expenses. For more information please visit


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The 2020-2021 Board of Directors are proud of the Woman’s Club of Evanston’s history of building community, friendship, and leaders. Since our founding in 1889, The Woman’s Club of Evanston has been committed to addressing the needs of our community through our volunteer service and philanthropic efforts. The Woman’s Club of Evanston remains committed to strengthening partnerships with community organizations that work toward equity and social justice.

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Our recent partner organizations include: Curt’s Cafe, Howard Area Community Center, The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, Y.O.U., Evanston Scholars, Books & Breakfast, YWCA, Housing Opportunities for Women, Family Focus, and McGaw YMCA Men’s Program.


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Join the WCE’s Sewing Circle! Sewing layettes, breast forms, pillows and totes, Even if you couldn’t sew a button on a coat, On Thursdays, if you happen to be free, There’s a place you ought to be! The WCE Sewing Circle … We carry on the tradition of gathering to sew needed hand-crafted items for our local and wider community. Our monthly sewing sessions at the Clubhouse include a lunch of homemade soup, dessert and lots of laughter! Beginners are most welcome!



Jeremy G. Morse, PhD. I am passionate about empowering clients of all ages to achieve their individual computing, business and technical goals. My clients can expect informed advice (free of technical jargon), patience and understanding, and broad, interdisciplinary expertise to solve problems and improve productivity, effectiveness, and the bottom line. • Technical support and instruction for MacTM, iPadTM, iPhoneTM, Apple WatchTM • Software training and implementation • Email and Internet, WiFi setup and troubleshooting

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• Integrative practice for children and families experiencing illness, injury, or loss in the family or community • Personalized coaching for parents and children facing medical treatment or visiting loved ones in the hospital • Developmental play sessions and memorymaking activities for children coping with grief and bereavement

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