Elm Grove Woman’s

Club

Serving the Community Since 1939

About us

Elm Grove Woman's Club has been a vital resource for communities in our area since 1939. Over 190 members, including mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, wives, career women, retirees, and friends, have gathered together to support each other and the communities we serve. Together we have fun and make a difference. We invite you to join us!

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Our mission

Commitment, Community, Collaboration.

To maintain the vitality of the Elm Grove Woman's Club by providing value and vision to our members, both current and future. Advocate for and make meaningful contributions to our community through benevolent, educational, literary, civic, and charitable pursuits. Work in partnership with other organizations to increase the welfare and prosperity of the community. 

volunteer opportunities

The Elm Grove Woman’s Club continues the tradition of supporting important causes by making monetary gifts, providing volunteers and collecting and donating needed monies and goods. In the early days of the club, it was making bean bags for sick children at Children’s Hospital. During World War II it was bandage rolling, and today it includes providing funds for the Army Emergency Relief (AER).

In addition to the generous support our members provide at each monthly meeting by donating items and money to local nonprofits such as The Hope Center, Repairers of the Breach and Waukesha Literacy Council, we currently provide volunteers to three agencies:

We continue to look for other volunteer opportunities and welcome suggestions.

The Food Pantry of Waukesha County

At the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, our goal is to provide at least 3 members who would volunteer twice a month on Thursdays from 12:45 pm to 3:15 pm assisting clients in their food choices.

Kathy's House Milwaukee

Kathy's House is a non-profit Hospital Guest House that provides lodging and a supportive environment to families who are experiencing personal illness or the serious illness of a loved one.

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin

In the Elmbrook area, members screen preschool children at local daycare centers and nursery schools for potential sight problems in Fall and Spring under the auspices of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.

Our history

In 1939, a group of 90 young women began sharing their cultural, social, civic and philanthropic ideas, along with a strong desire to serve the needy, support our community and foster new friendships. What began as a Mother’s Club at Leland School soon became the Elm Grove Woman’s Club.

 

In the beginning, monthly meetings were held in local schools, and even local taverns! Their major activity was making beanbags for sick children at the Children’s Hospital and during World War II, bandage rolling and other civilian wartime efforts filled their time. Our chorus helped to create a lighter mood, and in 1943, the first “Village of Elm Grove Directory” was printed and distributed to the community as a public service.

 

By 1954, membership had grown and a larger meeting place was needed. A dream was finally realized when a twelve-year-old colonial Lutheran Church on Plank Road was for sale. Fundraising activities were created to raise money for the purchase, such as dances, luncheons, style shows, and rummage sales - things that we continue to do today.

 

The clubhouse was offered for rent to private parties, and the proceeds from our fundraising helped fund the ballroom addition, which debuted in 1959. The fixture was paid in full that evening, and since then, this Holiday Gala has become the fundraising social event of the year. 

 

Since the beginning, the Elm Grove Woman’s Club has grown and flourished. Our organization has provided funding and durable goods for local educational institutions, hospitals, charitable organizations, community-based activities, and the volunteer services of our village government.

 

Today the dream lives on. The clubhouse, with its distinctive exterior and elegant interior, sits contentedly on Watertown Plank Road. Our club has opened its membership to all communities and has evolved throughout its history to reflect the women of today. Its current membership of over 190 members exemplifies diverse talents, outlooks, and broad interests while holding true to the organization’s original values and mission. The spirit, energy, and generosity of those original 90 young women still prevail.

blogs & Updates

Upcoming Events

  • Elm Grove Woman’s Club Student Art Scholarship Competition
    Thu, May 19
    Elm Grove Woman’s Club Clubhouse
    May 19, 3:00 PM – May 21, 3:00 PM
    Elm Grove Woman’s Club Clubhouse, 13885 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove, WI
    The Elm Grove Woman’s Club invites all high school students who reside in Elm Grove or attend school in the Elmbrook School District to submit TWO pieces of original artwork to be judged for a chance for seniors to win a $2,000 college scholarship, or Gr. 9-11 students to win a $500 art grant.
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  • Springtime in the Grove Art Festival 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Sat, May 21
    Elm Grove Woman's Club Parking Lot
    May 21, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Elm Grove Woman's Club Parking Lot, 13885 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove, WI 53122, USA
    The Elm Grove Woman’s Club is excited to welcome our makers and community back for another year of Springtime in the Grove! FREE to attend!
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  • Annual Meeting and Luncheon for Members Only
    Tue, May 10
    Elm Grove Woman's Club Clubhouse
    May 10, 11:00 AM
    Elm Grove Woman's Club Clubhouse, 13885 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove, WI
    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 28, 1:00 PM Please join us in honoring former EGWC President’s and participate in an all member vote. Attendance strongly encouraged.
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 If we had to plan our wedding all over again, we would 100% choose the Elm Grove Woman’s Club in a heartbeat, without any hesitation. It was the perfect location for us and would highly recommend it to anyone!  

~CASSIE S.