Celebration Dinner With Sister Joan Chittister

“The Moral Leadership of Women”

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel and Conference Center


Upcoming Events!

4/6/17 – Mystery Bus Tour – Includes round trip motor coach transportation, food, all fees and tips, including driver. Meet in the old Cinema parking lot, Millcreek Mall, at 8:45 a.m.; bus departs promptly at 9:00 a.m. and returns between 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. RSVP – Marci Cashman, 2906 North Birch Run, Erie, PA, 16506; 814-450-3199. Cost – $99.00

4/11/17 – Noon – Speaker Series Luncheon – Karen Ducato, Chair Yoga       $12.00/pp  RSVP – 844-3175

4/12/17 – A Celebration Dinner With Sister Joan Chittister at Bel-Aire Clarion

4/22/17 – 11:30 a.m. – Philanthropy Fashion & Accessory Show & Luncheon – Fashion’s by Chico’s – Scarf Tying and How to Accessorize – $25.00/pp – RSVP – 474-1585

5/9/17 – 6:00 p.m. – Spring Scholarship Banquet at the Erie Yacht Club – $30.00/pp    Scholarship Awards, Induction of New Officers, Memorial – RSVP -474-1585

6/1/17 – Roycroft Campus and Wicked Bus Tour – Includes round trip motor coach transportation, food, all fees and tips, including driver. Tour highlights include: Roycroft Campus & Museum, Lunch at the Roycroft Inn, Dinner at the Anchor Bar, Wicked performed at Shea’s Performing Arts Theatre, and Vidler’s 5 & 10 Store. Meet in old Cinema parking lot, Millcreek Mall, at 7:45 a.m.; bus departs promptly at 8:00 a.m. and returns directly after the performance. RSVP – Marci Cashman, 2906 North Birch Run, Erie, PA, 16506; 814-450-3199. Cost – $195.00.

7/12/17 – 5:30 p.m. – Mini Golf & Bocce Outing – Lake Pleasant Mini Golf Course – Includes Mini Golf, Bocce and Picnic Fare

8/19/17 – 8:30 a.m. – 12th Annual Tee-It-Up Golf Tournament – Lake Pleasant Golf – Scramble format, raffles, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, beverages

9/9/17 – 4-8:00 p.m. – 125th Birthday Gala – Construction began in August 1889 on the historic Richardsonian Romanesque Designed Home and completed in 1892. The former Winifred and Davenport Galbraith mansion was purchased by the Woman’s Club of Erie in 1921 and serves as their Clubhouse.  Gala, catered by Sabella’s Catering, featuring entertainment and raffle will benefit preservation efforts of the 125-year-old historic mansion. $50.00/pp; $90.00/couple. RSVP – Marci Cashman, 2906 North Birch Run, Erie, PA, 16506; 814-450-3199.

Erie Gives 2016 Presentation

Special thanks to all those who supported The Erie Community Foundation’s Erie Gives Day and The Woman’s Club of Erie on August 9.  Through the generosity of our donors and that of GE Transportation, Erie Insurance, Presque Isle Downs & Casino and The Erie Community Foundation, The Woman’s Club of Erie, Inc. received $4,799.38 from Erie Gives. All monies will be used for the Raise the Roof Campaign.


Pictured left to right, Lynn McBrier, Trustee, and Russ Warner, Board Chairman, present Treasurer Marci Cashman and President Judy Husted along with Maryann Yochim Flaherty, Trustee, and Mike Batchelor, President, with a check in the amount of $4,799.38.

Raise the Roof Campaign

Seven (7) years ago, the Woman’s Club of Erie began a gradual repair and replacement program on the roof of their 123-year-old clubhouse, the former Davenport and Winifred Galbraith mansion located at 259 West Sixth Street.  The mansion was built at a cost of $60,000.00.  Located in the historic area on West Sixth Street between Perry Square and Gridley Park, it was selected and given “Significant” status in September 1984.

Northwest Restoration, Inc.  was hired and has been repairing the channels and internal gutters (that run in the eaves), and replacing missing or broken red slate tiles.  The red slate tiles are harder and more durable than the more commonly used gray slate, thus more expensive.

To date, the north facing section of the roof has been completed and 80% of the eastern side at a cost of $40,000.00.  To complete the remaining southern and western portions of the roof estimated at $60,000.00, the Woman’s Club of Erie has initiated a “Raise the Roof Campaign.”  To date, $47,000.00 has been raised through events and donations.  Anyone interested in contributing to the Raise the Roof Campaign can send their tax deductible donation made payable to The Woman’s Club of Erie to:

The Woman’s Club of Erie
259 West Sixth Street
Erie, Pennsylvania  16507

A cardboard miniature of the mansion created by Steve Giewont and decorated by Lainie Addessi is on display and available to receive roof donations.  Individuals can sign a paper tile and adhere it to the roof of the miniature.

Cardboard House

A Brief History of the Organization

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. GFWC members are in every state and more than a dozen countries. Their goal is to promote civic involvement in their communities, advancing education as well as preservation of the arts and culture all the while promoting healthy lifestyles.

The GFWC owes its beginnings to Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist who in 1890, due to her gender, was denied admittance to a dinner at an all-male press club honoring Charles Dickens.  This spurred her to form the famous women’s club, Sorosis – a “centre of unity” that had neither a charitable nor socio-economic purpose, but sought “collective elevation and advancement.” As women’s clubs began forming across the country, they became a center of educational advocacy and a sort of college for older women who wanted to learn.  Croly formed the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1890, to support clubs throughout the nation and further their efforts at providing education, improved working conditions, health care, scholarships and other reforms.

Today the GFWC boasts over 100,000 members.

Among the many accomplishments of the GFWC are:

  • Founding more than 75 percent of our nation’s libraries
  • Developing Kindergarten programs in public schools
  • Working for food and drug regulation
  • Leading the drive for emergency relief support for efforts from World War I

The Woman’s Club of Erie is a 501c3 philanthropic organization that aims, through its various fund raisers, dinner and speaker series, to improve the lives of women and children in the Erie community.

The Woman’s Club of Erie began in 1897 and was federated in 1898. Since its beginnings, the organization has been a champion  to numerous civic causes in the Erie community, i.e., the  founding of the Visiting Nurses Association and the Erie Unit of the American Cancer Society in 1945,  donating to the Juvenile Diabetes foundation, Shriner’s Hospital, the Second Harvest Food Bank, House of Healing, Erie DAWN, Erie Zoological Society, Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, The Humane Society of NW PA, The Caring Place and Safe Net–a temporary shelter for abused and displaced women and thCelebration Dinner With Sister Joan ChittisterCelebration Dinner With Sister Joan Chittistereir children–just to name a few. The mansion, purchased in 1925 from the estate of the original owners–Davenport and Winifred Galbraith–is currently utilized as a meeting place for members.