COVID-19 Response

In compliance with Governor Wolf’s directive urging all non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to do their part by temporarily closing in order to flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, the W.C. Board of Directors made the decision to postpone all events through April 15, and possibly further, depending on guidance from the CDC. The safety of our members and guests are important to us and we hope the measures being taken state-wide will lessen the impact of COVID-19.

All paid reservations for An Evening of Wine & Chocolate and the Titanic Dinner will be refunded.

Centennial Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Commemorated at the Woman’s Club

Amendment XIX: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.                             Adopted August 16, 1920.

Upcoming Events

Postponed – An Evening of Wine & ChocolateCelebrate International Women’s Day at the Woman’s Club with wine, chocolates and shopping. Merchants include Simply Scarves & More, Park Lane, Sammi’s Heartfelt Treasures, Aki Salt Room, to name a few. Admission includes two complimentary glasses of wine. Donation: $10.00. RSVP: 823-9005

Postponed – Wine & Cheese Social                                                     Time: 5-7:00 PM             Learn more about the Mission of the Woman’s Club, its activities and how you can become a member. Complimentary refreshments, social and Club House tour. RSVP: lseigley@yahoo.com or 520-8784

Postponed – RMS Titanic Sets Sail – White Star Line announces recently commissioned RMS Titanic Sets Sail on Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Erie, 259 West Sixth Street. Experience the maiden voyage of the crown jewel of the White Star Line through the eyes of 1st Class passenger, Caroline Wick Bonnell (a.k.a. Lorraine Cole, Fredonia, NY). Ms. Bonnell is traveling with her cousin, Natalie Wick, and Natalie’s stepmother and father, Mary and George Wick, along with her aunt, Elizabeth Bonnell, sister-in-law of Mr. Wick. Enjoy a sampling of fare served to all three classes during afternoon tea, soup course and main course. Tickets: $38.00. To book passage, click Titanic Dinner.

Postponed – A Man’s Perspective on Women Who Affected Change in America Time: 6:30 PM – Guest Speaker, Timothy De Capua, Avid Researcher & Historian.              In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment ensuring women the vote, Mr. De Capua will share the struggles and accomplishments of selected women in history who affected change in America. Learn who was the first American woman to: 1) win the Nobel Peace Prize; 2) graduate from medical school; 3) row solo across the Atlantic Ocean; 4) hold a cabinet position in the United States government; 5) African American self-made millionaire and more. Light refreshments. No admittance fee, donations appreciated. RSVP: santonejudy1@gmail.com or 397-4644.

Postponed – Dinner and Speaker Series–                                       Dinner – 6:00 PM Serving meat loaf, whipped potatoes & gravy, vegetable, tossed salad, and Simply Berries dessert. Fee: $15.00    RSVP: 823-9005                                               7:00 PM – Guest Speakers:  The Woman’s Club welcomes Pat Cuneo, Editor of The Journal of Erie Studies, and Melinda Meyer and Dr. David Frew, authors of Moxie & Mortar: The Woman’s Club of Erie and its Role in the History of Local Women. Book signing to follow.

4/25/20 – Philanthropy Fashion Show & Luncheon – Fee: $25.00                          11:30 AM – Luncheon/12:30 PM – Fashions by Chico’s, modeled by Woman’s Club members.  Cali’s West serving Tomato & Spinach Quiche, Cheesy Potatoes, ham, fruit and salad. Supports W.C. Scholarship Fund and philanthropic activities. RSVP: lseigley@yahoo.com or 520-8784 by 4/17/20.

4/27-29/20 – Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY Bus Tour – Journey through the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and tour the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, Wesley Chapel & Women’s Hall of Fame, Harriet Tubman Home and Auburn Welcome Center. Lodging at del Lago Resort & Casino with three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, motor coach transportation, fees and gratuity. Bus departs promptly at 8:00 a.m. from the Presque Isle Downs main parking lot, near the road. No refund once reserved unless a replacement is provided or this event has a waiting list.  Supports preservation efforts of the historic Club House.                                             Cost: $529.00/pp double occupancy; single add $135.00. For reservations, mail Seneca Falls trip reservation form and check payable to Woman’s Club of Erie, to Marci Cashman, 2906 North Birch Run, Erie, PA, 16506 or call 814-450-3199 for credit card payment.

5/2/20 – Movie Afternoon at the Mansion –                                                 Time: 3:00 PM          Suffragette, tells the story about the brave British pioneers of the early feminist movement who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality. Emmeline Pankhurst, portrayed by Meryl Streep, was a militant activist credited for founding the Women’s Social & Political Union. Serving pizza and soda. RSVP: Marianne @ 873-9603 or m_heck@neo.rr.   Fee: $7.00


The Erie Community Foundation Awards $7.2 Million to Erie Area Nonprofits

The Erie Community Foundation awarded $7.2 million to Erie area nonprofits during their Fall Grant Reception hosted by the Erie Art Museum on October 30. The Woman’s Club of Erie was one of three Urgent Grant recipients in the amount of $7,717.00 to cover the outside water line break expenses and one of the 14 nonprofits to receive a Helping Today Grant in the amount of $4,000.00 for “Setting a Course for the Next 120 Years.”

The Woman’s Club is extremely grateful for the support of The Erie Community Foundation and their confidence in the Mission activities and preservation efforts of the  Club.


Erie Gives Day Check Presentation

Thank you to all who participated in the Erie Community Foundation’s Erie Gives Day 2019. The Woman’s Club of Erie is grateful for this wonderful opportunity and to all who consider our preservation efforts of our historic clubhouse a worthy cause. Pictured above (left to right) are: Judy Santone Husted, W.C. President, Michael Batchelor, Erie Community Foundation Executive Director, and Marci Cashman, W.C. Treasurer.


Preservation Erie Presents Greater Erie Awards

The Woman’s Club of Erie was selected as one of the six 2018 Great Erie Awards by Preservation Erie in the Preservation Excellence Category. For the past six years, Preservation Erie has been recognizing local businesses, individuals and organizations that embody their mission to promote, preserve, and enhance the distinctive character of greater Erie through community-based planning, design, and historic preservation. This year’s 2018 Great Erie Awards recipients were recognized during the annual Greater Erie Awards presentation at Jr.’s Last Laugh on Wednesday, April 25.

Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority Supports Clubhouse Preservation Efforts

Treasurer Marci Cashman, Grant Writer and Member Melinda Meyer, and President Judy Husted attended September 14 news conference at the Erie Zoo for the purpose of receiving the good news that the Woman’s Club was chosen as one of the Community Assets Grant recipients. The grant award of $6,522 will be applied to the tuck-pointing estimated at $21,480.00 for the Clubhouse.

Pictured left to right are Gary Lee, Erie County, Dave Sample, ECGRA Board, Treasurer Marci Cashman, Member Melinda Meyer, President Judy Husted, Mike Paris, ECGRA Board, Ashley Lawson, Gannon University, and Perry Wood, ECGRA Executive Director.

Raise the Roof Campaign

Eleven years ago, the Woman’s Club of Erie began a gradual repair and replacement program on the roof of their 127-year-old clubhouse, the former Davenport and Winifred Galbraith mansion located at 259 West Sixth Street.  The mansion was built at a cost of approximately $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.

Initially, Northwest Restoration, Inc.  was hired and began 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 $200,000.00, the Woman’s Club of Erie has initiated a “Raise the Roof Campaign.”  To date, $80,000.00 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 their children–just to name a few. The mansion, purchased in 1921 from Winifred Galbraith, who was also a Woman’s Club member, is currently utilized as a meeting place for members and events. The Club House is also available for rental opportunities.