Throughout the history of the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, our mission has been to promote the welfare of the community and the State of Maryland.
Our charitable work and service focuses on support for women, children, and families. Among the local non-profit organizations we currently support are Stepping Stones Shelter, Shepherd’s Table, Jubilee Jobs, Helping Hands, Hearts and Homes for Youth, the American Red Cross at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda Cares, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and many others. We also support selected international charities that promote the welfare of girls and women.
Our charitable support takes three forms: cash grants, in-kind donations, and members’ volunteer service hours. We hold various fundraising events throughout the year such as the Annual Art Show and Sale, Art and Craft Fair, International Affairs speaker/luncheon, Fall Treasure Trove and Book Sale, Music Section Luncheon, as well as others in support of individual charities. In-kind donations include making casseroles for Bethesda Cares, preparing holiday gift bags for hospitalized members of the military, and sewing pillows for women who have undergone breast surgery. Club members, along with other women’s clubs in the Montgomery County Federation, staff the Montgomery Thrift Shop, which raises funds for five non-profit agencies serving residents in Montgomery County.
Education has long been a focus of the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. Currently scholarships are given to area high school seniors entering college who demonstrate academic achievement, school involvement, community service, and financial need, as well as to art and music students at Montgomery College. In addition, the Club awards a scholarship for an adult returning to college.
The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase was founded over one hundred years ago by a small group of women committed to doing good work for the community. A century has passed, but the founders’ original commitment to philanthropy continues.
The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase celebrated its centennial in 2013, marking 100 years of community service. It was established as a charitable organization for local women to raise funds for community needs and to develop a cadre of volunteers to support such efforts. With a principal focus on caring for women, children and families, the Club supports non-profit community groups providing food, shelter and counseling.
The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, Maryland, began one summer day in 1913. Mrs. Joseph Burkhart invited two friends and neighbors, Mrs. John A. Beattie and Mrs. Bruce Bielaski, to her home at 6811 Connecticut Avenue to consider forming a club to do good work for the community along with other like-minded women.
As a result of this meeting, on October 1, 1913, twelve women of Section 3, Chevy Chase, Maryland, met at Mrs. Bielaski’s home and elected Mrs. Beattie, President; Mrs. Burkart, Vice President; and Mrs. Mikkleson, Secretary-Treasurer. Dues were set at 25 cents a meeting, and membership was to be forfeited upon three consecutive absences.
The first meeting was held on October 15, 1913, and the Club was admitted to the Montgomery County Federation in 1914, to the Maryland State Federation in 1915, and to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1916.