The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge was founded in 1905 as “an organized center for thought and action for the women of the community in which ideals of education, culture, and civic and social service may be encouraged and developed”.
The Women’s Club has been successfully fulfilling its mission since its inception, and remains a vibrant and vital organization today.
Membership grew rapidly in the new Club as there was great interest in the many civic projects the Club was pursuing. In the early years, the Women’s Club met in various locations including private homes, schools and churches. In 1925 the impossible dream of a clubhouse became a reality. A beautiful brick Georgian Colonial Revival building was completed at the corner of Ridgewood Avenue and Snowden Place. Mr. Henry S. Chapman, who lived at the Sunnycrest Estate at 204 Ridgewood Avenue (where the high school now stands) was the sole benefactor of the clubhouse. The building was erected as a memorial to his beloved wife. A plaque remains on the building today claiming it to be The Emily M. Chapman Memorial. The clubhouse is a generous gift that is treasured and well cared for by the membership
The Women’s Club is the scene of many social gatherings, educational programs, cultural events, and meetings. A variety of Club departments sponsor monthly speakers across a broad range of topics. Members currently enjoy programs from departments that include: Art Religions and Spirituality Children’s Community Service Drama Home and Garden International Affairs Literature Music Other events throughout the year often include informal cocktail parties, luncheons, yoga, book discussions and day trips to New York City. The Club publishes its Signpost newsletter four times per year to keep the membership informed.
The Women’s Club sponsors several major fundraisers each year including the spring Favorite Doll Tea and the popular House Tour in May. Funds from these events and others support the charitable gifts the Club provides to local organizations. The funds are also used to maintain the historic clubhouse, a charming destination in the center of town.
The Women’s Club has been closely associated with almost every aspect of life in the Borough of Glen Ridge. The Club prides itself on responding to the needs of the community and beyond. Community Service projects over the years have been large and small, but there is hardly a local charity or town organization that has not benefited from the Club’s influence. In a typical year the Women’s Club provides needed funding to such organizations as:
- G.R. Educational Foundation
- G.R. High School Scholarship Fund
- G.R. Brownie and Girl Scout Troups
- G.R. Recreation Department
- Montclair Fire Department
We welcome new members!
The Women’s Club is a non-profit organization, and is open to all women of the community over the age of 18. Men are encouraged to support the Club as Associate Members. Glen Ridge girls from 9th to 12th grades enjoy membership in the Girls’ Club.
The Women's Club of Glen Ridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
219 Ridgewood Avenue Glen Ridge New Jersey 07028 973-748-5459