Milestones of Achievement

           Women Creating Change

A Great Tradition of Community Service

Since 1897, The Woman’s Club has served as a guiding force in  City of Jacksonville affairs.

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The Windsor Hotel

On January 20, 1897, an organizational meeting of The Woman's Club of Jacksonville was held at the Windsor Hotel, the club's founding site.  The Windsor Hotel, located in downtown Jacksonville on Hogan Street, fronted the St. James Park, renamed Hemming Park in 1898.

Year - President

1897 - Harriett S Fairhead

Harriett S Fairhead
First President of The Woman’s Club of Jacksonville, Inc.
1897 - 1899

  • On January 20, 1987 the first meeting of the Woman's Club of Jacksonville was held at the Windsor Hotel.
1898 - Harriett S Fairhead
  • The club sponsored Jacksonville's first Flower Show and first Art Exhibit.  This  allowed the Woman's Club  to contribute the $1000 needed to keep the public schools open a full term. 
1899 - Mrs R M Pollard

Mrs R M Pollard
1899 - 1901

1900 - Mrs R M Pollard
1901 - Mrs Joseph H Durkee

Mrs Joseph H Durkee
1901 - 1902

1902 - Mrs W W Cummer

Mrs W W Cummer
1902 - 1904

  • The Club organized the first Mother's Club.  This was the forerunner to the P.T.A. in Duval High School.
1903 - Mrs W W Cummer
1904 - Mrs Duncan U Fletcher

Mrs Duncan U Fletcher
1904 - 1906

  • Operated a Fresh Air Camp for Tubercular children.
1905 - Mrs Duncan U Fletcher
1906 - Mrs Arthur Gerrish Cummer

Mrs Arthur Gerrish Cummer
1906 - 1908

1907 - Mrs Arthur Gerrish Cummer
  • Established the first city playground in Dignan Park, now Confederate Park.
1908 - Mrs Beulah Warner / Mrs Guy Pride
1909 - Mrs Walter P Corbett
  • Organized Associated Charities, a forerunner of the Community Chest.
1910 - Mrs Walter P Corbett
1911 - Mrs William B Young

Mrs William B Young  1911 - 11913

  • Organized the Y.W.C.A.
  • Started a music program in the public schools
  • Opened first school lunchrooms
  • Provided for the city's first Infant Welfare Nurse by paying salary for six years.
1912 - Mrs William B Young
1913 - Mrs Louise C Meigs

Miss. Louise C Meigs
1913 - 1915
1930 - 1931

  • Established the first ward for contagious diseases in St. Luke’s Hospital.
1914 - Mrs Louise C Meigs
1915 - Mrs Frank E Jennings

Mrs Frank E Jennings
1915 - 1917

1916- Mrs Frank E Jennings
1917 - Mrs Francis P L'Engle
  • Organized the first Artist Concert Series, now Civic Music.
1918 - Mrs N B Broward
1919 - Mrs N B Broward
1920- Mrs Beulah Warner
1921- Mrs Beulah Warner
1922 - Mrs Matilda F O'Donald

Mrs Matilda F O'Donald
1922 - 1924

1923 - Mrs Matilda F O'Donald
1924 - Mrs Maleonlna M Landers

Mrs Maleonlna M Landers
1924 - 1926

1925 - Mrs Maleonlna M Landers
1926 - Mrs Fred B Noble

Mrs Fred B Noble
1926 - 1928

1927- Mrs Fred B Noble
  • November 23rd, Grand Opening of new $60,000 clubhouse on Riverside Avenue
  • Junior Woman’s Club was organized
  • Jacksonville's  first Police Woman’s Bureau established
  • Started the Parental Home.
1928 - Mrs Maveus C Fagg

Mrs Maveus C Fagg
1928 - 1930

  • The Little Woman’s Department was organized for girls, ages 12-18. 
  • Paid the full salary for matron in Union Depot, anticipating Traveler’s Aid Society.
1929 - Mrs Maveus C Fagg

Presidents Day Celebration January 23, 1929

 

1930 - Mrs Louise C Meigs

Miss Louise Meigs
1930 - 1931

1931 - Mrs Louise C Meigs

Miss Louise C Clark
1931 -1932

1932 - Mrs Waldo E Cummer

Mrs Waldo E Cummer
1932 - 1934

1933 - - Mrs Waldo E Cummer
1934 - Mrs James W Spratt

Mrs James W Spratt
1934 - 1935

1935 - Mrs William A Bisbee

Mrs William A Bisbee
1935 - 1936

1936 - Mrs Thurston Roberts

Mrs Thurston Roberts
1936 - 1938

1937 - Mrs Thurston Roberts
1938 - Mrs Granville Emmett Batey

Mrs Granville Emmett Batey
1938 - 1940

1939 - Mrs Granville Emmett Batey
  • Organized first Marathon Round Table (Now Civic Round Table).
1940 - Mrs Horace C Avery

Mrs Horace C Avery
1940 - 1942

1941 - Mrs Horace C Avery
  • Entertained servicemen
  • Worked with Red Cross work
  • provided classes in national defense
  • Aided in establishing Teen Town
1942 - Mrs Joseph F Marrow

Mrs Joseph F Marrow
1942 - 1944

1943 - Mrs Joseph F Marrow
1944 - Mrs Charlotte Bowden Perry

Mrs Charlotte Bowden Perry
1944 - 1946

1945 - Mrs Charlotte Bowden Perry

Mrs Charlotte Bowden Perry
1944 - 1946

  • Entertained servicemen
  • Worked with  Red Cross
  • Provided classes in national defense
  • Aided in establishing Teen Town.
1946 - Mrs A Cecil Tharin

Mrs A Cecil Tharin
1946 -1948

1947 - - Mrs A Cecil Tharin
1948 - Mrs James Bright Lee

Mrs James Bright Lee
1948 - 1950

1949 - Mrs James Bright Lee
1950 - Mrs Robert C Marshall

 

  • Sponsored the first Child Hygiene Clinic
1951- Mrs Robert C Marshall
1952 - Mrs Ralph R Anderson

Mrs Ralph R Anderson
1952 - 1954

1953- Mrs Ralph R Anderson
1954 - Mrs Joseph H Riggs

Mrs Joseph H Riggs
1954 - 1956

1955 - Mrs Joseph H Riggs
  • Established the first School Crossing Guard Program
1956 - Mrs John P Miller

Mrs John P Miller
1956 - 1958

  • The Friendship Club for senior citizens organized by the new Gerontology Division.
1957 - Mrs John P Miller
1958 - Mrs Olin W Stagg

Mrs Olin W Stagg
1958 - 1960

1959 - Mrs Olin W Stagg
  • The Club established the city’s first “Pal Day for Service Women.”
1960 - Mrs Robert B Cowan

Mrs Robert B Cowan
1960 - 1962

Year - President

1961 - Mrs Robert B Cowan
  • Sponsored classes in languages open to the public, including a weekly class for Cuban refugees.
1962 - Mrs Chester F Cluxton

Mrs Chester F Cluxton
1962 - 1964

1963 - Mrs Chester F Cluxton
  • Sponsored “Mental Health Alert,” an educational program open to the public.
  • Received a $500 award for the Club’s scholarship and education work.
1964 - Mrs. E Ross Harris

Mrs. E Ross Harris
1964 - 1966

1965 - Mrs. E Ross Harris
  • Operation Teenager reached thousands of junior and high school students for crime prevention.
1966 - Mrs C LaFon Lash

Mrs C LaFon Lash
1966 - 1967

  • Established Translators and Interpreters Bureau, representing 19 languages.
1967 - Mrs H Ward Strickland

Mrs H Ward Strickland
1967 - 1969

1968 - Mrs H Ward Strickland
1969 - Mrs Lloyd T Thurmond

Mrs Lloyd T Thurmond
1969 - 1971

1970 - Mrs Lloyd T Thurmond
  • Roberta (Mrs. Walker J.) Bennett Library at Woman’s Club of Jacksonville dedicated.
1971 - Mrs Oscar G Rawls

Mrs Oscar G Rawls
1971 - 1973

1972 - Mrs Oscar G Rawls
1973 - Mrs J A Camera

Mrs J A Camera
1973 - 1974

1974 - Mrs J A Camera
1975 - Mrs Joseph W Blake
1976 - Mrs Joseph W Blake
1977 - Mrs Julian Warren

Mrs Julian Warren
1977 - 1979

1978 - Mrs Julian Warren
1979 - Miss Josephine Scalise
1980 - Mrs Norwood M Phelps
1981 - Mrs Norwood M Phelps
1982 - Mrs Charles F Johnson
1983 - Mrs Charles F Johnson
1984 - Mrs Luther E Cranford
1985 - Mrs Luther E Cranford
1986 - Mrs C F Bryans
1987 - Mrs C F Bryans
1988 - Mrs B B Neeley
1989 - Mrs B B Neeley
1990 - Mrs Joseph Kennelly, Jr
1991 - Mrs Joseph Kennelly, Jr
1992 - Mrs Emmett Ferguson, Jr
1993 - Mrs Emmett Ferguson, Jr
1994 - Mrs C F Bryans
1995 - Mrs C F Bryans
1996 - Mrs W Paul Reagan
1997 - Mrs W Paul Reagan
  • 100th birthday of the Woman’s Club of Jacksonville.
1998 - Mrs Bennett Wattles
1999 - Mrs Bennett Wattles
2000 - Mrs C J Schultz
2001- Mrs C J Schultz
2002 - Mrs James B May
2003- Mrs James B May
2004
  • First Club Gala, “Grande Dame of Riverside,” a fundraiser for the restoration of our historic building.
2005
2006
  • Sale of the Riverside Avenue property to the Cummer Museum.
2007
  • Donated $25,000 to the Police Athletic League for the purchase of a 12 passenger van to drive children to events.
2008

Donations were made to the following:

  • $10,000 to Hubbard House
  • $3,000 Firefighters Local 122 for Iris Roberts Fund
  • $1,000 to St. Andrews Lighthouse
  • 300 pounds of items to the Troops in Iraq
  • 30 lap blankets to Taylor Manor Nursing Home
  • Personal items for the girls at Hacienda Girls Ranch in Melbourne
  • Purchased  Christmas gifts for 25 children of the Salvation Army Angel Tree program
2009
2010
2011

Donations were made to the following

  • Jacksonville Historical Society,
  • Girl Scouts of Gateway,
  • City Rescue Mission,
  • Jacksonville Symphony,
  • Pace Center for Girls,
  • Jacksonville Humane Society,
  • Second Harvest Food Bank,
  • St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church 
  • Hubbard House.
2012
2013
  • Special project: Formed “Young Women in Leadership” at Robert E. Lee High School. Mentored ten girls from January through May, gave five college scholarships.
  • Awarded the Jacksonville Historical Society a copy machine ($9,000 value).
2014 - Janice May
2015 - Laura Ward Crooks
  • Special Project: “Young Women in Leadership” provided one scholarship.
  • Contributed to a female veteran who needed home repairs where she lived with two teenage daughters.
  • Created a foundation with the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to continue the Club’s charitable work in perpetuity.
2016 - Laura Ward Crooks

Laura Ward Crooks
2016 - 2018

  • Purchased sound system for West Jacksonville Elementary School ($1000),
  • purchased a Special Reading Program to help children at risk for West Jacksonville Elementary School ($16,000.). 
  •  Sponsors for “Tee Up For Pine Castle ($10,000),
  • Gave scholarships to six high school or college women at $2,000. each.
  • Awarded a grant of $3,500.00 to Fletcher High School to purchase sheet music for its choral groups and provide transportation to musical events.
2017 - Laura Ward Crooks
  • Presented $ 6,000 grant to The Jacksonville to archive papers, photographs and other paraphernalia of The Woman's Club of Jacksonville.
  • Purchased All-In-One Touch Screen Classroom Technology Unit Table and Chairs as part of a "Make-over" for the art room at West Riverside Elementary School,($5,100.).
  • Granted $2,500 to Duncan U. Fletcher High School towards the purchase of new concert dresses for young women in the Concert Chorus
  • Granted the Jacksonville Public Library $500 to purchase books for their Early Literacy Parent/Child Program
  • Granted Theater Jacksonville $1,000  toward scholarships for their Summer Theater Camp Program for inner-city children
  • Provided a $1,000 grant to "We Care" for medical supplies
  • Scholarships were awarded to 9 students totaling  $14,000.
2018 - Katherine Schnauss Naugle

Katherine Schnauss Naugle
2018 - 2021

  • Awarded  $ 5,000 grant to The Jacksonville Historical Society  to continue archiving Woman’s Club Collection 
  • Awarded $5,000 to Family Promise of Jacksonville in support to their mentoring program for women  who are head of household
  • Awarded $5,000 to West Riverside Elementary School to provide musical instruments for the newly created music program
  • Awarded $5,000 to Downtown Ecumenical Services Council- for woman's nutrition program; 
  • Awarded $2,900 Ortega Elementary School  to be used for kindergarten reading program; 
  • Awarded $2,000 to We Care to be used  towards education for women who prepare meals for family members with  chronic illness; 
  • Awarded $40,0000 in scholarships to 20 students.

    Sheriff Michael Williams
    Guest Speaker
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2019 - Katherine Schnauss Naugle
  • Awarded  Scholarships of 2,000 each to 11 students  totaling $22,000
  • Donated $1,000 to Theatre Jacksonville in support of their 100 year anniversary fundraising campaign
  • Donated $1,000 to North Florida School
2020 - Katherine Schnauss Naugle
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