Woman’s Department Club
Of Wheaton
General Federation of Women’s Clubs - Illinois
Meetings are held at:

The Loretto Conference Center
St. Daniel’s Parish Center
MidAmerica Bank Meeting Room
and the
Homes of Members

Our general meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month except September and January when they are on the 2nd Tuesday.  
General meetings are at 1pm.
except for our September breakfast meeting and our two luncheons.

Membership is open to any person in agreement with the objectives of the
Woman’s Department Club
For Information about membership please contact:
Carole Cada: JCCone@aol.com
Sylvia Kirkland: STK417@aol.com
In 1914, Wheaton women combined several small clubs to establish the League of Women’s Clubs.  Their wish was to broaden their cultural, civic, and philanthropic activities.  Charter members included many Wheaton pioneer families.  The first president was Mrs. Mary Dannet Clifford.  By 1916, there were 110 members.  The club was restructured into departments that included Home and Education, Literature, Arts and Music.  The Clifford home at 426 North Main Street was purchased in 1927 as a community house.  It was sold in 1942.

In the years since the Department Club was founded, community interest has continued.  City beautification projects, yearly participation in the Salvation Army Tag Day.  Lap robes, calendars, cards, and Christmas gifts are contributed to the DuPage Convalescent Center.  Christmas collection for Family Shelter Services is an annual event.  Many other local and national philanthropic causes are also supported.  In the past, the Department Club sponsored the Junior Women’s Club.  A room at Central DuPage Hospital was contributed.  Wheaton Drama Club was an outgrowth of Department Club’s Play Reading Group.

Co-Presidents ---Carole Cada and Sylvia Kirkland
First Vice President -- Nancy Ettl
Second Vice President -- Penny Gillen
Recording Secretary -- Janet Higgins
Treasurer -- Nancy Bruce
Dues Secretary -- Joann Barnard
Corresponding Secretary -- Dixie Hawthorne
Advisor -- Lois Heaton
Annual Club Projects:

Four $1000 scholarships to local high school seniors
to be used for college

Salvation Army Tag Day
Sew and stuff 50 red Christmas stocking for Iraq troops
Lap robes for DuPage Convalescent Center patients
Toys and clothing for Family Shelter Services clients
Monetary donations to Hines VA Hospital for parties for patients
Monetary donation for T.L.C. Camp for children with cancer
Nicolas Larsen Veterans Home
Walk for Breast Cancer
Monetary donation for safe high school after-prom parties
Money donated for:  Burn Camp
Shawnee National Forest
Community Nursing Service Hospice
Little Friends Workshop
Outreach Community Ministries
People’s Resource Center

2008-2009 General Meeting Dates

September 8 --  Friendship Breakfast

at St. Daniel the Prophet Catholic Church Parish Center  9:30 a.m.

October 7 --  An Encounter with Bertha Palmer

at Loretto Conference Center  1p.m.

November 4 --  Benefit Luncheon:  Pink Notes Vocal Group at Prairie Landing Golf Club 11:30 a.m.

December 2 -- Christmas Tea:  It's Not Vaudeville  ( Wheaton Park District) at St. Daniel's 1 p.m.   


January 13 -- The Art of Making Chocolate Candy

at St. Daniel's 1 p.m.

February 3 -- Just What is American Food?  Cook Books & American Cultural Identity

at Loretto Conference Center  1pm

March 3 --  How to Get From 'Oy Vey' to 'Ooh LaLa'  

at Loretto Conference Center 1 p.m.

April 7 --  Illinois: Gateway to the American West in Story & Song

at Loretto Conference Center 1 p.m.

May 5 -- Annual Spring Luncheon:  The Dulcimer -- Music and History

at Arrowhead Golf Club at 11:30 a.m.