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Welcome to The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth web site.  Founded in 1923 by eleven study clubs, several of which were formed before 1900, The Woman’s Club is made up of 50 clubs and departments with the purpose of “the cultural and civic advancement of our community and the promotion of the study of literature, history, science, painting, music and other fine arts.”

Opening Message from our President:

Ladies of this beautiful club, and friends;Bender circle


How very honored and pleased I am to be serving The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth as your 39th president. Being a part of this dynamic and wonderful club for over 40 years has been a blessing to me. Entering JWC in 1971 was a thrill beyond my wildest dreams….working in the Children’s Area at Mayfest, participating in “The Spring Show”, and serving with so many talented ladies was such a fun-filled time for my entire family. The Woman’s Club has even more wonderful moments to explore.


Speaking of all the magical moments in this club, your Ways and Means Chairmen, Sidney Reed and LaVonne Walters are, at this second, working for your October Social and the November boutique. Save the date of October 20th, the month of November, and December Open House….great times to bring in guests.  Julia Mallin, the Historical Preservation Trust chairman, has lined up some unique Victorian homes for your pleasure. This event is so special because through your participation, we make our Woman’s Club even more magnificent.


Cathy Mayberry has been inviting new members and guests to our Welcome Back and New Member Orientation on September 26.


Throughout these years, the Woman’s Club has experienced many changes from the Junior Woman’s Club (Margaret Meacham Hall) to Florence Shuman Hall. We are continually working for facelifts and reconstructions. Parking lots have been added and striped, new rooftops added, and vintage windows replaced and rebuilt. Florence Shuman Hall has been redressed….and she is ready for your next reception. Carolyn Lombard, the House chairman, is overseeing some beautiful interior decorations.


For the coming year, I have chosen this theme: “Where the Sidewalk Ends……Come In! Come In!” We are only as amazing as our members and for this year, I would like to encourage many, many more ladies to join us at this club. Study clubs, such as ours, are extremely rare. We can offer so many newcomers, neighbors, and friends an exciting club with so many opportunities. Bring in a new member today. Whether you love to read, to write, to play bridge or mah jongg, study Shakespeare, exercise, listen to music, or listen to lectures, our Club is the answer.


Please make a point to visit each department that piques your interest, read your Courier, and attend all of the Etta Newby Club meetings.


Treasure your membership and take advantage of the many varied programs planned with you in mind. I appreciate your support and look forward to many great events this year….”Here, Where the Sidewalk Ends…..Come in! Come in!



Nora Bender


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The Woman's Club of Fort Worth  1316 Pennsylvania Ave.  Fort Worth, Texas 76104-2111