Club History
Organized in 1907, our club immediately became a vital part of he community.  The original club house, built in 1909, was the focal point of events as the city developed, and we continue to be involved and supportive of many activities in the area.

Much of our effort is dedicated to raising funds for our selected philanthropies in Sierra Madre and neighboring cities and communities.

1907 - SMWC was organized
1909 – became member of California Federation of Women’s Clubs (CFWC)
1913 – Designated as member club in Los Angeles County Area C, San Gabriel Valley District #20

Essick House
SMWC is housed in a beautiful craftsman style home that was built in 1914 by Mr. and Mrs. Newman Essick.  The house is listed in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Guide to Architecture in Southern California.

In the early 1970’s, in a state of neglect, the house was threatened with demolition.  Purchased by the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club, Essick House was restored through a community volunteer effort and furnished with items from the club’s original house.  Since it’s restoration, Essick House has been faithfully maintained by the Woman’s Club as a community meting place and club headquarters.  The Wistaria Thrift Shop is housed in the former garage and workshop.

           2018-2019Club Officers
Co-Presidents – Beverly Clifton

                            Carol Handley
Second Co-Vice Presidents —

Mary Carney & Barbara Reagan

Membership — Barbara Lampman
Recording Secretary – Carol Handley
Communication Secretary – Melissa Stute
Treasurer – Eva Poet
Financial Secretary –Candice Taylor
Auditor – Syivia Harlan

Parliamentarian — (open)

Board of Directors
Karlene Englert —House

Elma Flores — Program
Carol Handley —Philanthropy
Public Relations —Mary Carney

Newsletter Editor —Janette Ledea

Each year the members work together to raise funds to provide support Scholarships and Charities.
1) Seven $1,000 Scholarships are awarded to high school graduates who have been accepted into college, as well as a deserving student from Journey House in Pasadena
2)  Small grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations located in Sierra Madre and the Pasadena/Foothill area

President Emeritus
​Dixie Coutant, Active

Life Members
Phyllis Chapman
Dixie Coutant
Karlene Englert
Elma Flores
Elizabeth Levie
Alma Mays
Betty Mackie
Marilyn McKernan
Anne Montgomery
Elizabeth Levie

Sierra madre woman's club


Items collected for the Domestic Violence Drive in October

Celebrating 110 Years Through Dedication to Service!

Mission Statement:

"The purpose for which this organization has been founded is to promote charitable, civic, social activities and educational advancement."

Meeting Schedule:

SMWC holds meetings September through May.   Our monthly calendar includes these regularly scheduled meetings:

 Business Meeting and Teas 

2nd Wednesday of the month at 1PM

Blue & Gold Tea Tea 

September 19th 1PM

Board Meetings

1st Wednesdays at 10:00am




SMWC maintains a busy schedule each year, hosting and participating

in a number of Community Events and Club Fundraisers.
The Wistaria Thrift Shop is open to the public September through early June

See Wistaria page

Planning a special event?    

Check out the Essick House Rental page