Celebrating 110 Years Through Dedication to Service!

NOTE: The Lattes & Literature event will be held at the Kensington, 245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.

Mardi Gras, February 18. 

Fashions provided by Magnolia's Boutique.

Chairwoman, Trini Ornelas.

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.


President Emeritus
Betty Mackie, Active

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



Each year the members work together to raise funds to provide support Scholarships and Charities.
1) Scholarships are awarded to high school graduates who have been accepted into college, as well as students currently enrolled, and
2)  Small grants are awarded to charitable nonprofit organizations located in the Pasadena/Foothills region.

Sierra madre woman's club

SMWC maintains a busy schedule each year, hosting and participating

in a number of Community Events and Club Fundraisers.
What’s Next?

 Ongoing Fundraising Activity
The Wistaria Thrift Shop is open to the public September through early June (LINK to “Wistaria” tab/page)

Mission & Purpose

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

Meeting Schedule

SMWC holds meetings September through May.  During this time, the monthly calendar includes three regularly scheduled meetings:

 Business Meeting and Luncheon 

2nd Wednesdays at 11:00am

 Social Tea

4th Wednesdays at 1:00pm

Board Meetings

1st Wednesdays at 10:00am

2016-2017 Club Officers

President – Beverly Clifton
First Vice President – Barbara Lampman
Second Vice President – Elma Flores
Recording Secretary – Carol Handley
Corresponding Secretary – Mary Jane Baker
Treasurer – Eva Poet
Financial Secretary – Mary Carney
Auditor – Candice Taylor
Parliamentarian – OPEN

Board of Directors
Karlene Englert
Carol Handley
Trini Ornelas
Patricia Woodlin

Day at the Races - Santa Anita

Elma Flores, SMWC Boardmember
Jay Cohen, Santa Anita Race Track Bugler
Beverly Clifton, SMWC President