Celebrating 115 Years Through Dedication to Service!

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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

Mission Statement:

"The purpose for which this organization has

been founded is to promote charitable, civic,

social activities and educational advancement."

Meeting Schedule:

Board Meetings

1st Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

Business Meeting and Luncheons       
2nd Wednesday of the month at 11 AM

Evening Session on 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 PM

SMWC holds meetings September through May.  


Club History
Organized in 1907, our club immediately became a vital part of the 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 meeting place and club headquarters.  The Wistaria Thrift Shop is housed in the former garage and workshop.

“Supporting philanthropy and education through service"
Sierra Madre Woman’s Club - The Essick House, 550 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Club House (626) 355-4379   Wistaria Shop: (626) 355-7739
Facebook:  SierraMadreWomansClub
 Sierra Madre Woman’s Club is an affiliate of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s Clubs

Sierra madre woman's club


​​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

           2021-2022 Club Officers

President – Veronica Vasquez 

1st Vice-President – Janette Ledea                Second Vice- President —Vacant

Membership — Nancy Shollenberger
Recording Secretary –
Communication Secretary – Jo Ann Williams
Treasurer – Eva Poet
Financial Secretary –Candace Taylor
Parliamentarian — Carol Handley

Protocols & Amenities—Patricia Woodlin

Board of Directors
Karlene Englert —House Manager

Carol Handley — Thrift Shop Liaison
Patricia Woodlin (
Mary Carney (
Interim)—Public Relations

Newsletter Editor —Don Handley


​​President Emeritus
​Dixie Coutant, Active

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

Eva Poet

Esther Macias

Mary Carney