Because of health concerns regarding the coronavirus, many meetings and other club activities have been canceled until further notice except as indicated.
Dixie Coutant, Active
Celebrating 112 Years Through Dedication to Service!
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
Recent political campaign mailers sent out by Andy Bencosme carry the implication that the board of directors of the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club has endorsed his candidacy for City Council. This has resulted from titling he chose to use for his literature. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the SMWC is prohibited from endorsing any candidate for political office or taking sides on any ballot measures put before the voters.
With this in mind, we want to make it perfectly clear that the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club DOES NOT ENDORSE ANDY BENCOSME or any other candidate for Sierra Madre City Council.
Check out the LA County Covid-19 Site for more information on free testing at
Stay Safe and See you Soon
OFFICERS & MEMBERS
“Supporting philanthropy and education through service"
Sierra Madre Woman’s Club - The Essick House, 550 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA 91204
Club House (626) 355-4379 Wistaria Shop: (626) 355-7739
Sierra Madre Woman’s Club is an affiliate of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s Clubs
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
Planning a special Event?Check out the Rental Page
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
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.
2020-2021 Club Officers
President – Carol Handley
1st Vice-President – Janette Ledea Second Vice- President —Kathleen Stueck
Membership — Beverly Clifton
Recording Secretary – Veronica Vasquez
Communication Secretary – Jo Ann Williams
Treasurer – Eva Poet
Financial Secretary –Candice Taylor
Parliamentarian — Mary Carney
Protocols & Amenities—Barbara Reagan
Board of Directors
Karlene Englert —House
Janette Ledea — Veronica Vasquez
Mary Carney—Public Relations
Newsletter Editor —Don Handley
"The purpose for which this organization has
been founded is to promote charitable, civic,
social activities and educational advancement."
1st Wednesdays at 10:00am
Business Meeting and Teas
2nd Wednesday of the month at 1PM
Evening Session on 3rd Wednesday at 6:30PM
SMWC holds meetings September through May.