A group of 12 women met at the home of Betty Sternad on March 18, 1966, and the Wilton Woman’s Club began. On April 1, 1966, Betty was elected President of the club, and the 21 charter members approved by-laws.
Formally called “The Wilton Woman’s Club, Inc.,” the club joined the General Federation of Women’s Clubs/Connecticut (GFWC/CT) on April 25, 1966. The club’s first general meeting was held on May 13th at the Wilton Congregational Church. Approximately 100 women attended. In 2002, the club voted to end its affiliation with GFWC.
The club’s stated objectives were to bring women together for educational purposes and to be of service to the community. It has since established a proud tradition of volunteer service and financial support for various community projects, including Merwin Meadows, Adopt-a-Spot, the Adult Center, Wilton’s first bicycle path, emergency services ambulance equipment, the Vial of Life medical information program, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the home-bound, senior lunch and bingo, and blood and flu clinics.
All members support the club’s projects and fundraisers, both financially and through volunteer hours. For many years, the club’s one fundraiser was an annual art and craft fair. In 2005, however, the club voted to end the fair due to logistical difficulties but continues to hold an annual fundraising event. The club’s Philanthropy Committee donates net proceeds from this event to local charitable and community organizations.
Over its 40-plus year history, the club has continued to grow and adapt to the changing lifestyles and interests of its members.