Membership Application

What is the Rockford Woman’s Club?

Rockford Woman’s Club is a premier members club dedicated to the betterment of the Rockford Community and to enhancing the lives of its members through friendship, philanthropy and fun.

There are currently three departments within Rockford Woman’s Club, Emerson-Lathrop, Marie T. Perry and Jessie I. Spafford, named after founding members. Each department meets monthly at the club for networking followed by a luncheon and a speaker. They also enjoy working on philanthropy projects, attending special events and attending monthly social activities. In addition, all-club events and philanthropic activities bring the entire membership together. We are ever-changing and evolving, bringing new members, new ideas, new programs and new energy into the club.

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Rockford Woman’s Club members share a commitment to the philanthropic causes we champion, and we share a commitment to each other. Because of that commitment, we have built a community of friendship and support. Much like a family. If you would like to join us in our commitment to our community and to each other, click below to learn more about the departments and then complete the application form for the department you wish to join.

Emerson-Lathrop Department Overview and Application
Marie T. Perry Department Overview and Application
Jessie I. Spafford Department Overview and Application

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About Our Namesake

Jessie I. Spafford, one of the founding member of Rockford Woman’s Club, was a dedicated, driven, astute and intelligent woman who served as the club’s sixth and longest-serving president; Spafford presided for 43 years. She was a Phi Beta Kappa Vassar graduate, bank vice president, the first woman president of the Rockford School District and a Rockford College professor. Jessie loved the club and was one of the major forces behind it. Many of our accomplishments and our mission today are the result of her direction. Jessie would be proud we’re still here and that we continue to make an impact on the community.

Monthly Meetings:

Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month from noon until 2:00 pm, October through May. Meetings include a social hour, luncheon, program and business meeting.

Monthly Social Events:

Social events include a wide variety of activities from theatre to house walks, from local venues to activities around the greater Chicagoland area. Some are members only, some are couples events. With the wide variety of events planned, there are sure to be activities that appeal to everyone.

Philanthropic Project:

RWC Spafford Department supports NWVU Rockford SheVets, whose mission is to ensure that women veterans have access to their VA benefits with special emphasis on assisting homeless women veterans to ensure they have immediate housing or shelter.

What are people saying about the Spafford Department?

Additional expenses may include monthly luncheons, social events and fundraisers which are optional and take place throughout the year.

Dues: $175.00

Monthly Meetings:

Luncheon meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from September through May with the exception of November and December which is held on the second Thursday. Social time starts at 11:00 am, business meeting at 11:30 am, lunch is served at noon followed by a program.

Monthly Social Events:

From Super Bowl parties to trivia contests, Emerson Lathrop Department socials are always creative and fun. Throughout the year, members have many opportunities to participate in a variety of fun activities, and to socialize with their fellow members.

Philanthropic Project:

Emerson Lathrop Department supports Remedies, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide critical services for domestic violence and substance abuse to Boone and Winnebago Counties.

What are people saying about the Emerson Lathrop Department?

Additional expenses may include monthly luncheons, social events and fundraisers which are optional and take place throughout the year.

Dues: $175.00

About Our Namesake

One of the founding members of Rockford Woman’s Club, Marie T. Perry served as its first president, serving for five years. It was at her invitation that 20 small women’s club representatives met at her home in February of 1887 to consider merging for greater effectiveness. Within a few days, 13 groups voted to federate and Rockford Woman’s Club was born. An inspiration to all who knew her, she brought to the club her enthusiastic foresight, fine culture and true friendship.

Monthly Meetings:

Luncheon meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from October through May with a social hour at 11:00 am, lunch at noon and a short business meeting and program following lunch.

Monthly Social Events:

In town or out-of-town, the Marie T. Perry Department finds unique social experiences throughout the year. Luncheons, theme parties, excursions to venues in nearby cities, all fun experiences that draw members closer together.

Philanthropic Project:

RWC Perry Department supports Shirley’s Place, a charitable organization which provides temporary housing for women reclaiming their lives after drug or alcohol addiction or after being in jail.

What are people saying about the Perry Department?

Additional expenses may include monthly luncheons, social events and fundraisers which are optional and take place throughout the year.

Dues: $175.00

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