Rockford Woman’s Club - A Rich History
In 1897, 13 independent women’s groups dedicated to civic and cultural improvements and the intellectual growth of its members joined forces to form The Rockford Woman’s Club (RWC). It is a premier members club dedicated to the betterment of the Rockford Community and to enhancing the lives of its members. For more than 100 years, thousands of Rockford Woman’s Club members have worked together to benefit the community while building lasting friendships that have survived through generations.
Throughout its history it has been a major force in serving the community. One of the first philanthropic projects founded by RWC was the Montague House, which helped immigrants acclimate to American society. Through the years, RWC has tackled a variety of community issues from starting the first school lunch program to housing the Literary Council and today it is going back to its roots; helping immigrant mothers and children learn to thrive in our community.
The work of RWC is many and varied but always geared toward the betterment of the Rockford Community. For more information about Rockford Woman’s Club click here.
A Beautiful Historic Location
RWC opened its lovely historic clubhouse in 1918 - The Rockford Woman’s Club Building at 323 Park Avenue in downtown Rockford. The building boasts spacious meeting rooms, beautiful banquet facilities and an 800-seat theatre. Built in the neoclassical style of architecture, it has been upgraded to meet today’s standards while maintaining its original character. It is truly one of the finest historic buildings in downtown Rockford.
Flexible Event Space
In addition to hosting RWC meetings and events, the club is the perfect setting for formal or informal gatherings and theatrical performances.
Weddings and receptions, bridal/baby showers, private parties, art openings, seminars, and business meetings can all be accommodated in the flexible event spaces within the Rockford Woman’s Club.
The Rockford Theatre, part of the Rockford Woman’s Club facility, is an 800-seat performance theatre with its own entrance, box office and lobby facilities and is fully equipped with house lights, strip lights, a Steinway piano and a professional sound system.
An Overview of Our Activities
Rockford Woman’s Club has something for everyone. There are three departments within the club. Each holds monthly luncheon meetings, sponsors a philanthropic project and hosts monthly and other informal social activities. In addition, a wide variety of all-club activities include an over-arching philanthropic project, a creative writing scholarship project, dynamic speakers/entertainers, special interest groups such as book groups and social activities for couples.