Vienna Woman's Club





History

   The Vienna Woman’s Club (VWC) was originally formed under the name of Vienna Hills Woman’s Club by 22 women on October 12, 1955. The first president was Mrs. A.H.VanHuison.  In 1956, the Club became affiliated with the VA Federation of Women’s Clubs and also the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.  During that same year, its name was changed to the Vienna Woman’s Club.     

One of the most important early projects was the annual Holiday Bazaar, which began in 1961. The Club received the “Outstanding Single Art Event” award from the VFWC. This successful event remains one of the major fundraisers for the Club.

In 1962, the Club inaugurated a scholarship program for outstanding high school students in Vienna.  In addition, monies are donated to the four local elementary schools.  It is estimated that the Club has donated over $100,000 for this venture over the years.

The VWC has served as official hostess for the Town on numerous occasions - the dedication of the new Post Office in 1959, the Town Hall building in 1964 and the Community Center in 1966.

At the request of Mrs. Catherine Filene Shouse, donor of the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, members of the VWC have on numerous occasions hosted, prepared and served refreshments at various events, including to all performers at the annual Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-Along.  For this service the Club has received a District Merit Award in the Arts, a National “Best Overall” Certificate and Commendation for Outstanding Achievement in Fostering Community Art by the GFWC, and an honorable mention in 2008.

In 1984, the VWC established a Gift of Life Donor Fund to provide aid to recipients of organ transplants not covered by insurance. This aid was administered by the Fairfax Hospital System with approximately $4,500 of donated funds.

On October 12, 2005 the VWC presented a bench to the Vienna Community Center commemorating the Club’s 50th anniversary. The VWC celebrated its 50th anniversary with a champagne reception at the Westwood Country Club.  Vienna Town Council Member, Maud Robinson, a former VWC President and long-time member, was the Honorary Chairperson.  Dignitaries of the State, Fairfax County and Town of Vienna joined the members and past members expressing the sincere appreciation for the Vienna Woman’s Club and its excellence in providing continuing service to the community.  

The GWC Virginia District President, Joan Rogers presented an anniversary certificate to VWC. Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, member of the US House of Representatives, entered a synopsis of the activities and history of the VWC in the Congressional Record on October 17, 2005.

In more recent years, while the Vienna Community Center underwent a major renovation, the Club created a new fundraiser so that it could continue supporting local organizations.  With little time and fewer options, the Club created the Daddy-Daughter Valentine Dance.  The first dance was held in February 2015 at Marshall Road Elementary and was immensely successful.    

The Club’s accomplishments include:
  • Support in establishing the Fairfax County Patrick Henry Library
  • Contribution of $1,000 towards the Vienna Community Center
  • Furnishing a room at Fairfax INOVA Hospital
  • Furnishing the Old Post Office for the Freeman House restoration
  • Contributions to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department
  • Contribution to the Virginia Tech Emergency Vehicle Fund
  • Contributions to needy families throughout the year
  • Scholarships to students and schools in Vienna

The Club continues to be open to new community service opportunities and welcomes you to join us.  

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