The Brecksville Women's Club (BWC) has been in existence for 70 years. Founded in 1949, our Club Mission Statement is to establish and support relationships with each other and our communities, and to provide social and philanthropic opportunities for our members.
We are a philanthropic organization that raises money to support numerous charitable endeavors. We hold annual fundraising events. The past few years, we have had a Fall Luncheon and Social and a Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show.
Each year, upon the recommendation of local school counselors, BWC provides college scholarships to Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School and Cuyahoga Valley Vocational School students. We also provide a monetary gift to an outstanding senior student and other community service organizations.
BWC social activities include: Afghan Project, Breakfast/Lunch Bunch (BBL), and Bridge.
Our membership consists of women residing in the surrounding Northeast Ohio area. In 2018, there were 95 members hailing from (19) nineteen cities, towns, and villages.
Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month at Woodside Event Center at St. Michaelís, 5025 Mille Road, Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147. After a delicious lunch followed by a brief business meeting, an enjoyable entertainment program or informative speaker is presented.
The Brecksville Women's Club, Inc. is an outgrowth of the Women's Committee of the Brecksville Little Theatre. It was organized on September 26, 1949, by a group of young women who felt the community needed a cultural, philanthropic and social outlet for the women in the area. The years since then have proven it was a wise move.
The charter members were Mrs. Richard Gaub, Mrs. Clifford Haget, Mrs. Kenneth Hoffman, Mrs. Robert A. Hoffman, Mrs. Henry Huefner, Jr., Mrs. K. C. Jones, Mrs. Adelbert Kohler, Mrs. Theodore Lang, and Mrs. Thomas Layport.
The club grew to 24 by the following June. At the end of 1950-51, the membership stood at 38. If this seems small, remember that Brecksville was just a village then and it would be 12 years before it would grow to 5000 people and city status. We now have about 130 members.
In its first year the club decided it must counter its varied programs with doing things for other people. Consequently, it undertook the giving of monthly parties at Hawthornden State Hospital (now Northcoast Behavioral Care System), gave assistance to Squire Rich Museum and gave an award to an outstanding senior girl at Brecksville High School. Financial support is now given to several other charitable organizations, including Theatre on the Square, Yuletide Hunger Fund and Parma Hospice. To fund these organizations, BWC initially had a fall luncheon. In 1973, a second fund-raising event, the President's Ball, was added to the club's activities and provided a lovely event for club members and their guests. After ten years, the ball's popularity declined, so for several years a variety of fundraising affairs have been enjoyed. For the last several years this has consisted of a card party and social.
The Brecksville Women's Club has been incorporated since 1967, and has been a member of the Federation of Women's Clubs of Cleveland since 1963. Since then, the club has received numerous awards from the Federation for its volunteer work, its yearbook, and general program of activities.
During the club year 1992-1993, the Federation of Women's Clubs of Cleveland legally dissolved its organization thus bringing to a close this thirty year affiliation and activity of Brecksville Women's Club.