Welcome to the Atlanta Woman's Club, organized November 11, 1895.
Our Club's building is a designated national, state and city historical landmark in the heart of Midtown, Atlanta, Georgia and is admired by many throughout the State of Georgia.
The Atlanta Woman’s Club is a non-profit philanthropic organization made up of professional women of all ages, races and religions who share a common goal: to work together to improve our local community, socially, physically, culturally and educationally. "We, as Southern women, owe a greater debt to our fellow beings than the women of other sections. We have been the exotics of civilization: reared in the lap of luxury, with more time at our command than ordinarily falls to the lot of women, guided by mothers and grandmothers, not only endowed with superior intellect, but with that graceful tact, which enables a woman of education and brilliance to carry conviction in all she says."
October 29, 1896
President, Atlanta Woman’s Club, 1896-7
Atlanta Woman's Club 2012-2014 Leaders
Karen Clydesdale - President
Cimi Douglass - 1st Vice President
Dinah Peevy - 2nd Vice President
Ellen Milholland - Recording Secretary
Barbara Culmer - Ilaw - Treasurer
Page Henry - Assistant Treasurer
Ruth Yurchuck - Corresponding Secretary
Karen Johnson - Parliamentarian
Board of Trustees
Myra Carmon - Chairman
Karen Clydesdale - AWC President
Judine Heard - Secretary
Barbara Culmer - Ilaw - AWC Treasurer
Page Henry - AWC Assistant Treasurer
Karen Bacheller - Trustee
Cimi Douglass - Trustee
Donna Foland - Trustee
Dinah Peavey - Dean of Departments
Lucy Willard - Talullah Falls School
Cimi Douglass - Membership
Beth Jetha - Arts
Karen Johnson - Conservation and Gardens
Donna Foland - Education
Judine Heard - Home Life
Pat Walsh - International Affairs
Lisa Banes - Public Affairs
Daisy Lucky Aukerman – Advisory
Lucy Willard – Tallulah Falls School
Barbara Culmer-Ilaw- Budget
Betty Daniels - Nominating
Sarah Helen Killgore - Historian/Women's History and Resource Center
Judith Behrens – Member Events
ChaundraLuckett – Social Outreach
Donna Foland, Lisa Banes – Organizational Development
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The Atlanta Woman’s Club encourages its members to become interested, involved citizens of the community by engaging in charitable activities that benefit the community as a whole. While no minimum number of hours is required to maintain membership, the Club offers a range of volunteer opportunities in six general areas: Arts, Education, Public Affairs, Conservation, Home Life and International Affairs.
The Atlanta Woman’s Club is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), one of the world's largest and oldest international philanthropic organizations. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., GFWC members support the arts, preserve natural resources, promote education, encourage healthy lifestyles, stress civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.
The Atlanta Woman's Club is the largest and oldest member of the GFWC in Georgia. The Georgia Federation is composed of approximately 175 women's clubs throughout the state whose members provide volunteer service to their community. Each Club sets their own agendas and works on projects and programs that address the specific needs of their communities. Members of all ages have opportunities for personal growth and enrichment through leadership training and development.
Our Club's facilities may be rented for use for wedding ceremonies, bridal showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, office parties, and other Atlanta events. A significant portion of the procedes from all event rentals are used to support charitable works which benefit our community.
For over a century, The Atlanta Woman’s Club has been involved in community and national needs including promoting the quality of life in the City of Atlanta, education, preserving natural resources, stressing good citizenship, encouraging healthy lifestyles, contributing to world peace and international understanding, and supporting participation in the arts. Our club has engaged in a diverse range of projects, from our work to establish the Atlanta public kindergarten system, mobile libraries, the farmers market, and the establishment of Hartsfield International Airport. Our Club also actively supports the Tallulah Falls School, which has been owned and operated by the Georgia Federation since 1909.
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The Atlanta Woman’s Club, formerly known as the Wimbish Mansion, was built in 1906 as a private residence for the William Wimbish family. Located in the heart of Midtown near the intersection of 14th St. and Peachtree St., this historic venue is a reminder of the life on Peachtree Street at the turn of the century. As you walk through the door of this upscale mansion, you immediately experience a touch of refined southern elegance. Tall fireplaces, gothic columns, crystal chandeliers and polished hardwoods create an intimate setting for a special event.
One of only a handful of surviving handful of Peachtree mansions, it is also an extremely important example of the architect; considerable talents as a "high-style" residential architect. It is a rare and late example of the Chateausque style. Largely intact and including some of the original Wimbish furniture, the Wimbish house is an irreplaceable landmark in Midtown.
The home of the Atlanta Woman's club after 1907, the original house was included in a master plan that was created and implemented by the notable architectural partnership of P. Thornton Marye and Barrett Alger. Like the main house, the Banquet Hall (built in 1921) and the Lucille King Thomas Auditorium (built in 1922) are significant not only for their architectural qualities but also for their historic and cultural associations as well.
Totally refurbished in 1990 from a fire, the mansion is an elegant reminder of life on Peachtree at the turn of the century with a few modern amenities such as an elevator and access ramps. This beautiful home has served as our headquarters, and it is affectionately known as the "Old Lady of Peachtree". The clubs monthly membership and executive meetings are held in the clubhouse, as well as the many special events that we host.
Weddings and receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties, bar mitzvah’s, corporate parties and other special events find this mansion quite an extraordinary venue!
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