The Community Club of Collegeville was founded in 1920 by a dozen women dedicated to promoting the best interests and needs of our community. First known as the Civic Club of Collegeville, the group joined the new national General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) in 1921 and adopted the current name in 1923. The first civic project was a mosquito control initiative, and that was soon followed by a fundraiser for a lunch counter in the public school. Arranging for physical examinations and inoculations against diphtheria in school children were other early projects.
Over the years the Club has participated in a variety of community events and charitable endeavors including donations of food, gently used clothing, books, paper products, etc. to food pantries, libraries, and women’s shelters. Members conduct bingo for residents of Park House, cut fabric to be made into medical gowns for Operation Smile and provide refreshments to participants in the Collegeville Trappe Memorial Day Parade.
Rewarding academic achievement of students in the Perkiomen Valley School District is a major focus of the club. Fifth graders who show the most improvement during the trimester are presented with gift certificates for the local book store, and scholarships are given to graduating seniors who plan to further their education. Every year the club sponsors and funds the attendance of one high school student at a weekend leadership conference.
In the spring the Club holds a Festival of the Arts and invites Perkiomen Valley School District art teachers (elementary through high school) to select a few paintings, drawings and photographs from their students’ work to enter in the contest. Winners move on to county and possibly district and state level GFWC Festival of the Arts competitions.
The various committees which are part of the Clubs are a testament to the myriad interests of the members. For example, the beautiful, award-winning landscaping surrounding the Collegeville Borough Hall is the result of the efforts of the Conservation Committee. Some of the other committees are education, arts, community improvement, bridge, publicity, hospitality and a book club. Our Ways and Means Committee is in charge of raising funds for our educational awards, scholarships and community projects. The Community Club of Collegeville is also about meeting new friends and having fun. For example, recently members have had girls’ nights out for dinner and a movie and took a road trip to tour historic mansions along the Delaware River in Bucks County.
General meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month except in the summer at Augustus Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall in Trappe. A typical evening includes a brief business meeting, a program, refreshments and opportunity for socializing. New members are always welcome. Women who live in Trappe, Collegeville and the surrounding area are invited to attend a meeting. For further information email us at [email protected].
Today the Club has 13 active committees catering to the many interest of its Members. All Members take turns serving on one or more committees.
- Community Improvement
- Legislation/Resolutions/By- Laws
- Social Activities
- Concerts, Shows, Trips
- Book Club
- Ways and Means
OUR ANNUAL DUES ARE $50.00