Gatherings, Groups and Giving
The Batavia Woman’s Club holds gatherings and groups throughout the year for a variety of goals and purposes. This is the primary way we conduct club business. Our success in aiding our community is directly related to our club members who give their time and energy. While we are not a “social” club, make no mistake, we have fun and make friends in the process of helping others!
General Monthly Meetings
We enjoy lunch or dinner meetings the first Monday of every month.These meetings serve several purposes. They bring us up to date on our Board’s activity. We also enjoy a speaker or presentation based on club interest.
members mix and mingles
We did mention making friends and having fun. We hold events throughout the year and invite members to bring neighbors and friends to learn about our club.
Way and Means Events
We need money beyond our dues to keep our club up and running. So we invent entertaining ways to generate this necessary revenue. Do you like to play Brunco? Do you enjoy shopping?
Our “leading ladies” of 1892 gathered to share their interests and see how their skills and interests could benefit their community. This is the proud legacy we continue to embrace and enjoy today. Within these special interest groups, we encourage new members to explore these three groups to see which holds the most appeal. Enrollment is not a requirement and members are free to join any, all, or none of these groups. But we hope everyone will find a group that is a good fit. Here is more information about our Special Interest Groups which provide unique ways to meet new members with shared interests.
Conservation and Garden
This group’s name pretty much describes its focus. And while these ladies like their gardening and flowers, it is much more than that. Conservation, native flora and fauna, environmental natural resources and farming could be the topic discussed at the meetings this group holds every year.
Any one of this group’s meetings might find a local best-selling author explaining her creative process, or getting a back stage tour of the beautiful Paramount Theatre in Aurora, or getting a “BWC” only” show by the Batavia High School Improv Group! You never know where this group might lead you!
Home Life and Education
As its name suggest, this group spans a broad scope of interests. As you might expect, this group hosts our craft and bake sale. But you might not expect to visit a salt cave spa or a local women’s shelter to learn about the issues of domestic abuse.
This word embodies the purpose of our club. It’s really that simple. From our monthly meeting focus on community giving, to finding new ways of attracting other women who want to give their time and talent, and Special Interest Groups that give back while they learn and explore; here is a list of how our many hands help others.
Annual charity luncheon and fashion show
This event has benefitted Mutual Ground, Rise From the Ashes, CASA Kane County, Valley Sheltered Workshop, CHIP-in, and the ElderDay Center.
Plant Sales for Scholarships
We raise money to send school children to summer camps. We love our scholarship kids!
Special Event Fundraising
We choose local charities to benefit from these efforts. For example, our “ShamRock and Roll” recently helped raise funds for the Batavia Depot Museum Expansion Project.
Charities always on our radar
Through our efforts over time, there are charities we have embraced more closely and keep in our special focus. These are Mutual Ground, Ride From the Ashes, CHIP-in, Interfaith Food Pantry, and Veterans Affairs. The BWC is always ready and able to step up to the plate to help these groups when called upon.