The San Josť Woman's Club was formed in 1894, when nine women gathered to organize their efforts behind various community projects. Realizing that a group could achieve far more than one person alone, their motto became "One for All and All for One". Together they set off on what has become a notable history of accomplishment in cultural, civic, educational and charitable betterment.
Their early efforts helped "Save the Redwoods". The active support and participation by the San Josť Woman's Club in the newly formed Sempervirens Club was critical to the preservation of the giant redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the creation of Big Basin State Park and the beginning of the California State Park system. This is just one example of their many accomplishments that have helped to shape California.
The group acquired a building on South Third Street in downtown San Josť to serve as a club house, and formally incorporated in 1909. The San Josť Woman's Club grew quickly as members became active in community work. Joining with other women's clubs throughout California, mission bells were erected all along historic El Camino Real from north to south. These bells still stand along the California roadways, another notable early project of the Club.
In 1929 the San Josť Woman's Club built a new home, their historic structure at 75 South Eleventh Street. The group received a permanent charter as a non-profit organization from the state of California in 1959. The building was designated as a Historical Landmark by the City of San Josť in 1986. Today the members of the San Josť Woman's Club continue to promote civic betterment and support a variety of philanthropic projects.
Becoming a Member
Membership in the San Josť Woman's Club offers an opportunity for service with a group that has a very long tradition of civic and philanthropic accomplishment.
When elected to membership, you pledge your support and promise to:
1. Abide by the Club By-Laws and Rules.
2. Attend regular meetings.
3. Submit payment of yearly dues promptly.
4. Serve on a Committee when requested, and
5. Support the fund raising projects and other activities to the best of your ability.
There are currently three ongoing, active sections within the Club - Antiques, Bridge and Besse. You may join one or all of these groups.
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If you have any question, feel free to contact us:
Attn: Membership Committee
San Josť Woman's Club
75 South 11th Street
San José, CA 95112
Chartitable Giving Program
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