Our Mission

The College Woman’s Club of Westfield was founded in 1917 “to further the higher education of women and serve the general interests of the community.” Our primary purpose is the awarding of scholarships to young women from Westfield on the basis of academics, leadership and financial need. The club also maintains an active calendar of events including guests speakers, interest groups and fundraisers.

Our Membership

We are a dedicated, multigenerational group, over 250 members strong, united by a lifelong love of learning and our commitment to promoting educational opportunities for women. Membership is open to all area women with a college degree and a desire to help future generations achieve that goal.

Our History

Founded by recent college graduates on the eve of WWI and at the height of the Women’s Suffrage movement, the College Woman’s Club has occupied a singular place in Westfield’s intellectual, cultural, and civic life for more than a century. CWC was instrumental in forming the Westfield Adult School, WHS College Night, and the town’s bicentennial celebration. CWC members were among the first female representatives on the Westfield Town Council and Board of Education, and currently serve on those and other civic boards.

Founders Mabel Sturgis, Wellesley ‘02 and Helen French Welch, Vassar ‘14

Our Officers

  • President
    Deirdre Gelinne
  • Vice President
    Fran Moum
  • Recording Secretary
    Tina Wasilewski
  • Corresponding Secretary
    Diane Yamano
  • Treasurer
    Eileen Fox
  • Assistant Treasurer
    Shelagh Monihan
  • Advisor
    Jeanne Marie Ryan
  • Director, 3rd Year – Finance
    Anne Wargo
  • Director, 2nd Year – Nominating
    Karrie Hanson
  • Director,1st Year – Interest Groups
    Rebecca Kelly
  • Trustee, 3rd Year
    Deirdre Malacrea
  • Trustee, 2nd Year
    Mary Konsolaki
  • Trustee, 1st Year
    Christine Bohacz
  • Scholarship Committee
    Donna Hornish, Chair
    Judy Brucia, Asst. Chair
2017-2018 Board of Directors