Welcome to the Acton Woman's Club website. Members from the Acton Woman's Club encourage and welcome guests from Acton and the surrounding communities at the Club House meetings. Guests are treated to lunch and the special Program. Please check the dates and times of the meetings. Guests may attend two meetings prior to joining the Club. Kindly telephone the Membership Chair to let her know you will be attending.
Any woman living or working in Acton, who is interested in the purpose of this club, shall be eligible for membership. About 20% of the active members come from the surrounding towns. The purpose of the club is to preserve the historic antique house for the town of Acton and to promote benevolent and civic activities of the members. The Club is non-political and non-partisan.
Active members serve on one luncheon committee and one standing committee yearly, and support the fund raising activities of the club.
All members are entitled to join the many interest groups of the club and are eligible to rent the Club House at a reduced rate.
The Annual dues for all members is $35.00 and is due in the spring of the year. New members joining after January 1st pay $20.00 for the remainder of the year.
The Acton Woman's Club has seven General Meetings at the Club House on the second Wednesday of September, October, November, January, February, March and April.
Each meeting consists of:
- A Luncheon
- 11:30 AM
- Business Meeting
- 12:30 PM
- Special Program
- 1:15 PM
The Annual Meeting
There is an Annual Meeting on the third Wednesday in May at a special location - a local Country Club or other special location. At this meeting there is a monthly meeting before lunch and an Annual Meeting after lunch. The new slate of officers are introduced and the previous board and new board are recognized. Each member is required to pay for their own lunch at this meeting.
There are nine Board Meetings for the Executive Officers and Board members to attend at 10:30 AM on the fourth Wednesday of the following months: August, September, October, November (decorate clubhouse for the holidays), January, February, March, April, and May.
There is a special program contracted by the Vice President or Co-Vice Presidents of Program for the seven meetings at the Club House. Members look forward to the rich, entertaining and educational programs. Many members bring guests. Over the years the programs have included: famous authors, chefs, entertainers, actors and actresses, dramatists, story tellers, historians, dancers, philosophers, instrumentalists and many other special things.
The program is approximately one hour long. Members enjoy participating in questions after the program.
Please see the yearly program for 2012-2013. (pdf)
2012 - 2013
Please note that all Wednesday meetings start with Lunch at 11:30 AM, The AWC Business Meeting at 12:30 PM and the Program at 1:15 PM.
- September 12, 2012
- The Big Events as Heard on the Radio Jordan Rich of WBZ will give a fascinating presentation tracing the history of the last century as it was heard on the radio. His topics will range from The Depression, FDR, WWII, The Fifties, Kennedy and more - including some very interesting trivia.
- October 10, 2012
- The Roaring Twenties Cabaret performers Ben Sears and Brad Conner will perform music of the 1920's featuring works by George and Ira Gershwin, including Lady Be Good, Oh Kay, songs written by Irving Berlin and works by Jerome Kern. Ben and Brad, entertainers extraordinaire, have been called "Boston's favorite song duo" by the Boston Globe and "the delightful cabaret team" by the Boston Phoenix.
- October 20, 2012
- Pie Sale At the Clubhouse. Members sell homemade pies and bake goods to the public out front of the Club House from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
- November 14, 2012
- Eating Healthy/Living Health Nutritionist Sheila Wolfson will present a lecture on subjects of importance and interest to all of us. The discussion will include: how to live healthfully and optimally; how to support our immune and nervous system; how to reduce the risk of disease or to live optimally with chronic disease; how to choose healthy foods and snacks for entertaining family members and friends (especially important with the holiday season approaching). Sheila is a licensed nutritionist who has presented programs in many settings from hospitals and colleges to many corporations.
- December 6, 2012
- Cookie Fest Members pack up homemade holiday cookies for local community organization and enjoy coffee, tea and entertainment from 2 to 4 PM.
- December 12, 2012
- Holiday Luncheon Members enjoy a Holiday Luncheon at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord from 11 AM to 2:30 PM.
- January 9, 2013
- Carolyn Lamson Brown Mr. Dennis Ahern will tell how Caroline Lamson Brown, widow of J. Murray Brown of Acton and Belmont, came to be the last person to step off the deck of the Titanic into a lifeboat. She went on to serve as a trustee of the Acton Memorial Library, and a supporter of the Acton Woman's Club (a plaque to honor her is on the backwall of the upper level of the Club house.
- February 13, 2013
- Mary Todd Lincoln Noted historian, Dr. Gary Hylander, will present an informative and interesting lecture on Mary Todd Lincoln. We will learn some surprising facts about this First Lady. Mary was viewed by Washington socialites as a sharp tongued, frontier hayseed (even though she was born to wealth). She was often thought of as a Confederate sympathizer. Always emotionally fragile, Mrs. Lincoln endured the public embarrassment of having her postwar insanity trial spread over the front pages of American newspapers.
- March 13, 2013
- Medley of Patriotic Songs Pianist Rick Scalese will perform a medley of patriotic songs to set a mood for next month's patriotic celebrations. Rick is a graduate of Boston University where he received a Master Degree in Compositon. He was selected as solo pianist for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and has performed in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and here in Symphony Hall.
- April 10, 2013
- Paul Revere's Mother-in-Law Paul Revere's mother-in-law, Mrs. Walker (portrayed by actress Kate Carney) will take the audience back to 1789, where she reveals the scuttlebutt, as she sees it, about the Boston Massacre, the destruction of the tea, Paul's midnight ride. She will also express her opinions of her son-in-law, as one would expect a mother-in-law to do. By portraying a citizen like Mrs Walker, Kate Carney also educates the audience about how ordinary people also make history, making the point that history is not always about kings and presidents.
- May 15, 2013
- Annual Luncheon & Installation of Officers
Members receive copies of the yearly calendar in the Annual Book and in the late summer letter from the President.