On Saturday, September 21, 1901, eleven ladies met at the home of Mrs. Clewe to consider the organization of a women's club. Its purpose would be to improve all sanitary conditions, parks, streets, and to promote the social and literary interests of the community.
1901: Organization formed
1901: Initiated Plaza Improvements with the installation of trees, walkways, and a fountain in subsequent years
1903: Established and staffed the first library in Sonoma
1903: Began Mission San Francisco de Solano restoration
1909: Placed El Camino Real bell in front of the Mission
1911: Initiated Carnegie Library Grant Application
1916: Constructed clubhouse (Designed by Brainerd Jones)
1920: Recovered and returned the original Mission bell
1949: Incorporated as a non-profit organization
1949-50: Clubhouse occupied by Sonoma Grammar School
2015: Clubhouse placed in the National Register of Historic Places.
2016 Established Sonoma Valley Woman's Club Foundation
As an organization the Sonoma Valley Woman's Club continues its emphasis on philanthropy and other support for the Sonoma Valley community. Through its fundraising efforts it helps local charities and our youth.
The Sonoma Valley Woman's Club remains a vital institution in Sonoma and the clubhouse provides a venue for many community events and, of course, is the meeting place for our esteemed members.