by Kay Walgren
Tucked away on N Cliffe Dr., overlooking Sherrill Park Golf Course, the Richardson Woman’s Club has been an integral part of the City of Richardson since it was founded in 1955. From the beginning, the Club’s stated purpose was “To promote fellowship and goodwill among the members and to further the cultural and social life of the community.” The Club’s first fundraiser for philanthropy was in 1956 when it sponsored and worked the snow cone concession at the Richardson Community Fair. From the $90.00 raised, the Clubs first community donation of $50.00 to the Richardson High School Band was made for the band to march in the inaugural parade of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In 1969, the City of Richardson had acquired a spacious country home on three and a half acres and the Richardson Woman’s Club was named the agent for the care and upkeep of the building and continues to serve as the Clubhouse for the organization. Through the fundraising sale of cookbooks by the Club’s members, an additional building, “Founders’ Hall” was built on the property to be used for large meetings and gatherings. Any or part of the buildings and/or grounds are available for rental for a wide variety of events. Additional information may be found on the Club’s website, rwctx.org.
Today, Richardson Woman’s Club provides on an annual basis $29,000 (appx) worth of College Scholarships to local high school students and $20,000 (appx) in annual grants to local 501c3 charities.
In the spring of 2023, we have two exciting fundraisers to support our philanthropies.
Garden Festival and Tour
This year our Garden Festival and Tour is held in Celebration of the City of Richardson’s 150th Anniversary.
The Garden Festival and Tour will be held on May 6, 2023, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. We are featuring four beautiful gardens in the Richardson area. Each one is unique and offers a perspective of what you can do in your back yard whether small or large.
Our garden festival kicks off at the Richardson Woman Club’s estate at 2005 N Cliffe Drive.
At 8:30 AM, Coffee and cinnamon rolls will be served by Founders’ Hall and the gift and baked goods shop will be open in the Clubhouse. Pre-purchased and new ticket purchases as well as the tour booklets will be available in the Clubhouse at check in.
9:15 AM until 10:00 AM, the first of two gardening seminars will be held in Founders’ Hall: “Biodiversity in the Landscape” featuring Sean and Chrissy Cortez-Mathis North Texas Master Naturalists. They will share the benefits of using native plants as well as their favorite ones.
10:15 AM – 11:00AM “Favorite Plants of the Dallas Arboretum” – featuring Jim Apken.
Jim spent 50 years in the Nursery and Landscape business and has been a volunteer at the Dallas Arboretum for 11 years. He will share his knowledge in horticulture, plants, diseases, and insects which affect our local area.
11:15 AM to 1:00 PM Pre-Purchased lunch.
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM - Tour of the RWC property and four fabulous gardens at local homes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION VISIT www.RWCTX.org or open the QR CODE BELOW from your cell phone.
16th Annual RWC Golf Tournament
In 2007, RWC held its first Golf Tournament and all profits were designated for scholarships to RISD seniors. This year, the Club’s 16th annual Golf Tournament will be held, as it has been each year, at the Sherrill Park Golf Course on May 19, 2023. For detailed information and a registration form go to rwctx.org.
In addition to the tournament itself, there will be a putting contest and a “Hole in One” player will receive a vehicle from Reliable Chevrolet. Lunch and dinner will also be provided. Opportunities exist, in addition to playing, to sponsor a team or a hole which will give great visibility to those who support the tournament in these ways. Again, for additional information may be found on RWC’s website, RWCTX.org or open the QR CODE below on your cell phone.
RWC invites the public to join us for these wonderful events. For all information about RWC, please reference our website, RWCTX.org or open on the QR CODE from your cell phone.