The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township is a volunteer 501(c) 3 designated organization consisting of fifty women dedicated to making our community a better one, our social, ethical and intellectual commitments stronger and to making lasting friendships through membership. The club is open to all women over the age of 18.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, September through May at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the Municipal Building of with programs of interest sometimes following the business session.
Any woman who resides in the Pascack Valley area may join the club. In order to do so, we invite you to attend a meeting to learn more about our activities. After attending one meeting, you will be asked to join. Annual dues are $35.00 with an initiation fee of $5.00.
If you are looking to meet new friends, have fun, develop new skills, learn more about our area, and work with other like-minded women for the betterment of our community, then we are looking for you.If any woman is interested in joining the Club, please call our Membership Chairman at 201-664-5443 or contact us through the Township website via email.
Our Proud History
The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township originated as an evening membership department. As the department grew, the members felt that they could do more for their community and the Federation if they formed a separate independent club. This was accomplished in 1960 with an enrollment of 60 members.
One of the club's first civic projects was to formulate plans for a public library. Through their efforts, the members saw these plans materialize. Over the years our club has sponsored an Annual Candidates' Night, the Memorial Day Parade, the Annual Blood Drive, furnished kitchens in the Fire Department and Ambulance Corps buildings, founded the Golden Seniors of Township of Washington, initiated a scholarship fund at $100 annually which has grown to $1,500, planted shade trees along a portion of the Township's main thoroughfare and donated a community bulletin board to the Township. We also contribute to the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs Continuing funds.
Our members have participated in many active departments such as Arts/Creative, Arts/Performing, Conservation and Garden,Public Affairs, International Affairs and Social Services.
The club is proud that it has had two of its members, Virginia Zanetich and Joan M. Hunt, serve as President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs.
Our Federation Connection
The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township is a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs (NJSFWC), which was organized in 1894. As such, we are part of the largest volunteer women's service organization in New Jersey with 17,000 members. We are one of over 370 clubs in our state. For administrative purposes, the state is divided into 11 districts; our club is one of 35 in the 9th District.
State headquarters is located in New Brunswick on the campus of Douglass -College; the college was founded by theNJSFWC.
On the national level, we are part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), the oldest and largest nonpartisan, non-denominational service organization of women in the world. Founded in 1890, it has over 650,000 members in 6,000 clubs in the United States and an additional 10,000,000 members worldwide in more than 20 countries.
National headquarters for GFWC is in an historic building in northwest Washington, DC, where the International President resides and works with the professional staff to provide information and support for all clubs.
Our Philanthropic Interests
Our dedication to volunteerism allows us to financially support and benefit our club's concerns. Some of these are:
Scholarship Awards for H. S. seniors
Township of Washington
(Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Volunteer Fire Dept
Library & Golden Seniors
Pascack VaIley PBA
Community Bulletin Board
Annual Blood Drive
Memorial Day Parade
Boy Scout Awards
Girl Scout Awards
Friends in Need Fund
Pascack Valley Hospital
The Valley Hospital
Bergen Regional Medical Center
Hackensack Medical Center
Bergen/Passaic Association for Retarded Citizens
Statue of Liberty Restoration
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (teletype)
American Cancer Society of N.J.
Shelter Our Sisters
Operation Smile International
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
M. Hope Diggs
Scholarship Applications Due 5/1/14
The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors residing in Washington Township. The applicant can attend any high school but must be a resident of Washington Township. The scholarship is based on scholastic achievement, community service and financial need. Applications are available now in the Guidance Office of the high school and must be returned by May 1, 2014.
Christmas in July 2013!
The GFWC/NJSFWC Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township will sponsor its annual “Christmas in July” at Rite-Aid in the Washington Twp. Shopping Center. Just take a tag from the tree and return the items named – small boxes of breakfast cereals, fruit drinks, water, cookies, snack bars, small bags of chips and peanut butter or cheese crackers for children who will be attending summer camp. These foods will be donated to “Family Promise”, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help home-less and low-income families achieve sustainable independence and is the Special State Project of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs
. Thank you! The GFWC/NJSFWC Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township held their “Shake the Can” fundraiser on June 29th & 30th at the A & P in the Township Shopping Center. Thanks to the A & P Superstore for permitting us to use their facilities and to everyone who made donations to this worthwhile cause. All money raised is used to award two (2) $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students from the Township. The scholarships are based on academic performance, community service and financial need. Applications will be available on April 1, 2014 in the Guidance Offices of the area high schools.
Shake the Can
Members of The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township will be at the A & P Supermarket in the Township Shopping Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and June 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. collecting donations for their Scholarship Fund. Each year the Contemporaries give scholarship awards to graduating high school students who reside in the Township. Scholarship applications are available in the Guidance Offices of local schools on April 1. In addition to the scholarship award, students are also recognized for achievement in various disciplines. Please support the Contemporaries in their efforts to raise money for this fund.
Operation PB&J and Beans!
On March 29, 2012, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC (NJSFWC) formed a Coalition of Nonprofits and Businesses at their Networking Breakfast to accomplish the goal of helping to re-stock the shelves of the state’s food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens. Clubwomen throughout the state will be collecting non-perishable food items for this project entitled, Operation Peanut Butter, Jelly and Beans, to be held during the months of April, May and June.
The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township has partnered with the Township of Washington Public Library to have a box available for collection of all contributions, which will be donated to the Hillsdale Food Pantry. Please help us with a small donation of peanut butter, jelly and beans so that we can help others in need.
For more information about The Contemporary Woman’s Club, please call 201-666-3040.
Lord & Taylor Charity Shopping Day!!!
‘The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township will be participating in Lord & Taylor’s “Shop Smart, Do Good” event on Thursday, March 29, 2012.
There will be activities throughout the day at the store in the Fashion Center. Tickets are $5.00 and entitle the purchaser to 25% on two special items, 20% on another special item, 15% savings all day long, which includes cosmetics and fragrances, as well as purchases made in the Lord & Taylor Home Store. You will get an extra 10% offif you use your Lord & Taylor credit card. Also, you can pre-sale beginning Saturday, March 17, 2012. The $5.00 profit will be earmarked for the Club’s Scholarship Fund.
The Club awards scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors residing in the Township. They may attend any area high school. Applications will be available in the high school Guidance Offices onApril 2, 2012.
To purchase tickets for the event, please call 201-666-8309 or 201-664-1785.”
"March Proclaimed Women's History Month"
Mayor Janet Sobkowicz officially proclaimed that March 2012 be designated as Women's History Month. Sponsored by the Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township, this document urges all citizens of the Township to take interest in and give full support to qualify women's history programs for children and adults especially in schools. It requests that every effort be made to develop a deeper understanding and appreciaton of women's history in our community. For some further history of Womens History Month please visit the National Women's History Project site.