Founded in 1909, the University of Kentucky Woman's Club, UKWC, has a dual purpose: social activities for its members and service to the University. Originally established as a faculty wives' club dedicated to the well-being of students, over the last century we have expanded to welcome women with any past or present affiliation with the University of Kentucky - faculty, staff, alumni, spouses and partners, students and friends.
Our membership includes women with a broad range of interests and experiences who come together to create a network of support through friendships, fun and volunteer service. We have young mothers who find a social niche in the Family Playgroup; career women from both the University and Bluegrass communities who enjoy associations with other professionals; retirees and homemakers with time to enjoy new leisure pastimes; and senior women who are passing along their wisdom and life experiences through our organic mentoring relationships, teaching the arts and handcrafting, sharing discussions and outings. We are a circle of dynamic women united in providing good will and service to students, while building strong bonds of friendship with each other.
Our social activities take place throughout the year, with a concentration during the academic year. We host a series of holiday events in December and activities and trips during the summer months. The UK Woman's Club offers many Interest Groups that provide something for everyone to enjoy. Among the Interest Groups we offer are those focused on art, bridge, needlework, drama (reading plays together), book discussion and book circulation, going out to dinner, cooking with friends, enjoying trips to area attractions, and family playgroup. Each year we gather for four luncheons with interesting speakers from the community.
We raise funds continuously with a variety of activities to support the awarding of undergraduate scholarships for non-traditional UK students. Since inception of the Aid Fund in 1973, the UK Woman’s Club has awarded over $521,000 in scholarships to deserving non-traditional UK Students, ages 25 and over. In addition, we support graduate students with fellowships through an endowment fund in cooperation with the University. Since 2006, we have awarded almost $100,000 to graduate students. Members work hard in an effort to maintain our ability to make these awards and remain financially sound.
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Under the BYLAWS ARTICLE VII, the UK Woman’s Club has established Standing Committees, Interest Groups, and Volunteer Committees.
The Standing Committees are Audit, Budget and Investment, and Scholarship and Fellowship.
There are 19 groups in the Interest Groups. A complete list of these groups may be found in "ABOUT US" page.
The Volunteer Committees are Club History, Hospitality, Marketing and Public Relations, Membership, Newsletter, program, Social and Decorating, Special Events, and Ways and Means.
Our social activities occur throughout the academic year, and we host a series of holiday events in December. One of them is the traditional " Holiday Tea" in the Maxwell Place home of the University of Kentucky's President and his wife. Last year it was hosted by Mary Lynne Capilouto.
We also invite our members to attend various outings and events during the summer months. The UK Woman's Club offers many Interest Groups that provide something for everyone to enjoy. Among the Interest Groups we offer are those focused on art, bridge, needlework, drama (reading plays together), book discussion and book circulation, going out to dinner, enjoying trips to area attractions, and family playgroup. Each year, we gather for four luncheons with interesting speakers from the community.