GFWC Woman’s Club

of Kankakee

General Federation of Women’s Clubs Illinois

Club Officers:

President -Helen DuFour

President-Elect - Dondi Maricle

First Vice President - Dondi Maricle

Second Vice President - Iris Robinson

Third Vice President – Betty Panazzo

Recording Secretary – Betty Hitzman

Treasurer – Mary Elizabeth Braken

Assistant Treasurer – Dr. Warletta Brookins

Corresponding Secretary- Betty Hitzman

Treasurer (investments) Parliament Advisor- Shirley St Germaine

Home.Life, Health & Education - Betty Albright

Public Concerns and international Issues - Shirley Landis

Assistant Treasurer - Dr. Warletta Brookins

Public Relations - Shirley St Germaine

Our club was organized December 13, 1898 and Incorporated May 26, 1925

We are privileged to hold our regular meeting and carry on our other activities in the Civic Auditorium throughout the Club year. Wednesday is regarded as "Woman's Club Day" for good reason.

In 1946, when the need of a building for use as a community house was expressed, the Woman's club was approached by the Board of Commissioners of the Kankakee Park District with an offer difficult to refuse. In return for a donation and efforts in the solicitation of funds from the general public for the erection of such a building, the Woman's Club was offered a permanent meeting place for its regularly scheduled meetings and functions for a period of ninety-nine years.

The first regular meeting of our club held in the new Civic Auditorium was on October 4, 1950, and almost all Club events since that date have been enjoyed in these pleasant surroundings.

As a result of the many hours of work given by our loyal members in expediting the realization of the Civic Auditorium, we are now entitled not only to the use of the building as our meeting place, but also certain other privileges, such as storage of our piano, dishes and other properties.

For membership information or if you’d just like to attend a meeting

and get to know us, please contact:

Shirley St Germaine

11532 W 4000 N Rd,

Bonfield, IL 60913


Kankakee Civic Auditorium
South Eighth Ave and Water Street
First and Third Wednesday at 1:30
Club Committees:
Conservation/Native American/Veterans Concerns
Home Life and Health
International Outreach
Public Relations.
Annual Club Projects
Programs benefiting Harbor House
Bulling in Our Schools

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

General Federation of Women’s Clubs Illinois

City of Kankakee, Illinois