GFWC Woman’s Club

of Kankakee

General Federation of Women’s Clubs Illinois

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:

Dondi Maricle

541 Meadows Rd S

Bourbonnais, IL 60914


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

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

General Federation of Women’s Clubs Illinois

City of Kankakee, Illinois


Club Officers:

President – Helen Dufour

President-Elect – Mary Archie

First Vice President – Nita Kloska

Second Vice President – Iris Robinson

Third Vice President – Shirley StGermaine

Secretary – Shirley Landis

Treasurer – Mary Elizabeth Bracken

Parliament Advisor- Joyce Cagle

Investment Treasurer Pat Andrews