El Segundo Woman's Club History
Celebrating 100 Years of Service
It was on May 23, 1922 a group of seventeen local ladies met in order to organize a club known at the Woman’s Civic and Improvement Club of El Segundo. Their aims were to search for knowledge and ways in which to help their neighbors.
On May 31, 1922, these women met at the City Hall to hear the reading of the laws and regulations of which they would adopt. On June 7, 1922, they met again to sign the Constitution and Bylaws.
The club immediately began to take an interest in public affairs. Although they discussed a city park; sewage disposal; city manager; receptions for teachers; Soldier’s bonds; and a shelter to be erected by the railroad company at the train stop, their primary objective was for the welfare of children.
On November 17, 1923, the Woman’s Civic and Improvement Club of EL Segundo became the EL Segundo Woman’s Club. Meetings were held in member’s home and later at the local American Legion Hall. In time a lot was purchased at 541 Standard Street and later, in 1936, the original schoolhouse, built in 1912, in El Segundo was purchased from the school board for one dollar. The school building was moved onto the lot where it stands today.
The first club meeting held in the new clubhouse was in May 1937. The Native Daughters of the Golden West in 1979 placed a bronze plaque on the exterior surface of the building and designated the clubhouse as a California landmark.
The El Segundo Woman’s Club continues its mission to serve the community in a variety of worthwhile philanthropic endeavors. As we prepare to celebrate our centennial, we celebrate 100 years of community service, life-long friendships and a lasting legacy of commitment to make our community a better place to live and work.