Wellesley Club of Sarasota
First Fifty-Six Years: 1958-2014
Five alumnae gather at the Orange Blossom Hotel to form the
WCS. Sarah Zimmerman ’18 named president; dues $1.00.
Only one girl from all of Florida admitted to Wellesley College.
Half-price membership for winter guests; associate membership
for mothers of graduates.
Club draws up bylaws; gains tax exempt status; Membership
reaches 86. Christmas (now Holiday) Coffee initiated. First
joint meeting with Smith College. College names us largest
development fund donor in the country.
Dues move to $5.00; Membership reaches 100. Book Awards
instituted. Marjorie Stoneman Douglas ’12, outstanding speaker.
Alumnae Office cites us for having more meetings and a higher
percentage of dues-paying members than any other club.
Dues increased to $13; Club newsletter initiated; Nancy C.
Wetstone ’56, editor.
2000 - 2014
New Book Group is a big success. Wellesley Club initiates Ivy
League College Fair. Club holds Gala 50th anniversary luncheon
on Jan 18, 2008. Community service project with First Step
Mothers & Infants Program begun in 2012.