History

Wellesley Club of Sarasota

First Fifty-Six Years: 1958-2014

 1958

  Five alumnae gather at the Orange Blossom Hotel to form the          

  WCS. Sarah Zimmerman ’18 named president; dues $1.00.

 1960s

  Only one girl from all of Florida admitted to Wellesley College.

  Half-price membership for winter guests; associate membership  

  for mothers of graduates.

 1970s

  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.

 1980s

  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.

 1990s

  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.