What is Iowa State University®
State University® Women's Club is a social and service organization
for women associated with Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa.
The club was founded in 1897 as the Priscilla Club by the faculty wives and women faculty who lived on the Iowa State College
Campus. It was known for many years as the Faculty Women's Club
and was renamed Iowa State University® Women's Club in 1996.
Keepsakes, A History of the Iowa State University
Women's Club details the traditions and contributions
of the club during its 100+ year history.
Members have a long tradition of community service to ISU
and Ames. The club's primary outreach activity is supporting
the scholarly development of women students at ISU. Towards this
end, the club awards annual scholarships
to recognize outstanding ISU women students.
What is the vision and mission of the ISU Women's Club?
In 1998, the following Vision and
Mission Statement was adopted: The vision of the Iowa State University® Women's Club is to
create unity through friendship and to promote a sense of belonging,
with each other and within the community, as we grow and have
an impact on our society. To this end, the mission of the Iowa State University®
Women's Club shall be to: 1) Welcome and involve women of various interests,
ages, and experiences; 2) Provide opportunities for individual
growth and enrichment; 3) Support scholarship and community service;
4) Continue to develop as an organization.
Who can join? The club seeks to welcome and involve
women of various interests, ages, and experiences and to provide
opportunities for individual growth and enrichment. Membership is open to
any woman who supports the vision and mission of the club.
How much does it cost?
Annual membership dues are $15.00
for first-year members and $25.00 for second-year
and thereafter members. Annual division dues, if any, are separate.
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
Members enjoy social interaction,
entertaining programs, 37 different
interest groups called Divisions,
and opportunities to promote academic achievement through
scholarships for ISU women.
How does one become a member?
Women desiring membership may fill
out the membership enrollment form and
mail it along with their dues. Memberships are also accepted at
general meetings or
Where can I get more information?
How does one get involved in the interest divisions?
Contact us for dates and locations.
One must be a paid member of the club in order to join a division.
Some interest groups may limit their membership. New groups or
divisions can form when ten interested members apply to the cabinet
to do so.
What is the primary outreach activity?
The club annually
awards scholarships to outstanding
women students to promote scholarly development of women at ISU.
The awards are based on excellence in civic and extracurricular
activities as well as outstanding scholarship rather than financial
need. The modest beginnings of the club's present scholarship
program began in the early 1900s with the Student Loan Fund.
The club maintains an endowment fund for two annual awards. Annual
awards are granted from the interest earned on the endowment
principal. Members may contribute to the endowment at any time.
Do members participate in any active outreach projects?
Worthy outreach projects are available to
members as opportunities arise. 308 children's books were donated by
members to the Boys and Girls Club of Ames for a new library at the Club
in 2000. In 2006, contributed funds were sent to the Tulane University
Women's Association to help them in their efforts to restore the Music
Library at Tulane University that was lost in the floods that followed
Hurricane Katrina. Divisions also provide members
with various outreach opportunities. Some examples include: the Garden Division maintains a
city-owed garden plot; Stitchery has an on-going project of making quilts
for local charities; and Culture Sharing sponsors a shopping night with
proceeds directed towards a world humanitarian effort. Individual
division efforts are encouraged every year.
What is Keepsakes?
A History of the Iowa State University Women's Club
was published by the club in 1997 in honor of its 100th anniversary.
Keepsakes' 216-pages chronicle the history of the club
and give a fascinating look into the lives of women and activities
at Iowa State University during the past century.
Keepsakes can be purchased for $16.00 (by mail order
for additional $2.00 postage and handling). Keepsakes
sale profits will benefit the International
and Senior Award endowment used to recognize outstanding
ISU women students annually. Keepsakes makes a great gift
for family and friends or to the library or women's history program
of a member's alma mater. Also, giving a copy of Keepsakes
to new faculty, families, and students is a great welcome gift.
Please go to our History page to learn
how to obtain a copy.