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NWC Mission . . .


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NWC History . . .

Board of Directors             2022-2023...

The Naperville Woman’s Club was founded as a literary club in 1897 by

nineteen women whose goal was to help members assume a role

outside of their homes and churches, a bold undertaking in the 19th

century. These charter members initiated programs of intense study,

but philanthropic projects quickly followed. In 1903, the literary club

became the Naperville Woman’s Club. NWC is a member of the

General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization

founded in 1890.


The Woman’s Club focuses its philanthropic activities on Art, Education  and Community Service. The annual Fine Art & Artisan Fair is the longest continuously operating art fair in Illinois. An annual art contest recognizes the talents of area high school students. Several scholarships are granted each year. Fundraisers and collection events support the club’s donation initiatives to local organizations that provide services and programs in the three focus areas. Club members also participate in local service projects that benefit the community.

Seven generations of admirable women have given their time and talents to sustain the club’s mission of improving the community through volunteer service. A complete history of the club is documented in the book, “Naperville Woman’s Club Commemorative History,” available on and


President:  Nancy de la Hoz

1st Vice President (Leadership):  Wendy Piepho

2nd Vice President (Membership):  Sarah Dore

3rd Vice President (Communications):  Anita Danza

Secretary:  Mary Skroch

Treasurer:  Esther Cook

General Federation of Women’s Clubs:  Naperville Woman’s Club has been affiliated

with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs since 1926.

The GFWC represents over 100,000 club members in more than a dozen countries.

NWC is also a member of the Illinois Federation on Women’s Clubs.

Because NWC is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization, donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by IRS rules. Your donations support the club’s work in the areas of art, education, and community service.  Club activities throughout the year include an art fair, high school art contest, college scholarships, educational programs, hands-on volunteering, and cash and in-kind donations to local social service organizations.

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