To support the Arts, Education & Community, by providing a beautiful historical building and outdoor garden as an affordable event rental space in the community, and by creating fundraisers for our charitable giving fund for Girls Scholarships.
The Chico Women's Club began in 1913 as the Chico Art Club. Founding mothers included Annie Bidwell and Margaret March, the first president. Meetings were held in each other's homes until the present clubhouse was completed in 1932. A fire in 1950 destroyed all of the Club's early records and nearly destroyed the Steinway Grand B Piano. The 1951 yearbook lists 242 members by their husband's first and last names! It also indicates that they were affiliated with the National Federation of Women's Clubs, known for its progressive agenda. By the 1960's women were using their own first names, and we had dropped out of the National Federation but retained Chico Women's Club as the name. In the 1970's CWC created Caper Acres and Annie's Glen. In the 80s the CWC spearheaded the restoration of Bidwell Mansion and began hosting the Holiday Open House a tradition one of the club's committee's oversees to this day. The past 107 years has been rich and varied. Today, an expansion of the Club's goals from self-enrichment, to community service and a focus on national and global concerns is enthusiastically embraced by members.