Dating back to 1937 when SIU women organized informal social events, the SIU Women’s Club became a formally recognized organization in 1948 when Chester F. Lay was SIU President. Little did those women in 1937 know that the events they organized provided the foundation for an organization now listing nearly 150 members.
The signature event throughout the history of the SIU Women’s Club has been the fall tea event which has evolved in recent years into the Afternoon High Tea held at the Stone Center.
The ongoing emphasis in SIU Women’s Club events and activities is to build Southern Illinois University Carbondale and surrounding communities by promoting friendship and education. A variety of social, educational, and cultural events provide a welcome to women who are new to the SIU community and new opportunities for women having a personal or family connection to SIU.
SIU Women's Club 2017-18 Board of Directors
President Laura Helsel
First Vice President Anne Marie Hamilton-Brehm
Second Vice President Toni' Intravaia
Secretary Beth Arthur
Treasurer Barbara Burns
Historical Director Fran Becque
Membership Director Olga Weidner
Scholarship Director Susan Pearlman
Interest Group Directors Liz Schill and Toni' Intravaia
Past President Marcia Anderson
SIU WOMEN’S CLUB PAST PRESIDENTS
1948-49 Nellie Shake