The Severn Town Club was founded in 1937 as The Junior Women’s Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, sponsored by The Women’s Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. During these growing years, there was a Contact Chairman between clubs.
In 1946, we became a Senior Women’s Club and changed our name to the “Severn Town Club”, after the beautiful Severn River on whose banks Annapolis is situated.
We applied for membership in the Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs with the object: “The object of the club shall be to promote common interests, to inform and develop its members, and to promote the welfare of the community”. The philosophy governing our operations is “The Club shall require no sectarian or political test for membership; shall not be a secret society; and shall not tolerate, either by practice or teaching, violation of national, state or local laws.”
On September 17, 1946, the Severn Town Club was accepted by the Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs, Inc. (MFWC) as a Senior Club. This also made us a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Inc., (GFWC) the largest organization of women in the world.
The motto of the General Federation, formerly “Unity in Diversity”, has been updated to reflect a broader view of our interests and abilities, and is now “Women creating positive change – Living the volunteer spirit”. The Severn Town Club continues to accept and expand upon the opportunities for service to the Community as advocated by MFWC and GFWC.
Club membership provides an opportunity to develop a wide variety of interests and to increase one’s skills and experience while participating in volunteer service projects within the community. Over the years, we have been able to increase our community support by many means, and have found the annual Holly Ball gala to be an excellent way to use the many creative and management skills of our members while raising significant funding for local charities.
This heritage, a charge and gift from our predecessors, serves as an inspiration to the members who are genuinely willing to share the tasks.
What is past is Prologue… We look forward to the future.