About the Woman’s Board
The Woman’s Board was formed in 1976 by an enterprising group of women to support the entity they considered vital to the unique quality of their community. Their children had spent Saturday afternoons playing ball in the gym of WCH, watched movies in Matz Hall on Friday evenings and congregated during after-school hours at the bowling alley. Bridge groups, armchair travel lectures and theatre offerings all found a home through the years at the Gothic-style building located at Pine Street and Lincoln in Winnetka.
As the venerable institution faced financial challenges, the group of women dedicated themselves to raising funds to help keep it running. The original Woman’s Board has grown in 40 plus years to more than 100 women (active and sustaining members) from surrounding North Shore communities.
Winnetka Community House receives no tax dollar support. Eighty-five percent of the funds raised by the Woman’s Board go directly to the operating budget of the Community House, with the remainder earmarked for special projects and needs. These funds, along with generous and ongoing support from local businesses and residents, have helped to grow and sustain Winnetka Community House—one of the only institutions of its kind in the United States.
Woman’s Board Activities
The Woman’s Board is known for Antiques+Modernism Winnetka, a celebrated three-day show that premiered in 2010! Based on the highly successful and nationally recognized and respected Winnetka Antique Show and Modernism Show, previously held separately, Antiques + Modernism Winnetka features prestigious dealers from throughout the United States and thousands of attendees. The show represents the best of design through the centuries.
Antiques + Modernism Winnetka features a kick-off event as well as an elegant Preview Party with excellent cuisine and music for guests to enjoy while browsing and buying. Strong educational components are an integral part of the show as well, presented in lectures and booth seminars.
The Show is our principal fundraiser. It raises annually in the $125,000 range, the majority going to operating funds for Winnetka Community House.
Breakfast with Santa is a fun event for the family. Kids enjoy breakfast, crafts and the chance to have their photo taken with Santa Claus. The event has grown in popularity, selling out in 2018. For the event, Woman’s Board members oversee the transformation of Matz Hall into a winter wonderland.
The Wine and Beer Tasting is an exciting event that the Woman’s Board has hosted since 2010. It is an opportunity to sample superb wines from around the world alongside microbrew and premium beers. Delicious pairings of savory hors d’oeuvres, cheese and sweets are also served. Wine is available for purchase from the vendors, and can then be picked up in Winnetka.
Who Are Our Members?
Our members are a multigenerational group of women, working together to support and promote Winnetka Community House. We work in a team environment with many opportunities for individual contributions. Members of the Woman’s Board are unofficial “ambassadors” for Winnetka Community House. Members are encouraged to attend and participate in events sponsored by the Woman’s Board, such as the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Preview Party and other member social events and to volunteer when possible as additional “womanpower” is needed.
Benefits of Membership:
Woman’s Board membership offers social opportunities, experience in event and project management and fosters a strong sense of camaraderie and purpose in the community. Woman’s Board members receive a free Community House Membership which entitles them to pre-register for many classes at reduced rates and other benefits. Annual board dues include two tickets to the Antiques+Modernism Show. Membership fosters a strong sense of purpose along with social opportunities in support of a vital community institution.
Attend monthly meetings (except July and August) the second Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. A light lunch is followed by the meeting.
Support the fundraisers of the Woman’s Board by assuming a job for the Antiques+Modernism Show and helping with at least one other event.
Serve on an interest committee, such as House and Grounds, Social, Nominating, or Membership
Pay annual dues, which includes a credit toward the purchase of Antiques+Modernism Winnetka Preview Party tickets.The Woman’s Board also offers complimentary on-site babysitting during Board meetings for its members.