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A “Thimble” of our History

Ramona Woman’s Club was the first organization formed in the Santa Maria Valley.  In 1912 Mrs. W.D.  (Mary) White gathered together fourteen charter members calling themselves the “Thimble Club.”  Until 1917, when the Clubhouse was built, they met at the Town Hall or in the home of a member. The Clubhouse was built on two lots donated by Frank Creelman.  The original bylaws set the Club Goal which still exists today: “To cultivate an interest in intellectual and civic pursuits.”

Mary White initiated the Scholarship Fund with a donation of one thousand dollars. That fund and the Ellie Whitcomb Scholarship provides grants to two college bound students who graduated from Ramona high schools. The Ellie Whitcomb Scholarship is designated for a student seeking a vocational education.

Our Club and Clubhouse has been involved in the history of Ramona for years. Guy Woodward, a local historian, once said “The Woman’s Club has always been the ‘Backbone of the Back Country’.”

In 1990 a plaque from the original Clubhouse Garden drinking fountain was returned to us by Guy and Geneva Woodward and is mounted near the front entrance of the Clubhouse.

In 2023-2024 we will complete 112 years of continuous operation under the leadership of President Jill McKenzie.

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