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Traditions

Club Flower:
The selection of the club’s flower, the white rose, in 1896 is said to have been inspired by early member Kate Turner Holmes’s “rose-covered veranda, where the group enjoyed her hospitality so often.”

Club Emblem:

A white rose on a bar of gold

Club Colors:

White and green

Club Motto:

In essential—Unity

In non-essential – Liberty

In all things – Charity

May Breakfast and Fall Reception (October)

The May Breakfast and Fall Reception are annual club traditions at which members and their guests enjoy a luncheon and new members are formally welcomed to the club during a “white rose ceremony.”

Club Collect:

Our club “collect” is a poem/prayer that was actually adopted by many women’s clubs around the country a century ago.
The word comes from the Latin collecta, which means “the gathering together of the people.” A Collect is also a collective prayer or pronouncement in which a group asks for what a group of people need. We might consider it an affirmation of the ideals we hope to live up to.

Our Collect:

Keep us, Oh God, from pettiness; let us be
large in thought, in word, in deed.

Let us be done with fault-finding and leave
off self-seeking.

May we put away all pretense and meet each
other face to face, without self-pity
and without prejudice.

May we never be hasty in judgment and
always generous.

Let us take time for all things; make us to
grow calm, serene, gentle.

Teach us to put into action our better
impulses, straightforward and unafraid.

Grant that we may realize it is the little
things that create differences, that in
the big things of life we are at one.

And may we strive to touch and to know the
great common human heart of us all, and, oh God, let us forget not to be kind.

–Mary Stewart, April 1904

Traditions

The Collect used by women’s clubs all over the U.S. (and beyond), was written in 1904 by a young woman named Mary Stewart. When she was just out of college and starting her first job as a high school principal in Longmont, Colorado, she was described as a little bundle of energy, dignity and personal charm.
Mary belonged to the Fortnightly Club, the forerunner of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Mary was part of the rapidly growing women’s club movement, and she thought that her prayer might give club women a sense of unity.
Mary decided to offer her Collect for publication. It was first printed in The Delineator, a women’s magazine published by Butterick, a company that also printed sewing patterns. A Longmont printer made copies of the Collect for the local women’s club.
Mary recalled: “I called it a ‘Collect For Club Women’ because I felt that women working together with wide interests for large ends was a new thing under the sun, and that perhaps they had need for special petition and meditation of their own.
The first women’s organization to use the Collect was the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The Collect spread nationwide, and it was adopted by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs in 1920. Soon it was being used by women’s groups throughout the world. It was read into the Congressional Record in 1949, and it has even been set to music.

Club Pledge:

“Holding my membership in the Woman’s Century Club as something worthy of unfailing loyalty, I will sustain the club in its reputation as long as I am a member.” 

Club Song:
To the tune of Auld Lang Syne

Our Century Club stands firm and strong
For all that’s good and true
For loyalty in membership
And all that we do.

The white rose as our emblem points
To love and charity
And bids us seek in diverse ways
Our own futurity.

God bless our Club, our Century Club
And may its light so shine
That members all may guided be
Their talents to combine.

–lyrics by L. Ella Hewitt