First United Methodist Church
1315 Court St
Pekin, IL 61554

First Friday of Each Month
1:00 P.M.
October through May

(October and May Luncheons are not held at the church.

One of the oldest community organizations, the Pekin Woman's Club began as the Columbian Club, organized in 1892 "to study objects and countries in connection with the 1893 Chicago World's Fair." Dues were 25 cents.  In October 1893, the group decided to make their purpose a literary one and changed the name to The Pekin Woman's Club, with Mrs. W.G. Bailey, first president.  There were 18 charter members.

The members met in their homes and then later met in the Blenkirions book store, Tazewell Hotel and then later the First Methodist Church.

The Pekin Woman’s Club was the third Illinois club to join the Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs.  Dues were raised in 1894 to 1.00 a year. This soon changed to $2.00.

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Pekin Woman’s Club
General Federation of Woman’s Clubs
“ U N I T Y  I N  D I V E R S I T Y ”
Membership: The object of this club shall be mutual sympathy
and counsel among its members and united action in all
movements for the civic betterment of the community. Any
woman in sympathy with the object of this club is eligible as an applicant for membership.

Our new membership dues are $35 and renewal memberships are $31 per year.  This year we have a membership drive and each member who brings in 3 new members gets her dues “paid” for a current year.

For information about membership, please contact

Diane Owens, President 2010-2012
1503 Summer St.
Pekin IL 61554
309 346 1025

President:  Diane Owens
First Vice President:  Shirley Minyard
Second Vice President:  Jean Stedman
Recording Secretary:  Susan Hatton
Treasurer:  Mary Ann Milam
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Ladies of Pekin Woman’s Club Plant Tree at Pekin Park

Members of Pekin Woman’s Club, December 2010

Left to Right:  Recording Secretary:  Susan Hatton, Past President: Marcille Frevert,  Treasurer:  Mary Ann Milam, Second Vice President:  Jean Stedman, First Vice President:  Shirley Minyard, President:  Diane Owens


Officers 2010

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Annual Club Projects:


  1. Christmas Luncheon, Bazaar & Attic Treatures.  Luncheon will be catered by Hallmark House.
  2. We are having our 2n d annual Style Shor on Saturday, October 23rd at the Pekin Country Club.  Tickets are $25.00 Many door prizes and fun for all.
  3. Our 2nd annual Rummage Sale will be on Saturday, November 13th, at the Pekin Township Building located on S. 5th & Elizabeth Streets in Pekin.  The Pekin Township has given us an “in kind” donation by letting us use the building the day before the sale t set up.  Everything that is left after the sale is then donated to the Pekin Township for their distribution to the needy.


Proceeds go into the Project Account and are distributed to various local charities, i.e. House of Hope, Salvation Army, Tazewell County Veterans, Pekin Library, Pekin High School Scholarships, YWCA Literacy Program, Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Lions Club Christmas Basket Fund, and American Red Cross.


The Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center is the Special Project of the Pekin Womans’ Club.  Members volunteer their time helping out at the museum.  The museum is located in the Sunset Plaza in Pekin.

In 2009-2010 our club made the following contributions:

GFWC Project  $425.00
Local Contributions $1500.00
Library Memorial Books  $40.00
Veterans   $67.59
Salvation Army   $50.00
Lion's Club   $50.00

GFWC Contributions     $125.00

We try to have something different at each meeting.   We’ll offer Sub sandwiches & chips & a Brown Bag lunch before some meetings.


Ladies are asked to bring just 1 canned good or 1 paper product at each meeting.  These items will be donated to local veterans in need.


Our annual Salad Luncheon is always a big hit!  Ladies bring their delicious salads and we have quite a spread.  This is held in March of each year.  Coffee, Tea or punch is always furnished at our functions.


Our last meeting of the 2011 year will be on May 6th at the Pekin Country Club.  It will be different this year - it will be like way back in the early 1900’s.  We will be having an elegant breakfast buffet - hats, & gloves are quite acceptable.