Organized in 1949 as “The Woman’s Club of Reiffton,” the object of the organization is to develop the educational, civic and social interests of its members, and to advance the welfare of the community. The driving force behind the club was a group of women who wanted to establish a kindergarten in Reiffton. With generous support of the community at club fundraisers, the kindergarten was opened in 1951. It was managed and maintained by the club until the school district added kindergarten to its program.
Our next project was the beautification of the trolley bed that ran adjacent to Perkiomen Avenue in Reiffton.
As the community expanded, so did our membership, and in 1978 our name was changed to “The Woman’s Club of Exeter Township.” We are a member of GFWC-Berks County Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Before Exeter Township was required to have municipal recycling, we women started recycling on our own. When we started the project in 1990, we had no idea we’d be recycling paper, glass and aluminum cans every month, year round, for five years. The community supported our efforts far beyond what we ever imagined and the Club was cited by the Pennsylvania Senate for keeping 1,000,000 pounds of newspaper out of our landfills. When the Township took over recycling (on a much larger scale), they expressed concern that they were taking away a means of our Club raising funds. We assured them we were quite happy to find other means!
Listed below are a few of our current-day projects and a partial list of causes we support.