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Club History

"I raise up my voice - not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back."

Malala Yousafzai

The history of the Glenview Women’s Club began loosely in 1976 with a group of friends who passionately helped throughout the community in various leadership opportunities. Many of the philanthropic and service opportunities came through the local Jaycee chapter. After years of being known as the Jaycettes (the unofficial non-member arm of the Jaycees – generally the wives of the members), they decided that they wanted more.  In Minnesota, there were a couple of Jaycee chapters that allowed women membership. When women around the country started to ask for full membership status as well, the Minnesota chapters were forced to revoke women’s membership status from those chapters. This initiated a discrimination claim under a Minnesota anti-discrimination law where on April 18, 1984 the Supreme Court of Minnesota decided unanimously that women were to be allowed into the Jaycees as full members.


This was a big win for the “Jaycettes” but by the time the Jaycees would allow women as members it was too little too late. Our fierce founding members decided to pioneer a women’s group where they could unite in the women’s movement of the 70’s and create their own leadership and service organization – they called it The Glenview Women of Today.  After 30 years of working in the community and supporting countless initiatives as The Glenview Women of Today, they decided to update the name and the look of the club to better represent the current membership and rename the club to The Glenview Women’s Club in 2015.  This name change initiated a full re-branding of a new website, logo and look that continues today.

Founding & Notable Members


Founding Members

Julie Zimmerman

Nora Orlowsky

Notable Early Members

Penny Halonen

Cheri McNish

Pat Mead

Rhonda Penzell

Marianne Rakoczy

Alicia Sipe

Nancy Taylor

Wendy Thomas


Roberts v. United States Jaycees 

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Interested in learning more about the landmark supreme court case? 

The full details can be found at Roberts v. United States Jaycees

1978 - 2006

View a video recap for an in depth look at GWC through the years. 

Special thanks to Jenny Larson at Forever Digital for capturing this rich history.

GWT 1978 to 2006

GWT 1978 to 2006

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