The Welcome Wagon Club of Racine was first organized in 1958 and it is open to all women who are new to Racine or who are interested in making new friends, learning about the varied resources of the community and getting involved in philanthropic and social activities.
Most meetings are held at St. Michael’s Church, 4701 Erie Street, but several - such as the Christmas and Installation dinners - are held at area restaurants. Some of the themes for upcoming meetings include perennial favorites like September's Salad and Dessert Potluck and February's Soup and Bingo Night as well as presentations about community volunteering, food preparation, financial planning and holiday floral demonstrations. Annual dues are $20 and include a subscription to our newsletter.
In addition to the regular meetings, there are quite a number of activities that are available to members. Following is a listing of the current activity groups in our club. If, at any time, there is interest in starting up another activity, please notify the Activities Chairman and we will try to initiate another group if there are enough people interested.
BOOK CLUB: This group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 1:00pm at a different member’s home each month. The books to be discussed are chosen by the group at the August meeting. The discussion is fairly informal and light refreshments are served.
BRIDGE: The bridge group meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at an area restaurant where bridge play follows lunch. At present there are two tables of players and substitutes are always needed. If there is enough interest, another group could be formed to play at a different time.
BUNCO: This is a fun group that meets to play the game of Bunco and to socialize while doing so. Bunco is a very easy game to learn and everyone is eager to teach a beginner. The group meets at 1:00 on the second Thursday of the month at a member's home.
COFFEE, TEA AND THEE: Each Friday members of this group meet for coffee (or whatever) at 9:00AM at a different area coffee shop. This is a purely social group and everyone is free to drop in whenever they wish.
LUNCH BUNCH: The members of this group meet once a month at a member's home to share lunch and recipes. Each month there is a different theme and each person is to bring a dish that fits in with that theme. Copies of the recipe are also brought and all of the recipes for that meal are distributed to the participants
MAH JONGG: This is a fun game that involves the use of Chinese tiles which are to be combined to make different patterns. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at a member’s home from 12:30 until 4:00 pm. We are a very informal group - there are always beginners present and you do not have to commit to playing every time, but please notify the hostess if you do plan to attend.
MOVIE MATINEE DAY: We meet for a movie in the afternoon of the second Monday of the month. Sometimes we have lunch before the movie or coffee afterwards, depending on the time of the movie. Selection of the movie is at the discretion of the group's coordinator who notifies those interested of the the choice a few days before the movie date.
OUT TO LUNCH: This group gets together to have lunch at a different restaurant each month - for the most part in Racine , but sometimes farther afield. On the second Wednesday of the month we get together to sample the area cuisine, take time out to visit with one another and in general, have an enjoyable time.
SOCIAL: This also is a group that can include spouses - or not. Activities can include anything from a dinner out at a local restaurant or a band concert at the zoo to just bowling and pizza. Input from members is encouraged.
In addition, the club has always had as one of its primary goals the "promotion and support of community, civic and service projects". (Welcome Wagon Bylaws) The group has participated in a number of civics projects, including donating the food and serving a meal at the St. Vincent de Paul meal program and participating in various smaller projects during the course of the year. Our main fundraising project, a Silent and Live Auction in November, finances our community donations. In recent years we have given donations to the Women's Resource Center, St. Luke's Hospitality Center, Schools of Hope, Racine Literacy Council, Meals on Wheels, Safe House, the Racine Food Bank, RADD, and the Health Care Network.
A monthly newsletter is distributed to let members know of upcoming events and notifications of club activities appear in the Community section of The Racine Journal Times. If you are interested in knowing more about our club and would like to receive a newsletter please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email. You will be contacted by a club member and will be sent the current newsletter.