The University Club
2018 - 2019

Welcome to The University Club of Iowa City, celebrating our 101st year. Founded in 1917, our mission is to promote interaction of women of all ages and affiliations who are interested in the University of Iowa and the surrounding Iowa City community. We invite you to attend our monthly luncheons and participate in our many interest groups, which will provide you with many new and unique social, educational, and cultural opportunities.

            Rose Frank, The University Club President for 2018-2019



Unquestionably, 2017 was an especially meaningful year for the The University Club as we celebrated our 100thyear! While looking through our club’s illustration-packed history book, I was awe-struck by our predecessors’ involvement in truly significant events.

To name a few:

Emma J. Harvat elected as first female mayor of Iowa City and the first female leader of a U.S. city with a population greater than 10,000.

Women’s Right to Vote, Naming of the Pentacrest, Student Protests on Campus, and much more.  And speaking of accomplishments, I applaud all of those who gave much time and energy towards making 2017-2018 an enormous success.

Looking forward…Karen Seda, President-Elect will start the 2018-2019 year with the Annual Fall Fair in September – a perfect event to check out our diverse selection of Interest Groups.  From Biking to Writers Group, there is something for everyone.  Pickle Ball is one of our newest groups and Social Scrabble is upcoming.  Jump in and join a group!  Whether it’s for physical or mental enjoyment, you’ll meet great people. Just a reminder, it is necessary to sign up for Interest Groups every year (even if you are still participating). Once you have paid your annual dues; picked up your year book; and signed up for your preferred interest groups, please come join us for treats, coffee, and socializing with friends in the Atrium.

Our Program Chairs Melanie Gellhaus and Pat Skay have been diligently organizing some very exciting programs for our monthly luncheons. As you know, due to the sad closure of the University Club, our University Club Luncheons will now be held at the Radisson.

New to Iowa? Make sure The Newcomers Booth is your first stop.  Newcomers is especially for those women who have recently relocated to the Iowa City area and/or are new members of the University Club.  Members meet each month at informal coffees to mingle, enjoy interesting presentations, and learn about the community.  New comers are also eligible and encouraged to come to The University Club Luncheons which are held on a monthly basis.  This group continues to grow-bringing younger women with many fresh ideas. The University Club dues also includes your Newcomers dues.

When I moved to Iowa in 2012, it was a little scary. With the exception of my family, I didn’t know a soul.  Thankfully, someone said “you should join The university Club!”  I now rate that decision to join as my second-best decision…moving to Iowa being the first.  I have been fortunate enough to make many new friends and am truly looking forward to my year as President.

If you have recently moved to the Iowa City corridor, or are new to The University Club, we welcome you and invite you to go to the Newcomers’ Division link located above. Also, visit us on our new Facebook page at

I know with the involvement of all members it will be a spectacular year.  I welcome everyone to the 1styear of The University Club’s 2nd 100 years.

Rose Frank
President, The University Club

“While The University Club is not formally affiliated with the University of Iowa, it does endorse and abide by its policies with respect to nondiscrimination and human rights.  See