The University Club
2019- 2020

Karen Seda, President 


Women of The University Club, greetings to all of you and I wish you a very beautiful fall season. Our year is in full swing with many exciting social activities, which you’ll find outlined in this issue of the Clarion. 

Our organization was founded back in 1917, and our mission is to promote the interaction of women of all ages and affiliations who are interested in the University of Iowa and the surrounding Iowa City community. We are a 700-member Social Club and we socialize primarily in three ways: Our Luncheon and Speaker Programs, held monthly September through May at the Radisson Hotel; Our Newcomer’s Division, which serves as an introduction to our Club for women new to Iowa City or to The University Club; and our over thirty Interest Groups. University Club Membership is not limited to those associated with the University of Iowa or it’s alumni. Annual Membership is $20. 

Our September Fall Fair was a wonderful event, with 354 women attending. Special thanks to our President-elect, Diane Dalton, for all of her planning and creativity, and to her committees for all of their efforts in making the day a great success.

A Membership Survey was introduced at the Fall Fair, and we’ve had over 130 women respond. You’ll also find the survey questions in this issue of the Clarion, if you haven’t yet had a chance to respond. Our goal is to hear from you about your ideas, likes and dislikes about our Club. The Executive Board has many ideas about ways in which to lead and grow our Club, and it’s important to know which of our traditions are important to you, things you might change, and any other comments you’d like to share.

The University Club is embracing technology and is active on Social Media. You can find us on Instagram, Linkedin, as well as on Facebook. Our Technology Committee experimented with a credit card payment option for on-site Dues payment at the Fall Fair. We’ll be considering other technologies to experiment with throughout upcoming months, where it makes sense for our Club. Anything new will complement our existing processes, with which you are familiar and are comfortable using.

We have over 65 new Members since June of this year, and they will all be welcomed at a President’s New Member Afternoon Tea & Open House to be hosted at my home in mid-October. I look forward to getting to know new Members over relaxing Afternoon Tea and conversation.

Wishing a wonderful fall season to all of you, and I hope to see you at a Luncheon or other University Club event sometime soon.

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