Celebrating our 100th year

The University Club
2017 - 2018

Welcome to The University Club of Iowa City, celebrating our 100th 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.

            Linda Van Loh, The University Club President for 2017-2018



One hundred years ago, women affiliated with the University of Iowa saw the need for a way for women to meet socially. It was not just a dream, they organized and they did it well! The President‟s Report for 1918-1919 finds them launching a campaign to increase their membership to at least 150. In her report, she urges members to support the club by participating in activities to promote sociability and fellowship---the same goals we have today. 

The 100th year of our club is an exciting time! We began our celebration by participating in the Coralville 4th of July Parade. Thank you for the enthusiasm and organization of Past Presidents, Louise Crock and Linnell Phillips, for making this happen. 

Rose Frank, as President-Elect, is planning our Fall Fair by continuing the theme of celebrating our centennial. What better way to celebrate than signing up for an interest group or two or three or more! As a reminder, it is necessary for you to sign up each year for interest groups, even if you are already participating. After checking out the opportunities for fun with the interest groups, stop in the atrium for coffee and treats and to share some time with friends. Make sure your dues are paid and pick up your new Yearbook. Kathy Maxwell will be accepting donations for the scholarship fund so stop and see her also. 

Our 100 Year committee has been busy preparing a wonderful year. Mary Gregg and Melanie Gellhaus have worked hard to give us some great programs. ALL programs will be presented by University Club members. Do you know what a special group of women we are? 

Newcomers continue to grow and offer women new to The University Club additional opportunities in a closer, more informal setting. They have their own programs each month as well as two socials but are also eligible and encouraged to participate in all The University Club luncheons and interest groups. 

When we moved here six years ago, a neighbor stopped by and said “You need to come to Newcomers; I‟ll pick you up on Thursday for coffee.” What a wonderful introduction to Newcomers and my neighbors --- we are one of several neighborhoods with a large presence in the club. I was hooked. 

If you are a Newcomer, come to their monthly coffees or programs; if you are no longer eligible for NC, find a new member and bring her to share in the fun and fellowship. The University Club dues remain at just $20.00 and that includes your Newcomer dues if you want to participate with this special group. Get involved and start The University Club
on their next 100 Years of Growth. The friends you
make are invaluable. 

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 https://www.facebook.com/theuniversityclub.iowacity/

I look forward to my year as president and will only be able to do this with the support and encouragement of all of you. 

Linda Van Loh
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 http://www.uiowa.edu/~our/opmanual/ii/03.htm