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Women’s City Club of Pasadena Celebrates 70 Years

Published on Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 1:58 pm

The Women’s City Club of Pasadena celebrates 70 years of providing a club for women involved in business, civic affairs, education and philanthropy as well as a home base for community non-profit organizations on Saturday, August 1, 6:30 p.m. at the Blinn House. When founded in June of 1945 by Gloria Gartz, the mission was to provide forward-thinking women a place to empower each other, encourage one another and to contribute meaningfully to their community. Seventy years later the WCC is still fulfilling Ms. Gartz’ lifelong dream by providing a sanctuary where women can gather and carry on in that spirit of initiative and camaraderie.

As a part of the celebration, the annual Gloria Gartz Awards ceremony will take place honoring two WCC members. Dr. Floraline Stevens will receive the Gloria Gartz Legacy Award for her long-standing leadership and service to club and The Blinn House Foundation as past president and current board member. Toni Rodriguez will receive the Member of the Year Award for her exemplary work as Chair for WCC’s “Let’s Make a Difference” committee that awards college scholarships to local young women.

The evening of events will be hosted by, broadcast and print journalist, Ellen Snortland who is a 2014 Gloria Gartz Award recipient.

The Women’s City Club’s 70th Anniversary Party and Annual Gloria Gartz Gala will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at The Edmund Blinn House (160 North Oakland Ave, Pasadena).

RSVP to Francine Kolcz at or contact (626) 796-0560 for more information.

About the Women’s City Club of Pasadena

Founded in 1945, the Women’s City Club of Pasadena provides a private club environment for members who are actively involved in business, civic affairs, education, and philanthropy. Today, we proudly continue to provide the flexibility for our busy members to: grow intellectually; share good times leisurely; network professionally and support our community meaningfully.

The WCC caters to a wide variety of members and is extremely proud of its cultural and professional diversity and offers the ideal place to balance professional and family life with a network of friends and activities. The WCC is looking for a dynamic group of women who want to connect socially and professionally while living their legacy. To learn more about the WCC please visit

Who was Gloria Gartz?

Gartz was the visionary woman who founded the Women’s City Club of Pasadena in 1945. In the time before our ease of communication, Gartz was able to bring together hundreds of women to create a place of mutual support in their personal, community, businesses, civic, and charitable efforts.

Gartz proved herself to be a catalyst of community contributions in Southern California, in particular in the Pasadena area. A strong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and Huntington Library. She assisted Dr. Andrus by providing funding for the founding of Grey Gables of Ojai which later led Dr. Andrus to found AARP. In creating the WCC, Gartz, facilitated women to mold the community we live in now.

The Blinn House

The historic Blinn House was built in 1905, and is an exemplary portrayal of noted architect George Washington Maher’s mastery of the highly regarded prairie style design. The Blinn House was designated a Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark in 1977, and has been home to The Women’s City Club since 1945; and continues to serve the Pasadena community as a meeting place for civic, cultural, and educational activities. The Blinn House was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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