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Township of Washington
350 Hudson Avenue

Twp. of Washington, NJ  07676


The Contemporary Woman's Club

                About Us

The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township is a volunteer 501(c) 3 designated organization consisting of fifty women dedicated to making our community a better one, our social, ethical and intellectual commitments stronger and to making lasting friendships through membership. The club is open to all women over the age of 18.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, September through May at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the Municipal Building of with programs of interest sometimes following the business session.


Any woman who resides in the Pascack Valley area may join the club. In order to do so, we invite you to attend a meeting to learn more about our activities. After attending one meeting, you will be asked to join. Annual dues are $35.00 with an initiation fee of $5.00.

If you are looking to meet new friends, have fun, develop new skills, learn more about our area, and work with other like-minded women for the betterment of our community, then we are looking for you.If any woman is interested in joining the Club, please call our Membership Chairman at 201-664-5443 or contact us through the Township website via email.

Our Proud History  

The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township originated as an evening membership department. As the department grew, the members felt that they could do more for their community and the Federation if they formed a separate independent club.  This was accomplished in 1960 with an enrollment of 60 members.

One of the club's first civic projects was to formulate plans for a public library. Through their efforts, the members saw these plans materialize. Over the years our club has sponsored an Annual Candidates' Night, the Memorial Day Parade, the Annual Blood Drive, furnished kitchens in the Fire Department and Ambulance Corps buildings, founded the Golden Seniors of Township of Washington, initiated a scholarship fund at $100 annually which has grown to $1,500, planted shade trees along a portion of the Township's main thoroughfare and donated a community bulletin board to the Township. We also contribute to the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs Continuing funds.

Our members have participated in many active departments such as Arts/Creative, Arts/Performing, Conservation and Garden,Public Affairs, International Affairs and Social Services.

of its members, Virginia Zanetich and Joan M. Hunt, serve as President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs.The club is proud that it has had two

Our Federation Connection

The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township is a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs (NJSFWC), which was organized in 1894. As such, we are part of the largest volunteer women's service organization in New Jersey with 17,000 members. We are one of over 370 clubs in our state. For administrative purposes, the state is divided into 11 districts; our club is one of 35 in the 9th District.

State headquarters is located in New Brunswick on the campus of Douglass -College; the college was founded by theNJSFWC.

, the oldest and largest non­partisan, non-denominational service organization of women in the world. Founded in 1890, it has over 650,000 members in 6,000 clubs in the United States and an additional 10,000,000 members worldwide in more than 20 countries.General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC)On the national level, we are part of the

National headquarters for GFWC is in an historic building in northwest Washington, DC, where the International President resides and works with the professional staff to provide information and support for all clubs.

Our Philanthropic Interests 

Our dedication to volunteerism allows us to financially support and benefit our club's concerns. Some of these are:

  • Scholarship Awards for H. S. seniors
  • Township of Washington(Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Volunteer Fire Dept., Police Dept., Library & Golden Seniors)
  • Pascack VaIley PBA
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • Annual Blood Drive
  • Candidates' Night
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Boy Scout Awards
  • Girl Scout Awards
  • Friends in Need Fund
  • Pascack Valley Hospital
  • The Valley Hospital
  • Bergen Regional Medical Center
  • Hackensack Medical Center
  • Deborah Hospital
  • Bergen/Passaic Association for Retarded Citizens
  • Statue of Liberty Restoration
  • Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (teletype)
  • American Cancer Society of N.J.
  • Shelter Our Sisters
  • Operation Smile International




Gloria Switlyk

1st Vice President                

Madeleine Ciocco

2nd Vice President                

Winifred Bramley

Recording Secretary             

Lillian Molosh


Irene Galvan

Corresponding Secretary     

Nina Casciano

Federation Secretary            

M. Hope Diggs


Liz Krueger


Marge Kuizema


Joan Senkevich


Latest News.....
Soup'r Sunday - On Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd, 2019, GFWC/NJSFWC The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township will be sponsoring Soup’r Sunday collecting envelopes, boxes and cups of soup (no cans) at the Washington Township Foodtown from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The soup will be donated to the Westwood / Washington Township Food Bank.  Please support this worthwhile cause.    

Home Decorating Contest Winners -  The winners of the Contemporary Woman's club Home Decorating Contest were Steve Sedlak and Betty Grosvenor who reside on Wilson Avenue.  At the club's January meeting, Gloria Switlyk, president of GFWC/NJSFWC The Contemporary Woman's Club, presented Steve with a 2018 Christmas ornament in commemoration of the occasion. Click here for photo of winner recieving ornament and Click here to see a picture of his decorated home.

Home Decorating Contest 2018 

The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township will once again sponsor the Home Decorating Contest in the Township.  Judging will take place between Christmas and New Year's Day.  The winners will be invited to the club's January 2nd meeting to receive a gift commemorative of the occasion.  Homes will be judged on outdoor lighting and decorations.  Please call Patti at 201-722-1615 if you would to participate in the contest. 

Dinner/Fashion Show - 4/24/18

The Contemporary Woman's Club will be hosting a Buffet Dinner/Fashion Show at the Café on the third floor at Lord & Taylor, Ridgewood Road in Paramus, NJ on Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $40 and includes the buffet consisting of lemon butter chicken, eggplant parmigiana, macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, roasted potatoes, roasted vegetable medley, salad, garlic bread, water, wine, coffee, tea and dessert.
Tickets are available by calling 201-666-8309.  Proceeds will benefit the club's scholarship fund as well as other charities.  For more information about the club's activities, call 201-664-7059 or contact us through the Township website
Scholarships to be Awarded

2018 - NJSFWC/GFWC The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students.  Applications will be available in the Guidance Offices of the area high schools on April 1st and must be returned to the Guidance Office by May 1st.
The student can attend any area high school but must be a resident of the Township of Washington.  Awards are based on scholastic achievement, community service and financial need.
The Contemporary Woman’s Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs.  For more information about the club, please call 201-664-7059 .
Home Decorating Contest Winner 2017

The The Contemporary Woman's Club held their Annual Home Decorating Contest this holiday season with judging taking place between Christmas & New Year's Day. This year the winners were Kevin Rolland and his father Gerry of Julia Court.  The Rollands attended the January club meeting and were presented with a 2017 Christmas ornament commemorative of the occasion. 

Fashion Show - 3/28/17

The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township will hold a buffet dinner/fashion show in the Café at Lord & Taylor, Ridgewood Road in Paramus on Tuesday, March 28, 2017from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. . 
Tickets are $40.00 and include the buffet, prize tickets and a ticket for the Charity Day to be held on March 30th.  Proceeds from the event will be earmarked for the club’s scholarship fund and the special state project – Prevent Child Abuse - New Jersey.  For tickets, please call 201-666-8309.
Every two years the new administration of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs sponsors a special project which is chosen by all the clubs in New Jersey.  Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey (PCA-NJ) promotes great childhoods, positive parenting and healthy child development.  Founded in 1979, all their efforts throughout the state are dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all forms for all New Jersey children.
For more information about the club, please call 201-664-7059 

Scholarships Awarded

8/16/16 - GFWC/NJSFWC The Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township has awarded $1,000 scholarships to two (2) Westwood graduating students who are residents of Washington Township.  Recipients Nichole Koc will attend Rutgers University School of Arts & Science and Gary Peters will attend St. Thomas Acquinas College in the fall.

Also chosen to attend the GFWC/NJSFWC Girl's Career Institute at Douglass College at Rutgers University, New Brunswick was Skylar Teats who is a junior at Westwood Jr./Sr. Regional High School and a resident of Washington Township. 

The Girl's Career Institute is a four day opportunity to attend twelve (12) career workshops to become aware of a wide array of career choices presented by professionals in the medical fields, engineering, accounting, speech therapy, family law and FBI.  Recreational, craft and musical directors organize activities for free time including dancing, singing, talent and fashion shows.  Each delegate receives a certificate stating that she is a "GCI" graduate.

Christmas in July Food Drive

7/1/15 - GFWC/NJSFWC Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township will be conducting a food drive during the month of July.  "Christmas in July will be held at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in the Township of Washington Shopping Center.  All food collected will be donated to the local food bank.  The club will be focusing on collecting non-perishable food such as tuna fish, peanut butter, cereals, juice boxes, raisins, breakfast bars, macaroni and cheese, soups and beans. The club thanks everyone in advance for their donations and support.

Operation PB&J and Beans!

On March 29, 2012, the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC (NJSFWC) formed a Coalition of Nonprofits and Businesses at their Networking Breakfast to accomplish the goal of helping to re-stock the shelves of the state’s food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens.  Clubwomen throughout the state will be collecting non-perishable food items for this project entitled, Operation Peanut Butter, Jelly and Beans, to be held during the months of April, May and June.
The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township has partnered with the Township of Washington Public Library to have a box available for collection of all contributions, which will be donated to the Hillsdale Food Pantry.  Please help us with a small donation of peanut butter, jelly and beans so that we can help others in need. 
For more information about The Contemporary Woman’s Club, please call 201-666-3040.

Lord & Taylor Charity Shopping Day!!!

‘The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township will be participating in Lord & Taylor’s “Shop Smart, Do Good” event on Thursday, March 29, 2012.  

There will be activities throughout the day at the store in the Fashion Center.  Tickets are $5.00 and entitle the purchaser to 25% on two special items, 20% on another special item, 15% savings all day long, which includes cosmetics and fragrances, as well as purchases made in the Lord & Taylor Home Store.  You will get an extra 10% off if you use your Lord & Taylor credit card.  Also, you can pre-sale beginning Saturday, March 17, 2012.  The $5.00 profit will be earmarked for the Club’s Scholarship Fund.   

The Club awards scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors residing in the Township.  They may attend any area high school.  Applications will be available in the high school Guidance Offices on April 2, 2012.  

To purchase tickets for the event, please call 201-666-8309 or 201-664-1785.”

"March Proclaimed Women's History Month"
Mayor Janet Sobkowicz officially proclaimed that March 2012 be designated as Women's History Month.  Sponsored by the Contemporary Woman's Club of Washington Township, this document urges all citizens of the Township to take interest in and give full support to qualify women's history programs for children and adults especially in schools. It requests that every effort be made to develop a deeper understanding and appreciaton of women's history in our community. For some further history of Womens History Month please visit the National Women's History Project site.
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