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.

MEMBERSHIP 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 HISTORYThe 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 CONNECTIONThe 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.

On the national level, we are part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), 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.

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

Recording Secretary             

Lillian Molosh


Annette Fehmian

Corresponding Sec.      

Nina Casciano


Lois Bemroth


Marge Kuizema


Joan Senkevich


Latest News.....
Scholarships to be Awarded

2020 - 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 .

January 2020 - The GFWC/NJSFWC Contemporary Woman's Club is sponsoring a soup drive on Super Bowl Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Nicholas Markets Foodtown in the shopping center.  Please purchase soup only in bags, boxes and packages (no cans because of the weight).  Soup donations can be placed in the boxes provided when exiting the store.  Soup will be donated to the local food pantries.  Thanking you in advance for your donation.
 A special thank you to Nicholas Markets for allowing us to use their facilities for this drive and providing the fantastic sign in the store and the handouts as well.   

July 2019 - The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Twp has supported many needy organizations by collecting food, phone cards and personal items for military families, “First Night” clothing for “Shelter Our Sisters”, and breakfast foods for “Breakfast Buddies”.  This we have accomplished by our “Christmas in July” project in conjunction with Rite-Aid Pharmacy in the Washington Town Center.
This year we are asking for your help by purchasing one of the following items:  toiletries, hair products, athletic socks, Ramen noodles, trail mix, assorted hard candy and cough drops, placing it in the box under the Christmas tree.  These items will be collected during the month of July, donated to” Embrella” (formerly Foster and Adoptive Family Services) and distributed to students who have aged-out of the Foster Care System. For more information about club activities, contact us by calling 201-664-7059.
April is Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month
April 2019 - The Contemporary Woman’s Club of Washington Township is a member of The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC).  
Every two years, the new administration votes on a special state project which all the women’s clubs in New Jersey support.  This term, NJSFWC has chosen to support Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Jersey.
The vision of CASA of NJ is that all children of New Jersey who have been removed from their families because of abuse or neglect are served by a qualified, well-trained court appointed special advocate.
CASA of NJ provides a voice for abused and neglected children by empowering a statewide network of local CASA programs serving all 21 counties of NJ. Dedicated community volunteers advocate in Family Court for the best interests of children in foster care to ensure their safety and well-being, and ultimately, their placement in nurturing, permanent homes with loving families.
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
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