Event Space // 430 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 // 707-852-3029 // SACevents707@gmail.com
The Saturday Afternoon Club is more than a wonderful venue to hold events, it is one of the oldest continuously-operating women's clubs in the US, where you can meet new friends and build lifelong relationships. By becoming involved in the various programs, committees, and participating on our board, members have an opportunity to continue their growth and education in human relations and personal development. The Saturday Afternoon Club is mission driven and dedicated to community service, charitable giving, education enrichment, and social opportunities.
In the years since its inception, the women of the Saturday Afternoon Club have focused on a variety of projects to improve our community. They were instrumental in the organization of a Juvenile Court. During World War I when Santa Rosa was overwhelmed with casualties of the flu epidemic of 1918, the women opened their clubhouse for care of the sick. The Saturday Afternoon Club continues to meet at their original clubhouse at 430 10th Street. While they raise funds for SRJC scholarships and a variety of other worthy local causes, they also continue to advocate for projects to improve our town and acknowledge our history.
Membership in The Saturday Afternoon Club includes nine programs annually consisting of entertainment, guest speakers, luncheons, wine and chocolate tastings, and cultural event discussions.
All who become members of The Saturday Afternoon Club must abide by the by-laws of the Club. New members are encouraged to participate, get involved, and serve on various committees to support our community giving projects.
Scholarships: The Saturday Afternoon Club is now celebrating 46 years of awarding scholarships to students at Santa Rosa Junior College who wish to further their education at four year colleges.
Teddy Bear Workshop: Club members have been creating and providing handmade teddy bears to hospitals, police and fire stations, chaplains, and child protection agencies. These handmade bears are given to children by these agencies to help comfort them during traumatic situations.
Necessity Bags: We collect, purchase, and assemble personal hygiene items and deliver them to various shelters and emergency centers during disasters.
Sloane House Shelter: Every holiday season, The Saturday Afternoon Club members have a special auction to raise funds to create and distribute gifts and gift cards to women and children at the Sloan House Shelter.
Founded in July 1894, The Saturday Afternoon Club was a bold new idea, since women’s clubs were a rarity at that time. The concept was brought to Santa Rosa by Mrs. Martin J. Cochrane, who had visited the Santa Barbara Women’s Club. Six women in Santa Rosa got together and created the new organization. The Saturday Afternoon Club is one of the oldest continuously-operating women's clubs in the US.
In 1907, the Club had grown so large that meetings could no longer be held in members' homes. After being turned down for a property and construction loan by every bank in town (many owned and operated by their own husbands), the women found private financing and later paid off the loan years before it was due.
In 1908, they celebrated their new building. During World War I heavy demands were made on the clubhouse, Club meetings were discontinued, and the clubhouse was used to prepare surgical dressings and serve as a Red Cross emergency hospital for the flu epidemic of 1918.
In July of 1957 the building was renovated to what you see today. Our Scholarship Fund was introduced in 1974 and continues to provide support to SRJC students seeking higher education.
The Saturday Afternoon Club members continue programs to contribute to the community through programs and fellowship as well as rent the clubhouse as a venue for special events.