The purpose of Round Rock Woman’s Club is to further any interests that enrich women’s lives. Our membership is actively engaged in community participation and service.
The RRWC formed in 1966 in Round Rock, Texas. Initially, it was the brainstorm of Marge Sheffield. She wanted to start a book club. Instead, the women who came to the first book club meeting in 1966, decided their small town could greatly benefit from a woman’s service organization. At the time, Round Rock’s population was approximately 2000 people.
As a result of this meeting, the ladies chartered Round Rock Woman’s Club. It became affiliated with the Federation of Women’s Clubs.
The first 47 members wanted a club actively involved in community service. They also wanted the club to be a social outlet for its members. Their first service project was providing brightly decorated trash cans on downtown street corners in Round Rock.
Through the years, RRWC continued to develop their community involvement with other meaningful projects that benefited the quickly growing city. They included:
- Spearheading a program to install outdoor lighting on various unlighted streets in Round Rock
- Presenting Heritage Award Plaques recognizing business architecture reminiscent of the Texas frontier theme
- Organizing Christmas Home Tours
- Introducing the Soup and Bread luncheon
- Participating in the Round Rock Public Library story times
- Providing mentors for the Miss Round Rock Scholarship Pageant
- Hosting luncheons at local retirement housing projects
- Sponsoring the Round Rock High School Sub-Junior Woman’s Club
- Writing and performing puppet productions at Frontier Days Festival
Puppets and RRWC
RRWC initially began writing puppet scripts to be performed at an annual Round Rock summer festival called Frontier Days which was held on Main Street. The productions were a fundraiser for the club and provided entertainment for local children. The club’s first performance was in 1968 and their last one in the mid-1980s. The club used handmade paper mache or plush hand puppets and a painted wooden puppet theatre with creative backdrops.
RRWC’s puppet program is now retired, but at one time was a vital part of the club’s outreach to the community. We are excited to share our unique, fun scripts with other puppet groups worldwide through Puppet Resources. A link to their website is listed in the right column of this page. Enter “Round Rock” in their website search box and access all of our original puppet production scripts.
We Live Here, We Give Here
As of November 2011, Round Rock’s estimated population is 101,072 (within the city limits). Currently an independent club, RRWC raised $19,000 in 2012-13 and gave 100% of the proceeds back to the community. We are a proud member of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce.
RRWC’s primary fundraiser is Soup and Bread, which takes place in February. The annual luncheon brings the Round Rock community together for an incredible lunch and silent auction. In past years, the event has fed over 800 people with dine-in, take-out and delivery available.
RRWC awards two $750 academic and community service scholarships each year to carefully selected students from the Sub-Junior RRWC Club (Sweethearts) at Round Rock High School. The scholarships are in honor of deceased RRWC members, Bettie McNeese and Sue Evans.
In 2014, RRWC made donations to these community groups:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy Sight O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”