The Highland Village Women’s Club was founded on July 2, 1970 when there were just 220 homes with a population of 700 people. HVWC started with three founding members who decided to put an ad in the newspaper to see if anyone was interested to get together, have fun and do some good deeds for the city.
The first three meetings were held in homes with 14 women in attendance. At the third club meeting, officers were elected and had grown to about 20 members by the time the fourth meeting came around. Originally, HVWC only had four meetings a year plus a Christmas party. Additional social and instructional groups were started by the members including dressmaking, gourmet cooking and wig care which was a big fad in the 1960’s and 70’s. Service groups were formed to work on civic improvements and community services such as helping at nursing homes and establishing a scholarship fund for deserving students within the local school district.
In 1971, the club sponsored the first Fireman’s Ball which cost $6 per couple. This event generated $1,300 in funds that was used to purchase fire equipment and aided in the construction of a new fire station.
Throughout the club’s 50 years of service, members and donors have contributed thousands of dollars to charities that help residents of Highland Village and surrounding communities in Denton County. The funds that the club raise were used to help buy equipment for various Highland Village establishments such as the Fire, Police and Parks departments.
HVWC is also a proud sponsor of “Our Village Glows“ which is held annually at the Shops of Highland Village in December. Our main fundraising event is the sales of Poinsettia plants to help raise money for charities and the hosting of various other community events during the year. At our “Gifts of the Heart” annual dinner meeting, the Club donates money to benefit several area charities in Denton County.
The purpose of the Highland Village Women’s Club is:
- To promote friendship, cooperation and communications among the women of Highland Village and the Greater Lewisville area.
- To provide a forum to exchange ideas in various areas of interest.
- To foster civic pride in Highland Village as well as the Greater Lewisville area while working with its leaders for the improvement of the area as a whole.
- To hold a minimum of one fundraiser annually to help local charities.
After 50 years of service and philanthropy, the Club has over 60 members comprised of mothers, homemakers, retirees, professionals and business owners with similar interests in promoting civic pride and service to the City of Highland Village and its surrounding communities.