The Fortnightly Club of Summit, formed by the wife of Summit’s first mayor, was established in 1893 and met on a fortnight (every fourteen nights, two weeks). The Fortnightly Club purchased their clubhouse “Twin Maples” in 1949 for $27,000. Numerous celebrations will take place this year to celebrate the club’s commitment to charitable causes since its inception and to recognize the millions of dollars contributed to the community, and multiple-millions of volunteer hours and in-kind donations over the course of its existence. The Fortnightly Club is dedicated to fundraising for scholarships for Summit’s young women, preservation of its historic clubhouse, community service, volunteerism and providing outreach to other organizations.
A Proclamation was recently presented by Mayor Nora Radest deeming March 6, 2019 be “The Fortnightly Club’s 125thAnniversary Celebration Day” followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Afterwards, more than 50 community and club attendees enjoyed an Afternoon Tea served by club members and catered by What A Dish. The clubhouse sparkled and the silver, donated by members over the years, was, of course polished. The Fortnightly Club is a lively group of women of all ages who contribute to the club’s goals while enjoying social comradery.
Many of the current members progressed from the Summit Junior Fortnightly Club, originally established by The Fortnightly Club for younger women, and which focuses on supporting activities for children from birth through middle school.
The Fortnightly Club offers its membership volunteer opportunities, book groups, theater trips, day-trips, comradery, and monthly general meetings with guest speakers held the second Wednesday of the month, open for free to the general public and new members, who are always welcome!
Join us for our Birthday Bash – Party at our Clubhouse Twin Maples, Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 7 – 11 p.m. with lite bites catered by What A Dish, live music by Paul Fessock’s World of Rock Trio, beer, wine and signature cocktail. Purchase tickets ($75) online via our website fortnightlyclub.org. We ask all citizens to join in celebrating the positive impact we have been able to make to our members and our community.