About Us

Our History

The Woman's Club of Downey was established in 1898 by a group of local woman who called themselves "The Friday Afternoon Club". Seven charter members met in homes every Friday. The motive set forth in the by-laws was to "promote the social, moral, and intellectual interest of the community and to establish a public library." 

And our founders did exactly that, they started the first  public library right out of a members home. And the rest is history......the history of Downey and those very club woman with a passion to impact their community for the greater good.

Today the Woman's Club of Downey is a thriving, energetic club that continues to promote the interests of the community. Our members and Board of Directors are dedicated members of the community. Many of our members serve on multiple boards, that's how we stay connected.

Established in 1898

Federated in 1900

Incorporated in 1909

Affiliated with the "GFWC" (National) General Federation of Woman's Clubs, and the "CFWC" (State) California Federation of Woman's Clubs.  We belong to the San Gabriel Valley District. 


We operate the Woman's Club of Downey with an elected Board of Directors using our Bylaws and Standing Rules, while adhering to Robert's Rules of Order. 

Meet Our Board of Directors 2018-2019

President  - Cindy Kovach  (pictured)

1st Vice President/Dean - Cheryll Olson

2nd Vice President - Fundraising - Irene Boyce

3rd Vice President -Membership -  Barbara Keenoy

Treasurer - Cynthia Deack

Recording Secretary - Janice Peterson

Financial Secretary - Laura Morones

Corresponding Secretary - Linda Gomez

Rental Director - Marie Bernal

Parliamentarian - Shirlee MacDowell


Educational Scholarships

Life Changing Impact

Music In the Schools Program

Shirlee MacDowell Music Scholarship

Friends of the Library

How to participate in our Foundation?

  • Gifts to the Woman's Club of Downey Foundation are tax deductible as we are  a 501(c) (3) organization
  • Donate  Stocks, Bonds, Real Estate or Personal Property
  • Give a gift as an Honorarium, or in Memory of a Loved one
  • Request in Lieu of Flowers that gifts to be made to the Woman's Club of Downey
  • Name the Foundation as a beneficiary in your Will, Living Trust, Life Insurance Policy, IRA, 401(k) or Pension Plan

Contact for more information:  Linda Dong,