The Woman’s Literary Club was organized in 1898 by Anna Coatsworth Post. She called together the first ‘Reading Circle’ which has grown from a small handful of earnest women to the prosperous ‘Woman’s Literary Club’ of today.
The Woman’s Literary Club of Holland is proud to pour into the community. In 2016–2017, the club donated a total of $22,700 to the following organizations:
- Escape Ministries
- Holland Free Health Clinic
- Lights of Love (Holland Hospital)
- Holland Arts Council
- Holland Symphony (free summer concerts)
- Herrick Library
- Center for Women in Transition
- Hospice of Holland
- Holland Rescue Mission
- Boys and Girls Club
- Children’s Food Basket
- Children’s Advocacy Center
In addition, four scholarships funded by the Woman’s Literary Club were awarded to local college students.
Collect for Club Women
Keep us, O God, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense, and meet each other face-to-face without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgement and always generous.
Let us make time for all things, make us grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses, straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize that it is the little things that create differences; that in the big things of life we are at one.
And may we strive to touch and to know the great common woman’s heart of us all; and O Lord God, let us not forget to be kind.
– Mary Stuart