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A Brief History of the Colorado Wellesley Club

by Bobbie Heisterkamp

February 1899 - the first meeting

The first regular meeting of the Colorado Wellesley Club was held at the home of Mrs. Grace Braun at 3:30 P.M. on February 3, 1899. Mrs. Braun was chosen temporary chairman and Mrs. Helen Atkins secretary pro tem. A constitution submitted by Mrs. Emma Tyler was discussed in detail, and on motion of Miss Wolcott, the same was adopted. It was then moved and seconded that a nominating committee of three, including the chair, be appointed by the chair. The motion was lost.

It was then moved and seconded that nominations for officers be made by acclimation. The motion carried. Whereupon Miss Anne Wolcott, being nominated for President, declined. Mrs. Braun was then nominated and elected President; Mrs. Tyler, Vice-President; and Miss Atkins, Secretary/Treasurer.

After a social cup of cocoa, the meeting adjourned, until the first Friday in May next.

Respectfully submitted.

Helen L. Atkins

With that event the Wellesley Club was created in Colorado. I found the hand-written minutes book in the bottom of the President’s box in 1988 when I was elected. After transcribing it, I sent it to the Wellesley College archives. There are four minutes books altogether: 1899 – 1913, 1913 – 1940, 1940 – 1959 and 1959 – 1971. I have the text of them all. They contain the names, addresses and activities of the pioneer alumnae.

At one time in the 1980’s there were three clubs: one in Denver, one in Colorado Springs and one in Boulder. As the century changed, the three were consolidated into the Greater Denver Wellesley Club, which has recently changed its name to the Wellesley Club of Colorado, coming full circle.