Houston Heights Woman's Club 

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The Houston Heights Woman's Club offers a a variety of community service and social activities. Whether you're looking for outreach service in our community, an engaging book club discussion, an arts outing, or a happy hour get-together, the club offers something to match the diverse interests of our membership.

Club members look forward to our annual events: 

The Houston Heights Woman's Club proudly sponsors many charitable causes. When our founding members adopted a Constitution and By-Laws in 1905, they added the clause "to aid and encourage charitable and educational interests of Houston Heights" as an integral part of the Club's purpose. Community outreach continues to be a vital part of our organization.

Many of our events are free and open to members and guests, and one of the many benefits of membership is reduced pricing for some of our annual events.

Learn more about our Signature Events and view upcoming events on the Events Calendar or learn more about our events.   

Women's Studies Library Initiative 

The Women’s Studies Library Initiative (WSLI)  continues the club's tradition of literacy and women's history by ensuring our local  public school libraries have a rich collection of books on women's history.

We typically host a reception for our local school librarians in March of each year.


The HHWC Literary Club 

The HHWC began as The Houston Heights Literary Club at the turn of the last century.  The original sixteen members were women looking for a place for "study and enlightenment" and met weekly, when they spent all day giving presentations and discussing the readings.  Our modern incarnation of this club was started in 2006 by local writer and historian Anne Sloan with the goal of creating a space to read award-winning, important, and/or controversial books that would spark engaging discussions among the members.  

Our club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.  Traditionally, we meet at the clubhouse over snacks and drinks provided by that month's group leader, but we are currently meeting over Zoom due to the ongoing pandemic.  The books we read are suggested by members at a meeting in January and then chosen by member vote.  We usually choose about 12 books and fill the schedule in advance for the year.  If a member's suggested book is chosen, she generally leads the discussion that month, although other members also volunteer to lead meetings depending on the circumstances.  

Our December meeting is a holiday party instead of a book discussion.  In January we usually host a special Books and Tea event on a Sunday afternoon, when we serve snacks and tea and a local author comes to speak to the group.

Any member of the HHWC Evening Group is welcome to join the Literary Club!  We are a casual group; you can come to one meeting or all of them, and you are welcome to come to meetings even if you have not read the book.  We read books from all genres:  fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, memoirs, and occasionally poetry.  To give you an idea of the type and variety of books we read, here are a few of the selections from previous years:  

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Round House by Louise Erdich

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, and Wendy Williams

Founder's Day
Hortense Ward Scholarship 

This Hortense Ward Scholarship is presented annually to a female law school student from a Houston area law school, including: 

  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University
  • The University of Houston Law Center
  • South Texas College of Law Houston

The chosen recipient is selected based on exemplifying qualities of public service and commitment to social causes, especially those involving women. 

The $2,500 scholarship, which may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses.  is presented and the recipient introduced at the HHWC Founder's Day reception.

Read about the 2021 event


Santa at the Clubhouse

Since 2012, Club members,  have welcomed their dear friend, Santa Claus, to the clubhouse the first weekend in December. 

The Jolly Old St. Nick listens to the wishes of children of all ages from the Heights community at this free community event, photos are self-taken.  You may recognize some of Santa's elves!  

Don't miss this event!  

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, December 01, 2021
    • Wednesday, April 06, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Clubhouse
    The Heritage Group meets at our Clubhouse at 10:30 am on the first Wednesday of each month from September through May.

    Each meeting includes: club business, a program, usually an outside speaker, and a brown bag lunch. Table decorations are created by a hostess team for each meeting.

    Register for the Heritage Group Monthly Meeting. 

    • Wednesday, December 08, 2021
    • Wednesday, April 13, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBC

    The Heritage Group reserves the second week of each month for an event. You'll join the women for a fun and educational field trip or off-site activity.

    Learn more and register for the Heritage Group Monthly Event 

    • Sunday, January 30, 2022
    • 2:30 PM
    • HHWC Clubhouse

    Books and Tea Sunday

    Canceled - Rescheduling will be announced.

    The Chanel Sisters 

    by Judithe Little

    This special literary club meeting is different than our typical monthly meeting - it is the one time a year we join our with our friends at the Southgate First Wednesday Book Club. Traditionally we bring a guest speaker to this meeting, ideally the author of a book both groups have read.  

    Our meeting this year will be held at 2:30pm on Sunday January 30. 

    Local author Judithe Little will be joining us to discuss The Chanel Sisters, her 2020 bestselling novel that the New York Journal of Books called "a multi-layered, elegantly crafted story with enthralling attention to historic detail." 

    You do not have to have finished the book to enjoy hearing from this author!

    About the bookAntoinette and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel know they’re destined for something better. Abandoned by their family at a young age, they’ve grown up under the guidance of nuns preparing them for simple lives as the wives of tradesmen or shopkeepers. At night, their secret stash of romantic novels and magazine cutouts beneath the floorboards are all they have to keep their dreams of the future alive.

    The walls of the convent can’t shield them forever, and when they’re finally of age, the Chanel sisters set out together with a fierce determination to prove themselves worthy to a society that has never accepted them. Their journey propels them out of poverty and to the stylish cafés of Moulins, the dazzling performance halls of Vichy—and to a small hat shop on the rue Cambon in Paris, where a boutique business takes hold and expands to the glamorous French resort towns.

    But the sisters’ lives are again thrown into turmoil when World War I breaks out, forcing them to make irrevocable choices, and they’ll have to gather the courage to fashion their own places in the world, even if apart from each other.

    • Thursday, February 10, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Hosted Virtually