Branchburg Woman’s Club

New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC

A fun way to help the community since 1960.

Welcome from the BWC

Welcome from the Branchburg Woman’s Club!

Founded in 1960, our club is a proud member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

The BWC is a non-profit organization of women who want to help the community and participate in fun, creative, and educational activities.  As a New Jersey woman with many responsibilities, you may think that your life is too hectic to consider becoming a BWC member.  However, even if you only have some time now and then, you can be a valued club member plus build new friendships, broaden your horizons, and help others.

A look at our membership will show that even busy women find participating in club activities worthwhile. It’s an easy way to feel part of the community, meet new people with similar interests, and learn new things. 

Club activities have evolved along with the interests of the club members.  The club has several extracurricular groups.  Some meet in the daytime and some meet in the evening. Activities currently range from crafts, environmental conservation, food appreciation/outings to film and book discussions. New departments can be created as desired. Fun daytime trips, evenings out, and special social events add to the club experience.

Meeting from September through May, typically on the third Thursday evening of the month, the club’s general membership meetings begin with a guest speaker or an activity.  Then there are refreshments, followed by a club meeting.

Consider coming to a meeting or two as our guest and bring a friend!  Membership inquiries are welcome, especially from residents of Branchburg and nearby towns.  Learn how you can become a valued member of our dynamic and diverse group of women volunteers by joining the Branchburg Woman’s Club.


Follow the club on Facebook for the latest club news and/or check this Website.  (Be sure to click your browser window’s refresh button for each Website page in case new material has been added.) Also, consider attending a BWC meeting.                                             - - - - - -


Click on the appropriate menu button on the upper left of this page to go to the club’s calendar Web page. Please note that program topics, dates, times, and locations may be subject to change so contact the club membership chairman at (908) 866-1060. We are looking forward to meeting you soon. Thank you for your interest.


Highlights of Club News and Events:


Pampered Chef Show & ‘Fun’-raiser

Followed by refreshments and BWC MeetingGuests Welcome

Jan. 21, 2016   Thursday, 7:30 p.m. — 9:15 p.m.  Free parking. 

Little Red Schoolhouse, 2120 South Branch Rd., Branchburg, NJ 08876

The Thursday, January 21 Branchburg Woman’s Club meeting will feature a Pampered Chef Show and “Fun”raiser at Branchburg’s Little Red Schoolhouse on South Branch Road. Guests are welcome to attend this party and philanthropic fund-raiser which will start at 7:30 p.m. Susan Blanken Palumbo, an Independent Pampered Chef Consultant, will demonstrate what is new in kitchen tools and techniques. There will be recipes, cooking tips, door prizes, and giveaways. Refreshments and a short club meeting will follow the demonstration. Call (908) 866-1060 or 866-1824.

Club supporters may also shop for Pampered Chef products online through January 28. The latest Pampered Chef catalog plus many creative recipes are available online at and shopping is easy. In order to be part of the Branchburg Woman’s Club’s fund-raiser, orders should be submitted prior to January 28, 2016. Up to 15 percent of the total sales will go toward the fund-raiser plus an extra $3 for every future Pampered Chef Show booked from the event. Those wishing to help the BWC philanthropic fund by booking a new show should contact Susan at  or 908-419-5268 before January 28.

- Please bring a donation of canned food or personal care item to donate to the Food Bank, etc. Call 908-866-1060 for information. Please try to carpool.


Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th Grade Students

Feb. 5, 2016  Friday, time to be announced.

Stony Brook School, 136 Cedar Grove Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

The Branchburg Woman's Club, in conjunction with Branchburg’s Stony Brook School, is proud to be holding a spelling bee for 4th and 5th grade students. The Spelling Bee will be held at Stony Brook School on Friday, February 5. Letters will be sent home with parents inviting students to participate.

Mrs. Tori Lynn Burke, Instructional Support Teacher at Stony Brook, is very excited to be coordinating this event with the Branchburg Woman's Club. The event’s moderator, pronouncer and three judges will include members of the BWC. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary shall serve as the final authority for the spelling of the words used in the educational event. The winners of the Spelling Bee will move on to the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club’s District Spelling Bee, with the possibility of participating at the state level March 5, 2016.

By sponsoring a local spelling bee, the Branchburg Woman's Club hopes to encourage educational skills. Besides being a fun experience, spelling bee competition can result in many benefits for students, ranging from higher self-confidence to improved vocabulary.  Academic accomplishment is something of which they can be proud.


Program & BWC Meeting—Guests Welcome

Topic: Women, Education, and Public Life in 19th Century America

Feb. 18, 2016   Thursday, 7:30 p.m. — 9:15 p.m. 

Little Red Schoolhouse, 2120 South Branch Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Carolyn Dorsey, librarian at the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, will discuss how education transformed women’s gender roles in 19th century America. Female academies and seminaries of that era taught women the writing, speaking, and reasoning skills that ultimately prepared them to claim the rights and obligations of citizenship in the following century.

-  Please bring a donation of canned food or personal care item for Food Bank, etc.


Program & BWC Meeting—Guests Welcome

Topic: The Importance of Bees to Agriculture

March 17, 2016   Thursday, 7:30 p.m. — 9:15 p.m. 

Little Red Schoolhouse, 2120 South Branch Rd., Branchburg, NJ 08876

-  Please bring a donation of canned food or personal care item for Food Bank, etc.

More information about program to be announced.


Advance Ticket Purchase* Strongly Recommended for March BWC Tricky Tray Raffle

March 19, 2016  Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (Adults-only)

Branchburg Central Middle School

220 Baird Rd., Branchburg, NJ 08876

The Branchburg Woman’s Club is excited to announce that the BWC’s Tricky Tray Raffle Event will be held Saturday afternoon, March 19 at the Branchburg Central Middle School, located on Baird Road across from White Oak Park. Proceeds benefit the BWC’s Charitable Donations and Student Awards Fund.

Doors will open at 12:30 pm and winning tickets will be called starting at 2:30 pm. Participants must be present to win. The event is adults-only and attendees must be over 18 years of age. For the $15 admission fee, a participant will receive 26 raffle tickets (good for the first category of raffle prizes) and dessert. Free coffee, tea, and water will be available. The still-growing list of raffle prizes is filled with valuable items and gift certificates. Some of the top prizes include a $2,000 gift certificate from Somerset Orthodontic Specialists, an iPad Mini with Retina Display, a Philips 48-inch 1080p flat-screen smart HDTV, and a large grill with tools and accessories. Seating for the event is limited to 300 people and admission tickets are expected to sell quickly.

* For event information and advance tickets, contact the club: (908) 336-5832.  To inquire about advertising in the event program or to donate raffle prizes, call (908) 231-1236. Print-ready business card ads in the program are $20 each and an 8.5”x11” page ad is $100.

The Branchburg Woman’s Club is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization through the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs.


Samples of On-Going Community Service Projects: 


Many people make resolutions about what they hope to accomplish. Perhaps finding more ways to help others in need is on the list? With busy lives, sometimes that's not easy, but there are simple things that people can do that will make a difference to people who are challenged with difficulties. The Branchburg Woman's Club offers several opportunities to help others.


BWC's “Warm Up America! Afghan Project

Donations of yarn and finished rectangles wanted.

Collection bin inside Branchburg Township Municipal Building,

1077 US Highway 202 North, Branchburg, NJ 08876
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 

The Branchburg Woman's Club would like to thank everyone who has donated afghan rectangles and yarn for the club's Warm Up America! Afghan Project.

The club is still seeking contributions of 7 inch x 9 inch knitted or crocheted rectangles and yarn. Finished rectangles should be made with either knitting needles of size 7, 8, or 9 or crochet hook size F or G.


BWC's “Step Away from AbuseGFWC Sock Project


Collection bin inside Branchburg Township Municipal Building,

1077 US Highway 202 North, Branchburg, NJ 08876
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 

How about giving a pair of new socks to the Branchburg Woman's Club's "Step Away from Abuse" GFWC Sock Project?  The Branchburg Woman's Club is collecting new socks that will be given to New Jersey domestic violence shelters to help provide comfort and warmth to adults and children that have been victims of domestic violence.  All sizes of socks are welcome; the collection bin for the new socks (and yarn) is located in Branchburg Township's main building.


Free & Easy Way to Help BWC's Philanthropic Fund


At no cost to themselves, online shoppers can choose to support the Branchburg Woman's Club's annual charitable donations and student achievement awards and help themselves at the same time!

They can shop at over 1,349 participating online retailers, buy the items that they were already going to buy, via the sites from which they were already going to buy, and (usually) generate tax-deductible donations to a participating worthy cause, such as the BWC's Philanthropic Fund?

They just sign up to use the free iGive site as their password-protected shopping portal and then log in there, choose a participating online store, and shop. There is no cost and no obligation. Besides possibly generating a tax deductible donation to the BWC's Philanthropic Fund, they have access to exclusive coupons too. Why shop any other way?  See for more information or call the club at (908) 866-1824 or (908) 866-1060.



Branchburg Woman’s Club of the GFWC, NJSFWC College District

Current Mailing Address:


Branchburg Woman’s Club of GFWC

c/o Kathy Herdman, Club President

1005 Hillcrest Drive

Branchburg, NJ 08853


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“The greatest power of this organization is the women whom you meet along the way; the women with whom every member shares important milestones in the path of life… No other organization so completely defines sisterhood as does our Federation.”


· Mary Pat Marcello, a former NJSFWC President, writing about the value of women's club membership.



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