GFWC Chilhowee Club

223 Clarion Ave
Maryville TN  37801

Phone: (865) 982-8951

GFWC Chilhowee Club

Our history is filled with notable contributions to our community and state.

Chilhowee Club was founded in 1891 by six women, all of whom were connected with Maryville College. It is the second oldest Federated Women's Club in Tennessee.
In 1894, six ladies from another area of Maryville, organized the Tuesday Club. On May 6, 1939, the two clubs united taking the name Chilhowee Club. The Chilhowee Club has always continued to meet on a Tuesday. The Clubhouse was completed in 1940, and is considered an architectural treasure.
In 1931, before the two clubs joined, they collaborated efforts to open the first public library in Maryville. Club members have since led the campaign to build our current Blount Co. Public Library.
Club members were activists in stimulating civic and funding support for the Clayton Center for the Arts, and are major contributors to the development of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. The Club donated a hand-sewn quilt to display there showing the Smoky Mountain wild flowers. Junior Chilhowee Club members were collaborative members of Haven House, a safe haven for victims of domestic violence in need of transitional housing.


Chilhowee Club was founded in 1891, making us the second oldest Federated women's club in the state. Our club services the Blount County community.

Our current enrollment is about 80, comprising of a mixture of retired and currently employed women, civic leaders, community volunteers, educators, founding families of Blount County, inventors, corporate women in the workforce, historians, artists, writers, mothers, grandmothers, wives and homemakers.

OUR SERVICES HAVE TOUCHED THOUSANDS OF LIVES IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR 120 YEARS!



The GFWC Chilhowee Club is dedicated to enhancing the communities and lives of others through volunteer service.

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Founded: Chilhowee Club was founded in 1891 by six women, all of whom were connected with Maryville College. In 1894, six ladies from another area of Maryville, organized the Tuesday Club. On May 6, 1939, the two clubs united taking the name Chilhowee Club.

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Past Events

Spring Blossom Tea and Fashion Show

Spring Blossom Tea and Fashion Show
02:00 pm - 04/27/2018

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

This is the Chilhowee Club's primary fundraiser for the groups to whom we contribute and tickets are on sale now. Each table is decorated in the unique design chosen...

Annual Poetry Contest, General Meeting and Dinner

Annual Poetry Contest, General Meeting and Dinner
05:30 pm - 04/03/2018

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

The Art Committee Community Service Program presents the Blount County Poetry Contest Winners. Margie Carico, our liaison with the schools and from our club, will...

March General Meeting with Lunch

March General Meeting with Lunch
12:30 pm - 03/06/2018

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

Everyone is encouraged to "Bring a Vet to Lunch". Janet Amburn Harpe, Chilhowee Club's Education Chair will introduce Mr. Eddie Mannis, Chair of Honor Air. Mr....

Night on Broadway - Bella Sera Fundraiser

Night on Broadway - Bella Sera Fundraiser
06:30 pm - 03/01/2018

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

Make plans to attend "Night on Broadway" - the 2018 gala event for Bella Sera. Bella Sera means "beautiful evening" and has been an event to raise funds for tuition...

General Meeting and Lunch

General Meeting and Lunch
12:30 pm - 02/06/2018

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

Chilhowee Club's International Outreach Chair, Patricia Goddard will present Ahmed Abdelrahman, Assistant Director of International Admissions and Recruitment at...

General Meeting with Lunch

General Meeting with Lunch
12:30 pm - 01/09/2018

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

The topic of this months meeting is "The Hospice Experience - It's Importance When Needed". Anne Van Curen will share with our group her insight on hospice. The...

International House Christmas Party

International House Christmas Party
06:00 pm - 12/08/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

This is the event of the year for the MC international family! ( (all CIE connected students, and staff welcome!) IMPORTANT: YOU MUST SIGN-UP with Micki before...

Christmas Social with Dinner

Christmas Social with Dinner
05:30 pm - 12/05/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

The Chilhowee Club Board will host the "William Blount Singers" at the annual Christmas Social with dinner. Spouses and Guests are Welcome! The members of the...

Shoebox Gift Time

Shoebox Gift Time
01:00 pm - 12/05/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

Each Christmas we prepare shoeboxes with gifts for children to be delivered in Wartburg, TN. The value of each box should be $20. The need this year is for older...

November Meeting

November Meeting
12:30 pm - 11/07/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

The Chilhowee Clubs Art Chair, Elaine Kant will host Ms. Dedee Edele who will speak to us about "Art Action in Blount County". LUNCH $10 If you would like to...

October Monthly Meeting

October Monthly Meeting
12:30 pm - 10/03/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

David Pritchard, Development Director at the City of Maryville will be our guest speaker. He will be addressing the connectivity of our community and additional...

Monthly Meeting

Monthly Meeting
01:30 pm - 09/12/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

Allen Goss will present a slide show and presentation of "History of the Smokies". At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials recently honored Allen Goss...

General Meeting and Artist Presentation

General Meeting and Artist Presentation
01:30 pm - 05/02/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

Bruce McKinnon is an actor, known for Lawless (2012), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) and Rectify (2013). And most notably, the son of our member Mary McKinnon. In...

Tea and Fashion Show

Tea and Fashion Show
02:00 pm - 04/28/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

The Spring Blossom Tea and Fashion Show is our primary fundraiser for the groups that we contribute. Fashion Show by Raina Kant (owner of Razberries Fashion Botique)....

Poetry Contest and Dinner

Poetry Contest and Dinner
05:30 pm - 04/04/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

The Art Committee Community Service Program presents the Blount County Poetry Contest Winners! Margie Carico, our liaison with the schools, will introduce the students...

Game Day

Game Day
01:00 pm - 03/24/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

This event is in conjunction with the NewComers Club. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Members can sponsor a table and bring friends to play games. There...

Women's Realistic Self Denfense, Awareness and Empowerment

Women's Realistic Self Denfense, Awareness and Empowerment
01:30 pm - 03/07/2017

At GFWC Chilhowee Club

Janet Amburn Harpe will present Mr. Roy Shields of Smoky Mountain Self Defense/Martial Arts. Mr. Shields describes his tactics as "urban-rooted, reality-based,...

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