The history of the Brentwood/Franklin Woman’s Service Club, formerly known as the Brentwood Woman’s Club, is rich and diverse. A handful of women created the club in 1972 and held a Tupperware party for their first fundraiser in November, 1973. The club became a chartered member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) in March, 1974, with about 40 members at that time.
Club members physically built Brentwood’s first public playground, refurbished an old house for Brentwood’s first library, were instrumental in establishing the first library in Leiper’s Fork and in creating Brentwood’s 2nd library on Maryland Way, and held their regular monthly meetings at Brentwood’s newest library until the fall,2016.
Service and Philanthropy have been the primary goals of BWC.
The club has raised money for annual educational scholarships for graduating female high school seniors, domestic violence survivors, and an Appalachian mountain project’s recipients over the years. In 2014 the club created an endowment with Columbia State Community College to fund scholarships, in perpetuity, for female Williamson County residents of all ages.
Monies raised have also supported club projects such as our Celebration of Youth Reception, recognizing winners of local GFWC poetry and short story writing contests; various conservation efforts such as the creation of a butterfly garden named “Catherine’s Garden” developed in collaboration with the Brentwood Garden Club on the grounds of the Owens’ Chapel; children’s advocacy programs such as CASA and the Davis House; providing foods for school children’s fuel bags prepared and distributed by GraceWorks; Operation Smile with the costs of surgeries and supplying hospital gowns, arm bands, smile dolls and smile bags; providing support for our Veterans; an emergency responders convenience trailer to be used by the Fire Chaplains Association and TEMA; the historical preservation of the “Old, Old Jail” in Franklin; purchase of additional land for Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville, and supplying “Snoopy’s Closet” at Williamson Medical Center for indigent new mothers .
The club’s longest running project is serving the residents of Grace Healthcare in Franklin with a monthly BINGO party, complete with prizes for every participant. This one gift of service enriches the club members who participate with a joy beyond belief.