GFWC Ruskin Woman's Club

  

"Keep us, oh God, from pettiness, let us be large in thought, in word, in deed. 

Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking. 

May we put away all pretense and meet each other face to face, without self-pity and without prejudice...."

 

The Woman’s Twentieth Century Club was established in 1912 for the purpose of individual culture and civic improvements. For many years meetings were held in members’ homes.

By 1919 the Club joined the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs, becoming the 19th club in Florida. We are also a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a global organization of over 100,000 women in over 4,000 clubs, actively engaged in volunteer community service.

In 1940 we changed our name to The Ruskin Woman’s Club. That same year the Miller Family deeded their family home to our Club.

Since that time the house and grounds maintenance and preservation have been the responsibility of the GFWC Ruskin Woman’s Club. Through fundraising and donations from the community at-large we faithfully continue to restore this grand piece of history.

 

 

 

Our Historical Significance


 

Dr. George McAnelly Miller, a former Chicago prosecuting attorney and professor was the past president of two Ruskin Colleges in the Mid-West. Miller relocated his family to this area of Florida 1906. Three of his brothers-in-law and their families followed soon thereafter. The group traded land in Missouri for 12000 acres here and built a saw mill, homes, and our Ruskin College. Mrs. Adaline Dickman Miller, (Dr. Miller's wife) founded the first post office on August 7, 1908. This day is recognized as the official founding day of the town. The Ruskin Commongood Society, founded by the Dr. Miller and Dickman brothers platted Ruskin on February 19, 1910.

 

Ruskin College began classes in 1910, as a co-educational industrial and liberal arts college, with Dr. Miller serving as president and his wife serving as Vice President. Continuing with the practices suggested by British social thinker John Ruskin, students worked a portion of each day as part of their education and as a way to pay for tuition and board. The school offered three years of preparatory classes. Students could then attend the college, taking classes in art, drama, language, literature, music, shorthand, social sciences, and speech. In 1913 the school had 160 students. The College officially closed in 1919.

Most College buildings were built of local timber. Our Clubhouse was built in 1910 for the Miller family in the Swiss Chalet style.  It is one of two remaining buildings that survived a massive fire at the college in 1919.

Our Website's Purpose

The GFWC Ruskin Woman’s Club's purpose is to promote and provide civic, educational and charitable activities and we are dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service.  In order to accomplish our goals, one of the tools we utilize is the creation of our website and to keep our website available and updated with the latest information for our present members and for those that visit our website that might be interested in membership.  Every effort is taken to keep the site updated immediately after each meeting with a brief overview of the meeting happenings and events with some associated pictures so that others can enjoy the happenings of the Club, as well as sharing the history of GFWC and the Ruskin Woman’s Clubhouse!  In addition, a cursory check is made of the GFWC Florida website to check for any changes or announcements that our members need to know or would benefit from.  We also share much of this same information on the GFWC Ruskin Woman's Club Facebook page as well since we recognize the popularity and advantages of utilizing this social network as well.  At each monthly meeting, an update is given to the members on the progress or changes in the Website and/or Facebook pages and encourage visiting the GFWC Ruskin Woman’s Club's website and Facebook pages.  Both of these outlets have proven beneficial in keeping our members up to date on the Club happenings as well as providing information for those interested in membership with the GFWC Ruskin Woman's Club!