What is the Bronxville Women’s Club?

The Bronxville Women’s Club (BWC) is a not-for-profit organization which offers participation in educational programs, such as literature, art, music, dance, health, history and more! Its a place to explore philanthropic opportunities with your friends. The BWC provides programs for men, women, and children. Contact us for more information about membership, programs, or our facility at bronxvillewomensclub@gmail.com or call 914-337-3252.

The Club (BWC) was founded when Anna Lawrence Bisland, its first president, organized representatives of various organizations to meet and, in 1925 with 176 women enrolled, The Bronxville Women’s Club, Inc., was born.  At first, the Club rented property in Lawrence Park West for its Clubhouse but soon ran out of space.  Mrs. Bisland donated the present site at the corner of Midland and Tanglewylde Avenues, and, with a thousand members contributing fifty dollars each and a mortgage, the building of a new Clubhouse began.  The club still operates out of this Clubhouse, a landmark of the opulence and optimism of a specific time and place in American history.  The architectural and historical significance of the building was recognized when the Clubhouse was placed on the Westchester County Inventory of Historic Places in 1999 and on the National List of Historic Places in 2007. The building itself has been newly named the Anna Lawrence Bisland 1928 House.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the IR code. Besides the philanthropic, educational and cultural endeavors, this designation helps with our mission to preserve the building for today and future generations. Please feel free to contact us at bronxvillewomensclub@gmail.com if you would like to help preserve this historic building.

The 2017 BWC President

Kathy DeRusso

Kathy DeRusso, President

Kathy DeRusso – BWC 2017 President

Kathy De Russo has been a member of the Bronxville Women’s Club since 2007. During this time she has taken an active roll in the club. Her volunteer Chairmanships, Board, and Executive Committee commitments for more than 7 years brings needed talent and experience to the Club.

Her uniqueness as a former BWC CFO, and Treasurer added experience that is invaluable in the daily operation. One of her loves is the BWC Philanthropy endeavors. Raising funds to distribute to other charities, non-profits and organizations has been a priority.

In addition to volunteering on other BWC committees over the years, Kathy has also volunteered simultaneously in the community for organizations such as  the League of Women’s Voters and Westchester County Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Before her retirement she was employed at Avon Products, Corporate Headquarters NYC for more than 40 years. How lucky we are to have her talent and experience leading us.