Monthly meetings (held afternoons, so that women would not be traveling after dark) dealt with club business, followed by presentations by invited speakers. Annual club dinners often included a play written and performed by club members.
*Prior to 1868 several male-membership organizations had had female member auxiliaries. For example, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows had the Daughters of Rebekah, both of which existed in Maynard. There were also women's groups associated with churches or the temperance movement, such as the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
MAYNARD WOMAN'S CLUB CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
After this column was sent to the Beacon-Villager copies of the Constitution and By-Laws surfaced. From the various Articles and Sections:
"The object of the club shall be to promote acquaintance and kindly fellowship among the women of Maynard, to encourage all interests for the betterment of society, and to foster a generous public spirit in the community."
"The name of any person applying for membership shall be proposed by a member of the Executive Board, and if accepted by them, shall become a member for the current year by paying annual dues." Not stipulated in writing, but a guess is majority vote. The Executive Board (12 members, made up of elected officers plus heads of Departments: American Home, Art, Conservation, Education, Legislation, Publicity) also had the power to remove a member, but that required a two-thirds vote.
"There shall be a regular meeting of the Club the second Tuesday of each month, at 2:30 P.M., from October to May inclusive."