SUMMIT, NJ - Formed by the wife of Summit’s first mayor, The Fortnightly Club of Summit was established in 1893 and met on a fortnight -- every fourteen nights or two weeks. The Club purchased their 'Twin Maples' clubhouse in 1949 for $27,000.
Fast forward and now the Club is celebrating its 125th Anniversary, with numerous celebrations taking place in 2019 to celebrate the club’s commitment to charitable causes since its inception, recognizing the millions of dollars contributed to the community and multiple-millions of volunteer hours and in-kind donations over the course of its existence.
The Fortnightly Club is dedicated to fundraising for scholarships for Summit’s young women, preservation of its historic clubhouse, community service, volunteerism and providing outreach to other organizations.
Summit Mayor Nora Radest, on March 6, presented the Club with a Proclamation deeming March 6, 2019, as 'The Fortnightly Club’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Day' followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Afterwards, more than 50 community and Club attendees enjoyed an afternoon tea served by Club members and catered by What A Dish.
The clubhouse sparkled and the silver, donated by members over the years, was -- of course -- polished. The Fortnightly Club is a lively and spirited group of women of all ages who contribute to the Club’s goals while enjoying social comradery. Many of the current members progressed from the Summit Junior Fortnightly Club, originally established by The Fortnightly Club for younger women, and which focuses on supporting activities for children from birth through middle school.
The Fortnightly Club offers its membership volunteer opportunities, book groups, theater trips, day-trips, comradery, and monthly general meetings with guest speakers held the second Wednesday of the month, open for free to the general public and new members, who are always welcome.
The Fortnightly Club is currently preparing for and looking forward to its 'Birthday Bash - Party at our Clubhouse Twin Maples', which will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 7 - 11 p.m. with lite bites catered by What A Dish, live music by Paul Fessock’s World of Rock Trio, beer, wine and a signature cocktail. Tickets are priced at $75 and are available by visiting fortnightlyclub.org.