September 21, 2017

SIU Women’s Club is celebrating 80 years of service

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The SIU Women’s Club is celebrating its 80th anniversary of service to the university and the community.

The organization began in 1937 when SIU was a teacher’s college. Although many changes have occurred at the campus and in the surrounding community in last eight decades, the club continues to provide women who are associated with the university an opportunity to share in social, educational and cultural activities.

The club honors the memory of Dorothy Morris, who helped the organization grow and thrive, as well as former SIU first lady Joyce Guyon, with a pair of scholarships in their names. Female SIU students have received more than $60,000 in scholarships from the Dorothy Morris Traditional Student Scholarship and the Joyce Guyon Non-Traditional Scholarship. Voluntary donations from women’s club members fund both awards.

The club sponsors nearly 20 interest groups, providing unique opportunities for members to share, learn and enjoy friendships. Interest group focus topics include adventure, antiques, arts and crafts, books, bridge, movies, quilting, Scrabble, storytelling, and various cooking and dining groups. Additional groups are formed in light of members’ interests.

All women who have a personal or family connection to the university are eligible and welcome to apply for membership. Learn more about the women’s club at

For additional information, contact Laura Helsel, SIU Women’s Club President, at or 618/559-4541.