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Abigail Stuart
OUR WORK
Community Projects
Art/Photography Contest 
Preservation of WCO Archives
Contributions to Local Charities
College Scholarships for High School Students
Baby Layette Program 
Preservation of the Abigail Stuart Club House
Abigail Stuart (bio) founded the Woman's Club of Olympia to improve the lives of women and to serve the community. The club formed in 1883, six years before Washington became a State (history). We are a Non-Profit, Nondenominational, Nonpartisan Volunteer Service Organization. The Woman's Clubhouse was built in 1908 and later named for Abigail Stuart. (clubhouse history) Woman's Clubs are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

We have worked with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (Washington DC) since 1890  on:
  • Conservation movement for first forest preserve
  • National model for juvenile courts
  • Pure Food and Drug Act
  • Eight Hour Work Week/Child Labor Laws
  • Equal Rights for Women
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse Education for Women and Youth
  • Youth Suicide Prevention

A Collect for Club Women
written by Mary Stewart in 1904
(recited before each meeting)

Keep us, O 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. 
May we never be hasty in judgment and 
Always generous. 

Let us take time for all things; 
Make us grow calm, serene, gentle. 
Teach us to put into action our better impulses, Straight forward and unafraid. 

Grant that we may realize it is the 
Little things that create differences; 
That in the big things of life 
We are at one. 

And may we strive to touch and to know 
That great common human heart of us all, 
And O Lord God, let us forget not to be kind.
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