Our History

October 2021 Coastal Breeze MIWC 3 Part History Series

       "From Tragedy to Renewal - Marco Island Cemetery"

       "1973 - Birth of the MI Youth Center"

        "Marco's First LIbrary"



The Marco Island Woman’s Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, civic-minded organization with a long, proud history of serving the community and an active social network for the women of Marco Island. We meet the first Wednesday of the month, October through May, at 11:30 a.m. at the Marco Island Yacht Club, 1400 North Collier Blvd.


Call or text Debbie Rago, Club President, at 860-798-0270 or Caitlin Robinson-Carlson, Membership Chair, at 239-642-6968 and/or sign up on line at the guest lunch option at “SHOPPING CART-LUNCHEONS" to attend a monthly luncheon meeting as a paid guest - we’d love to tell you more about us in person!






The Marco Island Woman’s Club lives up to its motto by awarding annual college scholarships and assisting Marco Island and Collier County non-profits with contributions from fundraising efforts by its membership. Our members are dedicated to bettering the quality of life in our community, with a special emphasis on the education of the Island’s students, residents and visitors.


 Marco Island Woman’s Club Foundation

The Marco Island Woman’s Club Foundation awards college “SCHOLARSHIPS"to Island resident high school seniors each May. The Foundation was formed in 1988 thanks to a $100,000 donation from Club member Signe Gleich. In 2011, former MIWC member Verne Cabooris also left a sizable donation to the Club for educational purposes. In addition to the generosity of these two members, the Foundation is funded with subscriptions and gifts from donors that are earmarked for educational purposes, plus an annual donation to the Foundation from the Club’s net fundraising proceeds. 


In 2019-2020 the Foundation received $20,000 from the Club’s fund-raising events and awarded scholarships to eight deserving local students. 


Annual Club Fund-Raising & Donations

Each year the Club holds a number of fun events and activities to raise funds to support local non-profit organizations. All active members of the Club are expected to participate in these events. 


Our major fund-raising event is the annual MIWC Luncheon & Fashion Show held at Hideaway Beach Club on the third Tuesday of January. We also hold in-house and outside raffles and at least one other “big” event such as a home tour. Check out the “EVENTS" calendar to see what is planned for this year.


In 2019-2020 the Club donated a total of more than $40,000 to the following non-profit organizations:


MIWC Foundation Scholarship Fund

Laces of Love

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Marco Island Academy Capital Campaign Fund

Marco Island Center for the Arts Summer Youth Program

Marco Island Charter Middle School-Feed the Children Campaign

Marco Island Woman’s Club Cemetery Project

Marco Island Historical Society Youth Program

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

St Vincent de Paul Meals on Wheels 

Shelter for Abused Women and Children of Collier County

Tommie Barfield Elementary School


Social & Special Interest Groups

MIWC encourages our members to get together socially for fun and friendship. The Club sponsors three annual social events -a fall Beach Clean-Up, a Holiday party for both singles and couples, and a members and guests winter Lunch, Cards & Games afternoon. Our special interest groups are an opportunity for members to bond over common interests. Contact info to join a group is provided below or you may sign up at the monthly luncheon. If you have an interest in a group or activity not listed below, contact the Debbie Rago, Club President, at 860-798-0270 to discuss starting a new group.


Book Club

The Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at the home of that month’s discussion leader. Meetings are followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. Membership requires attendance of at least five of the eight scheduled meetings during the October-May season. For further information, please contact Cristina Leske at 239-394-1088.


Stitch Makers

The MIWC Stitch Makers meet at 1 p.m. on  the second Wednesday of each month in the Plantation Condo Social Room to work on knitting and crocheting projects. Whether novice, pro, or willing to learn, members use their own yarn to make blankets and hats for the pediatric patients at the Golisano Children's Hospital and to make hats for Manatee Elementary School students and their families. Contact Anne Marchetti at 201-321-0801 for more information.


Theater Goers

The Club has an annual group subscription with Artis-Naples for tickets to Broadway plays, Pops concerts and single artist shows. Performances are held November through May. To join the Theater Group - you may opt to attend one or all events - or to be put on a “wait-list” for the opportunity to purchase member tickets to events that may become available during the theater season, contact Sharyn Kampmeyer at 239-389-0988.


Travel Group

This is a new special interest group for the Club. An organizational meeting will be scheduled during the 2020-21season, when safe to do so, and updated information will be posted here. Members who wish to join should contact Elisabeth Rechtin at 239-389-1456.


To stay informed about the Club's events:


Check out our "EVENTS" calendar


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