1959 26 very dedicated women decided to form a Federated Club in
However, none anticipated the impact that this newly formed Club
- named the Temple Terrace Woman’s Club - would have over the
years on the quality of life in the City of Temple Terrace.
The citizens of Temple
have benefited from many projects sponsored by the Club such
Temple Terrace Library
Business and Residential Directory (The Guide)
Blood Pressure Clinic
Gazebo and Riverwalk at Riverhills
which are the result of the vision and energies of these hard
working volunteer club members.
the time the Club was organized it became affiliated with the
Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs (FFWC) and a member of the
General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), which is the
largest woman’s organization in the world.
first project undertaken by the newly formed Club was the
establishment of a free public library. In less than one year
these members were able to open a small library for use by the
The Club was instrumental in getting the Omar
completed and in use in the 1960's after The Temple Terrace
Optimist Club had difficulty raising funds to complete the
After a successful recreations survey was taken in 1964 by the
Club, in conjunction with Hillsborough County Planning
Commission, the members realized that they have a complete and
accurate listing of names, addresses and telephone numbers of the
local citizens. From this was born the idea to publish the
Business and Residential guide as a community service and
principal fund raiser of the Club.
As the local Fire Department grew from volunteers to paid staff,
the Club helped raise funds and donated monies for the purchase
of much needed equipment. This became an ongoing project.
The first non-denominational Prayer Breakfast was held n 1974 for
Club members and guests. Although originally it only has 34
in attendance it has become an annual event. In 1992 it was
opened to the public and has now become the ‘City-Wide Prayer
One of the outstanding projects undertaken by the Club was
getting the City of Temple Terrace to furnish and emergency
rescue vehicle which the Club equipped. Fund raising began in
1973 and the vehicle became a realty in 1976. This work with the
Fire Department brought about the creation of the Blood Pressure
Clinic which was available monthly to all citizens at the Fire
Station on Bullard Parkway
The Temple Terrace Community Arts Festival was spearheaded by the
Club in 1977 in conjunction with the City
Parks and Recreation Department. The Club has taken a major role in
this festival every year since. This festival is held each year
in November at Riverhills Park.
The Woodmont Clubhouse Association, Inc. was organized in 1979
through the leadership within the Club. The old ‘Woodmont
Annex’ on the corner of Lockmoor and Woodmont Avenues was the
first one-room school house in Temple Terrace. Later it was used by the Parks and Recreation Department for a
summer enrichment program. It was in desperate need of repairs.
The idea to renovate it and make it useful as a Community Center
for civic clubs and the public for meetings and special events
became a reality under the auspices of Club members.
When the City of Temple Terrace started a program call ‘Adopt A
Park’ in 1982 and asked various clubs and organizations to
sponsor a local park, the Club took on the largest park in the
City - The Riverhills Park. As a result of this interest many
wonderful additions have been made to the park including a
gazebo, wood playground equipment, tables, benches and a 1,150
Over the year many members of the Club have been recognized for
their contributions to the community. Ten members have been
honored by the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce as ‘Citizen
of the Year’. The Club was named as “citizen of the Year’
in 1974 for publishing the Business and Residential Guide as a
The Conservation Department of the Club developed a recycling
program for newspapers within the club membership which later led
to a program developed for the City. Through the efforts of the
chairman, $12,000 in grants was obtain for the City to purchase
recycling container for each residence of the City. This program
went into effect even before all the laws governing recycling
were enacted by the State of Florida.