DCWC was conceived by a small group of dedicated ladies, organized in January 1923, under the banner of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and established for the purpose of promoting a spirit of unity and cooperation among the
Catholic women of the Dayton, Ohio
educational, social and humanitarian
interests and benevolent outreach.
The role of DCWC throughout the years
has been diversified and far-reaching.
Our motto -- To look for the best in others;
to give the best we have" -- has taken us
across many thresholds to serve in
limitless ways. Our invovlement in civic
activities, youth groups, community
centers, study clubs, service
organizations and promoting the arts
has garnered momentum as needs were reflected and our ladies contributed their talents. Numerous awards of recognition rest among the memorabilia of devoted members who, throughout their many years of service, have amassed countless volunteer hours, performed exhaustive tasks, administered in the needs of area hospitals, gladdened the hearts of the lonely and infirm in rest homes and institutions and served the community in many ways.
From its infancy, DCWC's primary
benevolent work was making and
donating layettes and clothing for
needy infants and children through
the Needlework Guild. Later. these
clothing needs were met by DCWC
through donations to Catholic Social
In more recent years, DCWC has
expanded and diversified its
charitable and civic work and
donations. Membership dues and
fundraising events provide the
means for sharing. A listing of the
organizations we assist is
publisheded each year with our
Membership in DCWC is
conditioned upon being in sympathy
with its aims and purposes. Officers
and Board Members are elected from the membership annually.
Honorary membership is conferred upon His Grace, the Most Reverend Archbishop of Cincinnati, and is conferred on others in recognition of exceptional service to the organization or in the community or national affairs. To date, 15 lay members have been so honored
This concise history of DCWC was prepared by Mrs. Leroy H. Clune (President 1965-66) and updated by her daughter, Mrs. Robert Rankin (President 1989-90).