The purpose of the Welsh Club of the Milwaukee Area is “…to keep alive the heritage, traditions and characteristics of Welsh people. To promote interest in civic affairs and community welfare. To maintain bonds with people of North America of Welsh heritage or interest. To keep alive present and past ties with Wales.”
From humble beginnings…
Our organization began as The Welsh Women’s Club of the Milwaukee Area on February 2, 1952 at the Welsh Presbyterian Church, 1001 N. Milwaukee Street, in Milwaukee. Dr. Kendrick Roberts, pastor of the church, and 75 women gathered that day to form the organization.
Grounded in the traditions of the Women’s Welsh Clubs of America, the organization thrived for many years in this way. We still honor many of those early members who are now seniors, and hence many of our meetings are held in facilities catering to their senior years.
We have continued to thrive as a vibrant Welsh presence in the Milwaukee area. Some of the changes since 1952 include:
- In 2006 we broadened our scope to include men and family members and changed our name to The Welsh Club of the Milwaukee Area.
- In 2007 we assumed the assets and responsibilities of the St. David’s Society of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
- In 2017 we completed the necessary paperwork to establish The Welsh Club of the Milwaukee Area as a Wisconsin Non-Profit 501(c)3 corporation.
Membership is open to anyone of Welsh heritage or those interested in Welsh traditions.
Are you Welsh? / Wyt ti’n Cymraeg?
If your (or one of your parents’ or grandparents’ or great-grandparents’) last name is Jones, Williams, Roberts, Price, Davies, Reese, Owens, Howell, Powell, or Hughes—to name a few—chances are, yes! If you want to know more about your heritage, or just learn about Wales and the Welsh, come join us for a meeting or visit us at an event. We look forward to seeing you!