The purpose of The Wednesday Club is to enrich the lives of those in our community and to raise the standards of culture and community service in the Dan River Region. 

The Wednesday Club

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Program Schedule for 2022-2023

Our programs are held on Wednesday afternoons from October to March at 3:45 PM. Coffee is served at 3:15 PM. The programs are free and everyone in the community is invited to attend. We are located at 1002 Main Street, Danville, VA. 

Download 22-23 At-A-Glance Schedule

November 2, 2022 3:45 PM

Finding Purpose in Pain

Presented by Shakeva Frazier

Shakeva Frazier grew up in sub-optimal conditions, and the odds were against her success in life. Now, with a bachelor’s degree behind her, she guides youth through their circumstances with an understanding ear. She works full-time at Project Imagine, the gang prevention program, and part-time at Danville Church and Community Tutorial Program.

November 9, 2022 3:45 PM

An Afternoon with Jane Carter

Presented by Jane Carter

November 16, 2022 3:45 PM

"In the Short Rows"

Presented by Celia Rivenbark

The New York Times bestselling author and humorist Celia Rivenbark returns to The Wednesday Club to share her presentation, “In the Short Rows,” highlighting how to find the comedy in the chaos of modern life. With warmth and wit, she will pay tribute to the South, home of the finest – and funniest – people on earth.

Scholarship Fund

For decades The Wednesday Club has supported educational projects and provided academic scholarships to Danville and Pittsylvania County high school seniors. In these increasingly difficult times, it is more important than ever to help students defray some of the rising costs of college tuition. Please consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund so that The Wednesday Club can continue to offer this important benefit to our community.

Make checks payable to The Wednesday Club, designate The Wednesday Club Scholarship Fund on the memo line, and mail to:

          The Wednesday Club
          1002 Main Street
          Danville, VA 2451

The Wednesday Club is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the Scholarship Fund are tax deductible.

Miss Augusta Yates, Founder

History of The Wednesday Club

The Wednesday Club of Danville, Virginia, was established in 1893 by Miss Augusta Yates. Initially, the 12 charter members wrote, researched, and presented programs on a wide variety of subjects.

As the character of the club gradually changed, its horizons broadened and its emphasis became civic endeavors. As early as 1902-03, civic consciousness was awakened in the club as the members visited the public schools to investigate sanitary conditions. This activity was the beginning of many improvements The Wednesday Club has brought to the area.

During both World War I and World War II, the members supported the war effort by giving hundreds of volunteer hours on the home front. In 1927, the Club established one of its most outstanding contributions to the community, the Crippled Children’s Clinic. Over the years thousands of patients visited the clinic and received free medical assistance. Members were also instrumental in the establishment of the public library.

As the Club’s membership increased, a larger space for meetings became necessary. In 1922 a permanent home at 1002 Main Street was purchased and replaced at the same location with a new building in 1970. Presently the membership is approximately 250.

In August 2002, the Club established The Wednesday Club Endowment. The purpose of the Endowment is exclusively for charitable and educational projects within the community served by the Club. The Club makes financial donations to various organizations and awards scholarships annually to deserving high school students. For over 100 years, The Wednesday Club’s purpose has been to enrich the lives of its members and to raise the standards of culture and community service in the area. It accomplishes this by presenting distinguished speakers and artists of the highest quality and national reputation. The Club’s programs, which are always available to the public at no cost, are arranged by eight departments: Art, Civics, Current Events, Drama, Education, History, Literature, and Music.