A group of women met in October 1904 for study and called themselves, “The History Class”. The meetings were held in the home of Miss Elizabeth McLaughlin on the corner of Fourth Street and Wilshire Boulevard. This class continued for ten weeks, and it was then decided to have a permanent organization and call it “Santa Monica Lecture Class.” Mrs. D.G. Stephens organized it and was made President; Miss McLaughlin, Secretary.
On December 11, 1905, the Woman’s Club of Santa Monica was born with eighty-eight members and the following officers elected: President – Mrs. Allen M. Jamieson; First Vice-President – Mrs. John Hunt; Second Vice-President – Mrs. George Hutton; Secretary – Miss Elizabeth McLaughlin; Treasurer – Mrs. Jessica R. Clark (Cornett). At this meeting, Mrs. Stephens presented a gavel to the New President. This gavel has been passed down through the years and is always used at each installation the first Monday in June.