Patty Tronquet, a longtime Magnolia resident and owner of the floral company Pocket Full O’Posies, has been elected as president of the Women’s University Club (WUC) of Seattle.
This organization, founded in 1914, is celebrating its centennial year with many events honoring continuing education and celebrating women.
The club most recently presented its annual Brava! Awards on May 16, honoring women in the Greater Seattle area who have made a positive, enduring difference.
This year, in celebration of the club’s centennial, members nominated “Women of the Century.” The honorees include Bertha Knight Lanes, Seattle’s only female mayor; Anna Herr Clise, founder of the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital (now Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research and Foundation); Hazel Wolf, an environmental and social activist whose causes ranged from the right of workers, women and minorities, to the protection of wilderness, wetlands and wildlife; Frances Penrose Owen, a 22-year member of the Seattle School Board and the first woman on the board of regents of Washington State University; Aki Kurose, a Seattle teacher and peace activist who spent her adult life translating the ideals of pacifism and social justice into practice; and the five generations of women of the Stimpson-Bullitt family.
In addition to the honors, WUC college scholarships were given to three local high school girls and two local women in transition in their lives to continue their education.
WUC recently published a book, “The First 100 Years: 1914-2014,” with stories and pictures from the past century of women who contributed to Seattle’s history from the club and the important events through the decades of Seattle’s and the world’s history.