Whittemore House waives joining fee through July 2009

For any faculty or staff member who has considered becoming a member of Whittemore House, now is an excellent time to join.

Whittemore House, a private club for faculty, staff and friends of the University since 1969, will suspend its $120 initiation fee for new members until July 2009.

“This is a unique opportunity to become part of a very special Washington University tradition,” said Steven P. Hoffner, assistant vice chancellor for operations.

“Whittemore House is more than just a place to have lunch — it’s a gathering place for the University’s faculty and staff to share thoughts and ideas or perhaps just relax and enjoy each other’s company and good conversation,” he said.

To become a member of Whittemore House, a person must be a faculty or staff member, a retired faculty or staff member or a friend of the University. Spouses and children are included in membership.

Whittemore House was built in 1912 and was donated to the University in 1966 by Emma Whittemore to be used for faculty conferences and dining. It has undergone many renovations since.

It offers private meeting rooms, comfortable sitting rooms, a veranda and large dining room. Whittemore House is available for lunch, dinner, conferences and special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions and wedding ceremonies and receptions. Wednesday night buffet and Friday steak night began in July.

Whittemore House also hosts many special events for its members — often with live entertainment — such as Mother’s Day and Easter brunches, cooking classes, Cinco de Mayo, Oktoberfest and dinners celebrating Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

For more information about joining, request a membership brochure by calling 935-5210 or e-mailing Lisa Damico at LisaDamico@cateringstlouis.com.