The Pioneer Women’s Club originated in the Pioneer District of San Jose. The district of Pioneer is west of the City of San
Jose and centered between the districts of Cambrian and Oak Grove. This club was organized by Mrs. Shumann, with the assistance
of the first six charter members, who all lived in the Pioneer District. These ladies were Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Millard, Mrs.
L. C. Isbell, Mrs. McAbee, Mrs. Rule, and Mrs. George Isbell. The club’s objective, as stated in Article II of its constitution,
was “to promote sociability and improvement of its members.” The first meeting was held on February 2, 1911 in the home of
Mrs. Shuman. At this first meeting the by-laws were established and the club colors of pink and green were chosen. Three committees
were created: the Standing Committee, the Sick Committee and the Committee on Good of the Order. The Standing Committee looked
after the business of the club. The Sick Committee visited the sick living within the community. The Committee on Good of
the Order was responsible for planning the entertainment at each meeting. These women developed one very unique practice.
The roll call became a way of sharing information in creative ways. As roll call was taken each member would recite a verse
from Proverbs, share a new recipe, or tell a joke; depending on what had been chosen for that meeting.