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Laura Swanstrom Reece is a sixteen-year resident of the Washington Metropolitan area, she is a philanthropist and fundraiser at heart. With experience in corporate and grass-roots fundraising, event production on an Olympic scale, and volunteer management, this entrepreneur and member of The Washington Ballet Women's Committee is passionate about supporting the arts and other non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to make change in our nation's capital and beyond.

How to Get Involved in Washington: A Private Club Primer

For those seeking an avenue to meet new people, but don’t have that philanthropic/volunteer bug, there is always the option to join a private club in the city.  Private clubs, similar to a country club but without the golf course, offer members a multitude of benefits and services, providing everything from meeting facilities, health club amenities, dining options, social programs, private event rooms, spa treatments, concierge services and many more — all with the comfort and privacy of a home away from home.  Club membership can open many doors and provide an informal opportunity to network with the Who’s Who of Washington, or just a comfortable and familiar spot to have dinner and wait out the traffic before heading home in the evening.

I’ve listed a few of the most prominent private clubs in the DC metro area along with contact information.  Most clubs require sponsorship by at least one, if not two, current members.

University Club:

1135 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Ph. 202-824-1380 or e-mail membership@universityclubdc.com.

Army and Navy Club: Membership is extended to those who are serving or have served as a commissioned officer in one of the Uniformed services of the United States, persons who are closely associated with the military profession, or who are prominent in their profession or community and who are compatible with the membership of this Club.

901 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
Ph. 202-628-8400

Cosmos Club: Membership is open to those who have “done meritorious original work in science, literature, or the arts or is recognized as distinguished in a learned profession or in public service.”

2121 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Ph. 202-387-7783 or clubservices@cosmosclub.org

City Club of Washington: Membership is by invitation.  Contact Nafiseh Roomina for more membership information at nafiseh.roomina@ourclub.com,

City Club of Washington at Columbia Square
555 13th Street, NW
Columbia Square
Washington, DC 20004
Ph. 202-347-0818

City Club of Washington at Franklin Square
1300 I St. NW
Franklin Square
Washington, DC 20005
Ph. 202-347-0818



The Georgetown Club: Membership in the Georgetown Club is by invitation only.  Contact membership@georgetownclub.org.

1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Ph. 202-333-9330

City Tavern Club: Membership is by invitation.  Contact lwoodley@citytavernclubdc.org

3206 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Ph. 202-337-8770

National Press Club: Numerous membership categories exist for journalists, editors, writers, publishers, photographers, cartoonists, professors and other related professions.

529 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20045
Ph. 202-662-7505

Capital Yacht Club: Contact office@capitalyachtclub.com.

1000 Water Street Southwest
Washington D.C., DC 20024-2425
Ph. 202-488-8110

Sulgrave Club: Contact Claudia Raymond at craymond@sulgraveclub.org.

1801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Ph. 202-462-5800

Capitol Hill Club(National Republican Club): Invitation only with sponsorship of 2 members.  Contact Melissa Fernandez at melissa@capitolhillclub.org.

300 1st Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Ph. 202-406-1251

National Democratic Club: Membership requires nomination by 3 members.  Numerous membership categories ranging from an Associate Member for ages 21-29 at $180/yr to Lifetime membership of $5k.  Contact Celeste Streeter at cstreeter@natdemclub.org.

30 Ivy Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Ph. 202-543-2035

Potomac Officers Club: Membership requires that the applicant must hold or have recently held and sustained a position of CXO, Senior or Managing Partner or Director/Board Member and the company revenue exceeded $10 million annually.  Must be sponsored by one current member and there is an annual fee of $795.

8230 Old Courthouse Road
Suite 460
Vienna, VA 22182
Ph. 703-752-7449

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