The OSU Folk Club is dedicated to furthering the interests of Oregon State University through promoting friendship among our members and providing service to the University and community.

OSU Folk Club 1908-2016:  "Faculty Women and Faculty Wives/Partners United in Friendship and Service"

The OSU Folk Club, founded in 1908, is celebrating 107 years of continuous friendship and service. 

The Folk Club wecomes you to the OSU community, whether you are new, returning, or have been here for a while.  If you are looking for ways to met people and perhaps do some volunteering, the OSU Folk Club might be the answer.  We don't do folk dances or sing folk songs, but we do get together as volunteer workers and to enjoy each other's company for learning and just for fun.

We are an organization of current or former OSU women employees, wives/female partners of OSU employees and workers at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop who are united in friendship and service.  The Folk Club's nearly 300 members stay connected and active through interest groups and programs both entertaining and educational.  The Folk Club offers various programs, usually 7 times  during the year,  with lunches, entertainment and informative seminars that are open to members and their guests.  We also have interest groups-- in addition to volunteering at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop, there are activity groups such as Hiking/Walking, Menuettes, OSU Folk Club/OSU Crossroads Scholar Friendship Coffees,  and several Book Clubs.  Our periodic newsletter, the Fanfare, keeps our members informed of these activities. 

Many of our members volunteer at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop.  The OSU Folk Club owns and operates the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop at 144 NW 2nd Street in downtown Corvallis. The shop was started in 1949 and is still thriving with the efforts of of 150 volunteers working each week.  It was started by  Betty Slegel in the basements of Dot Butts MacGregor and Martha Mumford.  Today, OSU and the community continue to benefit from the thousands of volunteer hours put in at the Thrift Shop by Folk Club members.  We consign and sell a great variety of second-hand items such as clothing, toys, house wares, hardware, bikes and small furniture.  Please come visit our shop!  We can help you furnish your apartment or house or dress your family at a very reasonable cost.  Our merchandise comes from consignments and donations.  The Thrift Shop also awards about $120,000 a year in scholarships and grants.

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The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Foundation

The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization which awards scholarships totaling approximately $66,000 in 2017 to 23 students attending Oregon State University and 37 grants totaling $35,000 in 2017 to non-profit organizations serving Benton County, Oregon, residents. These are made possible by proceeds from the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop and by donations from individuals or organizations. 

The OSU Folk Club and the Thrift Shop have offered scholarships every year since 1930 and the first grants were given in 1949.  A list of scholarships and grants awarded in 2017 can be found on this website linked to the "Scholarships" and "Grants" tabs above. 

Charitable Donations

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Foundation.   Your donation is a meaningful way to:

  • Remember someone upon their death.
  • Honor a friend or colleague.
  • Supplement community grants.
  • Contribute to OSU Scholarships. 

You are welcome to click the link provided here for a Donations form

If you have any questions about this website, please contact us!