Alice Mayo Society — a group for spouses and partners of eligible Mayo Clinic staff — was formed in 1911.
Originally called the Magazine Club, the group began as a venue for the wives of Mayo doctors to keep their minds sharp, socialize and support one another after moving to Rochester. The group met on Mondays because it was wash day; thus no one would generally have any conflicts.
Over 100 years later, after a myriad of brunches, teas, choral performances, theatre groups, fashion shows, article reviews and book clubs, the goal of the group remains the same — to reach out to the spouses of staff, residents and fellows and support their transition to Rochester and Mayo Clinic. Today, the Alice Mayo Society groups are active in the community and host a variety of social, educational and recreational activities.
Since the founding of the original Alice Mayo Society, similar groups have been organized for the staff at the Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona (Oasis) and Florida (Palms).