Babs Condon Installed as GFWC's 50th International President
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Contact: Peter Charbonneau
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BABS CONDON INSTALLED AS GFWC’S 50TH INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
Condon to lead D.C.-based women’s volunteer service organization during its’ 125th Anniversary in 2015
August 8, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) – The General Federation of Women’s Clubs recently installed Babs J. Condon, an active community leader and third-generation GFWC member from Westminster, Md., as its 50th international president. She is the third Maryland state resident to head the esteemed volunteer service organization, following past International Presidents Bettie Manroe Sippel (1928—1932) and Sarah A. Whitehurst (1941-1944). Condon will serve a two-year term and will reside at GFWC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., a National Historic Landmark, during which the organization will celebrate its 125th anniversary.
Condon has provided outstanding service to GFWC and her community for 31 years. She has held numerous leadership positions at the local, state, regional, and national levels within GFWC, including serving as GFWC Maryland state president (2002-2004). In her capacity as GFWC Outreach for Children Program Chairman, her work took her to the Philippines on an eye-opening Operation Smile mission and to Guatemala and Peru with CARE.
As a third generation clubwoman, Condon follows in the footsteps of her maternal grandmother and mother in her commitment to GFWC and its mission of enhancing lives through volunteer service. Additionally, Condon counts her sister, sister’s sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, and two nieces as members.
A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with graduate work at the University of Kentucky, Condon taught in the public school system prior to starting her family. After raising two sons with husband Jerry, she has taken on the responsibilities of accounting for the family business and is president and rental agent for a real estate company.
First elected to the GFWC Executive Committee as Director of Junior Clubs (1998-2000), she then served as treasurer and chairman of the budget and finance committee in 2004. Condon was subsequently elected recording secretary (2006-2008), second vice-president (2008-2010), and first vice-president (2010-2012) before serving as president-elect from 2012 until her installment as international president on June 24, 2014.
About the General Federation of Women’s Clubs
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With nearly 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.