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GFWC Appoints Rosemary M. Thomas Chief Operating Officer

For Immediate Release

Contact: Peter Charbonneau                               
P: 202-347-3168 ext. 144
E: PCharbonneau@GFWC.org


Seasoned Fundraising Professional to Head International Women’s Organization

August 12, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) – The General Federation of Women’s Clubs recently announced the appointment of Rosemary M. Thomas, EdD, a fourth-generation clubwoman, seasoned fundraising professional, and marketing executive with extensive organizational management experience, as its new chief operating officer.  

“With her contacts, her knowledge of GFWC, and her expertise managing several different staffs, we are excited to announce that GFWC is once again moving in the right direction,” said GFWC International President Babs J. Condon.

Thomas works directly with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and staff to continue the 125-year mission of the Federation, balancing the unique history and reputation of the organization with the changing needs of communities and interests of women and volunteers across generations. As the chief staff officer, she is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of the mission, advocacy, and financial objectives.

Dr. Thomas has successfully combined a career in higher education administration with her dedication to public service and club work. She served as vice president for advancement at four public institutions and attained record-setting fundraising totals at Fairmont State University, Glenville State College and Salisbury University. She has served in leadership roles with eight foundations as both a professional and volunteer. In addition, Thomas has been an instructor of leadership, organizational theory, public speaking, and history at four different colleges throughout the Southeast. She has extensive experience in volunteer development, membership services, marketing and communications, fund raising, stewardship, and events management.

As a volunteer leader, Thomas is part of the Nationwide Leadership Training Team for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life and was previously a member of the South Atlantic Board of Directors. She has served as a staff member and assistant director for the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State program in West Virginia for 25 years and is a past staff member of Girls Nation. Rosemary has done team building and training for numerous non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and professional associations. She has served as a keynote speaker for fundraising and awareness events throughout the country.  

A native of Fairmont, West Virginia, Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Clemson University, masters of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina and doctorate in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University.  She was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2008, and continues to strengthen professional and volunteer networks in her daily work.


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.

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