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American Women's Club to host annual Founder's Day luncheon


The Grand Bahama American Women's Club (GBA-WC) will host its Annual Founder's Day luncheon at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant on Monday.

At that meeting, guest speaker Dr. Jean Turnquest is expected to enlighten the members of the Club about domestic violence issues.

The club will also welcome to its luncheon some 33 visiting members of other clubs of the General Federation of Women's Clubs International from the United States.

The Grand Bahama American Women's Club is the only club in The Bahamas affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs. In recognition of February being designated as Heart Awareness Month, members will wear red to alert the community that almost 500,000 women lose their lives to heart disease annually.

The club is also welcoming all women of the community who are dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service to join the club.

The GBAWC, the oldest women's service organization in Grand Bahama, was formed in 1966 as an International club of the General Federated Women's Clubs of the United States.

The GBAWC is non-political and non-sectarian and promotes activities in the educational, literary, artistic, philanthropic and sports fields.

Throughout its years, the club has lived up to its goals of bringing women together and cooperating with other organizations in the community who share their desire to promote youth development.

Since its inception, members have volunteered to provide hearing and vision testing to all third and ninth grade students on Grand Bahama and have recently reintroduced a programme for dental hygiene.

Over 250 scholarships have been given to high school students and instructional materials given to schools and libraries.

The club has continued to give financial assistance to local organizations providing services to youth.

Some fund-raisers hosted by the club include pool parties and "silver teas" in the early days to more recently, golf tournaments.

Members of the club have enjoyed the fellowship of others who find themselves developing a special understanding and appreciation of another culture and being able to call The Bahamas their second home.

Through monthly meetings, the understanding of The Bahamas has been increased and mutual respect has been formed.

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