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GFWC Ossoli Circle

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GFWC Ossoli Circle, located in Knoxville Tennessee, was founded in 1885 as a literary society and is the oldest federated women’s club in the South. Its founder, Lizzie Crozier French, was a suffragist who was inspired to create the club after visiting the Sorosis Woman’s Club, established by Jane Cunningham Croly after she was denied admittance to a Charles Dickens lecture, in 1868.

Nancy Carmon, the current president of the club, challenges members to “Continue the legacy..be a Lizzie!”

“She was an amazing woman with courage, vision, and a passion for learning,” Nancy said. “She was a suffragist, a mother, a teacher, and an inspiring speaker.”

With 155 members, the club is influential in the Knoxville area and beyond. The club raises money for the money for the Family Crisis Center, a shelter for families and women who are escaping family violence and domestic abuse, and the Everly Park in Knoxville, a special spot to celebrate the Knoxville-born and raised Everly Brothers’ contributions to music.


“She was an amazing woman with courage, vision, and a passion for learning,” Nancy said of the club’s founder, Lizzie Crozier French. “She was a suffragist, a mother, a teacher, and an inspiring speaker.”


To learn more about GFWC Ossoli Circle, visit the club’s website at www.gfwcossolicircle.org and check them out on Facebook. To find a club in your area, click here.

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