GFWC Ossoli Circle
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.”
An eight-year Air Force veteran, Penny has been a GFWC member since 2008, and is currently serving as the club president of GFWC Helena Woman’s Club (Montana).
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
Woodbridge Woman’s Club
Since 1965, the GFWC Woodbridge Woman’s Club (Virginia) has focused on making a difference in the lives of women, children, and families in their community. With approximately 50 members, the club is a vibrant part of Woodbridge and actively conducts education, conservation, and home life projects.