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Mediators Program

Do you work well with others? Are you calm in the face of emotionally charged issues? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, we are LOOKING FOR YOU to be a GFWC Mediator! Every few years, current Mediators/Facilitators step down and allow new members to join the team. Training is provided at Headquarters to help you hone your skills in conflict resolution. If you fit the criteria and you’re looking to make a difference, fill out the application below and apply now!

GFWC Mediator Application Form


What is the GFWC Mediators Program?

Through its Mediators Program, formerly the Facilitators Program, GFWC offers specialized, confidential assistance to all levels of Federation in dealing with membership issues, including recruitment, retention, and new club development. Since 2002, when GFWC introduced its first class of “Mentors,”* individual GFWC members, clubs, districts, and State Federations have had the benefit of a specially selected and trained team of experienced and passionate GFWC members to assist them with a variety of issues. The work of this team complements, supports, and reinforces that of GFWC officers, committees, and staff.

How can the GFWC Mediators help our club, district, or State Federation?

GFWC encourages its members to take advantage of the many resources it provides for building and sustaining successful clubs, including the expertise of district, state, and national officers and committee chairmen; informative publications, such as GFWC Clubwoman Magazine, the GFWC Club Manual, and News & Notes; and a variety of lectures, workshops, and conferences. However, issues may arise at any level of the Federation that require a more specialized approach. For these cases, the GFWC Facilitators are “on call” to provide impartial advice, counsel, and assistance in developing successful recruitment and retention programs, building new clubs, using parliamentary procedure effectively, and resolving personality and organizational conflicts.  All interaction with a GFWC Facilitator will be kept confidential.

How do I/we request a GFWC Mediator?

Requests for assistance or intervention by a GFWC Mediator should be directed to GFWC Chief of Staff Rosemary M. Thomas, 202-347-3168 ext. 149, RThomas@GFWC.org, or postal mail to GFWC Headquarters. Based on a brief description of the project, problem, or conflict for which a Mediator’s assistance is requested, a GFWC Facilitator will be assigned to the case. A GFWC Mediator will not be assigned a case solely on the basis of her place of residence, although, depending upon the inquiry, the ease and cost of a Mediator’s transportation to a case site may be a factor in making assignments. The GFWC Mediators will prepare reports for each case they are assigned, which will be maintained in a permanent, confidential case file at GFWC Headquarters.

Who are the GFWC Facilitators?

In early 2011, the current team of eight GFWC Facilitators was selected from a pool of applicants on the basis of their experience not only in GFWC, but also in the areas of education, law, counseling, and conflict management.

Click on the Facilitator names below to read their bios.

Pam Briggs
T Jablanski
Anne Jones
Deen Meloro
Jane Moore
Chris Sienkielewski
Marcia L. Wilson   

*In 2010, in response to a growing number of requests for Mentors to assist with conflict resolution, GFWC renamed the program “GFWC Mediators.” However, after reviewing the role of the team and the specific professional connotation of the term “Mediators,” GFWC has chosen to call this group “GFWC Facilitators.”

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