Benefits of Belonging
Nearly 100,000 members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs are united in their dedication to volunteer community service. While diverse in age, interests, and experiences, all clubwomen are united by a desire to create positive change in their communities.
With roots in local communities and branches around the world, GFWC members enjoy opportunities to learn from and share with one other at district, State, Region, and international meetings, seminars, and conventions. Operating under the broad umbrella of community service, GFWC clubs are able to assess the needs of their individual communities, consider the abilities and interests of their members, and focus their projects and programs in areas that satisfy the needs of both. Program guidelines, materials, and resources provided by GFWC and State Federations assist clubs in serving the needs of their communities effectively and efficiently.
Belonging to a GFWC club provides the opportunity to:
- Contribute to the quality of life in your neighborhood and community
- Gain a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in doing good
- Participate in interesting, informative, and inspiring programs
- Explore and sharpen skills that can lead to professional advancement
- Expand your network of contacts—professional and personal
- Build lifelong friendships
- Have fun!
One hundred years young, Eleanor Petty has been busy her entire life. As a club member, single parent, college graduate, and professional educator, her first priority has always been the betterment of others.
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.
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 in 1868.