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Make a Difference. Be a GFWC Mediator

August 25, 2017

GFWC is now accepting applications for the Mediator Class of 2018.  Four new GFWC Mediators will be selected to serve a three-year term and receive specialized training in June at the GFWC 2018 Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Mediator application is available on GFWC’s website.

GFWC Mediators serve the Federation as a team of consultants available to individual GFWC members, clubs, districts, and states. Mediators are active and committed GFWC members with experience, proven ability, and passion for membership and conflict-resolution issues.

Mediators are GFWC’s eyes, ears, hands, and hearts in the field. With their personal experience and expertise as GFWC club members, combined with the specialized training they will receive in conflict resolution, problem-solving, parliamentary procedure, and organization building, Mediators will be prepared to advise and work with members at every level of Federation. Mediators may be asked to:

  • Resolve a difficult personality conflict within a club.
  • Use parliamentary guidance to solve a procedural issue.
  • Assist in organizing, promoting, and hosting a recruiting event.
  • Help to build new GFWC clubs.

Mediators will be “on call” and available to work with GFWC members for as long as it takes to resolve a situation or achieve a mutually acceptable solution. They will participate in group meetings where they exchange information and problem-solving techniques, as well as support, encourage, and inspire each other.

Criteria for Applicants

Serious consideration will be given to GFWC Mediator applicants who meet most or all of the following criteria:

  • Have served as a GFWC club president or have comparable experience in other organizations;
  • Actively participated in GFWC membership, or leadership, related activities (i.e. served as club, district, state, or national chairman or committee member; organized a recruitment event; initiated positive change, etc.);
  • Work or have worked in the fields of law, education, social services, human resources, and parliamentary procedure;
  • Possess proficient computer skills with access to e-mail;
  • Ability to and willingness to travel (when and if necessary);
  • Ability to and willingness to participate in training in June at the GFWC 2018 Convention in St. Louis;
  • Ability to fulfill a minimum three-year term of service;
  • Have strong organizational skills, including patience and persistence;
  • Have good listening, verbal, and written communication skills; and
  • Are positive and passionate about GFWC.

If you have questions about serving as a GFWC Mediator, contact Membership Services and Programs Director, Melanie Gisler, at 202-347-3168 or mgisler@gfwc.org.

 

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