2020-2022 GFWC Executive Committee: (front row) President-elect Debra Strahanoski, International President Marian Simmons-St.Clair, Director of Junior Clubs Kristina Higbee, (back row) Second Vice President Wendy Carriker, Secretary Jolie Frankfurth, Treasurer Mary Beth Williams, Parliamentarian Ida Dorvee, (not pictured) First Vice President Suellen Brazil
GFWC is a community service organization with many levels of leadership and membership. The Executive Committee and Board of Directors, which consists of Region Presidents, State Presidents, State Directors of Junior Clubs, Committee Chairmen, Committee Members, and Special Appointments, represent GFWC members on a national scale. GFWC members involved with the committees are appointed by the GFWC International President at the beginning of her two-year term. During her Administration, the GFWC International President lives at GFWC Headquarters in Washington D.C. All members of the GFWC Board have leadership responsibilities and are expected to attend the GFWC Annual Convention.
GFWC consists of eight Regions:
GFWC Great Lakes Region
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin
GFWC Middle Atlantic Region
Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
GFWC Mississippi Valley Region
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
GFWC New England Region
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
GFWC South Central Region
Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
GFWC Southeastern Region
District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
GFWC Southern Region
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina
GFWC Western States Region
Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
Each region holds an annual conference in the fall, separate from the GFWC Annual Convention.
GFWC has members in each of the 50 states. State Federations host individual conferences each spring. County and district levels are contained within the state level. These two Federation categories vary from state to state; some states choose not to have county and district levels, whereas other states contain multiple counties and districts.
GFWC is comprised of nearly 3,000 local clubs. Each club elects officers and works independently on various projects in their community.
For more than 60 years, GFWC clubwoman and 2020 Jennie Award Winner Barbara Winingham has been making a difference in her community by volunteering with GFWC Texas and GFWC Amity Club of Bowie.
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.
Mesquite Club, Inc.
The Mesquite Club, Inc., located in Las Vegas, Nevada, started out the club year with 120 members and now has 132 members. How has the club gained a dozen new members over such a short time? One reason is Club President Cherie Williams’ commitment to raising public awareness of the club in any way possible.