GFWC is a community service organization with many levels of leadership and membership. The Executive Committee and Board of Directors represent GFWC members on a national scale. The Board of Directors consists of Region Presidents, State Presidents, State Directors of Junior Clubs, Committee Chairmen, Committee Members, and Special Appointments. GFWC members involved with these 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.
If there is time in the day to lend a helping hand, Irene Iverson will do it. A member of two GFWC clubs and recent honoree of the One OC Spirit of Volunteerism Award for 2014, Irene has been an active leader in her community since she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer at 15.
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 Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club
Founded in 1934, the GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club is perhaps best known for its Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day, which raised over $10,000 last year.