Deb Strahanowski has been a dedicated GFWC Illinois clubwoman for 30 years and is regarded as a great mentor to many.
Deb’s boundless energy has been apparent during her Federation journey; she has served her clubs and district in various roles. She served the GFWC Illinois Board of Directors as State Project Chairman, Director of Junior Clubs 2000-2002, President Elect/Dean of Chairmen and GFWC Illinois President 2008-2010, and currently GFWC Illinois Protocol Chairman.
Her GFWC leadership positions have included Membership Chairman, Community Improvement Program Chairman, Capital Campaign Chairman, Treasurer, and Secretary. Deb served GFWC Second Vice President, serving as coordinator of the community service programs and committees in relationship to programs of service.
Deb is also a highly respected volunteer and leader within her community. She has served Easterseals and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois at both the regional and state levels. She is currently serving as First Vice President for United Way and has been honored with the coveted Friends of Children Award by PCA Illinois.
Since 2005, Deb has been employed with Easterseals as Development Manager, managing all annual fundraising activities and events for the Joliet Region. She credits much of her professional success to all she has garnered through Federation.
Deb assists her husband Bill in his public accounting office, which they have owned since 1984. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Florida, Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach (Delaware), GFWC Woman’s Club of Aurora (Illinois), Alamo Women’s Club (California), GFWC Arizona Benson Juniors, and Woman’s Club of West Allis (Wisconsin)
Preshus Howard is about to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a clubwoman, and her time with GFWC has been a journey of discovering her own strengths and how she can use them to help others. As GFWC Kentucky’s Director of Junior Clubs for the 2016-2018 Administration, Preshus has been proud to use her position to rally clubwomen around causes that matter to her.
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.