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.
Darby Frankfurth has risen from club chairmanships and officer roles, all the way to GFWC Florida state office.
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 Polk County Service Club
GFWC Polk County Service Club (Oregon) served as the coordinators for the Polk County Fair Talent Contest. There were two divisions (Youth from age 3-12 and Young Adult from 13-19) with 17 contestants. Laurel Jones, Vice President of GFWC Polk County Service Club, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, and friends all came out to fill the audience and it was very well attended. One of the Judges was GFWC Oregon State President, Pam Briggs.