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.
Melanie Carriker understands GFWC tradition and legacy. Daughter of GFWC Communications and PR Chairman Wendy Carriker, Melanie was inspired to form the GFWC Legacy Woman's Club, which celebrates the dedication of grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins. The GFWC Legacy Club received its charter at the 2015 GFWC Annual Convention in Memphis.
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 Millington Junior Women's Club
Each year April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kathleen Sweeney, Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County (CACTC), spoke at GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club (Michigan) monthly meeting and told members that 10% of the 235 reported cases of child abuse in 2017 in Tuscola County were from Millington Township, including Millington. It inspired them to take action with the "Color Me Blue" Project.