Mary Beth served as 2018–2020 GFWC International Outreach Chairman, on the GFWC Leadership Committee, and is a 2012 LEADS graduate. She served as GFWC Colorado President (2014–2016) and was Charter President of Babs Inspirations. Other GFWC Colorado roles include Chairman of Leadership, International Outreach, Signature Project, and Newsletter Editor, and Club President among other club positions. She started the Colorado Leadership program and launched her club’s “After 5” group. For the Western States Region, she served twice as the Fundraising Chairman. Mary Beth traveled to Zambia with UNICEF to witness firsthand the work done by this Affiliate and attended the UN Foundation Shot@Life Summit for three years.
She has been involved in various organizations over the years holding numerous leadership roles, most notably: president of a local historic theater friends group, co-chair of a major community science symposium, serving as PTA president at four schools including opening two new schools, serving on various United Way committees, president of the local senior center friends group (formed 501(c)(3) for the center), and currently serves as president of the Board for a historic child care center for low income children.
Mary Beth has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Agricultural Economics. She has worked for the Foreign Agricultural Service, Colorado School District 11, and earned her Certified Volunteer Accreditation. Married to her husband Larry for 40 years, they have a son and daughterin-law with two children, and a daughter, a GFWC Massachusetts member.
Sharon Oliphant is filled with positive energy and gratitude for all of the opportunities she has to give back because of GFWC. In 2018 she will begin her time as Florida State President, and Sharon is assume the role and work with her enthusiastic Florida clubwomen to make a difference.
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 Towanda Nokomis
With eight members, the GFWC Towanda Nokomis is proving that a small group of committed citizens can, in fact, change the world.