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.
Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
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.
Mesquite Club, Inc.
The Mesquite Club, Inc., located in Las Vegas, Nevada, started out the club year with 120 members and now has 132 members. How has the club gained a dozen new members over such a short time? One reason is Club President Cherie Williams’ commitment to raising public awareness of the club in any way possible.