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.
Karen Griggsby may be new to GFWC, but her impact is already being felt.
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.