Chapin Woman’s Club
The Chapin Woman’s Club has been an integral part of the Chapin, South Carolina community since 1971, and as a result has achieved great credibility in the area.
“For example, when our town needed us to moderate a town council candidate forum, we were there. In turn, we are able to get participation and support when needed. Recently, when our club needed a letter of recommendation for a grant application, our state representative pulled over to the side of the road to take our call. That kind of positive response is due to the efforts of hundreds of wonderful women over the past 46 years. It is our mission to always honor that history and build upon it,” said Club President Suzanne Carswell.
Suzanne says picking a favorite club project is a bit like having to pick a favorite child. Top projects include a Butterfly Garden, Pink Ribbon of Hope, White Bags of Courage, Crafts for Kids with Cancer, First Responder Appreciation, and Free the Girls bras for international victims of human trafficking.
“I have lots of favorites for different reasons. A simple 8’ tall pink ribbon at our little town’s major intersection reminding women to get screened was wonderful, as was delivering 100 bags of art supplies to children undergoing cancer treatment at Columbia’s children’s hospital and the 38 bags of candy along with a poem we delivered over the holidays to thank our First Responders,” she said.
The club awards approximately $20,000 per year in grants and college scholarships. Members are advocates for local schools and support education with monetary donations, snacks for after school programs, tutoring, and mentoring.
Last year, the club’s butterfly garden was dedicated at a local park and is having a wonderful impact on the entire community. Both the elderly in the adjacent senior center and youth in scout troops and classroom field trips are enjoying the garden.
With a background in corporate America and management, Tamara Miller has spent decades learning how to be a good leader and team player, and she was excited to bring these skills to the GFWC LaVerne – San Dimas Woman’s Club in California.
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.