GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club
The GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club (New Jersey) has 41 members who are always trying to put a smile on the faces of others. President Lisa Levin said, “My goal has always been to work together as a club, making our members shine, and making a significant difference in the lives of others.” She also encourages leadership and engagement by motivating members to be a chairperson or to be part of a committee.
The club is adept at making connections in their community to increase their impact. Their spring and fall bingo events have baskets, prizes, and a Dining Around Town raffle— which is made possible by the group of local restaurants that donate gift certificates. The club also has a shopping event at a local women’s boutique where the owner generously provides food and gives back 20% of total sales for the evening. The club takes the 20% to purchase jewelry and accessories from the store so they can raffle the items off at their spring bingo event. Additionally, they have two events at local restaurants where the owners donate back 20% of the sales for the evening to the club. This serves as a great way for new and older members to get to know each other while both sharing dinner and fundraising!
The club also enjoys their annual Cookie Pack in February. Members bring baked cookies and candy to fill up cellophane bags. Then they tie them with a red ribbon and attach a message that says, “Happy Valentine’s Day from the Marlton Woman’s Club”. They hand deliver the treats to nursing home residents at their Valentine luncheon. Members have pink t-shirts with their club name and logo, and they wear them proudly at events like that to be a united front and to get their name out to their community!
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.
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.