GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club
Founded in 1934, the GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club is one of only three GFWC clubs remaining in the city of Chicago. The club is perhaps best known for its Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day, which raised over $10,000 last year.
Held annually since March 2012, The Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day aims to promote community-wide awareness of domestic violence issues and its effect on family members; to acknowledge and show solidarity with victims of domestic violence; and to raise funds to benefit A New Direction, a local counseling and advocacy agency serving victims of domestic violence. The club works with local businesses to provide fitness activities for community members for a $25.00 donation. Members hope this event will help break the silence surrounding domestic violence and end the cycle of abuse. Last year’s event was featured on
In addition to the Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit, the club’s 50 members share GFWC’s message of Living the Volunteer Spirit by supporting a number of local organizations. From raising money at their fall garage sale to benefit the Morgan Park Food Pantry to collecting books for the military through Operation Paperback, members are dedicated to improving their community.
“By working together, we can make a difference in our small corner of the world,” said Club President Donna Dalton.
For more than three decades Bonnie Peat worked in various leadership positions in the aerospace field and was a staunch promoter of women in the workforce. After retiring in 2019, she joined the GFWC Woman’s Club of Cypress 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 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.