GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster (Maryland) has an annual project that corresponds with one of International President Brock’s Seven Grand Initiatives. Every year the club partners with Penguin Random House, one of the area’s publishing houses and distributor of books, to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Penguin supplies them with Dr. Seuss books and the club funds the purchase of other titles to distribute to children in pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade. The ladies on the education committee spend many hours placing a bookplate with space for the child’s name and donor information in each title. The committee delivers the books in February to the schools. Every March to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday, club members and guest readers (service club members, government officials, police officers, local college staff and students, residents in local retirement communities, and business leaders) volunteer their hours to read to children in 105 classrooms in 13 schools and assist the children in selecting a new book for their personal library. This past year the club donated over 2,000 books. Some of the readers wore Cat in the Hat hats and the kids and readers had a great time. Each reader brings a favorite Dr. Seuss book to read to the children, many of which they read to their own children. Many of these children are from low income families and don’t have the money to purchase books of their own. This is one way that the club reaches out to the community and helps those in need. This project was initiated in 1 classroom in 1998 and continues to be supported by community businesses. The contributions of Penguin and the overwhelming support of the business community has helped to make this yearly project a success.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC du Midi Woman’s Club (Alabama), GFWC Valamont Woman’s Club (Tennessee), GFWC Viera Woman’s Club (Florida), GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City (Florida), and GFWC Junior Women’s Club of Walpole (Massachusetts)
Preshus Howard is about to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a clubwoman, and her time with GFWC has been a journey of discovering her own strengths and how she can use them to help others. As GFWC Kentucky’s Director of Junior Clubs for the 2016-2018 Administration, Preshus has been proud to use her position to rally clubwomen around causes that matter to her.
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 Lawrence Classics Club
The GFWC Lawrence Classics Club (Kansas) has 19 members, and it’s an incredible mixture: one charter member has been involved since 1997; one member has been part of GFWC since 1960; there are a mother and daughter pair who are 2nd and 3rd generation clubwomen; four members are Boosters; and their youngest member only graduated from college last year. This assorted group shares the same values about volunteerism and puts them into action.