Junior Woman’s Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.
“It can be difficult as an adult to make friends. The friendships I’ve forged as a member in this club and while doing community service have been great,” Robbin said.
Robbin now serves as club president and enjoys leading the club in improving the community. The club’s biggest project is the Elves Gift Shop, where children come in and buy holiday gifts for their families. This event, held every December, raises money for a designated nonprofit in the area.
The nearly twenty members of the Junior Woman’s Club of State College are all different ages, with women in their twenties, thirties, and forties. Since its founding in 1955, the club’s membership has fluctuated up and down, but the overall attitude of coming together to make a difference has remained the same.
The club is always looking for new members! Robbin says that the club hosts membership socials twice a year, in addition to spotlighting social and service activities so potential members can see if the club is a good fit.
“It’s nice for women in our community to get together and do work that supports other organizations that are doing great humanitarian work, and have fun doing it! We celebrate our differences and the things that bring us together,” Robbin said.
For more than 60 years, GFWC clubwoman and 2020 Jennie Award Winner Barbara Winingham has been making a difference in her community by volunteering with GFWC Texas and GFWC Amity Club of Bowie.
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.