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.
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.
Oregon City Woman's Club
The Oregon City Woman's Club (Oregon) participated at the National Night Out on August 7 with a booth advertising their club.