Mesquite Club, Inc.
The Mesquite Club, Inc., located in Las Vegas, Nevada, started out the club year with 120 members and now has 132 members. How has the club gained a dozen new members over such a short time? One reason is Club President Cherie Williams’ commitment to raising public awareness of the club in any way possible.
“It we don’t toot our own horn, we’ll go tootless,” she said.
The club invites new members to join via its Facebook page. In addition, Cherie never leaves home without a business card, the club’s brochure, and a GFWC brochure.
“I give it out to anyone who listens,” Cherie said. “I’m encouraging our members to do the same!”
Founded in 1911, the Mesquite Club is the oldest women’s club in Nevada. From community service projects to social activities such as poker classes, card game events, book clubs, art clubs, and craft clubs, members have formed lifelong friendships through GFWC.
“The support that I get from my members is wonderful. Being president can be a thankless job in a lot of organizations. Sometimes you feel like you do it all. But ladies in this club really step up,” Cherie said.
One of the club’s most popular events is its garden tea, which always has a whimsical theme. This year’s theme is Alice and Wonderland. In addition to fundraising events, the club supports a variety of community organizations, including USO, Wounded Warriors, Kids to Kids Reading Program, the Melanoma Research Foundation, and more.
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.