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.
Annie Williams started her GFWC journey in 2011 and she immediately fell in love with her club and the women working alongside her.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
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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.