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.
When Bethany Flint first joined a Juniorette club in 2004, GFWC was already a significant part of her life due to her mother being a club member for many years. Now after years of being part of the Federation herself, Bethany loves it just as much as she did when she joined.
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.
The Rochester Junior Women's Club
The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (Michigan) was established in 1956 with 16 members, and today has over 70 members that always come together to support one another. The club chooses three or four major charities to support and several smaller ones, donating approximately $30,000 each year. In total since its inception, the club has provided more than 1 million hours of community service, and raised more than $928,000 to support their community!