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.
Preshus Howard is about to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a clubwoman, and her time with GFWC has been a journey of discovering her own strengths and how she can use them to help others. As GFWC Kentucky’s Director of Junior Clubs for the 2016-2018 Administration, Preshus has been proud to use her position to rally clubwomen around causes that matter to her.
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 Millington Junior Women's Club
Each year April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kathleen Sweeney, Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County (CACTC), spoke at GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club (Michigan) monthly meeting and told members that 10% of the 235 reported cases of child abuse in 2017 in Tuscola County were from Millington Township, including Millington. It inspired them to take action with the "Color Me Blue" Project.