North Little Rock Woman’s Club
With the largest senior citizen apartment complex in the United States in their backyard, the GFWC North Little Rock Woman’s Club (Arkansas) is known for helping the elderly in their community. In addition to supporting senior citizens with fundraisers and an annual Christmas party, members are also advocates for education and domestic violence awareness and prevention.
“I joined because I wanted to be a more active member of my community,” said Dianne Hocut, the club’s president. “We certainly have a lot of involvement—it’s a very busy club!”
Whether holding a pajama drive for nursing homes and veterans shelters, donating dictionaries to every third grade student in the North Little Rock area, or providing $2,400 in scholarships each year, the club’s 53 members stay active. Members prepare all year for their biggest fundraiser, the Carousel Ball, a fun night with food and dancing now in its 27th year.
As president, Dianne hopes to recruit even more members by hosting membership teas. She is also emphasizing the connection the club has with GFWC and enjoys learning about how the district, state, and national levels of GFWC tie together.
“It’s not just the North Little Rock Woman’s Club. We are part of a big wheel. It’s been exciting to see what GFWC has to offer for everybody. That’s the exciting part,” Diane said.
She is also encouraging club members to use more technology such as email and social media in their volunteer work.
“We are a strong and connected woman’s club that have community service on our brains. That’s what we love to do,” Dianne said.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Florida, Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach (Delaware), GFWC Woman’s Club of Aurora (Illinois), Alamo Women’s Club (California), GFWC Arizona Benson Juniors, and Woman’s Club of West Allis (Wisconsin)
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.
Chapin Woman’s Club
The Chapin Woman’s Club has been an integral part of the Chapin, South Carolina community since 1971, and as a result has achieved great credibility in the area.