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.
Cherie Lee Williams
Cherie Lee Williams is a vibrant leader who has found GFWC to be a wonderful outlet for her love of community service and her can-do attitude. As both the President of the Mesquite Club (Nevada) for 2016-2017, as well as a 2016 LEADS candidate, she quickly learned the value of making connections in order to bring positive change to the world.
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.
Junior Woman's Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.