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.
Melanie Carriker understands GFWC tradition and legacy. Daughter of GFWC Communications and PR Chairman Wendy Carriker, Melanie was inspired to form the GFWC Legacy Woman's Club, which celebrates the dedication of grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins. The GFWC Legacy Club received its charter at the 2015 GFWC Annual Convention in Memphis.
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