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 who 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!
They have four fundraising events, including a Lobster Boil in September, BingoMania in October, Spring Luncheon in March, and an Haute to Trot Kentucky Derby Party in May. The club has been instrumental in financially helping to start many organizations that exist in Rochester today.
The club knows how to have fun too. Every November they have an event called Dessert 8’s where eight members go to a host member’s home for appetizers, dessert, and conversation. It’s a wonderful way for new members to get a chance to know women in a small group setting.
Another favorite of the club is the holiday dinner party and auction. Members bring items to auction off, with proceeds going to Guiding Harbor. This year over $1,100 was raised.
Club president Carol Anne Ketelsen’s goal while leading the club is to have members evaluate what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and make sure it is best for the future of the club. “Change is hard and is it easy to maintain the status quo,” she said. “My symbol is the sea turtle. The sea turtle teaches us the art of adapting to new surroundings and environments. I have encouraged members to be open to change, to stretch their necks out, and take risks to move the club forward.”
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.
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.