What incredible adventures Jolie has been part of while serving as a GFWC Officer and dedicated 21 year member of the GFWC Florida clubwoman. During her tenure on the GFWC Board of Directors, she has been an integral part of decisions that will take this organization into the future. A future that is electric with opportunities. She has served GFWC as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Communications and Public Relations Committee, Director elect of Junior Clubs, and most recently Director of Junior Clubs.
Jolie utilizes her leadership as Past President of both the Woman’s Club of New Tampa and the New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club and Advisor of the Juniorette club to help organization leaders recognize the value of each level of membership. She has served as a GFWC Florida Executive Officer for four years, and held chairmen/membership in Strategic Planning Committee, Budget & Finance Committee, Vice Director of Junior Clubs, One Voice for Children Chairman, and Junior International Outreach Chairman.
Her experiences as HOA Officer have enhanced her ability to strategically plan for financial security and run projects within budget. She assisted with coordination of a $500,000 building restoration project.
Jolie’s style of leadership is unique; it fosters change, builds loyalty and encourages others to be a part of the decision making process. It is a leadership style that brings a commitment to serving her community and the world.
Jolie is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She recognizes that with 20 years of teaching experience she can help members in leadership training, conflict resolution and membership recruitment/retention. Jolie has taught Business Communications, Business Management, Forms Design, Keyboarding, and Word Processing at the community college level. She also has trained adult students in the technology areas of Desktop Publishing/Design and in other specific software programs.
If you “friend” her on Facebook you will see that she loves to fish, paddle board, and travel. Although she spent her young life traveling in a military family, Jolie and her husband Tom have lived in Tampa over 26 years. Their children are attending college.
Jolie is honored to be in the presence of so many who believe that as a united womanhood, we can make good things happen in our communities for another 126 years.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC du Midi Woman’s Club (Alabama), GFWC Valamont Woman’s Club (Tennessee), GFWC Viera Woman’s Club (Florida), GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City (Florida), and GFWC Junior Women’s Club of Walpole (Massachusetts)
Melanie Carriker Stevens
Melanie Carriker Stevens 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.
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.