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.
Minnie Bell attributes her 100 years of life to her motto, “I don’t worry. Worrying just makes things worse,” as well as having a small glass of beer when she watches Portland Trail Blazer basketball games. She has been a season ticket holder until 2017, so one of her birthday gifts organized by Club President Trace Rew was courtside seats to a game for herself and her family,. The tickets included free parking, a gift bag, and the opportunity for Minnie Bell to be introduced to the crowd on the Jumbotron by Blaze, the Trail Blazer’s mascot.
At her birthday celebration, Minnie Bell was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from GFWC Oregon, a joint certificate from GFWC International President Sheila Shea and the Portland Woman’s Club, and a certificate from the mayor of Portland. After her time with GFWC and all of the community service that she has done, the recognition is well-deserved. The club considers Minnie Bell their treasure, and it’s clear to see why.
Mary Lou Parks
For accomplished author and GFWC clubwoman Mary Lou Parks, writing her club history, HerStory, was a journey that formed lasting friendships and a new perspective on women’s history.
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.
The 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 that 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!