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.
As a single mother of two boys requiring emergency medical care in the past, GFWC Oconomowoc Junior Woman’s Club member Elizabeth Davy was determined to work with her club and Emergency Medical Services for Children to fund pediatric jump kit bags for Wisconsin EMS departments.
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 Polk County Service Club
GFWC Polk County Service Club (Oregon) served as the coordinators for the Polk County Fair Talent Contest. There were two divisions (Youth from age 3-12 and Young Adult from 13-19) with 17 contestants. Laurel Jones, Vice President of GFWC Polk County Service Club, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, and friends all came out to fill the audience and it was very well attended. One of the Judges was GFWC Oregon State President, Pam Briggs.