Sharon Oliphant is filled with positive energy and gratitude for all of the opportunities she has to give back because of GFWC. In 2018 she will begin her time as Florida State President, and Sharon will assume the role and work with her enthusiastic Florida clubwomen to make a difference.
How did you get involved with GFWC?
I got involved with the Seminole Junior Woman’s Club through their Holiday Home Tour because my family home was selected to be on the tour. I was helping my mom during the planning and preparing stages, and the club members asked if I would be interested in joining the club. I was pregnant with my first child, and wanted to be around other moms and women that had similar interests, so I joined. They welcomed me and made me a part of our local community. I felt like I knew more about the city and the people by being a part of the club.
Which club project has been most important to you?
The GFWC Florida Days of Service. At our spring or fall state meetings, a Day of Service is organized for the Thursday before the Board of Directors meetings start. It is a small but powerful group that goes into the community or an area of need through a partner, and we give back as a team. I have also been a happy participant for several Days of Service on the national level.
I am looking forward to being the type of leader that makes others laugh, celebrates their strengths, and shares their enthusiasm for serving.
What are you most looking forward to as GFWC Florida President?
I am looking forward to the integrity and honor that comes with the role. I have watched our Past Presidents and seen how they have handled many different situations that have come their way. Some have been sad events, some have been joyful, but overall, the role comes with serving others as a compassionate leader. GFWC Florida is very lucky to have Past Presidents that remain passionate about the accomplishments of our members.
What kind of leader do you hope to be?
Leadership is handled in many different ways. I am a hands-on leader that does not like to stand around. I like to make things happen and get others involved. I am looking forward to being the type of leader that makes others laugh, celebrates their strengths, and shares their enthusiasm for serving. I also want to involve others in decision making so they can be the next leader.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Florida, Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach (Delaware), GFWC Woman’s Club of Aurora (Illinois), Alamo Women’s Club (California), GFWC Arizona Benson Juniors, and Woman’s Club of West Allis (Wisconsin)
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.
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!