With a rich background and 43 years’ experience, GFWC Second Vice President Suellen Brazil is a dynamic leader whose dedication and passion are unwavering.
From 1980-84, Suellen served first as GFWC Alabama Director of Junior Clubs and later as GFWC Junior Education Chairman. In 1985 Suellen became HOBY International Leadership Seminar National Volunteer Chairman and then Region Director. These roles led to 12 years of national service to—accompanied by extensive growth within—the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation.
During 40 years on the GFWC Alabama Board, Suellen has served in all appointed/elected offices including GFWC Alabama State President (1998–2000) where policy improvements she championed continue to impact Alabama today. She has organized exceptional training opportunities as State Leadership Chairman, including seminars at the State Capitol.
After serving as state president, Suellen successfully led the GFWC Safety program, Credentials Committee, and GFWC Southern Region as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president. As president, she visited the Woman’s Club of Aruba to welcome them to Southern Region. As chair of the GFWC Leadership Committee in 2012-14, she oversaw a 73% increase in GFWC State LEADS programs.
A native Alabamian, she and husband Billy have two sons. In 2014 Suellen retired from Baldwin County Schools after 44 years—her final position being Executive Elementary Administrator supervising 28 elementary schools and 18,000 students. Working with domestic violence prevention, Honor Flight Alabama, and GFWC local keeps her closely connected to grassroots service.
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.
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.