Tricia Noel lends a helping hand whenever she can! In addition to the work she does for GFWC, Tricia serves in leadership positions and on committees associated with her professional career, church, and several associations. Her enthusiasm and compassion make her a valuable asset wherever she leads.
How did you get involved with GFWC and your club?
I became involved with the Woman’s Club of Madisonville (Kentucky) because friends invited me to join, and I was already looking for someplace to get involved in our community. I consider myself a worker bee and wanted to volunteer with a worthwhile organization.
You’ve served as the Holiday Tour of Homes Chairman for your club nine times. What draws you to that position?
I have coordinated the event so many times that every elected club president will ask me to chair before they agree to assume office. It is our major fundraiser every other year, so I have a year off to forget how much work it is before the next one rolls around!
I have learned that to be successful, you must be patient, compassionate, and understanding.
What have you learned from your experience in GFWC leadership positions?
I’m not sure that I can even begin to put into words what I have learned from my GFWC leadership positions! I have learned that to be successful, you must be patient, compassionate, and understanding. I’ve learned that you must work alongside your fellow members to achieve goals and to be open-minded to others’ suggestions.
What has been the most rewarding part about being a clubwoman?
I wouldn’t trade anything for the friendships that I have made in my 23+ years in woman’s club. I am also extremely proud of the community service projects that our club has done over the years, and to know that I may have helped in some small way is very rewarding!
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)
Justine, whose husband Paul is a Vietnam Army veteran, has been an active clubwoman for 17 years. If there’s a club office, she’s held it.
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 Lawrence Classics Club
The GFWC Lawrence Classics Club (Kansas) has 19 members, and it’s an incredible mixture: one charter member has been involved since 1997; one member has been part of GFWC since 1960; there are a mother and daughter pair who are 2nd and 3rd generation clubwomen; four members are Boosters; and their youngest member only graduated from college last year. This assorted group shares the same values about volunteerism and puts them into action.