Trisha Schafer serves as the 2018-2020 GFWC Director of Junior Clubs and has been a GFWC member for 29 years. She was first a member of the Nebraska Federation in a General Club where she served as Vice President and President from 1989-1990. At the same time, she belonged to a state-wide Junior Club. Trisha served as the Junior Public Relations Chair at the Nebraska State Level from 1990-1991.
After moving to Illinois in 1991, Trisha transferred her membership to the Princeton Junior Woman’s Club. She has served three times as President, as well as taking the positions of Vice President, Membership Chair, and numerous Committee Chairs. She has chaired all six Community Service Programs. She served GFWC Illinois as District Director of Junior Clubs for two administrations and served the Illinois Junior Organization for 14 years.
Trisha has held various positions for the GFWC Illinois Junior Organization, including Director of Junior Clubs from 2012-2014. As WHRC /Historian/1734 Society Chairman for GFWC Illinois, she challenged members to attain the Alice Ames Winter donation level of $1,734 in 2014 and again in 2015—and they met the challenge! She served as a member of the GFWC Leadership Committee and had the privilege of presenting at three GFWC LEADS programs.
Within her community, Trisha has served other organizations, including the McGruff Safe House Program, Red Cross Instructor, and the County States Attorney Advisory Board of which she is a founding member.
Trisha now is employed with Freedom House—a domestic/sexual violence agency that serves five counties—as their Community Relations & Volunteer Services Manager. Her qualifications for her position at Freedom House come directly from her experiences gained through GFWC.
Trisha has two sons, Stephen & Colton, and a grandson Rodney.
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)
Darby Frankfurth has risen from club chairmanships and officer roles, all the way to GFWC Florida state office.
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!