A GFWC Federation Refresher should be held each club year. It is a positive program of continuing education on the benefits of belonging to GFWC and can help with the overall retention of members, while educating new members and creating excitement and pride in your club. GFWC has many programs established to keep its seasoned as well as new members engaged and connected. One of the most important topics that should be included in the GFWC Federation Refresher Course is why our motto is Unity in Diversity and why it is as important today as when it was adopted at the first GFWC Convention.
A GFWC Federation Refresher at the beginning of the club year allows club leaders to share any new information received at the GFWC Annual Convention held each June. It is a great time to remind your members about the information tools offered through GFWC like the GFWC Clubwoman, GFWC News and Notes, GFWC Blog, the GFWC App, the Women’s History and Resource Center, and most importantly the GFWC Club Manual.
Another way to educate our members on GFWC is to review the GFWC Bylaws and GFWC Resolutions that guide our organization. This reinforces the reasons why we do the things the way we do and support the issues we support.
One way to incorporate a GFWC Federation Refresher is to develop FUN GFWC, state, or club facts and federation quizzes or puzzles. Or go a step further and have a “Dear Jenny” box that members can deposit questions they have regarding federation. Incorporate time on your clubs agenda to answer these questions.
Invite a district or state leader to your meeting when you are conducting your GFWC Refresher Program so members can address the leaders with questions and learn from their experiences within federation.
- Share who our GFWC Partners are and information and projects related to each.
- Share Federation Facts!
- Share the Benefits of Belonging!
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.
Mesquite Club, Inc.
The Mesquite Club, Inc., located in Las Vegas, Nevada, started out the club year with 120 members and now has 132 members. How has the club gained a dozen new members over such a short time? One reason is Club President Cherie Williams’ commitment to raising public awareness of the club in any way possible.