Suellen Brazil applies the national perspective, organizational expertise, and collaborative skills developed throughout 47 years in diverse leadership roles. With a rich background and extensive experience, Suellen is a highly enthusiastic, dynamic leader whose dedication and passion are unwavering.
From 1980–84, Suellen served as GFWC Alabama Director of Junior Clubs, then GFWC Junior Education Chairman. Suellen then became HOBY International Leadership Seminar National Volunteer Chairman, with 12 years of national service and exponential growth within the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation.
During 45 years on the GFWC Alabama Board, Suellen served all appointed/elected offices, including State President (1998–2000) where policy improvements she championed impact Alabama today. She organized leadership training opportunities, along with seminars at the Alabama State Capitol, and implemented state/ district LEADS programs.
After being State President, Suellen successfully led several GFWC programs, and GFWC Southern Region as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president. Focused on strengthening international connections, she welcomed the Woman’s Club of Aruba to Southern Region. That international commitment continues today. As GFWC Leadership Chairman (2012–14) she oversaw a 73% increase in GFWC State LEADS programs and provided numerous leadership resources.
A native Alabamian, she and husband Billy have two sons. Retired after 44 years with Baldwin County Schools, her final position was Executive Elementary Administrator, supervising 28 schools and 18,000 students. Working with domestic violence prevention, homeless, and veterans keeps her grounded in 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.
Oregon City Woman's Club
The Oregon City Woman's Club (Oregon) participated at the National Night Out on August 7 with a booth advertising their club.