Deb Strahanoski has been a dedicated GFWC Illinois clubwoman for 32 years and is regarded as a great mentor to many. Deb’s boundless energy has been apparent during her Federation journey; she has served GFWC Illinois in various roles on the Board of Directors including Director of Junior Clubs 2000–2002, President-elect/Dean of Chairmen, President 2008–2010, and currently serves on the Leadership Committee.
Her GFWC leadership positions have included Membership Chairman, Community Improvement Program Chairman, Capital Campaign Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Second Vice President, and First Vice President.
Deb is also a highly respected volunteer and leader within her community. She has served Easterseals and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois at both the regional and state levels and has been honored with the coveted Friends of Children Award by PCA Illinois.
A member of the National Easterseals Development Leadership Network and Brand Marketing Council, Deb has been employed with Easterseals for the past 15 years, managing all annual fundraising activities and events for the Joliet Region. She credits much of her professional success to all she has garnered through Federation.
Deb also continues to assist her husband Bill in his public accounting office, which they have owned since 1984. Married for 38 years, they have two children and two grandchildren.
Her visionary leadership, extensive experience, and infectious enthusiasm have inspired new and veteran members alike.
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 Millington Junior Women's Club
Each year April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kathleen Sweeney, Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County (CACTC), spoke at GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club (Michigan) monthly meeting and told members that 10% of the 235 reported cases of child abuse in 2017 in Tuscola County were from Millington Township, including Millington. It inspired them to take action with the "Color Me Blue" Project.