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. Currently Deb serves as GFWC President-elect, where she enthusiastically and effortlessly leads the GFWC State Presidents.
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.
An eight-year Air Force veteran, Penny has been a GFWC member since 2008, and is currently serving as the club president of GFWC Helena Woman’s Club (Montana).
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 Marlton Woman’s Club
The GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club (New Jersey) has 41 members who are always trying to put a smile on the faces of others. President Lisa Levin said, “My goal has always been to work together as a club, making our members shine, and making a significant difference in the lives of others.” She also encourages leadership and engagement by motivating members to be a chairperson or to be part of a committee.