“Don’t be the woman who fears something—be the woman who is excited to be a part of creating its future.” What incredible adventures Jolie has been part of while serving as a GFWC Officer and 23-year clubwoman. As a member of the GFWC Board of Directors, she has been an integral part of decisions that will take this organization into the future.
Jolie is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Bachelor’s in Business Education. Teaching at the college level has enhanced her abilities to train adult learners in leadership and membership efforts.
Jolie utilizes her experiences as Past President of several GFWC clubs and Advisor of the Juniorette club to help members recognize leadership building techniques and the value of creating new club models. Jolie’s style of leadership is unique; it fosters change, builds loyalty, and encourages others to be a part of the decision-making process.
If you “friend” her on Facebook, you will see that she loves to fish, paddle board, and go on adventures. Although she spent her young life traveling in a military family, Jolie and her husband Tom have lived in Tampa almost 28 years. They have two grown children, Darby and Derek.
Jolie’s leadership vision is for members to choose to commit, to work hard, to focus on the big picture of community service, and be resilient in their efforts to making communities a better place.
Jolie will strive for each State Federation to pursue new and energized club and leadership models—the key to making GFWC’s future bright and strong.
Melanie Carriker understands GFWC tradition and legacy. Daughter of GFWC Communications and PR Chairman Wendy Carriker, Melanie was inspired to form the GFWC Legacy Woman's Club, which celebrates the dedication of grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins. The GFWC Legacy Club received its charter at the 2015 GFWC Annual Convention in Memphis.
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 Polk County Service Club
GFWC Polk County Service Club (Oregon) served as the coordinators for the Polk County Fair Talent Contest. There were two divisions (Youth from age 3-12 and Young Adult from 13-19) with 17 contestants. Laurel Jones, Vice President of GFWC Polk County Service Club, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, and friends all came out to fill the audience and it was very well attended. One of the Judges was GFWC Oregon State President, Pam Briggs.