Planning is Key
GFWC Orangevale Women’s Club’s (CA) Executive Board created a Strategic Plan to guide the club into the next decade. Specifically, the plan considered community needs and determined what types club projects to implement to meet their service goals.
GFWC Four Corners Junior Woman’s Club (FL) set a club goal in 2019 to become more visible and active in their two closest communities. They met with the city managers to determine how their club might partner with them. By the end of the year, there was ongoing communication and interaction among the two cities and the club.
GFWC Morris Woman’s Club (IL) moved their club documents to Google Drive to increase accessibility for officers and members. In addition to governing documents and current club materials, the effort also ensured the preservation of prior minutes and treasurer’s reports, and other records provided by past club presidents.
Stepping Up when Most Needed
GFWC of Holden Beach (NC) worked through heartbreak to ensure meetings and events took place despite the unexpected and tragic loss of their club president. Club leaders and members came together to assist in all club activities and to support the clubwoman’s family.
GFWC Dahlonga Woman’s Club (GA) created a club manual that Community Service Program (CSP) Chairmen were able to review for ideas and projects. Even though they had a State Yearbook as a resource, the club thought an easy-to-access manual customized to their needs would be helpful. The book was shared with the club’s CSP Chairmen at a workshop at the beginning of the club year.
Sharing Club Leadership
GFWC Woman’s Club of Martinsburg (WV) provided leadership seminars that included historical information and an overview of duties. Each member was given the opportunity to fulfill a monthly duty at the club meetings, which engaged all members in building leadership skills and preparing for the club’s future.
Determined to Grow
GFWC North Clackamas Woman’s Club (OR), which federated in 2018, had lost half their members by January 2019. The remaining members committed themselves to rebuilding the club. To change direction, they dispensed with an executive committee and now utilize all members to make decisions. The position of Secretary is rotated, and instead of donating money they focus on donating time. By becoming member driven, the club has also become more cohesive.
GFWC Ripley Women’s Club (OH) incorporated “KEYS” as teaching tools for January to May: K—Knowledge of the Organization, E—Everyone can be a Leader, Y—Yes to New Ideas, and S—Spotlight Member Successes. Members received a sponge as a reminder to “soak up” the lessons. Five mini-lessons were created: You Can’t Please Everyone, Don’t Let Fear of Making a Mistake Hold You Back, Comparison is the Thief of Joy, Don’t Wait Around, and Life is too Short so Do What Makes You Happy.
Taking on a New Role
GFWC Rhinelander Woman’s Club (WI) encouraged members to participate in Leadership seminars, apply for GFWC LEADS, and GFWC WI LEADS U. Program graduates were inspired to take on a leadership role in the club, District, or State Federation.
Clubwomen Nurture Each Other
GFWC Maude Martin Study Club (AL) recruited young people to ensure the future of GFWC and their club. They sponsored the GFWC Tri M Juniorette Club and provided leadership education, training, and skills development. The two clubs jointly completed community and fundraising activities. GFWC Maude Martin Study Club selected an outstanding Juniorette member who would benefit from financial assistance and paid her club dues. They encouraged Juniorettes to prepare for future leadership positions.
MaryAnn shares her passion for volunteerism with young people through her work with the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation.
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.