Members and Mentors
GFWC Jacksonville Beaches Woman’s Club (FL) “Members and Mentors” program paired each new member with a club mentor. The mentor was responsible for assisting the new member in her first year in every way needed, from answering questions about the club and club activities to helping her determine which committees to serve, introducing her to current club members, and providing a ride to meetings if needed.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
GFWC Morrow Civic Woman’s Club (GA) invited potential members to enjoy a salad supper. After the meal, participants played a game based on the TV show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” The questions were based on trivia facts about GFWC and the local club. The game was very engaging and provided the visitors with an overview of the club, its Community Service Programs, projects, and history. Door prizes were drawn for all guests.
GFWC Rochester Juniors (MI) mirrored the sorority rush idea for their membership drive. New members were recruited by the local paper, club website, and Facebook page, as well as through word of mouth. At the open-house style gathering, each guest was greeted by a clubwoman who showed her the Past President memory books, explained the club’s goals, and answered questions. The atmosphere was upbeat and informal and resulted in gaining 14 new members.
New Evening Group
GFWC Woman’s Club of Newport News (VA) established the Evening Group of the Woman’s Club of Newport News to enable women who work during the day an opportunity to be a part of the club. The Club President and other members who attend the day meetings were welcomed to attend the evening meetings. Evening meetings included fellowship time, a program, and a business meeting. This one change resulted in an increase in club membership.
GFWC Greater Keller Women’s Club (TX) created a “New-Member Ambassador” board position to ensure new members were integrated into the club. The Ambassador connected with new members for six months by hosting small social gatherings, and through emails, phone calls, and texts. She answered questions and helped new members understand the club and its activities. A new-member “Meet the Board and Hospitality Committee” party was also held so new members would understand club operations and meet key members.
GFWC Wilbraham Junior Women’s Club (MA) kicked off the year with a “Bunco Bash.” Members planned the event, shopped for raffle prizes, spread the word on social media, and organized supplies and game instructions. The Bash was a successful membership event, as well as a fun social! Although it was not designed as a fundraiser, the event garnered the club a small net profit.
GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh (NC) is located in a city with 10 colleges and universities. Before their September meeting, two members participated in a Career and Community Involvement event at William Peace University. Students and faculty met with clubwomen and learned more about the club’s involvement in the community. Given the vast age range for membership in the club, targeting recruitment at a university with a concentrated student population and faculty seemed ideal.
Dinner and Games Night
GFWC Woman’s Club of Rock Hill (SC) Past Presidents honored their current club members by hosting a “Dinner and Games Night.” Members were treated to an evening with wine, appetizers, a variety of salads, and dessert. Dinner was followed by games, including Mexican Train, Uno, Rummy, and Canasta, plus plenty of door prizes. The Past Presidents used this event to honor the club members and show they are appreciated.
GFWC Mesquite Club of Las Vegas (NV) recruited and retained members with a fundraiser that secured club operating expenses by hosting a $50 luncheon in members’ private homes. Everyone became better acquainted and because new guests were hosted in a home surrounded by warm, friendly women, club members knew their guests would feel more comfortable. Showcasing their homes and displaying their cooking and hospitality skills, proved to be a great strategy for retaining members and attracting new ones.
Exeter Area GFWC (NH) hosted a “Martini Night” social that combined information about GFWC with the opportunity to learn more about each other. Divided into three groups, the participants spent 20 minutes on each on: “Two Truths and A Lie,” including experiences before and after club membership; “What’s on Your Plate?” sharing responsibilities and expectations; and a map with “How did you find us?” and “Where would you like our club to go?”
Shana Folk is a fundraising guru. Whether coordinating club projects or working with her husband to host events and parties, Shana knows how to rally people together toward a cause.
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 Lawrence Classics Club
The GFWC Lawrence Classics Club (Kansas) has 19 members, and it’s an incredible mixture: one charter member has been involved since 1997; one member has been part of GFWC since 1960; there are a mother and daughter pair who are 2nd and 3rd generation clubwomen; four members are Boosters; and their youngest member only graduated from college last year. This assorted group shares the same values about volunteerism and puts them into action.