The following entry was selected as the 2018-2020 GFWC Membership Chairman’s top pick for a membership recruitment idea.
Club Name: Rostraver Women’s Club
Idea: The club met for a Halloween party that was both a membership drive and a member cook-off, with prizes and the crowning of the Pumpkin Queen.
Number of New Members: 6
Strategy & Planning: The club met on October 3, 2018, for the Fun Halloween party. It is not only a membership drive but also our member cook-off with the prizes for the best appetizer and dessert. This year, GFWC Pennsylvania President Shelly Smolnery and Southwest District Director Elaine Lineman attended. To honor the President and her project, the club decorated with lavender pinwheels (and fall décor) to observe October Domestic Violence Awareness month. Aligned with this year’s motto, Celebrate Your Heritage, the club also hosted Mariuza Odle, who discussed her trip to Africa and help with Masai Mara tribe. Mariuza collected school items and donations for the children and was very appreciative.
Everybody enjoyed delicious food and games, and there were winners for the best wrapped gifts. All recipes were collected and made into a small cookbook. At the end of the meeting, a Pumpkin Queen was crowned.
Club Name: Golden Valley Federated Women’s Club
Idea: Provide a variety of opportunities for members to realize and fulfill their potential through active club participation.
Number of New Members: 7
Strategy & Planning: Club members are encouraged to join one or more committee. The club’s calendar was full throughout the year with the following projects: a membership drive, volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, holding a scholarship fundraiser, a food drive for PRISM, collecting toys for Toys for Tots, holding a clothing drive for Goodwill-EasterSeals MN, and more. At club meetings, donations were also collected for March of Dimes.
Club Name: GFWC Fort Walton Beach Woman’s Club
Idea: Develop a strong value proposition for members of your club.
Number of New Members: 4
Strategy & Planning: People are usually willing to join an organization for the right reasons or causes. They need to see or hear about the organization’s mission, what it’s all about, its purpose, and goals. They need to check the kind of members affiliated with the organization. Are they a fun, cohesive group of individuals who love to give a helping hand to those in need–the homeless or a student who studies so hard to get ahead but is less fortunate. The members of the GFWC Fort Walton Beach Woman’s Club, Inc. have all of those qualities and work together for the same common goals. In looking at applicants’ clubs, organizations, hobbies, talents, and educational backgrounds, club members have it all. Some were either invited by a friend, relative, or business colleague. Others went on Facebook and then basically invited themselves.
Club Name: Kalamazoo Area Woman’s Club
Idea: Holding readings with a local woman author to raise the profile of the club and engage with potential members. At the end of the event, the club collected attendees’ empty water bottles for a church that fills them with laundry detergent for food pantry customers.
Number of New Members: 4
Strategy & Planning: Club members suggested authors. The prominent author, Bonnie Jo Campbell, finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, agreed to do the reading. Then, several possible library locations were investigated and the Portage District Library agreed to co-host the event. From April to September, the club planned and carried out the following: grant writing, books sales arrangements, schedule, publicity (website, social media, posters, email to book club members and English Departments at local colleges), information table materials, setup, refreshments, bookmarks, handmade name tags featuring books, and thank you gifts for the author (handmade mittens and mums).
Cherie Lee Williams
Cherie Lee Williams is a vibrant leader who has found GFWC to be a wonderful outlet for her love of community service and her can-do attitude. As both the President of the Mesquite Club (Nevada) for 2016-2017, as well as a 2016 LEADS candidate, she quickly learned the value of making connections in order to bring positive change to the world.
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.