July 15 2019. A clubwoman from Arkansas, Debbie Hall has been a member of GFWC for 35 years, a fact that she finds hard to believe. Currently serving as the Credentials Committee Chairman on the 2018–2020 Board of Directors, she reflects fondly on the rewarding journey of becoming increasingly involved with GFWC.
GFWC Volunteers in Action: Ojai Valley Woman’s Club; GFWC Women’s Club of Odessa; Lawrenceville Woman’s Club
July 9 2019. In 2020, we'll celebrate 100 years that women have had the vote. The Ojai Valley Woman's Club (California) celebrated a little early and definitely in style! They dressed as suffragists and marched in their local 4th of July parade to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution so many decades ago.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Illinois; The Woman’s Club of Point Pleasant; GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club; GFWC New Jersey
June 21 2019. At the GFWC Illinois State Convention in May, clubs and individual members entered filled purses for the GFWC Illinois Purse Contest. They were displayed on tables in the convention meeting room by the categories: “Pamper Yourself,” “Personal Care,” “Collections,” “In the Kitchen,” “Crafts,” “Celebrations,” “Small, but Special,” “It’s an Original,” and “Other.” Some of the purses were used as centerpieces at the Opening Luncheon. When club members registered, they received 5 tickets to vote for their favorite purses.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Women’s Club of Indian River; GFWC High Springs New Century Woman’s Club; Woman’s Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills
June 17 2019. The GFWC Women’s Club of Indian River (Delaware) had a luncheon to celebrate both their year-end and having donated 231 pairs of shoes for Soles 4 Souls as part of GFWC's Seven Grand Initiatives.
GFWC Volunteers in Action: GFWC Park City Athenaeum Club; High Springs New Century Woman’s Club; GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club; Lawrenceville Woman’s Club
June 10 2019. The GFWC Park City Athenaeum Club (Utah) hosted their 77th annual Park City High School Girl Graduate Tea last month. The Tea, which began in 1942, celebrates that many women came to the Tea as senior girls and then returned as mothers.
GFWC Volunteers in Action: GFWC Meadowlarks; GFWC Pennsylvania South Central District; Woman’s Club of Vista; Grundy Woman’s Club
June 3 2019. GFWC-Wyoming welcomes their newest club–the GFWC Meadowlarks, federated in May 2019 at the Wyoming State Conference! It's a single purpose club that only meets in the summer months. The projects already planned by the club members are to paint two rooms at the local homeless shelter, hold a garage sale, and provide lunch for the Habitat for Humanity building crew. We can't wait to see these Volunteers in Action get started!
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Oregon City Woman’s Club; GFWC Woman’s Club of Tarpon Springs; GFWC West Side Women’s Club; Women’s Civic League
May 28 2019. It's a long-standing tradition for the GFWC Oregon City Woman’s Club (Oregon) to place their club flower, the carnation, at the graves of 27 of their past presidents in Mt. View Cemetery. It goes as far back as Jennie B. Harding, president from 1904-1906. The event is a great way to honor the club's rich history and the women who have carried on its legacy through the years.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC Park City Athenaeum Club; Maquoketa Woman’s Club; GFWC Saxonburg District Woman’s Club; GFWC- South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club
May 20 2019. The GFWC Park City Athenaeum Club (Utah) held their 1st annual Road-Clean-Up on May 7th. The club adopted a 2.1 mile stretch of Old Ranch Road, which is a well-traveled and beloved roadway in Park City. The day was cold and rainy, but somehow the weather made it more fun, and members were just glad it didn't snow!
Volunteers in Action: The Salem Area Woman’s Club; Women’s Club of Indian River; GFWC Yorba Linda Woman’s Club; Needham Women’s Club
May 13 2019. The Salem Area Woman’s Club (New York) worked with the Glens Falls Hospital to co-sponsor the 25th Annual Women's Health Day "By Women For Women" at Salem Washington Academy. There was an outstanding community response to this all-day event. The keynote talk was given by author Patricia A. Nugent.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC California’s Southern District; Olympia Woman’s Club; Farmingdale Women’s Club
May 6 2019. Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month for the past nineteen years. The campaign was originally prompted by a ruling of the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the survivor was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the survivor. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against inaccurate and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day was April 24, 2019, also Federation Day, and the executive board of GFWC California's Southern District showed their support by wearing jeans.
Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
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.
Chapin Woman’s Club
The Chapin Woman’s Club has been an integral part of the Chapin, South Carolina community since 1971, and as a result has achieved great credibility in the area.