Volunteers in Action: GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club (West Virginia), GFWC South Baldwin Woman’s Club (Alabama), and GFWC Tennessee
March 23, 2020
GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club (West Virginia) hosted there 2nd annual “Be the Change Ball.” This year’s theme was “Fairest of Them All.” A total of $97,246.56 was raised at this event. The fund raised from this event will be split in two ways. Some funds ($85,000 ) will go West Virginia’s new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital to fund a NICU Milk Bank, and a Child Life Prep Room. The remaining $12,246.56 goes to the club for the work they do in their community and beyond.
GFWC South Baldwin Woman’s Club (Alabama) works with the Guardians of the Ribbon– Lower Alabama Chapter to promote awareness and support for cancer survivors. Debby Hauble was a member for many years prior to her diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer. October 2020, will be the third year that the club participated “Gulf Shores Goes Pink.” a celebration held by the Gulf Shores Fire Department. This event brings the community together to show love and support for all cancer victims, their families, and caregivers. All donations are given to locals in the community.
GFWC Tennessee held a luncheon on March 10 with guest speaker, Wanda Sobieski, who highlighted eight influential women. Seven of the women were from Tennessee and worked tirelessly to make Tennessee the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment. Club members dressed as the eight suffragettes. Following the program and luncheon, there was a tour of the State Capitol.
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When Bethany Flint first joined a Juniorette club in 2004, GFWC was already a significant part of her life due to her mother being a club member for many years. Now after years of being part of the Federation herself, Bethany loves it just as much as she did when she joined.
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 Marlton Woman’s Club
The GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club (New Jersey) has 41 members who are always trying to put a smile on the faces of others. President Lisa Levin said, “My goal has always been to work together as a club, making our members shine, and making a significant difference in the lives of others.” She also encourages leadership and engagement by motivating members to be a chairperson or to be part of a committee.