Volunteers in Action: GFWC High Springs New Century Women’s Club (Florida), GFWC Service Guild of Covington (Georgia), and GFWC West Side Women’s Club (Pennsylvania)
January 14, 2020
GFWC High Springs New Century Women’s Club (Florida) celebrated its 120th birthday with a birthday bash. City officials, members from GFWC District 5, and community members attended the party. GFWC High Springs New Century Women’s Club received a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the city for their contributions to the community. Members with 50 or more years of service to GFWC were honored with gifts. Their Past President was honored with beautiful roses. The table centerpieces were birthday bags filled with all kinds of personal items. The items were things that domestic violence survivors could benefit from when they are forced to relocate. After the party, the bags were donated to Peaceful Paths, a local domestic violence shelter. In honor of the club’s 120th birthday, two grants of $120 each were awarded to two committees for an upcoming project they have planned.
GFWC Service Guild of Covington (Georgia) participated in the Annual Christmas Parade in Covington on December 7. Their theme this year was “Frosting our Community with the Volunteer Spirit.” Their frosty the snowman and six angels won a first place Blue Ribbon Award! Kathy Rhoades participated as Frosty while Unice Stevens, Teri Jones, Pam Barnes, Carolyn Bennett, Paula Wilkins, and Denise Stanford dressed as snow angels. A special thanks to GFWC Service Guild of Covington’s ‘Member Hubbies’ Robert Rhoades and Joe Wayne Barnes who help make the float work!
Members of GFWC West Side Women’s Club (Pennsylvania) recently volunteered to paint the windows at the Community Counseling Service in Wilkes-Barre for the holidays. This project was organized by the Luksha-Roche family to commemorate the 22-year anniversary of Edward Luksha passing. Edward was a former therapist with Community Counseling Services.
Pictured at the event are GFWC – West Side Club Members Rosemary Luksha, Irene Mackiewicz, Deidre Kaminski, Terry Ross, Bonnie MacDonald, and Barbara Roche (absent from the photo: Tara Rhodes).
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If there is time in the day to lend a helping hand, Irene Iverson will do it. A member of two GFWC clubs and recent honoree of the One OC Spirit of Volunteerism Award for 2014, Irene has been an active leader in her community since she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer at 15.
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.
The Rochester Junior Women's Club
The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (Michigan) was established in 1956 with 16 members, and today has over 70 members that always come together to support one another. The club chooses three or four major charities to support and several smaller ones, donating approximately $30,000 each year. In total since its inception, the club has provided more than 1 million hours of community service, and raised more than $928,000 to support their community!