Volunteers in Action: GFWC Florida, GFWC Rhode Island, Salem Area Woman’s Club (New Hampshire), and Clifton Community Woman’s Club (Virginia)
August 25, 2020
Nearly 100 clubwomen from GFWC Florida Districts 8, 12, & 14 were joined by members of the GFWC and GFWC Florida Executive Committees as they gathered via Zoom to celebrate the Women’s Suffrage Centennial. The program included a skit called Failure is Impossible by actors from a local college and guest speaker Doris Weatherford—renowned author, professor, and member of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Sixteen ladies highlighted the contributions of GFWC clubwomen to the women’s suffrage movement and shared vintage photos, and many women dressed as suffragists and participated in a costume contest.
GFWC Rhode Island had a big celebration in January at the last in person state meeting. At the time, guest speaker Secretary of State talked to more than 60 GFWC Rhode Island members and guests about the importance of women getting out to vote. On August 16, 2020–2022 GFWC Rhode Island still celebrated, while social distancing. Rhode Island State President Debra Capuano met Past State Presidents Karen Leach (2018–2020) and Janet Trombetti (2014–2016) and 2020–2022 President-elect Paula Altruda Andrews at Goddard Park in Warwick, Rhode Island in the rain for the beautiful citation presented by Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea.
The GFWC Women’s Club of South County has observed the importance of women voting in their town, registering people to vote. They had trained their members in early spring for this activity.
Salem Area Woman’s Club (New Hampshire) together with Care for Our Troops collected items to be put into care packages for a unit of 600 members, including 50 women who will be deploying soon. Along with the requested items, notes of appreciation, and thanks were sent to encourage our troops.
For more than two years, the Clifton Community Woman’s Club has been making a hot lunch once a month for The Lamb Center, a day shelter for the poor and homeless in Fairfax County, Virginia. Before the pandemic, the club was feeding 80–100 guests each month. With COVID-19 The Lamb Center is not able to provide a sit-down lunch for the guests, so it asked the club to bring sandwiches, bottles of water, chips, fresh fruit, cookies, hard boiled eggs, and raw veggies each month instead. Clifton Community Woman’s Club members began making all kinds of sandwiches (turkey, roast beef, ham, cheese, tuna, egg salad, etc.), bagging up carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, and grapes, and putting together a fantastic assortment of individually-wrapped goodies for The Lamb Center guests.
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When Wanda Taylor retired, she was excited to be able to get back into the activities and hobbies she loved. After joining a local gardening club, she soon met another woman with the group who introduced her to GFWC Ossoli Circle, in Tennessee, and she knew GFWC would be the right fit for her.
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.