View the Convention Agenda below to plan your schedule in Atlanta, GA. Register by August 4 to secure the early bird rate.
What to Wear
F – Formal: Floor-length evening gown, chic cocktail dress, or separates. Face mask required.
AF – After Five: Cocktail dress or dressy sundress, long dressy skirt and top, or dressy pants outfit. Face mask required.
BC – Business Casual: Skirt, khakis, or dress pants, open-collared shirt, sweater, or blouse. Face mask required.
No jeans, shorts, or spaghetti straps.
Thursday, August 26, 2021
|3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.||GFWC Registration and Welcome Booths||Atrium Booths|
|4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.||Elections Committee & 2022-2024 Candidates Meeting | BC||A705|
|9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.||LEADS Meet & Greet | BC
(By Invitation Only)
Friday, August 27, 2021
|7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
|GFWC Registration and Welcome Booths||Atrium Booths|
|8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||LEADS | BC||A601/A602|
|8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||2020–2022 GFWC Chairmen’s Meeting | BC||A702|
|8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||2020–2022 GFWC Region Presidents Meeting | BC||A703|
|8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||2020–2022 GFWC State Presidents Meeting | BC||A704|
|8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||2020–2022 GFWC State Directors Meeting | BC||A705|
|9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||2020–2022 GFWC Bylaws; Elections; Fundraising and Development | BC||A706|
|9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||International Liaisons; Resolutions; WHRC | BC||A707|
|9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Communications and Public Relations; Legislation/Public Policy; Membership | BC||M301|
|9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Capital Campaign Committee; Signature Program| BC||L508|
|11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.||2020–2022 GFWC Board of Directors Luncheon Meeting | BC | $65
Open to members of the 2020–2022 Board of Directors. The price includes meeting materials and lunch. More information will be available within the Board of Directors file cabinet, available through Board Members’ personal GFWC Member Portal profiles under “Community” and then Committees.” Alternatively, the information can be found within the Call to the Board Meeting.
|2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||First-Time Attendee Welcome and Orientation | BC
First-time attendees are encouraged to attend this special orientation to help make the most of your GFWC Annual Convention experience. Learn important GFWC protocol tips, meet new friends, and get the inside scoop on all things Convention.
|4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||GFWC Marketplace Open||Atrium Foyer Outside Ballrooms|
|4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||2020-2022 Installation Ceremony | AF or F||Atrium Ballroom
|6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Social Gathering and Official Opening of Exhibitor Showcase | AF or F
Sponsored by Operation Smile
GFWC International President and Director Photos with State Presidents and Directors
|6:00 p.m. – 10: 00 p.m.||Photo Booths
Visit one of our two booths outside of the Celebration Banquet. Learn more about ShutterBooth, including how you can share photos on social media.
|7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.||“Gateway to the World”
Celebration Banquet | AF or F | $85
Welcome! Bienvenida! Welkom! Hi y’all! GFWC Southern Region Invites you to join us in Atlanta, at the Celebration Banquet – “Gateway to the World.” This international evening will highlight GFWC around the world, & the 2021 GFWC Annual Convention Theme – Celebrating Culture, Cultivating Connections.
Speaker: Lilly Ledbetter, Pay Equity for Women Advocate
|10:00 p.m.||Reception for those wearing a Convention Pin||Marquis Suite|
Saturday, August 28, 2021
|8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||GFWC Registration and Atlanta Welcome Booths||Atrium Booths|
|8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.||Exhibitor Showcase Open||Atrium Foyer|
|8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||Processional Formation | BC||A601|
|9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||GFWC Business Session | BC
Speaker: John T. Broderick, Mental Health Awareness Advocate
|12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||GFWC Marketplace Open||Atrium Foyer Outside Ballrooms|
|1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.||“World in Our Hands” Affiliate Organization Luncheon | BC | $56||Atrium Ballroom
|3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.||GFWC Business Session | BC||Atrium Ballroom
|6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Social Gathering | AF||Atrium Foyer|
|7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.||“Give Kids the World” Junior Banquet | AF | $70
(for all Junior and Women’s Club members)
|9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.||Mayhem at the Mansion – Hosted by the GFWC Junior Board | AF
Mystery on N Street
Sunday, August 29, 2021
|7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||GFWC Past State Presidents’ Breakfast | BC | $38
GFWC Past State Directors Breakfast | BC | $38
LEADS Graduates Breakfast | BC | $38
(for all past Graduates)
|8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.||Exhibitor Showcase Open||Atrium Foyer|
|8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.||GFWC Marketplace Open||Atrium Foyer Outside Ballrooms|
|8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||GFWC Registration and Welcome Booths||Atrium Booths|
|8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||International Past President’s Breakfast | BC||Presidential Suite|
|9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Shot@Life Workshop: Rebecca Maxie | BC||A706|
|9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Canine Companions Workshop: Nancy Murray | BC||A702|
|9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Workshop: Beth Perkins | BC||A707|
|9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Workshop: Sandrea Shields | BC||A703|
|9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||March of Dimes Workshop: Amy Richardson | BC||A705|
|9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Operation Smile Workshop: Lizzy Plumb | BC||A704|
|10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Up and ATOM: Tina Daniel, Education and Libraries CSP Chairman | BC||A703|
|10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Public Relations and How It Can Work for Your Club: Communications and Public Relations Committee, Karyn Charvat, Chairman | BC||A704|
|10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Stepping Up!: Fundraising and Development Committee
Sandy Phillips, Chairman | BC
|10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Connecting Clubs with Projects that Advocate for and Support Children: Carrie Zimmerman, Juniors’ Special Program Chairman | BC||A702|
|10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Tools for Developing and Encouraging Leaders: Leadership Committee, Shannon Bailey, Chairman | BC||A707|
|10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Fifty Ways to Make a Difference: Signature Program Committee, Jan Allen, Chairman | BC||A706|
|11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Taking the Mystery Out of Health and Wellness: Beth Smith, Health and Wellness CSP Chairman | BC||A707|
|11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Let’s Talk About Branding…and Your Club Website: Communications and Public Relations Committee, Karyn Charvat, Chairman | BC||A704|
|11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Staying Nonpartisan in a Partisan Time: Legislation/Public Policy Committee, Vicky Ann Trimmer, Chairman | BC||A705|
|11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Membership Committee, Becky Wright, Chairman | BC||A703|
|11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Planning and Implementing a Teen Healthy Relationship Forum: Trisha Schafer, Signature Program Committee Member | BC||A702|
|11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||The GFWC Digital Library: Melanie Gisler, Membership Services and Programs Director | BC||A706|
|12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||Great Lakes Region Luncheon | BC | $56
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin
|12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||Middle Atlantic Region Luncheon | BC | $56
Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
|12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||Mississippi Valley Region Luncheon | BC | $56
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
|12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||New England Region Luncheon | BC | $56
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
|12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||South Central Region Luncheon | BC | $56
Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
|12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||Southeastern Region Luncheon | BC | $56
District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia,
and West Virginia
|12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||Southern Region Luncheon | BC | $56
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina
|Marquis Salon A|
|12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.||Western States Region Luncheon | BC | $56
Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah,
Washington, and Wyoming
|2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.||GFWC Business Session | BC||Atrium Ballroom
|5:00 – 6:00 p.m.||GFWC Junior Business Session | BC||Atrium Ballroom
|6:00 – 7:00 p.m.||Social Hour | F
Sponsored by Heifer International
|Atrium Ballroom Foyer|
|7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.||“Wonders of the World Gala Banquet” | F | $75
Speaker: Jane Jenkins Herlong
|10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.||Donor’s Reception||Marquis Suite|
Monday, August 30, 2021
|7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||ILTS Breakfast for 2022-2024 Region and State Presidents, and State Directors | BC||A601|
|8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Exhibitor Showcase Open||Atrium Foyer|
|8:00 a.m.||Past Region President’s Meeting | BC||Marquis Suite|
|8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||ESO Breakfast | BC | $38||Marquis Salon A|
|8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||Starting New Clubs Workshop: GFWC Membership Committee, Becky Wright, Chairman | BC||Atrium Ballroom
|11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||GFWC Business Session and Adjournment | BC||Atrium Ballroom
Register for Convention by August 4 to secure the early bird rate.
When Sarina Rose isn’t quilting blankets for local hospitals or wheelchair bags for nursing homes, she’s typing away at her computer, lost in a world of vintage romance. The GFWC Melbourne Woman’s Club (Florida) member is the author of three books in “The Relentless Series”.
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.