Epsilon Sigma Omicron

Epsilon Sigma Omicron

Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) is an honorary educational society open to all per-capita paying GFWC federated club members. Over 60 years ago, the ESO program became a permanent part of the GFWC Education Department. Through ESO, clubwomen are given direction in planned reading for self-enrichment and personal growth. Many GFWC clubwomen have profited from this unique self-improvement program, seen as vital by the members it directly benefits.

ESO provides clubwomen with a structured reading program that is educational and stimulates a desire for self-improvement. ESO goals include:

  • Encouraging clubwomen’s pursuit of higher education
  • Creating an additional means to unite women in volunteerism
  • Developing a support network for women returning to school
  • Improving current and develop new study skills
  • Stimulating systematic home reading and study with minimal supervision
  • Encouraging the establishment of home libraries and greater use of public libraries
  • Encouraging the formation of reading/study/discussion groups

Members can participate in ESO as part of a reading group or on their own. The program provides membership, awards and certificates, pins, reading lists, and a framework in which to pursue continued self-improvement through reading. Many clubs combine club programming with ESO related activities, such as reading awareness and book promotion.


ESO Resources are filed under E in the digital library of the GFWC Member Portal.