GFWC is a community service organization with many levels of leadership and membership. The Executive Committee and Board of Directors represent GFWC members on a national scale. The Board of Directors consists of Region Presidents, State Presidents, State Directors of Junior Clubs, Committee Chairmen, Committee Members, and Special Appointments. GFWC members involved with these committees are appointed by the GFWC International President at the beginning of her two-year term. During her administration, the GFWC International President lives at GFWC Headquarters in Washington D.C. All members of the GFWC Board have leadership responsibilities and are expected to attend the GFWC Annual Convention.
GFWC consists of eight Regions:
GFWC Great Lakes Region
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin
GFWC Middle Atlantic Region
Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
GFWC Mississippi Valley Region
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
GFWC New England Region
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
GFWC South Central Region
Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
GFWC Southeastern Region
District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
GFWC Southern Region
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina
GFWC Western States Region
Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
Each region holds an annual conference in the fall, separate from the GFWC Annual Convention.
GFWC has members in each of the 50 states. State Federations host individual conferences each spring. County and district levels are contained within the state level. These two Federation categories vary from state to state; some states choose not to have county and district levels, whereas other states contain multiple counties and districts.
GFWC is comprised of nearly 3,000 local clubs. Each club elects officers and works independently on various projects in their community.
Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
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.
Junior Woman's Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.