Club Flower: Hibiscus
Club Colors: Red, Yellow, Green
The purpose of our club is to give aid to worthy objectives, to promote civic municipal improvement, to train and educate members for leadership in the community, and for development of women for future club work. We are a diverse group of women with common interests, such as volunteering our time and talents to help those less fortunate than ourselves. It is through the variety of our life experiences, unique abilities, and personalities that we achieve great things. We receive satisfaction as we learn from one another, as well as have fun.
General Federation of Women’s Clubs was founded in 1890. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international women’s organization, has been a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs from around the country and throughout the world that are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
Over the last 119 years, since its inception, the members of the GFWC Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs are still about the business of identifying the needs of the local community and then working to meet those needs through community service projects. As former GFWC Florida and GFWC President, Jeannine Faubion wrote, “The history of the state would be incomplete without the immeasurable contributions of the thousand of club members, state offices, and chairmen whose vision of a better community and state has been made into a reality by their untiring, unselfish work through the years… The gifts of service which they have freely given helped to make Florida what it is today.”
GFWC Florida District 10
GFWC Florida is divided into fourteen districts, the GFWC Greater West Palm Beach Women’s Club is located in District 10.
District 10 Director is Linda Votapka, from Sebastian Woman’s Club.
Community Service Programs
There six major Community Service Programs in our club. A brief explanation of each follows:
Arts – Use your creative talents to develop your interests in literature, arts and crafts and the performing arts.
Projects include: participation in district arts competition, learning about art history to appreciate the arts more fully, music appreciation, craft projects to support community projects, attending local theatre productions and attending local art museums.
Conservation – This department is designed for members to gain an appreciation of our environment including increasing awareness of conservation issues and knowledge of how to protect our natural resources.
Projects include: Donating items that can be used with the animals at Peggy Adams Animal Resource and donating items to be recycled by the Teacher’s Resource Depot. We promote programs to learn about using native plants and learn about the services of Solid Waste Authority. We celebrate Earth Day, recycle ink cartridges, visit local gardens to learn how to beautify with plants and provide Kind News to a local school.
Education – Promote literacy awareness and events in our community and put books in the hands of children.
Projects include: Book fairy boxes in Laundromats, support to local teachers and schools, scholarship to a high school senior girl, books for Veteran’s baby showers, Hispanic Resource preschool classes, books for birthday bags for Harmony House, books in backpacks for Home Safe, baby books for Guardian Ad Litem Program, used books for Friends of the Library book sale, participation in Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach’s many events, support the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation.
Home Life – The emphasis is on issues that impact family economics, substance abuse and health issues.
Projects include: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, making sandwiches for inner city aftercare, encouraging members to live a healthy life style, Hacienda Girls Ranch, helping Quantum House, Greyhound Pets of America, Canine Companions, making adult shirt protectors and collecting greeting card fronts for St. Jude’s Hospital.
International Outreach – GFWC works locally and nationally to bring about positive change with an unwavering dedication to community improvement through volunteer service. Simply put, we impact lives, through acts large and small promoting understanding among various international cultures.
Projects include: UNICEF, Operation Smile, support for the Hispanic Human Resources Council, International dinners, HEIFER International, clothing for Haiti, and Samaritan’s Purse.
Public Issues – Public Issues department is designed to actively connect members with effective projects relating to civic and social responsibilities and to promote awareness of issues such as crime prevention, keeping children safe, hurricane awareness, victim rights, support for our military and veterans, and home and vehicle safety.
Projects include: Veterans Hospital donations, Home Safe, recognizing law enforcement offices and firemen, children in crisis, and support for our military troops. We partner with USO and Sew Much Comfort organizations.