Dedicated to community improvement
by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service
GFWC Virginia Headquarters 804-288-3724
Join RJI on May 28 at 6:00 pm for its virtual benefit "2020 Vision: making the unseen seen," raising funds to train adults and reach students to prevent human trafficking. Click here to see the event announcement and speaker lineup.
Plan to attend Summer Conference from August 14–16 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton.
Look forward to a special Friday evening event including a Celebratory Dinner honoring our 2018-2020 GFWC Virginia Administration and the Installation of our 2020-2022 GFWC Virginia General and Junior Executive Boards.
The following will take place on Saturday:
Reserve your room now, preferably by phone during business hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, at (540) 885-4848 or via the online booking link.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and regard for members' well-being and safety, the GFWC Executive Committee cancelled the 2020 GFWC Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, June 27–July 1, 2020. Check the GFWC website for additional information.
With 119 of 140 clubs reporting, members supported their communities throughout Virginia during 2019. We volunteered 304,067 hours on 6,312 projects resulting in $1,694,886 in monetary donations and $854,196 in in-kind donations.
Support continued for the State Project, “Step Up to Stop Human Trafficking,” in 2019. Clubs sponsored classes and schools to introduce the Prevention Project curriculum. Throughout the year, clubs volunteered 2,915 hours, donated $5,633, and contributed both monetary and in-kind donations of $18,434 to support the State Project.
The 2019 GFWC Virginia Annual Report is a compilation of the work of GFWC Virginia featuring District reports as well as award winners. See the videos below for award announcements.
Since we couldn't get together in person, grab a noisemaker to celebrate the accomplishments of fellow clubwomen! This video includes Conservation, Health, Communications & Publications, Newsletter, Arts, and Membership awards.
Continue the celebration! This video includes Women's History and Resource Center, GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention, Leadership, Legislation, and Community Improvement Project awards.
We're proud of GFWC Virginia clubwomen! This video includes International Outreach, Fundraising, Education, Website, Home Life, Public Issues, and GFWC Juniors’ Special Project: Advocates for Children awards.
GFWC Virginia clubs spent 2019 supporting important causes! This video includes includes the State Project: Step Up to Stop Human Trafficking report, Camp Easter Seals Virginia UPC, Junior Special Awards, and the Junior Honor Society.
Not only does the website look different from the old, it has a different system of navigation. It may take some time for you to adjust to the changes. Designed with mobile users in mind (phones, laptops, and tablets), the site uses a menu bar for pages and then the scrolling method to reach the desired section within a page. Although the 3,000 members of GFWC Virginia are its target audience, the site includes an “About Us” page as well as a “Join Us” page to encourage those who are not currently involved in club work to learn more about Federation.
You can also find the calendar of events (“Calendar”) and links that take you to the websites or Facebook pages of GFWC, districts, clubs, and related third-parties (“Links”). The Marketplace under “Shop” is still available online with the addition of a method to sort the items for sale. You can view your shopping cart by clicking the shopping cart icon in the top right of the screen. Anyone can contact GFWC Virginia headquarters easily through the “Contact Us” page.
Private information, located in the past under "Leaders" and "Members" is stored on the password-protected “Members” page. All clubwomen will use the same email address and password to sign in. This will be sent via email from GFWC Virginia Headquarters. The password will change for each administration as before. Do NOT change the password to one that suits you! If you cannot remember the email address and password, contact your district/club president or GFWC Virginia headquarters. When leaving the secure “Members” page, log out using the head and shoulders icon on the top right of the screen. If you do not log out, the computer will remember you. Do not remain logged in on a shared computer. Under “Members,” you will find rosters of the GFWC Virginia Board, as well as reporting forms, membership and leadership information, and GFWC publications such as the Yearbook/Supplement and The Virginia Clubwoman. You will be able to easily identify and download the documents you need.
You may find tweaks to the website as we begin to use it regularly.
Lela Martin, GFWC Virginia Website Designer
Above: Members attending the 2019 State Convention prepare to walk for the March of Dimes.
GFWC Virginia is a proud member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), one of the world's oldest and largest non-political, non-denominational organizations for women.
GFWC Virginia is a volunteer organization uniting 146 clubs in eight districts with 3,899 members whose purpose is to provide service in our local communities, Virginia, and the world.
Members are at least 18 years of age and participate through both General and Junior Clubs. Juniorette Clubs, comprised of high school students, are sponsored and advised by a federated club.
Spread Joy Serve Others
Trina Behbahani's 2018-2020 theme was the focus of an article in the March 19, 2020, issue of GFWC's News & Notes. As the article mentions, "To Serve Others focused on supporting the Junior Special Project Advocates for Children, . . . and opportunities were presented to support national organizations like March of Dimes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Clubs and members, both Woman’s and Juniors, made blankets for babies, put together personal hygiene kits for parents with babies in the NICU, and participated in fundraising walks. Additionally, at the GFWC Southeastern Region conference hosted by GFWC Virginia, the Virginia Juniors hosted a fun night raising $2,100 which was distributed across the Region with an earmark to support the Junior Special Project."
Step Up to Stop Human Trafficking
The focus project of GFWC Virginia for the 2018-2020 administration is "Step Up to Stop Human Trafficking." A list of signs of human trafficking are available from the federal government. If you or someone you know is the victim of human trafficking, the 24/7 National Human Trafficking Hotline in the United States is 888-373-7888. The SMS number is 233733; text "HELP" or "INFO".
(Above: 2018-20 GFWC Virginia Executive Committee)
President – Dale Fisher
First Vice President / President-Elect – Bonnie Rosemond
Second Vice President – Trina Behbahani
Third Vice President/Director of Junior Clubs – Jenny Hinegardner
Secretary – Susie Mowry
Treasurer – Cynthia Baroody
The 2020-2022 State Project is the support of military families and the Armed Services YMCA.
The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen has announced the 2019 winners of the Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes Award. Firm President Edward L. Allen said, “I am excited to recognize this year’s class of 14 extraordinary people who reflect the Allen Law Firm’s mission of service to others. This is our 10th year and we have recognized over 400 heroes and their organizations. They inspire us all to give back to our communities and to others.” One of those recognized is our own Kelly Lane, the president of GFWC Virginia, who has dedicated her administration to eliminating human trafficking. As Kelly noted, this is not only recognition of Kelly; it is great publicity for all federated women’s clubs. In the Richmond area, there has been publicity about the selections on WRIC Channel 8.
GFWC Virginia clubwomen donated handbags and filled them with supplies. These became table decorations at the Saturday luncheon at the 2019 GFWC Virginia Convention. At the end of the meal, participants were encouraged to take the filled bags and donate them to domestic violence shelters throughout the state. This project supports the GFWC Signature Project.
Read current issue of The Virginia Clubwoman as well as past issues, which are available to members from the password-protected Members page.
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(Above: past recipient of the Phyllis V. Roberts scholarship)
Virginia offers two scholarships:
The Phyllis V. Roberts Scholarship
The Mary Macon McGuire Scholarship
We encourage qualified students to apply. Click here for scholarship applications.