GFWC celebrates 126 service years

Joyce WardJ-C Correspondent

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service, will celebrate 126 years of volunteering on April 24.

Nearly 100,000 members strong and with clubs in every U.S. state and 11 countries, GFWC is the world’s largest nonpartisan, nondenominational, international women’s organization.

“Together, we can improve our future by Living the Volunteer Spirit today,” said Babs J. Condon, who serves as GFWC 50th International President.

GFWC clubwomen are the fabric that binds not only the federation, but the communities in which they live and work. By Living the Volunteer Spirit, GFWC members transform lives each day — not simply with monetary donations, but with hands-on, tangible projects that provide immediate impact.

With a grassroots approach that often thinks locally but impacts globally, GFWC remains committed to serving as a force for global good, just as it has done since its initial formation more than a century and a quarter ago.

GFWC is committed to remaining a leading voice in areas where our members are active. As an organization dedicated to community improvement, we must take action on important topics that impact the quality of life for all — especially those related to women and girls, early childhood education and veterans’ services.

Heeko club members are proud to be a part of this organization and have continued to be an active part of this community for the past 105 years. In 2015, GFWC Heeko members volunteered 2,077 hours and more than $15,000 to the Pawhuska community.