Please read our article published in the Virginia Mountaineer on April 30, 2015.
Wearing hats as a ‘Hats Off To Federation’ last Friday, the Grundy Woman’s Club celebrated the General Federation of Women’s Club’s 125th anniversary in style and marked the occasion by planting two dogwood trees around the gazebo at the Grundy Plaza. Pictured on Federation Day, from left to right, include: (standing) Judy Holland, Sandy Stiltner, JoBeth Wampler, Glenna Owens, Tania Stephens, Bertha Street, (second row) Justin Owens, Riley Street, (kneeling) Betty Shields, Anna Ruth Coleman, and Ginger Robertson.
Woman’s Club Celebrates Federation Day
As the General Federation of Women’s Clubs celebrated its 125th anniversary on April 24, the Grundy Woman’s Club marked the occasion in style.
With Hats Off To Federation, members of the local club wore hats last Friday to draw attention to the international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Whenever passers-by noticed their beautifully adorned crests, members of the Grundy club were sure to tell them about the GFWC and its work within the local community, as well as the nation through its sister clubs.
Additionally, the Grundy Woman’s Club met at the Grundy Plaza to plant dogwood trees near the gazebo in honor of the anniversary.
Last Friday, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) made a statement on the floor of the House honoring GFWC’s history of service to communities throughout the country.
“What a grand day for GFWC to be honored,” said GFWC International President Babs J. Condon. “Each year on this day, our members celebrate the history of our organization and the impact we have made on our world.” Condon currently serves as GFWC’s 50th International President.
To mark GFWC’s 125th Anniversary, state federations have sought and received proclamations from their states’ governors and mayors, proclaiming April 24 GFWC Day, in recognition of the often unheralded work clubwomen contribute to their communities.
Locally, the Grundy Woman’s Club requested a similar proclamation from the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors, which was approved during the board’s regular meeting on April 6.
The national organization has produced a commemorative 125th Anniversary stamp and a series of 125 facts shared daily through social media in the 125 days leading up to April 24. The 125th celebration will culminate at GFWC’s annual Convention in Memphis, Tennessee from June 13-15.
GFWC’s Signature Project is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. It also focuses heavily on veterans’ issues and child advocacy, among a host of other programs. GFWC partners include Canine Companions for Independence, Easter Seals, The Heart Truth®, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), Inside Knowledge, The Kettering Foundation, March of Dimes, Prevent Child Abuse America, Sew Much Comfort, UNICEF, the U.N. Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, and USO.
The seeds for GFWC’s existence were sown in New York in 1868 when journalist and founder Jane Cunningham Croly was denied entry because of her gender to a press club dinner honoring author Charles Dickens, leading her to form a woman’s club, Sorosis. On April 24, 1890, 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Club by ratifying the GFWC constitution.