of Nampa, Idaho
A proud member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs since 1916
About the General Federation of Women's Clubs
The General Federation of Women's Clubs, one of the world's largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women's volunteer service organizations, was founded in 1890 and chartered by the 56th United States Congress in 1901. Headquartered in a National Historic Landmark building in Washington, D.C., GFWC has a long history of philanthropy, social and political advocacy, and community leadership. More than 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.
GFWC's motto is Unity in Diversity. It was first used in a speech given by New York clubwoman Ella Dietz Clyerat at a banquet for Sorosis, one of the founding clubs of GFWC, on March 20, 1889. Ella's words, 'unity in diversity,' expressed her hope that the women of Sorosis would "form a lasting union of the women's clubs, throughout the United States and possibly throughout the world. We do not feel that sectional differences will separate us; on the contrary, we hope that these very differences will form a bond of sympathy."
GFWC members have played a key role in promoting literacy in the United States. The American Library Association credits women's clubs with establishing 75 percent of the country's public libraries in the first quarter of the 20th century.
Notable GFWC clubwomen include Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of the United States of America, social reformer, columnist, teacher, and political activist; Jane Addams, founder of Hull House; Julia Ward Howe, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to ever be elected to both Houses of Congress, and the first woman to campaign for the presidential nomination of a major political party; and Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first female governor and the first woman to be appointed Director of the United States Mint.
The President's Special Project for 2006-2008 is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. In the first year of this project, GFWC members initiated nearly 4,000 projects and raised more than $1 million to programs related to this cause.
GFWC was recognized on the floor of the United States Senate as "a gem among our midst" by Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.) for our work in bringing hope to victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse. (November 16, 2006)
In 2006, GFWC and its members raised nearly $32 million on behalf of more than 230,000 projects, and volunteered more than 8.4 million hours.
For more information about the General Federation of Women's Clubs, visit www.gfwc.org
Location: 1624 Second Street South, Nampa, Idaho 83651
Contact: Club President, D'Lone Miller
Phone: (208) 461-0556 or (208) 954-9764
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