A Message from your President…
The Federation is an umbrella organization. It breaks down into regions then states, districts and clubs. As your district president I see that the purpose of a district is to engage members from small clubs and large clubs, from the newest clubs to the oldest clubs and from big city clubs to rural clubs. It is a time for all of us to come together to recognize accomplishments, to share ideas, to inspire all to become more involved and to create a vision of GFWC GA beyond the club level all in the spirit of a memorable fellowship experience. My job is not to give you more work to do but to provide you with resources to make your job easier. At our board meetings there will be concrete ideas for Club Presidents to take back to their membership. Our priorities will be to help you build your membership and find unique ways to interact with your communities. The goal for this administration is to increase our membership and attendance at meetings and conventions by 10%. This may seem daunting in an era where our memberships are declining but the fact is volunteerism is rising. Today’s volunteers however want meaningful experiences. The NW Board will work diligently to provide your clubs with these meaningful experiences whereby you can invite family and friends to participate in the volunteer activities of your clubs and experience the fun, rewarding and very important work that GFWC Georgia and the North West District provides to our communities. Our state special project this year is the Girl Scouts. You will find quotes and facts about the Girl Scouts in this handbook to share and inspire your members. As Juliette Gordon Low said.. ”And Girl Scouting is not just knowing…but doing…not just doing, but being.”
2018-2020 North West District President
About our North West District:
We are members of The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), our international umbrella organization which breaks down into regions, states, districts and clubs. Our North West District reports to GFWC Georgia which in turn reports to GFWC. Our State belongs to the Southern Region. GFWC is a nonprofit organization that brings together local women’s clubs in a collective effort to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of others through volunteer service. With 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen countries. GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding. GFWC is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The overall purpose of GFWC Georgia is to carry out charitable service programs, provide leadership opportunities, and enrich the lives of its members through personal growth. Similar to GFWC, our State office, GFWC Georgia provides us the tools and resources we need to become vital charitable partners within our communities. GFWC Georgia has approximately 79 clubs across our State consisting of approximately 2,200 members.
The purpose of the North West District is to connect our 14 clubs by bringing them together twice a year to conduct business and bridge the gap between our clubs and our State by relaying messages, protocols, guidelines from our State while serving as a resource, exchange ideas and club methods. We will strive to provide our Clubs and its members the tools and resources they need to become vital charitable partners within their communities. As of 2020 our District reported a total of 14 local clubs with approximately 420 members across our District.
We host District Meetings: “It’s not just a meeting it’s an experience.” Attendance at our district meetings is always a special time for all of us to come together to meet new friends across our district, to recognize accomplishments, to share ideas, hands on activities, to inspire each other and to create a vision of GFWC GA beyond the club level. These may not all occur at every meeting, but board members will leave a meeting having at least learned something or accomplished something
We also host two board meetings with our District leaders. Our board meetings will provide concrete ideas for Club Presidents to take back to their membership. The purpose of board meetings are to:
- Make decisions
- Set policy
- Solve problems
- Plan and evaluate
By joining us, you will have the opportunity to work with other women to improve the social, cultural and physical needs in your city or town. In so doing, you will meet and make new friends, expand your knowledge of the needs in your community, and become a better citizen of your community. Through membership in GFWC Georgia, you will grow as a person in leadership and bring new interests into your home.
We truly believe much more can be accomplished when there are many working together in the same interest and belief than when trying to act as an individual.
If you are interested in learning more about our organization, please find a club near you and contact us today!