Our 2020-2022 GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club President
GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club
The GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club (TWC) is a member of the GFWC Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs (GFWC Florida) and the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs (GFWC), one of the largest and oldest woman’s volunteer organizations in the world.
GFWC is one of the largest non-denominational women’s organizations in the world with a motto of Unity in Diversity. This motto is embodied in the organization’s emblem. GFWC’s emblem depicts a circular band signifying eternity. In the center of the circular band, the crusader’s shield emerges from a darkened world (represented by the field of darkness), which represents enlightenment. The enameled colors—red, white, and blue—are the colors of the United States of America. The red implies courage, the white equals purity, and the blue stands for constancy.
The GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club was organized in 1900 by 10 members as a cultural and social organization meeting regularly for literary discussions and refreshments at what is now the University of Tampa. As membership grew, their interests widened and in 1913 the Club was accepted into the GFWC Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs (GFWC Florida). Educational and welfare projects became part of the members’ concerns.
WHAT WE DO
GFWC members understand that there is no single issue and no single solution. We are distinguished from other nonprofit organizations in that clubs have the freedom to shape programs and projects that suit their own communities and interests, while benefitting from the expertise and support at district, state, regional, and national levels. Whether aiming for the passage of a Congressional bill to prevent violence against women or mentoring at-risk girls at a local elementary school, we are proactive, determined, visionary volunteers with a national voice and a local passion.
Our GFWC tagline “Living the Volunteer Spirit” is evident in everything we do. Our organization allows women of all denominations, cultures and ages to focus their efforts in the areas of interest to them. Our International GFWC Signature project is “Domestic Violence Awareness”; our state project for 2014-2016 is Canine Companions for Independence Wounded Warriors Initiative and our local projects fall under the six Community Service Programs: Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach and Public Issues. We have something for everyone:
Arts is designed to inspire clubwomen. Create programs and projects that include music, dance, drama, theatre, and other arts-related areas, both traditional and innovative.
Conservation allows members gain an appreciation for our environment. Through preservation, maintenance, and restoration of our natural resources, it strives to educate members about the importance of beautifying our communities; preserving, maintaining, and restoring natural resources; and stimulating citizen action to address these concerns.
Education opens doors to a new life of opportunities for our youth as well as those returning to school, whether it is in a degree program or a self-improvement course. Education can assist in the goal to end poverty, attain a better job, improve their quality of life and create a better world.
Home Life informs members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities by providing opportunities and resources to meet and address needs through volunteering.
International Outreach encourages clubs to reach beyond their own communities and consider how they can make a global impact. Through advocacy, education, and action, members will, in turn, affect change in and for our global friends and their communities.
Public Issues actively connects members with effective projects and activities relating to civic and social responsibilities. This program focuses on Citizenship, Legislation, Military Personnel, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Safety and Crime Prevention.