The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

GFWC Virginia State Fair Program

September 23, 26-30, 2016

Sign up as a volunteer for the Educational Exposition at the 2016 State Fair located at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia

Southeastern Region Conference
November 4-5, 2016

The Greenbrier Hotel
White Sulphur Springs
West Virginia

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Dare to Dream of No Hunger

September is Hunger Action Month.  Go ORANGE! 

Read more on the Projects page.

St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer
September 24, 2016

This year, parents of 16,000 children in the US will hear the words “your child has cancer”. One in five of those children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a miracle for many families whose children are battling cancer. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since the hospital opened in 1962. THEY WON'T STOP UNTIL NO CHILD DIES FROM CANCER. It is my hope that by having Official GFWC Virginia Teams we can help make sure that no family receives a bill for St. Jude treatments, travel, housing or food. Families can focus on what's important, helping their child live.

There are three GFWC Virginia Teams to choose from:
GFWC Virginia - Richmond
GFWC Virginia - Hampton Roads
GFWC Virginia - Virtual
1. Enter the above address that corresponds with your walk selection. It will bring up that teams page.
2. Select “Join Team”
3. Create an account – You can “Walk and fundraise”, “Run and fundraise” or “Fundraise Only”. (For virtual walkers you are signing up to fundraise)
4. Set your personal goal.
5. Make a personal donation if you want to – not required. (There is a $10 registration fee that is required)
6. Make payment and complete registration.

Now the fun begins! Raise money any way you feel comfortable! Have a bake sale, a silent auction, a bachelor auction! The activities are only limited by your imagination! Raise money through your personal page sponsored by St. Jude, email friends and family and let them know you are supporting this amazing cause. You can also put out a link to your donation page on Facebook.

If you need help with signing up let Bonnie McRae or me know so we can walk you through the process.

Happy Fundraising and thank you so much for supporting this worthy cause! Here's to Illuminating the Possibility of an end to childhood cancer!

Joy Matkowsky GFWC Virginia 3rd Vice President/Director of Junior Clubs

Take a Bite out of Lyme Disease
GFWC Vinton Woman's Club

Members and friends of GFWC Vinton Woman’s Club (VA) are Taking a Bite out of Lyme Disease and we are challenging everyone to join us.  We want to encourage awareness and hopefully more research into the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease.  There is so much misinformation out there regarding Lyme’s Disease and its long time effects on a person.     

THE FACTS:            
1.  Children are at the highest risk of contracting Lyme Disease and are more vulnerable to central nervous system infections.
2.  Transmission of Lyme Disease and other infections can take place in a matter of minutes, particularly if the tick is not removed properly.
3.  Lyme Disease has been called “The Great Imitator” and can be mistaken for ALS, MS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, and other illnesses.
4.  Studies show that standard laboratory tests recommended by the CDC to diagnose Lyme Disease miss approximately half of actual cases, leading to misdiagnosis and an infection that is more difficult to treat.
5.  Over 63% of patients treated for Lyme Disease continue to suffer symptoms, which can be debilitating.
6.  The CDC estimates that there are 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease each year in the United States.
7.  Lyme Disease has been reported in every state except Hawaii and has been found on every continent except Antarctica.
8.  Lyme Disease has 6 times more new cases each year than HIV/AIDS, yet it receives less than 1% of the funding.
9.  Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme Disease recall a tick bite or any rash.
10. Ticks can carry many different types of bacterial, viral and parasitic infections – some life-threatening – which can further complicate tick-borne disease diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

--Kathryn Sowers
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The GFWC Virginia Clubwoman and Yearbook
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Annual Awards Booklet

Phyllis Roberts
Mary Macon McGuire

Deadline:  March 15

GFWC VA Strategic Plan

Dare to Dream
of No Hunger

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 create global change
working on a local level

They select projects
and programs
by determining the specific needs
of the communities
in which
they live and work
every day.

50th Annual Holiday Homes Tour Set for Late Fall
Woman’s Club of McLean

The Woman’s Club of McLean will hold its 50th annual Holiday Homes Tour on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., exactly 50 years since the traditional event was conceived of by a Woman’s Club member to raise money for local charities and nonprofits.

All proceeds will be donated to local charities and nonprofits, such as Share, Inc., Alternative House, the McLean Project for the Arts, Claude Moore Colonial Farm, the McLean Volunteer Fire Department, Fisher House and the McLean Symphony, as well as used for scholarships and education.

Tickets (the booklets) will be available in early October at local businesses, including Mesmeralda’s Gifts of McLean, Karin’s Florist of Vienna and Great Dogs of Great Falls, or may be obtained at one of the homes on the tour. For more information, visit

--Laura Sheridan