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.
State Fair Program
September 23, 26-30,
Sign up as a
volunteer for the Educational Exposition at the 2016
State Fair located at The Meadow Event Park in
The Greenbrier Hotel
White Sulphur Springs
GFWC VIRGINIA NEWS
Annual Meetings State Projects
Club Projects News
|Dare to Dream of
is Hunger Action Month.
Read more on
the Projects page.
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
HOW TO REGISTER:
There are three GFWC Virginia Teams to
GFWC Virginia - Richmond
GFWC Virginia - Hampton
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
Happy Fundraising and thank you so much for
supporting this worthy cause! Here's to
Illuminating the Possibility of an end to
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
1. Children are at the highest risk of
contracting Lyme Disease and are more
vulnerable to central nervous system
2. Transmission of Lyme Disease and other
infections can take place in a matter of
minutes, particularly if the tick is not
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
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
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.
Please send a signed release to the
GFWC Virginia President when publishing pictures
of children on this website.
a local level
the specific needs
of the communities
50th Annual Holiday Homes Tour Set for Late Fall
Woman’s Club of
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,