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GFWC Central Florida Woman's Club

Club Background

GFWC (General Federation of Women's Clubs)
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FFWC (Florida Federation of Women's Clubs)

In our six years of existence, GFWC Central Florida Woman's Club (hereafter known as CFWC) has supported education and community improvement projects, including:
  • Adopt-A-Teacher (KIND NEWS conservation newspaper to ~25 elementary classrooms ...  each child gets his/her own copy)
  • Project Graduation
  • Lake-Sumter Community College scholarship fund 
  • Campbell labels for local schools
  • Read to elementary students on Read Across America Day
  • Fruitland Park Public Library
  • Fruitland Park Recreation Dept
  • Participated in Fruitland Park Days 
  • Leesburg Public Library
  • Sponsored 10-12 yr old girls softball team in Leesburg Rec League
  • Haven (home for abused women/children)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  •      In 2003, raised over $10,400 toward District 7 Habitat House "All Women's Build" and spent an (estimated) 800 hours of "build" labor on the house
  •      Took on the task of preparing 3500+ Habitat newsletters for bulk mailing 2-3 times per year (as a Community Service Project)  
  •     Recycling used postage stamps program (Habitat fund raiser)
  •     Became a Habitat SUPER 600 CAMPAIGN partner 
  • Heifer International (purchasing animals for needy families)
  • Supported 2004-2006 FFWC President's Project: OPERATION SMILE
  • Supported 2006-2008 FFWC President's Project: Scholarships for Youth Cancer Survivors 
  • Veteran's History Project (recording veterans history for Library of Congress)
  • Collect non-perishable food on a monthly schedule for local food bank ... goal averaging 100 lbs per month
  • Potted 260/600 scrub oak seedlings at PEAR Park
  • Started the Butterfly Garden project at PEAR Park
  • Volunteered 5 years at Lake County Early Learning Coalition's "Art in the Park" day for pre-K children
  • Donated to Hurricane Disaster Relief fund  --  $$ and goods
  • Sponsored several Melon Patch Little Theater productions  (fundraiser) 
  • Misc. other worthy projects selected on an individual basis by the club


CFWC won 1st place in our category (31-55 members) in the Florida Federation with a certificate for OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENT, FFWC PRESIDENT'S PROJECT 2004-2006 - OPERATION SMILE for our donation of $3,000.
Throughout the world, Operation Smile volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families.  Together, we create smiles, change lives, heal humanity.
Women's Clubs throughout the state of Florida raised over $131,000 for
Operation Smile toward this FFWC President's Administration (2004-2006)
goal of sponsoring a mission in 2006. 
THIS HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED ...  enough money was raised
to fund TWO (2) OPERATION SMILE missions.
In August 2006 FFWC President and her 1st VP traveled to
Fortaleza, Brazil, accompanying the Medical Team
on an OPERATION SMILE mission.
FFWC 2006-2008 President, Pat Keel's VERY SPECIAL PROJECT was
"Making Dreams Come True Through You ... 
College Scholarships for Florida's young cancer survivors.
A whopping $306,500 was raised throughout Florida Women's Clubs and presented to the American Cancer Society toward this program.

FUNDRAISERS, past and present:
  • Antique Appraisal Fair
  • Fashion Show
  • Yard Sale
  • BELK Charity Sale Day
  • Pecan Sales
  • Brunch Tickets for Two
  • Memorials/Honorariums Program
  • Sponsored Melon Patch Little Theater productions
  • Worked at Little Joe's food concession 
  • Parking Bikes (& autos) during Leesburg Bike Fest 

  • Leesburg Heritage Society (lifetime membership)
  • Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce

With the challenge of strengthening the UNITY
and widening the DIVERSITY
in the General Federation (GFWC),
the theme for the administration will be:
GFWC ...  Empowering Women ...  One by One
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