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Woman's club convention invites potential members

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Shelly Birkelo
April 27, 2013

— The General Federation of Woman's Clubs—Wisconsin will host its annual state convention the first weekend in May in Janesville, even though it doesn't have a Janesville chapter.

“We move our convention to different parts of the state every year,” said Jan Allen, Milwaukee, who is first vice president of the statewide organization.

The federation's clubs in Wisconsin are divided into six districts. If a new Janesville area club forms, it would become part of the federation's Southern Prairies District, she said.

GFWC club members are mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, doctors, teachers and community leaders dedicated to volunteer service, Allen said. The group is different from other service organizations because of the breadth of its outreach, Allen said.

“Our community service programs span all areas of the lives of our members, their families and communities,” she said.

This includes the arts, conservation, education, home life, public issues and international outreach, Allen said.

GFWC members don't focus on a single issue or solution. They have the freedom to shape programs and projects that suit their own communities and interests, Allen said.

GFWC—Wisconsin projects, for example, range from city beautification to providing college scholarships and stocking food pantries.

Members are as young as 12 and old as 102, and they live in cities, suburbs and rural communities. They are encouraged to focus on community service programs, special projects in domestic violence awareness and prevention, and to advocate for children to meet local needs, Allen said.



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