Salem Woman's Service Club

Proud member of the GFWC ~ General Federation of Women's Clubs
and the OFWC ~ Oregon Federation of W​omen's Clubs
 
Serving Salem, Oregon since 1934
GFWC ~ The General Federation of Women's Clubs
The GFWC Mission

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 clubs and clubwomen are the fabric that binds not only the Federation, but the communities in which they live and work.

By adhering to the motto "Living the Volunteer Spirit" GFWC clubwomen transform lives each day, not simply with monetary donations, but with hands-on tangible projects that provide immediate impact. With a grassroots approach that often thinks locally but impacts globally, GFWC, its clubs, and its members remain committed to serving as a force for global good, as it has done since its formation over 125 years ago.
The GFWC Story

Founded in 1890, GFWC’s roots can be traced back to 1868 when Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist, attempted to attend a dinner at an all-male press club honoring British novelist Charles Dickens. Croly was denied admittance based upon her gender, and in response, formed a woman’s club—Sorosis. In celebration of Sorosis’ 21st anniversary in 1889, Jane Croly invited women’s clubs throughout the United States to pursue the cause of federation by attending a convention in New York City. On April 24, 1890, 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Club by ratifying the GFWC constitution.

Since 1890, GFWC’s impact has been felt throughout communities across the Unites States and the globe.

Today, there are over 4,000 individual clubs.  With over 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.  
 
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