" Living The Volunteer Spirit "
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.
With nearly 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.
Indiana Federation of Clubs is the parent organization to 22 volunteer clubs throughout Indiana. The Indiana clubs consist of both general and junior clubs. There are 400 active members of IFC.
Like GFWC the service area programs for IFC as well as the local clubs are divided into six areas distinguishing us from other service organizations by the breadth of our outreach. Our programs span all areas of the lives of our members, their families, and communities: arts, conservation, education, home life, public affairs, and international affairs.
In addition, GFWC has earned a reputation as a powerful force in the fight against domestic violence and abuse. The IFC 2018-2020 administration has also adopted this fight. Working with the domestic violence and abuse shelters across the state IFC is continuing to make a difference for those affected by this struggle. IFC urges all Indiana clubs to join this challenge in their community by supporting local shelters and establishing projects aimed at preventing domestic violence.
GFWC's Junior members along with IFC Juniors have designed a special project, Advocates for Children, that encourages members to become active advocates for children by working to:
Protect children from harmful situations
Encourage healthy lifestyles
Prevent substance abuse and youth suicide
Members can participate in projects that address issues such as bullying, children with cancer, car safety seats, and emergency medical services for children. In addition, Juniors work with partner organizations that advocate on behalf of children across the country.
IFC STATE FLOWER-- PINK and WHITE PEONY
IFC STATE COLOR---- BLUE
IFC STATE BIRD-------- CARDINAL
" Living The Volunteer Spirit "
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Report totals for 2018 club year:The final reports show that clubs in Indiana completed 731 projects spending 39,477 hours in their work. They donated $66,397 and raised $44,024 through fundraising efforts. They also reported $30,305 in-kind donations.
The Indiana Federation of Clubs, (IFC) is a statewide organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. Our members are your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and acquaintances. We are professional women, homemakers, elected officials, business owners, students, retirees, wives, mothers, and single women.
We bring members together and provide a networking system so that individual clubs may communicate effectively and combine efforts to better serve communities all across Indiana.
In addition to the joys of working with friends to improve the community, members grow through these activities, deepening their talents and skills. Members become increasingly aware of the value of their contributions to their local, state, and global communities. They come to appreciate the big picture of the small world in which we live and the direct impact each individual can have.
Local clubs, IFC, and GFWC develop outstanding programs and projects to help ensure that members grow in understanding and are enriched through their service.
GFWC is a community service organization with many levels of leadership and membership. The Executive Committee https://www.gfwc.org/who-we-are/gfwc-leadership/executive-committee/ and Board of Directors represent GFWC members on a national scale. The Board of Directors consists of Region Presidents, State Presidents, State Directors of Junior Clubs, Committee Chairmen, Committee Members, and Special Appointments. GFWC members involved with these committees are appointed by the GFWC International President at the beginning of her two-year term. During her administration, the GFWC International President lives at GFWC Headquarters in Washington D.C. All members of the GFWC Board have leadership responsibilities and are expected to attend the GFWC Annual Convention.
GFWC consists of eight Regions:
GFWC Great Lakes RegionIllinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin
GFWC Middle Atlantic RegionDelaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
GFWC Mississippi Valley RegionIowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
GFWC New England RegionConnecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
GFWC South Central RegionArizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
GFWC Southeastern RegionDistrict of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
GFWC Southern RegionAlabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina
GFWC Western States RegionAlaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
Each region holds an annual conference in the fall, separate from the GFWC Annual Convention.
GFWC has members in each of the 50 states. State Federations host individual conferences each spring. County and district levels are contained within the state level. These two Federation categories vary from state to state; some states choose not to have county and district levels, whereas other states contain multiple counties and districts.
GFWC is comprised of nearly 3,000 local clubs. Each club elects' officers and works independently on various projects in their community.