About GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club
The GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club (TWC) is a member of the GFWC Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs (GFWC Florida) and the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs (GFWC), one of the largest and oldest woman’s volunteer organizations in the world.
GFWC is one of the largest non-denominational women’s organizations in the world with a motto of Unity in Diversity. This motto is embodied in the organization’s emblem. GFWC’s emblem depicts a circular band signifying eternity. In the center of the circular band, the crusader’s shield emerges from a darkened world (represented by the field of darkness), which represents enlightenment. The enameled colors—red, white, and blue—are the colors of the United States of America. The red implies courage, the white equals purity, and the blue stands for constancy.
The GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club was organized in 1900 by 10 members as a cultural and social organization meeting regularly for literary discussions and refreshments at what is now the University of Tampa. As membership grew, their interests widened and in 1913 the Club was accepted into the GFWC Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs (GFWC Florida). Educational and welfare projects became part of the members’ concerns.
Our 2020-2022 GFWC Tampa Woman’s Club President
WHAT WE DO
GFWC members understand that there is no single issue and no single solution. We are distinguished from other nonprofit organizations in that clubs have the freedom to shape programs and projects that suit their own communities and interests, while benefitting from the expertise and support at district, state, regional, and national levels. Whether aiming for the passage of a Congressional bill to prevent violence against women or mentoring at-risk girls at a local elementary school, we are proactive, determined, visionary volunteers with a national voice and a local passion.
Our GFWC tagline “Living the Volunteer Spirit” is evident in everything we do. Our organization allows women of all denominations, cultures and ages to focus their efforts in the areas of interest to them. Our International GFWC Signature project is “Domestic Violence Awareness”; our state project for 2014-2016 is Canine Companions for Independence Wounded Warriors Initiative.
Our local projects fall under the six Community Service Programs.
There is something for everyone.
Arts & Culture: Encourages members to promote and support arts activities in their clubs, schools, and communities. It is designed to inspire clubwomen and ignite within them a desire to make their world a more beautiful place. What we do: Arts and Craft Competition from club level up to the state level, Internal Dinner Fundraiser, Henry B Plant Museum Holiday Event.
Civic Engagement and Outreach: Civic and social responsibilities are key components in our lives. The GFWC Civic Engagement and Outreach Community Service Program is designed to actively connect members with effective projects and activities relating to civic and social responsibilities. This program focuses on citizenship, military personnel, emergency and disaster preparedness, and safety and crime prevention.
Education and Libraries: From the 1996 Report of the International Commission on Education for the 21st Century and the 1997 Hamburg Declaration: Literacy, broadly conceived as the basic knowledge and skills needed in a rapidly changing world is a fundamental human right. There are millions, the majority of whom are women, who lack opportunities to learn or have insufficient skills to be able to assert this right. The challenge is to enable them to do so. Literacy is also a catalyst for participating in social, cultural, political, and economic activities, and for learning throughout life.
Environment: Encourages awareness of our natural resources and caring for the world around us. It offers information and ideas to promote environmental appreciation and protection. Environmental education; care for our air, land, and water; recycling; litter cleanup; partnerships with community groups, schools, and children; support of wildlife; energy conservation; tree planting; and beautification.
Health & Wellness: designed to inform members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities by providing opportunities and resources to meet and address needs through volunteering. Through this program, clubs may develop and implement creative projects that promote a healthy lifestyle; increase awareness, prevention, research, and treatment of disease; target personal development; address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and homelessness; and/or prevent or correct financial difficulties.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
GFWC is a national leader in the fight to end domestic violence by raising awareness about this social issue. The goal of this signature program is to increase awareness of and help prevent the widespread occurrence of domestic and sexual abuse and violence against women in communities across the nation by working with national domestic violence networks, supporting existing activities, working with various established programs, and initiating educational opportunities for club members and local citizens. GFWC is a powerful voice for those who have no voice.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION AND AWARENESS
The goal of GFWC’s Signature Program’s goal is to increase awareness of and help prevent the widespread occurrence of violence against women in communities across the nation—and the globe. One area of focus is Human Trafficking. GFWC clubwomen create awareness campaigns that will help educate our communities about human trafficking. We work to encourage the passage of legislation that will help find traffickers and hold them accountable, and to block legislation that decriminalizes various forms of human trafficking.