GFWC OJWC is primarily a service club, though members do form friendships and socialize together. Our board plans events for members to get together with spouses and families.
Who can join GFWC OJWC?
Anyone 18 years of age and older is eligible.
How do I become a member?
Attend 2 monthly meetings and participate in member orientation. The “Member at Large” will serve as your mentor the first year of membership.
What are the expectations of a GFWC OJWC member?
Members are expected to attend at least half of the monthly meetings, participate in major fundraisers and volunteer on one or more project committees.
What are the dues for membership?
A one-time new member fee of $25.00, which includes a t-shirt, name tag and membership binder. Annual dues are $45.00 ($30.00 for an Associate Membership) per year.
How many hours a month do members put in?
Each member determines her schedule from year to year. Monthly meetings last about 1-1/2 hours. Outside of meetings, volunteer hours average about 15 per year.
When and where are meetings held?
We meet the first Tuesday of the month at 6:45 p.m. We currently meet downtown Oconomowoc at 325 South Main Street, in the lower level Fellowship Hall of Dr. Martin Luther Church.
What are the goals of GFWC OJWC?
Our club casts a wide web of support over our community and beyond. Our main focus has been the support of the arts, conservation, education and advocacy for children and mentoring. In 2013-2014 alone, GFWC OJWC raised and donated over $50,000 in cash and non-cash donations in support of these causes.
What is the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) and what is GFWC OJWC’s relationship to it?
GFWC (www.gfwc.org) is one of the world’s largest and oldest volunteer service organizations, working locally and through thousands of clubs in the United States and in more than 20 countries. GFWC is headquartered in Washington D.C. GFWC OJWC is federated under the GFWC and participates in various GFWC initiatives.
What are some examples of current GFWC OJWC fundraisers and projects?
GFWC OJWC holds a semi-annual Kids’ Closet Consignment Sale, an Artisan/Vendor Night Event and hosts a food booth at the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts.
Arts: Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest for middle school students and the “Plein Air” Kid’s Brush program give children an opportunity to work alongside an artist outdoors.
Conservation: Arbor Day beautification is done by donating a tree to the community in honor of each member who has a child that year. We have donated over 100 trees to the City of Oconomowoc.
Education: School supplies and apparel for K-12 students are donated through a confidential Junior’s Cares for Kids program. We also have a scholarship program for high school students continuing their education.
Advocates for Children: Purchase of pediatric ambulance equipment for EMS units throughout Waukesha County and surrounding areas through the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program. This program was started with GFWC OJWC and has become a national project.
Family of the Month committee gives a helping hand to families in Waukesha County. Working with Waukesha County Child & Family Services, Safe Babies Healthy Families, The Women’s Center, and Family Promise, “our” families are often leaving a homeless situation or leaving a domestic violence situation, all are in need of kindness, hope, and a little help. We receive a list of needed household items, then email a newsletter to caring individuals and organizations in the community on the items needed to help the family create a home.
Mentoring: Activities promoting service/volunteer for children - Kids Who Can for ages 4K-4th grades, Hands of Change for 5th – 8th grades, and Students for Service for 9th – 12th grades.