Suffragist Memorial Groundbreaking

On November 14, 2019, GFWC Florida members Jolie Frankfurth, Shannon Bailey and Mary Powell had the privilege of attending the groundbreaking ceremony of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in Fairfax County, Virginia, with members of the GFWC International Executive Committee. This memorial will commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving women the right to vote. 

November 14 was not an arbitrary date selected at random. On November 14, 1917, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns and 31 other women were subjected to torture and abuse from guards at the Occoquan Workhouse, 20 miles outside Washington, D.C. The charges these women were detained for included obstructing traffic and other minimal offenses with sentences up to 60 days. From the History Channel,  “Burns had her hands shackled to the top of a cell, forcing her to stand all night; the guards also threatened her with a straitjacket and a buckle gag. Day (the future founder of the Catholic Worker Movement) was slammed her down on the arm of an iron bench twice. Dora Lewis lost consciousness after her head was smashed into an iron bed; Alice Cosu, seeing Lewis’ assault, suffered a heart attack, and didn’t get medical attention until the following morning.” The news of their poor treatment began to leak out and support for the suffragist movement increased. 

Members of the National Woman’s Party (NWP), led by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), led by Carrie Chapman Catt, finally saw their efforts rewarded with the passage of the 19th Amendment. However, ratification by the States dragged on for over a year but on August 18, 1920, the 38th state ratified the Amendment, giving women the right to vote. 

September 15 2018

2018 Fall Board “District Get Together”

2018 Fall Board District Get Together will be Friday Evening, September 21st around 9:30.  This year Candi Aubin, District 3 Director (Tallahassee) and I thought it would be fun to have joining District Get Togethers.  Be prepared to “Take a Flight Around the World”   As soon as we confirm the suite, we will let everyone from Districts 3 & 5 know the same.   You will receive your Boarding Passes…….

See you in Orlando on Friday.  It should be a fun filled weekend.

Also, we will be collecting New Dr. Seuss Books, new bras and new school supplies.

See you Friday!

Marguerite, District 5 Director and your Flight Attendant


Lakeshore (Jax) with Scholarship Recipient

At the 2018 Spring Convention Kim Milligan was awarded the GFWC Florida Scholarship Award, which she had also received the previous year. This allowed her to receive her degree in nursing. Kim will go on the get her bachelor’s degree. She is the daughter of Paula Castleberry of GFWC Lakeshore Woman’s Club, Jacksonville, Florida. Kim is pictured here with Terry Laws and Nancy Ware, Executive Board  members of the club at the 2018 FSCJ Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Our members are very proud of Kim’s success and grateful to GFWC Florida for assisting her.

Coral Springs Taster’s Luncheon

 GFWC Coral Spring’s Woman’s Club sponsored its annual Taster’s Luncheon on Saturday, April 28, at the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs. The theme was “Mardi Gras Madness,” and club members made food, including New Orleans’ pralines and shrimp. There was even a “King Baby” hidden in one cupcake, quite an honor to win at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. The winner received a bottle of champagne, a boa and a crown.A “Mask Madness” contest was held and guests competed for prizes with their creative and gorgeous purple, green and gold masks. Funds earned will fund the club’s scholarship to a woman of non-traditional age, who is returning or starting College.


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Convention Monday Message



It so surreal to know that you have chosen me to represent GFWC Florida as your President

Many exciting things to come as we venture out in to our communities and clubs to work together as Volunteers—we’ve got this! As a 30 year member, never did I think years ago I had this in me. But with the support of each member, I know you will help me be successful and for that I am grateful.

I hope that you know I am here for you, as is Shannon. We hope to make sure that you, the members, are filled with excitement, knowledge and desire. It is our goal to reach out to each club during the next two years. We are a great team and will work great together. I am so excited to have someone like Shannon as GFWC Florida Director of Junior Clubs.

Your District Directors, your District President Project Chairmen, your entire Board wants your club to be successful and vibrant. We all have so much to give to others! Each of us has a different leadership and membership role to share. That is why you belong to this organization. We are here for you.

My President Project “Smiles Across the Miles” is featuring Operation Smile. An organization giving free surgeries for 35 years. Cleft palate and cleft lip surgery in 45 minutes at a cost of $240, but zero to the small patient and family that is so desperate to find hope. Just think, around the world your support can help a SMILE happen. We will work locally with Florida Surgeons that have been trained by Operation Smile and get the information so you can be the voice for any child, near or far that needs this life changing surgery. I have heard there are a few in the Miami area. How cool to have one of them share their story of their training, teaching and giving back because of the Operation Smile Organization.

Keep Smiling …and the word for the week is “GRATEFUL” because of YOU!


What a fantastic convention we had! GFWC Florida Juniors had a great time celebrating the success of Guardian Angels for Children and the huge impact GFWC Florida made for Guardian ad Litem throughout Florida in the last two years. Thank you, Kelly Holmes, for being such a wonderful Director of Junior Clubs!

Sharon and I are so excited for the next two years together working as good friends and fellow volunteers. We have assembled a fantastic Board of Directors and I am particularly thankful for all of you who are serving on the Junior Planning Committee. We are blessed here in Florida that our state Federation values ALL of our levels of membership: Women’s Clubs, Juniors and Juniorettes, and we find strength in our common goals and club work.

My Book Heroes project is kicking off with the goal of donating 10,000 books to  children in low income households in the next year. Project suggestions and a ton of info on ways that clubs can access free or low cost books can be found here.

Looking forward to a great time together!! — Shannon