Women's clubs celebrate century of service
President William McKinley and the United States Congress organized the General Federation of Women's Clubs on April 24, 1890, and chartered it on March 3, 1901.
The GFWC is one of the world's largest and oldest non-denominational women's volunteer service organizations with members in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 20 countries.
The GFWC provides organizational structure and obtains sponsorship and support to develop program materials for member clubs such as GFWC The Monday Club, Inc., Prescott, Ariz., that further their volunteer service mission.
The GFWC provides opportunities to develop personal and leadership skills, study issues, educate the public, stimulate civic consciousness, commemorate women's history and participate in constructive public service.
The GFWC encourages its membership to develop vital and continuing commitment to community improvement.
In recognition of more than a century of volunteer service to their communities, Jack D. Wilson, Mayor of the City of Prescott, proclaimed April 24, 2008 as GFWC Federation Day in Prescott, Ariz.