Welcome to the Club

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs Pennsylvania (GFWC Pennsylvania) is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) – one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s volunteer service organizations. All our members are united by a dedication to community improvement through volunteer service.

President's Project

GFWC Pennsylvania’s President’s Project, Operation We’ve Got Their Six, encourages members to support our military personnel and veterans through programs involving education, volunteering, and donation.

The Jared Box Project

At the 2022 Summer Leadership Conference, our GFWC Pennsylvania clubwomen worked together to prepare and assemble 133 boxes filled with children’s small toys, games, puzzles and more.  The boxes will be distributed to children who are patients at hospitals in the Harrisburg area through The Jared Box Project.  Discover more about this amazing outreach initiative and the impact Jared and his love for others has had on children throughout the United States.   https://thejaredbox.org   
 
The Jared Box Project was started in 2001 by the children of Our Lady of Victory School in State College, Pennsylvania, to honor their classmate and friend, Jared. He was a brave little boy who battled cancer with a courage and faith that continues to inspire us all.

Community Service Programs

Below is a list of our core Community Service Programs designed to support the needs of our communities now and into the future.

Arts & Culture

The GFWC Arts and Culture Community Service Program encourages members to promote and support art and cultural programs in their clubs and communities, and to expand understanding on every level, from local and regional to national and international. 

Civic Engagement & Outreach

The GFWC Civic Engagement and Outreach Community Service Program reminds GFWC members that each of us is a part of a larger society and is responsible for undertaking actions that will create a better quality of life and foster a sense of community—locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. 

Education & Libraries

We aim to help others, while we also continue to learn. Projects in the Education and Libraries Community Service Program are designed to foster schools, as well as other educational institutions and opportunities. These projects promote libraries, literacy, and the love of a good book. 

Environment

The GFWC Environment Community Service Program encourages us to become stewards of the earth by working to preserve the world’s resources, protect wildlife and domesticated animals, live sustainably, and beautify our communities and enjoy nature. 

Health & Wellness

The human body, mind, and spirit comprise our health and wellness. To improve our well-being, we must address three key components: nutrition, disease prevention, and physical and emotional care. This Community Service Program aims to explore the various opportunities for awareness and advancement of each of these vital areas.

Signature Program: Domestic & Sexual Violence Awareness & Prevention

The 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. 

2022 Summer Leadership Conference

Living The Volunteer Spirit

Statistics for the 2020 calendar year.

PA Club Members

Projects

Volunteer Hours

Dollars Donated

State President's Project:

Operation "We've Got Their Six!"

REASON FOR PROJECT:

GFWC Pennsylvania’s President’s Project encourages members to support our military personnel and veterans through programs involving education, volunteering, and donation.

OBJECTIVES: 

  • Assist local VA Hospitals and Facilities

  • Educate Club Members about Post Traumatic Stress (PTS)

  • Support active military personnel and their families

  • President's Project Challenge & Sewing projects

2022-2024

GFWC Pennsylvania Officers

Heide joined GFWC in 1991. On the club and county levels, she has been a project chairman, board member, and held most all the offices.  Read more..

Heide Cebrick

President

Sara Ruppel is a member of the Federated Women’s Club of Hershey. A Lancaster County native, her teachers selected her to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar in 1998 as an ambassador. Read more...

Sara Ruppel

2nd Vice President

Karen joined GFWC West Side Woman’s Club in 1988 and has been a GFWC clubwoman for thirty-four years. She has held numerous board positions, beginning in 1993 as Club Federation Day chairman. Read more...

Karen French

Treasurer

Donna has been an active member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs for 32 years. She joined the GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club in 1990. Read more...

Donna Malone

1st Vice President

JoAnn Propcheck is a 10-year member of the GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club.  She has served as her club’s President and Treasurer.  She has served as chair and co-chair on many committees. Read more...

JoAnn Propcheck

Secretary

President’s Message

Dear Federated Sisters,

It is an incredible honor to serve as your president for the 2022-2024 Administration. We have a fantastic Executive Committee and Parliamentarian. We are all here to serve you and help in any way possible to ensure your club’s success. 

We can all agree that it takes a special heart to be willing to give of one’s time in the service of others. Each one of you possess that special giving heart and, as your president, it will be my pleasure to meet more of you face to face and to see old and dear friends again.

The President’s Project is very important to show our Veterans and Military that they are appreciated and their service is honored. The phrase, “We’ve got your six” means “We have your back.” The President’s Project, Operation “We’ve Got Their Six” – Supporting Military and Veterans, is very near and dear to my heart. Having worked with Veterans in our fly-fishing program for the last 14 years, the satisfaction of seeing the healing and transformation occur is so gratifying. Our Veterans became empowered and inspired to volunteer and help their fellow Veterans. This domino effect, triggered by total strangers reaching out and showing them appreciation and kindness, boosts their self-esteem and gives them hope. Those suffering from PTSD need hope sometimes more than anything else. Please check out the projects we will be tracking for the next two years.

The theme “Light the Way” encourages us that with each sunrise there is an opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life. The sunrise is a source of hope. Let’s all be that ray of sunshine for others every day. Encourage your friends to join our organization and share in the joy that comes with being of service to others and being a part of something greater than ourselves. Please take to heart this quote from Maya Angelou, “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” 

So, GFWC Pennsylvania Clubwomen, let’s all “Light the Way” with Generosity, Friendship, Wisdom, Compassion!

Yours in Federation Service and Friendship,

Heide Marie

Heide Marie Cebrick

GFWC Pennsylvania President 2022-2024

It’s a volunteer thing!®

-GFWC

Join a Club Near You

Reach out to our membership chairman for help finding a club near you.

For general inquiries, contact Headquarters below or the Chairman of a specific program or advancement area.

GFWC Pennsylvania Headquarters

4076 Market Street, Ste 211
Camp Hill, PA 17011-4200

T: 717-901-5095
gfwcpaclubs@comcast.net

Membership Chairman

Diane Lake

 dianemlake@live.com

GFWC Headquarters

1734 N Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036

T:  202-347-3168
F:  202-835-0246
www.gfwc.org