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.

2022 Convention Recap

Celebrate the Stars was the theme for our 125th GFWC Pennsylvania Annual Meeting/Convention held  April 29 – May 1, 2022, at the Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Our clubwomen were honored to have Deb Strahanoski, GFWC President Elect, with us who added inspiration and excitement, as well as Paige Cognetti, Mayor of Scranton, who welcomed us with her inspiring words.
Members celebrating 25 plus year anniversaries were recognized for their dedication and service.  Two of those women in attendance included Myrtle Council with 80 years of service, 1942, and Bernadine Borinski with 60 years of service, 1962. Both ladies continue to enjoy volunteering in their communities. What a pleasure it was to hear their stories.
We proudly honored Marcia Wilson, our GFWC Pennsylvania Jenny Award Nominee, and our GFWC Pennsylvania Woman of the Year, Virginia Slichter.   Awards for outstanding community projects were presented to our local clubs.  Member and student awards in the categories of art, literature, and poetry were also presented.  Those in attendance also enjoyed dynamic speakers and participated in several workshops.
Note that all convention photos can be viewed at gfwcpennsylvania.shutterfly.com/.

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1)  2020-2022 Executive Board Members with Deb Strahanoski, GFWC President Elect

2) Myrtle Council, 80 year member (seated) and Bernadine Borinski, 60 year member, (standing)

3) Sandy Hauenstein, GFWC PA President, Marcia Wilson, Parliamentarian and GFWC PA Jenny Award Nominee; Donna Malone, GFWC PA 2nd Vice President and Jenny Award Committee Chairman;

4) Sandy Hauenstein, GFWC PA President, and Deb Strahanoski, GFWC President Elect, , presenting awards for State President’s Project: Vision Impairment Awareness

5) Sandy Hauenstein, GFWC PA President, and Deb Strahanoski, GFWC President Elect.


GFWC Pennsylvania 2022 Awards List 

GFWC Pennsylvania 2022 Arts Winners

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. 


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. 

Living The Volunteer Spirit

Statistics for the 2020 calendar year.

PA Club Members


Volunteer Hours

Dollars Donated

State President's Project:



Eye diseases will double by 2030 making public awareness important. 


  • Increase awareness of causes, prevention, corrections and resources for vision impairment in children and adults. 

  • Learn about local vision impairment resources through the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind. 

  • Become active with a local agency for the blind. 

  • Donate eyeglasses to the Lions Club collection project. 

Our Progress

The Eyeglass Collection goal of 2020 glasses was surpassed! Below is our progress along with donating monetary funds to local agencies. 

Eye Glasses Collected

Glass Cases Collected

Lens Wipes Collected


GFWC Pennsylvania Officers

Sandy has been an active member of the federation for more than 36 years. She joined the GFWC Dillsburg Woman’s Club in 1980.  Read more..

Sandy Hauenstein


Donna has been an active member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs for 30 years. She joined the GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club in 1990. Read more…

Donna Malone

2nd Vice President

Sue has been a member of GFWC Abington Heights Civic League, Inc. since 1989. Read more…

Sue O'Day


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

1st Vice President

Susan has been a member of GFWC Warrior Run Woman’s Club for 24 years. She has served at the club level as Recording Secretary, Vice-President, and President. Read more…

Susan Kling


President’s Message

Hello to all my GFWC Pennsylvania Federation of Women’s Club Sisters,

Congratulations to all of the 2020 award winners. The convention was well attended and it was wonderful to meet in person and renew friendships. I hope you all had an enjoyable experience.

As we prepare for the year be mindful of the needs of your community. Each club is an asset and your projects are much appreciated by those who benefit from them. Take care of your members as well with a ‘thank you’, kind words and caring.

Members will receive emails and mailings to keep you up to date on Federation happenings. Please check the updated website at gfwcpennsylvania.org and gfwc.org frequently for information. Photo Friday on Facebook each week is widely viewed and you are encouraged to send in photos about your members, projects and more. Send to Sue Hardenbrook at vsranch1@comcast.net.

Do you have news to submit for the Clubwoman?  We want to hear from clubs to showcase your projects, members and communities. Send to Tina Warholic at tmwccc@verizon.net.

Fundrai$ing items are available at district meetings and by mail including Shine On – Volunteer’ pin, the GFWC PA car decal, apron, cutting board, pizza cutter and reusable food storage bags. An order form is on the website and in the PA Clubwoman newsletter.

The GFWC Pennsylvania President’s Project, Vision Impairment Awareness, encourages its member to participate in the support of their local agency affiliate of the Pennsylvania Blind Association through volunteering and donations. Clubs are educating themselves and their community on the four major eye diseases and the prevention of blindness in all ages. 

The eyeglass collection will continue through April 15, 2022 and a contact lens collection has been added. A new project “Cash for Clients” encourages clubs to donate dollars to their local agencies to purchase items for clients who may not be able to afford a much needed item, such as a talking alarm clock or a glucose monitor. A fun project is the “Braille Project” it is requested each member write your name on an index card and below write your name in braille. Clubs will make a poster with their club name and below in braille. All posters and cards will be displayed at the 2022 convention. 

It is not too early to start working on reports since they will include activities from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Consider keeping a log or folder for projects throughout the year. Let’s have 100% club participation as Donna loves to give out awards at convention.

The officers and chairman are available for club meetings and we encourage you to contact us. We are also available at any time for your questions and suggestions.

Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Each of you has a place in my heart and I am honored to serve as your President and encourage you ‘Shine 0n – Volunteer’ each and every day.


Together in Federation,

Sandy Hauenstein

GFWC Pennsylvania President

It’s a volunteer thing!®


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

Membership Chairman

Mary Fenstermacher
4348 Wendy Way
Schwenksville, PA 19473-2093

T: 610.489.2937  m80fenstermacher@gmail.com

GFWC Headquarters

1734 N Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036

T:  202-347-3168
F:  202-835-0246