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.

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:

Operation "We've Got Their Six!"


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


  • 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


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


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


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


President’s Message

Coming Soon

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

Diane Lake


GFWC Headquarters

1734 N Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036

T:  202-347-3168
F:  202-835-0246