2016-2018 GFWC-WI President's Special Program

State Chairwoman - 

The 2016-18 administration’s President’s Special program is supporting cancer treatment and research. Clubs can help out with this program in their communities by participating in local walks, supporting local facilities by providing chemo/radiation therapy patients with comfort item care packages, a rotating library, prayer shawls, knitted caps and lap blankets. Cancer treatment centers are becoming more prevalent in our communities, which means more people are inflicted with this devastating disease. Let’s make a difference in our communities by comforting our fellow community members as they go through treatments.

From Susan La Buda, GFWC-WI State President

Cancer- It is becoming a popular thing now days!  Just about everyone you talk to will tell you that they either know some one who has it or even they had it. But in reality, it is a shock to one’s system when they find out he/she has it.  It is like their world has come to an end.  People have a hard time dealing with this illness as a patient, family member or friend.  Patients need family members and friends for support now more than ever.  It is the little things that you can do for a patient that makes a world of difference.  The American Cancer Society has a pamphlet on just that. How you can support someone by doing the little things.

I chose this topic as my special project to help people become more supportive to an individual rather than being rude and ignorant.  Also there are ways you can support cancer research to find a cure for this disease. How about doing a relay for life walk, shoot’n for a reason, fishing for a cure, and cooking for a cure?

I am not just focusing on one type of cancer… but all types.  There are too many to choose from.  Every thought and fundraising effort helps.  It takes just one to make a difference…. Be that difference.  You can donate blood or help sponsor a blood drive, send a thinking of you card or get well card, cook a meal for the patient (what they are hungry for), do their shopping, or visit for a few minutes.

I would like to have a weight loss challenge for every pound lost from now until convention 2018. Put a dollar for every pound lost in a jar and bring the collection to the convention in Brown Deer.  The donations will be given to Aurora Cancer Foundation.  I already got a head start and I am losing 3 pounds a month. Prizes will be awarded for the most weight lost in a month, in a year and total weight lost.  Together we can do this and make a difference!


GFWC Signature Program - Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention

State Chairwoman - Sandy Gehin



GFWC Women's History Resource Center (WHRC)

State Chairwoman - Sandy Gehin

Founded in 1984, the GFWC Women's History and Resource Center collects, preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of the GFWC and women volunteers.

Clubs are encouraged to start, to update or to complete their club's history.  To get started, "A Guide for Preserving and Writing Club History" and "A Guild for Recording Oral History" are available for down load here.

While at the GFWC Women’s History and Resource Center page, be sure to check out the GFWC-WI Past President's Oral Histories. 

To access these oral histories:
1.  Click on View the WHRC online link
2.  Type in "WHRC Oral History" Wisconsin
3.  Click on a past president's photo and you will see how she looked during her term of office.


1734 Society

State Chairwoman - Sandy Gehin

The 1734 Society is named for the GFWC International Headquarters address, 1734 N Street, NW., Washington, DC.  The building is filled with items donated by GFWC clubs and state federations.  It is a reflection of the dedication and devotion of GFWC members through the years.  In addition to housing the GFWC Women’s History and Resource Center, Headquarters contains the offices of the professional staff and provides a home to the International President during her term of office. 

Guided tours of Headquarters are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours by appointment.  A virtual tour of GFWC Headquarters is available by visiting GFWC’s web site at www.gfwc.org

Tax-deductible donations should be designated for and sent to 1734 Society, GFWC Headquarters, 1734 N Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036.  Annual contributions in the amounts of $17.34, $173.40 or $1734.00 or more will entitle the donor specific levels of membership in the 1734 Society.  The annual deadline for receipt of contributions to the 1734 Society will be December 31st to qualify for recognition. 

Wisconsin's Own Library 

State Chairwomen - Carol Brennan and Mary Kay Blazel

Wisconsin's Own Library (WOL) is a special collection of books (hard and soft cover) and pamphlets each written, edited or compiled by a Wisconsin person, either born in the state or who has established residency in the state at some time in his or her life. 

It is currently housed at the campus of Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin having moved there on June 12, 2007.  A grand opening was held November 4th, 2007.Wisconsin's Own Library is fully cataloged and is ready for use through the Ripon College Library Special Collections.  Access the collection's catalog here.  You can become a supporter of this special collection by your monetary donations.  Checks can be made out to GFWC-WI Wisconsin's Own Library and sent to the current GFWC-WI Treasurer, Nancy Dickman.