2018-2020 GFWC-WI President's Special Program


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From Deb Brossard, GFWC-WI President...

Our theme for 2018-2020 is “Roots & Wings”. I will be encouraging clubs to reflect and remember our powerful Roots of Advocacy for a number of causes and use their Wings to reinvent and rejuvenate club efforts to reach heights and potential we never knew were possible.

My President’s emphasis is Leadership and my President’s Special Project is support of the ‘Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association’ to help build a national monument to commemorate the seven decades of sacrifice and tenacity these women, including countless
GFWC members, exhibited. The goal is to dedicate that memorial on the centennial anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, August 26, 2020. Our Wisconsin clubs can be part of this remarkable and important project by donating funds to the cause.

The GFWC-WI website makes it very easy to donate electronically. Please use the “DONATE” button at the bottom of this page and include a comment that your club intends the donation be directed to the Turning Point Suffragists Memorial in GFWC-WI’s name.

If the “DONATE” button is not used, please send the donation directly to the GFWC-WI Treasurer, Nancy Dickman. This will ensure that the donation is credited to GFWC-WI.

A goal of at least $1,000 has been set which will guarantee that GFWC-WI is recognized on the Donor Wall at the memorial. One club, one district, and one generous clubwoman have already donated and have issued the challenge for other clubs, districts, and clubwomen to follow their lead.

The GFWC-WI chairman for this project is Linda Kay Cook. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration to support this worthwhile project.

For more information about the Turning Point Suffragists Memorial click here.

I would also like our Wisconsin clubs to continue in the footsteps of our GFWC predecessors and focus on legislation that will make a difference in the lives of others. As you know, we are not a political organization and do not support any political position but I will encourage us to support
advocacy for the best interest of all as determined by our Resolutions. 


GFWC Signature Program - Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention

State Chairwoman - Kay Salewske



GFWC Women's History Resource Center (WHRC)

State Chairwoman - Sue Sands and Diane Zickert

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 - Sue Sands and Diane Zickert

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 - Janice Curtiss

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.  On-line donations can be by clicking the donate button below.