Membership

Step to the Beat of the Membership Movement! As a member of GFWC, GFWC-NC provides the opportunity and a framework for women across the state to work together through volunteerism to serve their local communities. Fun, fellowship, and lasting friendships are a large part of the experience for GFWC’s 60,000 members worldwide. While all GFWC and GFWC-NC clubs are unique, best practices include focus on Recruitment, Member Orientation, Mentoring, Focus on Federation, Retention, and Recognition. Membership is our gateway, so it is important to engage members in every way!

GFWC-NC’s Membership Committee provides support for members, clubs and districts. Membership resources are available on GFWC-NC’s website in the member portal. GFWC provides resources through the GFWC Membership Portal, including Awards, Contests and Grants, Membership Benefits & Discounts, Recruitment Campaigns, Recognition Pins, Logo merchandise, and Mediators Program.

2024-2026 GFWC-NC Membership Chairman: Helen Richie
2024-2026 GFWC-NC Junior Membership Chairman: Raysha Chominsky

Club Connection Initiative: Member Highlight

At the start of each week, highlight a member of your club, District, or State on your social media platforms and use the hashtag #WeAreGFWC #GFWCNCMembership. Hashtags are used to raise awareness as they bring social media traffic to your tagged posts. 

PROJECT IDEAS

  • Hold at least one club meeting, coffee, or recruitment social where you encourage everyone to invite a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member. Send an invitation and plan a project so everyone can participate. Sometimes all you have to do is ask!
  • Host a new member orientation or a series of short orientation workshops to educate new members on your club projects, activities, and operations.
  • Set up Big Sis/Little Sis or other mentoring program to pair new members with experienced members. Assess skills, talents, and abilities of new members so that you can engage them in projects and areas that interest them.
  • Use creative activities to engage club or new members. Icebreakers and games like “What’s in Your Bag?” can be a lot of fun and they are not expensive. Members earn points for each item found in their purse and the winner gets bragging rights and a small door prize.
  • Start the new club year by surveying members. Ask the club officers/members to give a list of their “Wells and Betters” to include what was done well over the past year and what they believe the club could do better. Solicit their ideas on new approaches and enjoy a renewed sense of purpose and focus.
  • Conduct a Federation Refresher.” It is essential for instilling a sense of pride and purpose in both new and seasoned members. Educate members about the many programs GFWC has to offer, which are designed for diversity and to keep members informed and connected.
  • Hold a program or session at a monthly club meeting to recognize members for their years of service and accomplishments. Celebrate individual and club milestones.

AWARDS FOR MEMBERSHIP ADVANCEMENT PLAN

  • Overall Club Award – Small category (29 members and below) is given from all club entries
  • Overall Club Award – Large category (30 members and above) is given from all club entries
  • One Club Creativity Project Award is given from all club The winning entry is submitted to the GFWC award contest.
  • A Certificate will be awarded to the FIRST Club to submit their Dues & Roster (following Fall Rosters sent by Headquarters).
  • Net Increase/Maintain Membership Certificate – Recognition of clubs that maintain membership or have a net increase in membership annually.