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THE MISSION: The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. 

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Nearly 100,000 members strong, the General Federation of Women's Clubs is united in its dedication to volunteer community service. While diverse in age, interests, and experiences, all clubwomen are united by a desire to create positive change in their communities. 

Founded in history with rich traditions

Founded in 1890, GFWC’s roots can be traced back to 1868 when Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist, attempted to attend a dinner at an all-male press club honoring British novelist Charles Dickens. Croly was denied admittance based upon her gender, and in response, formed a woman’s club—Sorosis. In celebration of Sorosis’ 21st anniversary in 1889, Jane Croly invited women’s clubs throughout the United States to pursue the cause of federation by attending a convention in New York City. On April 24, 1890, 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Clubs by ratifying the GFWC constitution. 

For 88 years our local club has made a difference.

Founded in 1930, our local club has committed it's self to the welfare of others. Our mission is to promote interest in education, public welfare, moral values, civic responsibility, and fine arts. 


Over the years we raised awareness and funds for causes that promote our mission. Here are just a few: 

  • Heifer Program to donate livestock to local families
  • Established The Little Free Library at the YMCA of White County
  • Baby Shower for the Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Beautification of the Court House grounds
  • Recreational Youth Programs
  • Shots for Life
  • Annual Essay Bowl for local schools
  • St Jude's Rock & Roll Marathon
  • Project Graduation for White Co. High School 
  • Sparta Fire Dept Program for Fire Safety 
  • American Legion Progams 
  • Holiday gifts for local veterans