The GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach is a nonprofit organization comprised of a diverse group of women dedicated to volunteering and raising money for charitable purposes in Delray Beach. Through community involvement and financial contributions, the club has supported a variety of local organizations, including the Caring Kitchen, the Achievement Centers for Children & Families, the Delray Beach Public Library, Atlantic High School college scholarships, and the 505 Teen Center.
The Club’s mission statement defines our purpose. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach is dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. We are your neighbor, a co-worker, a retiree, a homemaker, an entrepreneur, a public employee, a community professional, a friend, parent, or grandparent. Participation in the Club for many of us has been rewarded with lifelong friendships.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach elected its slate of officers for the 2019: Serving as President for 2019 is Mary Reis; Debbie Arrigo, 1st Vice President-Programs; Elaine Grossomanides, 2nd Vice President-Membership; Joycelyn Patrick, Recording Secretary; Joyce Warner, Corresponding Secretary; and Mary Hochman, Treasurer.
Carol Renick, District 10 Director, installed Joyce Warner as Corresponding Secretary and Joycelyn Patrick as Recording Secretary.
At the Delray Reads Day 2018 (November 7) , the keynote speaker was John Grogan, author of Marley & Me. Grogan was a columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer when he wrote a column saying goodbye to his incorrigible 13-year-old Labrador retriever, Marley.
Several representatives of the Woman’s Club attended the Delray Reads Day held at the Banyan Creek Elementary School and then they read a book in the classrooms to the students. The featured book was Interrupting Chicken by author and illustrator David Ezra Stein, awarded the 2011 Caldecott Honor!
Fundraising: Our main fundraiser, REAL MEN BAKE, is an all-you-can-eat feast of baked goods, sweet and savory, prepared and served by men! This event is the Club’s main source of revenue for the year. “Real Men Bake & Rock at the Sock Hop” was held on April 8, 2019, at The Elks Club. Proceeds will benefit charities assisting women and children in our community.
Our organization has continued to grow over the last few years and we’re now able to do more for our community. Our members enjoy being an important part of Delray Beach and are proud to support our schools, our libraries and other organizations.
On December 1, 2018, members of the Woman’s Club assisted the Delray Beach Police in helping children choose gifts as part of their “Heroes and Helpers” program. The officers took underprivileged children on a shopping spree (SHOP WITH A COP) at Target and the ladies wrapped gifts. Pictured below are: Maria Mercaldo, Carolyn Picnich, Linda Petito, and Nancy Huffman.
On April 13, 2019, several members of our club joined other members of GFWC District 10 in giving a warm welcome back home to the local veterans returning from
a Southeast Honor Flight. Eighty veterans from WW11 and Korean and Vietnam wars visited the memorials in Washington, D.C., where they paid their respects to their fallen comrades. Hundreds were at Palm Beach International Airport to greet the local veterans.
attend performances at local playhouses and the Arts Garage, occasionally plan group dinners with significant others in attendance, participate in activities sponsored by other Delray Beach groups such as “Search & the City” and the Lady Atlantic sail. The Club has a book group that meets monthly for discussions and analysis of a novel. During summer months, members continue to socialize through the “Lunch Bunch” group.
In February 2019, 18 of our members visited ‘Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” at CityPlace, West Palm Beach. The indelible characters and beautiful scenery of Downton Abbey and the Yorkshire countryside delighted us. Everything was as seen in the historical drama, from Mrs. Patmore’s bustling kitchen and the tidy servants’ quarters to the family’s ornate dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom.
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