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.
“We’re excited to have a very strong new board leading the organization,” said Reis. “Our new officers are all committed to seeing our organization succeed in our community.”
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. His story became Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, a book about what a misbehaving dog meant to his family.
In his new role as professor, Grogan interprets his experiences as both a journalist and author into a writing course at Lehigh University called, “Memoir & Me: The Art and Craft of First-Person Narrative Nonfiction Writing.”
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” will be held in 2019 on April 8 (Monday)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 at Target and the ladies wrapped gifts. Pictured below are: Maria Mercaldo, Carolyn Picnich, Linda Petito, and Nancy Huffman.
Packing knapsacks for school children in need of meals during weekends:
We have fun, too! After each meeting we go to lunch at a local restaurant, 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.
We do make time for social activities. We believe that after hard work, we should play! Learn more about us by clicking on Facebook: Woman’s Club of Delray Beach
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District 10 Meeting on May 20, 2017, was hosted by the Sebastian Junior Women’s Club in Sebastian, FL. The attendees from the Woman’s Club of Delray Beach were Joann Haros, Julie Gaudio, and JoAnn Gillen..