The GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach is a nonprofit organization that is comprised of a diverse group of women dedicated to volunteering and raising money for charitable purposes in Delray Beach.
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 coworker, 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 2021 GFWC Woman’s Club of Delray Beach slate of officers is as follows: President – Lynne Wolff; 1st Vice President – Joycelyn Patrick; 2nd Vice President – Linn Okkelberg; Treasurer – Mary Hochman; Recording Secretary – Mary McGinley; Corresponding Secretary – Joyce Warner.
Community Involvement includes support of a variety of local organizations: C.R.O.S. Ministries Caring Kitchen, Achievement Centers for Children & Families, Delray Beach Public Library, Atlantic High School college scholarships, “Roots & Wings,” “Project Holiday,” and the 505 Teen Center
Collecting new men’s socks for the “Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach” is the chosen project for 2021, as well as collecting towels and old sheets to donate to “Puppy’s for Love.” Delray Beach Woman’s Club is also supporting three 10th grade girls from Atlantic High School for the HOBY Leadership Training Program at the end of June.
Shown here are Mal Bates, President Lynne Wolff, Marlene Weir (front row); Nancy Huffman, Vice President Joycelyn Patrick, Corresponding Secretary Joyce Warner, and Jean Harrigan (back row)
Feeding the Hungry was the chosen District 10 President’s Project for 2020. Members of the Delray Beach Woman’s Club, as part of this Day of Service endeavor, collected an overwhelming amount of food (721 pounds!) from family and neighbors. President Lynne Wolff and Corresponding Secretary Joyce Warner packed their vehicles for delivery to the Delray Beach Food Pantry at C.R.O.S. Ministries on December 3. Another car was packed and sent to the C.R.O.S. Lake Worth center, where food is distributed to the hungry in the Martin and Palm Beach counties.
In December 2019, several of our members helped out at the Heroes and Helpers “Shop with a Cop” day sponsored by the Delray Beach Police Department.
At Delray Reads Day in November 2019, organized by the Delray Beach Public Library, the keynote speaker was Suzanne Perrotto, chef and owner of Rose’s Daughter Restaurant.
Members of the Woman’s Club attended the Delray Reads Day breakfast and then read a book in the classrooms to students at various schools, including the Banyan Creek Elementary School.
The featured book was Thank You, Omu, by author-illustrator Oge Mora from Nigeria (recently awarded a Caldecott Honor).
VP-Membership, Elaine Grossomanides (pictured with Mayor Petrolia) gave a synopsis of the history of the Delray Beach Woman’s Club since its inception in 1902 as the Ladies Improvement Society with a membership of only 30 ladies.
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 last held at the Elks Club on April 8, 2019. The proceeds benefitted charities assisting women and children in our community. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this fundraiser could not be held in 2020.
One of the organizations that we support is Project Holiday, which collects and ships much-needed items to deployed military members who aren’t able to come home for the holidays. “The care packages make a huge difference in both effectiveness and morale.” Delores Rangel, founder of the project and organizer for 20 years, received a check from Joycelyn Patrick, VP-Programs (2020) in November 2019 at Delray Beach City Hall.
In April 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. Greeting the local veterans at Palm Beach International Airport were hundreds of GFWC members.
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. During summer months, many of the members continue to socialize through the “Lunch Bunch” group.
In February 2019, 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 kitchen and the quarters of the servants to the family’s ornate dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom.
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