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, “Roots & Wings,” “Project Holiday,” 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 2020: Serving as President for 2020 will be Lynne Wolff; 1st Vice President-Programs, Joycelyn Patrick; 2nd Vice President, Linn Okkelberg; Corresponding Secretary, Joyce Warner; Treasurer, Mary Hochman; and Recording Secretary, Carolyn Picinich.
Twenty-five members gathered at the Delray Beach Golf Club for a delicious lunch and “grab bag” swap. The installation of the 2020 Officers was conducted by Julia Gaudio.
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.
On December 7, 2019, several of our members helped out at the Heroes and Helpers “Shop with a Cop” day sponsored by the Delray Beach Police Department. Police officers gave funds to underprivileged children and helped them select appropriate gifts to purchase for their family in the Target Store on Linton Blvd. Woman’s Club volunteers wrapped the gifts for the children. They commented that, “It really was great fun.”
At Delray Reads Day on November 7, 2019, organized by the Delray Beach Public Library, the keynote speaker was Suzanne Perrotto, chef and owner of Rose’s Daughter Restaurant, a block away from Perrotto’s other Pineapple Grove eatery, Brule Bisto.
Students at the Plumosa School of the Arts asked comprehensive questions of Ms. Perrotto, including her background and future plans. She explained that she considers the cuisines in her restaurants to be American-Italian.
Several 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 this year was Thank You, Omu, by author-illustrator Oge Mora from Nigeria (recently awarded a Caldecott Honor).
Vice President-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. Mayor Shelly Petrolia and Deputy Vice-Mayor Bill Bathhurst also gave speeches. Woman’s Club of Delray Beach is a Community Partner of the Delray Beach Public Library.
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 at the Elks Club on April 8, 2019. 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, libraries, and other organizations.
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 positive difference in both effectiveness and morale.” Pictured here is Delores Rangel, founder of the project and organizer for 20 years, as she receives a check from Joycelyn Patrick, VP-Programs (2020) in November 2019 at Delray Beach City Hall.
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.
….and we even enjoy decorating pumpkins for Halloween. Julia Gaudio conducted a workshop in September 2019.
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District 10 Annual Meeting with GFWC FL State President Carole Weaver and GFWC FL 1st Vice President Sharon OliphantVisit International General Federation of Women’s Clubs: www.gfwc.org
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