Junior Membership Officers
Nominating Committee Members
Mary Anne Bryant
Junior Membership Officers and Nominating Committee Members and the following:
Juniors' Special Program: Advocates for Children ~ Marisa Jablanski
Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention ~ Shannon Butler
Arts and Culture ~ Nikki Smith
Civic Engagement and Outreach ~ OPEN
Education and Libraries ~ OPEN
Environment ~ OPEN
Health and Wellness ~ OPEN
Communications and Public Relations ~ Brenda Geary
Fundraising and Development ~ Mary Ann Pierce
Leadership ~ Beth McKeon
Membership ~ Theresa Frias
Women's History and Resource Center (WHRC) ~ OPEN
Meetings ~ Donna Shibley
Website ~ Donna Shibley
Jen Nowak, GFWC 1st Vice President serves as the Counselor to Junior Membership.
Director's Assistant ~ Joyce Clark
Nominating Committee Chairman ~ Katie Robey
GFWC MA Junior Membership and a Bit of GFWC History
The GFWC Massachusetts Junior clubs work on programs in their communities, their state, their country, and internationally. Clubs follow the guidelines from GFWC International as outlined in the GFWC Club Manual.
GFWC held its Biennial meeting in Chautauqua, NY in 1922. At that meeting a resolution was presented establishing a Junior Committee. In 1924 over 7,500 young women were members of Junior groups of GFWC. In Massachusetts, the first chairman was Mrs. Clarence W. Clark from 1924-1927.
In 1932, GFWC changed the status of Juniors from a committee to a department.
In 1935, GFWC adopted bylaws for Junior clubwomen making them a legally recognized part of the organization.
In 1944, GFWC abandoned the age limit for Junior membership, leaving it up to states.
Finally, in 1952, a GFWC bylaw revision created the position of Director of Junior Clubs on the GFWC Executive Committee. Millie Crom was elected as GFWC's first Director of Junior Clubs; she served from 1952-1954. Here theme was The Preservation of our American Heritage. A Junior program booklet, "Slide Rule for Creative Activity" gave information about the work of Junior clubs. Would you be surprised to know there were 2,120 Junior Clubs during her term?
In Massachusetts, an Executive Board of Junior Membership was formed, and Joan Walton served from 1954-1956. In Massachusetts, not much is known about the chairmen or directors before 1964 as there was no report from them included in the state Manual.
Massachusetts is proud of these two women who served as GFWC Director of Junior Clubs:
Barbara E. Shaw was the second GFWC Director of Junior Clubs. Her theme was You Are the Light of the World. From Mrs. Shaw: "What a challenge is presented to all members of Junior Clubs! Let every Junior clubwoman express that light and direct its radiance. Let us give whole-hearted support to our program, Let Our Light Shine. In your hands you hold a key. It is your key. How many doors will it open? That depends of you."
At the 1955 convention, delegates adopted a bylaw revision that granted voting representation to every state with a Junior leader whose position corresponded to GFWC Director of Junior Clubs.
Marta DiBenedetto used a theme Treasure the Gift; that was also her theme as GFWC Massachusetts Director of Junior Clubs 1998-2000. From Mrs. DiBenedetto: "Well, I can safely say that the spirit of Juniors is alive and well and we continue to make a difference each and every day. This outstanding work by Juniors across the country has served as an inspiration to this director."
She was the first GFWC Director to have a Junior Trip ~ Marta's Cruisin' Juniors. The cruise was on the Royal Caribbean "Enchantment of the Seas" and included Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman.
GFWC MA Junior Jumpstart
Did you join your Junior Officers and Junior Chairmen as they discussed the Community Service Programs from GFWC, while giving tips on communicating with your members, and reminders about club reporting in 2022?
If you did or did not join in 2022, you will want to join the 2023 Zoom GFWC MA Junior Jumpstart for information YOU want to know about.
It is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, starting at 7:00pm
Join the GFWC MA Junior Jumpstart Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 827 1285 5318
Please note – this was not just for Presidents. Club Officers and Club Chairmen will benefit, too.
Hope to see you there!