Menominee Woman's Club

GFWC Menominee Woman’s Club was awarded the Michigan Club of the Year 2020 in Category 4. Six of the more than 100 members of the GFWC Menominee Woman’s Club, pictured from left, are: Martha Harding, Francy Mullen, Valerie Mellon, Maureen Lauerman, Judy Reid and Barb Swan.

EagleHerald News Manager

MENOMINEE—The GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) Menominee Woman’s Club was awarded Michigan Club of the Year 2020 in Category 4, for the second consecutive year.

The GFWC Menominee Woman’s Club shares Category 4, which is designated for clubs with more than 100 members, with two other Michigan clubs: Royal Oak and Charlotte.

“The competition’s stiff, because they ... are ... good,” said President Judy Reid, who received her title in 2020. Reid and Martha Harding, immediate past president, both presided during 2020, when the club earned the award, since the club year begins July 1.

Each club in the federation sends reports to the state GFWC about each of the projects completed throughout the year. Michigan’s Club of the Year is based on a tally that is determined by independent judges outside of the federation.

The announcement to name the Club of the Year was made at the GFWC Michigan State Convention held on Zoom April 24. “We were very excited,” said Harding.

Despite mandatory mandates because of the pandemic, the GFWC Menominee Woman’s Club reported more than 3,932 volunteer hours, donations, totaling more than $33,052 and nearly $11,000 in-kind donations to the community during 2020.

The obstacles because of the pandemic, including where and who could meet, how to go about giving out donations and even basic voting techniques were overcome by the club. The club members continued “Living the Volunteer Spirit.”

“COVID-19 changed things, but I’m so impressed with the ladies. We have so many wonderful volunteers. They hear project or they dream of something and we go do it,” Reid said.

All Things Chocolate, a new fundraiser for the group, fell in February and was able to be held before the pandemic restrictions were put into place.

“We got that in and that probably might have helped boost us even this year into first place because it was a big fundraiser. And it was something different for our club. We had not done that type of a fundraiser, at least in recent history,” said Harding.

The profits from this event allowed the group to make larger donations that the club wouldn’t necessarily be able to make and were given out during the pandemic. Large donations were given to several groups in the community including The Salvation Army and DAR.

The GFWC Menominee Woman’s Club is open to new members who want to join for community, to donate or to support projects or events. Any woman in the area is welcome to join, without an invitation, by showing up at one of the monthly meetings, talking to a member or contacting the group through their website. For more information, people may visit their website at www.gfwcmenominee.org.