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GFWC~It’s a VOLUNTEER Thing!

WOMEN’S CIVIC CLUB OF SCHWENKSVILLE is celebrating 100 years in 2016

40 Members–See our photograph below.

Our official title is: GFWC-PA Women’s Civic Club of Schwenksville

The club began June 15, 1916 with Eliza Pennypacker as President. She was the daughter of Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker. After 30 years the club joined the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international volunteer non-profit organization.

GFWC is dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. It is one of the world’s largest non-partisan, non-denominational women’s volunteer service organizations.

Our purpose is to promote the educational, civic and social interests of our members, and to advance the welfare of the community through our service. Our members develop leadership skills, exchange ideas, and form lifelong friendships.

The club has always supported our local school and community libraries by raising money,volunteering,and donating books.

Now some of our donations are given to: The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry; Operation Smile; Lower Frederick, Schwenksville, and Perkiomen Township Fire Companies; Perkiomen Valley High School Music Boosters; Perkiomen Valley Student Loan Association; Academic and Volunteerism Awards;  HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar), Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Laurel House, among others.

The money for the donations listed above primarily come from our annual Holiday House Tour. For more information about the House Tour click here.

Membership is open to women 18 and older seeking the opportunity for friendship, volunteer service, self-development and growth through service.

You’re welcome to come to a meeting anytime to learn more about us. Please check the other tabs for our events, projects, and contact information.

Enjoying a meeting at Pennypacker Mills, the home of our first president, Eliza Pennypacker.
Enjoying a meeting at Pennypacker Mills, the home of our first president, Eliza Pennypacker.  Click on the photograph to enlarge it.