Welcome to GFWC-Battle Ground

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Just Remember: "Good Friends Who Care”

Attention: Due to the 'Covid 19' Pandemic, activities and events are subject to revision or cancellation!

Our Purpose: To serve, to improve and to enhance

the community in which we live.


You can help! GFWC Battle Ground has several community projects that welcome your support:

          • Battle Ground Education Foundation and the Family Resource Center 


          • North County Community Food Bank in Battle Ground


          • Fisher House and other programs for veterans (including women)


          • Scholarships for Battle Ground School District senior girls.


          • Maintenance of Federation State Park, a donation from GFWC-Washington State to the state's park service decades ago.



               Donation checks can be made out to GFWC Battle Ground

               Send to P.O. Box 871, Battle Ground, WA 98604-0871.

               Earmark your check for your favorite project or area of interest.


          

GFWC Battle Ground is a member of its parent organization at 4 levels:

          GFWC Columbia District. Our club joins other clubs in Southwest Washington. 


          GFWC Washington State. To find out what is happening at GFWC clubs in Washington State go to: www.gfwcws.org.


          GFWC Western States Region. Western States includes 11 western states.


          GFWC International. To find out what is happening at GFWC clubs across the country,

               go to the GFWC International Headquarters website in Washington, DC: at www.gfwc.org.



What are three of many major national improvements made with the help of GFWC? 


          - Advocated for the white line down the middle of the road until it happened!

          - Advocated for baked bread to be wrapped until it happened! 


          - Advocated for enactment of child labor laws until they happened!



What is GFWC currently advocating?

          - Awareness and prevention of Domestic Violence including Child Abuse Awarness!


          - Advocating for Equal Pay for equal work!


Short history and other information about GFWC

by Bonnie Walden, former state president, Western States President, District President, Club President and club member

    The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a worldwide organization that encourages women to improve their skills, expand their rights and apply their abilities and special sensitivities to the challenges of their communities.

    The members of GFWC Battle Ground have worked toward this goal since the club was formed in 1972.

    The Battle Ground Club is best known for the annual Ladybug Bazaar. On the first Saturday in November, the gymnasiums at Battle Ground High School house over 150 Clark County artisans selling handcrafted items. The proceeds from the table rent, fund many community service projects.

    In time for America’s 1976 bicentennial the club published the book, Battle Ground...In and Around. The sale of the books aided in establishing an historical sign, the housing of antique farm equipment at Clark County Fairgrounds and setting up of Mobile Mini-Museums. (The book is currently published privately.)

    Other projects include an annual scholarship to a local high school girl graduate. The club has contributed to the drug and alcohol-free graduation parties at both Battle Ground and Prairie high schools.

    The club purchased many of the bike racks seen around the city of Battle Ground. They donated to the Old Town Battle Ground mural project and the R.O.S.E. society, a fundraising group to support Battle Ground's float that had entered the Portland Rose Parade for over 60 years.

    The club members are interested in women’s health issues and have participated in Relay for Life, sponsored blood drives, participated in exercise programs and developed and taught a “Food for Fitness” program for elementary students.

    GFWC is known for establishing 75% of the public libraries in the United States and the local club supported the building of the new community library with a substantial donation.

    Recently GFWC established a signature project - Domestic Violence Awareness. Local club members donated hundreds of hygiene items and new pajamas for women who leave an abusive relationship with only the clothes they are wearing.

    While the local club is nearly 50 years old, GFWC’s roots can be traced back to 1868. June Cunningham Croly, a professional New Your journalist, attempted to attend a dinner at an all-male press club honoring Charles Dickens. She was denied admittance based upon her gender, and, in response formed a club for women. In 1880, Croly extended an invitation to women’s clubs throughout the United States to attend a convention in New York City. Sixty-three clubs attended and took action to form the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. What grew rapidly in the early 1890s has become an international organization of community-based volunteers in thousands of clubs in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries.

  

We welcome all women