GFWC - Battle Ground

 
 

Welcome to GFWC-Battle Ground

“Girl Friends Who Care”


Our purpose: To serve, to improve and to enhance

the community in which we live.


You can help! GFWC Battle Ground has several projects that the community is welcome to help support:

  1. City’s Veterans’ Memorial Monument under construction in Battle Ground’s Kiwanis Park.

  2. Support for the North County Community Food Bank in Battle Ground

  3. Scholarship fund for Battle Ground School District senior girls.

  4. Maintenance of Federation State Park, a donation from GFWC-Washington State decades ago.


  1. Checks can be made out to GFWC Battle Ground and sent to P.O. Box 871, Battle Ground, WA 98604. Earmark your check for your favorite project.


GFWC Battle Ground is a member of GFWC which has 4 levels:

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

  2. GFWC Washington State. To find out what is happening at GFWC clubs in Washington State go to the following website: www.orgsites.com/wa/gfwcwashington/

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

  4. 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 has GFWC Washington State done that no other club has done? Given an entire park and interpretive center to the people of the state. It’s name if Federation Forest! Visit it near CleElum.


  1. What three of many improvements has GFWC accomplished on a national scale?

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

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

  2. -Advocated for enactment of child labor laws until it happened!


  1. What is GFWC doing now through its clubs to improve the quality of our lives?

  2. -Undertaking an awareness and prevention campaign against Domestic Violence!


Short history and other information about GFWC

by Bonnie Walden, former state president

    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.

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

    The club recently purchased bike racks for the City of Battle Ground. They donated to the Old Town Battle Ground mural project and the R.O.S.E. society which raises funds for the float the city enters in the Portland Rose Parade each year.

    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 over 40 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 began 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.

    GFWC Battle Ground meets on the second Thursdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Church, 14208 NE 249th St., Battle Ground. “Outings” or “field trips” are selected throughout the year. 

Regular meetings are not held in July or August.