Did You Know?
Do you know that the GFWC
Federation's color is
What is the GFWC flower you ask? Why the
Federation's flower is the red rose.
It was officially adopted at the Council Meeting in
Milwaukee, WI., May 1940.
Does GFWC have a flag and where did it originate you
Yes GFWC does have an organizational flag. It was first used at
the Golden Jubilee Celebration of GFWC in Atlantic City, N.J., on
Pioneer Night, May 19, 1941. The flag has a blue background with
an embroidered GFWC emblem in color.
Did you know that the
offical song of GFWC is "America, The Beautiful" written
by Katherine Lee Bates. GFWC selected the song in 1922, as it "…is
a song of dignity and beauty, easily sung, and reflecting the true
spirit of America and the ideals of this Federation."
Do you use the
"A Collect for Clubwomen" at your club meetings? What is "A
Collect for Clubwomen"?
Mary Stewart, a
Colorado school principal, wrote the words to the Collect in 1904
as a personal daily prayer. Mary titled her poem "A Collect for
Club Women" when it was first published because she felt it might
have special appeal to clubwomen. According to Mary, "The first
women's organization to hear or use the Collect or to print it in
its year books and biennial reports was the General Federation of
Women's Clubs." Prior to her death in 1943, Mary Stewart's own
account of the history of the Collect was recorded. During GFWC
President Dorothy Houghton's administration (1950-1952), the
American Home Department published Mary's history along with an
interpretation of the text and suggestions for using it in GFWC
The words for
the Collect are as follows:
A COLLECT FOR
Keep us, oh
God, from pettiness; let
us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense and meet each other face to face,
without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous.
Let us take time for all things; make us to grow calm, serene,
Teach us to put into action our better impulses, straightforward
Grant that we may realize it is the little things that create
differences, that in the big things of life we are at one.
And may we strive to touch and to know the great, common human
heart of us all, and oh Lord God, let us forget not to be kind!
GFWC history ....the "Unity in Diversity" Motto
Dietz Clymer gained a particular place of honor in Federation
history as the auzthor of the GFWC motto, " Unity in Diversity."
Speaking to the delegates at the first conference in 1889 she
said, "We look for unity, but unity in diversity. We hope that
you will enrich us by your varied experiences...." The aptness of
the motto is evident in the diverse interests and methods of GFWC
members, who have implemented a broad range of programs and
projects tailored to meet the needs of their communties Adopted
as the official motto in 1957, it set the tone for the flexibility
that has allowed GFWC to grow and adapt to the changing and
diverse lifestyles and concerns of women throughout moret han a
century of volunteer work. (GFWC Club Manual)
Did you Know …
Many modern safety measures were early GFWC programs. The Women’s
Crusade for Seatbelts program, sponsored by GFWC in 1960, helped
to advocate automobile safety and resulted in more than one
million car seat belts installed in the course of one year.