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GFWC Naples Woman's Club is distinguished from other service organizations by the breadth of our outreach. Our programs span all areas of the lives of our members, their families, and communities: arts, conservation, education, home life, public affairs, and international affairs. Our clubwomen are mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, doctors, teachers, and community leaders who are dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

Service Programs & Committees

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GWFC Naples Woman’s Club, Inc.

 

570 Park Street, Naples, FL 34102  |  Please send mail to   P.O. Box 7338, Naples, FL 34101

Phone 239-262-6331  |  Fax 239-262-2302  |  Email Us NaplesWomansClub@Comcast.net

©Copyright 2014  |  All Rights Reserved  |  We are a 501 c (3) Charitable Organization

Community Service Programs

 

Art

The Arts programs provide a framework for clubwomen to pursue a variety of artistic interests while simultaneously educating their communities on the important role art plays in our lives.  Provides a $2500 Eileen Steen Art Award partnered with the Naples Art Association in 2016 to a college bound  graduating high school senior and has it's own Arts & Crafts competition. Naples Woman's Club also has many volunteers who work in conjunction with the Arts in the area.  They also host an annual outing related with the Arts.

 

Conservation

Identifies opportunities for the NWC to support local environmental efforts through participation in beach cleanups, the Turtle Project and projects sponsored by The Conservancy and other local organizations.  Provides educational information to the club members on environmental issues and proposals that impact open space, water quality and quality of life issues.  Established an environmental scholarship program at Florida Gulf State University and supports the Naples Botanical Garden through its membership program.  Sponsors an annual environmentmentally themed outing to educate and entertain interested NWC members.

 

Education

Each year, a major focus is selecting recipients for club scholarships, so we read applications, interview finalists and award winners at our scholarship reception in April.   We're also involved in many other education related initiataives in our community.  As sponsors of The Laws of Life contest, we evaluate hundreds of student essays.  Currently, some committee members serve as  Scholar Bowl judges in local schools, others are mentors, tutors, or literacy program volunteers, and some assist with College Goal Sunday applications.  Every year our club collects and donates storybooks to young children.

 

Home Life

The Home Life Department visits the area's caregiving facilities, including Heritage Healthcare, Manor Care at Lakewood and Lakeside Pavillion every month during season. We arrive with refreshments and interact with the residents before doing a planned activity. We deliver lap robes, walker & wheelchair bags, magazines, books, toiletries on a regular basis.

 

This committee also participates in the Annual Flea Market (with our own booth) and use the profits to benefit charities such as Habitat For Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Naples Alliance For Children, Baby Basics and Eden Autism Services (Easter Seals). We always appreciate donations and are regularly collecting aluminum tabs & used batteries for Ronald McDonald House, used eyeglasses for Lion's Club, toiletries and used tennis balls for the nursing homes, magazines, books, calendars, cards, gift wrap, and canceled stamps for Habitat For Humanity. Members also contribute to our Miles Of Pennies Fund which is distributed to all these charities.

 

International Outreach

International Committee allows clubs to reach beyond their own communities through education and global awareness.

 

Public Issues

GFWC Florida Clubwomen are dedicated, supportive, and engaged in events and projects that connect them with their civic responsibilities.

 

Committees

Our members are encouraged to join at least one committee to truly get involved with our Club. With so many ways to participate, our Club continues to grow, enhance the community and enrich our lives as we build relationships.

 

Annual Flea Market

Sell your merchandise!   Booths are available inside the Club and outside in the parking lot.

 

By-Laws

This is all about crossing the "T's" and dotting the "I's" to ensure we're following our own rules and guidelines.

 

Community Improvement Program

Our community is worth improving, celebrating and supporting...this Committee makes it possible.

 

Dining For Philanthropy

A signature event held in March every year. An incredible, coordinated effort goes in to securing  local  homes and hosts; each venue offers a private, themed dining experience to attendees.

 

Dorothy Edwards Vocational Scholarship

This scholarship fund was endowed in 1992 by a past Naples Woman's Club member. Students who wish to follow a vocational career path and have a High School or Tech School diploma from Collier County School District are invted to apply.

 

Empowerment of Women

Each year the Empowering Women's Committee gives a scholarship to a qualified woman in the Shelter for Abused Women and Children to further her education.  The Dora Valentine family donates $500 to the scholarship and the GFWC Naples Woman's Club donates at least $1,500.  The committee reviews the scholarship applications and coordinates the event.

 

Finance

More than meets the eye, this committee helps to keep our Club running smoothly.

 

Fundraising

The VP of Fundraising coordinates fundraising activities to support scholarship and operational expenses of the GFWC Naples Woman's Club. This position is a member of the Finance Committee and selects and assists chairpersons to develop 5 annual fundraisers:

 

November: Empowering Women Dora Valentine Scholarship Luncheon

January: Kitchen Tour

February: Flea Market

March: Dining for Philanthropy

April: Presidents’ Luncheon

 

History

The GFWC Naples Woman's Club history...is Naples' history.

 

House & Grounds

Responsible for maintaining and preserving  our Club and grounds.

 

Kitchen Tours

Started in 2013 and now an annual, signature event. This committee coordinates private, exquisite homes with local chefs, entertainers, exclusive merchandise, transportation, volunteers and over 500 patrons.

 

Library

A plaque awarded by the Collier County library designating Naples Woman's Club as founder of the FIRST Naples lending library.

 

Louise Prothero Scholarship

Established in 1999, this is a 4-year, renewable scholarship available to Collier County high school students. Applications are reviewed and the final recipient is chosen for his or her exemplary leadership abilities.

 

Membership

Keeping our membership strong and growing, the Membership Chair is responsible for compiling and maintaining the official membership data files. The committee members welcome, register and greet members at the monthly meetings.

 

Philanthropy

This is what we're all about. We actively promote and support our community.

 

Photography

Keeping the memories of our Club in photographs.

 

Public Relations & Publicity

Sharing our wonderful organization with the media, this committee ensures the Naples community is informed of our signature events, awards and recognition, membership opportunities and more.

 

Sew-Much Comfort

This is an incredible group of women using their sewing skills for improving the lives of veterans and the elderly. Hand-crafting lap robes, walker bags, catheter bags, wheelchair bags and more.

 

Scrapbook & Archives

Our Club was founded in 1932 and carries with it an amazingly rich history.

 

Hospitality

A big part of helping to make our monthly luncheons a success.

 

Sunshine Memorials & Tributes

Women celebrating women and the life events that make us who we are.

Founded in 1932

The GFWC Naples Woman’s Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the community through philanthropic activities and volunteer services. We have more than 250 members, meet monthly October through April, and host a variety of events throughout the year.

 

Our organization was formed in 1932 and since 1949, we have been a member of  the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC).

 

Our Clubhouse is located in downtown Naples, just one-half block off the famous 5th Avenue district and approximately one mile from Naples Pier. We are currently accepting new members and invite you to join one of our meetings. The Clubhouse is also available for private rentals.

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