GFWC Illinois Fairbury
General Federation of Woman’s Clubs Illinois
GFWC Illinois Fairbury Woman’s Club is a small, very active club working to promote our community, district, state, and National organizations.
We were founded in 1936 with 27 members. The first President was Idabelle Nelson. Over the years the club has had over 60 members, but for the last 40 years membership is usually 20 or less. At this time we have 12 members with more than 235 years of Federation experience.
Our Club will be celebrating 75 years of community service and federation on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Methodist Church Hall in Fairbury from 2 pm - 4 pm.
Fairview Haven Nursing Home
605 N. Fourth Street, Fairbury, IL 61739
1st Thursday of each month, every month
Contact for more information:
409 W. Chestnut
Fairbury, IL 61739
President - Carol Ely
President Elect - Sherry Metz
Secretary - Denise Doran
Treasurer - Kathy Abels
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Annual Club Projects:
The Fairbury Club sponsored the Reading is Fundamental program for 37years in 6 different schools. Since RIF funds have been cut, we currently are using the Scholastic Literacy Partnership program to purchase books for the local grade school students 3 times a year.
All Town Garage Sales: Last Friday and Saturday in April and September. There are 60-70 homes participating each time, and the profits from advertising the sales goes to club projects. It gives local people a chance to recycle unwanted items and make money, bringing over 1000 people to town that helps all local businesses.
June Blood Drive: We sponsor the blood drive with the local Red Cross and usually recruit over 175 donors.
Operation Santa is currently in its 4th year of sponsorship by this club. In three years they have made over 100,000 stockings that have been sent to the troops. We organize with local stores for residents to purchase items needed for the stocking and sponsor “Put A Sock In It” night at a local football game to gather athletic socks to put into stockings.
On the 1st Saturday of December we sponsor Kids Christmas Corner where children 12 and under may purchase gifts for their parents and or grandparents and have them wrapped. The cost is $1.00
We will hold our 4th annual Christmas Stocking raffle this December, with the proceeds going to our local ambulance service (SELCAS) for the purchase of child mannequins for their training purposes. Two Christmas stocking each with over $400 worth of gift cards and services to local businesses will be drawn for on Sat. Dec. 1, 2012. Tickets are $5.00 each.