Welcome to GFWC New Mexico



NM Clubs are encouraged to promote and support art activities in clubs, schools, and communities. The goal is to create programs & projects that include music, literature, dance, drama, theater, & any other arts related areas that are traditional, as well as innovative  throughout their communities. Contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" to ask for more information or http://GFWC.org


Club Members promote preserving or protecting our natural resources, environmental education, recycling, clean up roadways, waterways, parks, trials, & state or national parks, protect botanical & community gardens, plant & care for trees and  anything that increases awareness of our natural resources. Contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" to ask for more information or http://GFWC.org


Education projects improve the quality of life and create a better world for children and families throughout the community.  Club members donate scholarships, books for libraries, school supplies, backpacks for homeless kids with various items, and these projects can also be combined with other organizations. Contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" to ask for more information.

Home Life

This program is designed to increase awareness and prevention of health issues, research & treatment of disease, address hunger issues, inadequate housing & homelessness, theft prevention, service dog programs, people with disabilities, and promote healthy lifestyles, and child care projects. Work with "The Heart Truth", "Inside Knowledge", "Canine Companions for Independence", and "Easterseals"  Contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" to ask for more information.

International Outreach

International Outreach reaches out globally to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, and communities. Through donations, fundraising activities, cultural awareness, and partner agencies we help make a difference for basic needs. Advocating health, education, raising cultural awareness for food, water, and clothing. Through UNICEF program we raise awareness of Human Traifficking. Support Operation Smile, Shot at Life, and the Heifer International program. To learn more about these programs go to http://gfwc.org  or contact the GWC NM Chairman under "Contacts".

Public Issues

Civic & social responsibilities are the key components to connect members & communities with effective projects & activities for Public Issues. Advocate legislation for several public issues. There are five main categories in this program.     1) Citizenship -  Educate members & communities on rights & responsibilities of citizenship; preserve/ visit historic sites, mounments, & homes.  2) Military - Support military families; advocate for severely wounded, ill, or injured soldiers, veterans, & their families. 3) Emergency & Disaster Preparedness - Educate on disaster readiness, recovery, & relief; increase public awareness with law enforcement & 1st responders. 4) Safety & Crime Prevention - Educated on  home, transportation, & internet safety; crime prevention; and encourage "Neighborhood Watch". Support ESO and Sew  Much Comfort. Contact GFWC NM Chairman for more information.

GFWC Signature Program: Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention

GFWC Increases awareness & prevention through club members across the nation for domestic abuse. Clubs support and fundraise for organizations that assist victims of abuse; protect the safety, security, and dignity of older citizens; develop & influence federal & state legislation that positively affets the lives of domestic violence victims & their families.  GFWC promotes the "GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship" which provides a positive & constructive solution to victims of abuse. See http://.GFWC.org for more information. or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts".

Juniors' Special Program: Advocates for Children

GFWC Juniors encourages all clubs to make a difference in our world by becoming advocates for children. Clubs can advocate by working to ensure children are protected from harmful situations; encourage healthy, physical, emotional lifestyles; & impact policy to improve children's lives. Projects are numerous: members should educate themselves on current issues facing children, child abuse, health issues, poverty, cyberbullying, teen dating violence, child obesity, texting while driving, depression, & suicide. Work with March of Dimes, and St. Jude Children's Hospital. See http://GFWC.org for more information. or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts".

Communications and Public Relations

Everything your Club does has a public relations component. GFWC provides a guide full of ideas, resources, tools, & tips necessary for achieving successful public relations & professional communication to promote GFWC clubs, districts, States, Regions, & the International organization. Publicizing your club's projects & initiatives lets your community know what you do and opens the door to worthwhile partnerships. By branding,  adding GFWC to your club name, newsletters, website, social media, celebrating Federation Day, special events, press releases, photography, cable, television, & radio announcements are public relations. See http://GFWC.org for more information. or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts".

Fundraising and Devlopment

Fundraising generates non-dues revenue for your clubs, districts, States, Regions, and GFWC. As community leaders you are building the foundation on which most fundraising & development takes place. Establishing a fundraising plan will help sustain the financial security & integrity of your clubs. GFWC has an array of ways for fundraising and planning your event. See http://GFWC.org for more information. or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts".


Leadership involves taking risks, being innovative, & providing new direction. Most of us can learn to be good leaders by developing a clear & compelling vision for what we want by establishing clear goals, providing encouragement & appreciation. We find leaders from our membership, current & former club officers, and new members. See http://GFWC.org for guidance. or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts".

Legislation/ Public Policy

As stated in the GFWC Advancement Guide, more than 100 years of GFWC advocacy has resulted as child labor laws, women's suffrage, pure food & drug statues, rights for people with disabilities, & domestic violence programs. As members we can affect change in our communities, state or nation. See http://GFWC.org for more information. or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts".


GFWC is a network of support for over 80,000 clubwomen volunteering on local, state, and national levels by promoting community improvement through volunteer service. There are many benefits to belonging to GFWC and GFWC New Mexico: STRENGTH IN UNITY-gain a stronger voice in shaping public issues; SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT; LEADERSHIP TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT-knowledge & experience through GFWC volunteer training and community service; and, VARIED VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS- clubs can plan community service projects and programs through GFWC's many resources. Membership and clubs are the strength of this organization and increasing membership is of  vital importance. Contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" or http://GFWC.org for more information

Women's History and Resource Center

The Women's History & Resource Center manages archives of the General Federation of Woman's Clubs, historical records, collections, and research library - which consists of nearly 5,0000 publications history of GFWC & woman volunteers.  Some of the archives have included women's suffrage, child labor & juvenile court laws, community and family health reform, establishment of national parks, preservation of Native American culture, libraries, wartime service, the Equal Rights Amendment, and international humanitarian efforts to name a few. Many local clubs have their club histories in their membership handbooks. Contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" or http://GFWC.org for more information.

Jennie Award

The GFWC Jennie Award is the only national honor that recognizes individual members for personal excellence. One clubwoman from each GFWC Region is selected by their clubs to compete at state, region, and national levels for outstanding commitment to club, community, and family through their roles as volunteers. See http://GFWC.org for more information. or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts". 

Community Improvement Program Award

This program offers clubs financial incentive to implement projects that are designed to meet the varying changes of a communities specific needs. It benefits the clubs by increasing membership opportunities, developing leadership skills, and creating public awareness of club activities and GFWC. This can also be done with partner organizations. This is one of GFWC's longest standing projects which was introduced in 1949 as the "Build a Better Community Contest" All monetary awards must be used to further the community initiatives. Contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" or http://GFWC.org for more information

Newsletter Contest

Newsletters are one of the most effective ways to communicate and inform your members of current, ongoing, and new initiatives. They do not have to be lengthy, but have substance.  The Contest encourages clubs and State Federations to increase awareness of projects, programs, events, and issues that may affect your members or communities. For judging criteria go to http://GFWC.org

Photography Contest

Photography Contest encourages artistic expression, while recognizing achievement in photography. GFWC offers three opportunities to participate: 1) World in Pictures  - Living Things, Scenes, & Still Life; 2) GFWC Volunteers in Action; and 3) A Year in Pictures. For judging criteria go to http://GFWC.org or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" for details.

Website Contest

A quality website is an effective way to communicate and outreach to members and communities. A clear-cut, well-organized, and frequently updated website conveys credibility enthusiasm, and effectiveness. Contest rules are located at http://GFWC.org, under "Resources"

Writing Contest

GFWC members and community youth are able to provide a way to express themselves and draw upon their experiences through writing. GFWC Writing Contest must be written during the contest year. Short Stories are limited to 2,000 words. Poetry entries can be any style, with a minimum length of eight lines and a maximum of 50 lines. Judging Criteria is located at http://GFWC.org or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts".

Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO)

Over 60 years ago, Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) became a permanent part of GFWC Education Department. ESO is an honorary educational society where club women are given direction in planned reading for self enrichment and personal growth. Members can participate as part of a reading group or on their own. The program provides awards, certificates, pins, and reading lists. For more information contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" or http://GFWC.org


L.E,A.D.S. stands for Leadership, Education, and Development Seminar which identifies GFWC members at the local level who have the  potential and desire to assume leadership positions in the State Federation and/or GFWC on the national level. LEADS can help leaders to gain the capabilities, confidence, & commitment necessary to pursue & achieve higher offices & serve with distinction. They learn tips/ techniques for leaders, conflict resolution, mediation, public speaking, time management, and parliamentary procedures. See http://GFWC.org for more information. or contact your GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts".

GFWC NM Harriett Donohoo/ Dorothy Pendleton Scholarship

This scholarship is available for the education of New Mexico women The funds are raised by voluntary contributions from clubs and individuals. This four year scholarship fund shall be available to an applicant in the amount of $500.00 annually and applicant must retain a 2.5 or better grade point average. A "female applicant" shall be a graduate of an accredited high school or shall have be accepted by an accredited college, university, or technical school within New Mexico. A club may endorse only one applicant a year for a scholarship. Contact GFWC NM Chairman under "Contacts" for more information.

GFWC NM Special Project: Touching the Lives of Others Through GFWC