About GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club
About the Club
GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club is for women age 18 and over, residing in Prince William and Fauquier Counties, with an interest in serving the needs of and enhancing our community through volunteer service.
Our motto, “Unity in Diversity” seeks diversity in our club women so that we might all benefit from their varied experiences, unique perspectives, and diverse interests in reaching out to our community.
Our club has many outreaches that allow our members to utilize their time and talents to make our communities vibrant and thriving places to live. The club offers opportunities to participate in the following areas:
- Performing Arts
- Arts and Craft
- Domestic Abuse Awareness
- Health and Wellness
- Public Affairs
- Public Relations
- Civic Engagement
We strive to achieve our goals with this as our focus:
“Service, Strength and Sisterhood”
2022 DWC Statistics
- 70 projects in the community
- 7019 volunteer hours
- $12,526 donated to our outreaches
- $16,204 in-kind donations
Feel free to review the GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club Bylaws.
GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club was founded on February 18, 2007, when a group of women gathered at the Dominion Valley home of Nanette McKeel Petrella, to consider the formation of a woman’s club. After detailed background information about the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) was presented by Nanette, the women passed a resolution to form a club.
One month later, on March 18, 2007, the club adopted their bylaws, enrolled 35 charter members and elected their officers.
On April 19, 2007, the GFWC Virginia Executive Board declared the GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club to be a member of GFWC Virginia and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The first DWC President was Nanette McKeel Petrella, who guided the club through its first two years. In the first year, club activities included the Haymarket Day Parade, Red White and Blue Jeans Dinner Dance and Silent Auction, Vegas in the Valley Casino Night, the Scramble for Shelter Golf Tournament and the formation of the Dominion Sisterhood Juniorette Club.
Nanette McKeel Petrella
2007 – 2009
2009 – 2011
2011 – 2014
2014 – 2016
Susan Sivori and Celeste Corrigan (Co-Presidents)
2016 – 2018
Celeste Corrigan and Martha Feeney (Co-Presidents)
2018 – 2019
2019 – 2020
2020 – 2022
2022 – Present
New Member Documents
Supporting Our Community
The mission of Dominion Woman’s Club is to improve our community by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
As such, our group carefully researches the many charitable opportunities that exist and selects those organizations and causes that meet our mission, benefit from our support, and meet the highest standard of fiscal responsibility.
Currently, DWC supports the following organizations:
- Bull Rull Mountain Conservancy
- Hylton Performing Arts Center
- Haymarket Regional Food Pantry
- PACE West
- Gravely Elementary School (reading to students and math tutoring)
- Ellis Elementary
- WAAAG – Washington Area Animal Adoption Group
- Friends of Homeless Animals Virginia
- Leopold’s Preserve
- DWC Service Scholarships for high school seniors
If you are a member of a charitable organization and would like to be considered for support through DWC, please get in touch with us through our contact form.
How do I join DWC?
All new members are required to fill out these two documents:
When are DWC Meetings?
Why join a Federated Women’s Club?
For more than a century, GFWC has encouraged women to improve their skills, expand their rights, and apply their abilities and special sensitivities to society’s problems. Members of federated women’s clubs have been addressing the diverse needs of their communities and countries through times of social change and technological revolution, and of war and peace in an increasingly interdependent world.
The Dominion Woman’s Club is also a member of the Northern District GFWC Virginia.
Who can belong?
First Vice President
Barbara taught high school math for six years but changed careers in 1980. She then worked as a pension actuary/consultant for 22 years at one of the leading international human resource firms. She and her husband retired in 2002 and moved from Michigan where they lived for over 30 years to Dominion Valley. She has been active in the Dominion Valley Ladies’ Golf Association from its inception. She is the only member of the current DVLGA board who has been on the board every year. Her special love is being chairperson of the Robbyn Rothman Memorial Swing for Life Tournament. She is thrilled that the Dominion Woman’s Club has become a sponsor of this tournament.
Second Vice President
Gale is a native of the commonwealth of VA. Her husband, Curtis, and two sons Grant and Chad moved to Gainesville in 2000.
Invited to a DWC meeting in 2008 by Deb Jewell she instantly felt a warmth and purpose with the group of women led by Nanette and the board.
Gale served as Treasurer from 2009 – 2011. Rejoining the club in 2013 she volunteers for various committee activities, Pace West Bonanza, Sweat for Vets, First Responders, and Swing for Life golf tournament. She attended District and State Conferences.
She was a member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce from 2000 – 2016, serving as Chair of the Ambassador Committee and later a Board member.
Gale enjoys reading, playing Bunco, cooking, baking, and gardening.
Sharayu moved to Virginia from Connecticut in 2014 and came across information about the book club run by the Dominion Woman’s Club. She was invited to attend the monthly meeting. She was impressed by the numerous service activities the club offered, as well as the welcoming and friendly nature of the club members. She has enjoyed being part of the club and has taken on various responsibilities such as webmaster and editor of News and Notes. She also has been involved in math and science activities in local schools. This is her first entry onto the DWC board as a treasurer. She is looking forward to working with the board members.
In her prior life, Sharayu worked for United Technologies Corporation and developed systems for the space shuttle main engine and US military aircrafts. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Connectivut.
Connie Loggans has been involved with the Dominion Woman’s Club since 2007 when she helped found the organization. As a charter member, she served on the board as 1st Vice-President and has continued to serve on the board since then as 2nd Vice-President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian. Connie is currently Recording Secretary for the 2023-2024 board term. Connie also formed the Dominion Juniorettes Club, a non-profit club for teenage girls in 8th-12th grades, to provide a way for them to help others in the community.
Connie works full-time for a large corporation in northern Virginia. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her family and her Giant Alaskan Malamute named Chewie.
Elizabeth joined Dominion Women’s Club in 2020 after visiting the DWC booth at Haymarket Day several years prior. She was impressed with the DWC mission, GFWC’s history, and the long-standing impacts on local communities.
Elizabeth sought ways to volunteer in the local community and meet new friends. She spent the first year of her club membership on Zoom and was impressed by the warmth and friendliness of the members. Elizabeth has worked for 30 years in government contracting, holding positions in Logistics, Procurement, and Human Resources. Elizabeth has enjoyed many opportunities to volunteer over the years to support her son’s activities in school clubs, sports, scouts, and band. Within DWC, Elizabeth is serving in the position of Parliamentarian and is the Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee. In addition, she is co-chair of the DWC Book Club.
When not busy with DWC, Elizabeth enjoys visiting local wineries, attending live theatre and musical performances, bowling league, participating in the book club, reading, bunco, and caring for her pup Rosco. Recently, Elizabeth started the ancient hobby of bird feeding, which has expanded to bird watching. She can now proudly identify several backyard birds!
About GFWC Northern District
GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club is a proud member of the Northern District of General Federation of Women’s Clubs Virginia (GFWC VA). The Northern District of GFWC VA was organized in 1924.
The Northern District serves as a communication link; disseminating information and promoting Federation policies and projects between the GFWC, the GFWC Virginia, and the District clubs. The local ties with State and International organizations keep Northern District GFWC strongly aware of the opportunities for community service, provide leadership opportunities for their members, and promote a sense of fellowship that leads to life-long friendships.
To learn more about Northern District GFWC VA, please visit their website.
About GFWC Virginia
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs Virginia was organized in 1907 to bring into closer unity the women’s clubs of Virginia, in order to promote their common interests in the cultural, educational, and environmental welfare of the Commonwealth.
Located in Richmond, GFWC Virginia is a volunteer organization uniting multiple clubs in 8 districts with about 4,000 members willing to help meet the needs of today, and whose purpose is to work cooperatively giving service in our local communities, state, and world.
For more information, visit the GFWC Virginia website.
GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club is a proud member of The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s volunteer community service organizations. It was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
GFWC has more than 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and over a dozen countries. To learn more about this international organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service, visit them online at www.gfwc.org.