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
  • Conservation
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness
  • Education
  • Health and Wellness
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership
  • Hospitality
  • 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

DWC Bylaws

Feel free to review the GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club Bylaws.

DWC’s History

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.

Past Presidents

Nanette McKeel Petrella
2007 – 2009

Stephanie Sturges
2009 – 2011

Sandy Malinowski

Lynn Hamilton
2011 – 2014

Suzanne Mitchell
2014 – 2016

Susan Sivori and Celeste Corrigan (Co-Presidents)
2016 – 2018

Celeste Corrigan and Martha Feeney (Co-Presidents)
2018 – 2019

Celeste Corrigan
2019 – 2020

Martha Feeney
2020 – 2022

Rosemary Boettke
2022 – Present


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:

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I join DWC?
We would love to have you as a new member of our club. Please use our contact form to email us or be our guest at our next monthly club meeting. We will provide you with all the information needed about joining at the meeting.

All new members are required to fill out these two documents:

When are DWC Meetings?
The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. When held in person, social time starts at 6:30 pm, and the meeting begins promptly at 7 pm. For in-person meetings, the venue will be posted on the website.
Why join a Federated Women’s Club?
The Dominion Woman’s Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s service organizations dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service.

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?
DWC is intended for women, over the age of 18 and residing in Prince William and Fauquier Counties, who have a desire to support, serve, and enhance their communities.

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.

About GFWC

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.


GFWC DWC is a 501 (c) (3) organization. The EIN is 64-0954588. Your contribution may be claimed as a charitable deduction for tax purposes. Please consult your tax consultant to determine the appropriate amount to deduct.