About GFWC Dominion Woman’s Club
About the ClubGFWC 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, talent and treasure to make our communities vibrant and thriving places to live. The club offers the following areas of interest:
- Performing Arts
- Arts and Craft Club
- Domestic Abuse Awareness
- Home Life
- Public Affairs
- Public Relations
- Civic Engagement
We strive to achieve our goals with this as our focus:
“Service, Strength and Sisterhood”
2020 DWC Statistics
- 54 projects in the community
- 5,254 volunteer hours
- $8,091.00 donated to our outreaches
- $5,423.00 in 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 considered the formation of a woman’s club.
Under the guidance of Joan Morton, President Northern District, GFWC Virginia and Lori Rocker, GFWC Virginia Assistant Director of Junior Clubs and Joan Rogers, GFWC Virginia Membership Strategy Team Member, 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, GFWC Virginia Executive Board declared the Dominion Woman’s Club to be a member of GFWC Virginia and The General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Our first DWC President, Nanette McKeel Petrella was a significant contributor to our early success.
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 – 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 charities:
- Bull Rull Mountain Conservancy
- Hylton Performing Arts
- Haymarket Regional Food Pantry
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
- PACE West
- Serve Our Willing Warriors
- Carried To Full Term
- Gravely Elementary School (reading to students and math tutoring)
- Haymarket Elementary School (supporting library)
- Ellis Elementary (DWC Signature Project)
- WAAAG – Washington Area Animal Adoption Group
- Friends of Homeless Animals Virginia
- 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?
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.
Martha is a charter member of Dominion Woman’s Club, which was established in 2007. She has been involved with many aspects of the club but her first love would have to be literacy and the educational outreach programs for which the club is so well known. For over 10 years she has been involved with supporting programs at PACE West School in Haymarket. Most recently she has been joining other club members at Gravely Elementary for math tutoring. Martha graduated from “old” Fairfax High School and George Mason University. She taught 30 years in Fairfax County Public Schools, all at Navy Elementary School. Her career included teaching 2nd – 6th grade, with an emphasis on math and science. DWC continues to be involved in the community in countless ways and Martha looks forward to enhancing that involvement as a board member.
First Vice President
Barbara Murray writes – I moved to Haymarket 7 years ago and saw DWC advertised in a local magazine. It seemed a perfect fit for me because I was a Home Health Nurse and totally enjoyed working in the Community. After being invited by a friend to attend a meeting, I joined right away. My husband served in the Navy for 28 years. After 14 moves in 18 years, we settled in Virginia with our 3 daughters. We now have 4 grandchildren and are grateful they all live nearby. I feel honored to be part of this special group of women.
Second Vice President
Robin grew up in Waterville, Maine, and graduated from Westbrook College with an Arts degree, and a Business Management degree from the University of Maryland. She married Gary Clukey, her high school sweetheart, a now retired Army Colonel. They have two children and eleven grandchildren. As a military family, they moved 21 times …from Arizona to Australia.
Robin was a founding member of the Dominion Woman’s Club in 2007 and was drawn to the concept of fellowship, service, and fun. She is co-chair of the Environmental Committee which has just finished an eventful year. She has enjoyed numerous vocations and various volunteer opportunities. From art teacher to veterinary clinic manager. She has volunteered in the children’s schools, as a scout leader, Red Cross aide, Army thrift shops organizer, and art museum docent. She has served on a number of boards such as the Army wives club, Newcomer’s, and LGA. She has volunteered in Dominion Valley for ten years and was co-chair of the Grounds Committee for six years. Her hobbies include – golf, painting, mahjong, aqua tabata, yoga, daily hikes, book club, wine tasting, and bunco.
Barbara was a founding member of the Dominion Woman’s Club who left for several years but renewed her membership in 2017. Since her return, she has been co-chairman of Girls Gone Bunco. She is a member of the Home Life Committee and especially enjoys knitting projects. She loves to cook and bake and also participates in the Culinary Arts Committee.
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.
Rosemary and her husband moved to Haymarket 8 years ago as new “empty nesters” after living in Fairfax, VA for 15 years with their two sons. She worked for 30 years in the field of education, initially as an elementary and middle school teacher for several years before becoming an elementary school librarian for the last decade of her career. She retired in 2018. She joined Dominion Woman’s Club in 2014 after attending their Spring Author’s Luncheon. She was impressed by the numerous charitable projects and organizations with which the club was involved, as well as the fun and friendly nature of its members, and saw this as a great opportunity to become a part of her new community and make new friends. Rosemary is active in the Education and Libraries Committee, the Civic Engagement and Outreach Committee, The Arts and Culture Committee, and committees related to special club events. She enjoys pitching in where needed. She has served on the DWC board for two previous terms as Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary and is looking forward to serving our club again as a board member.
Sarah Rudy was a charter member of DWC learning much from our first president, Nanette McKeel Petrella including volunteer organizing and fundraising. After 6 years in DWC and a 30-year government career, she then moved on to the president’s role for Friends of Homeless Animals. This expanded her knowledge of the financial and business sides of nonprofit organizations along with the care and management of rescue dogs and cats. Sarah’s biggest passions are helping the environment, meeting new people, and traveling.
Sarah attributes her love of volunteering to lessons learned from her mother. Although she had little to give, she never passed up a chance to assist a neighbor, listen to a friend, visit the sick and elderly, or just be an arm to lean on for others facing challenges.
Sue joined DWC in 2015 after relocating to Virginia from Minnesota. She was impressed with DWC’s mission after attending a spring Author’s Luncheon. Sue felt joining the club would be a way to volunteer in the local community and meet new friends. She is a retired registered nurse with a 30-year career working in critical care, home and hospice care and case management. Her passion is helping those in the community who are the most vulnerable. Sue has volunteered over the years in schools, at church and as an Alzheimer’s caregiver respite provider. Within DWC she enjoys activities on the Education, Home Life and Cares and Concern committees as well as helping with various fundraising events. Sue is looking forward to serving the community alongside all of the amazing women of DWC.
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 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.
The Northern District of GFWC VA was organized in 1924. Currently we have 21 General Clubs, 1 Junior Club and 2 Juniorette Clubs with a combined membership of over 800.
The current Northern District President for 2020 – 22 is Mary Driver-Downs.
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 the cultural, educational, and environmental welfare of the Commonwealth.
Located in Richmond, GFWC Virginia is a volunteer organization uniting 158 clubs in 8 districts with 4,434 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.