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
We strive to achieve our goals with this as our focus:
“Service, Strength and Sisterhood”
2016 DWC Statistics
- 49 programs in the community
- 2,746 volunteer hours
- $7836.74 donated to our outreaches
- $24,536.43 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
2016 – 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
- Fauquier Community Theatre
- 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 (President’s Project – ‘Buy a Kid a Book’)
- DWC Service Scholarships for high school seniors
- DWC back-to-school scholarship for an older woman
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?
DWC meets at Piedmont Club the third Monday of each month. Social time starts at 6:30 pm, and the meeting begins promptly at 7 pm.
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.
Susan has been a member since 2008 and has served in many club roles, including Parliamentarian. She is also an active member of the Education Committee. Susan enjoyed a successful 25-year career as a mortgage banker and has lived in Haymarket for 15 years. Volunteering has always been important to Susan, but filling a need in the community, lending an extra pair of hands, and bringing books to children have tugged at her heart the most. Her President Project is “Putting Books in the Hands of Children.”
During her past 6 years as a DWC member, Celeste has been involved with the Home Life, Conservation, Membership and Hospitality committees. She has been involved with various club events to help raise monies for all of the DWC charities. Professionally, Celeste began as a preschool teacher, working her way up to managing a multi-million dollar care center. She has always been involved with groups or clubs that focused on helping others or giving back to the community—from organizing toy drives for Toys For Tots to being instrumental in the formation of the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry.
Mary Ellen Murphy
Mary Ellen comes to DWC with a background rich in service. An active member of various Military Wives’ Clubs, she served as a Red Cross and Army Community Service volunteer at her husband’s many duty stations. She enjoyed a career as an educator for 25 years and is a passionate advocate for literacy and life-long learning. She is a church volunteer, is active on the Education and Home Life committees, and co-chairs the DWC Annual Spring Luncheon. Mary Ellen believes that DWC offers women the opportunity to impact our community in a positive way and to “be the change you want to see.”
Marguerite became a DWC member in 2014 to become involved in our community. She has joined the Education Committee and enjoys spending time at Gravely ES helping students read or practice spelling. She also enjoys participating in the DWC’s book club. Assisting with bunco at the rehab center has also been a very rewarding experience for her. After being a stay at home mom for many years, Marguerite spent 18 years working for Fairfax County Public Schools and is currently thoroughly enjoying retirement.
Rosemary has been a member of Dominion Woman’s Club since the spring of 2014. At the time, she was looking to get involved in her community and meet new people. She joined the club after attending the club’s annual Spring Luncheon, meeting its wonderful members, and seeing their impressive community outreach. Besides serving as treasurer, Rosemary is a member of the Education Committee, which means she promotes literacy and supports teachers, something she’s passionate about since she’s a school librarian and was an elementary and middle school teacher for many years.
Shamal has been a member of DWC since November 2015. She was looking to engage in the community but, at the time, being uncertain about where she was going to permanently reside, the DWC covering two counties was a huge plus. Once involved, the club has become a big part of her life with multiple volunteering opportunities in the community. As a retired Child Psychiatrist, working with children is and continues to be her passion. This is her first experience as a Recording Secretary and she is thankful to the DWC Board for their trust and support; she has made many new friends.
Beth is a DWC charter member since its inception in 2007. She is thrilled to be part of this club, which allows her to volunteer and help others. This has become a very important part of her life. Beth spent over 25 years teaching elementary school in New Jersey and Oklahoma, with the majority of her career spent in Fairfax, Virginia.
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 and 2 Junior Clubs with a combined membership of over 1,000. The current Northern District President for 2016-18 is Barbara “Buzzy” Benton.
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.