G.F.W.C. IL.


Women of Today

General Federation of Women’s Clubs


Helen Matthes Library

100 East Market Avenue

Effingham, IL 62401-3472

(217) 342-2464

Effingham, IL

1st Thursday of Each Month

12:00 NOON

Any woman of Effingham & Surrounding communities is invited to join the GFWC IL Effingham Women of Today.  Please contact Janet Henry for more information or just come to a meeting.  Just click on her name to send an email.

Club Officers:

President.....Janet Henry

Vice-President.....Donna Zerrusen

Secretary.....Vanessa Caton

Treasurer.....Bev Rentfrow

Club Motto:

Not for Ourselves, But for Humanity


The Effingham chapter of the Federation, GFWC Effingham Women of Today, received its charter in November of 1991. Over the years, members have actively participated in projects to provide scholarships for high school and adult students, various arts/music camps, college, and continuing education programs. Other projects include sponsoring the Special Kids Rodeo, providing meals for Habitat for Humanity, making Linus blankets for needy children, helping victims of domestic violence through SWAN (Stop Woman Abuse Now), donating resources to the Helen Matthes Library for Children’s Special Projects, volunteering for Catholic Charities and Meals on Wheels, serving refreshments for the annual Veteran’s Day Service, fundraising for adult and teen scholarships, providing school supplies and donations to the needy, and many more.




Home Life/Health

International Outreach



Community Improvement

Our Flower:  The Violet

Club Colors:  Purple & White

Club Mottow:  “Not for Ourselves, But for Humanity”

Activities in the Past:

Adopting a needy family at Christmas

Donating food and clothing

Participating in Adopt-a-Highway by picking up trash

Sponsoring the Kaleidoscope of Crafts

Recycling (which we still do)

Current Projects:

Provide lunches for the workers at the Habitat for Humanity

Collect food for the local food pantry

Host an Old-Fashioned Christmas “Pajama Party.”  

(Members wore PJ”s and brought new kid’s PJ’s for the local

FISH/Catholic Charities Christmas

*Provide scholarships for adults (25 and older) continuing education

*Provide a scholarship to a teen to attend the

Illinois Teenage Institute Drug Prevention

Collect games and give to the Effingham Unit 40 Mentoring Program

Collect blankets for children in Afghanistan in memory of a fallen soldier

*Sponsor the “Special Kids” rodeo during the Illinois High School Rodeo.

We provide the bandanas, hats & medals to each participant

Support the GFWC Illinois State Project

“Our Promise...A Safe Place for Every Child”

A Prevention of Child Abuse Initiative

*  Annual Project


General Federation of Women’s Clubs

General Federation of Women’s Clubs Illinois

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