Welcome to the GFWC Illinois
Antioch Woman’s Club
The mission of the GFWC Illinois Antioch Woman’s Club is to provide intellectual growth and unity of effort toward civic improvement – a philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
We are a fun, dynamic and energetic group of women who are dedicated to making a difference in our world and our community. The Antioch Woman’s Club (AWC) works to promote education, preserve natural resources and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Our work has made a positive impact with the elderly and people with disabilities, has been a voice for issues relating to women, children and families and has supported participation in the arts. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about how you can get involved.
Get the latest news from the Antioch Woman’s Club newsletter, Potpourri.
Click here to read our latest edition August 2016
Wednesday, September 14th
11 am – Social 12 Noon – Lunch
Glen Flora Country Club
RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY September 7th
“Socks for the Soul” – Open Arms Mission
Paper Goods / Gift Cards – A Safe Place
Thank you for supporting the AWC!
Our 2016 Officers and Committee Chairs
Have you ever wondered what the AWC does?
Community Service Projects
The Art Committee organizes an annual Arts and Crafts Show for members. All categories are welcome — from painting and photography to knitting and crocheting, weaving and ceramics. They also host an annual Student Art Show for our community high schools and middle schools. Students receive monetary prizes and plaques celebrating their achievements. At one meeting per year, we take up a collection called Pennies for Art.
The Conservation committee organizes volunteers from the club and their families for Highway Cleanup twice a year. The AWC takes responsibility for cleanup on Deep Lake Road from Grass Lake Road to Rte 132. The committee chair also spearheads our recycling efforts; we collect wine corks for ReCork.org; pop can tabs for Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee; old clothing and material not good enough to donate; used ink and toner cartridges; and #6 Styrofoam such as egg cartons, meat trays and takeout containers.
This committee sponsors clothing and dry-good drives for the women and children at A Safe Place, a shelter for abused women. During the holiday season, we also collect unwrapped gifts and/or gift cards for the women and children.
The Education committee provides volunteers to read with the children at Petty School on a weekly basis. Volunteers are asked for just one day a week for one month at a time. Member Patsy Foley also takes her service dog, Lambeau, to the school and the children read to her.
The committee also awards scholarships to graduating seniors from Lakes and Antioch High Schools. We also provide funds for one or two students to attend Leadership Camps in the summer. In addition, we award the Lilly Petty Scholarship annually.
Book Club – This meeting takes place once a month. At this informal gathering women discuss the good or not-so-good books they have recently read. The Chair sends Book Club reports to the GFWC Reading Sorority, Epsilon Sigma Omicron.
Bridge – AWC bridge players meet once a week at the Antioch Senior Center.
Volunteers join this committee chair to host a birthday party for residents of Winchester House in Libertyville. We bring cake and ice cream and play games or sing songs with residents who are celebrating a birthday in that particular month. Home Life also provides helpful tips to the membership during our regular meetings.
AWC members convene at the Meeting House in Antioch once a month to make quilts for children who receive surgeries from Operation Smile. Some women are seamstresses, but others just cut fabric into squares and assemble kits for the seamstresses to finish. We send about 100 quilts each year. In addition, during their birthday month, members contribute money that supports Heifer International.
As part of this effort, we conduct food/paper good drives for Open Arms Mission several times a year. We also provide holiday dinners to families that depend on the mission. The committee also oversees the 3 projects listed below:
- Veterans Affairs: Women from the club visit the VA Hospital once a month. They bring treats for the vets and play bingo with them. We also sponsor dances for the vets once or twice a year. In addition, we bring gently used men’s clothing that our members have donated.
- Operation Support Our Troops: Three times a year we collect small, everyday items that we send to our troops overseas. Items include toiletries, candy, packaged drinks, small packages of cookies, crackers, munchies, etc.
- Coupons: We collect coupons that are within 3 months of expiration for (1) Baby Products, (2) Food, (3) Health and Beauty, (4) Household Goods, or (5) Pets. We send the coupons to military families as these coupons are honored at the Px.
The AWC raises money in many ways. We then make contributions to many of our community organizations. The list is long!
50/50 raffles at regular meetings
Summer Bake Sale in conjunction with Lion’s Club
Holiday Luncheon/Silent Auction/Raffle
Charity Golf/Dinner Event
Game Day – a fun day of bridge, blackjack, bunco, etc.
Three of our monthly meetings are formal luncheons: the Fall Lunch in September, the Holiday Lunch in December, and the Spring Lunch in May. These are held at local banquet halls or country clubs.
The Hostess Committee Chair organizes a list of hostess volunteers for each regular meeting. The hostesses not only decorate the meeting room, but they also provide a light lunch consisting of savory and sweet homemade goodies.
“Volunteers are not paid—not because they are worthless,
but because they are priceless.”
Membership in the AWC creates opportunities to socialize while working with others who represent a wide variety of interests. This makes serving our community and being part of a larger organization a worthwhile effort that provides many lasting memories and gratification.
We would love to have you learn more about AWC and to join our organization.
To learn more, please contact Karen Batterman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to see a list of Organizations that the AWC supports.
The AWC is a member organization of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); an international organization of community-based volunteer woman’s clubs dedicated to community service.