What is GFWC?

gfwc100What is GFWC?  We are a member club since 1908 of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. GFWC provides the framework for our club. Every local club is autonomous; we choose how to bring about GFWC’s mission GFWC Community Service Programs and Special Projects in our local community. These are the choices. Club projects, Club events and some club rental can all count.

Arts: to promote/support both traditional and innovative arts activities.
Education: to end poverty, attain a better job, improve quality of life, and create a better world.
Conservation: to gain an appreciation or our environment. To preserve, maintain and restore natural resources.
 Home Life: to develop and implement creative projects promoting a healthy lifestyle.
 Public Issues: What does it take for Democracy to work as it should? Clubconnects members/public with effective projects and activities related to civic and social responsibilities.
 International Outreach: to reach beyond our own community, and consider how we can make a global impact and become better world citizens.
 Domestic Violence Awareness and  Prevention: to address the widespread occurrence of domestic abuse in our community.
Advocates for Children to educate, advocate and engage in projects concerning the well-being of children via health, social, and safety programs protect children from harmful situations encourage healthy lifestyles, support and provide best practices for emergency care, and prevent substance abuse and youth suicide.
 Women’s History Resource Center:  to preserve an historic clubhouse which has both significant architecture and club women important in American history. [Spokane]

Amazing, Revitalizing Club Year

The Club is Alive! We have had an amazing, revitalizing club year at the  GFWC Woman’s Club of Spokane.  We almost feel brand new.

Wow, revitalization in action, exhausting but encouraging. We have come a long way towards our goal set in 2009 to make clubhouse rentals pay for the clubhouse basics and bit more maintenance. No more endless little fundraisers to pay the taxes, insurance and utilities.  So many club member renters are providing more variety of activities than the club house has seen since the 1950’s!  Day time renters get a great deal, but the old clubhouse just feels good these days.   A great big thank to all our new long term club member renters. Once we have the clubhouse financials on a steady keel then we can really start doing club projects for the community and stop worrying about the building. Hurray.

Whats new?  The Club Room is about 2/3 refurbished, the shop is open for a relaxing chat over coffee, the furniture has been rearranged to create a sense of place, and the doors are open for business  during day time hours 6 days a week [up from zero!! the past thirty years or so] .  From community question mark to community asset in 12 months.  More about it all in our next post.


Woman's club Spokane FREE ROSE PRUNING CLASS March 2015


11:00am -1:00pm Sunday, March 22

Rose Pruning taught by Master Gardener and club member  Peecheng.  Bring your own pruners, loppers, gloves and a plastic bag for clippings. The Woman’s Club provides the roses to prune.

S.H.E. Project at the Woman’s Club

Our Project is Spokane SHE; rebuilding that village mentality in women and resurrecting what our fore-mothers had created in the gathering spaces of GFWC Woman’s Clubs all over the nation. The project is to fulfill the original mission while serving the more modern needs of today’s woman. I’m calling creative, optimistic, inspiring female minds to join me in brainstorming and creating what that might look like, starting with my hometown Spokane Woman’s Club

Meets Fridays at 1 pm in the lower level club room. 1428 W 9th Ave.  Enter by the lower Walnut side door.


SEW TOGETHER : The Sheers fun of it. 
Date : February 21 Time 10am to 5pm. If you cannot show up until noon that’s fine.
Session #3: Sew together the sheers for the Ballroom drapery project.SEW TOGETHER SHEERS
This should be easier than the main drapes where we dealt with two colors of thread, a slick lining, seam finishing, and two layers that had to come out exactly even. This time we will be fell seaming one layer, which is easy once you understand it. We will need people to carefully pick open hems for 5-6″, people to pin long seams, and iron. 

Who brings what
WOMAN’S CLUB: provides tables, chairs, thread, spare schmetz needles, iron, food and good cheer.

VOLUNTEER: provides sewing machine, bobbin for white thread, scissors, seam ripper, upper body muscle.

The survival luncheon menu: winter squash soup, cheese, yogurt, apples and not sweet muffins.Since Heather will be out of town coffee and tea will be from a pump thermos [sigh].

What happens if you don’t show up? You miss out on some great socializing and the satisfaction of a necessary job well done. We even gave a sewing lesson at session #1, so don’t be shy, it is straight sewing.

SEW Together Ballroom Drapery Project

Sewing Together

Our first  volunteer project of 2015 for the Spokane Woman’s Club: 

Sew together [64] 108” drapery panels, straight seams only, for the Ballroom [64 total] in a sewing machine circle. 

Club provides panels, pins, thread, tables and chairs. We will have spare needles; Shmetchz Universal size 14 and 12. 

Volunteers provide own sewing machines, scissors, seam ripper [there will be some hem removal needed to sew the seams], empty bobbin, skill and, yes, some upper body muscle. 

Rosemary will make a large pot of soup or chili and rustic bread to share unless someone else wants too…?? 

We will have 2 sessions: 
Sunday, January 18th @ 1pm, and 
Saturday, January 31st @ 10am. 

Questions? Contact Rosemary at rosemarysmall@gmail.com


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December 6 at 2pm 1428 W 9th Ave [Walnut and 9th in Historic Cannon’s Addition]

Tickets $22 Tickets may be purchased at the clubhouse 10-3 pm M-F. or call 838-5667. New this year, we accept credit cards.
Vintage Fashion Tea features:
See the amazing outfits.100 years of Spokane centric fashion on live models.
Visit with the Fab 14 Lilac Festival Royalty candidates for 2015.
Have Tea with Friends and Family.
Experience our 104 year old clubhouse where Spokane history was made!
This is a fun and engaging fundraiser to support the Woman’s Club of Spokane, a 501c3 nonprofit volunteering in Spokane since 1905.



The GFWC Woman’s Club of Spokane Works to strengthen our community, preserve our historic clubhouse, and enhance the lives of others through volunteer service, friendship, and leadership development.

The Woman’s Club has served the Spokane community for over 100 years. Our Club is affiliated with General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We welcome adults of all ages, ethnicity, and backgrounds. More info: gfwc.org.

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP: An ACTIVE member attends meetings on a regular basis and is willing to serve on committees. An ACTIVE member is a registered member of GFWC, and has voting privileges in the club.

SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP: “Our Friends of” category SUPPORTING members are notified of all club activities and may participate in any meetings or events of interest. SUPPORTING members do not have voting privileges in club matters. All of these annual dues are kept locally.

Send dues and form to:

WOMAN’S CLUB c/o Membership

1428 W 9th Ave, Spokane WA 99204



Facebook: Spokane Woman’s Club

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Would you like to be an active member or supporting member?
Phone: (feel free to enter multiple numbers if you have more than one number we can reach you at.)
Why would you like to join the Woman’s Club of Spokane, or what are some of your interests relating to the club? Examples include: The clubhouse, GFWC community service programs, fundraisers, 2nd century fund, public relations, vintage fashion, or becoming a class instructor/ group leader.

Open House/Community Event Collaboration



Alright Everyone, Here is the Summer event we’ve all (even if unknowingly) been waiting for! The first half hour will consist of a Meet & Greet and tours of this beautiful building.  Here we will be allowed to use, teach and attend all kinds of community enrichment classes and gatherings (from Stargazing to Salsa Dancing to Science Fairs to Craft Parties to Support Groups to events for parents with events for children in a neighboring room…and seminars!…the opportunities are endless) .  Imagine the value of such a place especially in the colder months! We want to hear YOUR ideas and see, if we were to provide these low cost and sometimes free and sometimes profitable classes, if anyone would attend. It’s all up to YOU. Whatever dreams you’ve been having: come see this building; learn a tad about the history of the place, and be a part of (even if in silence–there will be a drop box for ideas) the discussion about things about to be happening in the realm of FUN COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT EVENTS! Let’s have fun and get stuff done!!! There will be light refreshments. Invite/bring your friends!!!!

Ashley Laitinen, is the Woman’s Club Chair of Enrichment Committee and has volunteered much of her summer to help make this exciting thing happen.