Welcome to the GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness, FL, Inc

The Largest Women’s Volunteer Organization in the World

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness is a charitable service-oriented 501©3 organization affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (www.GFWC.org) and GFWC Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs (www.GFWCFlorida.org). You are invited to see what can be achieved through a group of dedicated women.

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GFWC Inverness Woman’s Club – Public Issues – Plarning Mats for the Homeless

By Barbara Cooper


Please know that all of our members and guests are invited to attend our get togethers every third Friday of each month.  We meet at the Lakes Regional Library in Inverness from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Bring a pair of scissors and we’ll teach you to cut, fold and loop to make Plarn.  And if you like to crochet please bring a size Q, L or P hook.  This depends on how small you want to crochet your stitch.  If you have any questions please call Barbara Cooper at 352-341-0204 or email:  bcooper5@tampabay.rr.com  


Mats for the Homeless Crocheted from Plastic Bags:  For almost three years several members have been meeting to crochet plastic mats for Citrus County’s homeless men, women and children. The mats are used on the ground to keep dampness and sickness at bay.  It takes anywhere from 700 – 900 plastic bags to make one mat (these can be hosed down to clean) but we recently found out that each mat only lasts up to one year.  Word quickly got out people from all over the county to save bags for our project. The bags are folded, cut and looped to make balls of “Plarn” (plastic bags made in to balls of plastic yarn) which in turn are crocheted into mats.  This serves a two-fold purpose: the homeless and the environment.  Homeless aren’t particular about what a mat looks like but the crocheters take it upon themselves to create works of art. This has become so popular that family and friends have also joined the group of about 30+ members.  To date we have donated well over 75 mats to the Family Resource Center which in turn distributes them according to the list of homeless people maintained by them.  We have also donated many styrofoam coolers of all sizes, blankets and clothing.  Our generous members and community have donated money which the Chairman uses to purchase tents, tarps and sleeping bags. The Chairman maintains a list of attendees and via email keeps the membership informed of meetings, when and how many mats they submit, as well as information about those taking part in the work.  Pictures are shared at their occasional luncheon gatherings. It has been a bonding experience for those involved and a reaching out into the community for the club.

Our Plarners hard at work.

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One of our newest Plarning members made two very different mats and one with a pillow.

Mats, a tent and a styrofoam cooler being delivered to the Family Resource Center in January 2020



Great Participation in our local Art Show – Now winners on way to District competition

Sandra Koonce, Communications Chairman


Our club’s leading artisans came through again with several blue ribbons but were challenged this year by some new participants.Each of the participants explained their entry and details about how it was made or where the work was  done while pictures of each were displayed via a projector. Angie Mayo garnered three blue ribbons with a beautiful necklace, a stitched pillow and a painted bowl.  The judges gave blue ribbons to Ella Nardone’s pine needle woven basket and to a photo of a bottle bush tree.

One of our new members, Audrey Bunchkowski, won with a beautiful watercolor painting.  Sandy Boyette entered a photo on canvas, a new category, and received a blue ribbon.Sally Barrow’s photography skills won blue ribbons for a scenic picture as well as for a portrait of a man holding a sextant in his hand.  An enhanced picture of a stork with its shadow won a blue ribbon. Art coordinator Debbie Sargent said there were many other categories that could have been entered and encouraged members to see where they might be able to showcase their particular talent.  All the blue ribbon winners will compete at the District 5 art show in Gainesville. 

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IWC CLUB HOUSE AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL

By Dorothy Stanton 


 Just to let you know …

Since September of 2003, when our new club house building was ready for us, our first year's total amount of rental fees was $95.  Our all time high was in 2012  at $7,859 when a church met every Sunday morning until they outgrew our space.  Last year we came close to that amount, mainly because of weekly Weight Watcher meetings which are held every Friday morning and Tuesday afternoon.


The IWC club house is THE place to hold Bridal and Baby Showers.  In fact, this past year there was a Baby Shower for a lady who had her Bridal Shower here.  We'll stay tuned for that baby's first birthday party.   Now that's a tradition! Over the years we have booked many various meetings from annual post office gatherings, Mary Kay sales groups, various associations to memorial services, church services, a few weddings, Christmas parties, a 95 year old lady's birthday party and a 10 year old little girl who wanted a birthday tea party.  We have the absolute best renters in Citrus County and many repeat bookings.


We charge $95 for four hours (giving renters an hour ahead at no charge so they can set up).  If they need more than four hours the cost is $25/hr. We also ask that they take home whatever garbage they generate and leave the building clean the way they found it.  If they don't want to clean it, there is an an extra $50 charge.  The best deal in town!!!  Bottom line to renters: respect the care and upkeep of the building. And they do.


So far this year:  

January: 3 Baby Showers, 1 Memorial Service, 1 Fourteenth Birthday Party, Weight Watchers

February: (so far) – 1 Church service and 2 Baby Showers

GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness Member Celebrates 90th birthday

Ella Nordone, a member of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness, was honored during a Club’s September meeting on her 90th birthday. An active member of the club for over 25 years, Nordone has headed up several major projects and has served as trustee for the club. Two other active 90-year old club members who were also recognized at the Meeting: Georgia Baum, who was 90 a few days before meeting, and Dagmar Lucente, who passed 90 -year mark several years ago. All of these ladies have also served in many projects of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness. 

The three are examples why it is often said that those who are active in club work tend to live longer and healthier lives.

Local women who want to make their lives more meaningfully (and probably live longer) are invited to join GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness. For more information, call 352-746-0235.


INVERNESS CHAMBER

IWC MEMBER SINCE 2004

CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness participated in the annual Business Expo at the County Fairgrounds Auditorium on September 7, 2019.

Some of the members who attended were; Debbie Sargent, Barbara Rains, Sue Allen, Anna Murray, Agnes Kearns, Harriet Mirabella, Sally Barrow and Barbara Cooper.

This was our first time participating in the Expo and we received good results, possible new members and a bank’s invitation to set up another display.  We will do this again!



GFWC Florida State President’s Project Operation Smile

The following week Harriet Mirabella set up a display of Operation Smile GFWC Florida’s State President’s Project, advertising our                                                          project to help children/adults with birth                                                       defects at the Cadence Bank in Inverness.

IWC BOOK CLUB


The IWC Book Club started on April 2013. It is open to the IWC membership and to all the women in our community. It meets once a month at the IWC clubhouse, on Wednesdays at 1 pm (on the same week as IWC’s monthly meeting). Attendance fluctuates between 10 to 14 women. 


The book discussion meetings run for one and a half hours, from September to May. In May, members vote on the 9 books to read for the next year. The members take turns being the monthly facilitator. There is a chairperson and a book club secretary. The IWC Book Club also maintains and monitors the Little Free Library, which stands at the entrance of IWC’s clubhouse.


The IWC Book Club reading list includes a wide range of topics, including fiction and non-fiction, from old classics to current titles on the best seller lists. The purpose is to encourage the members to expand their reading interest by reading books they would not normally choose.


Aside from the monthly book discussions, the club has taken field trips related to the books read. Occasionally, special luncheons based on the foods mentioned in some of the stories have been part of the meetings.

Debara “Debbie” Sargent


Debbie was chosen from our Club to represent GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness at  District 5.  District 5 Clubs voted have her represent District 5 at the State Level.


She was one out 14 Districts to be represented in 2019 at the State Spring Convention. If she had won she would have gone to the GFWC Convention in June 2019. We are very proud of the fine lady! 

INVERNESS CHAMBER  IWC MEMBER SINCE 2004

CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO


The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness participated in the annual Business Expo at the County Fair Ground on September 7, 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Some of the members present were;

Debbie Sargent, Barbara Rains, Sue Allen, Anna Murray, Agnes Kearns, Harriet Mirabella, Sally Barrow and Barbara Cooper.

This was our first time participating in the Expo and we received good results with possible new members and a bank’s invitation to set up another display. We will do this again!


100 years of Service 

Marchers in the annual Citrus County Veterans Day Parade.

Members in front of the old clubhouse.

Members supporting local restaurants that support us! 

Our Bahama relief efforts were very successful.

Our various plarning results.

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