2018 marked our 85th year as an organized club!

We pledge ourselves to use our united strength to make better homes, better schools, better surroundings, better scholarships, and better lives; to work together for civic health and civic righteousness; to preserve our heritage--the forests and natural beauty of the land to produce for our children an education which fits them for life--the training of the hand, the heart, as well as the head; to protect the children not our who who are deprived of the birthright of natural childhood; to obtain right conditions and proper safeguards for women who toil.

Officers 2018-2020

President: JoAnna MacDonald
Vice President:  Geneva Anderson
Secretary/Treasurer:  Angela Kinsler
Historian/Photographer:  Geneva Anderson

The ABCs of GFWC

A- Ask for help! You are not alone.  You have a whole club, district, state to help you.

B- Barter your club's service with other clubs in your area at events.

C- Care for your club, your district, and your state.

D-  Delegate! You don't have to do all the work by yourself.

E- Encourage fellow members to become more active.

F- Fulfill your responsibilities to your club, your district, and your state.

G- GFWC all the way!

H- Have fun...."All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl".

I-  Inspire interest in club, district, and state projects, activities, and meetings.

J- Join hands and work together. Get the clubs in your district working together.

K- Kindness goes a long way in club work.

L- Listen openly. Your opinions and ideas might be good, but someone else's might be great!

M- Motivate your members.  Whether it's on the club level, the district level, or the state level.

N- Nurture your members, the new and the old.

O- Offer your services to anyone and everyone that needs help.

P- Prepare! Preparation is the key to making everything move smoothly.

Q- Quality not quantity, makes the club work great!

R- Recruit and retain members!

S- Success is in group participation.


U- Utilize everyone.  ALL members have special talents.  Find them and use them.

V- Value others. You can't put a price on club work.

W- Waste not, want not. As the old saying goes, find a use for everything your clubs do and report it.

X- X Chromosomes, what the GFWC is made of, the perfect DNA.

Y- Yell, as in cheer, for he GFWC and let the world know that we are here and can and will do what it takes to be heard.

Z- Zealous, what we are and what we should be as members of the General Federation of Women's Club.

-Carla Murray,

GFWC of TN West Tennessee Rivers District President, 

Member of GFWC of TN Newbern Woman's Club

History of GFWC Sneedville Woman's Club/
Who We Are

It began more than 125 years ago with one woman...Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist from New York City.  When she wanted to cover a dinner at an all-male press club honoring British Novelist Charles Dickens.   Croly was told that women were not welcome.  In response she formed the Sorosis Club for women in 1868. Twenty-one years later, that club brought together members of similar clubs in 19 states to form the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Special thanks for Ms. Jennifer Yount for providing this information!!

  • The GFWC Sneedville Woman's Club began as a Home Demonstration Club, organized in 1929 under the leadership of Miss Lucille Lee, Home Demonstration Agent, and was called Sneedville Community Club.

  • In 1933 the club voted to become part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.  Charter members were: Martha Greene, Dollie Greene, Sallie Hatfield, Lena Jarvis, Bess Jaynes, Mary Livesay, Arkie Seal, and Mary Seal.

  • In January 1940, name of the club was changed to GFWC Sneedville Woman's Club.

  • In 1947 two county officials (Drew Williams, Supt. of Schools and Paul Reed, Trustee) met with the Tennessee Federation of Women’s Club (TFWC) at their convention in Knoxville about securing their financial help in establishing a small rural health clinic in Hancock County. The TFWC gave $ 20,000 on a matching basis for the project. This became the Hancock County Hospital.

  •  In 1950 the Rock Building was sold to the County Board of Education for $ 40,000 which with the $20,000 from TFWC was the amount needed for the project to move forward, the project being the Hancock County Hospital.

  •  The SWC sponsored the local library when it was founded in 1955. Its first home was in the back of Sneedville Furniture – owned by Kaye Jones Garland’s grandparents. Various club members have served on the Library Board since it was established.

  •  In 1956 the SWC sponsored the organization of a local band under the leadership of the pastor of the Sneedville Methodist Church, Rev. Claude Snapp.

  • A lyre was purchased by the club to be used by the band. Also, in 1956 club members donated their time to help set up and operate a dental health program.
  • In 1958 the club started helping with transporting children to Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.

  • In the 1960’s the club helped buy a piano for both Hancock High and Sneedville Elementary School. The club also raised and donated funds to the public library to purchase books. 

  • In the late 60’s and early 70’s the club supported the drama, “Walk toward the Sunset,” both financially and with sweat equity – members donated their time to act in the drama, work on the set or to serve on the Drama Committee. The Club also sponsored art classes with oil and acrylic paints. 

  •  In the 1970’s the SWC helped with the organization of the Hancock County Woman’s Club. At that time the SWC was limited to women within the city limits and also by number of members since meetings were held in the homes with a meal being served. The Hancock County Woman’s Club reached out to women who lived in the county as well as in the city. A zip code directory was published by the club in 1973.

  • The club published their first cookbook in 1978, Vol. II in 1988 and Vol. III in 1998; cookbook Vol. IV, 2008 celebrates 75 years as a federated club.

  • Since the mid-eighties the club has had a booth at the Hancock County Fall Festival and sold baked good, fried apple pies and funnel cakes. Also, participated each year in the Spring Fest and Christmas Parades. Elrod Falls, Sneedville City Hall and Sneedville Community Center were projects the club strived to assist with the function of and beautification. 

  • In 1993 the club logo of the court house, rock building, hospital and old jail was created by Debra Reed. This logo was applied to tee-shirts and sweatshirts for sell. 

  •  In 1997 the club sponsored the first RAVS animal clinic-working to educate and provide spay/neuter/vaccinations to lower income families –seeking to eliminate the over-population of stray dogs and cats. This project has continued once or twice a year since. 

  •  Also in 1997 – 2000 the club members served on the Empowerment Zone and Partners’ beautification and recreational committees, this was the start of the first summer recreational program for youth. The summer recreational program started with 60 youth enrolled and grew to over 300 enrolled. 

  •  In the 2000’s the club sponsored the Pet-Out Reach Program, Operation Christmas Child, Relay for Life, Cystic Fibrosis, these are on-going projects.

  • The club members have always been interested in the development of human resources. During WWII the club cooperated with Save the Children Federation by sponsoring a British War orphan; contributing to Kingswood School located at Bean Station, TN; Giving scholarships to girls to encourage them to attend college; financially sponsoring the Brownies, Teen Club, Girl and Boy Scouts; giving scholarships to high school seniors to attend dual enrollment classes at the high school from Walter State Community College.

  • Today, you can find information about our club here, obviously, but we also have  a Twitter page and a Facebook page.  We love being connected to our community and to other GFWC Clubs across the country!

What We Do

Our Community Service Programs and Special Projects are structured to enable clubs to harness the vast resources of our membership to address the emerging needs of their individual communities.

GFWC Community Service Programs and Special Projects focus on the major issues of our time—supporting women’s health, preserving natural resources, promoting literacy and equality, and encouraging volunteer service—and fall into the following areas of focus for the 2018-2020 administration:

  • Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention 
  • International President's Project/Theme:  7 Grand Initiatives
  • State President's Project/Theme:  Women's Health
  • District President's Project/Theme: “Gifts”
  • Juniors' Special Project/Theme: Follow Your Dreams
  • Arts Community Service Program  The Arts CSP is designed to enrich appreciation of and participation in the arts and to enable communities to  experience program areas such as arts, crafts, literature and performing arts.
  • Conservation Community Service Program:  The Conservation CSP supports gaining an understanding of and appreciation for all aspects of our environment and the world’s resources, natural and man-made, including but not limited to water, trees, plants, air, land and wildlife. It works with member clubs in program areas towards beautification, energy awareness, recycling, resource conservation and water quality.
  • Education Community Service Program:  The Education CSP works on school and academic issues, providing programs that support scholarships and education assistance to local students. It also supports leadership training and life long learning through program areas such as continuing education, learning disabilities and literacy. It encourages member clubs to partner with and support local schools.
  • Home Life Community Service Program:  The Home Life CSP works to maintain the quality of life for women, children, the elderly and those with disabilities, as well as to educate members on health and consumer issues through program areas such as family economics, substance abuse prevention and women’s health.
  • :  The International Outreach CSP enables members to become better world citizens through advocacy, education, and action. It participates in activities to support organizations delivering international aid, providing education on world policy issues and offering opportunities to host foreign visitors through program areas such as cultural exchange and outreach for children.
  • Public Issues Community Service Program  The Public Issues CSP is designed to connect members with effective projects and activities relating to civic and social responsibilities.  It focuses on citizenship, military personnel, emergency and disaster preparedness, safety awareness and crime prevention.
  • Community Improvement Projects The Community Improvement CSP enables members to help improve their communities.