The Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), which is one of the world’s largest and oldest nondenominational, nonpartisan, international volunteer service organization of women.


GFWC has more than 6,500 local clubs in the United States and clubs in over 20 countries globally. Clubs shape their local agendas to suit their particular community needs. They benefit from membership services, materials and program support from the state and national Federation levels working through the six areas of Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Affairs and Public Affairs.

Established in 1890, GFWC has over one million members worldwide. Their headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and is a National Historic Landmark, which houses the Women’s History and Resource, a repository for books and resources devoted to women’s history and women in volunteerism.

For more information contact GFWC Headquarters, 1734 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-2990, 202-347-3168, FAX 202-835-0246 or visit their web site at www.gfwc.org.

The CJWC supports the following charities and organizations;

  • American Cancer Society
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Susan G Komen Race for the Cure
  • Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center
  • USO

What’s New with CJWC: (from Facebook)

Proud of our accomplishment!! Way to go Kendra Walker Patty and Linda Brown Hershey ...

Here is the official picture of Tennessee First Lady and our book tree!

Please join us!! ...

GFWC Cookeville Junior Woman's Club shared Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center's photo. ...

WE ARE MOVING (and we need your help)!!! Friends, please consider donating your time to help us move! We need help painting our new building Wednesday-Friday (December 28th-30th) and moving on December 29th and 30th! If you have a few hours to come by and lend a hand we would be so appreciative! Just message us on Facebook or send an email to jenniferwilkerson@ucchildadvocacycenter.com :)

Wild Ideas that Are Making a
Difference in Tennessee
Today, we continue our journey of State President’s Projects with Linda Hershey of GFWC Tennessee.
“It is easier to tame a wild idea than to invigorate a dead one” is one of President Hershey’s favorite quotes and the defining concept behind her President’s Project. She is taking a half-dozen new and unique ideas and utilizing them to generate media attention for her state. The first idea was to set a Guinness World record by creating the world’s largest Christmas tree constructed of books.
The Christmas tree made of 10,300 donated children’s books was part of the holiday décor at the Tennessee Residence (Governor’s Mansion). Almost every club in the state contributed in some way. Children’s author Eric Carle, who wrote the Hungry Caterpillar, took notice of the tree as his lead character acts as the tree topper. Mr. Carle was so impressed that he plans to include a picture of the tree in The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Once the holiday season concludes, the books will be donated to Mrs. Haslam's Read 20 program with some to go to Little Lending Libraries, schools, shelters, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Another of the six ideas already completed is GFWC of Tennessee’s Public Service Announcement (PSA). The PSA concerns Tennessee’s crucial role in passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Publicity resulting from the PSA included two television interviews and numerous viewings via social media.
Additional projects scheduled for completion include: drawing attention to GFWC through the “Where in the World is GFWC of Tennessee” campaign; planting monarch butterfly way stations with the help GFWC Partner Nature Generation and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; creating a traveling art display of quilt blocks made by clubs; and a fundraising dinner for Operation Song scheduled for the fall of 2017 featuring guest speaker Heather Johnsen Wagner, the first woman to guard The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
We cannot wait to see how all of President Hershey’s wild ideas progress.