About Us


Past Presidents L-R: Mona Hughes, Carolyn Finlayson, Ginge Ketcham, Anita Segler, Deanna Neudecker, Carol Carswell, Lila Locke and Jean Hillman during the Club's Anniversary Celebration.

2012-2014 Club Officers

President - Anita Segler
President Elect -  Carol Garrison
Vice President - Ruby Strother
Recording Sec - Dianne Dubke
Corresponding Sec - Sue Hurst
Parliamentarians:  Ginge Ketcham &
     Virginia Seal
Treasurer - Marcy Sieg
Past President - Jean Hillman


We are women enriching our lives and those around us through community service. 

The General Federation of Women's Clubs is an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. 

Federation Day - April 24 GFWC Federation Day commemorates the official birthday of the Federation. On April 24, 1890, members of 63 women's clubs from throughout the United States came together to form the General Federation of Women's Clubs at a ratification convention in New York City.

Each year, GFWC clubs celebrate this important day in their local communities, states, and across the nation. Projects and activities focus on publicizing GFWC clubs and the work that members do in their communities; recruiting new members by raising awareness about the benefits of belonging to GFWC; supporting volunteer activities with collaborating organizations; and fulfilling GFWC's mission to enhance the lives of others through volunteer service.

For more information about the General Federation of Women's Club contact www.gfwc.org


GFWC GCWC Past Presidents

Mona Hughes (1991-1992)
Judy Houser (1992-1994)
Carol Crisp Garrison (1994-1996)
Carolyn Finlayson (1996-1998)
Ginge Ketcham (1998-2000)
Diane Hare (2000-2002)
Anita Segler (2002-2004)
Deanna Neudecker (2004-2006)
Carol Carswell (2006-2008)
Lila Locke (2008-2010) 
Jean Hillman (2010-2012)
 Most Outstanding Club Category 4:  1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
 Most Outstanding Club Category 5: 2012
#1 Club in Florida Federation:  2000, 2003, 2005
2006, 2007

GFWC Gulf Coast Woman's Club
Panama City, Florida   

Our club meets the third Monday of each month except June and August at the Education Building of Northside Baptist Church, corner of 19th and State Ave.  Visitors are welcomed. 
     For Membership Information, contact our club 850-763-0631 

GFWC Gulf Coast Woman’s Club formed in February 1991, with 92 members who had a desire to make a positive impact on our community.  We were chartered in April 1991, and incorporated in the State of Florida in 1992.  Also, in 1992, our Club added GFWC to its name and adopted the Shell logo.  In 1993, we received 501 ( c ) (3 )tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

      GFWC Gulf Coast Woman’s Club is divided into six Community Service Programs (CSPs), formerly called Departments.  These CSPs include:  Arts, Conservation, Education, International Outreach, Home Life, and Public Issues.  Members complete many community projects through these CSPs and also participated in Club-wide projects.

     Our 122 members support projects which include:  collecting school supplies, sponsoring a coffee house for students to share personal writings and a writing contest for 5th graders; and helping with the Very Special Arts for Bay District Schools.   We assist in:  initiating the Northwest Florida Military Welcome Center; holding an Arts/Crafts Festival; planting/ harvesting a Community Garden to help the needy; giving scholarships to local college students; collecting food/supplies for the animal shelter; striving to resolve the proclamations for Read Across America and Youth Art Month.   GCWC support:  Coastal Clean Up; ESO Book Club; the public library children’s projects; Adopt-A-Highway; election polls; Mardi Gras environmental parade; Recycling; Tree Planting; Earth Day; Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, Rescue Mission; Wounded Warriors; CURE, UNICEF; Doctors Without Borders; Operation Smile; Meals on Wheels; Junior Museum;  Covenant Hospice; Ladies’ Veteran Luncheon; Visual Arts Center; and Breast Cancer Awareness on Make-A-Difference Day. We financially supported Hacienda Girls Ranch, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership, Heart Camp for Kids, Council on Aging, GFWC and GFWC Florida projects.
    The Club unveiled its new cookbook, Gulf Coast Favorites...Bay County Cooks!   The cookbook has 892 outstanding recipes submitted by Club members, elected officials, and famous restaurants.  The cover was designed by Artist Paul Brent.  Proceeds from the book are designated to benefit the hungry in Bay County. Please go to the Cookbook page to see retailers and ordering information.