About Us

Past Presidents L-R:  Anita Segler,  Carol Carswell, Lil Lewis, Lila Locke and Jean Hillman
cut the cake at the Club's 25th Anniversary Celebration.

2018-2020 Club Officers   

President - Linda Bonocasa
President Elect -  Jean Olson
Vice President - Carolyn Finlayson
Recording Sec - Dee Jackson
Corresponding Sec - Peggy Pelt
Parliamentarian:  Carol Carswell           
Treasurer - Noelle Smith
Past President -Teri Floore 


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 

For our Florida Federation contact www.gfwcflorida.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)
Anita Segler (2012-2014)
Lilyan Lewis (2014-2016)
Teri Floore (2016-2018)
 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 information, contact our club
Membership Chairman, Jean Olson

     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. In 2016 the club is celebrating their 25th Anniversary!

      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 100 members support GCWC projects and provide financial support to the following: 

Arts: Floriopolis, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Martin Theatre, Very Special Arts, Visual Arts Center, Youth Art Month, Oakland Terrace Music Department.

Conservation: Envirothon, Mardi Gras, Shorebird Habitats, Audubon, Bay Conservancy, Earth Day, Camp Helen State Park, St Andrew Resource Management Association, Coastal Clean-up, Seacrest Wolf Preserve, recycling, Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Education: Oscar Patterson Elementary School, Books for Babies, Books on Every Bed, Learning at the Laundromat, books at Life Management facilities, Dr. Seuss Birthday Party - Christmas Party at Library, Klothes for Kids, New Horizon School, Books Alive, Read Across America.

Home Life - Transitional Recovery Mission, Titus II, Family Services Agency, Make A Wish Foundation, St Jude Children Cancer Research Center, Bethel Village, American Cancer Society.

International Outreach- Wheelchair Foundation, Operation Smile, Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child, Smile Dolls, Shot @Life, Doctors Without Borders, Heifer International, UNICEF.

Public Issues - Wounded Warrior Beach Retreat, Sheriff's Memorial Service, Lady Veteran's Luncheon, Wreaths Across America, Teen Court Monitors, Sew Much Comfort.

Club:  Meals on Wheels, Council on Aging, Science and Discovery Center, Adopt-A-Highway, Covenant Hospice on Make A Difference Day, FSUPC scholarships for local women returning to college.

GFWC FL President's Project - Canine Companions for Independence with emphasis on Wounded Warriors support

The club financially supports:  Hacienda Girls Ranch, Hugh O/Brien Youth Leadership, Heart Camp for Kids,  and other GFWC and GFWC FL 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.  

Note:  for Membership Information, please contact
Membership Chairman, Jean Olson at