GFWC Partner Spotlight: Helping Nepal Earthquake Victims

As you have undoubtedly seen, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake has devastated Nepal, impacting the capital city of Kathmandu and surrounding areas. At least 2,000 people are known to have died–buildings have been toppled, homes have been destroyed. Initial damage reports show significant impact to housing, with 80% loss in Dhading and 90% loss in Nuwakot districts.

If you are looking for ways to help, please consider supporting two GFWC Partner Organizations that already do work in Nepal.


Based on current information, Heifer staff are reported to be safe and are mobilizing to move into earthquake-impacted areas to assess safety of Heifer-supported families and damage to homes or loss of animals. Initial efforts will focus on providing temporary shelter, food and water to Heifer communities. Heifer has assisted over 171,000 families in 39 districts. For the latest news, visit

Please provide your support to rehabilitation projects for Heifer farmers in Nepal by visiting and by sharing this link on social media.


With children accounting for half the country’s population, UNICEF fears the disaster will have a severe impact. UNICEF is on the ground responding to this crisis. It has prepositioned supplies, including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, tarpaulins and nutrition supplies, and is working with government and other partners to meet children’s immediate needs in the areas of water and sanitation, child protection, health and nutrition.

Support UNICEF’s efforts. Support Nepalese children and families today.

This entry was posted on May 4, 2015.

AKD Leadership Visits Halifax County for 125th Anniversary Celebration

Alice Kyle District Leadership, led by AKD President Patti Pedrick, attended a dinner celebrating GFWC’s 125th Anniversary on Tuesday, April 27. The South Boston-Halifax JWC, Virgilina Woman’s Club, and the Tuesday Woman’s Club hosted an evening of food and fellowship in honor of GFWC’s 125th Anniversary the previous

This entry was posted on April 29, 2015.

Starting off the Club Year!

Fall is almost here and so is the Alice Kyle District meeting! I’m excited and will be doing a few things a little different. Our meeting at Hat Creek Camp and Conference Center on October 11th is scheduled to start at 9:45, but show up a little early for something new. If all goes well you’ll be delighted and have some fun too.

I never thought I’d be your president, but here I am. As your president I need some help,  if you’re available let me know. I’m honored to be here and thank you for your support.

Did you know?      

The story of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Virginia is indeed fascinating.  In 1907 the General Federation of Women’s Council was to meet in Norfolk in conjunction with the Jamestown Exposition.  In the meantime, Alice Aunspaugh Kyle, President of The Woman’s Club of Lynchburg and Elizabeth Gish, Chairman of the Club’s State Federation Committee, were thinking of forming a federation of clubs in Virginia.  The Woman’s Club of Lynchburg sent out invitations to existing clubs in Virginia to attend a convention on May 16, 1907 at the Lynchburg YMCA.  The result of this meeting was the formation of the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs with a membership of ten clubs and almost 700 women.  Mrs. Kyle was elected the first president and is fondly remembered as “Mother Kyle”.

Check out “A Brief History of GFWC Virginia” at the GFWC website,

This entry was posted on September 28, 2014.

Tea Time in Appomatox!

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The Woman’s Clubs of Brookneal, Buckingham, Cumberland, and friends met at Baines Book Store, Appomattox for lunch. From there they toured the latest exhibit at the museum and then “took tea” with Linda Lipscomb, museum curator.

This entry was posted on August 28, 2014.