About Us

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Welcome to the Alice Kyle District – one of eight districts in GFWC Virginia.

Our district is home to 16 Clubs with more than 300 members.

Our Alice Kyle District is honored to be  named after Alice Aunspaugh Kyle. May 16, 1907 at the Y.M.C.A. in Lynchburg the Virginia Federation was organized under the aegis of Alice Kyle. Mrs. Kyle was the state’s first president and affectionately is still referred to as “Mother Kyle” by members throughout the Commonwealth. Alice Kyle lived and is buried in the city of Lynchburg. In 1923 there were six districts and soon the 7th and 8th districts were designated, bringing the number to the present eight; Alice Kyle, named for the Federation, Blue Ridge, Lee, Northern, Shenandoah, Southside Southwestern and Tidewater. Mrs. Walter Paxton was the first President to serve the District as it was designated in 1923.

GFWC History

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Virginia was organized in 1907 to bring into closer unity the women’s clubs of  Virginia, in order to promote through their common interests the cultural,  educational and environmental welfare of the state. Members of the GFWC of  Virginia are members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the  largest women’s volunteer organizations in the world.  The General Federation of  Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan,  nondenominational, women’s volunteer service organizations, was founded in 1890  and chartered by the 56th United States Congress in 1901.

Headquartered in a National Historic Landmark  building in Washington, D.C., GFWC has a long history of philanthropy, social  and political advocacy, and community leadership. More than 100,000 members in  affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries work in their  own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance  education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work  toward world peace and understanding. In 2006, GFWC and its members raised  nearly $32 million on behalf of more than 230,000 projects, and volunteered more  than 8.4 million hours.
Members within the GFWC belong to one of GFWC’s three  divisions:
  • General clubs, in every state and  internationally, whose members range in age from 18 to 102
  • Junior clubs, in 25 states, whose  members meet the requirements for Junior membership in their state
  • Juniorette clubs, sponsored by  women’s or Junior women’s clubs, whose members are middle school, junior high  school, and high school students

 

More information on GFWC Virginia History and GFWC History can be found on the GFWC Virginia website.

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