Community Leader Receives Highest Honor from GFWC, an International Women’s Volunteer Service Organization Headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is pleased to announce that Janice Carter of El Dorado Springs, has received the GFWC Jennie Award, a medal of honor given to only eight of the nearly 100,000 clubwomen from across the country and around the world. The award was presented at the 2016 GFWC Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD.

Janice joined the GFWC Generation III Club in 1983 and has held nearly every leadership position within the club. She is an active member on the local, state, and national level, and was recognized as clubwoman of the year in El Dorado Springs. She started the club’s Nursing Home Christmas Project, organizes the annual salad supper and auction to benefit Missouri Girls Town, and is known as the “Federation Lady,” planning two club meetings each year revolving around GFWC on a national level.

“Janice is an outstanding leader in her community who truly embodies the volunteer spirit,” said 2014-2016 GFWC International President Babs J. Condon. “Her commitment to her family, community, and GFWC’s mission of enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service shines through in all that she does.”

Janice is a charter member of the Friends of the Library, Inc., a member of Community Resources Committee, and a recipient of the Women of Empowerment Award. As a two-time ovarian cancer survivor, she is a member of the American Cancer Society and a charter member, treasurer, and facilitator for the High Hopes Cancer Support Group.

“Janice is a true role model that defines membership and leadership. I have never seen her without a smile on her face, always looking at the bright side,” said Jessica Frier, president of GFWC Generation III.

The Jennie Award is named after Jane Cunningham Croly, the founder of GFWC who worked as a journalist using the pen name “Jennie June.” The women honored with this award are a true reflection of the spirit of GFWC’s founder, whose independence and courage led her to form the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1890. As the only award at the Federation level that recognizes individuals for their service, it is truly the highest honor a clubwoman can receive. Much like Jennie June, these women are committed to improving the lives of those around them. They live and breathe volunteer service, and are completely devoted to their clubs, communities, and families.

About the General Federation of Women’s Clubs

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With 90,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement and working toward world peace and understanding.

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