On October 14, 1911, the ladies of Martinez met in the Fireman's Hall to form an Improvement Club. Thirty-three members signed the membership roll. A week later another meeting was called and 22 additional names were added. Election of officers was held and the by-laws were discussed with the objective to be for the improvement of Martinez and vicinity. Meetings were scheduled to held twice a month and plans were discussed to purchase property and a building.
In October 1914, the club voted to become federated. In 1919 the club changed its name to the Martinez Woman's Club and became members of the California Federation of Women's Club (CFWC)
Members attended business meetings, social gatherings and participated in many philanthropies.
Today the members of the Martinez Women's Club continue to work together for the improvement of their community.
California Federation of Women's Clubs
CFWC was organized in Los Angeles on January 18, 1900 with 6,000 members in 40 clubs who adoped the motto "Strength United is Stronger".
The state is divided into 24 districts and is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs International, chartered in 1901 by the United States Congress.
CFWC is headquartered in Fresno and is responsible for:
- The mission bells along El Camino Real
- Supporting the first Child Labor Law
- Working to establish a home for women veterans in Yountville.
- Proposing the bill for the establishment of a Juvenile Court for California, paying Probation officers' salaries out of club funds.
- Pennies for Pines (reforestation)
to name a few.......
The purpose of this organization is to increase the popularity of our common interests. We hope to add new members so we will be able to grow and expand. We also want to have fun while when we are together and working on projects. By developing relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger.
Our mission is to further promote the interests of our organization and our members to the community. We strive to make a difference by educating the public and expanding our reach.
In Our Community......
Over the years, the Martinez Women's Club has supported the following:
- Alzeimer's Program
- Battered Women's Alternative
- Bay Area Crisis Nursery
- Boys & Girls Club of Martinez
- Contra Costa Association for Retarded Citizens
- Special Olympics
- County Historical Society
- Martinez Historical Society
- Alhambra High School Grad Night
- Loaves & Fishes
- Adopt a Family
- Alhambra High Scholarships
The Club's diversity offers an area of interest for everyone. Come and join us and share your talents & friendship.
We Welcome You!
General Federation of Women's Clubs International
GFWC is the largest and oldest non-denominational, non-partisan, international volunteer service organization of women in the world. The Federation was organized in 1890, bring together various women's clubs from across the country that had formed independently to meet local needs of women in the new and growing nation. GFWC is now international in scope with millions of members worldwide in 20 countries which reflect its motto, "Unity in Diversity."
GFWC offers the following departments in which we have the opportunity to work:
GFWC Headquarters 1734 N. Street, N.W Washington, D.C. 20036-2990 202-347-3168 FAX: 202-835-0246
GFWC Web Page
Advantages of GFWC Membership
Leadership and personal development opportunities.
Networking with specialized organizations.
Legislative action programs.
Support and technical assistance from a professional staff.
Program and project ideas.
National and international perspectives on issues.
Eligibility to compete for national awards.
Historic National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
A Rainbow of Women's Ideas and Interests.