2012-04-26 / Front Page

Groleau is selected to GFWC’s MI top post


Marty Groleau will travel to Livonia this weekend to be installed the 64th state president of the General Federation of Women’s Club. 
(Pioneer-Tribune photo) Marty Groleau will travel to Livonia this weekend to be installed the 64th state president of the General Federation of Women’s Club. (Pioneer-Tribune photo) A member since 1995, Marty Groleau will become the 64th state president of the General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) in Michigan.

At their regular meeting Monday night, the Manistique City Council presented Groleau with a proclamation recognizing her service to the community as a member of the GFWC Manistique Women’s Club.

Groleau will be installed as the statewide organization president this weekend, at the GFWC Michigan annual convention in Livonia. The ceremony will mark a first for an Upper Peninsula GFWC member in the organization.

Groleau has served in a variety of positions with the local, district and state women’s clubs over the past 12 years, including president of the Manistique club and district president for the Upper Peninsula. She has also been a state officer for the past six years.

Operating under the motto “Strength in Unity,” the Manistique club was formed in 1897, under the leadership of its first president, Mary Tucker. In 1916, the local club linked up with the GFWC organization. It joined the state federation in 1940. As of today, there are 70 local members enrolled.

In addition to support for GFWC Michigan’s projects, the Manistique club sponsors several projects of its own.

For nearly 20 years, it has been a partner with the Schoolcraft County Historical Society and city of Manistique on the committee raising money for the renovation and maintenance of the historic municipal water tower in Pioneer Park.

Each year, the group also awards two scholarships to students graduating from Manistique High School.

Their longest running and most visible service project is the sponsorship of monthly birthday parties at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility.

Most recently they have been busy knitting helmet liners for troops overseas.

Their special projects group raises money for the Environmental Education Laboratory in Manistique Township, the Butterfly Gardens in Central Park and the Manistique Memorial Fountain.

GFWC Michigan has a history of community service since it was organized in 1895. It is a state affiliate of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the oldest nondenominational, nonpartisan, international volunteer service organization of women, and it is well into its second century of volunteer service in communities throughout the United States and the world.

The Michigan organization is currently comprised of 52 active clubs totaling 2,232 members across the state.

GFWC is represented in thousands of communities around the world by over 104,000 dedicated volunteers working to better the lives of their neighbors, making towns safer and more beautiful, and extending the hand of support and friendship to individuals near and far. Their membership is comprised of mothers, daughters, business and community leaders, and women of diverse interest, talents, and backgrounds – all united by a dedication to community improvement.

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