About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to encourage our members to become interested, involved citizens of the community by engaging in charitable activities that benefit the community as a whole. AWC club members are encouraged to select a “community service project area” wherein their interest lies. While no minimum number of hours is required to maintain membership, the Club offers a range of volunteer opportunities in six general areas: Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach and Public Issues. Our Club also actively supports the Tallulah Falls School, which has been owned and operated by the Georgia Federation since 1909. Please visit our Community Service Program pages to learn more about the AWC’s mission for each Community Service area.

Affliliations and Organizational Awards

Every year our club is honored to win awards at the District and State levels. We are extremely proud of the work that we do within the community, and appreciate the acknowledgement of our hard work by our GFWC affiliations.

about_logo02The Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC Georgia) is a state organization composed of 150 women’s clubs throughout the state of Georgia, whose members provide volunteer service to their communities. Each Club sets their own agendas and works on projects and programs that address the specific needs of their communities. Members of all ages have opportunities for personal growth and enrichment through leadership training and development. Every Georgia clubwoman is also a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. For More information on the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs, please visit: www.gafwc.org.

about_logo01The General Federation of Women’s Club is an international philanthropic organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. With 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, 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. GFWC is one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations. GFWC and its members annually donate an average of $40 million on behalf of more than 100,000 projects, and volunteer eight million hours. For more information, please visit: www.gafwc.org.

about_logo03 Tallulah Falls School – Our Club actively supports the Tallulah Falls School, located in Northern Georgia. Tallulah Falls School was founded in 1909 by the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs and Mrs. Mary Ann Lipscomb, who was serving as the president of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs. The School and the Federation have deep roots in the history of secondary education in Georgia. On July 12, 1909, Tallulah Falls School opened its doors to 21 mountain children from neighboring Habersham and Rabun Counties and continued to serve as both a public and a private institution of learning for more than sixty years. In 1970 the School became a privately chartered institution serving students from throughout Georgia, the Southeast, the nation, and abroad. For more information please visit: http://www.tallulahfalls.org

Atlanta Woman’s Club 2016-2018 Leaders

Cimi Douglass – President
Tonya Watson – 1st Vice President
JoDee Gonzalez – 2nd Vice President
Sara June McDavid – Recording Secretary
LaTonya Jordan – Treasurer
Penny Blackford – Assistant Treasurer
Ruth Yurchuck – Corresponding Secretary
Donna Foland – Parliamentarian
Board of Trustees
Karen Bacheller – Chairman
Karen Clydesdale – Chairman
Cimi Douglass – AWC President
Lisa Banes – Secretary
LaTonya Jordan – Treasurer
Penny Blackford – AWC Assistant Treasurer
Lisa Banes – Trustee (2015-2017)
Karen Thomson – Trustee (2015-2017)
Donna Foland – Parliamentarian


Community Service Program (CSP) Chairmen
Billie Harris – Arts
Karen Johnson – Conservation
JoDee Gonzalez – Dean of Departments
Donna Foland – Education
Connie Morris – Home Life
Pat Walsh – International Affairs
Tonya Watson – Membership
Beth Jetha – Public Affairs
Lucy Willard – Talullah Falls School
Committee Chairmen
Myra Carmon – 1734 Club
Daisy Lucky Aukerman – Advisory
LaTonya Jordan- Budget
Page Henry – Domestic Violence
Melodie Rogers – ESO and Book Club
Karen Clydesdale – Fundraising: A Seeded Event
Sarah Helen Kilgore – Historian/Women’s History
Lisa Banes – Marketing, Logo and Website design
Judy Reece – Member Events Bridge / Communications
Billie Harris – Newsletter Editor
Ruth Yurchuck – Nominating Committee
Karen Thomson – Past President
Karen Johnson – Peachtree Women’s Writer’s Alliance
Lucy Willard – Tallulah Falls School
Leigh Adams – Women’s History
Judy Reece – Communications
Britton Rogers – Social Media
Elizabeth Byrd – Webmaster
Judy Reece – Weekly Update


The Atlanta Woman’s Club’s goals are to continue their productive participation in the Arts, Education, Conservation, Tallulah Falls School projects, Home Life and International and Public Affairs fostering the good and general welfare of the citizens in the immediate community, as well as the world-at-large though the advancement of civic and social improvement. — Mrs. Samuel (Lucy) Willard II,Atlanta Woman’s Club President, 1994-1996

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