Programs

AWC club members are encouraged to select a “community service project area” wherein their interest lies. Volunteer opportunities are as diverse and as interesting as our membership. See below for a general description of our six Community Service Programs:

  • EDUCATION – Promote a commitment to lifelong learning by encouraging members and others to foster and support educational opportunities in their communities. Educate members and others about rates of low literacy and stimulate citizen action to address impact and concerns related to literacy. Our Education Committee focuses on projects raising awareness of adult and youth literacy and continuing education programs especially among women.
    1. Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) is an honorary educational society open to all members of the Atlanta Woman’s Club. Through ESO, clubwomen are given direction in planned reading for self-enrichment and personal growth. ESO provides clubwomen with a structured reading program that is educational and stimulates a desire for self-improvement. Any AWC member can participate in ESO as part of a reading group or on their own. The program provides membership, awards and certificates, reading lists, and a framework in which to pursue continued self-improvement through reading. In support of ESO, our Club hosts quarterly Book Club Functions.
  • HOME LIFE – Introduce members and communities to organizations that improve the lives of those in need. Educate members and others about the value of and need for financial planning and informed financial decisions. Educate members and others about the most prevalent medical problems affecting women, and encourage women to adopt proven methods for optimizing their own physical health and quality of life. Projects providing education on financial, health and substance abuse issues.
    1. Bridge Club – A few of our past members were avid Bridge players, the ladies met every third Monday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Club to play Bridge for hours. An endowment fund was created by one of our past members to teach and play the game of Bridge to future generations to come. Today, we continue to host Bridge Club on Monday mornings and are always looking for members to join us. If you are interested, please contact Judith Behrens at judithmbehrens@gmail.com or leave us a message at 404-870-8833.
  • INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS – Educate members and communities about global topics and provide opportunities to support and contribute to world issues. Projects promoting understanding and acceptance of all peoples and providing international aid.
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS – Educate members and others about the importance of active citizenship, and encourage participation in related activities. Educate members and others about community, home and vehicle safety issues, and encourage citizen action on these issues. Projects reducing violence, fostering civic involvement, and increasing safety for all Americans.
  • ARTS – Encourage members to create and contribute to arts education and activities in all communities. Engage members in developing and enjoying creative arts as a method of self-expression. Projects encourage artistic expression, recognizing achievements, and preserving art as a natural resource.
    1. Peachtree Women’s Writer’s Alliance (PWWA). In 2013, the development of this writing alliance came to fruition by some of female authors in our Club. We’re a flexible group that seeks to meet the needs of our members who have an interest in writing. We have members who are very new at writing, experienced technical writers, journalists, novelists, poets and short story authors. To learn more about our group, please email Anne B. Jones at annebjones@msn.com.
  • CONSERVATION – Educate members about the importance and benefits of beautifying their communities. Educate members and communities about the importance of preserving natural resources and stimulate citizen action to address these concerns. Projects promoting increasing awareness of energy options an preserving natural resources.
  • OTHER AREAS – Other areas in which member clubs are involved: Community Improvement, Leadership Development, Legislation, Tallulah Falls School (owned and operated by the Georgia Federation since 1909).
  • 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

Quotes

Just as AWC members of the past brought “Light” and “More Light” to our city, our desire is to continue their legacy so that the Atlanta Woman’s Club remains a torch, a beacon, “a Light on Peachtree” dedicated to local and global humanitarian, philanthropic service. — Karen M. Thomson, Ph.D. Atlanta Woman’s Club President, 2008-2010

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