GFWC Hobe Sound Women's Club
The Hobe Sound Women's Club was founded to continue community service efforts begun with the very successful volunteer effort in which the Kids Kingdom Playground at the Hobe Sound Elementary School was erected from 91-92.
General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) affiliation was awarded in September of 1992, and we are proud of that affiliation which is why you'll see it prefacing our local club name. GFWC is one of the world's largest and oldest women's volunteer service organizations. Started in 1868, it has an impressive history of being a force of social change which greatly benefited the lives of women and children. At one time GFWC was credited by the American Library Association for establishing 75% of America's public libraries.
Our club's local agenda suits our particular needs of Hobe Sound, while still following the six pillars of GFWC:
The Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts finds it's origins in Dixie Days, the Hobe Sound Women's Club event whose proceeds provided educational scholarships for local youth. As the Chamber of Commerce took over the festival operations, the Women's Club sought to encourage a family-friendly environment at the festival, initiating a Kids Art Contest in 2003 for 4th and 5th graders with the artwork displayed at the Festival. In 2011 and 2012 the HSWC operated a Kids Zone at the Festival with many free family-friendly art, conservation, entertainment, and educational activities for children and families. The Kids Zone inspired the club's Treasures from Trash community programs that promote the establishment of a Reusable Resource Center in Martin County.