Weber installed as GFWC Director of Junior Clubs

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
Becky Weber

Rebecca “Becky” Weber of Metamora was installed at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs International Convention as the GFWC Director of Junior Clubs on June 17.

The International Convention was held in Charlotte, NC.

As GFWC Director of Junior Clubs, Weber will serve on the Executive Committee.

She will interpret GFWC programs to the Junior club members, preside at all Junior meetings, serve as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and she will, in cooperation with the International President, formulate plans for the Junior meetings at the Annual Convention.

Today, there are 335 GFWC Junior Clubs in 18 states.

GFWC Juniors have designed a special project, Advocates for Children, which encourages all clubwomen to become active advocates for children by working to ensure they are protected from harmful situations and encouraging healthy physical and emotional lifestyles.

Weber joined the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in October 1988.

As a member of the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club, she has served as Treasurer, President, Parliamentary Advisor and has held numerous committee chairmanships.

In 1996, as chairman of the Community Improvement Project, her club won fifth place at the GFWC International Convention for raising $100,000 to purchase a new ambulance for Emergency 116, the community volunteer ambulance service.

She served as CIP Chairman for the 2010-12 club project — Focus on the Kids, winning first place at the GFWC Illinois State Convention and is a charter member of the GFWC Illinois Junior Woman’s Encore Club.

On the Junior District level, Weber has served in every office and several chairmanships, as well as secretary and CIP chairman for the 17th District.

She served for 10 years on the GFWC Illinois Junior Organization Board of Directors, becoming GFWC Illinois State Director of Junior Clubs for 2004-06.

Weber also served on the GFWC Illinois Board of Directors as Public Affairs Chairman, Membership Chairman, and Central Region Vice-president.

She served on the GFWC International Board of Directors as GFWC Illinois State Director, four years as GFWC Citizenship Chairman, GFWC Director-elect of Junior Clubs, and currently serves as GFWC Director of Junior Clubs.

As GFWC Citizenship Chairman, she was honored to educate clubwomen around the country on Citizenship, and projects and programs to benefit our veterans and service men and women around the world.

Some of the organizations Weber worked with were: Wounded Warriors Project, the 10-in-10 project, Sew Much Comfort, Soldiers Angels, Adopt-a-Platoon, Operation Helmet, Homes for Our Troops, in which she helped with one of the homes in Mahomet and Fisher House.

She arranged a visit at the Fisher House in San Antonio, Texas at Fort Sam Houston for the GFWC Board of Directors in conjunction with a Board of Directors’ meeting.

Outside of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Weber continues to volunteer for CASA of Peoria County, serves on the board of directors and volunteers at Woodford County Heartline/Hearthouse, volunteers in the special education resource room at Metamora Township High School, is a member of the Friends of the Central Illinois Marines and chairs the Metamora area Holiday Basket food drive.

She and her husband are in charge of the guitar group at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Metamora and she also plays TAPS at military funerals.

She and her husband Mike have been married for 34 years and have four children: John and Mary Catherine (fiance Chad Kamm) all of Metamora, Anne Marie Perkins (husband Jeremy) of Jefferson City, Mo. and Sarah Jackson (husband Alex) of Fortson, Ga., a beautiful granddaughter Charlotte Marie Jackson, and grandbaby Jackson coming in August.

A graduate of Calhoun High School, Weber is the daughter of Ted and Millie Schumann of Kampsville and daughter-in-law of Ann Weber of Carrollton.

Attending the GFWC Installation of Officers were Weber’s husband, children and granddaughter, along with her brother Ted & wife Sonya Schumann, her sister Bev & husband Terrill Mosbarger, and her great-nephew Xander Kraig.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a nonprofit organization that brings together local women’s clubs in a collective effort to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of others through volunteer service.

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.