GFWC Illinois

Femmes Unir Woman's Club

of Bartonville


General Federation of Women’s Clubs



Limestone Community High School Library


Second Wednesday, 7:00 pm, September-May


(Sept and May Dinner Meetings are not held at the high school)



Club Officers  


President – Carleen Leach


Vice President – Jean Pruvost


Treasurer – Rose Hordesky


Recording Secretary – Joann Pickel


Corresponding Secretary – Betty Gibson

For Information about Membership


Carleen Leach


309 697-4445



Brief Club History


A group of ladies began the Femmes Unir (Women United) Woman’s Club in the home of Mardell Rapp.  There were 42 charter members.  The club was organized in 1962 with the first officers for the club year 1962-1963 being installed by the 16th District President Mrs. Charles Reese in the presence of the Bradford Woman’s Club.  Edith (Edie) Farrow was our first president.


The Budget for the first year was $330.00.  Meetings were held in the Limestone Community High School Library on the second Wednesday of the month, which we continue to do today.


The main fundraiser was a boutique and lunch served in Eleanor Fauber’s basement.  Later this was moved to the Alpha Park Hut and presently hosted at the LCHS cafetorium with set up on Friday night and salad luncheon and program on Saturday.


Our largest membership was 92 ladies in 1992.  At present, we have 79 members (9 charter members are still active after 47 years).


Annual Projects


Salad Luncheon hosted in the LCHS Cafetorium.  Boutique and bakery items are available.


Last year, 2008, we donated nearly $5000.00 to various projects.  We are very proud of our Flag Project.  For the past 4 years we have been donating flags with the hardware for hanging them to the Village of Bartonville.  They greet us, our neighbors and visitors to our community from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  In addition to the flags, we contribute to local fire departments, Alpha Park Library, Limestone Township Pool, Woman’s Strength Crisis Center, scholarship funds and many other worthy causes.


Our members are currently involved in two service projects; volunteering at Bellwood Nursing Home by providing an afternoon of bingo and refreshments to residents and sewing whimsical surgical caps for children facing surgery at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.


General Federation of Women’s Clubs

General Federation of Women’s Clubs Illinois



Budget & Finance

November 15, 2009 – Salad Luncheon/A Christmas Fantasy

Judi Jorgensen, chair


Cook Books Sales

Regina Swanson, chair



September 9, 2009 – Fall Dinner Meeting @ American Legion

Kay Ingram & Mariella Oedewadlt, co-chair



May 12. 2010 – Spring Dinner Meeting @ Coyote Creek

Carleen Lambie & Sue Hertz, co-chair


Year Books

Distributed at Fall Dinner Meeting

Dee Garske & Robin Palmer, co-chair

Lyn Smith provided printing


Publicity & Historian

Glenda Lowder & Marlene Noll, co-chair






International Affairs

October 14, 2009 – Living in China, Mark Yocum

Vicki Hordesky, chair


Home Life

November 4, 2009 – Exec. Director of Neighborhood House, David Mingus

Marilyn Mingus & Mardell Thornton, co-chair


Public Affairs

December 9, 2009 – Tax Information, H&R Block

Lori Blacet & Leann Wineland, co-chair



January 13, 2010 – Porcelain Artist, Jean Fehl

Barb Bazhenow & Estaline Shielein, co-chair



February 10, 2010 – Nature Center @ North Point, Jeff Nelson

Sandy Behrends & Marcia Markwalder, co-chair


Health/Home Life

March 10, 2010 – Heart Health

Regina Swanson, chair



April 14, 2010 – Insights of a Former Principal, Mabel Hofreiter

Mardell Rapp, chair


Flags – Flags are flying over the main thoroughfares of Bartonville

Legislation Day, March 11, 2009 in Springfield, IL, local members with GFWC State President Debbie Strahanoski

Club Officers:  Rose Hordesky, Treasurer; Jean Pruvost, Vice President; Carleen Leach, President; Joann Pickel, Recording Secretary; Betty Gibson, Corresponding Secretary

New Member Brunch on April 25, 2009