The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) announced in June that long-time local Woman’s Club Board member and past president Jolie Frankfurth, is now the 2016-18 GFWC Director of Junior Clubs.
Frankfurth was named Director Elect in 2014, and installed the weekend of June 25-29 of this year in Baltimore. She is the first Florida woman since 1972 to hold this position.
“I’m ready for this,’’ Frankfurth said.
Her first day on the new job was Saturday, Aug. 6. “She was elected by a membership of more than 80,000, has been with the organization a substantial amount of time and her charity work has been outstanding,’’ said Michelle Furman, the GFWC director of communications.
Frankfurth has risen through the ranks of the GFWC, which specializes in grassroots charity work with more than 27 various non-profit organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, since starting with the GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club (NTJWC) 20 years ago.
At the time, she said, the New Tampa area was still just mostly a road to S.R. 54.
“There were a lot of young families with children moving to the area,’’ she said, adding that the New Tampa Juniors was a perfect fit for her.
Frankfurth is a University of South Florida graduate, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Locally, Frankfurth has made an impact on all levels of membership. She has been an Advisor of the GFWC New Tampa Juniorette Club the past five years and has been president of both the GFWC Woman’s Club of New Tampa and the NTJWC.
“The richness of our great Federation is in the character, diversity and passion of its membership,’’ Frankfurth said. “Our work these next two years should be about attitude and actions to making good things happen in our local communities.”