GFWC Chilhowee Club
Over 120 Years of Service to Our Community
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    The GFWC Chilhowee Club is dedicated to enhancing the communities and lives of others through volunteer service.
    Chilhowee Club is a ladies club whose goals are to stimulate mental growth, moral development and interest in charitable activities, and to strengthen individual efforts through organization. Chilhowee Club is a nonprofit organization limited to charitable purposes as defined under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).
    Our current enrollment is about 80, comprising of a mixture of retired and currently employed women, civic leaders, community volunteers, educators, founding families of Blount County, inventors, corporate women in the workforce, historians, artists, writers, mothers, grandmothers, wives and homemakers.
    Chairman: Elaine Kant The GFWC Arts Community Service Program encourages members to promote and support art activities in all communities. It is designed to inspire Club women to engage the creative ambiance within their lives.
    Chairman: Dianne Cserbak and Lynne Warner The GFWC Education Community Service Program works to improve literacy and education awareness in communities at home and around the world. For more than a century education has been a cornerstone of the GFWC beliefs and practices.
    Chairman: Marjorie Bogert The GFWC International Outreach Community Service Program is designed to enable members to become better world citizens, through advocacy, education, and action, which will in turn, affect change in our global friends and their communities.
    Chairman: Madeline Cavanagh The GFWC Home LIfe Community Service program is designed to inform members of issues that affect the well being of individuals, families, and communities by providing opportunities and resources to address and meet their needs.
    Chairman: Rose Mary Ballard The GFWC Pubic Issues Community Service Program is designed to actively connect members with effective projects and activities relating to civic engagement. The program focuses on citizenship, veterans affairs, emergency preparedness and safety.
    Chairman: June Ackerman The GFWC Conservation Community Service Program is designed for members to gain an appreciation of our environment through preservation, maintenance and restoration of our natural resources.

2017 Meetings

September 2017 Meetng
Allen Goss presented a slide show and discussion of the "History of the Smokies".
At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials recently honored Allen Goss as one of the many volunteers who eclipsed 5,000 hours of service to the park.

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October 3, 2017 Meeting
David Pritchard, Development Director at the City of Maryville was our guest speaker. He addressed the connectivity of our community and additional plans for the Greenbelt Park.  There were 43 present.

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2016 Recent Work


  1. Cancer Society Relay for Life Game Day
    Cancer Society Relay for Life Game Day
  2. November 3, 2015  GFWC Chilhowee Club met at the clubhouse at 1:30P for a program planned by our International Outreach chair Marge Bogert.  Dr. Scott Brunger, retired Maryville College professor brought 3 international students from Maryville College to speak on the topic "Immigration and the Process of Assimilating into American Society." After the meeting refreshments were served.
    November 2, 2015 Meeting
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  4. October 24, 2015  GFWC Smoky Mountain District Fall Meeting
    October 24, 2015 GFWC Smoky Mountain District Fall Meeting
  5. Sept. 20, 2015  Alzheimer's Tennessee WALK
    Sept. 20, 2015 Alzheimer's Tennessee WALK
  6. 2015 GFWC Smoky Mountain District Fall Meeting
    2015 GFWC Smoky Mountain District Fall Meeting
  7. September 2015 Meeting
    September 2015 Meeting
  8. August 2015 New Member Lunch
    August 2015 New Member Lunch
  9. Annual Spring Tea & Fashion Show 2015
    Annual Spring Tea & Fashion Show 2015
  10. Organizations that we supported in 2015
    Organizations that we supported in 2015
  11. Organizations that we supported in 2015
    Organizations that we supported in 2015
  12. Organizations that we supported in 2015
    Organizations that we supported in 2015
  13. Organizations that we supported in 2014
    Organizations that we supported in 2014
  14. Organizations that we supported in 2014
    Organizations that we supported in 2014
  15. Organizations that we supported in 2014
    Organizations that we supported in 2014
  16. Food Pantry 2014
    Food Pantry 2014
  17. Adult Education Program 2014
    Adult Education Program 2014
  18. Organizations that we supported in 2014
    Organizations that we supported in 2014
  19. Organizations that we supported in 2014
    Organizations that we supported in 2014
  1. Morbi nunc odi
    November General Meeting and Lunch
    November 7, 2017
    Dedee Edele will present "Art Action in Blount County" Hostesses: Elaine Kant (Art Chair), Madeine Cavanagh and Susan Clarke Lunch @ 12:30 Meeting @ 1 pm
  2. Morbi nunc odi
    Christmas Dinner with The William Blount Singers
    Tuesday:December 5, 2017
    The annual Christmas Potluck dinner will be served at 6:30. The William Blount Singers will bring us sounds of the season under the direction of Carol Bellgrau.
  3. Morbi nunc odi
    Tuesday: January 9, 2018
    Anne Van Curen will share with us her experience working with Hospice. "The Hospice Experience - It's Importance When Needed" Lunch @ 12:30 Meeting @ 1 pm
  4. International Outreach
    Tuesday: February 5, 2018
    Patricia Goddard is the Chilhowee Club Chair for the International Outreach. Lunch @ 12:30 Meeting @ 1 pm
  5. Morbi nunc odi
    Bring a Vet to Lunch
    Tuesday: March 6, 2018 12:30 pm
    Eddie Mannis, Chair of Honor Air will present a program titled "A History of the Honor Air Program for Flights going from Knoxville to Washington, DC"
  6. Morbi nunc odi
    GFWC Smoky Mtn. District Meeting
    Saturday: March 24, 2018
    The GFWC Smoky Mountain District Annual Spring Meeting will be held at the Chilhowee Club.
  7. Morbi nunc odi
    Blount County Poetry Contest Winners
    Tuesdy: April 2, 2018 5:30 pm
    The Art Committee Community Service Program presents the Blount County Poetry Contest Winners. Margie Carico, our liaison with the shcools and from our Club, will introduce the students who will then read their poems. The students represented range from elementary through high school. Supper will be served to members, the students and their parents.
  8. Morbi nunc odi
    Spring Blossom Tea and Fashion Show
    FRIDAY: April 27, 2018, 2pm
    This is our primary fundraiser for the groups to whom we contribute. Fashion Show by Raina Kant (Owner of Razberries Fashion Boutique). Tickets will go on sale in early spring.
    General Meeting and Drama Presentation
    Friday: May 1, 2018
    A fun time will be had by all at the presentation of our annual drama. Hostess: Margie Carico Lunch @ 12:30 Presentation @ 1pm


Our history is filled with notable contributions to our community and state.

Chilhowee Club was founded in 1891 by six women, all of whom were connected with Maryville College.  It is the second oldest Federated Women's Club in Tennessee.
In 1894, six ladies from another area of Maryville, organized the Tuesday Club.  On May 6, 1939, the two clubs united taking the name Chilhowee Club.  The Chilhowee Club has always continued to meet on a Tuesday.  The Clubhouse was completed in 1940, and is considered an architectural treasure. 
In 1931, before the two clubs joined, they collaborated efforts to open the first public library in Maryville.  Club members have since led the campaign to build our current Blount Co. Public Library.
Club members were activists in stimulating civic and funding support for the Clayton Center for the Arts, and are major contributors to the development of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. The Club donated a hand-sewn quilt to display there showing the Smoky Mountain wild flowers.  Junior Chilhowee Club members were collaborative members of Haven House, a safe haven for victims of domestic violence in need of transitional housing.


Executive Board


President                                  Chris Arnette

1st Vice- president                   Madeline Cavanaugh

Recording Secretary                Shirley Rupert

Corresponding Secretary        Lynne Bonfardin Warner

Polly Uhrig

Immediate Past President                Margie Carico


GFWC Liason     Marjorie Bogert
Parliamentarian            Marilyn Bowers
Historian           Diane Cserbak
General Meeting Chair            Mary McKinnon
Year Book           Susan Taylor Bryant
                                and Madeline Cavanaugh,
Bylaws Revisions             Marilyn Bowers
Publicity          Carole B. Ireland
Technology Chair         Shirley Rupert
GFWC Liason                Marjorie Bogert
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the GFWC Chilhowee Club, located in Maryville, Tennessee.  Our club services, but is not limited to, the Blount County community.  Chilhowee Club was founded in 1891, making us the second oldest Federated women's club in the state. Our club is a non- profit organization that supports the arts, preserves natural resources, advances education, promotes healthy life styles, encourages civic involvement, and works toward peace and understanding.
     If you have a love for people and volunteering in the community, we would love to have you attend a meeting and see what we are all about.
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Built as a gathering place for Blount County's lady's club, the Chilhowee Club is a charming venue that can be used for multiple types of events.  It features a single large meeting room that can seat up to 70 for a banquet, a stage, piano and sound system..

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