GFWC Civic Club of Oakland, Maryland, Inc.


Western District
Contact: jogallagher214@gmail.com

2014-2016 Officers

  • President: Sandy Hill
  • 1st Vice President: Suzanne Harle
  • 2nd Vice President: Jean Tumbarello
  • Recording Secretary: Anne Horowitz
  • Corresponding Secretary: Judith Merriman
  • Treasurer: Marilyn Ruymann


Membership Luncheons—12 noon
Last Tuesday of the Month—March through November
at Dutch’s at Silver Tree

Executive Committee
1st Tuesday of the Month—March through November
Library, St. Paul’s Methodist Church

Craft Group—9:30 a.m.
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month
Rear (basement)—317 East Oak Street, Oakland
(Across from Grand Central Station)

Book Club—12 noon
Third Friday of the Month at Dutch’s at Silver Tree
For information, contact Sherry Bradshaw, (301) 746-8117


August 26, 2014
                Algonquian Shawnee Indians of Western MD
                Speaker Elizabeth Huxford
September 30, 2014
                Raising Service Dogs
                Speaker George Brelsford
October 28, 2014 Evening Meeting
                Do You Hear What I Hear? Identifying Birds by Their Songs
                Speaker Naturalist, Wil Hershberger
November 25, 2014
                Make It and Take It! Craft Project
                Presented by the Leaders CC Craft Club
December 9, 2014 2nd Tuesday
                Holiday Party
March 31, 2015
                Presentations by Local Charitable Organizations
                Speakers from each Non-Profit Organization
April 28, 2015 Evening Meeting
                 The Holocaust - Never Forget
                 Speaker Beth Luers, Professor of Humanities
May 26, 2015
                 Our State of the Art Emergency Operation Center
                 Speaker John Henry Frank III,
                 GC Emergency Management Director
June 30, 2015
                How Many Ways Can You Tie a Scarf? 
                Interactive FashionStyling by Lisa Reitmeyer
July 28, 2015
                Picnic – Yacht Club
August 25, 2015
                Growing Up a Girl in Rural China
                Speaker Qing Yuan, Ph. D, GC

A contribution of $25 will be given to a non-profit of the speaker’s choice.

Programs subject to change on short notice

Upcoming Events

Annual Autumn Glory Antique, Vintage, and Collectible Show

The 42nd Annual Autumn Glory Antique, Vintage, and Collectible Show will take place on Friday-Sunday, October 9-11, 2015 at the Oakland Community Building, formerly The Armory, on 8th Street. Thirty-two dealers will be participating in the show. The hours of operation are 10-6 Friday and Saturday, and 10-4 Sunday. Food, including the Club’s well-loved vegetable soup, will be served by members during those hours as well.


Fall-Winter 2014
Spring 2014
Fall-Winter 2013

Application Form

Click here to download the Civic Club of Oakland's Application Form.

Our Leadership Team

From Left: Sandy Hill - President, Suzanne Harle - First Vice President, Jean Tumbarello - Second Vice President, Judi Merriman - Corresponding
Secretary, Anne Horowitz - Recording Secretary,
Marilyn Ruymann - Treasurer
Love In Action

Suzanne Harle, First Vice President, Garrett County Mentor of the Year

Our member Barbara Frantz being installed as Western District’s Recording Secretary 2012-14 by Bette Brust, Parliamentarian for The Maryland Federation.
May 18, 2012

Welcome To Our New Members

2015 New Members

Tiffany Blackden

Barbara McClosky

Susan McQuaid

Michelle Umlauf

New Members Introduced April 2015
Jo Gallagher, Tiffany Blackden, Barbara McClosky, Barbara Frantz, Susan McQuaid, Michelle Umlauf & Edna Forsyth

2014 New Members

Patricia Preston

Lynn Featherstone

Kathy Gera

Michele Terrell

Sue Maynard

Donna Brenneman

Nadine Brinhendler

Cindy Bryden

Pat Weiler

Jo Gallagher (left) presents Welcome Packet to Pat Weiler and Cindy Bryden

Ellen Fritz (L) and Jo Gallagher (C) welcome Kathy Gera

Jo Gallagher welcomes Susan Maynard.

Jo Gallagher welcomes Michele Terrell

Darlene Beachley


Members receive their anniversary certificates and pins -- June 2014

Peggy Thomas receives her 25th Anniversary pin

Members enjoy an Ochoa de Mayo dinner to kick off the summer recruitment season - Spring 2014


Fun(D) Raising

Edna Forsyth (L) and Kris Yusko (R) sell 50/50 raffle tickets and the new Club Support Card -- Fall 2014

Donations Support Community Organizations


Twenty-one Non-Profit Organizations made donation requests at the March 31, 2015 Meeting

Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Theresa MacLellan, (left) receiving the Civic Club of Oakland check from member Barbara Frantz. Spring 2014

Jo Gallagher (right) presents Donna Brenneman, Executive Director - Hospice of Garrett County, with GFWC Civic Club of Oakland 2014 donation.  June 20, 2014

Our Craft Group In Action

The Craft Club makes patriotic coasters for local nursing homes for the
4th of July -- Jeannie Bailey’s craft room  -- Spring 2014

The craft group has a "Button Party" to make "button" ornaments for the Club's tree that will be donated to the Festival of the Trees.  The FOT is a fund raiser for the Dove Center.

Festival of the Trees Donation 2014 with award ribbon 2

Festival of the Trees Donation 2013

Jeannie Bailey, Craft Club Co-Chair, holds the blue ribbon award for the "Pure Country" tree that was donated to the Festival of the Trees in 2013.

Festival of the Trees donation 2012

Judi Schiff, Craft Club Co-Chair, Betty Ellington and Sandy Smith working on the latest project.  The Craft Club makes 271 items for six holidays:  Valentine's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as donating a tree to the Festival of the Trees.  The holiday items are donated to local nursing homes.

Linda Sebastian, Anne Forrester, Jean Gosnell, Jenny Schwartz and Marion Damato are busy with their glue guns.

Jean Tumbarello, Judi Schiff, Jean Gosnell, Jenny Schwartz and Betty Ellington with scissors and markers making holiday favors.

Below are samples of the many crafts donated by the club over the past few years.

Purses of Promise Project

From left:  Lonnie Patch (friend of Sandy Hill), Suzanne Harle, Sandy Smith, Silvia Emery.  Spring 2014

From left: Lonnie Patch, Sandy Smith, Silvia Emery, and Jean Tumbarello. Spring

Purses of Promise Project for victims of Domestic Violence

Woman of the Year 2014

Edna Forsyth GFWC Civic Club of Oakland Woman of the Year
From the left: Jo Gallagher, Edna Forsyth, Judi Schiff & Barbara Frantz

Woman of the Year 2013

Judith Schiff GFWC Civic Club of Oakland 2013 Woman of the Year
Barbara Frantz (L), Judith Schiff, Jo Gallagher
December 2013

Presenting the GFWC Civic Club of Oakland 2013 Woman of the Year

Members and Guests Enjoy Our Holiday Luncheon 2014

Members and Guests Enjoy Our Holiday Luncheon 2013

Members and Guests Enjoy our Holiday Party -- December 10, 2013

Annual Picnic at the Garrett County Yacht Club

Autumn Glory Antique, Vintage, and Collectible Show



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