Norma Cantrell England has been an active member of GFWC and the Woman’s Club of Rock Hill since 2001 where she has served as president, recording secretary, publicity chairman, and has co-chaired several fundraising projects. She was Woman’s Club of Rock Hill Volunteer of the Year for 2013. Norma served as GFWC-SC North Central District president 2014-2016. Norma served as GFWC-SC secretary for 2016-2018, GFWC-SC 2nd Vice President 2018-2020, and GFWC-SC First Vice-President/President-Elect 2020-2022. She is now very proud and very honored to be serving a GFWC-South Carolina President.
Norma grew up in the Boiling Springs community in Spartanburg, SC. She received a BA and Master of Education Degree from Winthrop University, Reading Recovery Certification from Clemson University, and a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University. She is a retired Kindergarten and Reading Recovery Teacher/Literacy Coordinator. Norma and her husband Matt have been married for 48 years. They have a new toy poodle puppy, Tiffany, who is a lot of fun. They enjoy spending time with family and friends at their Edisto Beach house when they have some spare time. Norma is also a member of SSG Book Club, and the International Reading Association.
Suzanne Carswell is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and lived in Colorado, Tennessee and Ohio before finally settling in South Carolina. Prior to moving to Chapin, she was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Boy Scouts of America, the Junior League of Columbus and served as fundraising co-chair at her children's school. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Columbia Chapter.
Suzanne has been an active member of Chapin Woman’s Club since 2009. Within her club, Suzanne served as Men’s Committee Chair, as Flamingo Fling event chair and co-chair three times, and as Club President for two years. At the state level, she served as International Outreach Chair for three years and was selected as the GFWC-SC LEADS representative in 2016. Suzanne is a member of GFWC-SC’s ESO book club and has served on the GFWC Executive Committee since 2018 as Secretary and Second Vice President.
Suzanne resides in Chapin with her husband Jim and has two children; Graham who lives in Atlanta and Lauren, who lives in Charleston. She studied at Oklahoma State University and University of Colorado. In her free summer time, she enjoys cruising the canals of France on their replica Dutch Barge, Desormais.
I am so honored to be serving GFWC-SC as your Second Vice President for the upcoming administration!
I am proud to say I am a 33-year member of a GFWC club, first with Jr. Woman’s Club of Columbia and then St. Andrews Woman’s Club. The friendships, camaraderie, and support I have received over the years are a tribute to the wonderful women in this organization.
For those of you who do not know me well, I have been married to Tom Jones for 42+ years and we have one daughter…many of you know her as Katie Moydell also in GFWC-SC. She is our current Director of Junior Clubs for GFWC International! She and Matt have given us Collin, a grandson whom we love dearly! We have two fur babies…Yeti and Daisy who are both spoiled rotten cats we adopted from a shelter. I ended my career at Colonial Life when I retired in 2015 after 35 years there. I am a big Clemson fan – I graduated from there in 1978 and do love my Tigers!
I look forward to serving this great organization and continuing our great works in the next 2 years!
I joined the Woman’s club of Rock Hill in 2012 and have served as Club President (2020-2022), Secretary (2016-2018 and fill-in 2019-2020), Publicity Chair (2018-2020), Wedding Fair Chair, Decorating Committee Co-Chair, Victorian Tea Co-Chair, along with many other committee positions. I was WCRH Volunteer of the Year for 2019.
On the state level, I have served as Fundraising Chair (2018-2020) and as Finance Chair (2020-2022). I was 2020 GFWC SC LEADS representative and 2019 GFWC SC Volunteer of the Year.
I was born and raised in Rock Hill, SC. My husband Wayne, of almost 32 years, and I have twin 29 year old sons, Chase and Cody, and a FABULOUS 3 year old grandson, Theodore. I absolutely LOVE being a MiMi! My husband is a police officer (26 years and counting) and I am a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant and registered Yoga Instructor. I am the proud owner of an outpatient physical therapy clinic that specializes in Pulmonary Rehab and a yoga studio.
My name is Carrie Zimmerman and I have been a GFWC-SC member for 11 years. I am a current member of the Seneca Junior Woman’s Club. I am married to my husband Jason of 19 years and have two children, Zoe 16 and Gavin 9. We live in the Upstate of SC in Tamassee, SC. I have lived in SC for 20 years and have worked for the State of SC in the human service field for 18 years. I currently work for Continuum of Care, a division of The Department of Administration as a Wrap Facilitator. Volunteering is something I have done most of my life. When I moved to SC volunteerism was a way for me to meet new people and make new friends. My volunteerism in SC has included Angel’s Volunteer, church children's activities, school events, recreation Coach for over 11 years, Past Executive Board member of Christmas W/Hero and past Board member of the Walhalla Civic Auditorium.
My history with GFWC-SC started when friend, Sandra Mattox, a founding member of WJWC, brought me to a meeting of WJWC in 2007 and I was hooked. After the first year I was nominated to the executive committee as Secretary and have been on the executive committee ever since and have filled position of Treasurer, 2nd VP, 1st VP, and became President of WJWC in 2011 for 2 years. I was appointed GFWC-SC NW District President by Past President, JoAnn Bolchez in 2013. I was re-elected by my NW District peers to this position for the 2014-2016 term. I have attended and volunteered in GFWC-SC conventions since 2008, and went to Southern Region in 2014. In 2015, I was Co-Chairman of the 2015 GFWC-SC Convention in Greenville along with Norma England from North Central District. I was selected as the 2015 L.E.A.D.S candidate and attended part of the 2015 International GFWC convention in Memphis, TN.
Bobbie has been a member of GFWC-SC for the past 54 years. During this time she has served as Chair of the Credentials Committee and Chair of the Constitution & Bylaws Committee. She resides in Lexington and is a member of the Lexington Woman’s Club. She has served in just about every capacity in LWC, including Club President, Parliamentary Advisor, Chair of Bylaws Committee, and Chair of CSP International Outreach Committee.
Bobbie and husband Frank have been married for 59 years and have two children, Kim and Jon. They attend Lexington Baptist Church and are actively involved in church programs and activities. At Lexington Baptist some of the areas Bobbie has served include Co-Director of the Sunday School Department, Chair of Nominating Committee, Chair Constitution & Bylaws Committee, and Leader of Girls’ In Action Program.
Bobbie was Practice Administrator of The Eye Center in Columbia for almost 26 years, having retired about two years ago. While working at The Eye Center, she graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. Degree in Business Administration.
Bobbie also works with other local organizations in the Lexington area and has come to appreciate that the path to truly living the volunteer spirit is through service to others.
Kristin has been a member of the SAWC for 30 years where she has served as President, Treasurer and several various department chairs. Kristin currently serves GFWC-SC as the President. She has also served GFWC-SC as Public Policy Chair, Central District President for two administrations, Finance Committee Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Second Vice-President, First Vice-President and President-elect. Kristin has been employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of SC for 31 years. During her tenure she has worked in the Membership and Private Finance Departments while is currently the Director of InterPlan Accounting Department. Kristin resides in Columbia with her husband Bert Fields. She has two children Hunter and Sarah. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. She is a member of St. Andrew’s Baptist Church. As a church member she has served on the Child Enrichment Committee, Nominating Committee, By-Laws Committee and helped with the Girl’s in Action program.
Kathie E. Walker was born on November 25, 1950 in the middle of the “storm of the century” or the Appalachian Storm where 30 inches of snow fell on the city of Pittsburgh in 12 hours. Her mother went to the hospital on a sled and Kathie’s arrival made the first page of the Pittsburgh Press as the 1st “Snow Baby” born during the storm.
Kathie grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa and upon graduation from St. Francis Academy High School; she attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville, majoring in Social Work. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972.
On August 3, 1972 Kathie was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and reported for active duty at Ft. McClellan, Alabama where she completed the Women’s Officer Basic Course. In January, 1973, Kathie report to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina where she served in various positions until 1975. On February 9, 1973 Kathie met her husband Captain Frank Walker of Rock Hill, SC during the “Blizzard of 1973” - the day that South Carolinians witnessed the biggest winter weather event to happen in the state. They were married in September, 1976 (no snow!).
In 1975, Kathie left Active Duty Service and joined the 108th Infantry Training Division in Charlotte, NC where she served in various positions culminating as the Commander of the 3398th Reception Battalion. She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Active Reserve in 1996.
In 1981, Kathie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Winthrop University in Computer Science. She joined Duke Energy Corporation in 1981 and held various positions in the Information Management area of the corporation until her retirement in May, 2011.
In her retirement, Kathie has been very active in the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs (GFGWC). She is an active member of the Woman’s Club of Rock Hill where she has served as Treasurer, Second Vice-President (Membership), Publicity Co-Chair, and First Vie-President, and President. She is also a founding member of the Woman’s Club of York County. She has also served as the District President of the GFWC-SC North Central District. She served as the Treasurer of GFWC-SC. Kathie also volunteers as a sewing instructor for the York County 4H organization. She has thoroughly enjoyed meeting the wonderful ladies of all of the GFWC Clubs who donate so unselfishly of their time and energy to make our communities a better place to live and work. In her spare time, Kathie enjoys snow skiing (of course!), sewing, upholstery, stained glass, glass fusion, Ocean Isle Beach, and Summerland Key, Florida.
Anne Redlus has been a member of GFWC for 47 years. She served the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC in many positions culminating as 2008-2010 State President. Anne started raising puppies for Canine Companions for Independence in 2002 when the project was named New Jersey’s State Project. Over the years, Anne and her husband raised 5 puppies for this organization. In 2014, they made the move to retire in Bluffton, South Carolina. There was one drawback in making the move, there was no GFWC Club in the area. With the help of neighbors and Janet Prince (GFWC-SC Membership Chair) Anne started the GFWC Woman’s League of the Lowcountry which was chartered in March, 2015. She served as President for the first 3 years. Anne Served GFWC-SC as Home Life Chairman, Coastal District President (2018-2020), Health and Wellness CSP Chairman and is again serving as the Coastal District President (2022-2024.). Anne also served on the GFWC Board as Home Life Chairman, International Outreach Chairman, Community Improvement Project Chairman, Jennie Award Chairman and President’s Assistant to GFWC President Marian St. Claire. Anne was named a 2022 Jennie Award Recipient for the 2020-2022 Administration.
Melanie Matthews grew up in Spartanburg, SC and moved to Columbia in 2007.
Melanie graduated from Converse College in 1998 with a BA in English and in 2002 with a MEd. in Elementary Education. After a 17 year career in education, she joined her husband, Glenn, at the family business, Modern Exterminating Company, where she is now Vice President. She is involved in the National Pest Management Association, South Carolina Pest Control Association and Associated Pest Management. Melanie received an inaugural “NPMA Impact Award for Women in Pest Management” in 2022. She serves on NPMA’s Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) and Marketing to Membership Committees , as South Carolina PWIPM Committee Chair, and Associated Pest Management PWIPM Committee Chair. She is a participant in the Leadership Columbia Class of 2023 and a member of the Columbia Executives and Owners Association.
She is a member of Woman’s Club of the Midlands and currently serves as Health and Wellness Chair. Melanie serves GFWC-SC as ESO Co-Chair, a member of the GFWC-SC LEADS Committee and represented South Carolina as the 2022 LEADS candidate. She was previously a member of Junior Woman’s Club of Columbia.
Melanie is very involved in the community. She serves on the boards of MIRCI (Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.), Pawmetto LifeLife, The Therapy Place and Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Central SC. She is social committee chair for Columbia Rotary Club and serves on the Phi Mu Fraternity National Alumnae Committee as well as Columbia Alumnae Chapter Vice President.
She has two adult sons and loves to read and travel!
Rhonda Garris has been a member of the Woman's Club of Rock Hill since 2001. She has served as chairperson of the Art Community Service Program (CSP) during several club years as well as International CSP chairperson. She has also served as recording secretary for the club. Additionally, she is a member of GFWC-York County where she has served as club president. While working in Winnsboro, she served as a member of the Winnsboro Woman's Club.
Rhonda is married to Ralph and lives in Great Falls. She has a son who lives in Charleston SC.
Rhonda had a successful career as a nurse for 35 years. She retired 7 years ago and loves to travel, love the arts, especially theater, all genres of music, snow skiing, yoga, and animals of all types, among other things. What she loves the most, however, is spending time connecting with old and new friends. As an only child, her friends are her family and she cherishes long lunches, movie afternoons, and sipping wine at a local cafe.
The friends she has made at the woman's club over the years are very special to her. Whether laughing at the sink washing dishes after the Victorian Teas, pulling up weeds behind the clubhouse, wrapping up Super Bowl dips, decorating the clubhouse for Christmas, ...all these activities are how clubwomen become cherished friends.