GFWC Civic Club of Oakland, Maryland, Inc.


Western District
Contact: Suzanne Harle - furphat@aol.com

2020-2021 Officers

  • President: Judi Merriman
  • Co-Vice Presidents:Kim Mafett, Kathy McNerney
  • 2nd Vice President: Darla Soles
  • Corresponding Secretary:Vacant
  • Treasurer:Jean Tumbarello


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.
2nd 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 30, 2016 - How Are Barn Quilts Made? Speaker: Cheryl DeBerry, Treasurer, Barn Quilt Association

September 27, 2016 - The Role of the Election Board in Local, State and Federal Elections.  Speaker: Chrissy Sharpless, Garrett Co. Election Board

 October 25, 2016 – Evening - OTT Presents!  An Evening of Entertainment by Members of Our Town Theater

November 29, 2016 - How to Create Digital Photo Book..  Instructor: Judi Merriman

December 13th, 2016 - 2nd Tuesday - Holiday Party: Location TBA

March 28, 2017 - Presentations by Local Charitable Organizations.  Speakers from Each Non-Profit Organization

April 25, 2017 – Evening - The State of Garrett County. Speaker: Garrett County Commission Chairman Paul Edwards

May 30, 2017 - The Fundamentals of Beekeeping. Speaker: Kathleen Gibbs, Country Parson Honey

June 27, 2017 - Q&A With Lisa Jan. Speaker: Lisa Jan, Owner, MoonShadow Café Harvest Moon Market, Harvest Moon Market Catering DCL, & Blue Moon Rising
July 25, 2017 - Picnic – TBA - No program or business meeting

August 29, 2017 - The Africa We Love.  Speakers: Arnie and Candi Silverman

A contribution of $50 will be given
to a non-profit of the speaker’s choice

Programs subject to change on short notice

Upcoming Events

Last Tuesday of the Month – 12 noon or 5:30 pm (March thru November)

Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 43rd Annual Civic Club Antique, Vintage, and Collectible Sale
Includes 30+ dealers from MD, OH, PA, WV, and VA. Items for sale include furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, coins, jewelry, tools, linens, baskets, and glassware. Venue also includes the Civic Club Cafe offering homemade soups, sandwiches and soft drinks. Bake Sale includes pies, cookies, brownies, and more. Come for lunch, stay for dinner! Enter the raffle to win a $1,000.00 cash prize. Admission of $3.00 is good for all three days. The Civic Club donates all proceeds from this event back to community non-profit organizations. Free parking.  301-387-5680


Spring-Summer 2016
Fall-Winter 2015
Spring 2015
Fall-Winter 2014

Application Form

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

Our Leadership Team

From left: Anne Horowitz, Reporting Secretary; Barbara McClosky, Corresponding Secretary; Jenny Schwartz, 2nd Vice President; Sandy Hill, outgoing President; Jean Tumbarello, President; Judi Merriman, 1st Vice President; Marilyn Ruymann, Treasurer

Happiness is...

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

Jo Gallagher, Membership Chair, receives recognition from Garrett County Lighthouse; Betty Ellington - GCLH BD President, Donna Gregory - GCLH Ex. Dir., Jo Gallagher

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

Woman of the Year 2015

Jean Tumbarello and Edna Forsyth

Jean Tumbarello pictured with Edna Forsyth, Judi Schiff and Barbara Frantz

CC of Oakland Hosts the Western District Meeting May 2015

Western District Meeting May 2015 Greetings from the Hostess Club Sandy Hill

Susan Krichten, President Western District May 2015

Western District Meeting May 2015 Sandy Hill, Mary Snyder & Nancy Wynne

Western District Meeting May 2015 The Busy Bee

Western District Busy Bees Barbara Frantz, Kaye Shoemaker, Betty Brust, Carol Feser, Nancy Wynne

Western District Meeting May 2015 Civic Club of Oakland Report -- Sandy Hill & Suzanne Harle

Western District Meeting May 2015 -- Silent Auction

Western District Meeting May 2015 -- Civic Club of Oakland -- First Place Fundraising -- Sandy Hill & Edna Forsyth

First Place Membership - Sandy Hill and Jo Gallagher

Centerpiece - Western District Meeting May 2015

Centerpiece - Western District Meeting May 2015

Centerpiece - Western District Meeting May 2015

Centerpiece - Western District Meeting May 2015

Centerpiece - Western District Meeting May 2015

Centerpiece Western District Meeting May 2015

Welcome To Our New Members

2016 New Members

Jessica Josephson, Carol Mowbray-Brooks, Donna Barry

Louise Schaefer

Ellen Quinn Hamlin, Jill Wakefield welcomed by Jo Gallagher

Elizabeth Huxford

2015 New Members

Pamela Lentz

Roberta McCarthy

Jane Schwartz

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

Kathy Gera

Michele Terrell

Sue Maynard

Donna Brenneman

Nadine Brinhendler

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 Anniversary Pins & Certificates April 2015

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

Garrett Memorial Hospital Pillar Breakfast May 2015
Suzanne Harle, Edna Forsyth, Marc Bucout, Sandy Hill, Barbara Frantz

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

JeanTumbarello and Jeannie Bailey Fourth of July Crafts2015

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.

GFWC MD Special Project -- Back to Basics -Let's Read


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


Annual Picnic at the Garrett County Yacht Club


Autumn Glory Antique, Vintage, and Collectible Show




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