By Kathy L. Collins

The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club will host its annual Teen Forum beginning on Monday, July 29 and going through Friday, August 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The week long camp will be held at Nativity Catholic Church located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon.

The camp is geared toward girls who are entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The cost of the camp is $70.00, if reserved in advance and includes t-shirt, crafts and snacks. Cost of attendance rises to $80 at the door. Space is limited to 75 girls.

The Teen Forum is designed to give girls in middle school the tools they need to raise their awareness and their self-esteem. The camp is packed with speakers, projects and demonstrations. The speakers are varied and interesting and cover a variety of topics that are important to girls. This includes fitness, nutrition, skin care, fashion trends and more.

In addition to all of the activities and speakers, the girls participate in community service, a hallmark of the GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club.

Vi Zonfrelli, President of the GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club said, “The membership is very excited and honored to continue to offer such a rewarding program. The Teen Forum was started over 30 years ago. We want to help girls develop the tools they will need to make positive choices and decision in the situations they may face in life.” Zonfrelli added, “We want them to understand that they hold the key to empowering themselves, becoming productive citizens and achieving future success.”

The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club is a non-profit organization that has been proudly serving the greater Brandon community for nearly 60 years. Zonfrelli said, “We are a diverse group of ladies from all walks of life who are rich in spirit and passionate about being involved in making our community better.”

The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club supports education by providing scholarships to two high school senior girls and by providing school supplies to Kenly Elementary School. Each year the club holds a Children’s Holiday Party for over 90 underprivileged children.

For more information on the club and to register for the forum, please visit or call Donna Griffin at 244-4758.


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