By Kathy L. Collins

GFWCBSLlogoOn Saturday, May 10, members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Brandon Service League (GFWC BSL) gathered at The Loft Event Lounge in Brandon for its annual Celebration Luncheon. The luncheon is an opportunity for the members to honor another successful year of service to the community and award scholarships to deserving students from the greater Brandon area.

Once again this past year was a successful one for the organization. As a result the GFWC BSL was able to award three $1,000 scholarships to deserving area high school seniors.

The first scholarship is the Reynolds and Claire Bryan Scholarship for the Arts. This award honors long time member and past president, Claire Bryan and her husband. This scholarship was awarded to Amber Faircloth of Newsome High School.

A second scholarship is the Judy Dunn Memorial Scholarship for Nursing. This scholarship was given to Cassandra Gruza from Bloomingdale High School.

The third scholarship was the Brandon Service League Women in Education Scholarship. This was given to Aaliyah Williams from Durant High School.

“The club was delighted to honor these deserving young women and their families,” said Second Vice President Bradlee Swanson.

In addition to giving out the scholarships, the GFWC BSL installed newly elected officers and honored outgoing President Dianne Forester. The GFWC BSL will be led for the next two years by Sandy Pullinger.

“My goals for the club are to expand our reach into the community so that we can enlarge the area that we serve,” said Pullinger. “We welcome all women who have a heart to serve others join us.”

The GFWC BSL is comprised of a group of women who are committed to serving the community. According to Pullinger, “We’ve been serving in Brandon since 1960. We support the needs of all of our citizens who need our help. We have a particular emphasis on women, students and the working poor. We seek to educate our members about issues occurring in both our own country and abroad.”

“We give our members information that will help keep them safe and informed about women’s health and financial developments. While doing all this, we provide many opportunities for fun and fellowship. It is a great organization, and I am so pleased to be serving with all of the members,” said Pullinger.

For more information on the club and on how to become a member, e-mail

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