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Contributed by GFWC Desert Jade Woman's Club
In the early 1960s, ten young Asian-American women joined together to develop friendships and organized to provide community service as the Desert Jade Junior Woman's Club in Phoenix, Arizona. Within a year, club membership grew to 20.
Today, with removal of the age limitation of 35 years for junior club membership, the group is known as the GFWC Desert Jade Woman' s Club. The many philanthropic and civic projects of the group have included donations of time, money, and energy to various local fire departments, veteran's groups, community, service, and family organizations. The Phoenix Art Museum as well as St. Vincent De Paul are just two of the many organizations who have benefitted from the club's efforts.
From its inception, members of the Desert Jade Woman's Club have felt the need to give back to the community in which they lived. This collection represents barely a glimpse of the past 50 years in which the club has played its part in the history of the state of Arizona.
Each year, a club member(s) created and designed an album for the President of the club, which included photographs, letters, and information on activities for that year which was presented to the President as a keepsake.