The purpose of this club shall be to bring closer unity through the cooperative efforts of its members in order to promote their common interests: the civic, cultural, educational, environmental and social welfare of the community. The GFWC/BMWC is a member of both the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs and align our objectives with the objectives of these organizations.
2022 Mother's Day Marketplace Success!
GFWC Bent Mountain Woman’s Club Mother’s Day Marketplace held on May 7, 2022
WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
Thank you to our members, vendors & community for supporting our annual fundraiser!
Looking forward to a great year ahead because of your support!
Take a stroll through history...
The BMWC members today, like those charter members in 1949, are a community of women who enjoy each other’s company while following the motto:
“to be busy ABOUT best things”.
1949-2022 Celebrating 73 years
The GFWC Bent Mountain Woman’s Club (BMWC) was founded on April 13, 1949 and federated on November 21, 1949 with 14 members to support the civic, cultural, environmental, educational and social welfare of the Bent Mountain Community. Over 70 years later, this is still our purpose. BMWC has been a part of almost every community event through fundraising, donations, and countless volunteer hours. here is a sampling of projects and events.
BMWC has always initiated and supported projects that add to the quality of life on the Mountain. In 1960, BMWC established the first Library as shelves in the fire station with books from the Roanoke County Book Mobile. We helped it grow into its own building as a branch of the Roanoke County Library system and funded the Children’s Room expansion in 2005. In 1963, BMWC helped fund the first Volunteer Rescue Squad on Bent Mountain. Since 1995, BMWC established and maintained a community Butterfly Garden, a quiet refuge and an educational site for scout troops and school children before the Bent Mountain Elementary School closed in 2010.
Following the school closure, BMWC backed the establishment of the Bent Mountain Center in 2013 and has supported its operation in the former school building through purchase of equipment and partnering projects.
BMWC has helped children by making possible participation in Girl’s State, 4H, Easter Seals and Apple Ridge Farm, scholarships for music and dance lessons, dental and eye exams, glasses, and free lunch milk. While Bent Mountain School was open, the Club provided equipment, furniture, and volunteer hours. Since, 1994, BMWC awards an Academic Scholarship to a graduating senior from the 24059 zip code.
BMWC reaches out to the larger Roanoke Community charities, healthcare, and veterans organizations. In 1988, BMWC established the Sweatsuits for Rape Victims providing clothes for rape victims. This project was elevated to the GFWC District level. In 2005, BMWC began the “Books ‘til Six” program on the Carilion Pediatric floor which provides a new book for each young patient. The club has held various events to honor veterans and in 2012, held a flag raising for Bent Mountain’s active soldiers and veterans, 7 of whom served in WWII.
BMWC has also supported General Federation of Womens Clubs on the District, State and National levels. A current member, Joan Carver has served as the District President. BMWC has won numerous awards including a GFWC Virginia best single project award in 2011 for the graveside ceremony recognizing Col Andrew Lewis Jr., a Revolutionary War patriot buried at Bent Mountain.