President's Welcome

Mary Derrick, President

President’s Welcome

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President for the 2018-2020 Administration. The Woman’s Club of Raleigh has served the community for 114 years, and I am very honored to be following in the footsteps of some amazing women.

We’re entering into a new administration filled with members ready to begin the new club year–and I’m so pleased at how many wonderful women will be serving this club in leadership–some for the first time! It’s always exciting when a new administration comes in, with new people and fresh ideas. With so many new members joining the club, we are pleased that we will have more women becoming involved in focus areas of community service and club activities.

One of my goals for this coming administration is not only to build membership, but to have our members embrace what this club has to offer. The Woman’s Club of Raleigh has a proud history of service to the community, and we want to continue that vision in all that we do. Becoming involved in club activities offers not just community service, but relationships as well. I have heard so many members talk about the friendships that they have made, friendships that have spanned not just years–but decades. So many of our members have developed strong bonds of sisterhood. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, worked on projects, had road trips, and adventures. Had it not been for this club, many of our paths would never have crossed.

I recently found a graphic that said GFWC–which we know means General Federation of Women’s Clubs–but one of our sister clubs changed the initials in the graphic to mean, Girl Friends Who Care. I loved that! It made me smile. And, it’s true. Isn’t that what we do?

Yes, we do care, which is why I am also excited to announce a President’s Project! So many choices, so many worthy organizations to choose from, but, because children are near and dear to my heart, for these next two years, my President’s Project will be focused on education. Children are our future! My background in education has enabled me to see things from a different perspective. And, giving children all the tools that we can to help them achieve should be our mission. Children, as we know, don’t all learn at the same levels, but they all need to receive the same opportunity to learn.

Our club will be focusing on the organization, Communities in Schools of Wake County, to help provide disadvantaged children opportunities in their educational pursuits. As I’ve learned, so many of these children are transported to many different schools, which, unfortunately, keeps them from forming a network of educational support in their own neighborhoods. Communities in Schools is fighting to change that, not just working in the neighborhoods but also in the schools themselves. Please join with me in helping to support Communities in Schools of Wake County to provide these children with more opportunities to achieve. We’re Opening Doors & Unlocking Minds!

We’re looking forward to these next two years and hope you join us on the journey!

Mary Derrick, President

President’s Project

Communities in Schools of Wake County has long partnered with the Wake County Public Schools System (WCPSS) to serve students. Its vision is to help schools remove the barriers that put students at risk of wasting their potential. Its mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  Its mission reflects their theory of change that programs don’t change students, relationships do.

Its ultimate goal for each student (in grades K-12) is to create a path toward post-secondary education or entry into a professional career.

In Schools

Today, CIS works directly in six schools through embedded Graduation Coaches who provide advocacy, intervention, after-school academic support, and coordination of mentoring/tutoring by volunteers.

In Communities

CIS serves 400 students in five learning centers located in public housing communities. Part-time certified teachers and volunteers support staff for up to four hours each day after school. In addition, CIS delivers STEM-based afterschool programming within its learning centers for students who are bused to over 30 different schools, leaving the learning center as a safe haven for homework completion when returning home.

CIS Wake’s foundational approach of academic case management helps students achieve in and out of the classroom.  Academic case management involves goal-setting with students; constant communication with teachers, parents, and others; and monitoring student outcomes in three key areas:  Attendance, Behavior, and Course Success in the core subjects of Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies. For attendance, the goal is that students are in school for 90% or more days of instruction; for behavior, the goal is that no student is long-term suspended; and for course success, the goal is that students receive grades of C or better in core subjects. CIS Wake also provides periodic services and access to resources that address community and school-wide needs.

SMART Academy

It launched the SMART Academy to help students maximize academic resources through technology.   The mission of CIS (in grades K through 12) is to develop the 21st Century thinking skills of students (these students are located in both community sites and schools sites) in math and language arts.  The SMART Academy programs are offered on weekends (SMART Weekend School), during after-school and the evening (SMART After-School and Evening) and during the summer (SMART Summer).

SCORE Academy

In its SCORE Academy, CIS uses success coaches to help students between ages 16-21 complete their high school equivalency exam (GED) or obtain enough high school credit.  It identifies students to help them recover credits leading to a diploma and provides them with a pathway to higher educational opportunities and/or the job market.


The Community Service Programs of The Woman’s Club of Raleigh offer members opportunities to contribute to the community, to learn and to enjoy a variety of activities and events. Members participate based on their individual interests and as their schedules permit.

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Our Mission

The Mission of The Woman’s Club of Raleigh, Inc. is to serve and support our community in the Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach, and Public Issues.

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The Woman’s Club of Raleigh has made the decision to temporarily close based on recommendations by the CDC, our President and our Governor.
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