The Women’s Literary Club of Leeds earned first-place honors in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Community Improvement Program competition for 2012-2013.

This annual international competition is open to more than 4,000 affiliate organizations in all 50 states and 12 countries.

“The GFWC Community Improvement Award is truly the heart and soul of our federation,” said Mary Ellen Laister, international president of the federation. “Created in 1955, the program enhances the lives of GFWC’s neighbors by meeting community specific needs. “

Laister congratulated the local affiliate in a letter to President Patricia Partridge saying, “Your contributions to your community are extensive and commendable. The GFWC Women’s Literary Club of Leeds is truly living the volunteer spirit.”

The Women’s Literary Club’s winning community-improvement efforts were designed to promote the city of Leeds. Club members served on the boards of community and civic organizations and partnered with local festivals and businesses to promote local events and sites. Their efforts were instrumental in promoting the image of Leeds as a progressive yet historic community with world class facilities, hometown charm and opportunities for everyone.

In addition, two club members – Pat Hall and Jane Newton Henry – used their communication skills to promote Leeds as a gateway to memorable adventures.

“Jane and I told the story of the city of Leeds in the book, Leeds: Images of America, which was published by Arcadia Press in October 2012,” said Pat Hall, co-chair of the group’s Community Improvement Program Committee. “We also promoted Leeds in numerous newspaper and magazine articles.”