GFWC Millington Junior Women’s Club
COLOR ME BLUE PROJECT
Each year April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kathleen Sweeney, Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County (CACTC), spoke at GFWC Millington Junior Women’s Club (Michigan) monthly meeting and told members that 10% of the 235 reported cases of child abuse in 2017 in Tuscola County were from Millington Township, including Millington. It inspired them to take action with the “Color Me Blue” Project.
The project allowed many levels of Millington to work together to raise awareness of the plight of some of our most vulnerable. Rosati’s Marketplace allowed members a space to take donations for the blue and silver pinwheels, the national symbol for the month of April. Kirby Co., All American Animal House, Quilted Hearts Quilting, McKatms, Millington Pizza, and Millington Church of the Nazarene allowed pinwheels in vases where those desiring could make a freewill donation and take a pinwheel to spread awareness. The club provided glass paint to Mrs. Dantinne’s Millington High School Art Class, who volunteered to draw blue pinwheels on the windows of most of the local businesses. Blue mesh wreaths were made with attached signs that read: “‘April Child Abuse Prevention Month’ sponsored by GFWC Millington Junior Women’s Club.” The wreaths were attached to light posts throughout downtown Millington for the month of April. One member submitted an article to the local paper explaining the project and reminding the readers that child abuse is not one month of the year, but daily for many children.
In June, members toured the CACTC offices and presented a $400.00 check to Kathleen Sweeney to continue the center’s work. The club wants to give a special thank you to the Millington Community for all their help making the “Color Me Blue” project a spectacular success and making this year the GFWC Millington Junior Women’s Club’s most meaningful in its 50 year history.
Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
The Rochester Junior Women's Club
The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (Michigan) was established in 1956 with 16 members, and today has over 70 members that always come together to support one another. The club chooses three or four major charities to support and several smaller ones, donating approximately $30,000 each year. In total since its inception, the club has provided more than 1 million hours of community service, and raised more than $928,000 to support their community!