GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster (Maryland) has an annual project that corresponds with one of International President Brock’s Seven Grand Initiatives. Every year the club partners with Penguin Random House, one of the area’s publishing houses and distributor of books, to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Penguin supplies them with Dr. Seuss books and the club funds the purchase of other titles to distribute to children in pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade. The ladies on the education committee spend many hours placing a bookplate with space for the child’s name and donor information in each title. The committee delivers the books in February to the schools. Every March to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday, club members and guest readers (service club members, government officials, police officers, local college staff and students, residents in local retirement communities, and business leaders) volunteer their hours to read to children in 105 classrooms in 13 schools and assist the children in selecting a new book for their personal library. This past year the club donated over 2,000 books. Some of the readers wore Cat in the Hat hats and the kids and readers had a great time. Each reader brings a favorite Dr. Seuss book to read to the children, many of which they read to their own children. Many of these children are from low income families and don’t have the money to purchase books of their own. This is one way that the club reaches out to the community and helps those in need. This project was initiated in 1 classroom in 1998 and continues to be supported by community businesses. The contributions of Penguin and the overwhelming support of the business community has helped to make this yearly project a success.
Mary Lou Parks
For accomplished author and GFWC clubwoman Mary Lou Parks, writing her club history, HerStory, was a journey that formed lasting friendships and a new perspective on women’s history.
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.
GFWC Polk County Service Club
GFWC Polk County Service Club (Oregon) served as the coordinators for the Polk County Fair Talent Contest. There were two divisions (Youth from age 3-12 and Young Adult from 13-19) with 17 contestants. Laurel Jones, Vice President of GFWC Polk County Service Club, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, and friends all came out to fill the audience and it was very well attended. One of the Judges was GFWC Oregon State President, Pam Briggs.