When Bethany Flint first joined a Juniorette club in 2004, GFWC was already a significant part of her life due to her mother being a club member for many years. Now after years of being part of the Federation herself, Bethany loves it just as much as she did when she joined.
As club president of the GFWC Magnolia Junior Woman’s Club, of Mississippi, in 2021, Bethany said volunteering has always been important to her.
“As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors, have servant hearts, and encourage one another – that is exactly what volunteering is,” she said. “Volunteerism means utilizing my time, knowledge, and resources to make a difference. Volunteerism is an investment in the future of all children, including mine.”
Bethany said she has had the opportunity to work on some great club projects throughout her time as a clubwoman. She noted, although innovation with projects is always exciting, her focus has always been on simply making a difference and helping those in need.
“Sometimes we overthink trying to come up with a creative project that has never been done, but I think the most needed and impactful ones are those that meet people’s basic needs – food, shelter, clothing, health, etc.,” Bethany said.
Of the many projects she has been a part of, Bethany has fond memories working with Habitat for Humanity as a Juniorette with her mother and other girls.
“This hands-on experience taught us new skills, was lots of fun, and made a huge impact on someone’s life,” she said.
Since her family was in the grocery business and her mother spends a lot of time cooking, Bethany has always been drawn to food-related organizations or projects, such as donating to food pantries.
In particular, she said she has enjoyed being able to work with GFWC Affiliate Organization Heifer International.
“I just love that this organization is working to end hunger and poverty in a way that’s not just one and done, but is sustainable and helps the family long term by helping families become farmers and entrepreneurs, helping them provide for their family,” she said.
Having served in the past as the Bruce Fine Arts Juniorette President, the GFWC Mississippi State President’s Special Project Co-chairman, and now as the GFWC Mississippi Health and Wellness Chairman, Bethany said she has been happy to work in all positions of leadership, including that of club president.
“Being club president affords me an opportunity to share my knowledge and GFWC experience with club members and encourage them to step out in leadership as well,” Bethany said.
In addition to gaining personal experience and skills and making a difference in the lives of others, Bethany said she is also grateful for the friends gained from becoming a GFWC member.
Whether she is connecting with friends, volunteering for a club project, or learning something new, Bethany said GFWC offers a little something special for everyone.
“To whom much is given, much is required,” she said. “GFWC is a great way to give back.”
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