December 19, 2017
GFWC clubwomen are filling the holidays with music. The Fuquay-Varina Junior Woman’s Club (North Carolina) has a Christmas Social every year that involves getting dinner at a local restaurant and then going back to a member’s house for dessert and coffee. They spend an hour caroling and sharing their memories of youth, led by a professional pianist they hire for the evening. The club enjoys adding special harmonies and tunes to the carols, and have wonderful time singing and storytelling.
Many GFWC clubs carol to bring cheer to their communities. In addition to an evening of acapella caroling at their annual Christmas party for their guests to enjoy, the Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York) continued their annual custom of entertaining the Farmingdale Adult Day Care Center with traditional Christmas tunes!
The Swartz Creek Woman’s Club (Michigan) provided a Christmas tree lighting, complete with two live reindeer, and had the high school Madrigals and a local band sing carols. Then they had a huge event called Christmas in the Creek, which was their first ever no-fee event for their community. The event was packed with things for kids to see and do, including a penguin egg hunt and a Charlie Brown Christmas skit. The local library also featured Miss “Christmas” Carol, who read and sang songs to young children! With all of the activities and song, the club made sure their community could find Christmas spirit wherever they turned.
The Oconomowoc Junior Woman’s Club (Wisconsin) braced the wind and cold for their fourth annual tradition of Christmas caroling at local establishments in downtown Oconomowoc. The club uses the evening to raise money for Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation, which participates in the Give for A Better Day Holiday Gift Drive that benefits the Angel Fund. The Angel Fund gives a gift to children ages 8 through 17 who will be undergoing treatment during the holiday season. Every year, the hospital staff hosts a festive party and distributes gifts to each patient. Oftentimes they are the only holiday gifts they receive. This year the club raised $363.00 for the Angel Fund, and one of the club members will purchase gift cards for the patients so they can have a brighter holiday.
The Woman’s Club of New Tampa (Florida) carolers were right on key when they shared Christmas jingles and joy with the residents at the Legacy at Highwoods Preserve. The residence offers assisted living and memory care for seniors. The club sang and served cookies and warm drinks. The tradition of bringing Christmas cheer to seniors is one of their favorite holiday outings each year.
Whether they’re caroling for a cause, or just to bring a smile to everyone’s faces, GFWC carolers are uplifting spirits in their community through song!
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.
Oregon City Woman's Club
The Oregon City Woman's Club (Oregon) participated at the National Night Out on August 7 with a booth advertising their club.