GFWC Volunteers in Action: Mississippi Florentine Evening Club and Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York)
July 21, 2020
In June, the GFWC Mississippi Florentine Evening Club provided gift cards from the hospital coffee shop, muffins, cookies, and other baked goods to the 4th floor ICU nurses and doctors at St. Dominic Hospital as they heroically face COVID-19 on a daily basis.
The Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York) was very proud to present a $1,000 music award to Jonathan Doty, a Farmingdale High School 2020 graduate. The Olive B. O’Connor Music Award is presented every year to a qualifying candidate by GFWC New York. The winner must be a resident of New York State, be graduating from an approved New York State (NYS) Education Department high school, private school or academy, and have had preparatory instruction, either in voice or instrument, at the high school level. The award must be used for continued musical education and be approved by the NYS Music Award Chairman.
Women’s clubs throughout NYS submitted the names of qualifying students before the March 1 deadline. Jonathan’s application was submitted by Bea Ferrari, a WCF sponsoring club member and retired FHS teacher. Jonathan has been singing since he was in 6th grade and studying voice since 8th grade. He has been performing high school musicals since his freshman year where he has had the male lead every year. These include “Horton” in Seussical, “The Baker” in Into the Woods, “Nick Piazza” in Fame, and most recently “Link Larkin” in Hairspray. Also included in his resume are many performances in “outside” theatre shows. At FHS, Jonathan was part of the mixed chorus for four years, vocal jazz for three years, and the select barbershop quartet for three years. He was Bass Section Leader and has gone to All County Mixed Chorus for two consecutive years. In addition to singing, Jonathan plays the French horn and has been one of the Drum Majors for the FHS Marching Band.
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An eight-year Air Force veteran, Penny has been a GFWC member since 2008, and is currently serving as the club president of GFWC Helena Woman’s Club (Montana).
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.