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.
GFWC welcomes comments to posts on its blog but reserves the right to remove content that is inaccurate or unhelpful to GFWC Members. The email address required to authenticate and publish a comment will not be shared externally.
Justine, whose husband Paul is a Vietnam Army veteran, has been an active clubwoman for 17 years. If there’s a club office, she’s held it.
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 Millington Junior Women's Club
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.