Conservation Community Service Program
The GFWC Philaco Woman’s Club of Apalachicola, Inc. (FL) sponsored a program to bring a nature-oriented science curriculum to four first grade classes in their county school system. The Franklin County School Explorers program was developed with the School District Director of Special Programs and teachers. Classroom kits were created to study birds, insects, plants, and shells, and included lesson plans, books, and equipment for hands-on investigation. Discoveries and observations were recorded in science journals.
Recycling Craft for a Cause
The Woman’s Club of Lacey (NJ) Conservation Committee collaborated with their Arts and Domestic Violence Awareness Committees to collect empty paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, and empty coffee creamer bottles. Using felt and paint, four sets of ten snowmen bowling pins were made with an oversized toddler tennis ball as the bowling ball. The bowling pins were donated to Providence House, the club’s Domestic Violence Awareness initiative, and used by children during group-play therapy.
The Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club (IL) Garden Walk offered a daylong adventure through properties of all kinds and sizes. The walk included a sunny prairie garden, a magical and inviting fairy garden, an expertly maintained and abundant vegetable garden, a colorful and creative rock garden, a cool and relaxing shade garden, and a pollinator garden full of nature’s colors. The variety of gardens provided learning opportunities about the great outdoors and community gardeners.
Kids Fishing Day
The F. J. Scott Study Club (TX) partnered with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and AgriLife Extension in an annual countywide Kids Fishing Day. Over 300 children and families enjoyed the great outdoors and participated in educational activities including water safety. Children were taught how to catch and release a fish. Prizes were awarded to those catching a tagged fish. GFWC volunteers in action served hot dogs to the hungry fishermen.
Duck-er-ate Recycling Project
The GFWC Auburn Junior Woman’s Club (MA) held a “duck-er-ate” event at the Auburn Public Library to recycle rubber ducks from their annual Duck Race. Children decorated the ducks with various items including paint, glitter, feathers, and pom-poms. The ducks were judged and first, second, and third place winning ducks were displayed at the library. Some of the recycled ducks were decorated by club members, made into Christmas ornaments, and sold at the Holiday Bazaar.
Earth Day Litter Pick Up
The GFWC Fuquay-Varina Junior Woman’s Club (NC) began an annual tradition of celebrating Earth Day with local citizens. The club created an event called “Clean the Quay” and publicized it through their website, social media, and word of mouth. Wearing gloves, vests, and bright pink FVJWC shirts, club members walked over 2 miles of road frontage collecting trash and recycling items. Over 12 bags of waste were collected from their watershed and creek system.
Corn-Stalking the City
The GFWC Lake City Women’s Club (MI) decorated the city’s lampposts in the fall. Over 1,000 dried cornstalks from a local farmer were displayed. A local disabled veteran removed the stalks at the end of the season to feed his goats and sheep. The project demonstrated use, reuse, beautification, and not leaving a footprint as corn stalks fed people corn in the summer, decorated Lake City in the fall, and fed the farmer’s animals in the winter.
The Quitman Woman’s Club (MS) teamed up with the Quitman Lower Elementary School on its “Smarter Lunch Project” and worked with children to plant fall mustard, turnip, and collard greens, plus tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, blueberry bushes, and apple and peach trees in raised garden beds on campus. Club members donated trees and plants for the garden and helped setup the beds for planting. Students watered and cared for plants and harvested the vegetables.
Water Conservation with Kids
The GFWC Round Table Club of Wyoming Camden (DE) held a water conservation program for children ages 2-5 at the county library. Children were asked, “Did you use any water today?” and “What did you use it for?” and learned about the word “conservation.” A story illustrating the water cycle was read and songs were sung. An art project featured a water droplet surrounded by stickers showing different ways everyone can help in the conservation of water.
The Panorama Study Club (AL) celebrated Earth Day by hosting a program at the Red Mountain Community School teaching fifth and sixth grade students to make Fairy Houses from natural materials. Club members provided boxes of dried and fresh flowers, lichens, natural branches, stones, fir, pine cones, etc. to use in the construction. Students worked together in groups in various locations around the school, unleashing their creativity and building unique Fairy Houses.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC du Midi Woman’s Club (Alabama), GFWC Valamont Woman’s Club (Tennessee), GFWC Viera Woman’s Club (Florida), GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City (Florida), and GFWC Junior Women’s Club of Walpole (Massachusetts)
If there is time in the day to lend a helping hand, Irene Iverson will do it. A member of two GFWC clubs and recent honoree of the One OC Spirit of Volunteerism Award for 2014, Irene has been an active leader in her community since she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer at 15.
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.