Epsilon Sigma Omicron
Book Club in the Park
GFWC Capital Woman’s Club (WA) met during the summer at the park for Music in the Park. It created a nice atmosphere for visiting, bonding, and discussing all the books members read since their last meeting. During winter months, they met at different restaurants. They learned many interesting facts about the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, U.S. Presidents and their families, and various other topics.
Book Nook at Food Pantry
GFWC Tuesday Club of Columbia (MO) maintained the Book Nook at their local food pantry. Children were encouraged to visit the Book Nook while their parents shopped at the pantry. Members go twice a week to restock books on shelves and clean and tidy the nook. Children could take a book with them when they visited. All books were donated by members. This project is the work of 18 ESO club members.
Dr. Seuss Books and T-shirts
GFWC New Mexico (NM) Epsilon Sigma Omicron chairman established a competition for members to decorate a child’s t-shirt with a Dr. Seuss or other book theme. All materials were washable. Each t-shirt and a Dr. Seuss book were donated to a domestic violence shelter. This proved to be such a popular idea that a college work study group asked if they could join, so the contest was opened for two categories—GFWC and others with a creative desire.
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
GFWC Village Improvement Association Federated Woman’s Club (FL) joined forces with the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with four special reading and art programs at two local daycare centers. One member volunteered to be the Cat in the Hat.
State Convention Book Exchange
GFWC Ohio Federation of Woman’s Club’s (OH) ESO chapter held a book exchange at their state convention. Clubwomen wrote down their favorite book that they had read the past year on a white card. A new ESO reading list was prepared from those cards after the convention. Books were also exchanged, and if a member did not bring a book, the state chairman brought one for her! Over 45 women participated.
Reading with the President
GFWC Batesville Woman’s Club (MS) members created a blog on Facebook based on the GFWC Mississippi President’s “Reading with the President” ESO project. The blog gave state clubwomen a forum to discuss the monthly President’s Picks, as well as an opportunity to discuss themes of the book and to suggest books as companions to the current reading selection.
Sesquicentennial Literary Event
GFWC Woman’s Club of Clayton (NC) hosted a Sesquicentennial Literary event which brought Scott Mason, the Tar Heel Traveler, to present his latest book and speak on his travel experiences in North Carolina. The ESO group designed a bookmark to note the 100-year anniversary of the club and the Sesquicentennial of Clayton. Each attendee received a bookmark and the tables were decorated with books.
Interactive Story Time at Local Nursery
GFWC Tracy Woman’s Club’s (CA) ESO group hosted an interactive story time at Tracy’s Nursery and Garden Center. Books were read to groups of 12 children and their adult family members. Songs accompanied by a club member and a variety of interactive books and puppets kept the children, ages three to seven years, engaged during the reading sessions.
Book Clubs at Dairy Queen
GFWC Woman’s Club of Rio Grande City (TX) and the GFWC Florence J. Scott Study Club (TX) continued their mutual tradition of meeting the second day of each month at the local Dairy Queen to discuss titles, exchange ideas, and write ESO book reports. Drinking Texas Blizzards is an essential element of the friendly and productive monthly gatherings of two South Texas clubs.
Trip to Author’s State Park
GFWC Orange Park Woman’s Club (FL) ESO members read History of Tea before attending a sister club’s anniversary tea. Next, they read Cross Creek, a memoir of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, and later took a day trip to the state park named for her. The park includes the author’s restored home, which is a prime example of “Florida cracker architecture,” a vernacular style suited to Florida climate that was popular from the 1860s to the 1930s.
Karen Griggsby may be new to GFWC, but her impact is already being felt.
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.
Junior Woman's Club of State College
When Robbin Zirkle moved back to the area after grad school, she addressed the challenge many people face as adults—making new friends— by joining the Junior Woman’s Club of State College (Pennsylvania). GFWC provided her a place to connect with like-minded women who shared her passion for community service.