News & Notes: December 10, 2020



December 10, 2020

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Register by December 14: Remote Holiday Open House

Time is running out to register for the Holiday Open House, hosted by GFWC International President Marian St.Clair. This remote celebration will welcome you into the historic GFWC Headquarters in Washington, DC, to experience a bit of holiday magic! Inspired by the 2020 holiday theme, What a Wonderful World, the home’s entry and entertainment areas feature a sparkling winter wonderland accented with woodland wildlife. See the holiday transformation of 1734 N Street, hear about a few of the President’s special embellishments, and learn more about the history of our beautiful building.

Register through the GFWC Member Portal by December 14! After logging in, select “Events” and then “2020 Remote Holiday Open House.”

New Gift Sets Support Success for Survivors Scholarship Fund

Are you still searching for that perfect holiday gift for a Federation sister, family member, or friend? One of the Starfish Project’s new gifts sets will show that special someone how much you care!

Every gift set arrives ready to gift, lovingly wrapped in a Starfish Project gift bag and individually packaged in a gorgeous gold and white gift box. Inside each box, there is a Story of Hope about a life changed thanks to your purchase.

Twenty-five percent of the sales generated through GFWC’s dedicated link will directly support GFWC’s Success for Survivors Scholarship. This endorsed fundraiser will continue through June 28, 2022, helping survivors of intimate partner violence overcome financial challenges and invest in a brighter future.

Order your Starfish Project gift set today through this link (also on the Starfish Project GFWC web page)!

Volunteers in Action

This week’s GFWC Blog features work from the Wake Forest Woman’s Club (North Carolina), GFWC Tremonton Women’s Civic League (Utah), GFWC of Holden Beach (North Carolina), GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces (New Mexico), Exeter Area GFWC (New Hampshire), and Riverside Woman’s Club (California). Read about their “shake and search” bottles for people with Alzheimer’s, poinsettia deliveries, video to break the silence against domestic violence, cleaning supplies drive for veterans, gift baskets for healthcare workers, and meal distribution project with a local food market.

Have a success story to tell? Email to be considered for GFWC’s Blog.

Help Heifer Provide Transformational Change 

Heifer International began in 1944 by delivering livestock to people in countries decimated by World War II, including Hope the cow, who was given to an orphanage in Poland on Christmas Day!

Now, nearly 76 years later, Heifer International works in 21 countries, sources animals locally and provides agriculture products and training, and has the same goal of ending hunger and poverty around the world.

A gift to Heifer International this holiday season provides transformational change during an uncertain time. Please consider a donation through your local club. The gifts made on this page will be matched through the end of the year (up to $200,000).

Techie’s Tips: Ensure You Receive GFWC Emails 

Email systems do their best to route the email that you want to your inbox and to place undesired messages in a spam folder. However, systems sometimes make mistakes and could mark News & Notes or other GFWC communications as spam, requiring you to dig through your spam folder to get important GFWC information.

Ensure your local email account settings approve as a sender or “whitelist” emails received ending in “” Here are a few ways to make sure GFWC’s emails aren’t blocked.

Add Our Email Address to Your Contact List

Create a new contact for GFWC. If you add to your email contact list, it will deliver any emails from that address to your inbox instead of your spam.

Unmark Our Emails as Spam

If you’ve received News & Notes or other GFWC correspondence in your spam folder, go to one of those emails and mark us as a safe sender.

Don’t miss out on important communications from GFWC: whitelist our email today! If you’ve tried the above and are not receiving GFWC emails, contact your email system’s customer service.

Maximize Your Contribution 

Did you know that GFWC is able to receive donations of stock? You can maximize your contribution to GFWC and reap some well-deserved tax benefits for yourself by donating your appreciated stock. A direct transfer of appreciated stock is significantly greater than if you were to sell the shares and donate the proceeds. Donating your stock allows you to avoid paying the capital gains tax—a benefit even for those who don’t itemize. And many states no longer allow for the deduction of capital gains taxes on your state returns!

To apply these benefits to the current tax year, stock transfers must be completed by December 31. Be sure to speak with your broker to learn if this is the right giving option for you. To make a stock donation to GFWC, please contact Metou Balde, GFWC’s Director of Finance, today! 

State President’s Project: Florence Diede, Montana

Have you lost someone as a result of death by suicide? GFWC Montana President’s Special Project is “Suicide Prevention Through Education.” The World Population Review recently reported that Montana is the state with the highest suicide rate.

Each club has members, family members, and friends who are dealing directly and indirectly with death or attempted death by suicide. Clubwomen and citizens of Montana need to know how to ask this hard question: “Are you thinking of taking your life?” It is then critical to know how to respond when the answer is “Yes,” and when it is “No.”

Each club has been provided with an abundance of pamphlets and information. In addition, lists websites, TED Talks, speakers, and the 2020-2021 scheduled suicide prevention activities. GFWC Montana is asking clubs to have a program focused on suicide prevention once each year. A one-time $50 grant is available to help defray any costs a club may incur should it host a walk, print and distribute materials, or pay a speaker.

“Death by suicide,” the preferred terminology among field experts, is language that we all should adopt today (if not already using it). GFWC Montana is eager to participate in educating its members and communities about suicide prevention.

GFWC Marketplace: Holiday Ornament 

There’s still time to get a GFWC Ornament for the holidays! The ornament features hand-blown glass and a holiday themed GFWC logo, and it comes in its own presentation box! Now available for $12 in the GFWC Marketplace. It makes the perfect gift for yourself and fellow club members.

We recommend placing any orders ornament orders by Monday, December 14. There have been reports of mail service delays in many communities throughout the United States. GFWC staff is processing Marketplace orders as quickly as possible, but Headquarters is still operating with limited staff onsite daily. In order to speed up processing of your order, we request that you pay for your order at time of purchase in the Member Portal. For details on mail service in your area, visit the USPS Service Alerts page.