How to Plan for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, an observance which encourages young children to celebrate reading. Whether you partner with a local school, library, or host your own event, we have some ideas for how you can get involved!
- Invite children to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss book characters.
- Challenge children to track their reading for two weeks and award prizes to the top readers.
- Host a read-a-thon. Children can bring sleeping bags and pillows to get cozy as they read Dr. Seuss books together.
Participate in Read Across America Day to inspire children to value literacy and reading. Contact your local schools, Head Start programs, and libraries to see if they are in need of volunteers—or books. March 2 is an ideal day for your club to help GFWC make a bigger dent in its goal to distribute 1,000 Dr. Seuss books to at-risk children. Don’t forget to add your club’s personal touch with the Dr. Seuss labels, filed under “D” on the GFWC Resources page.
Newsletter and Website Contest Reminders
Both the Newsletter and Website contests are great opportunities for your club to show off its presentation, creativity, and efficiency. Entries for both contests should be sent to Communications and Public Relations Committee Chairman Patti Poe (not GFWC Headquarters).
Patti Poe, Chairman
7187 Rock Springs School Road
Nocona, TX 76255
Entries for both contests are due on March 15. Learn more about the rules by reading the Club Manual.
Share Your Service Expertise!
In January, GFWC was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with members of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service on the importance of service and how to encourage more Americans to serve. The Commission, formed in 2016 to promote service and work to identify ways to inspire more Americans to serve, is looking for you to share your thoughts, stories, and expertise! Members of the Commission have toured the country hosting forums to speak directly with a broad cross of section of Americans to learn about what inspires those who serve and what deters those who haven’t, and they have released their initial findings.
The Commission is working to promote Universal Service and seeks your feedback. Follow this link to the Interim Report and provide your comments at the bottom of the same page to be a part of this essential national conversation!
Cares & Concerns
Our thoughts are with GFWC Illinois State President Shelli Fehr on the passing of her father, Ronald Wayne Thomason. Send your condolences to Shelli Fehr, GFWC Illinois President, 85 Kennelworth Circle, Hampton, IL 61256.
Volunteers in Action
The Parsippany Woman’s Club (New Jersey), GFWC Sokico Woman’s Club (Washington), GFWC Woman’s Club of the Denville-Rockaway (New Jersey), GFWC Georgia, GFWC Ohio Junior Cyberlinks (Ohio), GFWC Viera Woman’s Club (Florida), GFWC Hastings Women’s Club (Michigan), GFWC California, GFWC Plant City Woman’s Club (Florida), GFWC Saxonburg District Woman’s Club (Pennsylvania), GFWC Grundy Woman’s Club (Virginia), GFWC Thompson Falls Woman’s Club (Montana), San Gabriel Woman’s Club (Texas), and the GFWC Ladies Tourist Club (Minnesota) are featured on GFWC’s Blog for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service projects.
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Thank You Tuesday
Valentine’s Day came early for GFWC with our February #ThankYouTuesday theme. We want to hear what made you fall in love with GFWC! “Share the Love” on this month’s Facebook post.
Help National Parks Recover
The national parks are in need of hardworking volunteers like you! GFWC has a history of conservation efforts, including the formation and protection of national parks. Parks across the country are currently affected by trash overflow and vandalism. Help the National Park Service keep our beautiful land clean and protected. If you log more than 250 service hours, you’ll get
a free Volunteer Pass for entrance to all national parks and federal recreation lands!
RSVP for GFWC’s Annual Women’s History Month Event
February 14 is the RSVP deadline for our Women’s History Month Event. Email AConstad@gfwc.org to let her know you’re coming! The event is March 7 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and will feature Marci Reaven, Vice President of the History Exhibits at the New York Historical Society. Join us to hear about the conservation efforts of women’s clubs!
March of Dimes Notice
Please hold off on shipping baby blankets to March of Dimes until further notice. They are currently transitioning to a new location and don’t have much space in their warehouse. Stay tuned and keep making blankets in the meantime!
Buy a Convention Program Ad
Do you want to celebrate your club or a specific clubwoman in your life? Buy an ad for the 2019 Convention Program! You can create your own ad or choose from our designs. Check out our Convention Program Ad form to learn more. Order and pay for your ad by March 29!
State President Project: Mississippi, Becky Wright
For the 2018–2020 Administration, GFWC Mississippi is focused on bringing awareness to the number one killer of women—heart disease. Becky Wright first became aware of the devastation of heart disease when her mother suffered a heart attack in 2004, around the same time the Red Dress Initiative was getting started.
The “Empowering the Heart to Make a Difference” State President Project uses the acrostic “Go Red” to detect, correct, and protect women. To detect, ladies are encouraged to G-get their numbers; to correct, O-own their lifestyle by making physical activity and healthy eating a priority; to protect, R-raise their voices through advocacy to influence public policy pertaining to heart health; E-educate their friends, family, and Federation; D-donate to the American Heart Association Mississippi Chapter through heart walks, club fundraisers, and the GFWC Mississippi statewide cookbook and pillow fundraiser. Leading up to National Wear Red Day, clubs across the state have collaborated with elected officials, including the Governor of Mississippi, requesting they sign proclamations declaring February 1, 2019 as Wear Red Day in their cities.
In addition, a “Move More” service project was introduced at the post-convention board meeting and has been continued at each state and district meeting to raise heart rates and make a difference in a fun way. Promoting planned reading with the President’s Book Challenge will be an added focus for 2019—empowering the mind through lifelong learning and attracting new GFWC members with another layer to the benefits of belonging!
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Club Anniversaries and Gold Pin Recipients
Metropolitan Richmond Woman’s Club (Virginia)
Women’s Club of Pittsford (New York)
GFWC Las Noches Woman’s Club (Arizona)
GFWC-MFWC Civic Woman’s Club of Picayune (Mississippi)
GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Roseland (New Jersey)
GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve (Missouri)
Duarte Woman’s Club (California)
Maids and Matrons Club (Texas)
GFWC Ousamequin Club (Massachusetts)
Fortnightly Club of Summit (New Jersey)
Suffield Woman’s Club (Connecticut)
Gold Pin Recipients (50 Year Members)
Joyce T. Ashton
Woman’s Club of Seaford (Virginia)
Sharon Farris, Nancy Ray, and Nova Sahtout
Woman’s Club of Kingsville (Texas)
Lanora Brorsen, Abbie Johnson, and Marjorie Martin
Ladies Tuesday Afternoon Club (Oklahoma)
Woman’s Club of Newport News (Virginia)
Jean Lanning, Camille Harris, and Marilyn Pahl
GFWC Women’s Club of Bowling Green (Ohio)
Carol Crews, Jane Payne, and Joye Wright
Apache Study Club (Oklahoma)
Doris Bridal, Laura Kemnitz, Virginia Gengler, Jauna Hall, and Twyla Zorba
Perry Study Club (Oklahoma)
Monroe Woman’s Club (Wisconsin)
Faye E. Hoffman and Catherine E. Gardner
Elizabeth City Woman’s Club (North Carolina)
GFWC Marketplace: Blue GFWC Tote Bag
This cotton tote bag with a zippered top is great for the clubwoman on the go! It’s equally spacious and stylish. With State Convention season upon us, this bag can help you keep track of everything and have it all at hand. Get yours for $30 in the GFWC Marketplace.
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Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
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 Woman's Club of Westminster
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster (Maryland) has an annual project that corresponds with one of International President Brock's Seven Grand Initiatives. Every year the club partners with Penguin Random House, one of the area’s publishing houses and distributor of books, to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday.