News & Notes – June 27, 2019

Help a Child Smile

July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month. Children born with a cleft lip or cleft palate have more difficulty speaking and eating. Help provide access to safe surgery to children by supporting GFWC Partner Operation Smile.

  • Collect urgently needed items like child-sized toothbrushes and travel-sized toothpaste at least six months from its expiration date.
  • Collect medical records supplies such as clipboards, scissors, staplers, and more.
  • Collect child life therapy supplies, such as stuffed animals, liquid bubbles, and other toys.
  • Sew Smile Bags and fill it with travel-sized shampoo, small combs, and other requested items.

Find the full list of necessary items and instructions for these projects and more on the Operation Smile website and make a difference in the life of a child!

Labor Day is Only 8 Weeks Away

Labor Day honors the contributions that American workers have made. Celebrate those workers by giving back to them!

Support School Staff

Teachers and librarians are valuable members of our workforce. Show them you care and donate Dr. Seuss books for the start of the school year as part of the Dr. Seuss Grand Initiative.

Support Women in the Military

Members of the military have some of the most important jobs. Acknowledge the hard work they do as part of the Women in Military Grand Initiative.

While many people get the holiday off, it’s an opportunity for your club to celebrate important workers in our communities and our country. Start planning your projects now!

Volunteers in Action

GFWC Illinois, the Woman’s Club of Point Pleasant (New Jersey), and GFWC New Jersey are featured on GFWC’s Blog.

Have a success story to tell? Email

Say Cheese Convention Style

Pose with our Facebook Selfie Frame at Convention! The prop, located between Registration and Marketplace, is a fun way to commemorate your time at Convention. Post those stunning selfies and use the official GFWC hashtag #GFWCinAustin19.

Headshots at Convention

Laura Bergman from LoLo B Designs will be available at Convention to take professional head shots for you! If you’re interested, contact her at or 952-649-1463.

No News & Notes Next Week

GFWC Headquarters will be closed for July 4, so the next edition of News & Notes will be published on July 11, 2019. We hope you have a great holiday! Celebrate the history of this country and all the people who fought to give us a bright and independent future.

Curator’s Corner

With GFWC’s Annual Convention in full swing here in Austin, Texas, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on past Conventions. Although Convention used to be a biennial affair, the idea of having a meeting that enabled clubwomen across the country and around the world to connect was born when Jane Cunningham Croly held the first exploratory meeting of GFWC in 1889. Since then, Convention has been held in hundreds of cities across the country and welcomed clubwomen from every corner of the globe.



GFWC in Session in the Seventh Regiment Armory, New York City, 25 May 1916 (photo by E.F. Foley from The New York Times Rotogravure Supplement, Sunday, May 28, 1916.)






The Golden Jubilee (50th Anniversary) Convention of GFWC, Convention Hall,  Atlantic City, N.J., 19-24 May 1941, Dennis Hotel.






The 69th GFWC Convention, June 13-17, 1960 in Washington, D.C. at the Sheraton Park Hotel. GFWC President Chloe Gifford and Director of Junior Clubs Phyllis Curtis with Junior Hostesses from Virginia at the Junior Reception “The Greatest Show on Earth.”







The 94th Annual Convention, June 2-6, 1985 in Houston, Texas at Westin Galleria Hotel. International Past President Jeri Winger riding a Texas Longhorn at Western Barbecue and Rodeo.




These pictures only offer a taste of how GFWC’s Annual Convention has changed over the years. Explore the WHRC’s Convention collection in the online catalog by searching “CONV.”

State President’s Project: Nebraska, Louise Zimmerman

GFWC Nebraska State President Louise Zimmerman chose The Make-A-Wish Foundation for her State Project to be advocates for children because the cause is dear to her heart. Louise had only two cousins and one of them, who lives in Colorado, had two boys, both born with Cystic Fibrosis. The boys always wanted to go to Disneyland in California, and through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, their wish was granted. Shortly after, Stephen died at the age of 14. Michael, 2 years older, lived to be 21 years old, but succumbed to his illness. Although it was many years ago, it still has an impact on her heart. She hopes that her State Project allows more wishes, like theirs, to be granted.

GFWC Nebraska is directing their donations to Make-A-Wish Nebraska. “We would like to donate enough money to impact as many lives of children in Nebraska as possible, giving them ‘One Moment in Time,'” Louise said.

The impact of club donations will be measured through their annual GFWC statistical reports. Make-A-Wish Nebraska’s Facebook will also be monitored and donation acknowledgements from the organization will be counted.

Clubs have had Make-A-Wish programs and collected donations at their meetings. This year at the Junior Fun Night event at the Annual State Convention, attendees were asked for a freewill donation to the Make-A-Wish Nebraska. A half-page ad in the 2019 Spring Nebraska Clubwomen magazine promoted the fundraiser. Also, at the 2019 Annual State Convention, a representative from Make-A-Wish Nebraska presented a program. A monetary donation was made in her honor. GFWC Nebraska will continue to assist granting wishes during this term.

Techie’s Tips: How to Send High-Resolution Photos

Picture this: you use your phone to take a great quality photo of your club volunteering at a recent event. You send it via email to for Volunteers in Action or to another clubwoman for publication in the club newsletter. But when you see it posted, it’s grainy! What happened?

While most phones take photos with a good resolution, they also automatically resize the photo when you send it via email, causing a loss of quality. Here’s how you can fix that:

  1. Select your photo and choose the Email option for sharing.
  2. Type in the recipient’s email and add any message you might have.
  3. Click Send.
  4. A message will appear that gives you the option for size: Small, Medium, Large, and Actual Size. Choose Actual Size.

This way you won’t reduce photo size and therefore reduce resolution. Follow those simple steps to make sure your photos look their best!