Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO)
Little Free Libraries
GFWC California – GFWC Tracy Woman’s Club
The Tracy Woman’s Club’s ESO group established and maintains four registered Little Free Libraries in the Tracy community. These libraries have been placed around the community; one near a food bank, two in low to middle-income neighborhoods, and one near a nursery for rural residents. Each bookcase has two shelves, one for children and another for adult books. Each houses about 25-35 books. Community members can take a book or leave a book, and through the course of the year, the four Little Free Libraries have had a total of 775 books moving through the libraries into people’s hands to read and share. Committee members are responsible for labeling the books placed there, sorting the books, and restocking the books.
Books for MOM
GFWC California – GFWC Woman’s Club of Cypress
Members of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Cypress reading club feel that giving books to children is their priority when sharing their love of books. This year the 14 ESO members voted to collect donations of children’s books to donate to MOMS Orange County, a nonprofit organization committed to helping women have a healthy pregnancy, encouraging baby’s development, and building parent’s confidence. This organization has many needs, so the members asked the rest of the club to join in and donate items to the MOMS’ wish list. In the six months, the club donated new baby/toddler clothing, diapers, baby wipes, and many children’s books.
Golden Girl’s Spring Bling
GFWC Florida – GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club
GFWC Rotonda West Woman’s Club is six book clubs joined for a luncheon event! The theme selected by The Golden Girls book club was “Spring Bling,” inviting everyone to sport their best bobbles and bling! Forty-three members attended the luncheon at the Rotunda Hills Country Club. A fine wine prize was awarded to the “Can you name the Book” contest winner. Then everyone participated in the bling parade, and sparkly awards were given to those winners. The featured guest speaker was Zina Jayne, Head Librarian from the Elsie Quirk Library. She informed us of some new and exciting services available from the library, including the new to-all-of-us “book club in a bag” program, which allows a book club to request ten copies of a particular book with the checkout and return date limit of one month.
GFWC Kansas – GFWC Kansas
GFWC Kansas offered a reading challenge to the entire state membership to encourage reading and joining ESO. The challenge included sixteen prompts such as a Victorian novel, poetry, a book set in GFWC Kansas or by a GFWC Kansas author, and a book by or about a GFWC member, past or present. Readers chose a book to fit the prompt and found the challenge fun. It was interesting to see how everyone answered the prompts.
GFWC Louisiana – GFWC Literary and Civic Club of Baton Rouge
The GFWC Literary and Civic Club of Baton Rouge held a Spring Social in which each course was featured as a book review. Champagne Cocktails from Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby were served, along with Appetizers of Pears & Cheese & Brie en Croute to go with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Shrimp Remoulade and Avocado Salad from Cynthia LeJeune Nobles’ A Confederacy of Dunces; the main course was Pork Tenderloins with Jezebel Sauce from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind with rice and onions and green peas; and Dessert of Death by Chocolate to go with Rex Stout’s The Nero Wolfe Cookbook.
Cajun Night Before Christmas
GFWC Mississippi – GFWC-MFWC Juniorette Diamonds
At the December meeting of the GFWC-MFWC Juniorette Diamonds, an advisor dressed as in Cajun attire and read in Cajun dialect, the book, “Cajun Night Before Christmas” from the GFWC Mississippi ESO reading list. Papa Noel, a character from the book, surprised everyone and handed out treats.
Reading Bench Project
GFWC North Carolina – GFWC Woman’s Club of Clayton
The Woman’s Club of Clayton’s ESO Project for 2022 was a “Reading Bench” placed in the Main Street Community Garden in Clayton. Hudson Hardware, a local independent garden, and project business donated the bench. The ESO members used the donated bench to create a reading bench. This reading bench will be placed for all the community to enjoy while reading their favorite book or simply sitting back admiring the foliage and flowers in the local community garden. Two members of ESO realized the goal by creating and painting the design.
Blind Date with a Book Meets Dirty Santa Exchange
GFWC Tennessee – GFWC Clarksville Women’s Club
GFWC Clarksville Women’s Club hosted a Blind Date with a Book Meets Dirty Santa Exchange at the December book club meeting. Each member brought a gently read book wrapped in plain brown paper with only a few clue words written on the wrapper. The exchange was made using the Dirty Santa game, where members took turns and enjoyed ‘stealing’ each other’s selections. Everyone walked away with a ‘new’ book.
Immersive Book Club
GFWC Tennessee – GFWC Clarksville Women’s Club
GFWC Clarksville Women’s Club hosts an Immersive Book Club where members enjoy bringing characters to life by experiencing the food items and activities the characters partake in. One member baked a Scripture Cake for the review of The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek and shared the recipe. One member brought Chamomile tea and served high tea while reviewing The Indigo Girl. A Quilt Square Memory Game was created and brought to the review of The Forgotten Seamstress. One member brought pizza as they discussed Crossed Sisters of Tuscany.
GFWC Texas – GFWC Decatur Woman’s Club
The Decatur Woman’s Club launched its annual fall campaign to collect used magazines labeled, sorted, and distributed to the lobbies of over thirty-five doctor’s offices, treatment centers, county facilities, and local businesses. In 2022, there were 773 magazines collected. This literacy project is in keeping with the club’s efforts to extend its relationship with the community and brand GFWC.