A Grand Convention in Austin, Texas
July 11, 2019
A Texas-sized thank you to the 2019 sponsors for making the successful Convention in Austin, Texas possible: Shot@Life, Heifer International, Prevent Child Abuse America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Canine Companions for Independence, LoLo B Designs, Operation Smile, Terri Lynn Fundraising, UNICEF, and March of Dimes.
Here are some of the many Convention highlights:
- Speaker Joe Starita discussed Susan La Flesche, a GFWC clubwoman who became the first Native American to receive a medical degree. Clubwomen moved by his talk lined up to purchase his book, A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor.
- Many members received awards for their outstanding work and commitment to the Volunteer Spirit this year.
- Selena Rezvani was announced the 2019 Croly Award winner for her video journalism titled, “Interrupting Gender Bias Through Meeting Culture.” Tedx Talks are revolutionizing the journalism scene by giving field experts the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience for free distribution.
- The star power of the Juniors’ Lip Sync Challenge Fun Night, where eight groups of clubwomen dressed up and gave passionate performances that would impress even the original singers.
Heidi is both a shining example and inspired advocate of the belief in meaningful volunteering.
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 Lawrence Classics Club
The GFWC Lawrence Classics Club (Kansas) has 19 members, and it’s an incredible mixture: one charter member has been involved since 1997; one member has been part of GFWC since 1960; there are a mother and daughter pair who are 2nd and 3rd generation clubwomen; four members are Boosters; and their youngest member only graduated from college last year. This assorted group shares the same values about volunteerism and puts them into action.