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.
Volunteers in Action: GFWC du Midi Woman’s Club (Alabama), GFWC Valamont Woman’s Club (Tennessee), GFWC Viera Woman’s Club (Florida), GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City (Florida), and GFWC Junior Women’s Club of Walpole (Massachusetts)
Melanie Carriker Stevens
Melanie Carriker Stevens understands GFWC tradition and legacy. Daughter of GFWC Communications and PR Chairman Wendy Carriker, Melanie was inspired to form the GFWC Legacy Woman's Club, which celebrates the dedication of grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins. The GFWC Legacy Club received its charter at the 2015 GFWC Annual Convention in Memphis.
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 Millington Junior Women's Club
Each year April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kathleen Sweeney, Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County (CACTC), spoke at GFWC Millington Junior Women's Club (Michigan) monthly meeting and told members that 10% of the 235 reported cases of child abuse in 2017 in Tuscola County were from Millington Township, including Millington. It inspired them to take action with the "Color Me Blue" Project.