An Incredible 2021 GFWC Annual Convention
September 16, 2021
“Hotlanta” was a little hotter than usual during the 2021 GFWC Annual Convention, when clubwomen throughout the Federation gathered at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
The long-awaited Installation Ceremony of the 2020-2022 Administration began the pre-Convention events, and Orchestra Noir created a lively atmosphere with its contemporary and classical jazz selections at the Gateway to the World Celebration Banquet. However, hearing equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter speak was the highlight of the evening. True to the title of her book, Ledbetter spoke with both “grace” and “grit” throughout her keynote address.
On the morning of August 28, it was a special moment when GFWC International President Marian St.Clair officially opened the first Convention of her Administration. John T. Broderick, Jr., Senior Director of External Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, spoke passionately from firsthand experience to the steps that everyone should take when observing any of the five signs of emotional suffering. His presentation ended with a powerful slide about the best way to react to signs of mental illness.
Overall, the Business Sessions demonstrated members’ strong interest in the Resolutions process, which was evident from the overwhelming support of the delegates for the process put forth this year. The Convention body consistently supported the efforts to consolidate and broaden the Resolutions. Delegates actively participated in the consideration of Resolutions with questions, discussion, proposed amendments, vote(s) of opposition, and votes to refer back to committee.
The Give Kids the World Junior Banquet and Wonders of the World Gala Banquet both highlighted museums (as other meal functions did), and the decorations were inspired by the Madison Children’s Museum and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, respectively. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time at both events, except for maybe Ms. Texas during Murder on N Street. A big hit of the weekend was the stunning cherub backdrop painted by Laura Toney, a member of the GFWC Four Corners Woman’s Club in Georgia.
The ESO Breakfast featured renowned humorist Jane Jenkins Herlong, author of Amazon Best-Sellers Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops: Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-ups and Bury Me with My Pearls. Jane delighted attendees with her rousing and hilarious anecdotes!
All GFWC photos of Convention showed how much attendees enjoyed being in Atlanta to celebrate culture and cultivate connections, and how proud we are of all awardees that were recognized August 28-30. Shutterbooth Atlanta has made the photos taken in the Friday night photo booths available as well.
The videos posted on YouTube, courtesy of the GFWC Communications and Public Relations Committee, do as well! In fact, a series of processional videos have just been added.
GFWC is now looking forward to the 2022 Convention in New Orleans, June 25–28!
Elaine Oppenheimer has been in love with the GFWC Needham Women’s Club since joining in 2015.
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 Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club
Founded in 1934, the GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club is perhaps best known for its Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day, which raised over $10,000 last year.