Showing Love this Valentine’s Day
February 9, 2018
While Valentine’s Day is mostly associated with romance, it has become more common to celebrate all forms of love. GFWC clubs take the holiday as an opportunity to open their hearts to their communities. The GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Jacksonville (Florida) likes to show their love for the troops on Valentine’s Day. This year they made over 200 cards to send with candy!
Sharing their enthusiasm is the Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC, Inc. (Connecticut), who has a long tradition of supporting our country’s veterans. To make the men and women who served our nation have a special holiday, the club write notes and sends them to the veterans living at the state’s retirement home.
Retirement homes are a popular spot for GFWC Valentine’s Day projects because they want residents, especially those who don’t have loved ones to spend the day with, to remember they are valued. The annual project of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Newton (New Jersey) is to collect valentines made by school children, and deliver the colorful messages to nursing home residents. The GFWC La Cresenta Woman’s Club (California) decorated placemats for seniors at a local retirement home to brighten up their meals this year.
Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity to express all kinds of love, even love for your libraries! The GFWC Marlborough Junior Women’s Club (Massachusetts) turned Valentine’s Day into Love Your Library Day in recognition of librarians and GFWC’s history with libraries. For the past seven years, they’ve delivered cards and homemade chocolates for the librarians in two local libraries on Valentine’s Day. The Marlborough Library is less than a block from the homeless shelter, and the librarians have been instrumental in helping them get back on their feet by showing them such things as how to access their Registry of Motor Vehicles accounts. The club knows the librarians do a lot of work helping the less fortunate in their communities, and wanted to show their appreciation.
The Valentine’s Day tradition of the GFWC Qui Vive Club (Minnesota) is to deliver the club flower—red carnations— to hospital patients. A card is included with each vase, and the club members enjoy talking with the patients. Unfortunately, due to the severity of the flu this year, the club has to wait and do it closer to Easter. The GFWC Beloit Junior Woman’s Club (Wisconsin) delivers Valentines to patrons of Meals on Wheels. The holiday encourages us to show that we care, and GFWC clubs rise up to the challenge. The creativity and thoughtfulness of all of these projects just goes to show that clubwomen have no shortage of love to share.
Minnie Bell Johnson
Minnie Bell Johnson is described by her fellow clubwomen as the happiest person they know, with a smile that brightens the whole room. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, she has many reasons to smile. During her time with the Portland Woman’s Club (Oregon), she has served as both the club treasurer and club president. She’s still an active member to this day, voting on issues and club elections, and participating in projects like handing out personal care products to homeless women at the Rose Haven Women and Children’s Day Shelter.
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.
The Rochester Junior Women's Club
The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (Michigan) was established in 1956 with 16 members, and today has over 70 members that always come together to support one another. The club chooses three or four major charities to support and several smaller ones, donating approximately $30,000 each year. In total since its inception, the club has provided more than 1 million hours of community service, and raised more than $928,000 to support their community!