Volunteers in Action: GFWC Greater Ocala Woman’s Club; GFWC Potpourri Glenwood; Woman’s Club of Vista
November 7, 2018
We always have Volunteers in Action to showcase because GFWC clubs are constantly on the move, planning new ways to improve their community and executing it with wonderful results. We treasure the opportunity to share events and projects that clubs do, so if you have something to share, send it to PR@GFWC.org for the chance to be featured on our blog. In the meantime, check out some of these great ideas!
The October meeting of GFWC Greater Ocala Woman’s Club (Florida) was focused on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They were extremely honored to host two guest speakers. Dr. Wingard, Deputy Director of cancer research for the University of Florida spoke about ongoing cancer research programs. He emphasized that many people in their region don’t seek cancer treatment early enough, so new programs are being established to reach people sooner. Their second guest speaker represented All About You, a women’s boutique specializing in post-breast surgery aides. Lori Timmreck spoke about the compassion and products her boutique offers, such as custom breast prostheses. She said many breast cancer patients smile for the first time after their surgery because of the services from this boutique. Of course, not all was solemn at the meeting. There were occasion-inspired cookies and origami bookmarks. The hosting committee greeted members by wearing cardboard sandwich breasts, which Dr. Wingard found hilarious and said it was a first for him.
GFWC Potpourri Glenwood (Minnesota) had a fundraiser with an added benefit! They held a garage sale of donated items for local charities and it was a big success despite cold weather. Over $980 will be given to community needs, and the added benefit is that one of the shoppers thought she’d like to be a part of the club and she joined!
Pictured: Colleen Gandrud, Judy Golberg, Darlene Femrite & Carolyn Rust with some interesting sale items!
The Woman’s Club of Vista (California) helped put on the tenth Fall Fun Festival, a free event for the community at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. They sponsored scarecrows and contributed clothes and bling for the scarecrows to wear for the scarecrow contest. Club members helped families create the scarecrows and helped judge the contest. The event brought in 540 visitors and 50 student volunteers!
Mary Lou Parks
For accomplished author and GFWC clubwoman Mary Lou Parks, writing her club history, HerStory, was a journey that formed lasting friendships and a new perspective on women’s history.
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.