Volunteers in Action: GFWC High Springs Woman’s Club; Marietta Woman’s Club; Women’s Club of Farmingdale
August 27, 2019
The GFWC High Springs Woman’s Club (Florida) members made beautiful “Angel Gowns” for children who are unable to go home with their parents. Wedding gowns, prom dresses, and First Communion dresses are donated to create them. Accessories include baby blankets and bracelets. A heart is made from the same fabric, including an angel charm, for the parents as a keepsake.
When GFWC Georgia President, Tina Daniel, issued Georgia Women’s Clubs the conservation challenge of producing a garment out of recycled, reused or repurposed materials, the Marietta Woman’s Club (Georgia) rose to the challenge with their “eco-chic” creation. Their Victorian rococo-inspired ball gown was created out of more than 500 grocery bags collected by the club and the Cobb County Girl Scouts. The 12 foot long cathedral train, adorned with Target bag ruffles and flowers cut from recycled plastic water bottles, was highlighted by a bow quilted from the covers and pages of 30 back issues of Clubwoman Magazine. The garment won the “Most Creative” recognition. The Marietta Woman’s Club will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2020 by showcasing the dress for local school children to promote conservation efforts to “recycle, reuse, re-purpose.”
Just in time for the start of the school year, the Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York) partnered with friends and other groups to donate more than 50 backpacks filled with a large assortment of school supplies to St. Kilian’s Outreach Program. This annual tradition benefits local school-age children in grades K-12. Teachers and outreach volunteers sort through all the supplies and set aside special days in August for families in need to get materials for their children.
Sharon Oliphant is filled with positive energy and gratitude for all of the opportunities she has to give back because of GFWC. In 2018 she will begin her time as Florida State President, and Sharon is assume the role and work with her enthusiastic Florida clubwomen to make a difference.
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 Polk County Service Club
GFWC Polk County Service Club (Oregon) served as the coordinators for the Polk County Fair Talent Contest. There were two divisions (Youth from age 3-12 and Young Adult from 13-19) with 17 contestants. Laurel Jones, Vice President of GFWC Polk County Service Club, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, and friends all came out to fill the audience and it was very well attended. One of the Judges was GFWC Oregon State President, Pam Briggs.