Volunteers in Action: GFWC Illinois; GFWC Florida; GFWC Manchester CT Women’s Club
October 16, 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!
GFWC Illinois Executive Committee and State Board members wore purple hair at their Fall Board Meeting to demonstrate support for the GFWC Signature Program Purple Hair Project. Amee Lee, Education Community Service Program Junior Representative, has had her hair dyed purple for the month of October because GFWC Illinois members, clubs, and districts raised nearly $2,000 for the Success for Survivors Scholarship Fund. Amee has posted a video on the GFWC Illinois’ Facebook Page.
GFWC Florida Junior Public Issues Chairman Vi Zonfrelli assembled informative posters to encourage clubwomen to support one of the Seven Grand Initiatives: Women in the Military. The posters gave visitors a wealth of ideas for how they can make a difference through volunteering and supporting veterans programs. One poster included points of contact for military and veteran related organizations. This was a great way to get everyone thinking about what they can do for Veteran’s Day!
Members of the Manchester CT Women’s Club (Connecticut) built “Superwoman,” a scarecrow for the Downtown Manchester Scarecrow Festival. It was a fun way to draw members together and an easy way to increase community awareness of the club, which was federated in March. Superwoman will join dozens of other scarecrows on the Main Street as people vote for their favorites on Facebook. The club hopes their scarecrow has a good chance at winning bragging rights!
Serving as MVR President has been a wonderful experience. I’ve been able to work with members from my own state of Missouri for my first Region Conference and from Iowa for my second Regional Conference. Having been able to get to know our International President, President-elect, and the Presidents from the other 7 Regions has been an enlightening and wonderful experience. I’ve learned so very much from each of them!
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.