Volunteers in Action: GFWC Monahans Tau Lambda Study Club (Texas), GFWC Oregon City Woman’s Club (Oregon), GFWC Woman’s Club of Parsippany Troy Hills (New Jersey), and GFWC Women’s Club of Gulfport (Mississippi)
March 3, 2020
GFWC Monahans Tau Lambda Study Club (Texas) held a Health Program on November 20, 2019 titled, Diabetes – What You Should Know. The event was held in the Ward County Event Center. It was a well-attended event with guest from the community, nursing students, parents, and friends. Dr. V Narguna an Endocrinologist from Odesssa Medical Center Hospital provided information on diabetes that many are unaware of and affected by. These issues could be treated by diet, exercise, and medicine to prevent further health issues that may cause heart disease, etc. GFWC Monahans Tau Lambda Study Club President presented a gift to Dr. Narguna.
GFWC Oregon City Woman’s Club (Oregon) has welcomed ten new members bringing a total of 50 active members. This past December, GFWC Oregon City Woman’s Club members were busy making blankets for homeless high schoolers, volunteering for Shop With a Cop, filling Backpack Buddy Bags full of weekend food for hungry tummies, decorating the historic Stevens-Crawford Heritage House for the holiday, and helping Clackamas Women’s Service and Angels in the Outfield with their holiday store serving victims of domestic violence and abuse. GFWC Oregon City Woman’s Club members are full of the volunteering spirit.
GFWC Woman’s Club of Parsippany Troy Hills (New Jersey) held its Fifth Annual Spelling Bee. Twenty-seven students were selected from area Fifth Grade Elementary Schools to participate in the Spelling Bee, which was held at Parsippany Hills High School. More than 125 parents, family members, and friends watched the students as they approached the microphone to spell each word. Judging the event were Dr. Matthew Thompson, Parsippany Hills High School Principal, Kristen Comeaux, Lake Hiawatha Library Children’s Department Head, and William Westhoven, reporter at Gannett NJ Daily Record. Mary Ann Coyne, WCPTH club member and chairman of the Fifth Annual Spelling Bee, was the moderator and club member Marianne Burke was the announcer. After 32 nail-biting rounds, a winner was declared. The winning word was “duet.” Taking 1st Place was Krishil Patel from Eastlake Elementary School. Second Place was captured by Medha Vavilala from Mount Tabor Elementary School. Shritha Kethireddy, from Littleton Elementary School came in 3rd place. All three winners were invited to participate in the New Jersey State Federated Women’s Club Regional Spelling Bee.
GFWC Women’s Club of Gulfport (Mississippi) began an effort to beautify the area/green space between the downtown Gulfport Library and the Catholic Church after hurricane Katrina. Many club women donated plants from their yard, decorations, pots, benches, and spent time cleaning up the space. Each year the club tries to plant a few more perennials and continues to address areas that were in need of sprucing up. This past year has been their busiest in the garden and it shows! The library staff and patrons have been so very grateful for their efforts.
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Melanie Carriker understands GFWC tradition and legacy. Daughter of GFWC Communications and PR Chairman Wendy Carriker, Melanie was inspired to form the GFWC Legacy Woman's Club, which celebrates the dedication of grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins. The GFWC Legacy Club received its charter at the 2015 GFWC Annual Convention in Memphis.
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.