Volunteers in Action: GFWC Spring Station Woman’s Club; Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg; GFWC Women’s Club of Indian River; GFWC Brookings Women’s Club; GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces
April 23, 2019
Clubs around the country have planted pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month to symbolize healthy and happy childhoods. The GFWC Spring Station Woman’s Club (Tennessee) planted a pinwheel garden in front of Spring Hill City Hall and issued a press release to local news media to raise awareness.
Cassie Self, Willie Adler, and Tina Majors
Members of the Woman’s Club of Fredericksburg (Virginia) greeted Fredericksburg Head Start students to plant a pinwheel garden.
Cheryl Broadway, the Home Life Chair of the GFWC Women’s Club of Indian River (Delaware), joined other members to collect art supplies and diapers for Easterseals in Georgetown. The baskets were donated and decorated by member Christy Swiger.
Pictured left to right are Shelly Waples, Easterseals Access Rep for Children’s Therapy Dept.;
Home Life Chair Cheryl Broadway; Linda Forte, Community Relations Easterseals;
Kate Antisavage, Easterseals Center Director of the Adult Day Program; Shelby Weilepp, Women’s Club of Indian River Treasurer;
Henrietta Belcher-Stack, President of Women’s Club of Indian River; and Muriel Pfeiffer, Vice President of Woman’s Club of Indian River.
The GFWC Brookings Women’s Club (South Dakota) helped pack food bags for school children. The Brookings Backpack Project is a program that assists children and youth in Brookings County by providing them with easy to prepare weekend meals and snacks throughout the year. They helped pack 450 bags of food to deliver to schools for the kids to take home for the weekend. This is a weekly project, with different community groups and volunteers taking part.
The GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces (New Mexico) volunteered to help with the preparation of Marcher Bags for participants of the 29th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March held annually at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This March honors the more than 75,000 American and Filipino Soldiers who were surrendered to the invading Japanese force in April 1942. This year there were 8,790 marchers. The GFWC Progress Club, along with other volunteers, helped prepare 9,500 Marcher Bags in two days! Bags included shirts, brochures, dog tags, shave gel, blister pads, hydration drink and pamphlets. In a small way, they were able to honor the 10,000 people who died along the way and many more who were held in captivity. The club was honored to be part of this important event to honor the men and women who serve our country today and throughout history.
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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.
GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club
Founded in 1934, the GFWC Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club is perhaps best known for its Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence Benefit Day, which raised over $10,000 last year.