Volunteers in Action: GFWC’s Woman’s Club of Cranbury (New Jersey), La Crescenta Woman’s Club (California), Nampa Woman’s Century Club (Idaho), and Poultney Woman’s Club (Vermont)
November 12, 2019
For Veterans’ Day 2019, Marna McDermott and Marsha Travis of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Cranbury teamed up for a special project to thank Veterans currently residing in Cranbury, New Jersey. Marna searched Township records and asked countless people for help in developing a comprehensive list of veterans in Cranbury. Marsha compiled the names into a spreadsheet, got Executive Committee approval for the wording, and printed the notes and envelopes. Below is a picture of the card which features a simple silver border and the Woman’s Club Lily motif as a watermark. The cards read:
The Woman’s Club of Cranbury wants to thank
you and your family for the sacrifices you have
made as a member of our military. Your selfless
bravery protected our freedoms when we needed you most.
May we never forget that freedom isn’t free.
Above is a picture of the card which features a simple silver border and the Woman’s Club Lily motif as a watermark.
Above, we see Marna and Marsha at the Post Office, ready to mail their heartfelt thanks.
The GFWC Nampa Woman’s Century Club presented a check for $2246.00 to Kenton Lee, founder of The Shoe That Grows. He was a guest speaker at the Western States Region Conference in Boise, Idaho and shared information about this worthwhile project. The Shoe That Grows is a nonprofit organization that donates shoes that grow five sizes to kids who are in need of protective footwear. Kenton recently delivered 2,000 shoes to Nairobi, Kenya. The Shoe That Grows is the International Outreach project for GFWC Nampa Women’s Century Club.
On October 21, GFWC La Crescenta Woman’s Club (California) hosted a “Baby Shower” for the YWCA Domestic Violence Program. Sylvia Chinn, from the YWCA Domestic Violence Program in Glendale, provided the club with information on the organization and how to support a survivor. The evening consisted of some fun baby games and donations of diapers and baby food.
YWCA Glendale works every day to provide services and education to the community and works to end domestic violence.
Pictured above from left to right: Sylvia Chinn (YWCA), Cindy Charles, Catherine Sulzberger and Michele Pashayi.
On September 14, GFWC La Crescenta Woman’s Club hosted a Shoe Drive that supported the Soles4Souls as part of GFWC’s Grand Initiative. More 925+ Pairs of shoes were donated! This could not have done this without the community’s support and support from club members!
Pictured above from left to right: Stella Plunkett, Marilyn Wright, & Chairwomen Michele Pashayi & Barbara Edwards
This summer the members of the GFWC Poultney Woman’s Club (Vermont) came together to collectively create 28 child size hospital gowns for their service project. Some members donated fabric and materials to make the gowns while others sewed the gowns from a pattern provided by Operation Smile.
“This project has been a huge success. We currently have 28 members in the Poultney Woman’s Club and all members participated in one way or another to make the Smile Project great.” said Jaime Milazzo, Poultney Woman’s Club President.
On Thursday, October 17, the members of the GFWC Poultney Woman’s Club gathered the gowns and displayed them for a group photo at their monthly meeting. The gowns were delivered to the GFWC Vermont club meeting on Saturday, October 19 to be packaged up and sent to the Operation Smile project.
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