Volunteers in Action: North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club, GFWC Papillion Junior Woman’s Club, GFWC Valamont Woman’s Club, Woman’s Club of Vista, and Lexington Woman’s Club
October 27, 2020
North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club (South Carolina)
The City of North Myrtle Beach issued a proclamation for this week, Advocates for Children Week.
The North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club advocates for children by supporting Tools for Schools, Children’s Recovery Center, the Autism Foundation, the USO United Through Reading Program, and more. Each year, GFWC and its clubs in Horry County stand with parents, grandparents, educators, community leaders, and others to raise awareness about issues directly impacting children.
GFWC Papillion Junior Woman’s Club (Nebraska)
Michelle Y. Andahl, Sarpy County Election Commissioner
The GFWC Papillion Junior Woman’s Club featured a Sarpy County Election Commissioner as their October speaker. The Commissioner’s presentation was informative and addressed many concerns, including those that Nebraska voters have had about voting by mail. She assured everyone that every signature on the ballot request form is verified against the signature on the registration form in the database. If the signatures do not match, the voter is asked to come into the office and sign the vote by mail request again. Voter lists are kept up-to-date on a daily basis by checking the obituaries in the local newspapers. The Nebraska Secretary of State sends the election offices around the state the list of the death certificates that have been filed. She stressed that that ballots be mailed at least a week ahead of Election Day because of state deadlines. Sarpy County also has seven official ballot drop boxes.
GFWC Valamont Woman’s Club (Tennessee)
GFWC Valamont Woman’s Club celebrated World Food Day by inviting friends, neighbors, and clubwomen to donate items to stock the Salvation Army‘s food pantry. World Food Day is an annual, worldwide celebration founded by the United Nations to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity.
Woman’s Club of Vista (California)
First Prize South Family (left) and Second Prize Pelley Family (right)
The Woman’s Club of Vista held its 12th Fall Garden Fest at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Vista, CA. With 450 people in attendance, implementing local social distancing guidelines, it was a successful event during challenging times. As tradition, the event included a scarecrow contest; this time, participants (33) just had to construct their scarecrows at home. First prize went to the South Family for their tall scarecrow depicting San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatίs, Jr. reaching for a fly ball. The Souths chose a family membership to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens for their prize.
This year’s Scarecrow Contest was sponsored by businesses, families, and individuals who donated to the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Ads for these sponsors will be posted on the scarecrows all year. Membership in the Gardens has doubled during the last seven months; local families are appreciating the wide-open views, plants, art, and water features.
Lexington Woman’s Club (South Carolina)
The Town of Lexington voted to fly “women’s vote” flags designed by the Lexington Woman’s Club (South Carolina) until the November 2020 General Election. This decision by town council extends the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment on August 26 through November. The club is grateful that the town council is recognizing the 100th birthday of women’s right to vote for an extended period of time.
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For Sue O'Dell, GFWC and family have always gone hand-in-hand. As club president of the GFWC Southwest Region Woman’s Club, in Colorado, she continues to encourage members to invite their family and friends to join the Federation.
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 Lawrence Classics Club
The GFWC Lawrence Classics Club (Kansas) has 19 members, and it’s an incredible mixture: one charter member has been involved since 1997; one member has been part of GFWC since 1960; there are a mother and daughter pair who are 2nd and 3rd generation clubwomen; four members are Boosters; and their youngest member only graduated from college last year. This assorted group shares the same values about volunteerism and puts them into action.