The New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs of GFWC was founded in 1894 and founded the New Jersey College for Women in 1918 (now Douglass Residential Campus) The NJSFWC , the largest volunteer women's service organization in the state and a member of the General Federation of Womens Clubs, provides opportunities for education, leadership training and community service through participation in local clubs, enabling members to make a difference in the lives of others, one project at a time.

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NJSFWC Headquarters
55 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 249-5474

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

President's Message - Jean L. Revis

November, 2016 ALMANAC

President’s Message – Jean L. Revis

On October 7th eighty-eight women and men enjoyed a delightful luncheon cruise on the Toms River and Barnegat Bay. The luncheon was delicious, the weather was beautiful and the company was outstanding. Many compliments were received and many “sailors” said that they would like to go sailing again! A BIG thank you to Special State Project Chairman Susie Chambers for organizing a fabulous fundraiser to benefit Prevent Child Abuse-NJ. Special thanks to Katie and Peter Chambers who “volunteered” to help Susie organize the day.

Thanks to Sue Stenson and her committee for all their hard work to bring us an absolutely wonderful Fall Conference. I hope that all attendees were able to bring useful information back to their clubs. Thank you to the members who took advantage of Walgreens “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” program by getting their flu shots at the Walgreen’s table. If you were at the Conference you had a chance to hear Wilma Harris and Tina Gordon speak about their experiences at GCI and Douglass College helped shaped their lives. Both these remarkable ladies “Pay it forward” be mentoring today’s Douglass students. It just goes to show that you never know how far a good deed you do will go! The State CSP Chairmen who spoke each eloquently talked about a special area of their program. Pamela Stalcup and Patty Mojta from Prevent Child Abuse-NJ spoke about their program on Teen Pregnancy which among other things, helps teen mothers complete high school which raising their babies. We were entertained by keynote speaker Lisa Begin-Kruysman, author of Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and her Locomobile. Lisa transported us back in time relating stories of the funny and remarkable journey of the fiery and intrepid New Jersey anvil industrialist, Harriet White Fisher, who set her sights on experiencing the world in a motor car. Lastly congratulations to the clubs recognized for the highest net gain in membership in each district. Well Done!!!

Don’t forget to make your reservation for the Headquarters Open House and Holiday Sing-a- long on November 17, 2016. If you’ve never been to headquarters you really should come and see your beautiful Federation home and if you’ve visited before you should come and see the updates that have been completed over the past year. Call Executive Director Carol Sas at Headquarters by November 7 so we can know how many to expect. This is always a fun way to kick off the holiday season! Did you know that every club is entitled to hold a meeting at Headquarters once a year? Just contact Carol Sas to reserve your date.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the clubs that donated stockings to be sent to Boatsie’s Boxes for our service men and women serving overseas; to clubs that made monetary donations to cover the expenses of the project; to Public Issues Chairman Ora Kokol and her committee, Elaine Hossfield, Donna Eichmann and Jean Battaglia for collecting and boxing the stockings and especially to Joyce Fredericks and her son, Chuck, for once again driving the stockings to West Virginia for shipping.

It’s never too early to begin the search for your GCI delegate. The deadline for clubs to submit their delegates’ and alternates’ information to the GCI chairman has been changed and will be March 1, 2017.

Finally, When I count my blessings I always count the amazing members of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC twice as they go about doing good works while continuing to “Trust in the Day and Believe in the Future”. I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving surrounded by loving family and friends.

In Federation Friendship,

Jean Revis, NJSFWC President

Monday, September 26, 2016

GFWC Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Conference

The recent GFWC Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Conference in King of Prussia, PA celebrated Women Who Can.

Among the wonderful speakers was author Ceceilia Galante.
She enthralled attendees with her story of the inspiration for her book
"The Patron Saint of Butterflies."
The book is loosely based on her experiences growing
up in a commune / cult. She was riveting. Her newest book is “The Invisibles.”

We were also wonderfully entertained by Mamie Eisenhower,
played by Ruth McIlhenny.
She spoke about when she first met Ike, through to their retirement to their home
near Gettysburg. Tidbits such as Ike going to playpoker on their wedding night and
leaving her with his mother made us laugh,
and remembering the loss her young son made us cry, and in between
we were thoroughly entertained.

She left us with a copy of her famous Fudge recipe.
GFWC President Shelia Shea informed the group about new benefits of GFWC membership;
including discounts on pet insurance, travel, hearing aids, and office supplies.
Details on the GFWC website.

We toured Valley Forge, the site of George Washington's Headquarters and troop encampment
during part of the revolutionary war. While there we also visited the Washington Memorial Chapel.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Always Think Membership!

Message from NJSFWC THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Shirley A. Holly

During this new administration, President Jean Revis would like to focus on membership. President Revis’s
theme is “Trust in the Day, Believe in the Future”. So we are going to have a friendly competition between districts;
“Believe in the Future Challenge”.
The district that has the highest overall net gain will be recognized next year at convention.
Prizes, yes there will be prizes for all of the clubs in the winning district. Remember this is overall net gain.
Member retention will be this chairman’s focus. We can recruit new members every day and night, but if we don’t retain
the current members we have, we are sunk! If your club recruits 10 new members, but loses 15, you don’t have a net
Remember that every club event is a potential membership event. Always bring club and new member
information with you to every event your club holds. Have an “elevator” speech prepared, so that regardless of where you
are, if someone asks about your club or NJSFWC, you can give them a one minute overview of your club and what it is
you do in your community.

Monday, September 28, 2015

NJSFWC Headquarters is 50 Years old!

During the first six years of existence, from 1894 until 1900, NJSFWC was 'homeless'. The Board of Directors met on alternative months in members homes. In 1900 a room at 885 Broad Street, Newark was acquired. In 1917, a room at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark was placed at the Federation's disposal.

In 1919, a room at the Y.M.C.A. building in Newark was obtained for $200 a year and each Board member gave $5,00 of her scant expense allowance to cover the first six months' rent!

In July of 1959 the Federation moved to a four room suite in the Griffith Building, also in Newark and became the first real home to the Federation, where records could be stored and made available to club members. The space soon became tight and a committee met in May of 1964 to formulate plans for a permanent Headquarters building.

Recommendations were made to the Executive Committee for (1) the establishment of a fund for a new headquarters; (2) that the proceeds from the 1964 Federation Day at Strawbridge & Clothier be devoted to this fund and (3) the approval of a method for fundraising through the redemption of trading stamps.

Final approval for leasing the land adjacent to the Douglass College campus was granted by the Rutgers Trustees on October 15, 1964.

It was announced at a Headquarters Luncheon in 1965 that the quota for each club was one book of trading stamps per member, which was the equivalent of $2.00! There were also 40,000 Clubwomen at that time!

$53,000 had been received from stamps alone by June 1965 and ground breaking took place on September 18, 1965.

On May 1, 1966 the Headquarters building was formally dedicated and at the dedication luncheon, where 300 women attended, $134,228.46 had been received by the Headquarters fund!

In April 1967, the Trading Institute of America, Inc. presented the Federation with the first American Homemakers' Achievement Award for raising more than half the funds for the NJSFWC Headquarters by the collection of trading stamps. The State President, Miss Geraldine V. Brown was honored at a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and presented with a citation and a passbook redeemable for one million trading stamp.

The purchase was the Sarouk oriental rug which can still be found in the foyer at Headquarters!

Headquarters open house: Thursday, November 18th 10:30-12:00pm. Make your reservations early!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GFWC Celebrates 125 Years!

On April 24, 2015, Federation Day, GFWC celebrates its 125th Anniversary. This year-long celebration of our organization’s impact and history is already in full swing and will culminate during the 2015 GFWC Annual Convention in Memphis, Tennessee in June. GFWC’s history is a rich and varied one. To that end, a series of 125 Facts for 125 Years was created, showcasing GFWC’s accomplishments and impact since our creation in 1890. (see for all 125 Facts)

In 1996 the United States Post Office awarded GFWC a 5-cent stamp in honor of its 75th anniversary. Although stamps don’t quite hold the same weight they once did, it was decided to produce a new design as part of our 125th anniversary celebration. We’ve come up with a striking, modern look that still echoes GFWC’s history and legacy. The deep red is taken from the GFWC color emblem. The rose, the official flower of GFWC is featured in the lower right. And GFWC’s new tagline, Living the Volunteer Spirit, is proudly displayed below the 125

Founded in 1890, GFWC’s roots can be traced back to 1868 when Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist, attempted to attend a dinner at an all-male press club honoring British novelist Charles Dickens. Croly was denied admittance based upon her gender, and in response, formed a woman’s club—Sorosis. In celebration of Sorosis’ 21st anniversary in 1889, Jane Croly invited women’s clubs throughout the United States to pursue the cause of federation by attending a convention in New York City. On April 24, 1890, 63 clubs officially formed the General Federation of Women’s Club by ratifying the GFWC constitution.

Monday, March 23, 2015

106th Public Issues Day, 'A Safer Country, Community & You

126 Clubwomen attended the 106th Public Issues Day at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Speaker Carol Ann Giardelli, Director, Safe Kids New Jersey, spoke about safety in the home and ways to prevent accidents to children. Safety was an issue for Clubwomen as far back as 1912, where a "Safety Day" was held for school children. By 1961 bicycle inspections were being held at schools with the cooperation of PTA groups and local authorities.

In 1961 the Governor of New Jersey gave credit to the women's clubs for cutting down on pedestrian fatalities through their safety projects.

Sergeant Lisa Acker, New Jersey State Police also spoke about safety for women and how to protect ourselves and be alert to our surroundings.

The Coordinator of Gloucester County Forensic Nurse Examiner & Sexual Assault Response Team, Eileen Caraker also spoke about updated ways to support sexual abuse & women & children who may be victims.

A 1964 resolution urged a central reporting system to be used by doctors, hospitals and clinics for child abuses cases. This resolution also recommended that parents found guilty of child abuse be given phychiatric treatment - a law which now exists!

How wonderful to know Clubwomen were concerned and supported these types of issues for so many years!

In the afternoon, we heard from Chief Harry J. Kleinkauf, Training Liaison for N.J. Homeland Security & Preparedness, who spoke about the Eight Signs of Terrorism and to be aware of your surroundings and report anything that seems suspicious.

Our last speaker, Timothy Fogarty was a Special Agent for NCIS. He explained how NCIS works and how they help protect the country from terrorist attacks, reduce crime and protect secrets.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Saving the Palisades!

There has been much talk lately because LG Electronics, a multinational corporation, wanting to build an office tower that will rise high above the trees, and for the first time, violate the unspoiled ridgeline — a view enjoyed by Americans since before the founding of our nation.

Did you know that in 1896 this beautify area was already in danger of destruction as commercial interests began blasting them away? At a meeting in Trenton in March of 1896, 300 women listened to papers on the preservation of state forests and the Palisades. In May, 1897 Board members were taken on a yacht trip up the Hudson to view the destructive activities.

Through the efforts of two State Presidents,Mrs. John Holland (then Miss Cecilia Gaines) and Mrs. B. Williamson, they persuaded then Governor Voorhees of New Jersey and Governor Roosevelt of New York to appoint commissions, with the Federation represented on the one from New Jersey.

With the continued support of the Federation, The Palisades Bill was passed by the legislature on April 4, 1900.

The Federation then raised $3,000 to build a Monument. The land is a ribbon strip 125 feet in length on the Hudson River atop the Palisades, near Alpine, with a magnificent view.

The semi-annual meeting of the Federation in 1908 was held on the site.

For more information on how you can help Save the Palisades, visit: