Friday, September 7, 2018

NJSFWC Mourns Loss of Executive Director Carol Sas

It is with a heavy heart we share the news that Carol Sas passed away on Tuesday, August 21 with her son Jason and daughter Patti by her side. Although she had been sick over the past year, it is still a shock and a great loss to us on many different levels.

Carol began working as Secretary for NJSFWC in 1980 and rose to Executive Director following the death of Olga Mackaronis in January of 1999.

Carol was that cheerful voice who answered the phone at Federation Headquarters.  She was an anchor for both club and State Presidents, ready to share her knowledge of our organization. She was named a Woman of Achievement in 1993.  She was a dedicated clubwoman and a friend to us all.

Rest in peace, dear Carol.  You will be remembered fondly.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to NJSFWC.

Friday, August 24, 2018

GFWC Club Manual: A Valuable Resource

The 2018-2020 GFWC Club Manual is the best resource for your club’s efforts in enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Read about each of GFWC’s advancement areas, community service programs, and special programs. You’ll also find complete rules and criteria for all of GFWC’s awards, contests, and grants, along with the guidelines for the reporting system.

The GFWC Club Manual is a living document, and will be updated to reflect new and outdated information. If you wish to have a PDF file of the full Club Manual emailed to you for printing purposes, please contact

Click here to go to the page to download the GFWC Club Manual.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Girls' Career Institute 2018--A great success!

New Brunswick, NJ: 180 excited teen-age girls, who are completing their Junior year of high school, converged on the Campus of Douglass Residential College for a four-day mini-college experience known as Girls’ Career Institute (GCI) from June 4 – 7, 2018. The program helps young women explore a variety of career options for their future through attendance at a wide variety of workshops offered by a diverse group of competent professionals. Director Jill McDonald announced this year’s theme is “Discover Your Uniqueness”. GCI is a program offered since 1947 by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs).

Delegates are sponsored, and the cost is underwritten, by local NJSFWC clubs. Sponsoring clubs select delegates on the basis of interest, community service and participation in school activities. They will experience campus life by living in a dorm, eating in the cafeteria and attending lectures and workshops. They will also learn about career choices and how to network with other delegates from all over the state of New Jersey.

During free time, there were activities such as swimming, crafts and after dinner programs.  Delegates had a chance to showcase their talents by participating in Creative Arts, Chorus, a Talent Show and/or a Fashion Show. The Delegates are also encouraged to participate in various service projects.

Mary Ellen Brock, currently President-Elect of the international General Federation of Women's Clubs brought greetings to the delegates and housemothers at the Opening Ceremonies on June 4.   Ms. Brock is Past President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs 2000-2002.

New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC was founded in 1894 and has been headquartered on the Douglass Residential Campus, formerly Douglass College in New Brunswick, since 1966.  Today, NJSFWC is comprised of over 7,000 members in over 200 clubs throughout the state. The Federation is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the oldest and largest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organization in the world. 

Opportunities are provided to women in 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. Women are provided the opportunity to seek out and learn about issues most important to them, and through service and sisterhood, have a positive influence in their community and their world.

For information about the NJSFWC, visit the Federation website at or call (732) 249-5474/5485.

Saturday, December 9, 2017



NEW CATEGORY FOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY Effective immediately there is a new category for Achievement Day:  # 26 FAVORS (no larger than 8”x12”).  This means you can now enter tray favors, club favors, favors made for fundraisers, teas or other events.  You can only enter 1 so be sure to choose your best one to enter! The 8”x12” size was chosen in order to encompass a variety of favors from outdoor picnics to holidays.  (It does not have to be for an event or holiday.) Most importantly, remember to have fun while creating your masterpiece.  If you have any questions, please call me @ 973-839-0826 or e-mail me at


The theme for the 124th NJSFWC Convention is—GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN, AGAIN!! 
The good news for everyone who will attend is that the room rates will remain at $83.00, the same as last year. By now we all know our way around the beautiful Golden Nugget so rooms for workshops, large presentations and In Memoriam are second nature for us to find. We have changed the meals somewhat due to a very high increase in food costs but this chairman feels our members will be pleased with the new menu selections.

This year we are asking our members to get an early start on ads for the convention book. The deadline to submit ads to the convention book chairman has been moved to FEBRUARY 15TH. The size of the ads will decrease by ¼ inch so they can be centered properly on the page. Cost for the ads will remain the same as last year. There is a separate sheet explaining all the particulars of how to place an ad in this ALMANAC.  

DAY OF SERVICE                                
  1. Below are 10 Points you need to know about our “Day of Service” project! 1. Did you know the date for this project is February 10, 2018? With a snow date of February 17, 2018.
  2. Did you know the “Day of Service” project is being called “Going to the Dogs”?
  3. Did you know we are going to be supporting three organizations that train service dogs?
  4. Did you know that two of the organizations are for Disabled Veterans? Patriots Paws and Service Dogs of America, and the third is to increase our support for CCI?
  5. Did you know we will be having four assembly sites?  One will be at Headquarters; the second location is the Woman’s Club of Vineland club house, the Senior Center in Pompton Plains, and a location in the Shore District, yet to be determined.
  6. Did you know the products these organizations requested can be purchased through Amazon, or at your local Petco or Pet Smart stores?
  7. Did you know the majority of the Service dogs that are trained to assist Veterans who are suffering from PTS – Post Traumatic Stress?
  8. Did you know that the products and brand names requested from all three organizations are the same? Also that a list of suggested items to purchase is included in this ALMANAC!
  9. Did you know all the final details will be in your January ALMANAC, and announced at your January District Council meetings?
  10. Do you know how happy each of these organizations is that the NJSFWC is supporting them with much needed supplies as well as financially? Over the Moon describes it well!           

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fall Conference 2017

Fall Conference 2017
Battleground Country Club

Congratulations to Sue Stenson and her committee for all their hard work to put together a wonderful conference.

  • Carol Hontz,, spoke about "For the Girls"
  • Victoria Schmidt, Women of Achievement, spoke abut "Victoria's Secret" taking control of the aging process.
  • Gina Herandez, spoke about the Special State Project, Prevent Child Abuse NJ
Congratulations to all the CSP Chairman for reaching out to members. Congratulations to all the clubs and individuals who won awards.

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.