Friday, December 17, 2010

Executive Board Holiday Party

(12/17/10) We had a great turnout at the holiday party. About 60 clubwomen, including many past NJSFWC presidents joined us for a great lunch after our board meeting.

Take a look at some of the many gifts that were brought to the luncheon that will be donated to Women Aware, a domestic violence shelter located in New Brunswick.

Please visit our website at for more information about the State Federation and a club in your area.

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NJSFWC Executive Director Celebrates Milestone

Pictured (at right) in her office where she recently celebrated 30 years of service to the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of GFWC is Carol J. Sas, executive director.
The NJSFWC State Headquarters has been located on Douglass Residential College campus, formerly Douglass College, since 1966.
Carol, who is from Somerset, is also president of the Cedar Wood Woman’s Club and recently celebrated 52 years as a member of the NJSFWC.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NJSFWC Open House

(11/17/10) There was a great turnout for the two open house sessions at Headquarters. The tea,coffee and desserts that were served were delicious.
President Patty Whiteouse gave a short, but interesting speech explaning how our headquarters building was achieved and how lucky we are to have our own building. We also had a tour of the headquarters building.
See a few photos to your right.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Woman of Achievement deadline approaching

(11/14/10) Nominations for the 2011 Women of Achievement Award are due Dec. 15. For the Nomination Form, visit and print out the form.

There also was a great article about State Fall Conference in the Courier News. Check out the article at

See photo to the right of President Patty Whitehouse with two representatives from Gilda's Club, from left, Dyane McMahon, CEO, Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey, Eunice Jadlocki, executive director, The Wellness Community in Bedminster.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Members support soldiers with filled stockings

Pictured at right with some of the more than 1,800 Christmas stockings, filled by members of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs (NJSFWC) of GFWC are, from left, NJSFWC Education Chairman Vivien Finn, NJSFWC Public Issues Chairman and Chairman of the Boatsie’s Project Judith Ambrus, NJSFWC President Patty Whitehouse, NJSFWC International Outreach Chairman Carol Swinburne and NJSFWC Financial Secretary, Gail Kovacs-Felici.
The federation gathered the forces of its 193 clubs and 9,200 members throughout the state to support "Boatsie's Boxes Operation Christmas Stocking" project by purchasing and filling Christmas stockings for U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The stockings brimming with goodies will be delivered to Wheeling, W.V., where Boatsie's Boxes is headquartered. The stockings were very generously transported to West Virginia by ThyssenKrupp VDM USA Inc., a trucking company located in Florham Park.

Come visit NJSFWC Headquarters

(10/15/2010) The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of GFWC will hold an open house at their New Brunswick Headquarters, located on the Douglass Residential Campus, on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Two sessions for Tea & Dessert are being offered: The first is at 10:30 a.m. and the second session begins at 1 p.m.

Club members and guests will have the opportunity to meet the new dean of Douglass Residential College, Dr. Jacquelyn Litt, tour the Headquarters building, which was built with trading stamps in 1966, and learn how the club women of the early 1900s came to found the New Jersey College for Women, later re-named, Douglass College, for its first dean.

Reservations are required, so please call Headquarters Chairman Carol Niemiec at (732) 249-2676 or e-mail to register. Federation Headquarters is located at 55 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Two-second Turn-off Day

(9/23/2010) Last week, nine NJSFWC clubwomen and two of their daughters were part of the plaza audience of "The Early Show" on CBS to show our support for Two-second Turn-off Day on Sept. 17. We were partnering with GFWC, AAA, Seventeen Magazine and the Department of Transportation to highlight the dangers of using cell phones while driving. You may have seen us in our pink shirts waiving our signs. It was a wonderful time!
See photo on your right.

If you were unable to join us last week, you have an opportunity on Sept. 30 to show your support of the Special State Project, by joining Gilda’s Club of Northern N.J. in the studio crowd for the "Good Morning America" show located at Times Square in NYC. Everyone is asked to wear one of the Gilda’s Club eye-catching T-shirts which are available for sale at $20 each (the T-shirts are a fund-raiser for Gilda’s Club.) If you are interested in joining this group, contact Dyane McMahon at (201) 880-4739 so your shirt can be ordered and for details regarding meeting time and location. You do not want to miss it! Don't forget your camera!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall District Councils under way

(9/16/2010) The NJSFWC Clubs in New Jersey are divided up into eight Districts and each District will be holding a Fall Council. Club Presidents are introduced and State and District business is attended to.
Besides important information and business announced, club members have the chance to socialize with members from other clubs in their District.
A "Done in One" Project is also being held at each council meeting:
Operation Write Home - We will be making cards to send to our troops
Please bring fancy/colored paper, embellishments (nothing with sparkles), rubber stamps, scissors and a glue stick. Anything you think would make a beautiful card.
See photo at right with some club women busy with their card making!

Friday, August 27, 2010

All Invited to State Fall Conference


Don't Miss State Fall Conference!

What a great way to introduce a friend or new club member to your Federation! This popular event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18, at the Bridgewater Marriott. The cost will be $39.50 which includes the $3 registration fee. Coffee and tea will be available upon arrival. Deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 8.

Special entertainment after luncheon – “The Determined Spirit – the Story of Amelia Earhart” by Author and Actress Monica Hoffman

Visit the website for additional information and registration form.

Women of Achievement

• State News: NJSFWC Seeks Women of Achievement

Nominations are now being accepted for the 30th Annual Women of Achievement Awards. Sponsored by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club (NJSFWC) of GFWC and Douglas Residential College of Rutgers, The State University, the awards were created to recognize outstanding women in various fields throughout New Jersey. Previous winners of this award include: Sen. Jennifer Beck, Mary Higgins Clark, Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Althea Gibson.

To be eligible for this honor, each nominee must be a woman who has gained visibility in New Jersey for her contributions, including professional/personal accomplishments, activities and achievements. The deadline for submitting an application is Dec. 15. Winners will be honored at the awards ceremony, to be held at the 117th NJSFWC Annual Convention, at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City on Monday, May 2.

Applications can be found on the NJSFWC website,, or by calling (732) 249-5474.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Information on Federation

Founded in 1894, the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs of GFWC (NJSFWC), a member of the General Federation of Women's 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. There are approximately 10,000 members in 203 general clubs, 45 junior clubs, 10 juniorette clubs, and 16 evening membership departments located throughout New Jersey.
Too frequently, women’s clubs’ members are described as privileged, white-gloved women with too much time on their hands. Just the opposite is true. Each member has inherited a history of activism on the community, state, national and international level. Now more than 10 years into a second century of community service, we look back with pride at the many accomplishments of our clubs and their members, and know that activism is just as alive and spirited today.

Monday, August 9, 2010

In the News

The NJSFWC has been in the news and on the radio this summer. Articles have been highlighted in the Recorder Newspapers, Courier News, Wall Street Journal, and Garden State Woman Magazine. Check out for the articles. In addition to the press coverage, President Patty Whitehouse and Communications Chairman Barbara McCloskey were guests on the Jessie Frees WMTR Radio Show on Sunday, Aug. 1. Hope you were able to catch the show. If your club is featured in an article, be sure to send the information to

BOATSIE’S BOXES – OPERATION: CHRISTMAS STOCKING PROJECT ~ Back by popular demand, filled and empty stockings are being collected at the 8 District Fall Councils. Last year, N.J. club women donated more than 2,000 stockings ... what will the number be this year? Check out the September 2010 ALMANAC (Club members), or Judith Ambrus at for instructions and details.