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.

Please join us!

NJSFWC Headquarters
55 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 249-5474
http://www.njsfwc.org/

GFWC website:
http:/www.gfwc.org/

View all of our clubs in New Jersey:
www.njsfwc.org/index.php/article/index/5


Sunday, December 18, 2011

NJSFWC Board donates to Women Aware

12/18/2011
NJSFWC Clubwomen Support Women Aware

Pictured with some of the many toys, games and other gift items that were collected by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC (NJSFWC) at their recent Board Holiday Party to benefit Women Aware, Inc.’s Holiday Gift Shop from left, NJSFWC Cecila Gaines Holland- Margaret Yardley Chairman Marianne Kremer, from Hasbrouck Heights, NJSFWC President Patty Whitehouse, from Gladstone and NJSFWC Arts/Creative Chairman Gloria Sammis, from Vernon. Women Aware is a domestic violence shelter located in New Brunswick and the weeklong free holiday Gift Shop benefitted more than 200 clients, former clients and their children.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

12/11/2011

WIN A LEXUS or 46" FLAT SCREEN TV!***

Luxury is only a ticket away! NJSFWC is holding a raffle with the grand prize a 2012 Lexus CT200h and the First Prize is a 46" flat screen TV. The drawing will be April 3, 2012.

Tickets are $50 each or 3 tickets for $100
Only 3,000 tickets will be sold. Drawing to be held 7 PM at
Lexus of Edison Showroom
711 US Route 1, Edison, NJ
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Reception from 6PM – 8PM

To purchase tickets, visit this site:
http://www.njsfwc.org/spaw/uploads/files/NJSFWC%20car%20raffle%20internet%20flyer.pdf

Friday, November 25, 2011

Two Clubs sponsoring house tours

11/25/2011
Holiday House Tours scheduled:

The Suburban Woman's Club of Pompton Plains will sponsor its 23rd Annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon till 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 tickets and available at Pequannock Township Public Library, 477 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains; Fireside Furniture, 695 Route 23 South, Pompton Plains; Hometown Market, 574 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains. For more information contact Ginny 973-835-4114.

Hightstown Christmas Candlelight House Tour:

The Hightstown Woman's Club is sponsoring a Christmas Candlelight House Tour on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 3 -6 p.m. Seven private homes will be on tour. Advance sale tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 609-448-8388.

Day of event tickets are $15 and sold at Ely House, 164 North Main Street, Hightstown, N.J. 08520. Refreshments and Holiday Boutique will also be at Ely House after 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

for more NJSFWC events:
http://www.njsfwc.org/index.php/news_events

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Boatsie's Boxes a Success Again!

11/13/2011

Boatsie's Boxes, for the 3rd year in a row was a great success!

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 1,543 Christmas stockings, including $3200 in cash donations for U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The stockings brimming with goodies will be delivered to Wheeling, WV, where Boatsie's Boxes is headquartered.

The Clubwomen who make up the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of GFWC again showed how they can make a difference by providing community service through participation in local clubs, enabling members to make a difference in live of others one project at a time.

Visit Boatsie's Boxes at http://www.boatsie.com/
for more information and how you can donate to a great cause!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Deadline for Women of Achievement Is fast Approaching

11/7/11
The deadline for submitting a candidate for Women of Achievement is fast approaching. By December 15th all nominations are due to Headquarters. Surely every club member knows of a woman either in her club or in her town who has made a mark in the community. Perhaps you have read of a woman whom you don’t know personally, but you feel has impacted the community or state. The woman could be a Doctor, Dentist, Educator, a community leader or your next door neighbor. Consider submitting her name along with supporting material that could make her one of the five honorees at the Annual Convention on Monday evening May 7th, 2012.
FYI: Non NJSFWC Clubwomen can also nominate a woman for this award!

For questions or further information, please contact WOA Chairman, Marilyn Marion at m.marion@live.com or NJSFWC Education Chairman, Vivien Finn at vfinn@njsfwc.org.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Day of Service a Success!

10/22/2011
Today was Make A Difference Day and clubwomen from 200 clubs accross the state donated assorted items to the 3 Veteran's homes located in New Jersey!
The items in the photo went to the Menlo Park location.


Pictured are Clubwomen from 10 clubs in the Highlands District who gathered at the Roxbury Senior Citizen building to collect items from the 25 clubs in the District.
What a great service project!

We filled 3 vans alone with items such as sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks, hats and toiletry items.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

NJSFWC Seeks Women of Achievement

10/1/2011

Nominations are now being accepted for the 31st 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: Senator Jennifer Beck, Mary Higgins Clark, 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 December 15, 2011. Winners will be honored at the awards ceremony, to be held at the 118th NJSFWC Annual Convention, at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City on Monday, May 7th, 2012.


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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NJSFWC State Fall Conference

09/21/2011

Join 300 New Jersey Clubwomen who will be attending the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC State Fall Conference which is being held on Monday, October 17th at the Bridgewater Marriott, 70 Commons Way, Bridgewater. NJSFWC President Patty Whitehouse of Gladstone will preside at the event, which will begin at 10:00 am.
The Conference Chairman, K. Dianne Maki of Far Hills announced that the events of the day include –
• A variety of workshops, including one on Cyberbullying, presented by Suzanne Kowalski and Nicole Duccca of the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office Training Center’s M.O.R.E.
• A “Marketplace” which will allow the members to pick up materials and speak with the respective focus area chairmen regarding new community service project ideas. The focus areas include, but are not limited to, the arts, conservation, education, international outreach and public issues.
• Vendors will be offering an assortment of items offered for sale, just in time for early holiday shopping.

The keynote speaker for the afternoon session will be Phyllis Adams, Executive Director of Women Aware, Inc. who will present, “The Many Faces of Domestic Violence”. Thirty years ago, Women Award was founded on the belief that every human being has the right to live free from violence and the fear of violence.
Women Aware is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. A hotline and an emergency shelter, as well as a full spectrum of ancillary support services, are available. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC’s Signature Project is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


The conference is open to members and non-members. The price of the Conference is $40.00. Additional information and a registration form can be found on the NJSFWC website, njsfwc.org or by calling (732) 249-5474.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

State Day of Service

9/13/2011
The Veterans’ Homes of New Jersey will be the focus of this administration’s Day of Service project on Saturday, October 22nd.

There are three veterans’ homes in New Jersey: Menlo Park, Paramus and Vineland.
These Veterans’ homes are open to the service men and women from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.

The first residents were veterans from the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Spanish American War, followed by World War I and World War II. The next generation of admissions’ included the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The services of these facilities will continue to serve the needs of veterans from the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

Each of the Homes Volunteer Services Offices were contacted to request the Wish List for each facility. Once the lists were provided, the selection process identified items that were common to all 3 facilities. The following items are being requested for collection:

•New Clothing for Men:
Sweatshirts (sizes L to 3XL)
Sweatpants (sizes L to 3XL)
Tee Shirts (sizes M to 3XL)
Hats; Baseball Caps (with adjustable band) & Knit winter Hats
Socks; (with Non-skid bottoms) or Crew socks (without elastic tops)
•Personal Care:
Deodorant or Body Sprays, gender neutral
Hair Brushes & Wide Tooth Combs
Tooth Paste & Tooth Brushes
Denture Care Products; (adhesives and cleansers)
•Miscellaneous items:
Batteries; all sizes “AA” to “D”, even hearing aid sizes
Sunglasses with dark lenses
ElectricRazors

Sunday, September 4, 2011

NJSFWC Clubwomen donate 420 watches to American Mural Project

9/4/11


Pictured to your right with some of the 420 watches that were donated to the American Mural Project are, from left NJSFWC Arts Creative Chairman Gloria Sammis, from Hamburg, artist Ellen Griesedieck and NJSFWC 2nd Vice President, Jill Passaretti, from Vernon.
Thirty-one New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club (NJSFWC) of GFWC members recently visited the American Mural Project in Winsted CT, one of the GFWC International’s Partnership Program projects for the Arts. GWFC Connecticut graciously hosted the day, providing NJSFWC members an opportunity to meet the American Mural Project artist, Ellen Griesedieck, and hear her personal story. Members were able to tour and imagine the changes that will be taking place in the two former mill buildings. The mural is expected to be the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world –120 feet long, five stories high, and up to ten feet deep as a tribute to working Americans.
These watches along with thousands of others will honor GFWC members’ hours of volunteerism. They will be encased in resin and intertwined together to form a huge watch link running throughout the three dimensional mural.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Jane Cunningham Croly, journalist, author, editor, and woman's club leader

8/21/2011
NJSFWC hosting GFWC MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION CONFERENCE
The annual GFWC Middle Atlantic Region Conference will be held this year in New Jersey, September 15-18th and hosted by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club (NJSFWC) of GFWC.
Included in the events of the weekend is a rededication ceremony on Friday, September 16th at the gravesite of Jane Cunningham Croly, the founder of the General Federation of Women’s clubs (GFWC), located at Evergreen Cemetery in Lakewood, NJ.

She began working as a journalist for the New York Sunday Times and Noah's Weekly Messenger, where she started using the pen name, Jennie June.
In 1864, Croly published her first book, Talks on Woman's Topics, a collection of newspaper pieces. In 1866 she published Jennie June's American Cookery Book, a domestic manual dedicated to the young housekeepers of America.
Croly formed the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1890, to support clubs throughout the nation and further their efforts at providing education, improved working conditions, health care, scholarships and other reforms. Croly also founded the New York Women's Press Club in 1889.

She was one of the earliest American newspaperwomen, writing for various New York newspapers under the pseudonym Jennie June. From 1860 to 1887 she edited Demorest's Quarterly Mirror of Fashion (later Demorest's Illustrated Monthly) and later was part owner of Godey's Lady's Book. She specialized in women's features and was among the first journalists who syndicated their articles. In 1856 she called the first women's congress. Twelve years later, in 1868, she founded Sorosis, the only women's club of importance at that time, and in 1889, the New York Women's Press Club. She wrote The History of the Woman's Club Movement in America (1898).



Friday, August 12, 2011

CECILIA GAINES HOLLAND 2011 HONOREE



Established in 1944, the Cecilia Gaines Holland Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a New Jersey Clubwoman. Named after the second President of the NJSFWC, this prestigious award is given annually to one clubwoman who demonstrates her commitment to her community by performing outstanding civic and volunteer work that extends above and beyond her service to her club.

This year’s recipient was nominated by the Woman’s Club of Maplewood, Liberty District. JoAnn Aponte resides in Bloomfield and is a 39 year member of her club, having first joined as a Junior and then as an EMD’er. Her journey to this award started as a teenager candy striper at New York Hospital. Active in girl scouting for many years and in her Church for over 40 years, JoAnn has continued in her dedication in helping those less fortunate.

She has been a mentor to unwed mothers through church organizations and has chaired many committees. She is an active member of MADD of Essex County, serving as President for five years. She has worked diligently for stiffer DWI laws. Cerebral Palsy and Battered Women’s Shelters in Essex County have benefited from her volunteerism for over 25 years.
She was instrumental in starting a “sweat suit” program for rape victims at United Hospital of Newark where she volunteered for over 10 years. Through her generosity of a baby grand piano, children at a Belleville school were able to learn to play the piano.

The NJSFWC congratulations JoAnn Aponte and joins a very proud Liberty District in honoring her as the 67th Recipient of the Cecilia Gaines Holland Award.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

2011 MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION CONFERENCE

7/31/2011

2011 MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION CONFERENCE
September 15-18th
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
Two Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ

The 2011 GFWC Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Conference will be one of rededication to preserve our past, marked by a trip on Thursday, September 15th to Evergreen Cemetery in Lakewood, New Jersey to rededicate the gravesite of GFWC Founder, Jane Cunningham Croly and look toward our future as New Jersey Girls welcome us to a fun-filled weekend.

Visit the link below for registration information and Agenda
http://www.njsfwc.org/index.php/news_events/events_fullview/60

Friday, July 8, 2011

Riverdale Woman's Club donates mastectomy pillows

The Home Life Department of the Riverdale Woman's Club made and delivered 87 mastectomy pillows to the Chilton Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Center in Pequannock. This is a yearly project that the women undertake as a way of giving back to the community. The Riverdale Woman's Club is always ready to welcome new members. For membership information call 973-835-3269. Pictured from left to right are: club member Vilma Waclawski, Lynn Case of Chilton, and club member Josephine Spenillo.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Food drive collects items for Ridgefield Park families in need

7/4/2011

Congratulations to the Ridgefield Park
Woman’s Club Evening Membership Department on their successful food drive!

The most recent drive was held June 18 and was utilized by local families and single adults. For just this one day, they collected four car loads of bagged groceries and collected more than $200 worth of donations.

Member Claire Hill said the volunteer organization decided to become involved in food drives due to the high rate of unemployment and the increased home expenses in the area.

See entire article at http://www.northjersey.com/community/clubs/124835719_Village_residents_help_feed_their_neighbors.html

Many clubs support their local food pantries and social service agencies with in kind and monetary donations.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

GOLDEN GIRLPOWER RAFFLE

6/19/2011

The Golden Girlpower Raffle is an NJSFWC sponsored raffle and is a 50/25/25 raffle with two chances to win a cash prize. Proceeds from the sale of the tickets will benefit projects and events of our upcoming Mid Atlantic Region (MAR) Conference and NJSFWC!

There will be 300 raffle tickets sold at $ 50.00 per ticket. Anticipated sales yield $15,000.00. The total is split 50% to MAR/NJSFWC ($7,500.00) and the other 50% ($7,500.00) is split between two winners ($3,750.00 each).

The raffle drawing will be held at the MAR Conference on Saturday night September 17th 2011. You need not be present to win.

The “fun” part – you have two chances to win! Two drawings for the lucky ticket! The odds of winning are better than the Lottery or any casino game.

Tickets are available for sale by contacting the NJSFWC Headquarters at 732-249-5474 or Jane Pullaro at 201-337-0018. It could be your lucky day!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

GFWC Jennie nominations sought

6/11/2011
GFWC JENNIE AWARD Nominations Sought!

Nominations are still being sought for The GFWC Jennie Award, which honors an outstanding New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs(NJSFWC) Clubwoman.
The Jennie Award is the highest individual honor given by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).(www.gfwc.org)

The award is named in honor of GFWC’s founder, Jane Cunningham Croly, who wrote under the byline, “Jennie June.” The Jennie Award gives clubs, states, and regions a wonderful opportunity to identify and pay tribute to outstanding clubwomen at each level along the way to national recognition.

Clubs must complete and submit the official GFWC Jennie Award Nomination Form along with a maximum 500-word written narrative.
Applications and specific requirements can be found on the NJSFWC website, www.njsfwc.org, under Projects or by calling (732) 249-5474.
The deadline for NJSFWC Clubs to nominate a Clubwoman for the state level is July 30, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

GCI Celebrating 65 years!

06/03/2011

This is the 65th year that the NJSFWC is sponsoring Girls Career Institute(GCI), which will be held June 13-16th at Douglass Residential College on the Rutgers University Campus.

GCI is an annual program sponsored by the NJSFWC for high school Junior girls to explore women’s issues and encourage awareness to contemporary problems. Delegates are sponsored and the cost is underwritten by a local NJSFWC club. Delegates are selected on the basis of interest, community service and participation in school activities.

Delegates experience a 'mini college' experience by living in a dorm, eating in a cafeteria, attending lectures and workshops. They will learn about career choices from volunteer professional speakers and how to network with other delegates from all over the state of New Jersey.

Clubwomen volunteer their time to act as housemothers for each wing. A nurse is on duty at all times. Over 185 girls will participate in this experience each year.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

GFWC Convention Comming in June

05.29.2011

The 120th GFWC International Convention will be held June 18-20 in Milwaukee, Wi. See link below for additional information. A welcome orientation and reception will be held on June 17th.

http://www.gfwc.org/gfwc/Call_to_Convention2.asp?SnID=65271508

Join clubwomen from all over the USA and abroad for Workshops, Banquets,speakers and Lunch & Learn sessions.


In all 50 states and more than a dozen countries, our members work locally to create global change. GFWC clubwomen are mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, doctors, teachers, and community leaders who are dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

Friday, May 20, 2011

CECILIA GAINES HOLLAND 2011 HONOREE

05/20/2011
Established in 1944, the Cecilia Gaines Holland Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a New Jersey Clubwoman. Named after the second President of the NJSFWC, this prestigious award is given annually to one clubwoman who demonstrates her commitment to her community by performing outstanding civic and volunteer work that extends above and beyond her service to her club.

This year’s recipient was nominated by the Woman’s Club of Maplewood, Liberty District. JoAnn Aponte resides in Bloomfield and is a 39 year member of her club, having first joined as a Junior and then as an EMD’er. Her journey to this award started as a teenager candy striper at New York Hospital. Active in girl scouting for many years and in her Church for over 40 years, JoAnn has continued in her dedication in helping those less fortunate.

For the rest of JoAnn's bio, please use this link:
http://www.njsfwc.org/index.php/news_events/news_fullview/80

Friday, May 13, 2011

NJSFWC State Convention A Success!

5/13/2011

NJSFWC State Convention held May 2-4th, 2011

The 117th Annual New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC’s) convention was held recently at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The convention was presided over by State President Patty Whitehouse of Gladstone.

A variety of business sessions, workshops, exhibits, awards and entertainment was enjoyed by more than 500 clubwomen, representing 111 clubs in New Jersey.

NJSFWC President Patty Whitehouse announced that in 2010, the clubs reported “27,912 projects, 825,737 volunteer hours and $3,587,294 in cash and “in kind” donations, benefiting their local communities. These donations make a real difference in the local communities.”

A banquet honoring club presidents from throughout the State Federation was also held on the second evening of the convention

Saturday, May 7, 2011

NJSFWC Women of Influence Suffragette Quilt Raffle

5/7/2011
Support Girls' Career Institute (GCI) and purchase a raffle ticket!


This beautiful quilt is being raffled to benefit GCI! Tickets are $5.00 for 1 raffle and 3 tickets for $10.00.
Call Carol Sas at NJSFWC Headquarters at (732) 249-5474 for tickets.
The drawing will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the
GFWC Middle Atlantic Region Conference, Hyatt REgency Hotel, New Brunswick.

The quilt was made by Judith Baymiller and donated by Barbara Hall, Pine Lake Woman's Club, Inc.

Girl's Career Institute, June 13 - 16, 2011 – Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ

For girls completing their junior year in High School. Girl’s Career Institute is designed to give them a taste of college living. Women speakers give the attendees information on various careers that may interested them.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

NJSFWC State Convention!

4/30/11


This appeared in The Bernardsville News
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The 117th annual New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC’s) convention will be held from Monday, May 2, to Wednesday, May 4, at the Atlantic City Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City. The convention will be presided over by State President Patty Whitehouse of Gladstone.

The annual convention chairman is Ora Kokol of Woodstown and Mary Wolfe of Vineland is the credentials and registration chairman. Business sessions, workshops, exhibits, awards and entertainment are planned. A banquet on Monday evening, May 2, will feature seven winners of the 30th annual Women of Achievement Awards, which is sponsored by NJSFWC and Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University. The 2011 honorees are Sylvia Axelrod, Dr. Laura Morana, Dr. Mary Norton, Carole A. Wolfe, Dr. Laura McKirdly and Gail Dunlap Reuben.

A banquet honoring club presidents from throughout the State Federation will be held on Tuesday evening, May 3.

For information about local clubs, or to learn more about the NJSFWC, visit the federation website at www.njsfwc.org or call 732-249-5474/5485.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Margaret Yardley winners announced!

4/23/2011

The NJSFWC has announced the 2011 Margaret Yardley Fellowship award winners!
The Margaret Yardley Fellowship Fund was established in 1930 to provide fellowship grants to deserving women who are New Jersey residents pursuing post-graduate advanced studies at the school of their choice. The first contribution to the fund in 1930 was $5,000 given by Farnham Yardley in memory of his mother, the first NJSFWC President Margaret Yardley. NJSFWC has been able to award between six and eight $1,000 fellowship grants to deserving women annually.
The winners are:

Jennifer C. Conticchio, Jacqueline Jackson
Old Bridge, NJ 08857 South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Natalie A. Laucius, Susanna Polihros
Cranford, NJ 07016 Monroe Township, NJ 08831

Maria L.Rodriquez, Amanda K. Trott
Linden, NJ 07036 Garfield, NJ 07026

Considerations used when judging applicants’ qualifications include scholastic achievement, career service potential and charitable endeavors. The grant is applied solely to tuition expenses.

Friday, April 15, 2011

NJSFWC 30th Annual Women of Achievement winners have been announced!

4/15/2011

The winners for the 30th annual Women of Achievement awards have been announced and will be honored at an awards ceremony on Monday, May 2nd. The ceremony will take place at the 117th NJSFWC annual convention, to be held at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.

The awards are sponsored by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Club (NJSFWC) of GFWC and Douglas Residential College of Rutgers, the State University.
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.
Winners include:
Dr. Laura C. Morana, the Superintendent of the Red Bank School District and is a resident of New Providence.
She emigrated from Ecuador as a teenager and taught herself English from her school lessons, watching television, and listening to her classmates at Irvington High School. She taught Bilingual/ESL classes in Elizabeth and then moved on to various administrative positions such as Director of Special Services, principal, and assistant superintendent, culminating with her present one as superintendent.

Sylvia Axelrod resides in Monroe Township and has served as the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-NJ (NAMI-NJ) since 1992. During her tenure she has initiated a wide range of programs focusing on providing education, support, and advocacy for families and consumers. Sylvia has served in the mental health field for 25 years.

Ms. Carol A. Wolfe of Brick is the founder and administrator of Dottie House Inc., which provides shelter and other services for battered women and their children and is the President/Chairman and General Partner of Homes Now Chambers Bridge Project, Inc., and Homes Now, Inc. Dottie House was founded in 1999 in memory of her mother who was a battered woman.

Dr. Mary E. Norton of North Arlington is an Associate Dean and Professor of Global Initiatives at Felician College. She began her medical career as a nurse and received a Masters of Arts and Doctor of Education from Columbia University. She has been the recipient of five Fulbright Awards and several USAID Grants. Dr. Norton has developed baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Iran, Pakistan and Jordan.

Dr. Laura McKirdy and Ms. Gail Dunlap Reuben are the co-founders of The Lake Drive Programs for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing which was founded in 1977. Dr. McKirdy resides in Mendham Township and has served as a consultant to The Lake Drive Programs since 2005.
Dr. McKirdy was also the founding director of the Department of Speech Pathology at the Morristown Memorial Hospital where Ms. Reuben was the hospital audiologist.

Monday, April 4, 2011

4/4/2011

Networking Breakfast
4/4/2011

The Networking Breakfast, held at NJSFWC Headquarters was a great success!
A wonderful variety of professional women, all from a variety of non profits attended the breakfast. (see photo to right)
After President Patty Whitehouse gave an overview of the NJSFWC, each attendee had a chance to give an overview of their non profit organization and what services they offer.
Afterwards it was noted was that there was a big similarity in shared services, such as providing support, education and advocacy to the women and families that they serve. This could be used a stepping stone to increase partnerships among the participating agencies in the future.

The non profit organizations that were represented included; Gilda’s Club/The Wellness Community, American Association of University Women, the New Jersey State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Displaced Homemaker Network of New Jersey, Douglass Alumnae, Breast Cancer Resource Center, Women’s Health and Counseling Center, Heart to Heart, Inc. and YWCA of Eastern Union County.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Public Issues Day

3/21/2011
Public Issues Day, Honoring women in the Military was a success!

211 Clubwomen and guests attended the 103rd Public Issues Day in Monroe, NJ.
The speakers were all very interesting and informative. Recently Retired Colonial Anne F. Hamilton spoke about her 30 years in the Air force. She also gave an interesting history of women in the military and how they were helping on the battlefields even before they were recognized as servicewomen.
GFWC International President Carlene A. Garner also gave an interesting history of women in the military and how GFWC and Clubwomen were supportive in many ways during WW1 & WW11.
We also had a speaker from the USO, who told us about the many programs they have to support servicemen & women and their families in 27 countries and in more than 150 centers.
11 women who attended the event were also honored. See their photo:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

PENNY CONTINUES HER QUEST FOR INFORMATION!

3/16/2011
PENNY COLEMAN'S NEW BOOK
PENNY CONTINUES HER QUEST FOR INFORMATION!

Do you have family stories about relatives, friends or club members who were involved in the fight for the vote -- either side of the issue?

Are their suffrage scrapbooks, letters, diaries or memorabilia in anyone's attic, garage, under the bed, in a local historical society, local public library?

Are there records of suffrage discussions in club minutes leading up to the 1915 referendum or 1920 ratification campaign?

If you locate any of the above items, contact Anne Redlus, NJSFWC Librarian, through the NJSFWC Headquarters, 732-249-5474.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

State Project: Gilda's Club/The Wellness Center

3/6/2011
More on our State Project!
Many club's are doing great projects to benefit our State Project.

Check out these two projects:
Montville Township Women's Club Jazzes It Up For Gilda's Club
The club's "Jazz Cabaret" night at Tiffany's in Pine Brook helped raise money for NJ residents living with cancer.
The sold out event, which featured live jazz, a tricky tray drawing, and a 50-50 raffle, was for the benefit of the New Jersey area Gilda’s Club centers.

“We wanted to do an event that would make a log of money for Gilda’s Club,” event co-chair Libby Manicona said. “The club is our statewide Women’s Club project for the year, and what’s great about it is that it’s a full support community for people suffering from cancer.”

Link to rest of article:
http://montville.patch.com/articles/womens-club-jazzes-it-up-for-gildas-club

"BRA"VO TO MILLVILLE WC!
Date: March 6, 2011


"Bras With an Attitude" is a FUN idea that Millville Women's Club used to gererate public interest and raise funds for Gilda's Club. Read below how it worked and click to see some samples.

Sarah Griffith, CEO of Gilda's Club, Linwood, made a presentation to the Millville Woman's Club during its February meeting. In honor of Gilda's Club, the local club held a "Bras With an Attitude" contest. Members decorated their bras and displayed them for voting. The bra bringing in the most money won a prize. Proceeds went to Gilda's Club. This event also generated the public's interest. A local downtown book store, Bogart's Bookstore, picked up the idea and invited the women to display their bras in its store window for the month of March. It has reached out to the public for additional entries and has continued raising funds for Gilda's Club. To date, 31 decorated bras are now being shown. The Millville Woman's Club thank the participants and Bogart's Bookstore for helping with the Bra-decorating event and helping to promote cancer awareness. Most grateful will be the benefactor, Gilda's Club, which offers a program of support, education and hope for families touched by cancer. The Millville Woman's Club also appreciates the "Daily Journal" and "The News of Cumberland County" for helping to promote the event.
Bra themes included, Millville Rose, Treasure Chest, Booby Trap, to name a few.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

NJSFWC State Projects

2/27/2011

The 2010-2012 NJSFWC State Project is Gilda's Club/The Wellness Center

The first Special State Projects, from 1962 until 1970 were
devoted to the construction, furnishing and maintenance of the
New Jersey State Federation Headquarters' building.

In 1970, a new project and direction were chosen— projects to
support our communities and began with the Volunteer Program
at the New Jersey Training School for Boys at Skillman.

In 1976, the Eye Institute of NJ was selected as the SSP. In
1978, the NJSFWC re-visited an earlier effort with its SSP, the
Douglass Development Disability Center. This facility was
to provide special education for autistic children.

The goal of the 1982-1984 administration’s SSP was to equip 2
classrooms for severely handicapped children at the St John of
God School. Two years later the SSP shifted gears, the focus was
the Statue of Liberty restoration effort.

During the 1990’s a variety of SSP were enthusiastically
embraced by the volunteer members of the NJSFWC,
including the People Care Center, the New Jersey
Children’s Hospital AIDS Program.

Since 2000 our members and clubs continue to support our
localcommunities through special state projects for
the Valerie Fund,Canine Companions for Independence,
Community Food Bank, Domestic Violence Awareness and
Prevention and Autism NJ.

Gilda's Club Worldwide and The Wellness Community are pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2009, we have joined forces to become the largest provider of psychosocial cancer support worldwide, and will be extending our reach to even more people affected by cancer
For more information, visit their website at:
http://www.gildasclub.org/

Friday, February 18, 2011

Operation Cookie/Candy

2/18/2011
Operation Cookie/Candy is a New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC sponsored project, which began in 1961 when 900 two-pound boxes of homemade cookies were mailed to service personnel stationed in Germany and Iceland during the Christmas holiday.

Many clubs still participate in this project. See photo's below of two clubs that participate in this project for Valentine's Day:


Some GFWC Woman's Club of the Denville-Rockaway area club members, who baked 60 dozen cookies and packed them, along with candy into valentine wrapped cans. They were donated to Cheshire House in Florham Park and to St. Peters Village in Denville.


The GFWC Woman’s Club of Marlton with residents of St. Mary’s Catholic Home, located in Cherry Hill.
The ladies of the club have been baking and donating goodies to St. Mary’s for many years. The cookies, along with candies, are placed into little bags decorated with hearts, and distributed to brighten the lives of the residents. The GFWC Marlton Woman’s Club donated 150 bags of cookies this year!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

General Federation of Women's Clubs

2/13/11
The NJSFWC is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC),
an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

1868: GFWC's roots can be traced back to 1868 when Jane Cunningham Croly (1829-1901), a professional New York journalist who wrote under the pen name of Jennie June, 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, she formed a club for women. She chose the name Sorosis, a Greek word meaning "an aggregation; a sweet flavor of many fruits."

In 1901 The 56th Congress of the United States chartered GFWC and designated that the Federation be headquartered in Washington, DC.

In 1922, GFWC Clubwomen purchased 1734 N Street, NW in Washington, DC to serve as the Federation's International Headquarters. In addition to staff offices and rooms for meetings and receptions, one floor was designated to serve as an apartment for the International President.

In 1965, GFWC was awarded a stamp by the United States Post Office in honor of its 75th anniversary.

Please visit their website for additional information and historial facts:

http://www.gfwc.org/gfwc/History_and_Mission.asp?SnID=604677125

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Join Us for Public Issues Day

(1/29/2011) Women are invited to attend NJSFWC Public Issues Day, honoring women in the military.
For over 100 years the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC (NJSFWC) has sponsored a Public Issues Day. Over the years, members have been briefed on a variety of legislative concerns impacting women and their families. This year’s event will be held on March 21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe Township with over 200 women in attendance from Federated clubs from across the state.
Judith Ambrus of Bridgewater, NJSFWC Public Issues chairman, announced that the theme of the day will be "Honoring Women in the Military." Clubwomen who have served in various capacities in the military will be honored. If you know a woman that you would like to be honored at this event, please contact the NJSFWC President Patty Whitehouse at pwhitehouse@njsfwc.org or NJSFWC Public Issues Chairman Judith Ambrus at jambrus@njsfwc.org.
There will be a variety of speakers, including representatives from the Women in Military Service for American Memorial Foundation, the USO and the Veteran’s Administration. In addition, members of the New Jersey legislature have also been invited to share with the attendees what New Jersey is doing to support the military and veterans. NJSFWC President Patty Whitehouse, of Gladstone, has announced that the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) International President Carlene A. Garner will also be in attendance.

This exciting event will begin at 10 a.m. The price of the Conference is $39.50. Additional information and a registration form can be found on the NJSFWC website, www.njsfwc.org, or by calling (732) 249-5474.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Applicaton Deadline March 1 for Yardley Fellowship

(1/17/11) The Margaret Yardley Fellowship Fund was established in 1930 to provide fellowship grants to deserving women who are New Jersey residents pursuing post-graduate advanced studies at the school of their choice. The first contribution to the fund in 1930 was $5,000 given by Farnham Yardley in memory of his mother, the first NJSFWC President Margaret Yardley. NJSFWC has been able to award between six and eight $1,000 fellowship grants to deserving women annually.
Information (including application forms) regarding this fellowship fund is forwarded to all New Jersey universities, state colleges and independent four-year colleges plus graduate departments at Harvard University and New York University.
Considerations used when judging applicants’ qualifications include scholastic achievement, career service potential and charitable endeavors. The grant is applied solely to tuition expenses. If you know of a young woman who is eligible for this grant, applications are available.
The deadline for all information must be received by the committee at NJSFWC Headquarters by March 1.
The application can found be on the njsfwc.org website, listed under "Projects" or call NJSFWC Headquarters for more information.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

(1/04/2011) Now that January is here, it is time for all NJSFWC districts to hold their January Mid-Year Council. All eight districts hold their own meeting through the month of January. Feel free to click on the link below and see when a meeting is being held in your area.
http://www.njsfwc.org/index.php/news_events

We have clubs in all parts of New Jersey and we would love to see some new faces.
For those of you clubwomen who have not been to a district meeting, they are a great way to find out a little more of what the NJSFWC is all about and to meet some other clubwomen in your area.