Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NJSFWC State Fall Conference


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, or by calling (732) 249-5474.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

State Day of Service

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

Sunday, September 4, 2011

NJSFWC Clubwomen donate 420 watches to American Mural Project


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.