Monday, January 30, 2012

Clubs help those in need

Here are a couple of examples of how our clubs help in their communities!

Branchburg Women's Club focuses on those in need

Many of us make resolutions about what we hope to accomplish in the New Year. Perhaps finding more ways to help others in need is on your list? With busy lives, sometimes that’s not easy, but there are simple things to do that will make a difference to people who are challenged with difficulties. With this in mind, the Branchburg Woman’s Club offers ways to help others.

Aiding children and adolescents in need will be the focus of the Branchburg Woman’s Club’s Jan. 19 meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Branchburg’s Little Red Schoolhouse, 2120 South Branch Road. The free program will be a presentation by Kathy Coulahan of the Somerset CountyHome for Temporarily Displaced Children. This nonprofit organization helps children and young adults at risk of homelessness and/or maltreatment. Their services include crisis intervention, street outreach, life skills education and transitional living programs. Come learn how important the group’s work is and what has been accomplished.

For more information, see and Refreshments and a club meeting will follow the program. Free parking available in lot behind small schoolhouse. Adult guests and membership inquiries are welcome. Call 908-866-1060 for meeting and club information.

In addition to this meeting, there are other projects that the Women’s Club is working on. Donate a pair of new socks to the Club’s “Step Away from Abuse” GFWC Sock Project. The Branchburg Woman’s Club is collecting new socks that will be given to New Jersey domestic violence shelters to help provide comfort and warmth to adults and children that have been victims of domestic violence. All sizes of socks are welcome; the collection bin for the new socks is located in the Township’s main building.

The Club’s Knitting for a Purpose Group is seeking additional contributions of yarn or 7 inch x 9 inch knitted or crocheted rectangles for the Warm Up America! Project. Finished rectangles should be made with either knitting needles of size 7, 8, or 9 or crochet hook size F or G. The collection bin is the same bin as for the socks, located in the Township’s main building. Since January 2010, a total of 25 afghans have been created and given to the Warm Up America! Foundation to assist people in need. Call 908-866-1060 or email for more information about these projects and other ways of assisting.

The Branchburg Woman’s Club has been improving people’s lives since 1960. A member of both the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, it is a non-profit organization. The club invites Central New Jersey women to come to a meeting and consider joining the club. Club members can choose to participate in activities ranging from community service, food appreciation, crafts, book/movie discussions, and more. Check out the club’s website at or email Club membership inquiries are welcome

Woman's Club helps those who need it the most

The Morristown Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization that unites its members by promoting improvement in the local community. Members organize and take part in numerous charitable activities to make a difference, and the group works closely with the NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

With approximately 110 members who enjoy being active in the club’s monthly and annual service projects, the club does not advertise for new members, but many typically join by word of mouth. Joining requires a current Woman’s Club sponsor, with an application. The membership fee is $50 per year, which includes a membership to both the state and the international federation fees through the club. General meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 1:15 p.m. at the club’s historic facility, the Dr. Lewis Condict House on South Street.

Kristina Ramsland joined the club in March of 2005 and finds the involvement in the community to be a gratifying experience: “I have found some very intelligent, interesting and accomplished ladies in the club,” she says. “It's a pleasure to know them.”

As co-president of the club, Ramsland likes to help with the social services projects, including the club’s scholarship gifts to two female Morristown High School seniors each year, as well as a musical scholarship to an additional graduating female from the school. It is easy to see how these ladies love being in a club that reaches out and helps its community.

“We started an evening social service group (meeting the first Tuesday evening of every month), and they are already a growing group,” says Ramsland.

The group ran a fundraiser for National Recycling Day (Nov. 13), in which they asked residents to bring any type of recyclable to their club’s location. An art contest for school-age children is in the pipeline for next year, also by having folks donate recycled items to fundraise.

“The women also collected 50 new or gently used bras for a charity event that helps breast cancer victims,” Ramsland said.
The group created 250 handmade cards to be sent over to the soldiers in Afghanistan over the holiday season.

“There are no Hallmarks available in Afghanistan” says Ramsland, adding that sending U.S. troops some holiday cheer from home could perk up their day. In addition working on the holiday cards, the women recently put together 30 holiday stockings to be donated through “Boatsie’s Boxes,” a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to supporting the troops while they are away.

The organization also gives a hand at helping to the community — literally. Busy Hands is the club-sponsored “knitting and crocheting for charity” group. Open to anyone 12 years old and over (club and nonclub members), the group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the club’s facility.

While the Morristown Woman’s Club works hard in every aspect of their volunteer and charity work, the ladies also find some time for recreation.

“We have a book club, bridge and mah jongg groups, a chorus and lunches/brunches,” Ramsland says.

For information on the group, visit

Sunday, January 15, 2012

NJSFWC offers fellowships to post graduate students

The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC (NJSFWC) is now accepting applications for Margaret Yardley fellowships.

The Margaret Yardley Fellowship Fund was established in 1930 with a $5000 contribution from Farnham Yardley in memory of his mother, the first NJSFWC President Margaret Yardley. The fund provides fellowship grants to deserving New Jersey women who are pursuing post-graduate advanced studies at the school of their choice. 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 on the NJSFWC website, under ‘Projects’ or by calling NJSFWC Headquarters at 732-249-5474. The deadline for all information must be received by the committee at NJSFWC Headquarters by March 1, 2012.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

NJSFWC Clubwoman named Pride of Brielle

Sue Stenson chosen this year's 'Pride of Brielle'

GFWC Woman's Club of Brielle member and NJSFWC Recording Secretary Sue Stenson has been chosen by the Brielle Chamber of Commerce as this year's Pride of Brielle recipient.

Sue has been an active member of her woman's club for many years and has served for six years on the NJSFWC Board of Directors, most recently as the NJSFWC Recording Secretary.

A dinner will be held at the Manasquan River Golf Club on January, 25, where Sue will be honored.

Congratulations to Sue and her family!

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2, 2012

Happy New Years!

Add your Heart to the NJSFWC Special State Project “HEARTS FOR HOPE"

Contributions to the NJSFWC “HEARTS FOR HOPE” are made in honor/memory of a friend or loved one. The special person’s name will be placed on a heart and displayed at Headquarters to celebrate HOPE throughout the spring. All donations will support the SSP Gilda’s Clubs and Cancer Support Communities.

The special person’s name will be placed on a heart and displayed at Headquarters to celebrate HOPE throughout the spring. All donations will support the SSP Gilda’s Clubs and Cancer Support Communities.
Visit this website to fill out a form: