Monday, February 25, 2013

March is Women's History Month

March is Women's history Month and there are many notable women who were also clubwomen!

Jane Cunningham Croly (1829-1901) was a pioneering journalist who, under the pen name Jennie June, contributed articles to newspapers such as The New York Tribune and The New York Sunday Times. She was one of the first women to write a syndicated column and the first to teach a college journalism course. She founded the Sorosis club for women in 1868 and the Women's Press Club of New York City in 1889.

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.

Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876-1977)
became the first female governor when she was inaugurated in Wyoming in 1924. Following her two year term, Ross served as a Wyoming committeewoman and vice chairman to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In 1933, Ross became the first woman to be appointed Director of the United States Mint, and she remained in this position until 1952. Ross was also a past president of the Woman's Club of Cheyenne.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was a first lady, social reformer, columnist, teacher, and political activist. She was a tireless advocate for the poor and disadvantaged and exercised her influence as a speaker and writer. She also served on the first U.S. delegation to the United Nations (UN) and drafted the Declaration of Human Rights while chairing the Human Rights Commission for the UN. She was an active member of the Chautauqua Women's Club in New York and maintained strong ties with the Federation throughout her years as First Lady. She spoke at several GFWC events and graciously entertained GFWC officers at the White House.

Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995) was an active member of GFWC in Skowhegan, Maine and became president of her local club at age 25. Smith held political office in Maine for a total of 33 years (1940-1973). She was first elected as State Representative and later became Senator. Smith was the first woman to ever be elected to both Houses of Congress, and in 1964, she became the first woman to campaign for the presidential nomination of a major political party.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Family Promise -NJSFWC -Special State Project

There are many opportunities for clubs to volunteer and support Family Promise.

Family Promise is dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by many families and partners with other organizations to provide shelter, case management and mentoring services leading to self-sufficiency.

You can help in a variety of ways.

Make Cozy kits for a Homeless Family:
Items to include:

Small blanket (purchased or homemade)
Small stuffed animal

These items are being collected thru March 15th.
Call Roberta at (908) 273-1100 x 18 with questions or for affiliate location.

You or your club may volunteer at the Day Center, hold specialized drives for items needed, such as gas cards and food stores
Connect us to a local non affiliated Congregation to increase our congregation partners.
Help secure sponsorships for our events
Tutor an adult or child

For more information call: (973) 998-0820