Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pinwheels for Prevention!

Prevent Child Abuse with Pinwheels for Prevention®

Using the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention, GFWC Partner Prevent Child Abuse America focuses on prioritizing healthy child development and eradicating child abuse and neglect.

Why Pinwheels for Prevention?

For two decades, market research consistently has shown that the public views child abuse and neglect as a serious problem. As a national organization whose mission is "to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children," our emphasis is to now transform that awareness into action. We now have that opportunity through the pinwheel, which reminds us of childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve.

Pinwheels for Prevention began as a grassroots campaign among our chapters in Georgia, Florida and Ohio. Their success and our desire to create a national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention led us to take this effort nationwide in 2008.

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide

See how two clubs displayed their Pinwheels for Prevention!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GFWC Federation Day - April 24

GFWC Federation Day commemorates the official birthday of the Federation. On April 24, 1890, members of 63 women's clubs from throughout the United States came together to form the General Federation of Women's Clubs at a ratification convention in New York City.

Each year, GFWC clubs celebrate this important day in their local communities, states, and across the nation. Projects and activities focus on publicizing GFWC clubs and the work that members do in their communities; recruiting new members by raising awareness about the benefits of belonging to GFWC; supporting volunteer activities with collaborating organizations; and fulfilling GFWC's mission to enhance the lives of others through volunteer service.

In recent years, Federation Day has fallen within Volunteers in Action Week, and GFWC encourages members and clubs to extend their celebration activities to include an entire week of outreach and service

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History of Federation Day
In celebration of its twenty-first anniversary in 1889, the Sorosis Club of New York City (founded by “Jennie June” Croly) proposed a conference of women’s clubs to pursue the cause of federation. That conference was held in New York City on March 20, 1889, with the goal of preparing a constitution for ratification the following year; sixty-one clubs attended.

Sorosis President Ella Dietz Clymer closed her address at the March conference with the words, “We look for unity, but unity in diversity.”

Clubs that had already applied for membership in the new General Federation of Women’s Clubs were invited to the ratification convention, which was held at the Scottish Rite Hall in New York City, April 23-25, 1890; sixty-three delegates from seventeen states attended. After some discussion and amendments, the constitution was ratified on April 24, 1890, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs was born.

The first officially recorded GFWC Federation Day celebration appears to be the one held during the Golden Jubilee Triennial in 1940. The following program is described:

On April 24, 1940, the actual birthday of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a national broadcast was made in the studio of the National Broadcasting Company in Radio City, New York. The president of Sorosis, Mrs. Eugene Willis Denton, spoke for the Sorosis Club of New York, which celebrated its twenty-first birthday in 1889 by starting the organization of the General Federation.

The celebration of April 24 as Federation Day was added to the GFWC standing rules in 1976.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Highlands District Spring Conference & Achievement Day

The Highlands Spring Conference & Achievement Day was just one of the many District Spring Conferences held for the NJSFWC clubs this spring.

Over 120 Clubwomen from the Highlands District attended the conference and 119 entries were submitted in the Arts/Creative Department. Entries included, baked goods, crocheted & knitted items, paintings and photographs.

Jill Passaretti, NJSFWC President-Elect spoke on the topic, "Step Outside Your Comfort Zone'. She encouraged Clubwomen to take new chances and experiences and even become more involved in your club, by volunteering for a new project or activity. Say 'yes' to a new position or attend a new event.

Check out these bird feeders!