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:
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

President's Message - Jean L. Revis

November, 2016 ALMANAC

President’s Message – Jean L. Revis


On October 7th eighty-eight women and men enjoyed a delightful luncheon cruise on the Toms River and Barnegat Bay. The luncheon was delicious, the weather was beautiful and the company was outstanding. Many compliments were received and many “sailors” said that they would like to go sailing again! A BIG thank you to Special State Project Chairman Susie Chambers for organizing a fabulous fundraiser to benefit Prevent Child Abuse-NJ. Special thanks to Katie and Peter Chambers who “volunteered” to help Susie organize the day.




Thanks to Sue Stenson and her committee for all their hard work to bring us an absolutely wonderful Fall Conference. I hope that all attendees were able to bring useful information back to their clubs. Thank you to the members who took advantage of Walgreens “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” program by getting their flu shots at the Walgreen’s table. If you were at the Conference you had a chance to hear Wilma Harris and Tina Gordon speak about their experiences at GCI and Douglass College helped shaped their lives. Both these remarkable ladies “Pay it forward” be mentoring today’s Douglass students. It just goes to show that you never know how far a good deed you do will go! The State CSP Chairmen who spoke each eloquently talked about a special area of their program. Pamela Stalcup and Patty Mojta from Prevent Child Abuse-NJ spoke about their program on Teen Pregnancy which among other things, helps teen mothers complete high school which raising their babies. We were entertained by keynote speaker Lisa Begin-Kruysman, author of Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and her Locomobile. Lisa transported us back in time relating stories of the funny and remarkable journey of the fiery and intrepid New Jersey anvil industrialist, Harriet White Fisher, who set her sights on experiencing the world in a motor car. Lastly congratulations to the clubs recognized for the highest net gain in membership in each district. Well Done!!!

Don’t forget to make your reservation for the Headquarters Open House and Holiday Sing-a- long on November 17, 2016. If you’ve never been to headquarters you really should come and see your beautiful Federation home and if you’ve visited before you should come and see the updates that have been completed over the past year. Call Executive Director Carol Sas at Headquarters by November 7 so we can know how many to expect. This is always a fun way to kick off the holiday season! Did you know that every club is entitled to hold a meeting at Headquarters once a year? Just contact Carol Sas to reserve your date.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the clubs that donated stockings to be sent to Boatsie’s Boxes for our service men and women serving overseas; to clubs that made monetary donations to cover the expenses of the project; to Public Issues Chairman Ora Kokol and her committee, Elaine Hossfield, Donna Eichmann and Jean Battaglia for collecting and boxing the stockings and especially to Joyce Fredericks and her son, Chuck, for once again driving the stockings to West Virginia for shipping.

It’s never too early to begin the search for your GCI delegate. The deadline for clubs to submit their delegates’ and alternates’ information to the GCI chairman has been changed and will be March 1, 2017.

Finally, When I count my blessings I always count the amazing members of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC twice as they go about doing good works while continuing to “Trust in the Day and Believe in the Future”. I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving surrounded by loving family and friends.

In Federation Friendship,

Jean Revis, NJSFWC President

Monday, September 26, 2016

GFWC Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Conference

The recent GFWC Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Conference in King of Prussia, PA celebrated Women Who Can.

Among the wonderful speakers was author Ceceilia Galante.
She enthralled attendees with her story of the inspiration for her book
"The Patron Saint of Butterflies."
The book is loosely based on her experiences growing
up in a commune / cult. She was riveting. Her newest book is “The Invisibles.”

We were also wonderfully entertained by Mamie Eisenhower,
played by Ruth McIlhenny.
She spoke about when she first met Ike, through to their retirement to their home
near Gettysburg. Tidbits such as Ike going to playpoker on their wedding night and
leaving her with his mother made us laugh,
and remembering the loss her young son made us cry, and in between
we were thoroughly entertained.

She left us with a copy of her famous Fudge recipe.
GFWC President Shelia Shea informed the group about new benefits of GFWC membership;
including discounts on pet insurance, travel, hearing aids, and office supplies.
Details on the GFWC website. GFWC.org

We toured Valley Forge, the site of George Washington's Headquarters and troop encampment
during part of the revolutionary war. While there we also visited the Washington Memorial Chapel.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Always Think Membership!

Message from NJSFWC THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Shirley A. Holly

During this new administration, President Jean Revis would like to focus on membership. President Revis’s
theme is “Trust in the Day, Believe in the Future”. So we are going to have a friendly competition between districts;
“Believe in the Future Challenge”.
The district that has the highest overall net gain will be recognized next year at convention.
Prizes, yes there will be prizes for all of the clubs in the winning district. Remember this is overall net gain.
Member retention will be this chairman’s focus. We can recruit new members every day and night, but if we don’t retain
the current members we have, we are sunk! If your club recruits 10 new members, but loses 15, you don’t have a net
gain.
Remember that every club event is a potential membership event. Always bring club and new member
information with you to every event your club holds. Have an “elevator” speech prepared, so that regardless of where you
are, if someone asks about your club or NJSFWC, you can give them a one minute overview of your club and what it is
you do in your community.