2012 Conventions and Conferences
Official Call to the May 1 - 4 Convention in Columbia, MO
2012 Mississippi Valley Region Conference
Missouri delegation at MVR (Mississippi Valley Region Conference) in Wichita. Missouri won the attendance award for the state with the most members present at MVR. Donna Calvin from Missouri is our MVR president.
GFWC Mississippi Valley Region Conference Missouri took home the Attendance Award with 17 members and two Boosters attending this year's conference held in Wichita, Kansas, on September 28-29. There were a total of 102 members and 16 Boosters in attendance. Preceding the conference, 40 attended a hilarious Boo-lesque musical revue at the Cabaret Old Town Theatre, and 42 enjoyed a day tour of Wichita.
Region President Donna Calvin presided over an informative conference packed with a full Saturday of workshops and presentations that were beneficial to all who attended. Strengthening leadership, membership, and public relations are being emphasized this administration. GFWC International President Mary Ellen Laister was the keynote speaker for the opening night banquet, motivating clubs to strengthen GFWC ties in their communities to meet needs.
GFWC President-elect Babs Condon presented the new guidelines for reporting annual club statistics. Donna led the Region officers in presenting a humorous workshop on holding effective meetings which brought well intended laughs to finalize the afternoon's agenda. Donna opened the workshop with a hilarious telephone skit written by Joan Utt and edited by Charlene Ward (GFWC Tuesday Study Club of Braymer, Missouri). The humor was then extended through a game show presentation on parliamentary procedure. GFWC Kansas decorated the tables for the meal functions with items to be donated to charitable concerns. These included 111 children's books and 78 supply items to be donated to schools; 1,073 useful items for the Wichita Veterans Hospital; and 415 knit hats, gloves and scarves to be added to the bundles of items brought by conference attendees to donate to Charter House, a domestic violence support center in Wichita.
The Kansas State Night Banquet concluded the conference where attendees were entertained by two choral groups from Goddard High School and a presentation on historically notable people born in Kansas. Next year's conference will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota, on September 27-28.
GFWC of Missouri, Inc. State Convention Information
2012 Summer Conference
Summer Conference 2012 Tan-Tar-A proved to be a fabulous venue for our GFWC of MO Summer Conference. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and the meals were wonderful. The conference facilities were fabulous. Our event planner at Tan-Tar-A, Susan Miller, took very good care of us and helped us plan a most successful conference. We had a little bit of fun, and learned a lot from our members and our guest speakers. As usual, the $1 table was a huge success and we supported Missouri Girls Town with our Bucks for Beds campaign by auctioning off a night’s stay at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia and homemade books by Angie Weithman from the GFWC Tuesday Club of Columbia. We sold at Silent Auction handmade bowls from Kathy Palermo’s woodworking husband, Vince along with some GFWC notepads, membership folders, and brochures. We sold chances for a Miche purse. We welcomed over 20 first time attendees to a GFWC of MO Summer Conference. It was exciting to meet so many new members. We were pleased to have all nine districts and 40 clubs represented.
Some of our members got involved during Summer Conference. Ninth district president Pat Mertens gave an inspiring thought for the day, a poem by Mother Teresa called Do It Anyway. Pat also spoke to us about Missouri Day celebrations and flat Pat. She handed out a flat Pat for everyone! Donna Calvin, past GFWC of MO state president and current GFWC Mississippi Valley Region President spoke to us about MVR and the importance of attending. MVR is in Wichita, Kansas in September. Please try to join us. The registration deadline is September 10th. The form can be found on the gfwcmo.org website. Carolyn Dye, our Missouri Girls Town chairman spoke to us about the Bucks for Beds campaign. MGT is in need of all new mattresses for the girls. Janice Carter impressed us with her knowledge of Federation Facts each day, and Shelly Barger, our 2012 LEADS participant spoke to us about her experience in Charlotte. Our officers led the discussion on reporting for the 2012-2014 administration, and Renee Ridling, 6th district president spoke about Communication and Public Relations. Louise Wilson, our Legislation and Public Policy chairman spoke about Legislative Day and the new redistricting of the state. We learned about our GFWC contests from our contest chairman, about a new GFWC program called Shot At Life, the new membership campaign, the tagline contest, fundraising opportunities, and an informative program on Human Trafficking by Carolyn Lovelace.
Our guest speakers included Tricia Hager from Missouri Leadership Seminar. Tricia is the chairperson for this important project. Tricia brought two students with her who had attended MLS as sophomores, and have then gone as helpers the last several years. Also speaking was Phil Shearrer from the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. Phil spoke to us about leadership. Phil helped us identify and recognize our individual strengths and taught us that leadership starts with relationships.
The GFWC of MO officers modeled for a fashion show, with the help of Carol Shoener, Karla Kincaid, and Janice Carter. A bingo game provided prizes for Mary Dockery, Holly Sharp, and Jeanette Adams. The Miche purse was won by Kathy Price from 6th district and the free night’s stay at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia was won by Verna Wallace from 9 th district.
Thank you to everyone who had a part in the conference in making it a success. Whether you helped set up, clean up, speak, collect meal tickets, pass out handouts, take pictures, ask questions, etc. you are all valuable to the success of our conference.
GFWC of Missouri State Convention in Jefferson City, MO
Photos from the 2010 GFWC of Missouri Summer Conference are available in our on line album HERE.......
The 2010 GFWC of Missouri Convention
The 2010 GFWC of Missouri Convention was held May 20-22 in Jefferson City, MO.
Check out our Photo Album from the convention HERE......