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Light-hearted GFWC Woman's Club Gathering Covers Serious Topic of Conservation
Light-hearted GFWC Woman's Club Gathering Covers Serious Topic of Conservation As lunch concluded at the February 20th meeting of the GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve, the dozens of attendees were treated to a surprise appearance of the newly-formed "Blues Sisters", who made a grand entrance with typical Belushi-Ackroyd-style suits, hats and instruments. Band members (left to right as pictured) Diane Miller with tiny granddaughter side-kick, Gloria Means, Rose Hughey, and the irrepressible Judy Gustafson, lip-synced a lively rendition of "Gimmie Some Lovin'", complete with choreographed "Blues" moves, much to the delight of the appreciative audience. The band's purpose was to get everyone in a Mardi-Gras mood, and colored beads were tossed into the crowd upon their jubilant exit.
Guest Speaker and Clubwoman Rosemary Douglas continued the light-hearted tone of the meeting with "I'm here to talk about just the bees, not the birds...". As a beekeeper, Rosemary has a personal interest in saving the bees, but explained that we should all be helping out these creatures who pollinate 70 out of the top 100 food crops. She suggested leaving dandelions as they are the first food crop for bees in spring, and reducing chemical use in the garden, particularly those containing neonicotinoids which have proven to be harmful to bees. For those seeking locally produced honey, products from Douglas Apiary can be found at the Show-Me Shop.
President Jackie Korczak highlighted the role of the Club in the Women's Health Fair, as well as other important volunteer opportunities. In a separate health-related initiative, Recording Secretary Diane Miller coordinated a group of clubwomen who filled over 135 "activity" bags for cancer patients in Ste. Genevieve Memorial Hospital's Oncology Department. The bags contained items donated by members, including puzzle books, hand cream, kleenex, hard candy, and assorted small items. Each bag also contained a message of encouragement. Diane thanked the volunteers and exclaimed, "This is an amazing project we just did and these bags will bring such joy to people who can really use a little happiness. What a great group we have!"
Clubwoman and Vice-President of the GFWC of Missouri Judy Gustafson (without her Blues suit jacket and saxophone) gave a financial report and an update on current Phoebe Jane Ess loan grants through GFWC MO members.
The next meeting of the GFWC Woman's Club of St. Genevieve will be March 20, 2017 in Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 101 Basler Drive. Featured speakers will be Jason Schott and Brad Arnold who will talk about Autism and the Challenger Baseball Field and Playground. For more information, contact club President Jackie Korczak at 573-525-8525.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve is dedicated to strengthening their community and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. They help to create change by supporting the arts, preserving historical and natural resources and advancing education through scholarships.
Photo captions: Rosemary Douglas shares information on "Help Save the Bees". The "Blues Sisters" get everyone in the Mardi Gras spirit.
GFWC Achieving by Reading Club
On February 7, GFWC Achieving by Reading Club members packed hygiene supplies at Giving the Basics. This amazing organization provides these items not available with Food Stamps to 65 shelters and pantries as well as 166 schools in the KC Metro.
Members of the GFWC Achieving by Reading Club labeled books at Reach Out and Read KC. Each year RORKC gives 80,000 books in 27 languages to kids.
GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve
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President Jackie Korczak, Recording Secretary Diane Miller, President-Elect Naomi Glassey, Corresponding Secretary Cathy Szwargulski, Vice President Georgia Honermann, and Treasurer Geneva Melcher with 48 boxes collected for Operation Christmas Child.
GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve Starts Year with Safety Lesson
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Vice President Georgia Honermann, President-elect Naomi Glassey, President Jackie Korczak, Recording Secretary Diane Miller, Treasurer Geneva Melcher and Corresponding Secretary Cathy Szwargulski pose with donations for local schools from Club members.
Students from Bloomsdale Elementary with donated Sanitary Wipes.
Achieving By Reading Club
These are the smiling faces of GFWC Achieving by Reading Club members after packing hygiene products for shelters, churches, and schools at the Giving the Basics warehouse in the caves in Kansas City, Missouri.
Women's Club of Ste. Genevieve
GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve celebrated 125 years of GFWC Federation at the Ste. Genevieve Water Tower Winery on April 18. In honor of GFWC, our goal was to collect 125 food items for the local food pantry but we collected 176 items that day!
Women's Club of Ste. Genevieve
Sandy Picou, Judy Gustafson, Diane Miller and Annette Rolfe (not in photo) represented the GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve in the Holiday Festival parade on December 5, 2015.
Sandy Picou and Judy Gustafson, GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve, clown around with Bubbles the Clown from Reading Express at the December 5th Holiday Christmas Festival in Ste. Genevieve.
Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve Begins Eventful Year With Lots of Tissues
Ste. Genevieve Elementary first grade students show their big smiles and proudly display boxes of tissues donated by the GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve.
Each September the GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve hands out their award- winning yearbook with details of the activities and venues for the coming year which runs through May. The first meeting, held at the First Presbyterian Church, featured a "Year in Review" by the new officers, each sporting a ribbon proclaiming a month in the club's calendar. Each costumed officer hammed up their month's featured activities.
Club members brought in scores of boxes of tissues for donation to Valle and Ste. Genevieve Elementary and the new Preschool. Teachers in the specialty areas such as Art, Music, PE and also the Nurse’s office said they were very glad to get donated tissues as they do not have home room classes to receive them for their areas from parents.
Guest speaker, Becky Millinger, author of Antoine Oneille, The Silversmith, gave a presentation on Oneille who is considered one of the top 17 silversmiths of the early 19th century. She showed slides of beautifully crafted silver vessels, dinnerware and jewelry designed by Oneille. Surprisingly, many men, including Indians, wore silver jewelry such as earrings arm bands, and crosses during the 18th and 19th centuries. In fact, it was customary for Indians to be buried wearing their silver jewelry.
The First Presbyterian Church has a capital campaign to raise funds to renovate the neighboring 1820’s Anglo American house built by Antoine Oneille. Oneille used the house as his residence and work place. It is the only surviving structure from the early 19th century built by an artist in Ste. Genevieve. Sales of The Silversmith book and jewelry such as crosses and bracelets benefit the capital campaign known as The Silversmith’s House Renovation Project. More information is available at www.antoineoneille.com.
The next meeting is October 19th at the Jean-Baptiste Valle House at 99 S. Main at 11:30am, and will feature a presentation on Domestic Violence and the Law by Lisa Page, Circuit Judge, Jefferson County. For more information on the meeting or joining the club, please contact President Sue Koch at 573-547-1451.
New GFWC Club at Lake of the Ozarks
We are proud to welcome a new club to GFWC of Missouri. The GFWC Girlfriends of Lake Ozark was chartered on August 10, 2015. Their 10 members are excited to be part of GFWC, and we are thrilled to welcome them as our newest club in GFWC of Missouri. They are part of the 5th District and the GFWC Golden Study Club is their sponsoring club.
G.F.W.C. Golden Study Club of Fayette
Several members of the G.F.W.C. Golden Study Club of Fayette gathered to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Mayor Kenneth O'Brian signed a proclamation declaring April 24th, 2015 to be General Federation Day in Fayette.
Pictured left to right are: Ronda Gerlt, Peggy Wayland, Margie McMillan, Pansy Kean, Claudia Powell, Brenda Mansfield, Mayor O'Brian, Evelyn Bell, Cecile Young and Dee Woodward.
The G.F.W.C. Golden Study Club was formed in 1950 and continues to have a positive impact on our community and citizens by sponsoring Missouri Girls Town, Sophomore Pilgrimage, Missouri Leadership Seminar and the Fayette Halloween parade; provides a scholarship for a graduating Fayette High School student; contributes to the Fayette Food Pantry, Holiday House, PAWS, Helping Hands of Fayette; the Community Garden and Project Graduation.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
Pack A Truck held by the GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve.
Also attached is a photo showing Vivian Vaughn, FCCLA and Sue Koch, President of Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve in front of the Ste. Gen Ford Truck filled with food.
GFWC Woman's Club Donates to Help Needy and Explores Women's Issues at March Meeting
Ste. Genevieve women gathered at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church for their monthly meeting on March 16th, wearing green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. A call had gone out for donations for the Church's Crisis Clothes Closet for the needy, and clubwomen responded with many bags worth of clothing of all kinds.
A panel discussion on Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery was lead by St. Louis County Sheriff's Office Detective Austin Clark, followed by Amanda Colegrove, the Organizer of Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation (CATE). Amanda explained that young women who are caught in the trap of sex slavery are quite often also victims of child labor abuses, so both subjects were addressed in her informative and interesting presentation. The difficulty of breaking the bonds of oppression are made more difficult by the trauma associated with the relationship between the victim and the perpetrators. Austin explained that the legal definition of Human Trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion. Anyone suspecting the misuse of young women in this way should report incidents to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.
Club President Sue Koch presented Amanda Colegrove with a check for $100 in support of the efforts of the CATE. She reviewed the many upcoming activities. The Ninth District Spring Convention is March 28th in Sikeston, Mo. The Annual Sophomore Pilgrimage for selected teens is April 13-14 in Jefferson City, Mo. The Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve is organizing a Pack a Truck for Hunger campaign on Saturday, April 18th at Country Mart's parking lot, and has a special celebration planned for the 125th Anniversary of GFWC Federation on April 24th.
GFWC Achieving by Reading Club Youth Writing Contest Winners
These smiling faces are 4 of the 15 winners of the Youth Writing Contest sponsored by the GFWC Achieving by Reading Club at Lee Tolbert Community Academy, a charter school in the heart of Kansas City, MO. On February 9, President Bonnie Balmer and Writing Contest Chairman Janean Mills presented the certificates and cash prizes to students in three age categories. As Bonnie announced each winner, the room filled with applause from the 300 students and staff members. Janean’s husband Steve took the photo. Kathy Palermo, member of the club, also attended to share in the joy of the winners.
GFWC Woman's Club Fills "Sleigh" Headed to Missouri Girls Town Photo
caption: Kathy Becker, Executive Director of Missouri Girls Town struggles to find room in her car for all the items donated to needy girls by Womans' Club members at their December meeting at the Microtel.
The December meeting of the GFWC Woman's Club was filled with good cheer as members tried to outbid each other for handcrafted baked goods, beautiful Christmas and other decorator items and gift baskets. The auction is always spirited with Mary Ann Otto calling the bids, and a few bouts of good natured competition gave way to several bouts of uproarious laughter.
But the amusement had a serious side. The benefactors of the money raised from this auction as well as the outright donation of gifts were a group of girls aged between ten and 17 who have no home except Girls Town. As the Executive Director of Missouri Girls Town explained to the gathering, these girls need our help. The facilities currently house 32 girls, and many of their stories are heartbreaking. The presents they receive from us may be the only ones they get for Christmas.
This year, the Club found more ways than ever before to help its premier project. The auction raised $732, a 50-50 raffle added $22 to the accumulative Girls Town fund. Two tables displayed jewelry and scarves donated by members, and sold to other members raised an additional $50. Gift cards and personal items were piled high in the back of the room. When the small gifts for the reading program were added to the donated gifts, the value was estimated at $1,800. Stuffed with over $2,500 in cash and gifts, Kathy's car was indeed one of Santa's sleighs.
As if all that giving wasn't enough, club members began another fundraiser selling sausages to help buy bundles of roofing needed for the Girl's Town structure. $300 has been raised to date which will fund ten bundles of much-needed roof replacement and the club hopes to raise another $200 to fund more roofing.
The Ste. Genevieve Woman's Club wishes to thank those who patronized this year's Bake Sale held December 13th at Country Mart. $245 was raised to support the club’s charity programs, which include donations to the local Salvation Army. The Club was also represented in the 2014 Christmas Festival parade where members threw out candy to children along the route.
GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve participated in the Holiday Christmas Festival of Ste. Genevieve Parade. Clubwoman Annette Rolfe directed the three-day festival and several club members served on the committee.
Photo: From left to Right: Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve Corresponding Secretary Diane Miller, Susan Koch Club President and Judy Gustafson, GFWC MO 9th District President road in a car decorated with GFWC signs and Christmas greenery and threw out candy to hundreds of children lining the streets of historic Ste. Genevieve.
Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve Helps Women’s Shelter
The GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve traveled to Perryville to meet at the American Legion Hall for their October 2014 meeting. Regional Family Crisis Center Director, Betty Pannier, spoke about the free services available to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault in the counties of Perry, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Bollinger, Ste. Genevieve and St. Francois.
Domestic violence awareness and prevention is the signature project of GFWC Clubs throughout the world. Family violence against women, men or children affects people regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, economic or social status, no matter where they live. The Regional Family Crisis Center located in Perryville provides at 24-Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline at 1-877-5CRISIS or 1-573-547-2480. The center provides free and confidential emergency shelter, crisis intervention/case management, court and child advocacy, and support groups.
The Woman’s Club members donated more than 40 boxes of trash bags to be used at the crisis shelter. Often, women and their children arrive at the shelter with only the clothes they are wearing. Trash bags are used to store clothing, toiletries and other daily needs of new clients.
Club member Annette Rolfe gave a Missouri Day presentation on Mary Easton Sibley, American pioneer, educator and founder of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Members also wrote thank you cards to Veterans to be distributed at retirement centers. Photo: GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve, presents Betty Pannier (fifth from left), Regional Family Crisis Center Director, with more than 40 boxes of trash bags.
Heart Healthy Month..wear Red Day. Silver Leaf Benefit Club Cassville Mo
GFWC Sorosis Club of Springfield - Sixth District
GFWC Sorosis Club of Springfield ends 9 soft, warm, fleece blankets to children in counseling at The Victim Center in Springfield, MO.
The GFWC Silver Leaf Benefit Club in Cassville celebrated their 105th anniversary.
GFWC Woman's Club Contributes to Melanoma Awareness with Health Department
At the April 15th meeting, held at the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, a panel discussion was held which stressed the importance of sun protection and the potentially fatal aspects of melanoma. The discussion was lead by Sandy Schilly, Oncology RN with the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital and Sandra Bell, Director of the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department. Literature was made available, which highlighted the risk factors (family history, multiple or unusual moles or freckles, fair skin, blonde or natural red hair) and the measures one can take to prevent melanoma (sunscreen SPF30+ and wearing a shirt, hat and sunglasses when the shadow cast by the sun is shorter than you are.) The importance of the issue was brought home with personal testimony from Terry Grither.
An inspiring talk was given by Frank Rolfe on city beautification along with the announcement of a new beautification committee being formed. In addition to the regular business of the Woman's Club, awards were handed out to the winners of this year's Youth Writing Contest. The first place winner in poetry, Morgan Mueller of Valle HS read her winning entry. The winning entries were four poems and three short stories, which will be forwarded to the GFWC State Convention for judging at the May 2-4 event in Columbia. The five finalists were invited to the Club's meeting by the writing contest chair, Diane Miller, and were treated to pizza as part of their reward.
The next meeting of the GFWC Woman's Club of Ste. Genevieve will be be held at the Rozier's Country Mart Party Room on May 13th to meet the recipients of the annual scholarship awards. Contact club president Annette Rolfe 573-535-2500 for more information and to participate in the new Ste. Genevieve Beautification Committee. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve is dedicated to strengthening their community and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. They help to create change by supporting the arts, preserving historical and natural resources and advancing education through scholarships.
Youth Writing Contest Winners 2013: Left to right - From Valle High School: Morgan Mueller, First Place Poetry, Amber Roth Third Place Short Story, and Katie Grither, Third Place Poetry. - From Ste. Genevieve High School: Jacie Korenak, Honorable Mention Poetry, Marissa Gonz, First Place Short Story, Matthew Drury, Second Place Short Story and Kyle Phillips, Second Place Poetry.
At their February meeting, GFWC Nu-Era Study Club members wore red as a reminder to all of the importance of heart health.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve celebrates 64th Anniversary in style.
Club President Annette Rolfe encouraged all members to wear their fancy evening attire to a catered formal dinner held at the American Legion hall on January 21st. Annette even arranged for music by Stormy Bennett, who was joined by his son Eric, to the enjoyment of all in attendance. Club member and much-loved songstress Rosie Hughey accepted the invitation to join in for a couple of favorites.
Special reports from clubwomen constituted the business portion of the gathering. Bobbi
Tucker reported on our club's participation in Heifer International, and Cindy Flieg spoke
about the good works of Operation Smile. Judy Gustafson gave a report on the special
fund, and Mary Ann Otto presented the new slate of officers for the year (pictured).
Years of Service awards were presented by Annette Rolfe to Lorraine Stange (45 years), Marjorie Jokerst (10 years), Marlene Kerlegon (10 years), Carol Shelton (5 years), and Carolyn Bach (5 years).
Monday, November 5, 2012: The "Singing Vets" from the Cameron Veterans Home came to Hamilton, Missouri today to sing for the GFWC Monday Club members. They performed patriotic songs under the direction of Larry Morgan with Carolyn Scott playing the keyboard for them. It was wonderful to hear these songs the day before the election and be reminded of the sacrifices that all the veterans have made to keep this country free.
|GFWC Lathrop Study Club officers during their October meeting. Displayed is candy the club donated for the Lathrop Chamber of Commerce Chalk Walk to be held the end of October. Club members will be helping with the Chamber's activities during the celebration.|
|Renee Seba with the Mule Barn Berries Farm spoke to the GFWC Lathrop Study Club during their October meeting. Mrs. Seba discussed her family's "you-pick blackberry farm" in Lathrop.|
|GFWC Lathrop Study Club members taste blackberry jelly made by Renee Seba who is the owner of the Mule Barn Berries farm near Lathrop, MO.|
|GFWC Lathrop Study Club members during their September meeting concerning Human Trafficking in the United States.|
|During the September meeting on the GFWC Lathrop Study Club, Jessica Kihn from the One by One Project spoke to the members about Human Trafficking.|
GFWC Braymer Tuesday Study Club had a float in the Braymer, MO 125th anniversary celebration parade. Our float was a surrey with a fringe on top, and members were ladies from the 1890's. Our club is well known in Braymer for all the community volunteering/donations members participate in. We also hope this will encourage new memberships.
Members of Braymer's GFWC Tuesday Study Club joined the Pleasant Hill-Lyons Club for their annual "end-of-year" club trip. This year's destination was Booneville. Members are pictured outside one of the Warm Springs Ranch barns where they had just completed a tour of the breeding facilities for the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses. Then, it was off to the Roslyn Heights Mansion, Missouri headquarters for the DAR, for lunch and a tour of the three story building. The last stop was at the Vintage Hills Garden Nursery where it was near impossible to leave without at least one new plant for everyone's garden. It was a good day with friends.
Fourth Grade Students at Braymer C-4 Elementary are busy with a National Library Week Project, April 8-12. They are drawing on a grocery bag a cover picture for one of their favorite books. The bags will be taken back to the Braymer Market where they will be distributed when groceries are sacked. This has become one of the favorite monthly activities for the students and the GFWC Tuesday Study Club members alike. Many times students are told by store patrons their groceries were packed in the sack featuring their favorite book.
Each student also received a “PAW-some Reader” (for Braymer Bobcats) bookmark. For snacks, the students received a candy bar with a wrapper made by members which said, “Treat yourself to a good book --- READ and ENJOY!” with the GFWC logo and club’s name on the back. Standing in picture in green is teacher, Addie Floyd and in purple, GFWC Tuesday Study Club President, Barbara Still.
GFWC Crestwood Woman’s Club Celebrates 50 Years
The 50th Anniversary of the Crestwood, Missouri Federated Woman’s Club was celebrated Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Crestwood Community Center. The Crestwood club was organized in May of 1961 and Federated on February 2, 1962.
Current and former members in attendance were greeted by the 50th Anniversary Committee: Kitty Baumgarth, Charlotte Schaefer, Martha Jones and Kathy Saur. Guests enjoyed tea sandwiches and a 50-year anniversary cake made by member Donna Carter’s daughter, Barb La Russo, all served by Charlotte Schaefer, Bertie Rader and Faith Schaan.
Karen Sharp, president of the club, welcomed everyone and recognized Crestwood city officials, Mayor Jeff Schlink, Petree Eastman, Jim Eckrich and Rosann Shannon, and GFWC 8th District Secretary Joan Norman. Special guest Richard Dippel, son of Charter Member Helen Dippel, attended on behalf of his mother with his wife, Denise.
The City of Crestwood presented the GFWC Crestwood Woman’s Club with a Proclamation which was read to those gathered. Also on display were certificates of congratulations from GFWC and GFWC of Missouri. The celebration concluded with reminiscing and looking at scrapbooks and old yearbooks.
GFWC Crestwood Woman’s Club is a service club that has served the Crestwood area in many ways, including restoring and maintaining the formal garden at the historic Sappington House for nearly 50 years. It has also supported Missouri Girls Town, Sophomore Pilgrimage, Nurses for Newborns and the Alzheimer’s Association.
The GFWC Lathrop Study Club of Lathrop recently honored the winners of their writing challenge.
Lathrop R-II School District students grades 3 through 12 were invited to submit short stories or poems for the GFWC Writing Contest. The winner in each category was invited to attend the club's meeting, where they read their short story or poem. They and their parents were then honored during a reception after the presentation.
GFWC CHILLICOTHE CULTURE CLUB COMMUNITY PROJECT GFWC
Chillicothe Culture Club Community Project was a donation to the Livingston County Library of a serving cart, a 50- cup coffeemaker and a 30-cup coffeemaker. A value of $410. The Ways and Means project was a Bakeless Bake Sale with each member asked to make a contribution. It was voted to use the funds for the Library Meeting Room.
Over the years the GFWC Chillicothe Culture Club has donated a book lift, shelving for the Children’s Library and a variety of books. We will continue to support a community project and to make GFWC works visible in our community.
Making the presentation to Robin Westpahl (center), Livingston County Library Director, are Mary Underwood (left), Club President and Norma Shearer (right), Ways & Means Chairman. Marilyn Meneely, Community Project Chairman was not able to be present. Presentation was made February 1, 2012 with twenty-two club members present.
GFWC Tuesday Study Club hosted the January birthday party at the Golden Age Nursing Home in Braymer.
The party atmosphere of balloons, cards, songs and refreshments are great but the visiting with friends seems to be the most important activity for the residents and the club members.
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