American flag with the text Memorial day. Celebration of all who served.
May 31, 2021
Military & Veterans  - Yolanda Petroski         
A Memorial Day Salute
Debbie Bongiovanni
Today we honor all of you,
Who served your country with pride,
You risked your life for all of us,
As you fought side by side.
Your strength and courage always showed,
No matter what the danger might be,
And you did all of this,
So that we could be free.
Thank you all for what you’ve done,
And now we will all pray,
For each and every one of you,
On this Memorial Day.
Next week San Bernardino District Chairman Linda Brooks will lead a contingent of district club members as part of the 2,000 volunteers expected to distribute 200,000 flags at Riverside National Cemetery, something they were unable to do last year due to the pandemic. Riverside is the largest national cemetery in the country.   Kudos to San Bernardino District and to ALL CFWC members taking part in such activities as we pay tribute to our war heroes.
For a moving almost 4 minute Memorial Day Tribute with an introduction by President Ronald Reagan, please go to
Now that things have calmed down a bit, what might the future hold for our California members? Well, on top of the meetings for the WSR Board and the GFWC Board, plus the GFWC International Convention, we have plenty planned for everyone to enjoy via Zoom!
I have decided to call this summer’s offerings: CFWC Summertime Back to Basics Series! There is a wonderful line-up planned for both Workshops and virtual Training Sessions, and hopefully you will make the time to promote and attend as many of these as you can.
In June, July, and August we plan to bring to you positional Workshops that will be focusing on the particulars of one job that someone may hold in either the Club or District. We want to offer an in-depth overview of what the job really entails, because we know these jobs are more than what we see and read in our Bylaws & Standing Rules. It is important to share the root issues of what needs to be done in a fun and active way that allows members to thrive with leadership positions as they move through a chain-of-command. There will be a total of 10 of these 2-hour sessions that present specific jobs we may have wanted to say “yes” to.
Also planned are 5 virtual Training Sessions on things we will all be needing to use as we emerge from the pupae stage into the butterflies we are. These sessions will focus on how we may enhance what we do and share some techniques for engaging members in the many levels of Federation in a way that may be new and enticing. Again, these will each be a 2-hour session featuring toolkit items every member of a club and district should have. Virtual Training will be quite different from the Workshops, there will be some work to do and activities to keep you busy in a delightful and fun way that enhance the volunteer experience.
All in all, there are 15 Workshops and virtual Training Sessions to get onto your calendars for a total of 30-hours should you sign up for all of them. We do hope you will be joining us via Zoom for them.
Fliers will be out soon via Quick Bytes and email, so look for them. I do hope you will join us for the fun and activity training we plan to offer. It is important to keep up our study of volunteerism always and what better classroom could we ask for than one filled with Federation Friends and from our own home?
We need to embrace the electronic significance of what covid has brought forth, our clubs and districts will soon be creating hybrid connections of what works best from both vastly different worlds to create a new paradigm without the stigma of “I can’t”. Together we can rid ourselves of the apostrophe-t and turn that phrase into: “I can”. See you all soon!
Luv, Pam

CFWC Health and Wellness Program, Myrna Binford, Chairman

Sunday, June 6, 2021 (celebrated the first Sunday in June), is the annual National Cancer Survivors Day. However, the whole month of June is Cancer Survivors Month. Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the globe hold celebrations to honor cancer survivors. Several medical institutions hold events for survivors. You can host an event or speaker. You can honor your members who are cancer survivors. I am a seven-year cancer survivor and very thankful. Please see website for information on events you can do.
“Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – is a cancer survivor”, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day® Foundation. Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival. It is very important that you keep up with getting regular doctor’s appointments which has been made harder by the pandemic.
And now on a lighter note, a few weeks ago, I asked the following trivia question, “We all know that a year ago the most in demand items were toilet paper and sanitizer due to shortages.”
Do you know what the most in demand item (shortage) is this Spring? Answer: Heinz Ketchup packets This is due to the increase in fast-food take outs due to the pandemic. Restaurants are still using them even for dine-ins per the CDC guidelines. Heinz is working on increasing the supply. Then, I just read an article this weekend that Chick-Fil was going through the same problem and would be limiting their sauces they give out. 
I hope you have read and enjoyed the Hot Topic this month regarding Health and Wellness
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Just a thought ......
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.”
– John F. Kennedy