American Flag Wave Close Up for Memorial Day or 4th of July
July 5 2021
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT
 
I am so pleased to be able to present this booklet, recently overhauled by Toni Lima, CFWC co-Chair of Publications.
 
The CFWC Officer's Job Description Guide 2021 is an update to a Job Description Booklet published in the 2000 - 2002 Administration under CFWC Carol Lopez. Our wonderful QB Editor, Vicki Holden sent me a copy just prior to my Administration and Toni, along with several CFWC Chairs and Officers have updated it for all of us to enjoy and use.
 
This is by no means the "Bible" of all jobs, quite the contrary. However, this is an addendum to what we see in our Bylaws duties and those unsaid and unpublished other things we do in a position.
 
The Book in a printed version will be available in our CFWC Marketplace at a price to be determined shortly. In the meantime though, this is important information that I have chosen to make available via download right away.
 
Thank you everyone that played a role in making this newest CFWC Booklet available and enjoy!
 
Luv, Pam

 SUMMER WORKSHOPS
Send reservation inquiries to: reservationscfwc@gmail.com
 
 
We carefully put this series together with just the right balance of training session and workshops, hopefully you will be attending all of them as they are FREE!
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Also, just a quick reminder that we shall be continuing our Open Houses for all members on the 16th of every month this summer between 5 – 7 pm. See you there!
 
Environment - Jane Thomey

The summer growing season is here and insects are busy doing their jobs that are essential to producing nature’s bounty. Honeybees, wild bees and native bees pollinate the fruits and vegetables we eat. However, existing side by side with these beneficial insects are destructive pests. As a seeming solution to the problem, scientists developed insecticides that eliminated not only the destructive pests but the beneficial ones as well. 
One of the most alarming products is a group of insecticides known as Neonicotinoids, or “Neonics.” Used primarily as a seed coating treatment, a neonic weakens a bee’s immune system making it vulnerable to infections and parasites. Implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder, it also acts as a nerve poison causing disorientation and damaging the bee’s homing ability, which it needs to find its way back to the hive. 
Sales of neonics are responsible for millions of dollars in revenue to major chemical companies. Most of Europe has banned the outdoor use of neonics. Despite its demonstrated toxicity, neonics continue to be sold in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency continues to review its effects on bees and will announce its findings in October 2021. 
In the meantime, avoidance is the best tool we have. Many major garden supply stores such as Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart no longer sell neonic treated plants. When purchasing supplies, not only plants, but potting soil, fertilizer and amendments, look for organic products. Ask for environmentally safe pest control products. If you are not sure, ask if the product contains neonics. Consumer pressure may be the answer to eliminating the use of harmful insecticides and encouraging and protecting our pollinators. 

CFWC Health and Wellness Program 
   Myrna Binford, Chairman
Welcome summer! What a difference a year makes. Just about everyone is on the road again like I will be next week for 3 weeks.                                                                                                                                            I had mentioned before about making the American Red Cross Blood Bank a club project. However, it is more critical than ever as they are having a severe shortage of blood donations. In the last 3 months, they has distributed 75,000 more blood products than anticipated. This is due to several reasons: vacations, busy with kids out of school, continuing pandemic needs, an increase in transplants, surgeries that were delayed during the pandemic and traumas due to more people getting out. The country is also facing a summer of hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes. Each donation saves the lives of about 3 people. Every type of blood is needed especially type O (Universal Donor). My daughter is highly recruited as is a type O-. Currently, there are just 6 units of type O available for every 100,000 people when there are 2 times that amount needed every day. There have been shortages before, but this shortage is unprecedented in its scope. The Red Cross needs to collect about 12,500 blood products and 2700 platelet donations daily. Normally, the Red Cross has 5-day supply of all types, but right now the supply of the much-needed type O would last only a half-day.                                                                                                                Hosting a community blood drive
If you decide to host a blood drive, a representative from the Red Cross will work with you to help you (Each county may have different ways for you to set up donors. For example, in San Diego, the Red Cross wants you to get the donors, but then you contact the Red Cross with their names and they will qualify them.                                                                                                                          You provide the location when you host (This can be a community club, food store, pharmacy, etc.- anywhere that the bloodmobile has access to plus 7 car spaces).   You can register to host a blood drive on the Red Cross website (www.redcross. org), or  you can call (800-733-2767- national number). There may also be a local number.
Military & Veterans Yolanda Petroski, Chairman
 
Lest We Forget!
Fireworks and cookouts
And time spent with friends.
Swimming and playing
The good times never end.
But lest we forget
The reason for today
Let’s all say it now
Happy Independence Day!
By Sharon Hendricks
 
While we celebrate our independence, let’s remember those Veterans who continue to suffer the effects of PTSD. Yesterday, June 27 is designated as National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day. The VA reports that between 10-15% of Veterans have a clinical diagnosis for post traumatic stress. PTSD is treatable, although the stigma prevents many from seeking help, which in turn, results in many not seeking assistance - and 22 Veterans a day committing suicide.
WESTERN STATES REGION (WSR)
Deadline for reservations: August 16, 2021–
(The conference rates are available 3 days pre and post,
based on availability).
 
Attached in this weeks Quick Bytes is some of the information for the Upcoming Western States Region conference in Colorado Springs, CO. Scheduled for September 9 – 11, 2021, we have received information on the Hotel and the Tours that will be offered. As soon as we receive information on Registration, we will provide that as well here in Quick Bytes. In the meantime, get your Hotel and Tour reservations in, get ready to fly and see you there!

From the recent GFWC News & Notes

Volunteers in Action
This week's GFWC Blog features the GFWC Walnut Valley Women’s Club (California) and Fuquay Varina Junior Woman’s Club (North Carolina). Read about how clubwomen have donated more than 500 books to a local Little Free Library and put together backpacks filled with personal care supplies for homeless veterans in their community.
Have a success story to tell? Email PR@GFWC.org to have your club project considered for the blog
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