June 28, 2021
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT
 
I have had the best few weeks of representing the California Federation Members at the GFWC level. I have attended meetings with the Western States Region Board, the GFWC State Presidents in a few small committee meetings and a large meeting with the wonderfully large group of all of us, and the GFWC Board of Director’s Meeting that literally just finished it was 2-day meeting!
 
It has been a Zoom Marathon; thanks go to each of you for the opportunity & trust you have placed in me allowing me the honor.
 
I have gleaned so much information and cannot wait to share what I have learned and will pass that on as I receive files and information via email. I was especially excited about the proposed GFWC June 2021 Strategic Plan. This is a fabulous document that I was able to download and follow as presented, I promise to share it with each of you when I receive the go-ahead. It was wonderful to see the updates in color of what is being updated, ongoing & achieved, so interesting.
 
So, I am going to keep it short this week, I have some things wanting attention at home too. Enjoy the last of June and start of July, may your Independence Day be whatever you imagine…I am imagining no fireworks or booms.
 
Luv, Pam 

WESTERN STATES REGION (WSR)
 
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!


 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!
 
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.

Have you sent your information to Mary Lou yet ?
Now that we have mostly weathered the Pandemic storm, lets see what a difference we made! Many clubs made masks and distributed them for free to many institutions.  We want to know how many masks you made (hopefully you kept track}. To whom they were given too, and how many hours were spent as well as how much it cost you ($).
I hope to write an article for the Clubwoman so if you have any interesting stories, include those also. I hope to have all the information compiles by August 1 so I would appreciate the information as soon as possible. You can email me at mbenzel@att.net
 
Mary Lou Benzel
CFWC Art Show Chairman                             

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