June 20, 2022

Dear Members and Friends:
Hoping all the Fathers and Dads had a wonderful weekend and please add my Best Wishes to the Day!

Many of us are getting ready to attend GFWC Convention this week in New Orleans and most of next week too. We will learn a lot and come back to CA energized and ready to tackle the many projects you choose to support. We are excited to see our Federated Sisters again as Pam Ament and I get to march in together for the GFWC installation and happy to be able to represent CA for all of you.

I am still in the glow of the CFWC Convention and our installation and Thank You for all the support and wishes as we Celebrated you all and the many awards that you received.

This brings me to a thought on the 2023 CFWC Convention on the subject of Arts and Culture. There are many emails going around and if you address only me, I will respond to only you. If you address many, then I feel I need to address many back, so the same information is given to all. It was said the Executive Committee made the decision for 10,000 members, but there were a lot of circumstances to come to the decision not to have Arts and Culture at the 2023 Convention. No one wants to see Arts and Culture disappear from the Conventions, but we will need more entries and help. Of course there will still be Arts and Culture at the Club and district levels if you choose, but to rent a room for the 35 entries we had registered for the 2022 convention, and then only 25 entries showed up, it not a smart decision when the room rental of hundreds of dollars for three days or so for the arts and culture is so small a representation of the entire CFWC membership. The Chair for the Convention has to have a committee, and one where the Chair can go and get the stands and easels, have a proper check in for the art, and then a committee for sign out so that all the art is redistributed back to the proper Districts, and then to the club members. Then the Chair has to return the equipment back to storage.

No one has said that Arts and Culture was gone forever from CFWC conventions, but we will try it in 2023 only at the club and district levels.  Arts and Culture at the convention may be reinstated in 2024 if we get enough help, and entries. A committee to do the work, and make sure everything gets put back where it belongs at the end of the convention.  All items must be accounted for and returned to their proper places. The room rentals amounts come from the room reservations and meals that are purchased and then we get charged a different fee for the use of rooms for workshops and Area meetings, by laws and resolutions, break out rooms and Board or convention meetings.

There are a lot of moving parts to put on a convention or Board meeting and we need everyone to try and attend to help with the many charges.  Even the sound equipment rental was almost $3,000. at Convention. Maybe Arts and Culture will be reinstated in 2024, but we will have to wait and see if there are more entries to warrant the rental of a room for that sole purpose.

Bylaws and Resolutions committees will meet at the September Boards in the South, location to be determined soon.

Thank you for your patience, with one of our meeting planners Valerie's passing, Carol Lopez Lucey is working very hard to accommodate the extra rooms, meals and your special requirements of wheelchairs and scooter spacing. Everyone is missing Valerie, and there will be more about her services in the Quick Bytes too.

We will get you the September Boards and Winter Boards information as quickly as we can after GFWC convention. July Boards will be fun, as we listen to the 18 District Presidents tell us their plans and the CFWC Chairmen give us their agendas for the next two years on projects and committee work.

Keep us in the loop, follow the CFWC bylaws and standing rules, and we look forward to your ideas.

Fly to Oakland, uber with friends to San Ramon Marriott, rooms are $129. plus; and join the Boards. It will be fun to see everyone in person again, and we will all learn together.
As we celebrate the first day of summer June 21st and a new moon rising June 28th, let's work together as you always do to help each other and our communities.

I am so proud of each one of you, and glad we are all on the same team.


“The GFWC Leadership Education and Development (LEADS) Seminar program is intended to identify GFWC members at the grassroots level who have the potential and the desire to assume leadership positions in GFWC beyond their club. Participation in LEADS can help these members gain the capabilities, confidence, and commitment necessary to pursue and achieve higher office and serve with distinction. The LEADS program is held annually the day before the official opening of the GFWC Annual Convention. It is a full day of activities, and includes breakfast and lunch.”

Did you know that CFWC also has a LEADS program, held in conjunction with the CFWC Winter Board Meeting?  Who is eligible to participate?  Each District may send one participant. From those attending, one will be chosen by a panel of judges to attend the GFWC LEADS at the next GFWC International Convention.
Why are we talking about this now?  Because we want each district to send us one participant and if you start early you’ll have a better chance to select someone from your district to attend,.   The entry information will be available following the Convention in New Orleans and we will share it as soon as we receive it from GFWC. 
Let’s have 18 participants this year!
Vicki Holden, CFWC Leadership Chair
Text: 562-305-5759

This year at the Feb. CFWC Board meeting it was voted on and passed to again offer a printed hard copy of our CFWC Yearbook/ Procedure Manual. The cost will be $20.00 and will be 3 hole punched only. The free electronic copies will again be on flash drives, extra drives will be $5.00 each.
Those receiving a free copy are: CFWC Officers, CFWC Chairmen (Program and Administrative), CFWC Past Presidents, District Presidents, District First Vice Presidents (Deans) and All Club Presidents including Affiliate Clubs
To avoid confusion with the ordering, all clubs are asked to send their yearbook orders to their district. Districts will send all orders to CFWC Corresponding Secretary, Gina Radocchio. Yearbooks will be distributed at the September CFWC Board meeting, with each district receiving their orders. The District President or representative will then take them home and distribute to the clubs.
Questions? please call or email Gina Radocchio, CFWC Corresponding Secretary


Yesterday was Juneteenth, although it is celebrated today as a National Holiday.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the date on which enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally received the news they were free. This was two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, one year after the Senate passed the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, on April 18, 1864, and six months after it was passed by the House on January 31, 1865.
The holiday is also called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”

For all of our members and friends, Happy Emancipation Day!
Just a thought ......

"Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful"

-from "45 Lessons of Life" (Regina Brett)