July 19, 2021
Patience is a virtue…how many times have we each heard that adage? Truly patience is a virtue, one we plant and cultivate in our lives, and we kept patience watered and blooming in our lives. I’m reminded of all those times where my grandmother told me to count to ten before blurting out what I thought was important enough to interrupt her with...patience is obviously something I had to learn.
Do you practice patience in your life, or do you bulldoze forward and knock everything down on the path of getting things done according to your own personal choice of: right away? You must be patient and please, practice your patience every day. Patience is a virtue that may be learned with practice. Some people practice a bit, and some people will have to practice a lot.
A lot of us have grown impatient with the digital world of late. There is a new Microsoft Office update that is wreaking havoc with documents being sent, downloaded, and printed. However, be patient, these digital problems will be addressed and fixed. It is our role to stay patient and not point out all the problems to everyone involved. Besides, if we cannot be part of the solution, our job is simply to be patient.
Can you plant kindness and generosity: YES! Plant the wonderful volunteer things you love to do and keep them watered, visit them daily and make sure kindness and generosity are growing beautifully. Know that if you plant and do not nurture, you get weeds and both kindness and generosity die.
What we plant we will grow. If you plant roses, everything in your garden will come up roses…if you leave the land to fallow…you grow weeds and if it rains, you grow mud.
Plant and grow patience and grow it in a beautiful way.
Luv, Pam
Western States Region Updates…
Greetings WSR Members,
The Antlers Hotel may be out of two queen bedrooms, but still has single King rooms. The conference committee got a block of two queen rooms at The Hilton. It is two blocks away but does not have transportation between the two hotels. It is important that WSR members know to bring new or gently used bras for our service project. 

The Hilton Garden Inn, Colorado Springs Downtown - This is to be used only if members CANNOT get a room at the Antlers.
125 N. Cascade Ave
Hotel Details:
$179.00 plus fees and taxes (for single or double occupancy)
It is .2 miles from the Antlers - 4-minute walk 
When reserving, it is listed under General Federation of Women's Clubs Western States Region.
WSR Registration Deadline is August 13, 2021.

There is an addition to The CALL for September:
Saturday, September 4, 2021, there will be a CFWC May 2022 Convention Meeting. All CFWC Executive Committee Members, Area C & D District Presidents & Deans are asked to attend. Time and Room information will be presented at the Meeting during the Announcements.
Sonya Matthies, CFWC 2nd Vice President

As we continue to move forward in our goal to recruit more members it is important to remember that sharing all that the General Federation of Women’s Clubs do to make our communities and beyond a better place! Recruiting is absolutely vital to GFWC success so reach out to share and encourage others of varied interests to join! Every club member has a shared responsibility to grow our Federation and keep in mind recruitment is a year round process.
Join GFWC clubs nationwide in GFWC’s membership recruitment campaign. Below is the guide for the four periods of reporting new members:
June, July, August:   RETENTION: “Staying in the Game” Report due September 1
September, October, November:  RECTUITMENT: “Exploring for New Members: Report due December 1
December, January, February: MENTORING: “Building the Connection”  Report due March 1
March, April, May: RECOGNITION: “Celebrating the Victories” Report due June 1
Clubs that are successful in securing three new members from their recruiting efforts will be featured in News & Notes. Send the name of the recruiter and the contact information of the new active, dues paying members to CFWC 2nd Vice President/Membership Chair, Sonya Matthies. 
Environment - Jane Thomey, Chair 
Animals, no less than humans, need help to survive.   Recognizing this, CFWC clubs provide help to creatures large and small in the form of food, shelter, supplies, money and time. Here are some of the projects related to the care of animals that are described in the 2020 narrative reports. 
Members devote a substantial amount of time to caring for animals in shelters.  A member of the West Valley Federated club takes care of the kittens who are too young to be adopted in the nursery at the local humane shelter.  Several clubs have members who socialize cats and dogs in shelters. 
The focus of the La Mesa Woman’s Club “Martin Luther Day of Service” was Shelters for Domestic Animals. Through notices in club and district newsletters, production of flyers and outreach to other charitable organizations they collected eight bags and boxes of usable items to distribute each to a cat and a dog shelter. 
Feral cats are fed and sheltered from coyotes at night by a member of the Duarte Woman’s Club and the La Crescenta Woman’s Club also cares for a colony of feral cats. 
Animals need to be protected when the weather turns chilly  Ladies from the LUCKI Woman’s Club and the Monterey Park Woman’s Club made blankets during their meetings to provide animals warmth during the cold winter months. The Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club’s “Operation Blankets of Love,” provides assistance to animals that are victims of fire and other disasters.
The GFWC Mira Mesa Woman’s Club collected 33 large quilts for the local animal rescue. In a visit to the facility a member had to chuckle when she saw the large animals in the colorful quilts. The llamas and pigs, who were kept warm by them, resisted when the staff tried to remove them. For smaller animals, another member created quilted fluffy pads for the cats, dogs and pigs. 
Members of the Woodland Hills Woman’s Club raise small wild animals and take them to the California Wildlife Center when they are mature enough to be released back into the wild.   
The GFWC Long Beach Woman’s Club “crafted for a cause”. The Ramona Wildlife Center treats hundreds of injured and orphaned baby animals, especially in the Spring. The members knitted and crocheted 28 flat-bottomed yarn nests to give baby birds, squirrels, opossums, rabbits and other species a cozy, safe place to rehabilitate.
For a fundraiser, the Victor Valley Woman’s Club filled pinecones they had gathered with peanut butter and birdseed to turn them into bird feeders hung by fishing line. The proceeds benefited the Environment Department.
The San Diego Woman’s Club  has supported expansion of veterinary programs of the Helen Woodward Center by the sale of handmade dog toys. This year a generous donation allowed significant expansion of the facilities including the creation of an equine hospital.  The Center is also able to provide free veterinary services for companion animals among other programs.
The Bonsall Woman’s Club created “Critter Causes,” a service to collect and provide information pertaining to animal rescue and protection in North County San Diego and provide an avenue to donate animal food and supplies to rescues in their area that are most needy.
And the winner is . . .The Ebell Club of Irvine is a supporter of the Santa Ana Zoo and annually adopts one of its animals. This year the lucky animal was a ring-tailed lemur!
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH - Yolanda Petroski, Chair
Covid put the brakes on to a National Night Out (NNO) celebration last year but plans are underway in many communities to once again focus attention on this community crime prevention and safety event. Along with the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils, block parties, safety fairs, cookouts and other activities will  help foster a working relationship between the police and local communities. Check with your local communities to see if your club can participate in this event always held on the first Tuesday of August. Staffing a booth at a local venue would be a great opportunity to promote your club. The event has vastly grown from its 1984 beginnings when neighbors were encouraged to simply turn on their porch lights to show support. In 2019, 16,940 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military installation worldwide came together to celebrate. That National Association of Town Watch (NATW) sponsors of NNO, recognized the following communities for their 2019 participation, based on population: Greater than 300,00 – Los Angeles County and Stockton; 100,000-200,000 – Modesto, Ontario, Fremont, Santa Clara and Corona; 50,000-100,00 – Turlock, Tustin, Chino Hills, Montebello and Glendora. NNO items are available on their website www.natw.org where you’ll also find a map of states. If you click on California, you’ll find 369 cities planning participation for this 38th celebration of National Night Out.  
We need YOUR help in the search for our flags.
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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!

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!
From the recent GFWC News & Notes

Women’s History and Resource Center Staffing Update
As GFWC continues to evaluate its internal operations, the Women’s History and Resource Center will remain closed through 2021. The WHRC Committee, led by Chairman Hope Royer, will continue to serve as the lead contact on WHRC publications and for the Heritage Pin fundraiser to restore or replace the International Past President Portraits. Informational requests from clubwomen will be addressed as time allows, and the WHRC will remain closed to the public.
The pandemic has created an opportunity to review how Headquarters is best able to connect with and serve the membership. The transition of the staff position overseeing the WHRC has drawn renewed interest in the purpose and goals of this vital resource and how to best maximize its impact for both the membership and historians. We appreciate your patience as the Executive Committee sets the pathway to reopening the WHRC.
Techie’s Tips: Don’t Lose Your Work on Fillable PDFs

Have you ever spent time typing out responses on a fillable PDF only to lose everything you just wrote? GFWC offers fillable PDF forms for your convenience through the Member Portal Digital Library, but they must be properly saved. Whether you want to finish filling out a PDF later or want to have a copy of what you wrote for your records, save your PDF with these simple steps:
  1. Fill out the form.
  2. Select “File” and then “Save as” from the menu.
  3. Rename your document and select “Save.”
  4. Select “Save” anytime you add content.
This will create a new file that you can always come back to. Once it’s ready to go, you can attach it to an email and send it with ease!

Just a thought ......

"The worst thing you can do
is to try to cling to something that is gone,
or to recreate it."
Johnette Napolitano