April 26, 2021
Emerging and Engaging are my buzz words for this week. They were also my journaling-goal-setting buzz words for both this year and last, in that order. We are finally as a State going through the stages of emerging and engaging, a wonderful blessing for us all. Since December activity has begun all around us! Like the bees, we are busy and buzzing about again.
I am astounded by the changes I see daily. People are smiling, talking, neighbors are spending more time outside and around one another. There is a general sigh of relief, for indeed, relief may be within our reach.
Southern California stayed purple for the most part of the past year: March 2020 to March 2021 my husband and I, with our pets stayed in, ordered almost everything for delivery to our porch and that worked for us with little emergence past what our neighborhood showed us through the big front room windows. Now that we are past the stages of waiting after the 2nd shot, Bill and I are engaging more. We are taking it slow as we become comfortable with what is coming to be in our little part of the world. We ate out in our favorite restaurant and went to the New Balance shoe store to buy shoes. We are at our own pace enjoying a slow motion engage with the World.
As each of us personally emerge and engage in life, in club and in district activities, we are feeling a lot of different emotions. I want to tell you that is okay. Not everyone runs at the same pace, heck not everyone walks at the same pace. So why try to keep up with what you are seeing around you? You can emerge at the pace you are comfortable with and engage as you see fit as well. You already heard me confess to a slow motion engage. Remember: whatever your pace, it is right for You!
Ready or not World, here we come!
Luv, Pam

Jennie June Award
The deadline for your nominations is May 1, 2021 !
Chairman Sandra Cabral is looking forward to receiving your applications.
Please see the article attached and
the attachment for complete instructions and application forms.

Please find a nominee in YOUR club/district, fill out the forms and provide the requested additional information. This award is given for all of the member's service
to Federation, Community and Church.
It is for the ALL of the work this member has done over a lifetime.
Jennie June Award applications are due on May 1st.
Environment - Jane Thomey

A straw for lemonade, a plastic bag, a candy bar wrapper. These are single use-plastics that are disposed of right after use – even in mere minutes. We produce 300 million tons of plastic each year worldwide, half of which is for single-use items, resulting in a steep environmental price.  Our plastic addiction is having a devastating impact on our oceans, wildlife, and our health.

Recycling alone will not solve the waste problems we have created. A whopping 91 per cent of all plastics is not recycled at all and ends up in the environment. Left alone, plastics do not really break down, they just break up. Over time, sun and heat slowly turn plastics into microplastics. These end up in the water eaten by wildlife and work their way into our bodies with ominous consequences.

Plastic avoidance is best. In honor of Earth Day the Changing Tides Foundation had a unique approach, The Plastic Swear Jar Challenge. You might want to consider it for your project. All it takes is individual or group jars. Label them, “Plastic Swear Jar”. Decide on the amount ($1, a quarter, a nickel) you will “contribute” each time you use a single-use plastic. At the end of one week, a month, or whatever you decide, count up the total. The money can be donated to the Foundation or to your preferred environmental group. 
Hopefully, this will lead to environmentally friendly replacements that will make our earth a better place to live. 

Thanks to Margaret Meyncke for this intriguing suggestion. 

GFWC CA Clubwoman Announcements
Lu Arrando, Editor
GFWC CA Clubwoman is pleased to announce the acceptance of the following reporters for the magazine.  
Area A: Judith Yoakum
Area B: Cathie Hollins
Area C: Colleen Janssen
Area D: Jennifer Nickel
We would like to continue to expand our reporting capabilities. If you have writing experience, or just like to write for fun, we would love to have you on the team. Reporting for the magazine only requires enthusiasm, an enquiring mind, and a desire to have fun connecting with clubs and events around your area. Email cfwccommunications@gmail.com if you are interested.  
QB Editor's Note:-
Congratulations to Lu Arrando and her committee for a fine first issue under her leadership. We look forward to future issues. Please go to cfwc.org to view the SPRING 2021 ISSUE

April 21, 2021
Dear GFWC Clubwoman Magazine Subscribers,
I’m happy to announce that the GFWC Executive Committee has authorized the electronic distribution of the 2021 summer issue of the GFWC Clubwoman Magazine, which will be accessed via a link sent directly to your email inbox in June and available to all members in the Member Portal. This magazine issue will take the place of a printed version and is the first step in what we hope will be a welcomed evolution to expand the reach of the magazine and to offer exciting new content and contributors within its pages. 
For fall, we will revert to a printed issue, as the Executive Committee and GFWC Staff continue to evaluate the future design and content of the magazine. 
As GFWC’s longest-standing communication channel, GFWC Clubwoman Magazine is a cherished part of our heritage. Let’s hope that continued refinement to keep it relevant to our club work and engaging to all will secure its viability long into the future.
Yours in Living the Volunteer Spirit,
Marian Simmons-St.Clair, GFWC International President
1734 N St NW.
Washington, DC 20036

Forwarded from Sonja Hults ,CFWC Facebook Mgr
Capitol Flag Program
The story goes that in 1937 a Member of Congress requested to have a flag that had been flown over the US Capitol. It was in that moment that the The Capitol Flag program began. Over the years, the program grew to acknowledge national holidays, special events, honor the work of groups such as schools, philanthropic groups and other civic organizations. Today, it also includes the ability to recognize the significant work of individuals. 
As you might imagine, requests outgrew the supply resulting in the flying of smaller flags. The process is managed by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC). The AOC fulfills all flag requests from members of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. According to the AOC, “Flags are flown daily year-round, weather permitting, excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Currently, more than 100,000 flag requests from Members of Congress are received annually. There are special flag poles where all flags are flown. After it is flown over the U.S. Capitol, each flag is issued a keepsake Certificate of Authenticity by the AOC.” 
To order a flag, contact your US Representative or Senator. Please also read the frequently asked questions about Flag Law attached to this article and share it with your club members.  

 FINANCIAL FACTS from our CFWC Finance Committee
Did you know?
#7 No membership dues can be sent to your District between December 15 and April 15, or their specific date for The Club Information Blank which is due in April.
Editor's Note: While some of the following forms will eventually be moved to the CFWC website, these are remaining for a while at the request of the chairmen posting them,

Just a thought ......
And suddenly you know -
It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings