May 22, 2022
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT,

Dear Members and Friends:
California is Blessed, Bright and Bold!
The whirlwind of this administration has begun. Ready, Set and Go!

First, Thank you all for the beautiful installation at the 119th CFWC State Convention with Chris Herzog at the helm. The ceremony was perfect using an Aloha theme that Kathi McGraw suggested.

Many Thanks to Past Presidents Pam Ament and Dori Kelsey for the lovely Hawaiian decorations and the Norwalk Woman's Club for the monetary gifts and working members for the reception. 
 
The gift from the CFWC Deans for the lovely briefcase, which is now loaded and ready for the July Boards, and the Chairmen for the wonderful Rosie the Riveter purse and gadget holder. I will treasure these pieces and think of you when I use them. The July Boards are to hear from the Chairmen and District Presidents as to their plans for the next two years.

I am anxious of the July Boards 28,29 and 30th of July at the San Ramon Marriott. Fly into Oakland and Uber with friends to the Marriott about 20 miles away. Please contact the meeting planner Carol Lopez-Lucey with questions and concerns, she is doing a great job of getting everyone's needs met. Please send your registrations to Carol.

The Fall Boards in September will be in the South, yet to be determined where, and the main theme is membership. The February 2023 Boards will be in the North and this meeting is for LEADS and more information for Convention 2023 in the South.

Please note if you are going to the GFWC Convention in New Orleans June 23-30 or for any portion of that time, bring your vaccination card and be prepared to wear a mask at the hotel.

Get your pictures and information page to Toni Lima by July 8, 2022 for publication in the yearbook.

Valerie Barnes services will be in Dublin, CA at 10 a.m. on July 8, 2022. Please contact Carol Lopez Lucey for details. We will all miss Valerie and love and prayers go out to her family. Valerie was a friend to all, and a wonderful mentor to many of us in Federation.
Until next week,
Love,
Barbara
CFWC CORRESPONDING SECRETARY, Gina Radocchio

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
 
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH - Diane Waterhouse

Old Glory Stars & Stripes Star-Spangled Banner

By whatever name it’s called, the Red, White, and Blue did not just happen by accident. The founding fathers wanted the colors to have meaning, not just look visually pleasing. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
 
There have been 27 versions of the American Flag. From the 1777 original that had 13 stars and 13 stripes for the American colonies, there have been many changes and iterations of the flag. Each time a state was added to the union, a star was added.
 
The official first flag to have the present design, with 50 stars was flown at Fort McHenry National Monument at 12:01 AM in Baltimore, Maryland on July 4, 1960. The current flag is the only one to have lasted more than 50 years. While there have been many changes to the design of the American Flag, the one we currently observe is the longest running design, likely because no states have been added to the union since 1959.
 
(This information is from the USO)
From a recent GFWC News & Notes
Take a Stand Against Elder Abuse
 
According to the National Council on Aging, up to five million older Americans are abused every year, and the monetary loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $36.5 billion annually. This June 15, join GFWC in taking a stand against elder abuse by wearing purple and participating in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This observance was launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization to promote understanding of elder abuse in communities around the world. Now, it is an opportunity for everyone to learn about and raise awareness of the abuse and neglect older individuals face often at the hands of their caregivers.
 
Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect and abandonment. To learn more about recognizing the signs of elder abuse and for additional information, visit National Council on Aging's website.
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Be bold in your decision but remember, choose wisely."
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