December 2018
Christine Steele
2018-2020 President GFWC Alabama
Save the Dates

12/1: AFWC Open House @ HQ, 11 am to
1 pm

12/2: Central District Reporting Workshop in Birmingham, 2-4 pm
Register by 11/29 using this form
Notes from the President's Desk
Many thanks were expressed this past weekend. Have you participated in “Thank You Tuesday” on Facebook? If not, please do so. The AFWC Facebook group – search for “GFWC Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs” – is for all members, all clubs and districts to post and share your activities, projects, programs and ideas. Celebrate your part in AFWC’s rich 125 year history. 

Thank You to those who volunteered to decorate your AFWC HQ for the holidays. As it is your HQ building, every club member who receives emails was asked to volunteer to decorate a room to show off your skills and style. Some of us are a little challenged in the decorating area but there were many ways to help out just by toting and holding in place. One member who is good with tools helped level the office desk so items would not roll off it. Unity in Diversity at its best! Finishing touches day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28 at 10 am. 

Thank You to Adelaide Cape, HQ Events Co-Chair, who spent the day polishing the silver and making plans to use the glassware. District Directors were given their assignments for clubs to provide the refreshments. Adelaide also worked an early miracle and took on the challenge to get the beautiful white battenburg lace tablecloth restored. She took it to her trusted cleaner who was able to reverse the shrinkage from the last bad laundry job. 

I hope everyone will attend the 2018 AFWC Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 1, from 11 am until 1 pm. We will be chartering our newest club, Cahaba Valley Women of GFWC, and everyone is encouraged to participate in a community service project by bringing “gifts” for a women’s shelter. Please click here for the Open House invitation and list of shelter items for complete details. This is a great opportunity for those who have never been to HQ to see her at her finest.
A Minute for Membership
by Becky Vansant, GFWC Alabama Second Vice President
Is your club growing its membership? Let us celebrate with you! GFWC will be recognizing those clubs who have acquired three number members during the period of September 1-November 30 in the Clubwoman magazine. If your club has added three or more new members during this time frame, please email  gfwcalabamamembership@gmail.com  no later than Noon on November 30 with your club name, and the name and contact information (including emails) for your new members. Each state federation membership chairman is responsible for submitting the information to GFWC by December 1.

So maybe you didn't add three new members during this time frame, but all new members are important. Remember to always send your new member sponsor form (click here ) to  gfwcalabamamembership@gmail.com  so that the membership committee can send a welcome postcard to all new members and so that sponsoring club members can be recognized at our annual state convention.
Treasury Notes
by Karol Kaputska, GFWC Alabama Treasurer
Need a Tax Deduction??? 2018 is rapidly coming to an end!!!
DONATE to AFWC in any of the following ways:
    AFWC President’s Project – Scholarships
                          Associate Degree - $25
                          Bachelor Degree - $125
                          Master Degree - $525
                          Doctoral Degree - $1250    or
        AFWC General Scholarships  or              
        AFWC 2728 Society (Headquarters) or   
        AFWC Disaster Relief Fund              
        
AFWC is a 501©3 organization so all donations are tax deductible .   

Checks are to be made out to AFWC and mailed to Karol Kaputska at 14007 Green Way Park Circle SE, Huntsville, AL 35803.
GFWC Alabama President's Project
by Sherry Stutts, Co-Chairman
“Purses & Hats”
November 10th, Headquarters Decorating Day, was Federation Friendship Fun at its Finest! Club members from North, Central and South Districts came together with Purposeful Purse-onalities and Holiday Hat-titudes in getting the job done. Small evening purses were brought to decorate the Christmas tree, and ALL wore Santa Hats or Christmas Fascinators to get into the Holiday Spirit. Foster House was filled with a cinnamon scent from the Hot Holiday Punch for a cold Saturday and the kitchen island overflowed with goodies. The contest for most Holiday Glittery Purse was judged by those participating and the winner was…President Christine with her Beaded Pansy Purse. Pictures were posted on Facebook. The prize was a Glittery Purse Keychain.
~Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All~
Home Life Hints
by Marsha Andrews, Chairman
GIVE A DOG A JOB!
Every assistance dog starts as a puppy and needs a loving home. People with extra space in their hearts and homes volunteer to raise these puppies. These puppies grow to help people with disabilities live a more independent life.
When the puppy is eighteen months, he or she travels to a Canine Companions training center to receive six to nine more months of professional instruction and learn over 40 commands. When successful, the puppy is matched with an adult or child with a disability. After two weeks of intense Team Training with the disabled person or professional assisting persons with special needs comes graduation. The graduation ceremony celebrates the recipient and the assistance dog partnership for independence. Puppy raisers get to witness their puppies’ achievements.
  • Adults with disabilities are matched with a service dog to assist them with daily tasks increasing their independence. Hearing dogs alert the deaf to important sounds.
  • Children with disabilities receive a service dog to increase independence and inclusion with the help of an adult facilitator responsible for the team’s safety and health needs.
  • Wounded military and veterans with disabilities are matched with trained service dogs for independence.
  • Professionals in health care, visitation, or educational areas receive service dogs to help patients and children.

These wonderful dogs are free to recipients. Do you need a special gift for someone? Give the Gift of Independence – Give a Dog a Job. Make a donation or purchase through the Canine Companions for Independence gift shop at CCI.org .
~ALABAMA LEADS NEEDS YOU ~
by Sherry Stutts, GFWC AL LEADS President 2018-2020
Are you interested in Leadership Education? Are you committed to the Federation? Do you understand the GFWC mission of community service? Are you willing to pursue higher leadership positions? If you answered YES, we need YOU to apply for LEADS training in Austin, Texas, at the 129 th GFWC International Convention June 27-July 1, 2019. The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Needed information is in the AFWC 2018-2020 Yearbook, Pages 67 & 68. Financial support is provided by GFWC, AFWC and Alabama LEADS. A Southern Region sister state will be doing the judging.
GFWC Alabama Club News
GFWC Legacy

The GFWC Legacy November meeting service project included baking assorted flavors of cookies to sell in support of Heifer International at the annual Faith Marketplace held on Nov. 3. Many members also volunteered to run the concessions and staff the Heifer information table for the event, where Legacy-made ornaments and cute pencil toppers were sold along with the Heifer gift animals and merchandise. All proceeds from the Legacy supported areas went to Heifer.
Pictured L to R are (top): Cynthia Geis & Gail Guice, and (bottom) Liz Goldman, Becky Vansant, Deborah Jeziorski, and Christi Robinson.
GFWC South Baldwin Woman's Club
by Marsha Andrews, President

Our Veterans Card project chaired by Carol Zambrano, Public Issues Chair, was a huge success. We had school children, K-6, from Foley, Elberta, and Gulf Shores participate. They could draw, paint and write messages to our veterans. Cards were delivered to the Veterans Home in Bay Minette, Veterans Resource Center in Mobile, USO Pensacola, Pensacola NAS, local Veterans Affairs Office and American Legion Posts. Many of our local businesses were also involved in giving cards to their patrons. We were giving the opportunity to say “thank you” to 3000 veterans. We look forward to doing this project again next year.
With the weather getting a little chilly, Shirley Looney is busy with “Scarves for the Elderly”. She has been busy crocheting all summer. Laine Andrews has received a donation of boxes and boxes of yarn. Several of our members will soon be taking a “class” of crocheting with Marsha and Shirley. Our club has received several calls from the local home health nurses asking for help in different areas. Many of our elderly are without jackets and blankets for the cooler weather. We are also collecting blankets to help. 
Our December meeting included the art project of hand painted Christmas cards, chaired by Judy Sholtis, Art chairman. Judy came prepared with acrylics, water colors and all supplies. Each card was signed by the “artist” and GFWC South Baldwin Woman’s Club.

We continue to collect slightly used gowns for our “Prom Closet” in March. Gulf Shores Fire & Rescue have partnered with us to give young ladies, without the resources to purchase a gown, to “say yes to your dress”.
GFWC Communications & Public Relations

Team App is a FREE communication tool which GFWC Texas has found very helpful. This app brought our membership together with a private chat room, newsroom, events’ information with a single touch, and a photo gallery. Our members download the app, apply for membership by filling out the application on the app and being approved by the administrator. Once you are accepted, you are ready to proceed. Members of your club or state will only be able to access this app. This app is not associated with GFWC and is an independent app company.

The Webmaster of your club, district or state will most likely be your administrator for the Team App. Complete instructions on setting up your App are on the first page of the Team App. Your content goes securely and privately to the relevant members, and once again , IT IS FREE. Your Team App can be viewed on any iPhone or Android device, and a website version that updates dynamically with your app is automatically created! Be creative and have fun!!
The 2018-2020 GFWC Club Manual is here! Download your copy today from the GFWC website under
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