Feburary 2019
Christine Steele
2018-2020 President GFWC Alabama
Save the Dates

2/1: Club Reports due! Also, LEADS application deadline.

2/1-2/2: Winter Board Meeting, AFWC HQ

2/15: Writing Contest submittals due

2/23: North District Spring Meeting - Huntsville

3/9: Central District Spring Meeting - Hoover

3/23: South District Spring Meeting - Uriah

4/25: Photography contest submittals due

4/25-4/27: AFWC Convenvention, Lake Guntersville State Park
Notes from the President's Desk
The New Year has arrived and along with that comes renewed energy for Living the Volunteer Spirit. What programs and projects does your club have on the calendar for the second half of this club year? Please share your news with your fellow club sisters by sending in articles with pictures to our great Communications and Public Relations Chairman, Christi Robinson (info at bottom). She can’t include your news if it is not sent in. We love reading about what you are doing in your communities. 
Several of your AFWC Committees have been busy attending called meetings this month. These ladies show their dedication to making this organization run efficiently by taking time out of their busy schedules. Many thanks are extended to them for tackling tasks at hand. 
Check out the Calendar of Events listed. There are many things coming due. Don’t miss the deadlines! One of which is Club Reporting postmarked no later than February 1. Even if you don’t have time for narratives, please fill in the Statistical Form to document and include your hard work in the statewide information. 
Please send in the AFWC dues of any new members you have added since you mailed in dues this fall. Sometimes clubs forget to send in but until dues are received by AFWC, they are not officially an AFWC member. There is excellent news regarding Membership! We have had a net increase in both clubs and club members!!! This reverses a four year trend. Great work ladies for maintaining membership and asking others to join in the fun of your club work. 
Your AFWC Board of Directors will be meeting on February 1 & 2 to review the AFWC Strategic Plan, hear reports from officers and chairmen on the status of AFWC and approve statewide events and projects. 
Coming up quickly is the 124 th Annual AFWC Convention on April 25 – 27 at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. Mark your calendars now. The Official Call will be included in next The Alabama Clubwoman to be published on March 1. 
              Hope to see all of you at your District meetings this spring. May we continue to Celebrate 125 Years of Changing Lives Through Scholarships.
GFWC Alabama Spring District Meetings
“Saturdays Down South” Prepare Clubs For
A Winning Year
by Randy Matthews, GFWC Alabama President-Elect
GFWC Alabama District meetings are designed to facilitate GFWC Alabama clubs in accomplishing award winning programs and projects and to assist clubs in establishing goals and objectives in furthering the mission of “Living The Volunteer Spirit.”

Kick off will begin February 23, 2019, as the GFWC Alabama North District meeting will be held in Huntsville. GFWC Alabama North District Director Gloria Stevens is planning an exciting and educational day for Federation members. GFWC Alabama Central District Spring meeting will be held in Hoover on March 9, 2019. District Director Cynthia Hopkins and her Board of Directors are planning a great day of fun, fellowship, and friendship to assist GFWC Alabama Central District clubs in fulfilling the mission of GFWC by planning and implementing outstanding programs and projects. GFWC Alabama South District Director Mary Ann Baltzer and her team are hard at work planning an informative meeting for all clubs to be held on March 23, 2019 in Uriah.

To facilitate a friendly competition among Districts, a $125 cash prize will be given to the District that has the highest percentage of “purse-onalities” attending the GFWC “Saturdays Down South” this Spring. The prize package from the GFWC Alabama Fall “Best District Purse-onailty Award” will be presented at one special District meeting this Spring. More information on the “Best District Purse-onality Award” can be found on the GFWC Alabama website and the GFWC Alabama Federation of Alabama Women’s Club’s Facebook page.

All GFWC Alabama club members are encouraged to attend the GFWC Alabama District meetings to support each District and to obtain the latest information on “Living The Volunteer Spirit”. District meetings are where fun, Federation, and education come together as GFWC Alabama clubs write the next pages of history and “Celebrate 125 Years Of Changing Lives Through Scholarships.”
Treasury Notes
by Karol Kaputska, GFWC Alabama Treasurer
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 2728 Society
by Geneva Messer, Chairman
It is time to renew your GFWC Alabama 2728 Society membership for 2019. If you have never joined and would like to do so, we welcome you. Please continue to help with the restoration of your AFWC Headquarters by making your check out to AFWC and put 2728 Society in the memo line. 

Please mail your membership donation to:
Karol Kapustka, AFWC Treasurer
14007 Green Way Park Circle, SE
Huntsville, AL 35803

Thank you, AFWC members!
Home Life Hints
by Marsha Andrews, Chairman
GO RED FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH
Heart disease is the most common cause of death for both women and men. 1 in 4 women die each year from heart disease . The most common symptom in women is some form of pain, pressure, or discomfort in the chest. However, women are more likely to have a heart attack unrelated to chest pain, such as:

           Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
           Shortness of breath
           Pain in one or both arms
           Nausea or vomiting
           Sweating
           Lightheadedness or dizziness
           Unusual fatigue

Women describe chest pain as pressure or tightness. Women tend to have blockages in smaller arteries and their main arteries. Many women suffer heart attacks while resting or sleeping. Mental stress can also trigger heart attacks.
We always think of High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol as triggers for heart attacks. Did you know other risk factors include: Diabetes, Mental Stress and Depression, Smoking, Inactivity, Menopause, Certain Chemo Drugs and Radiation?
What can we do to reduce our risk? Quit smoking, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, and eat a healthy diet.    
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