GFWC GA Monthly Connections
Dear Federated Friends,

It is with a heart full of gratitude I write this month’s connection to you. I am more than blessed with the support our membership provides to me as an officer and to our community projects. Our clubwomen are the absolute best at giving to others. It is in our make up!

I want to express my sincere thanks to those women and clubs who participated in both the state wide MLK Day of Service and the Arbor Day state wide project. Both were very successful in helping our communities in various ways. Many clubs helped the Ronald McDonald House or other community facility “pack the pantry” to include 668.5 hours and in kind donations of $4473 and counting. Wow! Aren’t we amazing?

Special thanks to Barbara Reynolds, Conservation CSP chair, and Mary Harmon, Conservation CSP Co-Chair in arranging the continued efforts to make the GFWC Georgia State President’s Garden at TFS beautiful again in preparation for our “Trek to Tallulah” on June 1, 2019. On Georgia’s Arbor Day, we were able to plant a tree on the grounds and continued to add some finishing touches. District Presidents will receive information this weekend about the continued needs for the garden.

Our next work day will be April 1 at 10:30. All are invited. The group traveled to Tallulah Falls State Park and planted 115 trees along the trails. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun being involved in this project. Check out our Facebook page for photos of the event. Several clubs also planted trees throughout their community this day as well.

As I write this, we approach the upcoming Leadership and Judging weekend to be held at Amicalola State Park. Ladies will travel from all parts of the state to give of their time to prepare for a beautiful celebration in April at our convention with awards. Thanks to all of the clubs who were able to report electronically. Kim Sekulow, 2 nd  Vice President, will provide feedback at Institute of how this went for the state and some tips to improve the process. Overall, it was  very  successful.

Again, I am a fortunate woman to be involved in this organization of women who give so freely and so often to others. Thank you for allowing me to represent our state. I look forward to seeing you at convention. Registration is now open and it will be a great “down home good time”.

With Federated Friendship,

Tina Daniel
GFWC GA State President 2018-2020

Tina's Pearls of Wisdom for the day:   Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be true.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller. 
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Proposed Amendments to Bylaws
Below please find the Registration Info/Call to Convention. Please click the pink button to view convention details and register today. You will also find Proposed Amendments to our Bylaws presented by our Bylaws Committee along with the Jr. Club's Recommendation to Amend Bylaws. Please review and bring a copy of the Amendments to Convention, appoint your delegates and be prepared to vote and/or discuss the amendments at convention.


Junior Conference Corner
#GAJUNIORSROCK
Serving and Friendships:  When I look at the picture from the MLK Day of Service and all the items dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House, my heart is so full. With GFWC, I am able to Serve Others and Make New Friendships – two of my favorite things. I am so grateful that I found this organization several years ago. The many friendships that I have made along the way have enriched my life and brought me laughs, tears, comfort and happiness. I encourage you to reach out to others in your club and be sure they feel connected. A simple text or card can make all of the difference in their day (I know this because a friend sent me one just last week to simply say Hi and How are You? It meant the world to me). I also encourage you to reach out to others in your work place, church, friends, etc and invite them to a meeting. It might require a little effort on your part, but the rewards are endless.

Important events coming up soon:
  • Registration is open for Convention 2019 coming up on April 5 – 7 at Lake Blackshear - Veterans Memorial State Park. The Park is so beautiful; I encourage you to bring your family and enjoy the weekend (maybe a few days before or after). There will be a Friday night campfire and sing along; Scavenger Hunt on Saturday to benefit Camp Kudzu; Yoga and lots of fun activities. Go to www.GFWCGeorgia.org to register.
  • The Junior Conference Executive Board meeting will be Friday, April 5 at 4:45 in the Bass/Perch Room following a fun train ride to Habitat for Humanity.
  • The Junior Conference Business meeting will be Saturday morning, April 6 at 8:00 am. The meeting is not a meal function so there is no cost to come to this meeting. Please come and learn about the many activities of the Georgia Junior Conference. We encourage all Junior Club members and Georgia Clubwomen to attend.
  • The Junior Clubs will be recognized throughout the weekend at all meal functions and meetings. This is a change from prior years, and I am excited about showcasing our Junior Clubs to all of Georgia! Awards will be presented at each meeting. 

Reporting – Thank you to each club that reported electronically. I can’t wait to hear from each of you on how the process worked for you. The work that each of you do in your communities is AMAZING!!

GO RED DAY – Feb 1, 2019 Thank you to each and every club that participated in Go Red Day! It is so important for us as women to take care of ourselves and bring awareness to our communities.

 “Journey to Healthy Living”   
        In February –
  • Friendship – Reach out to a friend this month. Schedule ice cream or coffee this month with a special friend. Laughing, sharing and talking will make you feel better.
  • Fruit – Make an effort to eat lots of fresh fruits during February. With all of the candy surrounding Valentine’s Day, reward yourself with some yummy fruit. Your body will be grateful. 
  • Family – Spend some extra time with your family this month. It can be an extra visit to a relative, an extra phone call, leave work a little early, turn off the TV and social media to spend time together, play a board game with your children or grandchildren. I challenge you to just 1 extra hour of family time this month.
  • Flexible – Show some flexibility to those around us. There are so many ways to accomplish this so use your imagination.
  • Fitness – With Spring just around the corner, let’s take a walk, ride a bike or find a new adventure with your Family and Friends while being Flexible and have FUN

I am so excited about what this year brings to GFWC Georgia and the Junior Conference. Please be sure and post your pictures of you, your family, friends, co-workers, federated sisters, etc on Facebook and tag our Junior Conference page. Let me know if you need anything!

Always Remember: “ It’s What You Do For Others That Counts

Love In Federation,
Becky Bolden
JuniorDirector@gfwcgeorgia.org or beckybolden11@gmail.com                 
Membership Minute
Membership Form - Winter –  “Mentoring”  December, January, and February (Report Due March 1). A gentle reminder to all Clubs, please take time to fill out the GFWC quarterly recruitment form - this will help our District, State and National organization keep up with our new members. When you complete this form (due March 1) please copy me at crj7294@gmail.com ​. Once we receive this, we will enter your new member into our database.
 
Please click the following title GFWC Seasonal Recruitment Campaign Report Form  to download the form. Please send it to GFWC Headquarters by the deadline of March 1 with a copy to me.

Day of service on April 27 th .
GFWC Georgia will continue the Day of Service (DOS) project during the 2018-20 administration in conjunction with the GFWC Volunteers in Action Week. The purpose of the Day of Service is to be a visible, unified force in our state through work done in the local communities. Please post your photos on our facebook so we can see you in action!
  • Clubs will choose “a house” to help on the last Saturdays in April 2019 and 2020
  • Houses chosen may be in the local community or in a neighboring city in which the local community benefits.
  • There will be NO special report form.
  • Work done for the Day of Service project may be reported in a Community Service Program coinciding with the project OR in Membership, but not both. If emphasis is placed on the service provided for the “house,” then report the project in the appropriate Community Service Program. For example, projects for the Ronald McDonald House on the DOS may be reported in Home Life. If emphasis is placed on membership recruitment or engagement, the project should be reported in Membership.
  • Descriptions of projects should include publicity, number of members participating, number of hours worked, cost, dollars donated, and effect on the community. If used as membership recruitment, reports should also include number of members gained as a result of the project.

Cathy Jones
3rd VP GFWC Georgia
There are several special scout dates coming up soon that might provide inspiration for getting involved with a local troop.

On February 22 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day.  World Thinking Day originated in 1926 when delegates from around the globe met at Camp Edith Macy in New York and agreed that February 22 would henceforth be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide.
Every year since, World Thinking Day has called for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better. The theme for World Thinking Day in 2019 is leadership! To learn more click here

The second important date is Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12. This commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12. This year it will be Girl Scout Sunday on March 10 th and Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday March 16. Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath gives the girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship, wear their uniforms and be recognized as a Girl Scout. 
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