GFWC GA Monthly Connections
Dear GFWC Georgia Federation family, 

Welcome to the new year! January is a great time to reflect on last year's accomplishments and prepare for this year's goals. With reporting season well underway, I hope you and your club members reflect on the impact made in your community. Please note we made exciting changes during this administration to allow you to electronically send your report. Please refer to your yearbook on where to send by the due date of January 25, 2019. 

On January 21, 2019 GFWC Georgia will meet another of GFWC Maryellen Brock's Seven Grand initiative challenges. During the MLK Day of Service, club members have two opportunities to participate in two different state-wide projects. One of our state-wide projects is the refurbishing of the TFS Past Presidents Garden. Your club members may elect to come and work in the garden at 10:30 at TFS or your club members may choose to do a fun gardening project in your community or clubhouse area with donations being taken to help sponsor a bench in the garden at TFS or a name plaque for a past president.

A second project state-wide is to pack the pantry at your local Ronald McDonald House. Becky Bolden and I will be at the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta from 5 to 7 gathering any donations. 

Plans are underway for our leadership and judging retreat to be held February 22nd and 23rd at Amicalola State Park. I look forward to seeing all of the CSP chairman, officers, and many others during this judging weekend. Plans are also underway for our convention to be held April 4th - April 7th at Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia. I hope you all plan to attend this wonderful event. Registration for your room is open. Please see the link below to make your reservations now. The property is absolutely stunning and an exciting time is planned. 

With Federated Friendship,

Tina Daniel
GFWC GA State President 2018-2020

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Wisdom for the day:  " Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Shelby's Sassy Six Updates
With the beginning of January 2019, I send wishes of happiness, health and much success to all clubs during the coming New Year.
 
I ask that everyone welcome Hilda Hagarty to the “Sassy Six” group as the new South East District President.  Hilda stepped up to fill the vacancy of Jessica Hall’s resignation during early December. Hilda is a Member of the Brunswick Woman’s Club and brings with her great organizational skills for continued excellent leadership throughout the South East District. I am excited to include Hilda as a “Sassy Six” as she will be a great asset to the GFWC Georgia team. 
 
Also, well wishes are continued for Central East District President, Debby Vanderbunt, as she recovers from a broken hip experienced back in early December. Debby says she is doing well while having physical therapy twice a week and exercising other days at home. Per doctor’s orders, she is now to leave the walker behind and use her cane for travel, which allows her to go up steps slowly.  I am thankful Debby is doing well and still managing her club work and District activities, with the assistance of her husband, Bruce.  Debby is amazing!
 
I trust all clubs have met the January 25 th deadline date for emailing or mailing the Achievement Goal Sheet to the State Office and to myself.  I look forward to judging these sheets in February to determine the winner of the Esther Barnes District Achievement Goal Gavel Award.   Which District will be presented the Gavel Award for accomplishments during 2018?
 
Excitement is in the air as I hear much chatter from the District Presidents regarding their upcoming Spring District Meetings to be held in March. Clubs should be receiving “The Call” soon.  I ask that clubwomen go ahead and pencil in the date on your calendar for your District Meeting. What better way for clubs to gain resource knowledge as they hear updates from their District Leaders.  Which District will be presented the “Shelby’s Sassy Six Challenge District Award” for increased attendance for this Spring meeting?
                                                                                                  
I encourage you to be the leader who knows the way and goes the way as you work in your clubs and in your District for GFWC Georgia.  Inspire others!
 
Shelby Holland
GFWC Georgia 1 st Vice President
Junior Conference Corner
#GAJUNIORSROCK
Welcome to 2019 !  I am so excited about what this year brings to GFWC Georgia and the Junior Conference. Please let me know of your club meetings and events as I would love to come and visit during the year. We have a great convention coming up in April so go ahead and mark your calendars for April 5 – 7 at Lake Blackshear State Park. Registration details will be coming.

Three important events coming up soon:

MLK Day of Service – Go to the GFWC Georgia website for some very creative ideas to serve our communities on this day. Whether big or small, find a way to volunteer on Jan 21, 2019.

Reporting Deadline – Friday, January 25, 2019 – Remember you can file electronically. Go to GFWC Georgia website for the forms and instructions. I hope to see a report from every Junior club in Georgia!

GO RED DAY – Feb 1, 2019 As Women, we have a large risk of contracting Heart Disease. The GO RED movement was started by the American Heart Association to bring awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. It is about women making a commitment to take charge of their own heart health as well as those we can’t bear to live without. There are no age barriers with heart disease and stroke. 

With Diabetes as my special project, I found an interesting fact that people with diabetes have an elevated risk of heart disease. The connection between diabetes and heart disease starts with high blood sugar levels. Over time, the high glucose in the bloodstream can damage the arteries, causing them to become stiff and hard. Fatty material that builds up on the inside of these blood vessels is a condition known as atherosclerosis. This can eventually block blood flow to the heart or brain, leading to heart attack or stroke. What can you do to reduce your risk?  Be Active, eat a heart-healthy diet, If overweight, try to shed the pounds, Keep blood cholesterol levels within target ranges. Keep your blood glucose level within the target range. Maintain a controlled blood pressure level, quit smoking, and take all your medications as prescribed. Please read and make this commitment with me because we are worth it:

Commit to Better Health
As women, we tend to put others ahead of ourselves. But if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of everyone else around us. If you don’t make your health a priority, who will? Making a commitment to your health isn’t something you have to do alone, invite your family and friends to achieve better health goals with you and make a Go Red Healthy Behavior Commitment today.

  “Journey to Healthy Living”    The meaning of GO RED :
       G:  GET YOUR NUMBERS – Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.
      O:  OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE – Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
       R:   REALIZE YOUR RISK – We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
       E:   EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY – Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your children the importance of staying active.
       D:  DON’T BE SILENT – Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer. Raise your voice and WEAR RED on Feb 1, 2019 to bring awareness.

Let’s start 2019 by taking care of ourselves so we can help others. Be sure and post your pictures of you, your family, friends, co-workers, federated sisters, etc on Facebook and tag our Junior Conference page. Always Remember: “It’s What You Do For Others That Counts” (and that includes YOU!)
    
Love In Federation,
Becky Bolden
JuniorDirector@gfwcgeorgia.org or beckybolden11@gmail.com                 
Important Reminders & Convention Update
Whatever you do on MLK Day or in preparation for MLK Day - please post your photos to our Facebook page or tag #Gafwc or send photos to social@gfwcgeorgia.org. If we receive enough photos our CPR team will create a photoshow for you.

To prepare for MLK - your GFWC Georgia leadership posted 20 MLK project idea videos on our Youtube and Facebook channels. lf you haven't had a chance to view them - please click here for our Youtube Channel and here for our Facebook page .

JAN. 21 - VOLUNTEER AT PAST PRESIDENT'S GARDEN AT TFS
Conservation committee has organized a work day at the President's Garden located at the Lipscomb Cottage from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm landscaping and cleaning the President's Garden. Please bring your gardening gloves, tools and lots of energy.

JAN. 21 - PACK THE PANTRY-RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE-5:00-7:00 P.M. The most urgent and ongoing needs of the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House is as follows: laundry detergent, paper towels, Clorox wipes, individually wrapped snacks, individual packages of macaroni and cheese and ramen, coffee grounds/k cups, and queen sized neutral fleece blankets. Clubs are invited to come at this time to drop off items. We will also bring cookies (these must be store bought) to leave for the house guests. The address is 5420 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs 30342.

JAN. 25 - REPORTING REMINDERS: All reports should be postmarked or emailed no later than January 25th. Also, please remember that the narrative page should be titled with their club name and title of report at the top of the page.

JAN. 26 - SOAP up Super Bowl Atlanta - 9:30am – 3pm . All Saints' Episcopal Church,  634 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30308, https://soapupsuperbowlatlanta.eventbrite.com I hope you can join me to label soap that will be distributed to local hotels during the super bowl weekend. The labels will have hotline numbers for sex trafficking victims to access.

CONVENTION UPDATE: The 123 rd  GFWC Georgia Annual Convention will be April 4-7, 2019 at Lake Blackshear in Cordele. The women of the South West district are working hard to present a memorable, fun and learning convention for you. Speakers will include Susan Grant, Vice Chair of Heifer International and GFWC First Vice President Deb Strahanoksi. The Call will be sent out via Constant Contact with the online registration form in February.   Click here to view the Draft Agenda at a Glance - times are subject to change. 
It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!
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