Dear GFWC Georgia Friends,

This has certainly been an interesting few weeks in our world. I hope this email finds you safe and well. I write this after spending my "work day" at home. It is a challenge to work as an elementary school counselor from home. I have delivered technology to families this past week who could not make it to the school and have learned so many new technology skills. I have my own YouTube video channel and have learned how to embed voice overs into PowerPoints. I am sending daily encouraging messages to the staff to take care of themselves, as well as tips to students on how to deal with anxiety. While this is not how I wish to spend my time as a counselor, I will say this stay at home time has brought some things I am grateful for - learning new skills, spending time at home with family, and cleaning my house. What are you grateful for during these times?

I have also been busy posting various project ideas on our Facebook page. If you have not seen them, take a look. There are approximately 15 or more ideas for club members to do at home. I am sure I will add more. There are also ideas on what technology to use to host your club meeting. 

Additionally, I have been in contact with the other officers about moving our organization forward to conduct the business of GFWC Georgia. We are scheduled to host our "convention" on June 6 in Jackson, GA. The tentative plan is to begin at 9:00 and end by 6:00. There will be a boxed type lunch served. All business will be conducted prior to lunch, awards will be presented after lunch, and the installation of our incoming officers will be conducted at 5:00. We will plan to send registration information in May, as we continue to watch what is happening in our state due to the COVID-19. 

At this time, GFWC is still planning to host the GFWC convention in Atlanta in late June. They, too, are watching what is happening and have extended registration deadlines. We will keep you informed as we know more.

Please know I am working to figure things out to move us forward. There are a lot of things to consider. It is not an easy task to be mindful of all of the moving parts of what needs to happen with safety and health being of the utmost concern.

Stay safe, wash hands, be mindful of your health and the health of others.

With much gratitude for your support,

Tina Daniel
State President 2018-2020 
It's Hoby Time!
From Amy Atkinson

HOBY GA needs student sponsorship as well as donations to the state organization and of course snacks. A club can sponsor one student for $250 or two students for $400. I have also put together a needs wish list with links (Click here for wish list) . Additionally, I will also be happy to pickup from anywhere in the Atlanta area once we are clear to have contact with each other. 

If all goes well - HOBY GA, NW will take place again this year at Oglethorpe University, May 28 - June 1. HOBY GA SE will take place at Ga College, June 4 -7. Both seminars will have basically the same needs. 

The community service projects we will be working on are comfort blankets and letters/notes to pediatric oncology patients in Atlanta area. The second project is assembling bags (swag bags) for campers at Extra Special People, Inc. ESP is an organization that provides daily care and enrichment activities for special needs teens to young adults. As part of the enrichment, they have a "Java Joy Coffee Cart" that a few dedicated campers work to provide coffee and hugs at various sites around UGA campus. They visited with us at the 2019 HOBY seminar and everyone loved the coffee and hugs!  

Click here to view Hoby's donation letter that includes information about the two agencies HOBY will be working with during the upcoming HOBY GA, NW seminar at Oglethorpe University. 

Hoby needs our financial support...If any one or club would like to donate by mail the address is:

2897 North Druid Hills Road, NE
P.O. Box 264
Atlanta, GA 30329

either way, please let me know so I can keep an accounting of our support.   Last yar, GFWC GA's NW District collectively donated $1500.00!

And, finally teenagers always need snacks!!! They are eating machines! The NW District clubs donated so many snacks last year, they were able to redirect some to the bags that we were assembling for ESP.  

Thank you,
Amy Atkinson
Rose Santini, Director HOBY USA, Judine Heard, Atlanta WC, Diane Norris, Dunwoody WC, Myra Carmon, Atlanta WC and Amy Atkinson, Calhoun WC. Helping with HOBY GA NW registration at 7:00 am! Friday, May 31, 2019, Oglethorpe University
Junior Staff unloading snack donations my car! All from NW District.
This is my 2019 group of Ambassadors. We were Team Mars!

Junior Conference Corner
Like so many of you, these last few months have been life changing.  We all plan ahead for future events (like district meetings, conventions, graduations, birthday parties, proms, weddings, and the list goes on and on). However, in a matter of a few minutes, hours, days or weeks, all of that can change. As everything changes, we have to maneuver how to handle or react to the change.  

As Women, we MUST take care of ourselves during these changing times. With the quarantine, many of us need some interaction. I have utilized Google Meet, Zoom meetings, Teams meetings and Facetime. Don’t be shy about using one of these tools to visit with your friends and family. You will feel better. Also, take walks (using social distancing) and eat healthy. Your Health is important!!

As I am closing out my time as the Georgia Director of Junior Clubs, I want to thank Everyone who has supported me. This Journey has taken me to places I would never have gone and met some of the most remarkable people as well as helped me to grow as a person. One of my favorite parts has been visiting with the clubwomen in their part of the state. It reminds me that we are all joined together with a common cause - Loving and Serving Others – no matter where we live.  The money raised and items collected for the Ronald McDonald House, Camp Kudzu, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Girl Scouts, Athens Diaper Drive, Georgia Cares and so many other great organizations has been heart warming. I hope you learned about the warning signs of Diabetes and some great tips on living a healthy life.  

When I started this Journey over 4 years ago, I was so excited to know I would serve under the leadership of Tina Daniel. Little did I know how our friendship would grow throughout the 4 years. As I have looked back at some of the Many Memories we have made, I can truly say this has been a life changing experience. She has encouraged me and supported me and made me feel very special. We have laughed, been silly, cried, taken risks and grown over these 4 years. I believe that the Lord always has a plan, sometimes we like it and sometimes we don’t, but it is always for our good. He knew that I needed to take this Journey and to take it with Tina. To her, I am forever grateful.

I am excited that we are still planning a one day convention (hopefully in June) to celebrate our many accomplishments, perform the state’s business and install the 2020-2022 Administration. Also, the GFWC International convention is still scheduled for June 26-29th in Atlanta. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience GFWC at a new level. Registration information is included in this newsletter.

Please take care of yourself, wash your hands, drink plenty of water, stay quarantined as much as possible and reach out to your friends and family. They need you as much as you need them!! Remember, It’s What You Do For Others That Counts.  

Love to All,

Becky Bolden
GFWC Georgia Director of Junior Clubs
Advice from Pluto the Schnauzer
Volunteer at the 2020 Int'l Convention
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