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The Bangor Women’s Club enjoyed their ‘Wreath Sale to Support the Bangor Library’ function during the week of November 15th. Nine members took part at varying times at the three workshops. Thirty wreaths from Ginder’s Greenhouse were beautifully decorated, while the members enjoyed each other’s company. It was a nice change of pace during Covid times.

Bangor Women’s Club treasurer, Judy Shaw, is shown presenting Bangor Public Library Director Kathleen Lynch with a check for $900. Also pictured is Yvonne Humphreys, member of both Bangor Women’s Club and the Friends of the Library and Patty Zito, president of Friends of the Bangor Library. The Women’s Club obtained 30 wreaths from a local greenhouse and nine club members festively decorated them. The wreaths were sold at the library during Small Business weekend in November by Friends of the Library. The proceeds of the sale were matched by the club.

GFWC West Side Helps Families in Need This Holiday Season

Kingston, PA — GFWC – West Side made this “Giving Tuesday” extra special for four families living at the Catherine McCauley Home in Plymouth, PA. Under the direction of Marie Warren, GFWC – West Side’s Chair of the Civic Engagement and Outreach Program, thirty-two (32) club members donated approximately 100 gifts.

The Catherine McCauley Center operates two free, thirty-day residences for homeless women and children. Pictured, Marie Warren with some of the gifts for the Catherine McCauley mothers and children.

GFWC West Side Sponsors a Tree to Help Dinners For kids

Harveys Lake, PA — The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) – West Side is sponsoring a Christmas tree for the Dinners For Kids program as a part of the annual Parade of Trees at Grotto Pizza, Harvey’s Lake.

Dinners for Kids, a nonprofit group based in Edwardsville was established to fight childhood hunger and food insecurity. The organization provides healthy meals to 160 at-risk children across Wyoming Valley.

The GFWC Intermediate League of Butler International Outreach committee worked on November 20th organizing the wreaths the club members sold with proceeds to benefit UNICEF USA. Club President Sue Morrow is in the red jacket.

GFWC West Side Driveway Drop Off Provides Food to Those in Need

Kingston, PA — The General Federation of Women’s Clubs – West Side recently held a “driveway drop off” event as part of its Apple Donation project. Members dropped off apples to be donated to local food pantries. This project, conducted as part of the club’s Health and Wellness department, was aimed at providing nutritious food to those in need. In all, 96 pounds of apples were donated to the Saint Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Wilkes-Barre.

Community Club of Collegeville donated 500 pairs of eyeglasses to the Lions Club for the Vision Impairment Awareness project. Pictured left to right are club members Luanne Grata and Karen McCaslin, Lions Club Zone Rep Kevin Lukens, President of the Collegeville Lions Club Carol Olinick, and Whitemarsh Club Zone Rep Daniel Hummel.

Recently members of GFWC Mechanicsburg took several reworked quilts to Speranza Animal Rescue. Pictured left to right Connie Connolly, Karen Sutphen, Margie with Speranza and “Monkey Joe” one of the rescue dogs, Shirley Barnes project chairman, and Sue Hardenbrook.

Thank you to the following five clubwomen who submitted an ornament for the GFWC Headquarters Holiday Tree. (from left to right)

#1 – Glenna Humphries – GFWC Woman’s Club of Erie

#2 – Heidi Bates – GFWC Bangor

#3 – Paulette Widmann – GFWC Meadville

#4 – Patricia Motyka – GFWC West Side Woman’s Club

#5 – Afra Agostino – Woman’s Club of Quakertown

Congratulations to the winners: #1 – Glenna Humphries and #4 – Patricia Motyka. The ornaments are beautiful. The two ornaments will be sent to GFWC Headquarters.

Saturday, October 17th, GFWC Mechanicsburg members participated in the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce’s Street of Treats as a membership event. Pictured are Joellen Zitch, Carol Bogar, Kyle Connolly, Sue Hardenbrook and then Shirley Barnes and Kyle Connolly. We had our Miss GFWC sashes and tiaras as costumes. Oh, and dinosaurs were BIG this year as costumes.

The Community Club of Collegeville installed our Officers at our September Meeting. The Officers were installed by Barbara Hartenbauer. Pictured to the left (left to right)are Mary Hundertmark, Vice President, Judy Bordeleau, Corresponding Secretary, JoAnne O’Donnell, President and Barbara Hartenbauer, Southeastern District Director.

The members of the GFWC-PA Woman’s Club of Spring Township SE District – Berks are proud of our 4 club members (l to r, JoAnne Reinheimer, Pat Hite, Carol Long, seated, and Joanna Fryer) who at this time have made over 1000 face masks which have been given to families, friends, local organizations and hospitals. They started sewing mid-March and are still going strong!

At the GFWC PA Northeastern District Fall Meeting on 10/24/20 eyeglasses were collected for the President’s Project Vision Impairment Awareness. Pictured is Ginny Zdanowicz NE District President’s Project Chairman.

GFWC PA Women’s Club of Spring Grove had to postpone its 80th anniversary celebration due to the COVID virus. On September 17, they were able to have a mostly outside lakefront celebration. Sandy Hauenstein GFWC Pennsylvania President inducted the new officers. Pictured: Sandy Hauenstein, GFWC PA President with members of Spring Grove Women’s Club – Janice Hoke, President; Rhonda Harrison, Vice President; Sally Kern, Secretary; Connie Clancy, Corresponding Secretary; Jean Reever, Treasurer; and Sandy Decker, Historian.

Pictured with their 80th anniversary certificate from GFWC and GFWC PA is Pat Callahan and club President Janice Hoke.

Bricks have been placed at Friendship Park in Mechanicsburg in honor of outgoing president and in memory of club member of Upper Allen Women’s Club GFWC.

GFWC Rostraver Woman’s Club celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment at their September meeting.

GFWC Rostraver Woman’s Club filled a shopping cart with donations for a local food bank.

On Thursday August 20th 2020 some of the members from the GFWC Pocono Mountain Women’s Club met for a socially distance lunch at a local restaurant in Poconos Pennsylvania. Members enjoyed good food, conversation, friendship and fidelity while listening to Club President Diane Lake talk about the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment – Women’s Right to Vote, and the part that the General Federation of Women’s Clubs played in helping the movement. Members wore homemade “Votes for Women” sashes and used fans to cool off from the National Women’s History Alliance and dressed in patriotic colors or white for suffrage.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Baden is joining Ben Bollman who is creating a Meditation garden for his Eagle Scout project. The club will be purchasing plants, and planting with the help of Ben and friends, and the Will of the Warriors. The Baden Lyons Club donated land for the gardens. Planting begins at the Meditation Garden.

Ben, family and friends-GFWC Woman’s Club of Baden and the Will of the Warriors worked to place and plant donations from many garden centers, club members, and purchases of GFWC Women’s Club of Baden.

GFWC Mechanicsburg held their first meeting since March on September 1st using Zoom. This year, as one project, they are aiding Speranza Animal Rescue. Speranza receives blankets, bedspreads and towels for the dogs to have in their pens. The towels can be washed, but the bedspreads and some blankets are too large for their laundry and after one use the items have to be tossed.

They asked if GFWC Mechanicsburg would take the clean bedspreads and blankets when they come in and cut them down to a size that fits in the laundry; three or four pieces depending on the size of the donation. They would have to sew the edges so the stuffing does not come out.

The club will be featured on Speranza’s website with pictures and praise. Speranza is now nationwide, so they will be reaching audiences locally and more.

Thankful today to Carol Foley from the Federated Woman’s Club of Hershey who single handily carried on the Back to School positive sticky note tradition for ALL Derry Township School District Staff. That’s HUNDREDS.

GFWC Pennsylvania President 2018-2020 (left) is presented with a Stepping Up Award honoring her President’s project. Presenting the award are Dawn Himler (center) GFWC Pennsylvania President 2004-2006 and Sandy Hauenstein (right) GFWC Pennsylvania President 2020-2022.

Congratulations Shelly.

Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) is an honorary educational society open to all per-capita paying GFWC federated club members. Through ESO, clubwomen are given direction in planned reading for self-enrichment and personal growth. Many GFWC clubwomen have profited from this unique self-improvement program, seen as vital by the members it directly benefits.

The GFWC Pennsylvania President’s Project encourages its member to participate in the support of their local agency affiliate of the Pennsylvania Blind Association through volunteering and donations.

Clubs will educate themselves and their community on the four major eye diseases and prevention of blindness in all ages.

Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club recently announced that they have made $9,500 in community contributions to benefit local communities. BJWC is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations.

Notable 2020 contributions include a $6,400 donation to Boyertown Community Ambulance. BJWC’s other contributions include a $600 donation to The Boyertown Salvation Army, $500 donation to Boyertown Area Multi-Service, The Boyertown Community Library, Operation Backpack, The State Theater Preservation Society, and Pillars of Light & Love. A $400 donation was made to Happy 2Be Home, Designing 4 Hope, and United Through Reading Military Program. A $350 contribution went to support Shady Hollow Assisted Riding. A $250 donation was made to Garrett the Grand Batten Fighter. A $150 contribution supported Festival of the Trees, a $125 donation went to Canine Companions, and contributions in the amount of $100 were made to Colebrookdale Railroad Children’s Programs, and Lehigh Valley Hospital in memory of past member Elaine B. Mehle. Other organizations and events supported include Tails of Honor Paws of Valor, Girls on the Run, and St. Jude’s Red Wagons Program. Additionally, two $1,000 scholarships were designated to graduating Boyertown High School seniors to support their continuing education.

The mission of She’s Somebody’s Daughter is to erase lines of separation that isolate women affected by exploitation and sexual abuse.

The Federated Women’s Club of Hershey collected summer items for 30 colorful backpacks. Recently, Gail Pauza, Nancy Chandler and Mary Braun put the items in the backpacks. Then Jen Fasick, from She’s Somebody’s Daughter, came to pick up our donations. She was so happy to receive the bags full of: sun visors, sun glasses, suntan lotion, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes and comb, hair accessories, facial wipes, bath bombs and lip balms. All items were donated by our members, their families, and friends.

The mission of She’s Somebody’s Daughter is to erase lines of separation that isolate women affected by exploitation and sexual abuse.

The Upper Allen Women’s Club GFWC recently donated over $600 through their annual Daffodil Sales fundraiser to Pink Hands of Hope, a non-profit organization which helps Central Pennsylvania women during their fight with breast cancer. Women can receive free wigs, clothing, and shawls and as well as make-overs. While in remission, women can also receive assistance with medical bill payments and gift help during holidays. Pictured left to right are Vicki Caruso, Brian Gaughan, owner and founder, President Stacy Swain and Elaine Centazzo.

Each May GFWC East Petersburg club members provide perennials, bulbs, etc. from our yards for a plant sale. It is held at one of our member’s houses along a busy route for auction goers. Through her hard work we made over $1,000 this year. In the past our members have helped by working at the stand, but this year she arranged it so that she could do it by herself.

Today’s post is from the GFWC Western Pocono Women’s Club showing them beautifying the grounds of the West End Fair Grounds in Gilbert, PA.

Today’s post comes from GFWC West Pocono Women’s Club. The photos are from their Community Improvement Project (CIP) beautifying Western Pocono Memorial Park in Kunkletown, PA in March of this year. Pat Mackes is the club member seen in one photo. She has been a member for over 40 years and has been the chairman for our CIP projects for more than 17 years. She served as President a couple of times and is a vital backbone of the club

Wilkes-Barre, PA — The women of Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs – West Side recently donated funds to the NE PA Regional Food Bank, The Al Beech West Side Food Pantry and the “Dinner for Kids” program. GFWC is dedicated in helping our local community and area nonprofits.

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GFWC Pennsylvania Headquarters

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Camp Hill, PA 17011-4200

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Mary Fenstermacher
4348 Wendy Way
Schwenksville, PA 19473-2093

T: 610.489.2937  m80fenstermacher@gmail.com

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Washington, DC  20036

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