Our club year started with the June 2013 Executive
Board Meeting and plans were made and the calendar set for the 2013-2014
year. Even though our Club is dark June to September, the Executive
Board meets in June and August to make preparations for the next year.
In July the Budget committee met to prepare the Club Budget and have
ready for the August Board Meeting.
This year, we had a special
event happen on June 6th. Our 3-year project of placing a community sign
showing the service organizations in our town was completed. This was
the culmination of a 20+ year dream for our club.
Also, in June our club
participated in “Grand Terrace Day” by volunteering to fingerprint local
children and providing a record of the prints to the parents. We have
been doing this for many years.
September started with our
Membership Tea at the home of one of our members. We invited 15 ladies
to attend and had 3 ladies at the tea, 2 of which joined the club. At
our first meeting of the club in September we welcomed a new caterer and
had a presentation from Option House regarding the program we support
with Birthday Boxes. Tickets were distributed for our annual Hamburger
BBQ in November as well.
October was a busy month for us. At our general
meeting, club members were invited to participate in our “Craft Show”.
Several ladies brought various items they had worked on over the summer
and the best-in-show entry was also entered in the District’s Craft Show
that month, winning there and going on to the State level. In addition,
one of our members, Pat Nix, Past CFWC President, was presented a
50-year pin for membership in our club at the District’s Fall
Conference. Also, in October, for the local Halloween Haunt our club
sells a hot dog, drink and bag of chips for $1.00 – a project we have
been doing for over 20 years. It is not a fundraiser but rather a way of
participating in a community event.
In November, we held our
annual Hamburger BBQ in conjunction with the community’s Country Fair –
a fundraiser that has been going on for 30 years or more. We had a
presentation at our general meeting by a local police canine unit that
was very informative.
Some of our club members participate with Santa
Claus, Inc. every December and this year was no different with club
members donating their time and over 100 books for the children. In
addition, our biggest philanthropic event, the Child Help Project, got
underway with the local canned food drive, the toy donation drives by
our partners, Paragon, a local tattoo shop, and the purchase of
children’s clothes for the families we were assisting this year. In
fact, we served 7 families with food, toys and clothes and an additional
3 families with food. Our club members donate perishable items to the
families, the local Lions Club also help out with a Stater Bros gift
card, and the club purchases turkeys for the families as well. This year
found us helping many more of our local families than ever before. Club
members donate time for food sorting, shopping and delivery. This year
marks our 28th consecutive year of helping local families in need.
January 2014 started off with
the crush of report writing – chronicling our club members’ volunteer
efforts in various projects. We submitted 12 reports in reportable
categories to the District. At the January general meeting we held a
“Beautiful Baby” Pageant asking all members to submit a picture of
themselves as babies. We had a great time guessing who all the cute
February is the month we honor our Past Presidents
and this year we also awarded an Honorary Life Membership to a most
deserving member, Betty Daniel. At our general meeting we had a
presentation by “Betsy Ross” and learned a lot about how our flag came
On March 19th we held an Anniversary Tea to
commemorate 106 years of service to our community. Members made tea
sandwiches and other goodies to share with our guests. It was a lovely
affair, with tea served in tea pots from the private collection of one
of our members.
In April out theme was “Hawaiian Luau” at the
General Meeting and when the entertainment cancelled at the last minute,
club member Nancy Hassard stepped in to teach us a dance and we had a
dance-off for prizes. It was something to be seen for sure! We have
several members attending the District 58th Annual Convention.
And on a sad note, we lost a
dear member Elizabeth Duarte on April 3rd. We will miss her terribly.
We have 2 members attending
the CFWC Convention in San Jose. At the May general meeting, the
Officers for 2014-2015 will be installed.
This President is in awe of
what was accomplished this year and looks forward to the new club year.
State of the Grand Terrace Woman's Club 2013-2014