Our special guest last month was GFWC FL District 4 Lake Butler Woman’s Club’s, Cate Reagan, who came to tell us about the S.A.F.E. program. Cate is the District Director for the State programs in Florida and Georgia. Their program is called “Florida/Georgia S.A.F.E.” It is this area’s S.A.F.E. chapter for the national organization, called “Stuffed Animals for Emergencies.” She has been working with them off and on since 2004. It was started in Jacksonville by Cammie Sanders, to benefit emergency responders, firefighters, and police, etc. to be able to give a stuffed animal to a child or adult who is in a traumatic situation to give them something to hold on to and to help calm them and give them some peace of mind and presence and feel like they are being cared for. These stuffed animals are sanitized and shrink wrapped as a result of COVID and given to the First Responders to carry around with them to give them to anyone in need. She encouraged us to take this project on for our Club. Our very own Christine Flora rose to the challenge and delivered over 60 stuffed animals to Fire Stations in the Beaches area and is ready for more!!!
GFWC FL SWCJAX celebrated Women’s History !!!
GFWC FL SWCJAX celebrated Women’s History Month with an engaging presentation from Chris Hoffman, the first woman Mayor of Jacksonville Beaches. She shared the rich history women have brought to the area and described how early settlers served as proprietors, laundresses, and civic leaders as they shaped and broke many boundaries! She also shared the importance of The Beach's Museum. Special Thanks to our guests from The Woman's Club/Jacksonville Beach. So nice to exchange ideas with them.
A Great Success Combining Fund Raising and Fellowship
A group of our SWCJAX ladies came together as a FUN-draiser while painting wine glasses at The Winey Wench this summer. Just look at these amazing works of art. This was a great event to just have some fun while raising $$ for charity our Club supports. Ladies...we raise our glass to you!
GFWC FL D4 Meeting @ ORC!
Kudos to ALL the ladies who made this event such a festive and organized event. Cathy Stringer and her team and Club volunteers worked tirelessly to make this event such a huge success. SWCJAX came away with 6 First Place and 10 Second Place — a 1st or 2nd place in EVERY category!
What an honor and privilege to partner with such an exemplary organization as Rethreaded. Rethreaded, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit, expertly uses upcycled materials -- much of it from retired Southwest Airlines seats -- to make purses, bracelets, earrings and much more. Our Club had the honor of hearing how this group of women are helping other women break the chains of trafficking through job skill training & lifestyle guidance! Thank you Stephanie & Shirley for sharing your stories with us!!! Our Members had the opportunity to do some early Holiday Shopping by purchasing products made by this much-needed organization. We are passionate in our support for this is a wonderful cause!!!
We enjoyed our March speaker, Lynn Joyner, from the Empowerment Ranch...we love to support organizations in our area that make an impact on environmental & educational issues! This ranch provides hands-on experiences to those with special needs, for families & volunteer groups. Thanks, Helen, for introducing us to such a great organization!
What an AWESOME EXPERIENCE to learn first hand on what goes on during the Operation Smiles procedures during our February General Meeting. MJ Kapuna, RN and her husband, who also travels for these surgeries, have been volunteering for over 8 years to many different counties doing these life-changing surgeries (and in many cases...many surgeries). Our Club is proud to be a part of this GREAT organization!!!
Our Special Guest Speaker at our January 9th meeting was Lesley Wells, from Daniel’s Kids. Our ladies love to learn about great organizations that to help improve the lives of children in our area!
Aaron Lewis from Independent Living Resources Center was our November Speaker. We LOVE partnering with such a great group providing such unique and important resources for our community. Thanks, Dianne for letting us know about such a fabulous organization ILRC is and how they were able uniquely to help your family.
We are currently planning exciting field trips to learn more about the organizations we support:
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Our Club is currently planning exciting field trips for nthe 2022-23 year...come be a part!!!
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to reserve your spot, call
Cathy (904-525-3890) or