GFWC Southside Woman's Club of Jacksonville "Women Inspiring Community Spirit"
     GFWCSouthside Woman's Club of Jacksonville "Women Inspiring Community Spirit"      


GFWC FL Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Open House Picnic 2020!!!

What a great day for an Open House Picnic as we ALL enjoyed the opportunity to once again meet in person on Thursday, September 10, 2020!!! The Ortega River Club provided ample space for social distancing. The picnic lunch from Davoli’s Catering was excellent! Many of our Members had fantastic stories behind the hats they were sure to ask Alice Riddler about her unusual hat acquired from an Asian Opium Den!!! We welcomed new Members & said “Goodbye” to those who are moving or leaving for family reasons for now! Displays were set up to emphasize what our Club has accomplished throughout the years. It was a great joy to have our D4 Director Deborah Johnson and Past Director Theresa Crockett attend. Our ladies generously brought in donations for UCOM, FOJA and Greenfield Elementary School. A good time was had by all!!                                


What a Beautiful Opportunity to GIVE BACK to Our Community!


Our SWCJAX Charity meeting was held on Wednesday the 19th, were it was determined that we will donate at least $10,000 this year!!! They discussed the nonprofits that we have given to in the past and explored some of the new ones suggested by our Members. Once our Board approves these suggestions, and it is approved by our Members, we will enrich our community by supporting these nonprofit agencies that have been hardest hit during this past year’s Covid-19 epidemic. Attending was Christine, Yvonne, Alice, Julie, Janet and Cathy. If you are interested in inspiring our community, come join the SWCJAX team!!!

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Plants Our First Little Free Library!


GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville did NOT let COVID 19 or quarantine orders keep us from last project for the year.  Sandy Marshall had an idea & suggested that we install our very first “Little FREE Library!” So a kit was ordered! The box was constructed & cheerfully decorated by our President Julie Babcock.  Her friend helped us “plant” our library at the corner of Oriental Gardens & Hendricks Avenue, in the San Marco section of Jacksonville. Nine members were there, masked, and books in hand to stock it.  We enjoyed the beautiful day & the interest our little library has already generated!!! What a fun, happy project that we hope continues to instill the love of books in parents and children alike. We are thankful that Sandy has graciously agreed to maintain this addition to our community’s educational efforts! Great Job All!!!

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Building Our First Little Free Library!


SWC of Jax is always ready to serve our community. During the recent “Stay Home” Order due to the COVID 19 outbreak in our country, people rediscovered the joy of reading. This inspired our own Sandy Marshall to take the initiative in doing all the research and getting the appropriate permission needed to install our very first Little Free Library. Julie Babcock went on Amazon, found one, bought it and is now in the process of creatively painting it. The “SWCJAX1 Little Free Library” location is going to be San Jose and Oriental Gardens near San Marco. As we move forward on this project, arrangements have been made to put this in the ground by middle of the summer. If any one has books to contribute, let Julie know. Sandy has agreed to maintain this new local treasure-chest. We are very excited about this project and look forward to this being the first of many.


Just Keep Zooming! 

The Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Board of Directors met virtually to keep business moving forward in our Club! What a great SUCCESS!!! We presented our President, Julie Babcock, with a gift earlier this week & (OF COURSE) made her wait for all to see as she unwrapped her new i-Pad bag LIVE. We have determined a theme for our Open House in September...but will keep that under our hats for a while...

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville 2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients


It is our pleasure to announce our 2020 Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Scholarships recipients for graduating high school seniors:  


Adrianna Negron              To attend: University of North Florida 


Liyah King                          To attend:  Florida Gold Coast, Ft Myers 


Margaret Szcuzkowski     To attend:  University of South Florida 


Our “Sandy Marshall Extended Education Award” Scholarship recipient for awarded to someone going back to school:


Abigail Varnadoe                To attend:  Florida State University   


We were able to award $1,500 for each student to their choice of college. Special “thanks” to our Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, Christine Flora, and her committee for their hard work via phone and email at a time where they would normally meet at numerous times over several months, due to the "stay at home" order from the COVID 19 outbreak.

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville 2020-2021 Board of Directors Approved


President:                         Julie Babcock

First Vice President:       Janet DeLoach

Second Vice President:  Cathy Stringer

Third Vice President:     Carol Nikielski

Recording Secretary:      Yvonne Caldwell 

Treasurer:                        Alice Mound          

Membership Secretary: Vacant

   (Jac Littlefield will Chair this as a Committee for now)

Finance Director:             Cathy Stringer


Appointed Positions:

   Publicity Chairman — Kim Owens

   Parliamentarian — Terry Rudman

   President’s Aide — Marsha Ingram

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jax, a big winner at the D4 Arts & Crafts Competition in Fernandina!!! 

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Board Mixing Business with Pleasure & THE ARTS!!!

Our Board had a unique opportunity to enjoy multi-cultural art exhibit embracing diversity, held at our President’s Church, Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. It was a great chance to share art and culture together.

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville getting our Mardi Gras ON @ the D4 Meeting in Fernandina!!! 

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Arts & Crafts Competition was a GREAT Time for Fun & Fellowship & Friendly Competition!!!

We had a great turnout for our 2020 Art & Crafts Competition! Congrats to EVERYONE...our Group Project (SEE BELOW in August) won the President’s Choice as well as the People Choice & Cathy’s birdfeeder (recycled materials) won the Judges Choice-Best of Show!

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Gives BIG SMILES! 

Our Smiles Christmas Giving Tree was a great success. Each Club Member made a donation in honor of someone this Christmas Season. Gifts from $5 to $250 were collected and colorful bells were used, along with a gift tag on each. Our Club gave over $1355 for Smile Gifts, to give 5.5 Life-Changing Smiles this Christmas Season! Way to Give, Girls!!! To date, our Club has raised and donated money for 19 Smiles in conjunction with GFWC Florida President’s Special Project. Thank You, Kim, for spearheading this campaign!!!

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Joins with Other D4 Ladies to Visit St. Augustine School of the Deaf & Blind.  

This field trip to visit the facility was certainly appropriate for this time of the year - a time to be thankful.  Our Club members were able to support the Arts by viewing one of the School’s performances and by giving a generous donation, as well. Our members also bought poinsettias (for just $5 each) that were grown by the students of the school!!! Those kids are the blessed ones and our Club Members were blessed to be there with them. Tears were shed more than one time on a day like that!!!

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Brings Comfort to Hubbard House 

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville had the opportunity to tour Hubbard House, a local “Safe Place” for battered people and their children. Our Club brought COMFORT to these victims in the form of lap blankets that was knitted from the yarn donated by our Club Members. The actual housing facility of the survivors is SECRET, of course. Hubbard House was founded because of the realization of our area’s high crime rate with domestic violence.  They recognized a great need in our community for a place to be a sanctuary from the cycle of abuse (men and women, mostly women.) Hubbard House houses between 160 and 180 people at a time. The housing for these victims comes from grants, but that covers only part of the expenses needed to run such an effective facility. That’s where the Hubbard House Thrift Store comes in. It is a place to raise money, employ past victims and create awareness in our community for the good they do. The goal of Hubbard House is to educate these victims and empower them to break the cycle of abuse that often ends in death. We are proud to partner with such a great organization!


GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville turned 106 this month & how did we celebrate? By giving to Greenfield Elementary School, an under-served English Second Language (ESL) School in our area. 

We filled up an SUV with school supplies and food. During the upcoming long holiday weekend, many children in this school go hungry, due to the missed meals the school normally provides. Our Club Members also donated gift cards, to help with meat, dairy products and fresh vegetables. Our Club gave monetary donation to be used where it will be most helpful! It was also an chance to brainstorm about how we can partner with this ESL school to bring educational opportunities to their students and parents. The staff from Greenfield was overwhelmed by our Club’s generosity.


GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville took advantage of the old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” last weekend, as we held a Club-Wide Garage Sale to raise money for the NE Florida Families of Fallen Officers.

Our ladies asked friends & family to join the cause by donating to our HUGE 2-day sale. People at the sale were eager help by often telling us to “keep the change” since it was for such a needed cause. A special “Thank You” to Sandy for opening up your home for our event! We raised over $1,500!!! Good Work, Ladies!!!  

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jax Participates in the November 1st Honoring of May Mann Jennings

Six of our Club Members, (Julie, Alice Jac, Marsha, Carol and Kelly) had the privilege of attending the November 1st event honoring May Mann Jennings at the historic Evergreen Cemetery. It was a lovely tribute, rich in history, sponsored by District 4 and led by our own District Director, Theresa Crockett. Afternoon Tea was held at the Riverdale Inn for the 28 in attendance.  We all walked away with an enhanced picture of our GFWC past and with additional knowledge making us all proud to be members of GFWC! 

District 4 - We do More!!!    

Seven GFWC FL Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Attend the D4 Meeting in Lake City!

Theresa Crockett did an awesome job with the meeting, reminding us of our Federation roots- looking ahead to Aug. 26,2020 - 100 years of the "Right to Vote" for Women. (19th Amendment). We welcomed the new GFWC President Elect Dianne Foerster and Director Elect of the Junior Clubs, Candice Postel. The theme of the meeting centered around the ABC Blocks = All Be Concerned. 

   • Service Day for District 4 is December 6. Stay tuned for more details on this.

   • We elected a new Director for District 4 for 2020-2022- Debbie Johnson ! 

   • Julie spoke on behalf of our Club, listing our accomplishments. 

It's a great way to connect & hear about all the wonderful things that District 4 is doing! 

District 4 - We do More!!    Rocking the teal t-shirts !!

GFWC FL Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Have Lots Fun While Expanding Their Creative Wings!!

Just in time for the 2020 SWC of Jax Arts and Crafts Competition, several of our ladies and their guests, spread their creative wings to try something new: wreath making!!! Our Club Member, Elaine, graciously opened her home and we had about 10 attending wreath making event.  A special "Thanks" to Marsha for generating the idea, and to all who attended. It was a fun afternoon filled with good food & drink & friend-time! And just look at these gorgeous wreaths!!! Special thanks to Cecy Webb (Craft-Lady Extraordinaire) and a Hello to a new member of SWC of Jax, Gloria Salmon, who attended.

GFWC FL Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Supports the Americans for Prosperity Grand Opening in North Florida!!

The GFWC FL SWC of Jax was proud to support one of our youngest members, Gillian Castillo, and the organization she represents, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), during their recent Grand Opening Event the first weekend of October 2019. Not only is Gillian a well-informed asset to our Club, she is also an accomplished Belgian Waffle Chef, running 3 waffle makers at 1 time! AFP is all about ACTION…so NATURALLY we jumped on the opportunity to build relationships with this grassroots non-profit from day one! Several of our members learned of ways we can help connect the people in our community we already serve with this valuable new resource. We learned from some of the organizations that AFP advocates for, including Concerned Veterans for America and The Libre Institute. These organizations work with AFP in promoting ways to educate the general public about public policies and helping people live the American Dream! We look forward to partnering with AFP to enrich our community!!!

GFWC Southside of Jacksonville Beats the Summer Heat by Working on Our COOL Group Arts & Crafts Project!

When it’s 95, feels like 107 degrees, it’s a great day to color (and just have fun with our SWC of Jax sisters) INSIDE to beat the heat! Cheryl and RoseMarie had worked tirelessly to prepare this group Arts and Crafts Project, that will be auctioned off this year for the charities we support. After a brief lesson, our ladies jumped right in...even using their personal devices to research the actual color schemes needed! We can’t wait to see the final project when it is completed!!!

GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jax Volunteers to Help Fight Hunger in Our Area


Several members of SWC of JAX teamed up with others at Hunger Fight’s "Feed the Backpacks" Packing Event on July 27th.


The goal of the Feed the Backpacks Initiative is to provide Title 1 elementary students in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia a nutritious meal to take home every weekend of the school year to keep them healthy, focused and ready to learn.


During this Meal Packing Event volunteers packaged Hunger Fight meals. A table of ten participants, in assembly line style: 1) measured the ingredients; 2) filled the bag; and, 3) sealed the bag. It was a fun, motivational and fulfilling way to serve those in need, with every meal packed going to benefit food insecure children and families.

SSWC of Jax Partners with St. Johns Riverkeeper to Send 72 Greenfield Elementary 5th Graders on a Learning Experience of a Lifetime!


Southside Women’s Club of Jacksonville loves partnering with St. Johns Riverkeeper, an organization that makes a difference in the life of our river through advocacy and education. Because of our generous donation, we were able to provide a unique learning opportunity for Greenfield Elementary 5th graders. Our donation helped pay for 72 students to go out and learn about their St. Johns River through hands-on educational activities. Because of local school district budget cuts, this educational experience has been eliminated. Our Club provided the funds to Riverkeeper, on behalf of Greenfield--an underserved elementary school in our area, to continue this valuable learning activity. It was a perfect day to be out on the water. Students became scientists studying the salinity of the river and discussing how it changes throughout the watershed and on a daily basis through the water cycle. They learned about native plants and animals and how an ecosystem is interconnected through food, water, shelter, and air and were able to observe the river and document animals/human interactions with the St. Johns. The students had a great time and really engaged with the program activities. Southside Woman’s Club of Jax is looking forward to continuing this great learning experience, by continuing to partner with St. Johns Riverkeeper, providing this unique experience for future 5th graders!

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