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.
GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Announces our 2019-2020 Scholarship Winners
We chose Amber Elphick as our high school recipient of the scholarship award because she is dedicated to helping the community to become a better place. She volunteers for beach clean-up, big brothers/big sisters and many other local charities. Her goal is to become a teacher and will be attending UNF to work toward achieving this goal.
We chose Arica Anderson for the Sandra Marshall Extended Education Scholarship because of her compassion and desire to become a nurse and "healer." Her daughter became very ill at one year old and that's when she realized that she wanted to become a nurse and return to school. She will be attending Florida State College Jacksonville!
We wish them both the best of luck.
Our NEW "Sandra Marshall Extended Education Scholarship Fund"
Our 2011-2019 Club President, Sandy Marshall, was inspired at a GFWC Florida District 4 meeting, by one of fellow D4 club members, when they shared about their Extended Education Fund. Our Club already has a Scholarship Fund for those individuals who go to a Duval County Public High School and plan to attend a Florida college.
Sandy outlined and presented to our Club that she would like to see our Club create a fund that would help an individual, who is going back to school, to continue their education. For example, perhaps, for one reason or an other, there was a lapse in the educational process or an inability to finish the quest for higher education. Middle-aged was a target population for being a recipient of this scholarship. We created this “Sandy Marshall Extended Education Scholarship Fund” for the 2019-2020 season and we awarded Arica Anderson with a $1,500.00 scholarship to further her education in the nursing at FSCJ.
GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jax BOD “Think Tank”
It might have been almost 100° out side, but that didn’t stop the GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jax BOD from carrying out the plans for our combined Board of Directors’ “Think Tank!” Our outgoing and incoming BOD met on the rooftop lounge of River & Post to have a brainstorm session that addressed membership, protocol, and creative ways to inspire our Club in becoming more GFWC savvy. The ideas were just as HOT as the day but we all enjoyed the view, refreshments and the camaraderie of friends.
GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Inspires Smiles
What makes us smile? Donating to “Operation Smiles” using our Smile Cans!!! We have collected change, folding money and checks for 2 more “smiles” since May! What else makes us smile? Having all our Members & Guests create “smiley face” stickie-note art to be used in our Club Scrapbook!!! We love all the creative ideas on “What makes YOU smile” hand-written on the poster boards!
Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville is Ready for the 2019-2020 Year with the Induction of Their New Board of Directors!
Welcome, SWC Board of Directors 2019-2020! Thank you, Theresa Crockett, for inducting our Officers. Julie Cheves Babcock, President; Janet DeLoach, 1st Vice President; Cathy Stringer, 2nd Vice President; Carol Nikielski, 3rd Vice President; Marsha Ingram, Recording Secretary; Jacinta Littlefield (Jac), Membership/Correspondence; and Alice Mound, Treasurer. Not pictured, Sandra Marshall, Finance Director; Kim Weeks Owens, Publicity; and Terry Rudman, Parliamentarian.
Congratulations SSWC Ladies! We successfully colleted money for 6 SMILES during our "Change for Smiles" Campaign!!! Our Charity Committee rounded-up our donations for a final $2,160...a total of 9 SMILES, to be given at this Spring's GFWC Florida Convention in April...WAY TO GIVE, GIRLS!!!
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!
SSWC of Jax sends 7 to GFWC FL State Convention in Orlando, FL, April 5-7, 2019!
Our Members were "Wild about Smiles" as seven of them incorporated the GFWC Way into our Club during 2019 GFWC FL State Convention. Our Club received recogition for 105 Years of Service, 3rd Place Statewide for Communications/PR and our Yearbook, and won 8 ribbons during the Arts & Crafts Competition. Way to go, Ladies!!!!
Looking keen dressed all in green!
Getting into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, our ladies dressed in diverse shades of green symboling the diverse women of SSWC Jax!!!
SSWC of Jax Exceeds Goal of Giving 5 "Smiles" for a Total of 9!
In keeping with the GFWC Florida State President’s Project "Operation Smile," our Club had the opportunity to CHANGE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN & ADULTS throughout the world, that suffer from major dental issues like cleft palate. Our Club’s goals was to collect enough money to pay for 5 surgeries at $240 each or a total of $1,200. We exceeded this goal by giving enough to give 6 smiles!!! Our Club’s Charity Committee had earmarked money for this project, also, so our Club will be able to give a TOTAL OF 9 SMILES...$2,160. WAY TO GIVE GIRLS!!!
SSWC of Jax is Proud to Support Hope Haven and Their Efforts to Provide Our Community's Families with Advocacy and Hope!
Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville enjoyed a presentation by Hope Haven, where HOPE transforms families lives. From evaluation/therapy to advocacy to helping parents with special needs children, Hope Haven has been an icon in Jacksonville for years. Thousands of lives have been impacted by the support Hope Haven gives families of children with birth defects, catastophic diseases and learning disabilities. Our Club is proud to partner with such a community-minded group!
SSWC of Jax Partners with Riverkeeper to ensure our St. Johns River Remains in the Best Possible Condition!
Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville enjoyed a presentation by Riverkeeper, a non-profit who's goal is to be the advocate for the St. Johns River that starts in the middle of our state, runs though our city into the Atlantic Ocean. We learned about steps taken to ensure that our river remains in the best possible condition. Riverkeeper is continually keeping an open eye and ear to developments and projects that threaten our river and our environment. Our Club is proud to partner with such an environmentally-conscious group!
SSWC of Jax Really Shines at the District 4 Arts and Crafts Competition 2019!
Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville really represented our Club at the District 4 Arts & Crafts Competition at the Cresent City Woman's Club! Congratulations to all who won 1st place in their division and will now go to State in April at GFWC Florida Convention! Rose Marie won "Overall Best-in-Show" Award for her very creative enhanced photography and Julie won the "Director's Choice" Award with her oustanding stained-glass artwork! Special thanks to Cheryl for organizing ALL our SSWC Jax entries!!! Our Club won a total of 17 first-place, 19 second-place, 10 third-place, and 8 honorable mention ribbons. Our Club members attending the District 4 meeting enjoyed great food and fellowship, and had fun creating a "smile" artwork in honor of our "operation Smile" emphasis this year.
SSWC of Jax Arts and Crafts Competition 2019!
Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville had a great day for our Annual Arts & Crafts Competition! Congratulations to all who entered...what a talented group of ladies we have! Special Congrats to Rosemarie & Julie...our big winners!!! On to GFWC FL District 4 Competition in February!!! Thanks to Cheryl for organizing the event & to our guest judges & proctor!!!
Holiday Fun with SSWC!
Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville celebrated Christmas during their December Meeting. Audrey was our big winner of the 50/50 drawing to benefit the 5 Star Veterans of Jacksonville! We had lots of fun givaways & door prizes, as well as an ornament exchange!!! We were entertained by some of ladies doing a skit about being "Politically Correct Christmas!"
Theresa Crockett, District 4 Director, Shares Woman's Club History!
Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville enjoyed learning about the rich history of the GFWC and about the many resourses avaiable for Club members! Always great to have Theresa and Trish Renau, District 4 Past Director, join our meeting!!!
Southside Woman’s Club of Jax Kicked-Off Their “Change for Smiles” Campaign
In support of our GFWC FL President’s Special Project, Operation Smile ~ Smiles Across the Miles, SSWC of Jax members at their last meeting created cans to collect change (folding money and checks) to help make a difference in the lives of this vulnerable group. We will be collecting for 4 months, with the goal of 5 smiles ($1,200 @ $240 per smile). This international project focuses on children and adults whose disfiguring oral birth defects make them perceived as monsters in society (if they live long enough to even grow up, since these defects interfere with eating, etc.). As we collect monies from our family and friends, we know that our efforts will CHANGE LIVES. During this holiday season we should all show our gratitude for the advantages we have by giving back to those who lives can be transformed forever.
Our legacy of community spirit and generosity continues as Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville celebrated it’s 105th birthday in November 2018! Not only did our members “pack-the-SUV” full of food, gift cards, and supplies for Greenfield Elementary School, but we also made a financial donation to the underserved, “English Second-Language” school. These items will be used to “Pack the Backpacks” for children who may not have food during the holidays.
Our Club was blessed by a unique situation: exposure for our Club during the Southern Women's Show Expo at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, FL, on Thursday, October 18th through Sunday, October 21st.
When our SSWC Board of Directors discussed the idea of a booth at the Southern Women’s Show, we were quickly discouraged by the cost, and decided to go in another direction. So imagine our surprise when the Southern Women’s Show directors contacted us about doing some volunteer work for them, in trade for a booth!!! Our 1st Vice-President, Janet DeLoach, was quick to say YES and began to organize ALL that it would take to make this happen in just 3 short weeks! (Oh…let’s not forget that Hurricane Michael disrupted our October Meeting altogether.) Everyone chipped in!!! We had the booth decorations & volunteers all ready to go!!! And what a success it was! We had over 35 women sign-up who showed genuine interest in being a part of the GFWC and our Club.
Special thanks to all the women that made this possible for our Club: Yvonne Caldwell, Janet DeLoach, Christine Flora, Marsha Ingram, Jac Littlefield, Sandy Marshall, Anne Michael, Alice Mound, Carol Nikielski, Kim Owens, Terry Rudman, Kelly Seidel, Shannon Sigman, and Cathy Stringer. Great job, Ladies!!!
SSWC Jax had a BLAST Learning @ 2018 GFWC FL Fall Board of Directors Meeting in Orlando!
Thirteen Ladies for Our Club ventured down to Orlando with a quest to learn, bond & just have some GFWC FL sisterly fun!!! We attended workshops, enjoyed delicious meals, relaxed, shopped & played! Our emphasis at the "Lunch & Learn" on Saturday was Building Leaders And Special Teams...BLAST! We all were moved by seeing the results of the "Operation Smiles: Smiles Across the Miles" surgeries to correct cleft palettes, which is our GFWC FL President's Special project for the next 2 years.
SSWC Open House 2018!
There’s hardly another word that sums up our “Opening Reception,” on Thursday, September 13th at Embassy Suites Baymeadows,
rather than “WOW!” What an absolutely fantastic and fun time we had!!! Our “emcee” Jac Littlefield, Membership Director, and her capable assistant, Marsha Ingram, did an incredible,
smashing, sensational job. We were more than delighted to welcome our guests – Shannon Sigman, Sharon Renfro, Debbie Owen, Karen Gray, Christa Mautoau – we hope we didn’t forget anyone. It was so
great to see some of the older members return – Helen Frankenberg, Alice Ridler and Pat Bushor.
Everyone donned their favorite aprons...it was wonderful to hear the grand stories surrounding each. We then delved into the arts and crafts, making “cool looking” mixing spoons to take home – with googly-eyes, glue, scissors, yarns, ribbons, and the works. Everyone brought a recipe to share. We will compile these at a later date. We all enjoyed the Triva game on the “History of Aprons.” There were a number of door prizes awarded and Marion Strong won the 50/50 drawing. We had the very best time!!!
Congratulations, Scrapbook Committee, on 1st Place in District 4!
Marion, Kim and Janet have worked tirelessly throughtout the year to design and execute a wonderful 2017-2018 SSWC Scrapbook. This year's theme, "A World of Thanks," was designed to honor our President, Sandy Marshall, and her years of dedication to our Club. Every month was designed to say "Thanks" in a different language. Needless to say, Sandy was shocked by the dedication!!!
Summer Luncheon at Fleming Island Golf Club was a HUGE Success!
On July 19th, Southside Woman's Club of Jacksonville hosted a membership drive luncheon. Jac Littlefield, our membership chairman, worked tirelessly to make sure everything was perfect. A good time was had by all!!! The pipe-cleaner flowers that each lady made, reminds us that we are all different, but when put together, our common purpose can be a beautiful thing! Great food, fun door prizes & wonderful fellowship made everyone thankful to be able to take a break from the heat of the summer and to just relax & enjoy the afternoon! Special "Thanks" to Theresa Crockett, District 4 Director, who visited with us, as well! Everyone sported their favorite sunvisors to add an elemnt of fun to our event. We had 20 in attendence & hope to make new members out of our visitors!!!
GFWC Florida's District 1, 2, 3, & 4 Leadership Camp 2018!
Special thanks to the GFWC District 3 who hosted the 2018 Leadership Camp July 27-28 in Live Oak, FL. Sandy & Jac attended, representing Southside Woman’s Club. 100 attended representing Districts, 1, 2, 3, & 4. The meeting included great discussions on leadership, goal setting, communication and a review of Parliamentary Procedures. Always a pleasure to meet other Clubs & share ideas! Pictured here is our contribution to Operation Smile plus a few pictures of the lovely grounds where the meeting was held.
GFWC Florida's District 4 Does More!
On June 15th, District 4 Director Theresa Crockett and Southside Woman's Club of Jacksonville President Sandy Marshall, hosted a District 4 PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL at Sandy's home. We were honored to have as our speaker, GFWC Florida's Mary Powell. Mary presented a program of Presidential Wisdom to eleven District 4 Presidents. The topics included protocol, parlimentary procedure, membership, leadership and more. District 4 Junior Director Jennifer Hawkins spoke to the group on the new GFWC Florida website. Presidents in attendance included: Betty Hayes - Lakeshore Womans Club, Susan Mills - Orange Park Woman's Club, Liz Dallas - Jacksonville Beaches Woman's Club, Janie Ade - First Coast Woman's Club, Elizabeth van Rensburg - Woman's Club of Palatka, Melinda Padgett - Woman's Club of Macclenny, Kathye Reily - Woman's Club of Fernandina Beach, Mindy Estep - Crescent City Woman's Club, Ann Hendricks - Lake Butler Woman's Club and Pam Graves - Junior Woman's Club of Fernandina Beach. "It Was a Great Day in District 4!!"
Congratulations to Our 2018 Southside Women's Club Scholarship Recipients
Our Club has awarded scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to eachyoung lady. This money will be used towards their educational expenses, as they pursue their next level of education. Thank you to our Scholarship Committee for your hard work and dedication in inspiring the next generation of women in our community.
Dignity for Kids ~ Our Ongoing Project for Greenfield Elementary School
Our Club has huge hearts, as evident in our recent drive to provide personal hygiene products & undergarments, for children who have "accidents" at school and for children who don't even have sock on freezing days. Our campaign continues through the summer, as we collect gently used pants, shorts & skorts for these under-served children.
Art & Crafts bringing Unity & Sisterhood to Southside Woman's Club of Jax!
Our Club REALY did SHINE at the State Competition for Arts & Crafts. Any ribbon at State-level is an honor. We took home 22 ribbons. Out of 59 arts & crafts catagories, our Club won 12 Blue (1st Place) Ribbons...no one even came close to such winning numbers!!! First-time crafter, Cathy Stringer, took a class in hand-building with clay & won 1st place in her catagory! Thank You, Cheryl Avery & Rose Marie Nesbitt for their tireless effects in challenging our Club & helping to unite our Club thru Arts & Crafts. The awards did not stop there...our Club won first place in our Division for our beautiful Yearbook!!! Way to go, Girls!
A Smile for Everyone
The members of Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville plainly had great big smiles on their faces when Dot Williamson, Carol Nikielski and Sandy Marshall reported that they had put their time and talent together to make 25 “Smile Dolls” and “Smile Bags.” This was to help children who have been born with a cleft lip or palate, or both. This condition results in a hole in the mouth or lip that doesn’t close properly. It is clearly most unsightly. Much went into the “Smile Dolls”- buying the fabric, tracing it, cutting, stuffing the dolls, and hand-stitching the dolls together.
These same ladies also made the “Smile Bags” which called for a sewing machine, iron, sewing pins, brightly colored fabric, thread, and sturdy ribbon for the drawstring. The bags are filled with personal items such as shampoo, comb, washcloth, a bar of soap, toothpaste, coloring book, crayons and a small square mirror. Before the surgery, the child takes the mirror and looks at himself and draws on one side of the doll what he/she looks like. After the surgery, they again take the mirror and draw on the other side of the doll, their new wonderful smile! We hope when they look in the mirror after the surgery, they will find great joy with their “new” look and that this will bring smiles to their faces and to those of their parents. That’s really something that we ALL can smile about!
These items were sent to the office in North Carolina and will be distributed to the various medical missions that travel to developing countries to do these free cleft repair surgeries.