GWFC 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 SWC of Jax “Saddled Up for Smiles” at the GFWC FL Fall Board of Director’s Meeting!
We had 6 gals who moseyed on down to Orlando for a Boot-Scootin’ good time at this year’s GFWC FL Fall Boards! Julie, Cathy, Gillian, Janet, Kim and Alice M. enjoyed meeting new Federation Ladies and District 4 Sisters during the Friday Night Get-Togethers.
Saturday was an excellent time for learning to hone our GFWC skills through informative workshops. At lunch, we learned how to wrangle joy and balance in our lives. The lack of joy in our lives comes from Isolation, Stress, Exhaustion, Staying Indoors, Withholding Your Talents, and Eating Processed Foods. We will find our joy when we replace those negative contributors with these GOOD lifestyle choices: Being in Community, Finding Pleasure, Proper Sleep, Getting Plenty of Sunlight and Nature, Making Contributions to Society Using Your Skills, and Eating Natural Foods. During the Scrapbook Competition, Our Club took home the 2nd Place Ribbon…Great job Marion, Kim and Janet!!! D4 REALLY did represent during the State Competition: Macclenny taking 1st, SWC Jax 2nd and Palatka winning the President’s Choice Award!
Our Saturday Night “Boots and Bling” Dinner and Boot Scootin’ Fun Night was a “YawHoo” good time! We had The Andrew Morris Band at our table, which certainly encouraged us to raise our light-up boot glasses in cheers and to boogie the night away!
Sunday Morning brought more helpful workshops and a “50 Years of Sesame Street Round-Up Luncheon!” If you have NEVER BEEN to GFWC FL Fall Boards, make plans to go NEXT SEPTEMBER! It is ALAWAYS a great experience!!!
Getting the SCOOP on GFWC Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville!
What a great day at our Open House Event. We all got the “scoop” on SWC of Jax while eating ice cream on a hot September day! It was a time to relax, enjoy the day together, meet new friends & hug olds ones. We were able to present Greenfield Elementary School (via Club Member Debbie Owen) with supplies our Club members from our “Dignity for Kids” Campaign, which where collected through out the summer, including school supplies, personal hygiene products & clothing for these under-served children. Arica Anderson, our “Sandra Marshall Extended Education Scholarship” recipient, was in attendance our tell everyone “Thank You”!!!
GFWC Southside of Jax Scrapbook Wins Second Place in GFWC District 4 !
Our SWC of Jax’s Scrapbook won second place at the District 4 August Meeting in Orange Park. We are proud of the work that Marion, Kim & Janet put in this year to make our Scrapbook extraordinary! Our new President Julie was there, along with Janet, to learn & cheer SWC of Jax on!!! It’s always great to see our D4 Director, Theresa Crockett, in action. The lovey eagles were painted by Jane Mason. They will be raffled off with proceeds to go to the Conservation project in the Everglades.
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!!!