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

History by the Decade

2011 - Current

2010-2011    We started out the year with a lot of expenses including a new shingle steeple roof costing over $18,000.  Air compressor, two lift station pumps, ceiling tiles, and electrical panel.  Our main fundraiser was bingo. Rentals were down, but our ladies fundraised about $6,500 with an "April in Paris" Fashion Show along with other sales throughout the year.  Continuing projects included recycling items, Christmas Stockings for Meals on Wheels, USO snacks service families at the airport, and providing donations and classroom items for our Adopt-A-Teacher.  In October we  presented one of our past presidents, Martha Wise, with her 50 year Membership Gold Pin, and ended our year with a tree planting in our Memory Garden honoring Pat Bushor for serving three terms as our president.


2011-2012    Sandra Marshall - President’s Project this year was to "spruce up the Clubhouse".  We painted the small ballroom and lobby. New tile and vinyl baseboards were installed in the small ballroom, lobby, large ballroom, ladies restroom entry, and the bingo room.  New blinds were installed in the small ballroom. The lobby was redecorated, two new chairs for the office, and new stools for the kitchen. Plumbing repairs included a new shut off valve to the building and new restroom faucets; Landscaping included pruning of the trees and the removal of a dying oak tree.  New purchases included a new A/C Compressor, Lift Station Pump, and Refrigerator Evaporator. Our main fundraiser, bingo and rentals, were once again down, but our ladies fundraised over $6,800 with a "May Day" Fashion Show and Silent Auction, Nut Sales, Spaghetti Dinner, Xmas Bazaar, Book Sales, and Thrift Store throughout the year. We were rewarded for our efforts by receiving 1st Place for Fundraising in District 4.  Continuing projects included recycling items for which we received 3rd Place in District 4, Christmas Stockings for Meals on Wheels, USO snacks for service families at the airport, and class supplies for our Adopt-A-Teacher.


2012-2013     We became a non-smoking club due to complaints from our renters. Our meeting time was adjusted from 10:30 to 11:00 am with lunch at 11:30 and the meeting starting at noon.  The only paid staff was the building maintenance person.  We talked about partnering with the Southside Business Men’s Club, after several meeting we decided not to partner with them.  Worked on fixing up the building to improve our rentals and grow our membership.  Bingo was down again this year. Did not have a fashion show due lack of interest.


2013-2014    This year's highlight was the celebration of our 100th birthday in November.  A Gala Dinner & Dance was held on November 9 with net proceeds benefiting Hubbard House, a domestic violence center.

The general meeting was a vocal performing skit presented by the program chairman.  It was closed with Sandra Marshall the president showing the portrait of our first President Mrs. Elizabeth B. Swain and the District 4 Historian giving a proclamation for our one hundred years.  A very special and honored guest was a very vibrant and alert past president Mrs., Olin J. Moseley (105 year old).  She served in 1962 and 1967-1969.  The new building manager made many minor and major improvements to our facilities and property. An article all about our activities and a colored photo of three of our members in front of our clubhouse was featured on the front page of The Florida Times Union Metro sect. on November 9.

Bingo continues to decline. Rentals have increased. Rental fees were raised to $1,000 for a Saturday event.    Painted entranced wall a bright aqua color and move the furniture around giving in a Mid-Century Modern look. A table and a picture were donated to the club.


2014–2015    Sandra Marshall was re-elected to serve as President for the 5th year.  Bingo was closed in August due low attendance.  Rental fees were increased for Saturday events to $1800 plus tax, with lower fees for Friday and Sunday, special rates for week days and packages.  Three new members were Installed at the October meeting.

24 round tables were purchased to rent for $10 each. Front canopy had to be replaced; it was replaced with a black canopy with side curtains on the front poles with club name in white lettering across the top front.

 

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