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

SWCJAX Happenings

Hurricane Nicole did not stop our Club from their mission: no hungry kids on our watch!

Debbie Owen of Greenfield Elementary School (a local ESL school we support by “Filling the SUV” every year...which was postponned until December due to Hurricane Nicole) gladly accepted a check for $500 from SWCJAX to be used to supplement children’s meals during the long holidays of Winter. The increase in demand has been phenomenal due to the rise in price of food and the cost of rent skyrocketing, impacting the children the hardest.

Our SWCJAX Ladies had a great time at our October Meeting!!! If you are interested in joining our great group for lunch, contact Jac @ Jacswc@gmail.com

Our SWCJAX Ladies workerd on our "Group Project" after our October Meeting!!! We all are amazed by Cheryl's endless talents & creativity & organization!!! Our final product will be auctioned off later, with proceeds benefiting Camp Boggy Creek, the 2022-2024 GFWC FL President's Project. Great Job, Ladies!!!

SWCJAX is all about giving back!!!

We filled the SUV for Greenfield Elementary School!!!  Thank You for all the support! The representative from Greenfield shared how the children benefit from all our generosity.

Tropical Start at Our GFWC-FL SWCJAX Open House
   Aloha!  This Hawaiian greeting acknowledges the community between people as well responsibility & good will toward each other. This was the Open House theme at The Southside Woman’s Club in September! The Club kicked off their club year in style and welcomed Jacqueline Boykin, from Camp Boggy Creek who shared the mission of the camp - founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General Norman Schwarzkopf with one simple premise... “every child, no matter their illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp.” This is the GFWC FL President’s Project for the next 2 years. Our Club has pledged our support. Special thank you to Elizabeth Van-Rensburg, District 4 Director and our many guests for attending. Kelly was our lucky 50/50 winner! Aloha!

 

SWCJAX goes to The Cummer & The Florida Yacht Club for an Afternoon of Culture and Fun

   On June 25, GWFC FL District 4 hosted an event  at The Cummer Museum and The Florida Yacht Club.   Our Club was well represented with 6 ladies in attendance.  Nice afternoon & a great opportunity to mingle with other clubs.   

GFWC FL Southside Woman’s Club of Jacksonville Goes Back to High School!

    GFWC FL SWCJAX celebrated our “High School Years” by playing lots of fun music, dressing from our graduation year & trying to guess who was who in our own “SWCJAX High School Annual.” Thank you, Jac, for bringing this fun event to life!

 

GFWC FL District 4 is Off and Running!

    Our new GFWC FL District 4 Director, Elizabeth Van-Rensburg, hosted a meeting at her home in Palatka on June 17.   Julie and Jac attended and had a sneak peek of the coming year with District 4.   It was nice to gather together with a few Club Presidents and others from GFWC FL.  Elizabeth has picked the Florida Emergency Fund as her Charity project for her 2 year term.  "Category 4 - Meet District 4!"

 

SWCJAX helps Greenfield Elementary Students Grow to Respect Nature!!!

    “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”  How wonderful that our Southside Woman's Club of Jax played a small part in this for Greenfield Elementary School.  The Club recently collected egg cartons and purchased seeds, etc. to help the school begin growing vegetables and flowers as part of their curriculum.  Our environment is richer for this and as a Club we helped promote a wonderful teaching opportunity for Greenfield Elementary.  Special Thanks to Shannon Sigman for coming up with the idea and for the Club for supporting this great idea! 

GFWC FL Southside Woman's Club of Jacksonville celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a Field Trip to JGMS!!

On our recent Field Trip to the Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society the Southside Woman's club had a chance to refresh our memories on different rock & mineral formations.  Special Thank you to Craig Hamilton (a SWCJAX Booster) who shared his expertise with the group.  This is a wonderful location with an interactive museum and classes offered. Thank you to Julie for organizing this adventure.  

Mission Accomplished, GFWC FL Southside Woman's Club of Jacksonville, Eagle has Landed!!

It was a picture perfect outing- with our Eagle, "Warrior"  being the star. Several of SWCJAX Ladies gathered at Five Star Vets on February 15th to present them with "Warrior."  Deborah Johnson, our District 4 Director and her husband Tom joined us also. We also brought "Books for the Brave" and 30+ Blessing Bags. Colonel Len Loving, his wife, Suzie, and the folks at Five Star Vets were so pleased and truly amazed at how magnificent our Eagle is and grateful to have him donated. In May 2021, our Club agreed to purchase an Eagle. We knew this would be a very special "Special Project" and we are truly grateful for the opportunity to have worked together and made it happen!!! Thanks to our efforts, The Everglades National Park will be improving their handicap signage, damages by recent hurricanes. Great Job, Ladies!

GFWC FL Southside Woman's Club of Jacksonville Make "Blessing Bags" as part of the "GFWC FL President's Day of Giving"!!!

SWCJAX ladies assembled over 60 "Blessing Bags" filled with personal items which will be distributed to our community partners, such as R.E.S.T.O.R.E. and 5-Star Vets!!! "Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love" - Mother Teresa

GFWC FL Southside Woman's Club of Jacksonville Shine Again!!!

SWCJAX took an amazing 17-1st place 15 -2nd place, 12-3rd place and 3 Honorable Mention Ribbons at the District Arts & Crafts in Palatka. Special Thanks to Cheryl and Rosemarie who keep us on track & help our club in so many ways. Our Group Project took 1st Place !! That's teamwork ladies!  47 ribbons out of 53 entries !!  

GFWC FL Southside Woman's Club of Jacksonville stepped into

history when they visited The Merrill House in Jacksonville.

What a great Field Trip to The Merrill Residence, renovated by The Jacksonville Historical Society and opened in December 2005. The home, built in 1886, was owned by James E. Merrill who started a small iron works in Jacksonville in the 1800's. Mrs. Merrill was a member of the Jacksonville Woman's Club. The club members visiting were able to look at her Woman's Club book that dated back to 1902.. The furnishings and the history within these walls is amazing. Our docent, Nancy Gandy was excellent, and we all enjoyed learning about the Merrill's and for a brief while we walked in their footsteps within their home.  Thank you to Sandy for organizing this trip.  Lunch was enjoyed following the tour.  

A Great District 4 Meeting in January at The Lakeshore Woman's Club.  

Jason Ware, Nancy Ware's son spoke as a survivor of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  We learned the power of surviving cancer and how to fundraise as Jason is a National Ambassador for LLS.  Special thanks to GFWC FL Lakeshore for a wonderful meeting!

SWCJAX had a Great Arts & Crafts Competition!!!

What talented Ladies we have! (Nearly every catagory had an entry or two.) Anne won the "Member's Choice" Award, Yvonne won the "Judges Choice" Award & our "Group Project" won the "President's Choice" Award. Now on to the District 4 Competition in Palatka, FL, in February!!! Good Luck, Ladies!!!

SWCJAX Makes the Holidays All About Giving!!!

We collected wrapped gifts for children at Greenfield Elementary School, who would otherwise have NO presents under the tree!!!  We also collected "Coats for the Homeless" that were taken to a local homeless shelter for distribution. Thank You for all the support, Ladies!

Our SWCJAX BOD celebrated Julie Babcock’s Birthday during their recent Board Meeting 

SWCJAX Book Club News!!! 
   Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 8th, at 11:30 a.m. The book to read is “Carnegie's Maid” by Marie Benedict. We changed the date since the November meeting would have been too close to Thanksgiving. So, the November meeting will be held on December 8th, but no future meeting in December. The next meeting will be in January, 2022 and we’ll send out a notice prior to that time, along with the book to read. If this sounds like a group you would be interested in, give Jac –  207-730-1659 or Cathy – 904-525-3890 a call and they will get you to the right ladies!!!

GFWC FL Southside Woman’s Club of Jax Gets in the "High Tea" Spirit for Open House

    What a wonderful SWCJAX Open House/High Tea!!!  The tables looked lovely. The food was just perfect! We all enjoyed learning about tea and scarves. Congratulations to Connie for guessing the most teas and to the table with 59 words! Special thanks to the venue committee for working on the menu and to Jac/Connie/Janice/Marsha who helped decorate the tables.  And to Shannon with her tea assortment that had us guessing! Our teapot winners were Carol & Janice. And Cathy walked away with our 50/50.  Thank you to all who took the time to “Dress the Role”…you all looked lovely!

GFWC FL Southside Woman’s Club of Jax Members Make Meals to Help Feed Jacksonville!

 

SWC of Jax Members volunteered and helped package the Macaroni & Cheese packets which will be distributed throughout Jacksonville as part of the Hunger Fight. Hunger Fight was founded in 2012 in Jacksonville FL and they produce and distribute shelf-stable meals that are flavorful, nutritious, and easy to prepare in boiling water to those at risk for hunger in our community.  This organization has packed to date 9,739,474 meals.   

 

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 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!!!    

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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