GFWC Junior Woman's Club members attend state convention

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

 The 116th Annual Convention of the GFWC Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs was held April 28-30, 2011 at the Holiday Inn in Rock Island, Illinois.

The theme “Volunteer’s Wings at Work,” was used throughout the convention. Donna Cross, Nancy Rodier Dee Sokol, Becky Weber, and Kelli Zaremba of the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club were also in attendance.

GFWC Illinois State President Nancy Willis presided over the convention. Special guest attending the convention was Becky Weber, GFWC International Director Elect of Junior Clubs.

The evening of April 28, Donna Cross, Nancy Rodier, Becky Weber along with 67 GFWC Illinois women traveled to the Moline/Quad City International Airport where they welcomed back 90 World War II Veterans from their Honor Flight to Washington DC. They welcomed the veterans back with flags, signs, shook their hands and thanked them for serving as the World War II Veterans filed down the center of a crowd of cheering civilians.

GFWC Illinois Director of Junior Clubs, Candy Godbee presided over the Unity Luncheon “Lovable Huggable Volunteers” on April 29. The keynote speaker was Judge Lori Lefstein, 14th Judicial Circuit.

In the afternoon, Godbee, GFWC Illinois Director of Junior Clubs, called the Business Session “Feel the Power” to order. The Junior Awards were presented to the Junior Clubs for their outstanding programs and projects this past year. The top three clubs in each division were given an outstanding achievement award.

The GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club accepted the following state awards in the Blue Division for clubs of between 17-30 members: Communications and Identity, Education, Home Life, Home Life: Health – Honorable Mention, International Outreach, Leadership, Legislation & Public Policy, Membership, and Public Issues. They received the Overall Community Service Award for the blue division.

The evening of April 29, at the federation banquet, “On the Wings of Love," the keynote speaker was Britten Follett, author and child abuse advocate.

GFWC Illinois celebrated its partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois during this banquet with a check presentation to Prevent Child Abuse of Illinois for $18,000 from the funds raised by the GFWC Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs for 2010-2011.

Throughout the convention awards were presented at each business session and banquets. The GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club received the following state awards in the General Level Clubs, for clubs of between 16-31 members: Education-2nd place; Home Life Health – 1st Place Junior; Home Life-1st Place Junior; International Outreach – 1st Place Junior; Public Issues – 1st Place Junior; Communications & Identity – 2nd Place; Membership – 1st Place Junior; Leadership – 1st Place Junior; Legislation/Public Policy – 1st Place; GFWC Illinois State Project “Our Promise…A Safe Place for Every Child,” – 1st Place Junior; and Publicity Book Contest, first place and overall winner. Their Publicity Book has been sent on to GFWC International Level for judging.

For membership information about the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club, contact Janet Manzi, membership chairwoman, 397-2933, or Dee Sokol, president at 383-2142, or visit them online at www.mghjwc.org.