Pinwheels being planted for Prevention

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The members of the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club have announced plans for Pinwheels for Prevention … Putting Children First on Tuesday as part of the anniversary celebration of its parent organization, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

They will plant 100 pinwheels to make a Pinwheel Garden in honor of all our children in our community at the Metamora Square at 10 a.m. to support Child Abuse Prevention Month.

 Prevent Child Abuse America and its state chapters, including Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, are establishing the pinwheel as a national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel was chosen to represent the hope and promise that every child deserves to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.

 Pinwheels for Prevention … Putting Children First is designed to show the public in a very dramatic way that child abuse happens in every community and encourages everyone to focus on prevention as part of an overall plan to break the cycle of abuse. The Pinwheel is a happy and uplifting symbol of childhood and allows us to celebrate children and families. Pinwheels are fun. The image of children and parents playing with pinwheels reflects an image of positive parent-child interactions.

 GFWC Federation Day is an annual celebration of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, which was formed on April 24, 1890, in New York, N.Y., by representatives of 63 women’s clubs from throughout the nation.

On April 24 of each year, GFWC and its members commemorate the historic beginning of the organization and use the anniversary as an opportunity to promote their clubs and the work they do in their communities. GFWC has more than 100,000 members in more than 4,000 clubs across the United States and in over a dozen countries.

For more information on the Pinwheels for Prevention, contact Becky Weber at 383-2319.

 The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s volunteer community service organizations, was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. GFWC has more than 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and over a dozen countries. Visit online at www.GFWC.org. GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club was founded in 1971 and has 13 serving the Metamora-Germantown Hills community.