Junior Woman’s Club attends state convention

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
Members of the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club attended the 117th Annual State Convention of the GFWC Illinois Federation of Woman’s Club at the Decatur Conference Center in Decatur on May 3-5. The Junior Woman’s Club was presented with the 2011 Overall Community Service Award for the Blue Division at the Junior Level. Receiving this award from left: Donna Cross, Karyn McCarthy, GFWC Illinois Junior Dean of Chairman; Becky Weber, Candy Godbee, GFWC Illinois Director of Junior Clubs; and Nancy Rodier, members of the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club.

The 117th Annual Convention of the GFWC Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs was held May 3-5, 2012, at the Decatur Conference Center in Decatur.

The theme “Spread Our Wings and Fly,” was used throughout the convention. Donna Cross, Nancy Rodier and Becky Weber of the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club were also in attendance.

GFWC Illinois State President Nancy Willis opened the Convention at the General Session I Business Session on May 3. The GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club received the following state awards in the General Level Clubs, in membership category for clubs between 16-30 members: Legislation and Public Policy, first-place Junior; and 2011 Publicity Book Contest, first place and overall winner. Their Publicity Book has been sent on to GFWC International Level for judging.

At the opening luncheon “Flying High On A Single Wing” on May 3, the Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club received the following state awards in the General Level Clubs, for clubs between 16-30 members: Conservation, first-place Junior; and Education, first-place Junior.

The evening of May 3, at the Federation Banquet, “Under Our Wing – Keeping The Promise,” the keynote speakers were Rebecca (Becky) Weber, GFWC International Director-Elect of Junior Clubs; and Roy Harley, Prevent Child Abuse of Illinois, executive director.

GFWC Illinois celebrated its partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois during this banquet with a check presentation to Prevent Child Abuse of Illinois for $20,000 from the funds raised by the GFWC Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs for 2011-12.

The Junior Woman’s Club received the following state award in the General Level Clubs, for clubs between 16-30 members: GFWC Illinois State Project “Our Promise…A Safe Place for Every Child,” second place.

On May 4 at the General Session IV Business Session, the Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club received the following state awards in the General Level Clubs, for clubs between 16-30 members: Home Life, first-place Junior.

GFWC Illinois President Nancy Willis presided over the Unity Luncheon “Like Wings of the Butterfly, Once Fragile Now Strong” on May 4. The keynote speaker was Vicki Smith, executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The special guest speakers were Dan Rutherford, Illinois State treasurer and Pat Broggi, Children’s Research Foundation, liaison.

In the afternoon, Candy Godbee, GFWC Illinois director of Junior Clubs, called the business session 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: Art, Conservation, Home Life - Honorable Mention, International Outreach, Leadership, Legislation & Public Policy, Public Issues, GFWC Junior Special Project: Advocates for Children, and Women’s History and Resource Center. They received the Overall Community Service Award for the blue division.

The evening of May 4 was the GFWC Illinois Junior Installation Banquet, “Loveable, Huggable Volunteers Making a Difference.” Keynote speaker was Rebecca (Becky) Weber, GFWC International Director-Elect of Junior Clubs. The Junior Leadership Awards were announced at this function. The following members of the Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club were honored: Melissa Rhoades received the GFWC Illinois Junior of the Year; and Donna Cross received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

At the General Session VIII – Final Business Session on May 5, the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club received the following award: Community Improvement Program Contest, first place and overall. They received $50 and their Community Improvement Book has been sent on to GFWC International Level for judging.

The GFWC Illinois Awards Luncheon, “Only By Embracing Each Other Can We Fly” was held Saturday, May 5.  The Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club received first-place Junior in Leadership and first-place Junior in Public Issues.

That evening of May 5 was the Installation Banquet – “Presence of GFWC – volunteers Wings at Work.” Carol Rich, GFWC Illinois past state president 1990-92, installed the 2012-14 GFWC Illinois Officers.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women’s volunteer service organizations, was founded in 1890 and chartered by the 56th United States Congress in 1901. More than 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding. Almost 8,000 women, in about 250 clubs, throughout the state of Illinois, in small towns and big cities, have found fun and fellowship working together with more than 100,000 women world wide to improve their communities and support charities and important causes.

The GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. For more information about the club, contact them at:  P.O. Box 954, Metamora, IL  61548-0954; or call Donna Cross at 383-4843 or visit them online at www.mghjwc.org.

— Submitted by Donna Cross