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Welcome to the GFWC Woman's Club of Stuart



Arts- Create and contribute to arts education and activities in our communities.  Activities are designed to inspire clubwomen to engage their creative side.  Encourage programs and projects for the arts including dance, music, theater, all forms of self-expression.  Some of the programs    being considered for Arts this year include:


  • GFWC:  Coordinate with GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart’s annual Art-Craft-Photography competition. The club competition will take place at our monthly business luncheon on January 18th.  Winning items will go on to compete in GFWC District 10 Arts and Crafts Festival, then to the GFWC Florida Arts and Crafts Competition. Let's enter and win lots of ribbons!
  • Community:  ​With club members, increase the awareness and support of the arts in our community and attend shows.
  • Club:  Support club endeavors focusing on the arts including the “Art is Everywhere” Tour. 



Conservation - Enhance our environment for healthier living.  Bring GFWC to the forefront by way of conservation programs. The Conservation program is designed for members to gain an appreciation for our environment.  Through  preservation, maintenance and restoration of our natural resources, it strives to educate members about the importance of beautifying our communities, preserving, maintaining, and restoring natural resources, and stimulating citizen action to address these concerns. We will meet November 15th after the club meeting at 1:30 pm, and February 21st at 1:30 pm.  Some of the Conservation activities being considered this yearinclude: 


  • Community:  Participate in Arbor Day at J.D. Parker  Elementary School with gifts of tree seedlings to 4th graders.
  • Community:  Monitor local water and conservation issues.
  • Club: Further clean-up of club grounds and beautification and short article in the club newsletter.



Education - GFWC members become motivated, educational change agents within their communities to increase rates of adult/youth and family literacy (the ability to read and write).  At our September 13th meeting we are asking members to bring school supplies for the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center

Some of the activities being considered for Education this year include:​
 


  • Children:  Volunteer at the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in Stuart and assist with reading, science, conservation and other programs as needed.  Identify ways to help the youngsters enhance their love of learning.  Assist by supporting their needs with volunteers, materials and equipment. 
  • Literacy Program:  This year we will enhance our literacy program by partnering with 4C’s (Caring Children, Clothing Children) in their literacy program that has been established in five elementary schools in Martin County. Tutors work one-on-one in a school setting, once or twice a week for 1.5 - 2 hours on the day of their choice. Literacy tutors focus on reading strategies according to the needs of the individual students. Materials and training will be provided. The program targets grade 2 and other grades at the various schools.



Home Life - The purpose of this committee is to identify needs and educate members and the community by drawing attention to the available resources for strengthening individuals, families and communities.  We may work with partner organizations that improve the lives of those in need.  We will implement projects that prove the lives of those in need. We will implement projects that increase awareness of prevention, research and treatment of diseases, promote a healthy lifestyle, address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing and homelessness, and promote financial responsibility.

Projects planned for this year include:

  • Cancer Concerns:  Club Members will again field a team for the annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” on Saturday, October 28th at Memorial Park in Stuart.  Walk begins at 9:00 am.
  • Inadequate Housing Concerns:  Club Members will be joining Habitat for Humanity of Martin County on the annual “Women’s Build Day” in May 2018.  Club Members will join with other community members for a day to help in the construction of Habitat Homes.  Date and location to be determined.
  • Providing Meals for Hospitalized Family Members:  Club Members will provide monthly meals to Molly’s House, a short term, affordable accommodation for the families of hospitalized loved ones located near Martin Memorial Hospital
  • Other projects may be considered –  please contact the Chair.



International Outreach -  The International Committee Programs for this year focus on human trafficking and helping to restore victims. The committee will do this by raising cultural awareness of this global tragedy, fundraising activities to help restore victims, and advocating for basic human needs and promoting self-sufficiency. This may include supporting legislation to mandate education and penalize the perpetrators.

January is National Human Trafficking Month.  The committee will partner with other organizations to promote awareness  and raise funds. Several activities are planned including:


  • Sponsor a drive in January for individual toiletry bags for police to give local victims of sex trafficking.
  • Promote and support awareness presentations in our community in partnership with other organizations throughout the year.
  • Assist with a major community event in Stuart to raise awareness of this epidemic which is the unveiling of a public mural in downtown Stuart by Catch the Wave of Hope.


Meetings will be held monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm for one hour starting on October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9 and February 13. 


 

Public Issues -  This committee provides focus and support for member endeavors in our community such as literacy and mental illness.  Two Scheduled Meetings at the Clubhouse: Thursday, September 28, 2017 and Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm.

The Committee provides focus and support for member endeavors in our community on public issues such as Clean Water, Veterans, Opioid Crisis, All Aboard Florida/Brightline.

  • The Committee will:  Highlight areas for engagement among current issues such as Clean Water, Veterans, Opioid Crisis, and All Aboard Florida/Brightline.
  • Identify knowledgeable people who can guide activities.
  • Select specific tasks to support.
  •  Enlist member volunteers.
  • Bring together all pertinent service committee chairs to support this work.​


2017 - 2018 COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS