​​​​​​​​​​​​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:


Some of the Arts activities being considered 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 16th.  Winning items will go on to compete in the GFWC Florida District 10 Arts-Crafts-Photography Competition, and then to the GFWC Florida Arts-Crafts-Photography 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. 

Some of the Conservation activities being considered this year include

  • Community:  Participate in Arbor Day at J.D. Parker Elementary School on January 16, 2019 with gifts of tree seedlings to 4th graders.
  • Community:  Monitor local water and conservation issues. Community:  Will consider a beach clean-up day in spring.
  • Community:  Will consider a beach clean-up day in spring.
  • Club:  Further clean-up of club grounds beautification and a short article in the club newsletter.
  • Club:  Set up recycling at clubhouse.​



 

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).  

Some of the Education activities being considered this year include:

  • School Supplies/Books:  At our September 19, 2018 meeting, we are asking members to bring school supplies and books for the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center.
  • 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.  
  • Children:  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 at risk students on grade 1 and 2 other grades according to the school site.

Leadership:  Help develop leadership skills by funding attendance at a seminar run by  HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) for a high school age girl.  HOBY is a program to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership. 




​​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.

Some of the Home Life activities being considered this year include


  • Cancer Concerns:  Club Members will again field a team for the annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” on Saturday, October 27th at Memorial Park in Stuart.  Walk begins at 9:00 am.
  • Hosting a Christmas Party:  On December 12, 2018 at the Clubhouse for the residents of The Refuge Ranch, Inc., the Martin County drug addiction treatment center.
  • Providing Meals for Hospitalized Family Members:  Club Members will provide meals in October, February, and April to the residents of Molly’s House, a short term, affordable accommodation for the families of hospitalized loved ones located near Martin Memorial Hospital.
  • Safe Space Donations:  Presenting monetary donations from our Club Members at their December Meeting to the residents of Safe Space, a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence.



 

 International Outreach:​   The International Outreach Committee is designed to enable members to become better world citizens through advocacy, education, and action, which will effect change in and for our communities locally, nationally, and Internationally

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.

Some of the International Outreach activities being considered this year include


  • International Cookbook:  The first is to support the GFWC Woman's Club of Peru through sales of their beautiful international cookbook which is chock full of scrumptious recipes   The proceeds will be used to help young girls who are planning to be teachers pay for their college education. We encourage members to purchase one for themselves or for a wedding or shower gift with its beautiful pictures and delicious foods
  • Human Trafficking:  The second is to help abolish human trafficking by partnering with a local organization. The goal is to help raise awareness of this horrific issue and to raise funds.  A luncheon is being planned for the spring.


Meetings will be held monthly on the second Tuesday of the month from 1:30  to 2:30 pm September through March.  Please refer to “Our Calendar” for exact dates.




Public Issues - This committee provides focus and support for member endeavors in our  community such as literacy and mental illness.  The Committee also  provides focus and support for member endeavors in our community on public issues such as Clean Water, Veterans, Opioid Crisis, and All Aboard Florida/Brightline.

Some of the Public Issues activities being considered this year include: 

  • Veterans Clothing and Toiletries Drive:  In November, a clothing and toiletries drive will be held for our Veterans.
  •  Park Cleanup:  In the Spring, a “Clean Up the Park” event will be held.


 

Under the leadership of GFWC and GFWC Florida, we have six community service programs that contribute to the mission of our organization.  These programs include Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach, and Public Issues.


Each committee has a chairperson and works hard to meet its purpose as outlined by GFWC.  Every member of our Club is required to serve on one Community Service Committee each year.  Descriptions of each Community Service Program follow.

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2018 - 2019 Community Service Programs