From our President Stephanie Cantrell
Gerry Wilson, Stephanie Cantrell, and I have just returned from GFWC Florida Fall Board in Orlando. We spent many hours in meetings, training, and banquets. Two brand new clubs have formed and joined GFWC Florida. Club awards were handed out and yes, we did receive a few. I will pass along the information that we learned to each CSP Coordinator and Special Committee Chairs. You can see photos and videos from the Fall Board by searching #GFWCFLFallBoard2020 on social media, like Facebook. I’ve posted many photos and videos on our Club’s Facebook page, GFWC Woman’s Club of Panama City.
Mark your calendar for our District 2 Tour of Officers on Tuesday, Oct. 13th. Our own Gerry Wilson is our District 2 Director and District 2 Recording Secretary, Stephanie Cantrell, will be your host for the event. This year, the meeting will be held on Zoom, so you will be able to attend free of charge and from home or the Yacht Club. Log into Zoom between 9:30 – 9:50 AM. The program, titled “A New and Different Beginning” will begin at 10:00 AM. You will meet GFWC President 2020-2022, Dianne Foerster as well as GFWC Director of Junior Clubs 2020-2022, Candice Postel. Let’s show GFWC Florida how committed we are and support Gerry at this event. Reservations are required to attend this Zoom meeting for security reasons. I will be making your reservations at the October Luncheon and by email: Billing.Windham@gmail.com
This year, GFWC Southern Region Convention will also be held online October 29-November 1, 2020. No traveling, no hotel reservations, or expenses. Register on GFWC.org. GFWCFlorida.org and GFWC.org now require a member log-in. Go to the site, click on “Member Login” and look toward the bottom of the page in tiny letters and click on “Sign Up” to get registered. Of course, you can reach out to me for more information.
I am so excited to begin having our General Luncheons in person again. Of course, we will continue to socially distance and wear our masks when we are not eating or drinking. Zoom will also be available for those who are not able to attend in person, for whatever reason. Until further notice, we will be having our General Luncheons at the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club upstairs – there is a ramp on Bunker’s Cove Rd by the fence. We will return to our clubhouse once schools in our district return to normal spacing guidelines. Until then keep reaching for the Stars, Caroline
UPDATE: It is a new Club year for us and the Florida GFWC.
Almost all of our CSPs or Community Ser-vice Programs have new names and expanded missions.
International Outreach CSP was discontinued, and its members have joined other departments. To acquaint you with the new CSPs, you will see their mission as part of their report this month. Any member can be a part of more than one CSP. If you are interested, please reach out to the Coordinator/Contact person for that department.
ARTS & CULTURE formerly Arts CSP
Meets 4th Thursday at 11:00 AM Contact: Shelli Hampton or Anna Westbrook
Mission: The study of art and culture enriches the human experience. Art education improves problem solving and critical think-ing skills, builds focus and perseverance, and nurtures creativity, confidence, and collaboration. Cultural awareness promotes effective communication and profoundly increases the ability to appreciate and enjoy a variety of new people and experiences.
Our September meeting was a hybrid with several of us meeting in person plus Zoom attendees. Our guest, Kathy Cassanova is of Cuban descent. She cooked food from her heritage, and gave us an insight into the Cu-ban culture. We will go ahead with plans for the annual Arts & Crafts competition at either the November or December meeting. It’s time to get creative, ladies! With over 100 categories, there is no excuse NOT to submit an entry! Entries need to have been complet-ed in 2020, and with the current situation, we are sure there are a lot of you who have been working on projects! Please contact Anna Westbrook or Shelli Hampton for further information. Our next meeting will be Thursday, Octo-ber 22nd, at 11:00 AM, place to be announced. We will make Christmas cards for veterans
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH, formerly Public Issues CSP Meets 2nd Wednesday at 11:30 AM
Contact: Stephanie Cantrell
Mission: Each of us is a part of a larger society and is responsible for undertaking actions that will create a better quality of life and foster a sense of community—locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The four “broad strokes” of this effort include: citizenship; crime prevention, safety, and disaster preparedness; serving the needy, hungry, and homeless; and our military per-sonnel and veterans.
We met on September 9th at Stephanie Cantrell’s home for a deli-cious lunch and to prepare for the upcoming year. We discussed how we might assist many CSP Affiliate and Resource organiza-tions: Wreath’s Across America – annual donation and local events; Highway Patrol – history to GFWC and possible event to honor offic-ers; Habitat for Humanity – local events and supporting Resale Store with garage sale items; Sneakers for Soldiers – donation; Elementary School Clothes Closet – donation. / The annual Nation-al Night Out event was rescheduled this year to October 6th. At this event, the CEO members will distribute WHALE kits and explain the need for this identi-fication for children riding in cars. / Darcie Brooks and Catherine Thrasher volunteer monthly at the Bay County Historical Society Museum. AS you can see, it’s a fun place to be! / We will also collect socks, pillows, and lap blankets for the elderly. Please bring these items at our next meeting on Wednesday, October 14th, location TBD.
EDUCATION & LIBRARIES, formerly Education CSP
Meets 4th Monday at 2:00 PM
Contact: Cheryl Wisner or Pamela Klinert
Mission: To promote education in both children and adults, our projects are designed to foster schools, as well as other educa-tional institutions and opportunities, and to promote literacy, libraries, and the love of a good book. Through these efforts, we encourage the growth of individuals and communities at home and around the world.
We have adopted a class for the deaf students at Hiland Park Elementary. October is Fire Prevention Month, so we are giving them two copies of Clifford The Firehouse Dog. We are also hosting a Halloween pizza party for them. Our members are bringing candy and fun stuff for their goodie bags. / Cheryl Wisner made several masks for deaf children and adults. Everyone in our Club who can sew can help with this project. / Girls, Inc has been a long time project for our CSP. We have collected personal hygiene products like deodor-ant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hair brushes, combs, shampoo, and feminine products. Please bring these to the October luncheon meeting. Donations from everyone will be much appreciated. Contact Cheryl or Pamela for pickup.
ENVIRONMENT, formerly CONSERVATION CSP
Meets 4th Tuesday at 10:00 AM
Contact: Cheryl Picken or Alameda Huffaker
Mission: To encourage each of us to become stewards of the earth by working to preserve the world’s resources, protect wildlife and domesticated animals, live sustainably, beautify our communities and enjoy nature.
On Tuesday, September 22, the Environment CSP met for our organizational meeting. The theme was “Reuse”. We discussed how we can reuse many items around the house instead of throwing them away. For example, we are asking members to save your fancy wine bottles for us so they can be made into a beautiful lighted wind chime. / We have adopted two sea turtles from Gulf World. Their names are Thomas Jefferson (T.J.) and Bert. / We agreed to make a contribution to the mission of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. /We also discussed help-ing with the sea oats replanting efforts at St Andrew State Park.
The October 27th meeting will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, room 202 at 10:00 AM. Robert Girvin from Applied Research will be our guest speaker. He will talk on “Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuels”, recycling and more. Please join us. Please remember: Reduce, Recycle & Reuse
HEALTH & WELLNESS, formerly Home Life CSP
Meets 4th Wednesday at 11:00 AM Contact: Verna Payne
Mission: The human body, mind, and spirit comprise our health and wellness. To improve our well-being, we must address three key components: nutrition, disease prevention, and physical and emotional care. This Community Ser-vice Program aims to explore the various opportunities for awareness and advancement of each of these vital areas.
We met for lunch at O’Charley’s on Wednesday, September 23rd. For our October project, we agreed to make fruit and snack bags for the students at the Chautauqua Learn & Serve Charter School. We will assemble the bags and deliver them to the students on October 13th. / Palm Bay Charter School has asked for help replenishing their PE equipment. We agreed to buy jump ropes, balls and small exercise equipment for them. If members would like to donate items or funds for this project, please contact Verna Payne. / We welcome Imogene Vickers to our CSP. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, October 28th, at O’Charley’s. That’s free Pie Day. Please join us!
Meets 3rd Thursday at 6:00 PM
Contact: Kathy Mills or Jane Rigby
Mission: Although the Youth CSP is not a state-recognized Community Service Project, it supports projects that sup-port young people in our community. It also partners with other CSPs on our Club’s projects.
The hurricane postponed our 3rd Thursday meeting so we met on the 24th instead. Looks like the 4th Thursday of the month suits our group better so we officially changed our monthly meeting date. The “show must go on, so our annual Dinner & Fundraiser Auction will be on Thursday, November 13th, hopefully at the Yacht Club. At Kathy Mills’ suggestion, we will embrace the GFWC Juniors’ One Voice For Chil-dren concept and donate to activities that espouse that value system. So when Gayle Paynter donated $100 worth of non-perishable food to Bay District School’s support program for so many homeless students, we agreed to donate $200 to support this project as well. She and Jane Rigby will deliver the goods next week. Our next meeting will be at the Clubhouse on Thursday, October 22nd, the 4th Thursday. We will finalize plans for the Auction.
From Sherry Melton, our Domestic Violence & Awareness Project Chair: October is Domestic Violence Month, However, as the “ GFWC’s Signature Program, this topic has been expanded to bring awareness year-round. We are spotlighting “Break the Silence”, a national volunteer organization which provides community resources and support services to victims, survivors, and families affected by Domestic Violence. Learn more about this wonderful group at https://www.breakthesilence.org. We are asking everyone to wear purple to the October Luncheon and to help us draw attention to this issue on your personal social media. / Child abuse, campus sexual assault, violence against women of color and in the military, human trafficking— awareness must be brought to all of these issues. If you would like to help with this committee, please contact me at 850-257-3416. We would like to sched-ule a meeting next month and have a representative from each CSP attend. Time and place TBA.