From our President Stephanie Cantrell
“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”
Orison Swett Marden
I’m so excited about everything happening at your Club! Make sure to read up on everything all the CSPs are working on to support our local community. There is so much going on.
Several of the members of this club attended the GFWC Florida District 2 Arts and Crafts competition on March 20th in Wewahitchka. Our club had nine 1st place winners in the District 2 competition. Works by Shelli Hampton (2) + “Best of
Show”, Lois Lawrence + “District Director’s Choice”, Caroline Windham (2), Almeda Huffaker, Paula Bunch, Anna Westbrook, and Cecile Scoon will move on to the GFWC Florida Arts and Crafts Competition on May 16th!
Work also continues on our Community Impact Program (CIP), known as the “Welcome Home” Program. Linda Teilmann chairs this committee. This wonderful project pulls several agencies together to benefit the homeless students and their families: Panama City Housing Authority (rental funding), Bay District Schools (social workers & utility deposit assistance), Family Social Services (small appliances, dishes & clothes), Habitat for Humanity (furniture delivery), and Salvation Army (utility assistance). We are supplying mattresses, home goods, and furniture as needed by the individual family. To date, we have helped four families. Once the family is settled into their new residence, our Club also sends them a pizza dinner to celebrate their new home. “Welcome Home.”
Special Programs Chair Sherry Melton is focusing on Campus Sexual Assault this month, a problem that often goes unreported. In support of this campaign and to bring awareness, she will have teal ribbons for us to wear at the General Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, April 1st. One of the best things you can do for a victim is listening, BELIEVE and reach out for expert help. If you know of someone who has been a victim of any sexual assault, have them reach out to Office on Women’s Health helpline at 800–994–9662 or call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Unfortunately, victims of any sexual assault will consider suicide. Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline for immediate help: 800–273–8255.
If you are interested in joining this committee, contact Sherry.
Mark your calendar for GFWC Federation Day, Saturday, April 24th! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors on April 24th at 2:00pm to our Clubhouse for this celebration! We will gather to commemorate all members of our Club, past, present, and future! All ladies who have been a member of GFWC for 10, 20, 30, 40, or more years will be recognized. Come and celebrate the women who have made this Club what it is today. Our GFWC Florida President Dianne Foerster will participate by Zoom. Light refreshments will be served; masks are optional.
The women in this Club would not say they are extraordinary as individuals, but as a group, they
seize the opportunity and make great things happen. Be the Stars that you are!