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GFWC Florida Juniors News
May 2019
From the Florida Director of Junior Clubs
We had a fantastic 124th GFWC Florida Annual Convention! 
We had a great time at the Wild Thing Lip Sync Battle, Junior Club Presidents enjoyed a roundtable meeting, and there were so many awards for Junior Clubs and members...

Did you miss Convention? Mark your calendars now for Fall Board in Orlando -- September 20-22, 2019.

AWARDS at Convention:

Joyce Johnston Membership Increase Winner:
GFWC Pasco Junior Woman’s Club 90%

One Voice for Children Grants:
GFWC Temple Terrace Juniorettes $250
GFWC Plant City Junior Woman’s Club $500
GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Lakeland $1000
GFWC Pasco Junior Woman’s Club $1000

Jennie June Education Scholarship
Jordan Burk, GFWC Plant City Junior Woman's Club $750
Shelby Gerber, GFWC Orlando Junior Woman’s Club $750

Mary Ann Taylor Award:
Sandra Roth, GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Lakeland
$250 awarded to Camp Fire Sunshine Central Florida

Gail Hill Smith Marketing Award:
GFWC St Petersburg Junior Woman’s Club

Nancy Crawford Leadership Award:
Sharon Caltagirone Grace, GFWC Pasco Junior Woman’s Club

Charlotte Meeds Smith Volunteer of the Year Award:
Joy Post, GFWC Lake Placid Junior Woman’s Club

Teddy Hulse Junior to Junior Interaction Award:
GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club

Ginny Winesmann Award: Joy Post, District 9 Junior Director 

Most Outstanding Junior Chairman:
Joanna Williams, HomeLife Chair

2018 Emmys for Outstanding Junior Club by category:
Category 1- GFWC Okeechobee Junior Woman’s Club 
Category 2- GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club 
Category 3- GFWC Lake Placid Junior Woman’s Club

2018 Mary Clark Award for most outstanding Junior Club:
GFWC Lake Placid Junior Woman’s Club

So proud to represent you and to serve you  -- 
Shannon Bailey, GFWC Florida Director of Junior Clubs / (727)365-7112
Director's Project:
Book Heroes details
President's Project:
Operation Smile details
From the Junior Executive Committee
by Candice Postel, GFWC Florida Director-Elect of Junior Clubs
Show us new members and we will show you the money!!!! 
Our goal is to really increase our GFWC Florida Junior membership during this administration.  We know you are all super competitive so we decided to provide an incentive!  We already have the Joyce Johnston Membership Increase award so the Junior club with the highest percentage increase is recognized, but instead of just being recognized at the 2020 GFWC Florida Convention, we will also fund a membership social for your club to celebrate all your new members!  We will have three winners, one in each category.  The club in each category with the highest percentage increase in members reported from 2018 to 2019 will win!  We will provide $100 to each category winner so your club can have a fun social to celebrate all your new members!

From the Junior Planning Committee
by Michelle Cortazzo, GFWC Florida Juniors' Special Program Chair

All Woman’s, Junior, Juniorette clubs are encouraged to make programs and projects that nurture the needs of children a priority every year during Advocates for Children Week. This year Advocates for Children Week will be from October 20-26, 2019. This is a great time to start planning exciting events in honor of Advocates for Children Week.
For GFWC Florida, we want to put a special focus on the problems of childhood obesity.  All club members should encourage healthy activities and eating patterns that are fun and easy for children and families to adopt. Such activities could include walking and short running races, or more structured programs such as a Trike-A-Thon. Sponsoring a Trike-A-Thon is a fun learning service program for daycares and preschools that teaches trike and riding toy safety while at the same time helping the children.
Another fun idea would be to have an event such as “Girls on the Run” to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates running. Host a “TuTu Party” to fashion tulle tutus for the young girls to wear in their activities and race.
In addition to activity-based events, club members should also seek ways to focus and highlight healthy eating habits.  During your activities, include fun and creativity healthy snacks such as fresh fruits, vegetable sticks, sugar-free treats.  Make a list of such items to share with families.

Bulletins for GFWC Florida Juniors' Special Program can be found here.

Check out the new 
GFWC Florida 
ESO Facebook 
Book Club
, and get reading! 

We have read 
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 
Michelle Obama's Becoming,
& The Nightingale! You can discuss any of these books by finding the book event page in the ESO group link above.
Upcoming Club Events
You may know that typically in each odd year, all the Juniors from throughout the state get together over the summer. Usually the format is a workshop & training day. This year, we are excited to announce that we are going to try something new...
Save the date and spread the word for 
GFWC Florida Juniors Summer Fun Day
Saturday, July 13th, 2019
at Treehoppers Aerial Adventure Park 
in Dade City
11 AM - 4 PM

$50 per person includes box lunch, team building and 3 hours of fun on 8 different ropes and zipline courses
($10 per person if you don't wish to climb and want to come for lunch and fellowship)

All Juniors are welcome -- registration will open June 15th...
Event hosted by GFWC Tampa Junior Woman's Club!
Click here for the Facebook event Page.
Club Photos & News
Prevent Child Abuse America is one of GFWC's Partners under our Signature Program. Clubs did a great job spreading awareness by planting pinwheel gardens all over the state in April for Child Abuse Prevention month! Plan now to incorporate an event into next year's club calendar.
GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Midtown partnered with the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend for the literary festival, Word of the South. ELC provided free books to every family and JWCM members led story time, handed out books and assisted children's author Eric Litwin. It was a wonderful day! 
Book Heroes project are going strong! GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman's Club installed a Little Free Library at their local YMCA that they can't keep stocked!
We need YOU to submit upcoming events and photos of what your club has been up to -- click here to submit and share with all of us.
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