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GFWC Florida Juniors News
December 2019 
From the Florida Director of Junior Clubs
Sooooo you may have noticed that there wasn't a November issue of Juniors News! Immediately after Fall Board was over, my husband and I took a much needed vacation. And when we returned from that, I traveled 3 more times for GFWC Florida in a 6 week period, so the newsletter didn't happen! This really busy period of travel included representing GFWC Florida at the GFWC Southern Region conference in Charleston, SC and 9 days of Annual District Meeting Tour through Districts 8-14. I love my fellow Southern Sister Presidents and Directors! We take very seriously our responsibility to entertain our constituency. Touring GFWC Florida with President Sharon Oliphant has been of my favorite parts of being Director of Junior Clubs, and we were both sad when our last year of tour came to an end. 

Soon after that, several of us headed to DC for
Orientation for the GFWC 2020-2022 Administration. I went up early to prepare for that event, and got to stay at our own GFWC Headquarters and find the GFWC Florida Book Heroes gift that Juniors sent for the holiday decorations! GFWC International President Mary Ellen Brock invited me to accompany the GFWC Executive Committee to the groundbreaking for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, where she gave a fabulous speech about GFWC's role in the long fight for suffrage. I hope clubs will support our efforts (through the remittance form) to raise $1000 so that GFWC Florida can be listed on the wall when the Memorial opens August 26, 2020 on the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Seven of us from GFWC Florida are honored to be serving on the GFWC 2020-2022 Board of Directors! We had a great weekend at Orientation hosted by GFWC President-elect Marian St. Clair, and we are excited about what's ahead for GFWC. Lots of work still to do in the last 6 months of our current GFWC Florida positions...

I still have several clubs that I haven't visited or gotten scheduled! If I haven't been to YOUR club meeting yet, will you email me so I can get on your calendar?  

So proud to represent you and to serve you  -- 
Shannon Bailey, GFWC Florida Director of Junior Clubs
Club dues and remittance forms are due December 16th! Click here for info
Director's Project:
Book Heroes details
President's Project:
Operation Smile details
From the Junior Planning Committee
by Joanne Schiefer, GFWC Florida Junior Leadership Chairman

GFWC Florida LEADS is designed to identify members at the club level who have the potential and a desire to assume leadership positions in their clubs. GFWC Florida LEADS is an educational, fun-filled day that will include presentations on time management, conflict resolution, parliamentary procedure, public speaking, delegation, protocol, the GFWC organizational history, and other topics. Attendees will interact with club members from all over the state, sharing their experiences and thoughts about accepting and advocating for leadership positions. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and learn from each other. Hope you can join us!
The 2020 GFWC Florida Leadership, Education and Development Seminar (L.E.A.D.S.) will take place on February 22, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida.  Application, $5 materials fee (“GFWC Florida”) and documentation must be postmarked by December 6, 2019.

LEADS applications are due December 6th! Click here for info
From the Junior Executive Committee
by Dionna Farmer, GFWC Florida Recording Secretary

How well motions are handled can be important to a club if the board’s actions are ever in question.  There are several ways to use motions strategically but for the purpose of this article only an overview of what motions are, how to propose one, and how to handle them during a meeting will be the focus. A record of the motion and the decision should always be reported in the minutes. 
What is a Motion?
Motions focus the voting body on what is being decided. In a smaller meeting, like a committee or board meeting, often only four motions are used: to introduce (motion.), to change a motion (amend.), to adopt (accept a report without discussion.), to adjourn (end the meeting.) These processes are designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate and to share ideas in an orderly manner. Parliamentary procedure should not be used to prevent discussion of important issues. 
To Introduce a Motion
To introduce a new piece of business or propose a decision or action, a motion must be made by a group member.  A second motion must then also be made.  After limited discussion the group then votes on the motion. A majority vote is required for the motion to pass (or quorum as specified in your bylaws.). Only one motion can be considered at a time. 
In the role of Junior Recording Secretary, it has been easiest for me to keep track of motions and their approval through the use of a motion form.  At meetings, those who are interested in making a motion complete a motion form prior to speaking to the voting body.  The form is given to me in order to add it as an attachment to the minutes.  This process allows for a clear record within the minutes as to who made the motion, the verbage of the motion, as well as its approval status. 
Below is an example of a motion form.  It is helpful for the recording secretary to keep several of these on hand during a meeting should a member need one during the meeting.
Check out the GFWC Florida 
ESO Facebook Book Club
, and get reading! 

We are finishing The Book Thief (discussion 12/7) and next month we'll be reading Girl, Stop Apologizing (discussion 1/4/20).

We are on our 11th monthly book -- you can discuss any of these books by finding the book event page in the ESO group link above. And you can learn more about ESO and join here.
Upcoming Club Events
Virtual Walk now through December 13th hosted by GFWC South Brevard Junior Woman's Club - click photo for link to their club Facebook page
Breakfast with Santa Event -- December 7th
hosted by GFWC Pasco Junior Woman's Club 
Click photo for link to Facebook event.
Giftwrapping Fundraiser hosted by GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman's Club December 7th - click photo for link to Facebook event (also on December 19th!)
5K Reindeer Run hosted by GFWC Plant City Junior Woman's Club - December 14th - click photo for link to Facebook event.
Breakfast with Santa hosted by GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Club December 14th - click photo for link to Facebook event
Storytime with Santa event hosted by GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman's Club December 15th -- click photo for link to Facebook Event
Save the date now for the Crawl for a Cause event hosted by GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Midtown February 29th - click photo for link to Facebook event
2019 Reporting forms are due January 15th! Click here for info
Club Photos & News
GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Fernandina Beach recently hosted their 2nd annual Florida-Georgia Bash and raised nearly $10,000!! They are making a HUGE donation to GFWC Florida Sharon Oliphant's President's Project Operation Smile. Way to go, ladies!! 
Members of the GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Midtown had a great time hosting Trunk or Treat for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend! Members set up their trunks with decorations, a game, and candy as participants went through trick or treating!
GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club thoroughly enjoyed planning, hosting, and attending Boo Bash Bingo (for designer handbags) on October 22, 2019.  Presented in the format of a Halloween party, the event was highly successful in raising funds for many Club projects, including the Club's Holiday Party for Underprivileged Children, which is in its 34th year.
GFWC Naples Junior Woman's Club did yoga together at their November Stretchy Social! Click the photo to see their Facebook page -- they do an amazing job with their graphics and posts!
GFWC East Tampa Junior Woman's Club and friends recently volunteered at Second Chance Last Opportunity (SCLO). The Juniors donated feminine products and supplies, and do SO many projects in their community!
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