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GFWC Florida Juniors News
July 2019
From the Florida Director of Junior Clubs
President Sharon and I were so honored to represent GFWC Florida at the GFWC International Convention in Austin last week. Thanks to YOUR hard work, we brought home many awards for GFWC Florida, including first place awards in ESO, Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life and International Outreach! The full list will be on the GFWC Florida Website soon. We also participated in a lip sync to Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like a Woman" with our Southern Region fellow Presidents and Directors (we were FABULOUS), and I was honored to carry Florida's flag in the opening ceremonies as Sharon escorted Jolie Frankfurth, GFWC Treasurer (and still a GFWC Florida Junior too - as is Sharon!)

The reporting forms for your 2019 projects are updated and ready to begin completing. All you need to know is here
And the
nominations and awards forms have been updated, so take a look now and think about who in your club deserves special recognition, or what project your club could do that would qualify for a One Voice for Children grant. You can also keep track of interaction that you do with other Juniors clubs, as well as Woman's Clubs and Juniorette Clubs, and think about applying for a Federation Interaction Award.

I have really enjoyed visiting clubs and meeting members! Please invite me to a club meeting if you haven't already -- I'd love to come give your members some info about GFWC & GFWC Florida as well as some encouragement and inspiration. I am here for YOU! 

So proud to represent you and to serve you  -- 

Shannon Bailey, GFWC Florida Director of Junior Clubs
Director's Project:
Book Heroes details
President's Project:
Operation Smile details
From the Junior Executive Committee
by Jeanne Takeda, Junior Elections Committee Chair

GFWC Florida Juniors 2020-2022 Officer Elections
All Junior Leaders! Think about running for a position on the 2020-2022 Junior Executive Committee! If you have been or currently serving as club president &/or on the Junior Planning Committee for at least one term, you may be eligible to run for Director-elect of Junior Clubs, Vice Director, Finance Director and Junior Recording Secretary.
If you are planning on running for one of these elected positions, have your junior club letter of endorsement [usually written by club president or executive officer(s)]. You will need to submit in writing your consent to serve if elected. All nominees must be an active member in good standing, belonging  to a GFWC Florida junior club.
Read the GFWC Florida Standing Rules – Section E Junior Clubs, explains in detail the requirements and process of requirements, election of Junior Executive Officers.
The document is on the GFWC Florida webpage:
Submitting your nomination: Check GFWC Florida Standing Rules – Section E Junior Clubs, which states: “A junior club endorsing a candidate for an elective junior office shall send a letter of endorsement which shall include the qualifications of the candidate.”
  • Send to the state Director of Junior Clubs and the chairman of the junior elections committee before September 15, 2019.
  • The election will be held at 2020 GFWC Florida Convention on May 15th weekend.
Any questions about the process please feel free to email Jeanne Takeda.
Please email NOMINATIONS to :
Jeanne Takeda, GFWC Florida Junior Elections Committee Chairman
and Shannon Bailey, GFWC Florida Director of Junior Clubs 

From the Junior Planning Committee
by Vi Zonfrelli, GFWC Florida Junior Public Issues Chair

Women in the Military Grand Initiative Project Ideas
  • Assemble "Veterans Bags" - bags for returning personnel containing nail polish, hand sanitizer, nail file, lip balm, trail mix, thank you note cards, etc. Adding a personal note thanking them for their service or supporting their husbands who are active duty.
  • Collect formal evening gowns and cocktail dresses to donate to a near- by military bases. The bases hold several dressy events and balls during the year and this affords women to select a gown/dress so they are able to attend the event. 
  • Sponsor baby showers for pregnant veterans at military bases. Contact your local Fisher House, offer to provide food for a special event or sponsor a party for children staying there while visiting a parent. Fisher Houses are located at military and VA Medical centers around the world. The Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Currently there are 77 homes in operation. (For additional info:
  • Attend Wreaths Across America events at National Cemeteries. 
  • Invite a female veteran to speak at your monthly club meeting.
  • Contact your local VFW and American Legion to see if they have women veterans as members. If they do, plan a thank you tea or ice cream social for the ladies. 
  • Gold Star Mother's Day - September 30. National Gold Star Mother's Day was created to recognize and honor those that have lost their son or daughter while serving our country in the United States Armed Forces. (
  • Blue Star Mothers is an organization that provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in active service in the US Armed Forces. ( Look online to see if there is an organization in your area and invite one of the members to speak at a club meeting - November would be an awesome meeting as we observe Veterans Day.
Check out the 
GFWC Florida 
ESO Facebook 
Book Club
, and get reading! 

We are on our 6th 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
Event hosted by GFWC TampaBay Woman's Club  
Click here for the Facebook event Page.
Event hosted by GFWC Naples Junior Woman's Club 
Click here for details.
Event hosted by GFWC Pasco Junior Woman's Club
 Click here for the Facebook event Page.
Event hosted by GFWC Florida District 8.
Click here for details.
Mark your calendars now for GFWC Florida Fall Board of Directors meeting in September -- make it a girls' weekend!
Club Photos & News
GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s Club members put together toiletry bags for ECHO (Emergency Care Help Organization). These bags will be given out to the homeless clients that seek help at the ECHO organization. The toiletry bags included a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, deodorant and a comb.  The collection of toiletry items was an ongoing project throughout the year at each general meeting.  
Members of the GFWC Sebastian River Junior Woman’s Club are holding their annual Science Camp next week for local children -- stay tuned for photos!
GFWC Seminole Junior Woman's Club had a great night packing for Operation Military Matters -- 154 boxes packed!
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