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General Federation of Women’s Clubs

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Recent Snapshots from GFWC-Battle Ground

Boxes and bags of school supplies were taken to the Battle Ground Education Foundation office on the district’s Lewisville campus by GFWC-Battle Ground members. Standing are Ginger, president Mary Lee, Nancy, Johanna and Linda. In front are Marla, Paulette and Valerie. Not pictured is Cindi Pike, member photographer.

The club’s school supply collection barely fit in the back of Cindi's pickup truck. “Showing off” the club's success are Johanna, Ginger, Mary Lee, Paulette, Valerie and Linda.

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School supplies tallied

     GFWC-Battle Ground brought 5,261 school supply items to the Battle Ground Education Foundation office on Tuesday, August 17. Among the 23 kinds of donations were 738 pens, 515 rulers and 388 pencil sharpeners. In addition, $200 was donated to apply to possible shortfalls. The women’s service club had been amassing the collection for months to provide supplies for students in need in time for school start-up in September.

     The stash will be distributed throughout the year by the Family and Community Resource Center, an arm of the BGeF. The center’s coordinator Lydia Sanders complimented the club by saying, “I think it's safe to say we'll be good on school supplies for the next couple of years thanks to your and so many others' donations!!!” She added,


“Between your donations and volunteering your time you have helped in monumental ways to make sure that all students in BGPS will have what they need to start school this year!”

It was all about PURPLE

     To put the spotlight on October as the national "Domestic Violence Awareness Month, several members dug through their closets to find something purple to wear to the October 14 club meeting. Purple is the chosen color for DM. Paulette Stinson (club member and Columbia District President) could find nothing in her wardrobe so, instead, she painted her fingernails purple.

     Program for the meeting was given by member Wendy McDaniel who presented a power point overview of how to report, when to report and the importance of reporting. She urged all members to track their volunteer hours and dollars spent on club activities.

Posing in purple are Wendy McDaniel, Johanna Hyatt, Louise Tucker, Ginger Crabtree, Marla Polos, Paulette Stinson, Club President Mary Lee Miller and Mary Eastman.

Travel tips shared

   Member Ginger Crabtree shared a comprehensive list if traveling tips at the October 28 meeting. Among  practical topics were safety, money handling and packing to make any trip more enjoyable. A handout accompanied her presentation.

   While living in England, she purchased this big lovable handmade dog from a lady at a local Christmas bazaar. "Yogi Dogi" is the "spitten image" of a black labrador-retriever mix she had previously owned for 16 years. She has had this one for 22 years.

   Ginger has visited 64 countries on 6 continents and has mde reservations for more tours.

Some of the variety of handmade treasures Ginger has collected in her travels: weavings, pottery, textiles, wooden boxes, laces, dolls.

   Below is a three-panel display of the 253 souvenir magnets she has collected since 1998.

Birthday Bag project continues

   Chairman of Advocacy for Children, Mary Eastman, was in charge of the October 28th in-club drive for additional components for "birthday bags." The result was three totes of cake mixes, frosting, sprinkles and candles; enough to furnish birthday bags for the rest of the club year.

     A total of 130 bags have been assembled from October 2020 through October 2021. Half have been distributed by the local food bank and half through the Family Community Resource Center, an arm of the Battle Ground Education Foundation.

   Seated in the front row are guest speaker Muntean, Louise Tucker (because she wore a flag sweater), Doddie and Diamond.

   In the back row, all colorfully dressed for the special day were Darlene Angelatos (club visitor), Cindi Pike, Johanna Hyatt, Wendy McDaniel, Linda Bendall, Mary Eastman, Gloria Walck, Ginger Crabtree, Gayle Martinson, Club President Mary Lee Miller and Paulette Stinson, member and Columbia District President. Not making it into the photo was the club’s big GFWC flag posted behind Eastman.

Veterans' Day Observed

     Veteran’s Day, originally called Armistice Day, is a federal holiday to honor all veterans.  It all began on November 11 in 1911 at 11:00 a.m. when the armistice was signed ending WWI. To show their gratitude to all veterans, GFWC-Battle Ground wore red, white and blue to their meeting which fell on Veterans’ Day this year.

     Their speaker was Ovie Muntean from a nonprofit organization which creates veteran/service dog “teams." To quote their mission, “Northwest Battle Buddies gifts professionally trained service dogs to veterans battling PTSD, helping them regain their freedom and independence.” There is a high rate of suicide among veterans. As a measure of the success of the NWBB program, not one of the 170 veterans who have been aided by this program has taken his or her life.  

     Muntean brought with him veteran Doddie and her service dog, Diamond, a golden lab. She related her triumph over PTSD with the steadfast help of her dog. To learn more visit their website: northwestbattlebuddies.org. You might like to make a personal donation.


Nancy hits 80-year milestone

     Nancy Lee was totally surprised when her sister and fellow club member, Gayle Martinson, greeted her at a local pizza parlor. Gayle and a third sister arranged the 80th birthday party for Nancy and Gayle's husband, Norm. Among the invited guests, sworn to secrecy, were GFWC members, family and friends.

     Left, Bill and Louise Tucker, club president Mary Lee Miller and vice-president Ginger Crabtree. Right, Nancy, showing one of the many gag gifts she received. Marla Polos took the photos.

Cards gathered at Christmas Party

     Besides enjoying good food and exchanging white elephant gifts (and stealing them), members brought used greeting cards. Not only will the cards be recycled into new creations, but their sales will benefit a working ranch for teens who have been abused.

     Showing the variety of cards collected are (back row) Johanna Hyatt, Mary Eastman, Marla Polos, Gayle Martinson, Nancy Lee, Gloria Walck (hostess), Bev Brissler and Mary Lee Miller. In the front are Cindi Pike, prospective member Darlene Angelatos, Wendy McDaniel, Linda Bendall, (center front) Paulette Stinson, Ginger Crabtree and (inset) photographer Louise Tucker.

LFL receives add-on

   With the help of GFWC husbands Dave Miller (builder) and Ray Zimmerman (installer), a new section of the club's Little Free Library was installed on December 15. The addition matches the original LFL decor and is dedicated to the shelving of children's books. The GFWC logo is proudly displayed on both sections.

   Showing the new unit's books are president Mary Lee Miller and Johanna Hyatt who maintains the inventory. Dave and Ray, far right, admire the fiinished mini-library. The library has enjoyed a great deal of activity -- take a book; leave a book. A roof over their heads and a gravel floor under their feet, make the location inviting and comfortable for readers.


Slow stitching demonstrated 1/13/2022

   Johanna Hyatt, club member, showed the rest of the club her take on slow stitching, an activity that employs mindfullness. It's all about concentrating exclusively on hand-stitching bits of fabric together until the stitching drives out any other concerns. The goal is to focus only on the running stitches, leaving the brain no room for worrying, fretting and other life pressures.

   The "finished" pieces need not "be" anything. They are simple fabric swatches in a variety of shapes, patterns and colors. Slow stitching is practiced in many cultures besides the USA.

Members make cards for a nonprofit to give to patients to give to loved ones

  Sounds complicated, but it is all about networking. Patients in hospitals and longterm care facilities often feel as though they are continually on the receiving end of love and have nothing to give in return. Members made cheerful cards for patients to give to their loved ones. To provide a conduit between the club and various kinds of patients, the handcrafted cards were donated to a nonprofit with connections to many health care facilities.



Wendy McDaniels, left, spearheaded the project and instructed the other members in their card-making. She also provided all the patterns and materials.

  Others in the photos are Ginger Crabtree, Leese Pohl and Gloria Walck.

New member initiated

Darlene Angelato, GFWC's newest member was initiated by the club's membership chairman, Louise Tucker, at the February 10th meeting. As a new member, Darlene received a membership kit of GFWC resource information, a club flower and a happy hour goblet as a remindher that it's always a happy hour when partiipating in GFWC community service projects.

Club members pledged to mentor Darlene, listen to her ideas, and give her their friendship.

Club shows awareness of Heart Month

Eleven members of GFWC-Battle Ground wore red to the February 10th meeting to show they were aware that February is Heart Health Awareness Month. It is asso Love Your Library Month. Both recognitions are important to the club. Among those in the photo are Leese Pohl, Louise Tucker, Wendy McDaniel, Paulette Stinson, Darlene Angelato, Johanna Hyatt, Ginger Crabtree, Mary Lee Miller, Ciindi Pike, Gloria Walck and Nancy Lee.

     Lydia Sanders, director of the school district's Family and Community Resource Center, gave a program update of ways her staff uses to help students and families break away from difficult and seemingly hopeless life patterns.

    Off the job, she mentors women with low self-esteem through a one-on one "Women Who Win" model she is developing.

Lydia explains services of F&CRC

Cindi Pike, Johanna Hyatt and Darlene Angelato made this quilt for former scholarship winner, Kylie Sahota, whose father, Vancouver Police officer, Donald Sahota, recently lost his life during a criminal investigation.

Handmade quilt given

Book bags given to preschool as 'Read Across America' project

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     At the left are club president, Mary Lee with Johanna, Marla and Darlene. They gathered at the club's Little Free Library to collect the bags and insert books in each one. Who was the happiest? The givers or the receivers?

     Several of our members sewed fabric book bags for over  50 preschoolers at our meeting location, Prince of Peace Church, in celebration of Read Across America week! Bag fabric designs were  selected to be attractive to children. An age-appropriate book was included in each bag. GFWC-BG strongly supports literacy for children of all ages. These photos show the youngsters' delight!

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WOW! Did we have fun, or what? St. Patrick would approve!

Green garb - Green food - Purse exchange - Donations - Library update

The afternoon meeting began with a power point presentation by Holland Christie, Battle Ground Community Library's manager, who opened the digital doors to new, exciting services available to patrons throughout the library district.

  Her staff is helpful in assisting anyone wishing to learn how to navigate the district's website.

Green, green, green. Everyone wore green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Irish or not! Front to back: Louise, Marla, Nancy; Gloria, Paulette, Johanna, Ginger; Mary Lee, (guest) Karen, Wendy; Darlene, Cindi; Leese.

Sharin' O' the Greens. Members brought 275 lbs. of foods, all green or packaged in green. Ginger Crabtree's SUV could barely haul it all to the Battle Ground Food Bank. The estimated value was $550. The director welcomed the green food with enthusiasm. Also, Darlene Angelinos donated 16 hand-sewn cloth shopping bags.

'New' Purses for us - 'New stuffed' purses for other women

Wendy McDaniel and Paulette Stinson admire these finds. Even a Coach was among the donations!

Johanna Hyatt surveys purse options of color, texture and size before making a choice.  Over 65 were taken to the center.

Leese Pohl, chairman of the purse project, and Paulette Stinson load up the two heavy totes packed tightly with stuffed purses, (most of the donated supply) for delivery to the Family &   Community Resource Center.

After members picked out their favorite purses, the ones left were stuffed with hundreds of personal item also donated by members. Cindi Price views the variety.

Members started going through their closets a few months ago to bring  unused to meetings. On March 10,  78 purses, fanny packs, wallets and tote bags were spread out on two long benches by Chairman Leese Pohl. Members could take as many purses as they wanted. Total estimated value of all bags was $475. After everyone set aside their choices, they began filling the remaining purses with hundreds of personal items such as tissue, lotions, perfume and emergency items donated by members. Leese hauled two huge, heavy totes of stuffed purses to the resource center for distribution to job-hunting women or women who had been experiencing domestic abuse and needed a "pick me up."

Pinwheels Bring Attention to Child Abuse Prevention, Burma Shave Style

    All done! With eight members on board, the job was completed in a half-hour. This is the fourth year the clubwomen have planted their garden on the lawn of the church where they meet, an appropite location for two reasons; (1), the church offers a preschool and (2), the location is on a busy avenue. As drivers turn a corner to head for home after a a grueling workday, the garden is in clear view. Perhaps they will think of their own children's   safety.

    Gardeners are, back to front: Mary Lee Miller, Paulette Stinson, Karen Mortensen, Mary Eastman, Gloria Walck, Wendy McDaniel and Linda Bendall. Photographer, Louise Tucker.

April 14: A Winning Dog - A Visitor From Japan - A Comfort Quilt

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Left: Member Cindi acquainted us with her champion show dog, Trouper. Not only is he a winner of trophies, but he won the hearts of the members as he circled the room with his affection. Cindi shared highlights of her life as a show dog's "mother."

Above: Junko, visiting from Japan, told about her town and how she developed a deep friendship with member Leese. When Junko visits Leese, she always hopes to attend a GFWC meeting. Refreshments included Japanese cookies and candies.

Ginger and Johanna display the comfort quilt which member and avid quilter, Darlene, made for Rebecca, a former club scholarship winner who has been suffering from a persistent neurological disorder.

Pinwheels for Prevention is a partner organization of GFWC, International.

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GFWC Columbia District president Paulette Stinson played the role of "Happy" in a membership building skit based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Linda Butcher, on the upcoming state board of directors, wore her WINGS, the theme for the next two years under the leadership of newly installed president, Susan Tyler.

Among those attending were Louise Tucker, Bonnie Walden (past state president and first president of the Battle Ground club), Paulette Stinson (club secretary and district president) and Johanna Hyatt (incoming club president). The banner above shows the full meaning of WINGS, the state president's motto.

The club was recognized by GFWC Washington State for its community service  since 1972. The club is well-known for organizing the Ladybug Bazaar, enjoyed by craftsmen and shoppers alike. The plan is to hold the next bazaar on the first Saturday in November this fall.

  Everyone wore some sort of black fabric to make the occasion a "Black Tie Gala."

Club celebrates golden anniversary at 'black tie' affair

Looking over memorabilia brought by members to the celebration are Joyce Lewis, Bonnie Walden, Mary Lee Miller and Louise Tucker. Bonnie was the club's first president and went on to be the three-county district president, state president, eleven-state regional president and served the international president as her official hostess for two years. Mary Lee is the current club president. Louise was the second club president, district president and served as chairman of various state committees. Joyce, Bonnie and Louise were charter members of the club. GFWC headquarters is in Washington D. C. Louise gave an overview of the club's history.

The anniversary cake featured balloons in the club color, which happens to be gold.

Special guest was Kylie DaCunha, the 2018 winner of the club's scholarship. She is the community engagement Specialist for Columbia Springs and the Vancouver Trout Hatchery. She finds it rewarding to inspire visitors to learn about the natural world at the free, 100 acre, local park.

Cutting the cake was Mary Lee, president, and Paulette Stinson, secretary. Paulette is also GFWC Columbia District president.

At the May 12 club meeting, Ellie Durgarian received official documentation for the $6,500 in GFWC scholarships from chairman Leese Pohl. On the left is Durgarian’s mother, Renee, and on the right is Mary Lee Miller, club president. Three scholarships were awarded: $1,500 from the club, $4,000 from GFWC-WS and $1,000 from the GFWC-WS Kathy Estep Memorial.


Mary Lee Miller fans the 17 questions asked of Louise Tucker, local historian and GFWC member, who presented a Q & A about places and facts in Battle Ground history.

Initiate Karen Mortensen was welcomed with a "girly goblet" to hold the libation of her choice while "living the volunteer spirit." She is the club's newest "Girl Friend Who Cares."

• Scholarship Awards • Local History • New Member Induction

June 9th meeting - End of club year - Celebration time!

Outgoing president, Mary Lee Miller, gave an annual report, a rundown of the year's activities.

Marsha Gregor, left, was initiated into club membership by chairman Louise Tucker. Besides a club flower, Marsha received a club yearbook, GFWC pin and a goblet because its a "happy hour" when volunteering.

Mary Lee Miller, left, received a beautiful handmade quilt for her two years of service as club president. Quilt top was created by Johanna Hyatt, incoming president.

Johanna Hyatt, incoming president, receives the club gavel and president's pin from Mary Lee Miller, outgoing president.

Paulette Stinson, left, GFWC Columbia District President, performed an installation ceremony based on a garden of flowers.

   Next to Paulette is Mary Lee (observer), Treasurer Ginger Crabtree, Secretary Darlene Angelatos, Vice-president Leese Pohl and President Johanna Hyatt.

   Mary Lee gave each outgoing officer a  "ladybug-themed" token of appreciation.

The Summer Coffee Club

Each Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., members have the opportunity to get together at Kiwanis Park. Members bring the beverage of their choice and President Johanna Hyatt brings baked treats. On July 20, the group attached tags to the pinwheels that will be given to kiddos at National Night Out on August 2nd. The tags say "Pinwheels are a reminder that all kids deserve a happy childhood." This ties in to the NNO theme, "Prevent Together."

In the photo are Gloria, Paulette, Darlene, Johanna, Mary Lee and Cindi. Louise was behind the camera.

GFWC-Battlle Ground signed up for booth space among over 25 other organizations and agencies at the city’s annual National Night Out on Aug, 2. Within the overall theme, "Together Prevent,” it was the perfect venue for club members to hand out free pinwheels to tell families that “Every Child Deserves a  Childhood Without Abuse” and instructions on the use of the universal domestic violence secret hand signal. The GFWC flag and membership materials were also in place. In the photos are Wendy McDaniels and Paulette Stinson and several recipients of pinwheels.


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