Coronavirus puts many activities on hold, but doesn’t stop ‘em
Members of GFWC-Battle Ground are keeping in touch with each other through emails, phone calls and texts during the pandemic stay-at-home situation. They share needs, offer gifts, jokes, good wishes and check up on each other’s welfare.
Johanna and other members put their sewing machines to work making masks and more comfort pillows for cancer patients.
GFWC’s March 12 meeting began with a presentation on NatureScaping going on at the CASEE site, operated by the BGSD. Speaker Marlene Delsey, center, received a club check of $100 from president Mary Lee and conservation chairman Jo Ellen. The money will help support the botanical garden project.
Ten members assembled 108 pinwheels for a Prevent Child Abuse America pinwheel garden shortly before the pandemic.
Feb. 27 was party-time in celebration of Dr. Suess’s birthday with cake, dressing up in fun hats and collecting books for Friends of the Library and the club’s Little Free Library. Ninety-seven books for children and adults were collected as shown at right by Mary Lee and Johanna. In addition, seven members read to school children in the “Read Across America” program.
Members were given Dr. Seuss mini-notebooks as party favors.
Happy Birthday, Good Doctor!
Two members officially welcomed
Linda T. and Cindi were initiated into GFWC on Feb. 27. Each received a “Happy Hour” goblet because it’s always a happy hour when members work together on community projects. They were also each given a GFWC member pin. Linda is retired from library administration and Cindi had a career in nursing.
Club helps kids attend Scotland Drama Festival
Cambria and Tanner Opdahl, right, are part of the BGHS drama team who will attend an international drama competition this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. After performing a skit, GFWC-Battle Ground’s president, Mary Lee, presented the performers with a $100 check.
Members got the memo: wear RED for Heart Month
February 13 was a lucky day! Members were entertained with a student skit (see above), were reminded that February is Heart Health Month and each received a heart sticker to show they are loved. In the front, Jo Ellen, Louise, Lynne, Glo and Nancy. In the back are Mary Lee, Cherie, Wendy, Linda T., Marla, Joyce, Mary, Ginger, Leese, Karen, Valerie, Japanese visitor Junko, and RuthAnne. Not Pictured but attending were Linda B. and visitor Anja.
Officials explain ballot to annex city into local fire district
Four city and fire district officials visited the Jan. 23rd club meeting to give details about the Feb. 11th vote to annex the City of Battle Ground into the adjoining Fire District #3. The city has been receiving fire service from the district on a contract basis. Those presenting were City Manager Erin Erdman, Fire District #3 Chief Scott Sorenson, Assistant Fire Chief Barbara Widlund and Police Chief Bob Richardson.
Discussed were the potential annexation’s effects on taxes, cost savings, safety, response times and effects on other city services.
More cushy pillows donated to local hospital
Club members continue to meet the need by breast cancer patients for comfort pillows. They are most often used under seatbelt straps to ease pressure. Cheerful fabric over fiberfill make them practical and attractive.
Here Johanna, center, hands over a bag of eight pillows to nurses at the Douglas & Heather Green Legacy Hospital Breast Cancer Center in Salmon Creek. Two weeks before another twelve had been given.
Club marks MLK Day of Service
For participation in one of GFWC’s 7 Grand Initiatives, the club contributed 24 HOP Fastpass CTran bus passes to the Battle Ground School District’s Family & Community Resource Center. Total cost was $600.
Shown with the passes are club president, Mary Lee; club treasurer, Ruth Anne; member, Johanna; FCRC services secretary, Linda; and services specialist, Dagmar (inset).
Proceeds from the Ladybug Bazaar made the donation possible.
Hostessed by Lynne, this year’s Christmas party was an afternoon of fun, gifts (nice and odd) and games with prizes. Food was a variety of yummy finger foods.
Attending (back) Mary Lee, Leese, Gayle, Paulette, Gloria, Johanna, Ginger.
Front: Louise Nancy, Wendy, Lynne and Jo Ellen.
Sitting on the sofa arm is our newest member, Linda T.
Gayle was initiated into the club by membership chairman Louise, bringing the club’s total to 24.
A check for $1,700 was received by Colleen O’neal, president of the district’s foundation. Club president Mary Lee handed over the contribution which will be awarded to students on an as-needed basis for Advanced Placement testing.
Mary Lee and Colleen
November meeting highlighted by giving check to BG
Club gives $300 stipend to woman veteran attending training
On Nov. 7 several club members gathered to hand a check for $300 to Rae Shenk, a woman veteran who is in the process of training to receive a service dog through Northwest Battle Buddies. Rae hails from Wyoming.
Pictured are Lynne, Rae receiving the check, President Mary Lee, Nancy, Louise and Treasurer RuthAnne.
2019 Ladybug Bazaar tops them all!
Some of the crowd that filled the two gyms and the mezzanine.
November 2 must have been on the calendars of hundreds of Ladybug Bazaar shoppers. They lined up early and shopped throughout the day. The lunch counter offered tempting treats resulting in the lunch bunch filling the lobby. Shopping bags were sold with profits to be used toward projects that benefit veterans. The North County Community Food Bank collected food items near the entrance.
Club members were assisted by former members and other volunteers. A big Thank You to them and to partner, Mill Creek Pub that furnished and baked the potatoes.
Scholarship applications sought
Club Scholarship chairman Leese, assisted by Mary, pictured here, set up booths at both BGHS and PHS education fairs to promote applications by senior girls. The 2010 club scholarship will be in a higher amount than usual at $2,000. The Ladybug Bazaar is the funding source.
October 24th’s meeting focused on projects for veterans
The club purchased a variety of snacks for veterans staying temporarily at Fisher House in Vancouver. Here the group displays the 34 “grab and go” bags they assembled. When veterans and their family members leave the house for appointments, they will have some nourishment. Standing, center, are Valerie, Mary, JoEllen, Johanna, Paulette, RuthAnne, Ginger, Leese, Karen, Gayle, Joyce, guest Junko, Louise and Mary Lee. Seated are Lynne, Marla, Gloria and Winnie.
A second project that afternoon was the writing of 36 notes on cards to be sent to veterans. They included words of cheer and colorful patriotic stickers. See below left.
Pictured below far, right, is Mary Lee and Johanna delivering the grab-and-go bags to Fisher House.
These four snaps show Mary Lee and “Bob” by his special “notes to vets” mailbox, members who assembled the goody bags, Mary Lee and Johanna delivering the grab-and-go bags, and the array of GFWC-BG notes.
Recent Snapshots from GFWC-Battle Ground
The club was scheduled to host the Columbia District Conference. Instead, items were boxed up and set aside for the next conference and state convention.
On 4/20/2020 four members donned their masks and practiced social distancing while they planted the club’s delayed Pinwheel Garden. Bringing awareness to child abuse is timely because abuse is escalating during the pandemic. Children are seen less by educators and medical staffs, the principal reporters of abuse.
Behind those masks are Paulette, Gloria, Johanna and Louise, chairman of the project.
Pinwheel Garden Planted
Another valued new member
Given lemons? Make lemonade!
How disappointing it was to see our Little Free Library vandalized, the door broken and the plexiglass damaged. Rodger, a member's husband, fixed it. The area still looked vulnerable. Members took heart and approached the business next door, Truframe Construction, whose craftmen designed and made a husky wooden overhead structure, replacing the outdoor fabric umbrella.
Need more masks?
Johanna makes pandemic masks for free and gives them to anyone who needs them. Check out the array of colors and patterns. She even makes different size ear loops for heads of different sizes, kids to men. There is a built-in pocket to insert a bread twist for adjustable snugness over the nose.
Happy 100th Anniversary,
GFWC-Battle Ground's "Suffragette Women" waved at passersby on August 26 to honor the historical importance of National Women's Suffrage day. They positioned themselves across the Street from City Hall and near the club's GFWC Little Free Library. The costumed occasion brought attention to the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. The proudly worn "Votes for Women" suffragette sashes were made by Johanna. Pictured here waving and wearing 1920s wide-brimmed hats and 2020's sunglasses and face masks are members, left to right, Gloria, Johanna, Paulette, Mary Lee and Wendy. (Can't imagine wearing jeans in 1920!)
The donations required 3 cars
to transport the boxes and sacks of food staples from the collection site by the club's Little Free Library to the food bank building. Estimated value was $738.14.
Wendy, Ginger, Mary, Mary Lee and photo-taker Johanna, packed the requested canned vegetables and other commodities for the North Clark Community Food Bank on Sept. 24. Executive Director Liz Cerveny and her staff were thrilled to receive the 442-pound donation from the 14 club members who participated.
This donation helped offset the traditional contribution by shoppers at the club's Ladybug Bazaar which is cancelled because of the virus.
Club's Mini Food Drive not so 'mini'
GFWC-BG members have started a new ongoing project. They are collecting used corks (wine or otherwise) for "CorkClub," whose goals are to increase recycling and donate to environmental causes. Both natural cork and synthetic stoppers are being collected. The cork is reconstituted into usable craft and building supplies and sold. The revenue is then donated to environmental groups who strive to protect our fragile oceans and forests.
At the left, in the tasting room is project chairman Cindi and McMenamins Edgefield Winery representative Haley who has just made a major donation of corks, a few of which are in their raised wine glasses.
Counted to date: 5,728 corks solicited by members
Club collecting corks to help save oceans and forests
Proclamation declares Oct. 25-31 as Advocates for Children Week
A proclamation has been written urging the community to become aware of the need to come to the aid of children victimized by child abuse and other crimes against youngsters. The document explains that GFWC-Battle Ground joins GFWC at all levels to bring awareness to these pervasive problems.
Mary, chairman of the Birthday Bag project, readies the receptacles to be used for collecting the items. There were tubs for cake mixes, frostings and more -- even Teddy bears. The location was by the Little Free Library as can be attested by the presence of a patron at the far right.
Club president, Mary Lee, took a carload of collected "Birthday Bag" supplies to a storage site awaiting bagging and distribution. She holds up an information packet about the Starfish Project, another nation-wide support of GFWC that benefits victims of domestic violence in families.
Decorated Birthday Bags assembled
In keeping with Advocating for Children Week (Oct. 25-31) members of GFWC-Battle Ground held a "tailgate project" to benefit local disadvantaged children. Enough ingredients were brought to supply Birthday Bags for 80 children's parties from now until June 2021.
The first ten bags are to be delivered to the North County Community Food Bank with half being appropriate for ages 0-6 and half for ages 7-10. Chairman Mary holds the Advocacy for Children Proclamation. Johanna helped with bag assembling.
GFWC advocates for children by collecting birthday party items for distribution now through June
Between now and June eighty underprivileged children will receive Birthday Party Bags. Bags will be distributed through the North County Community Food Bank and the Family Resource Center. The food bank will receive the first 10 bags in November, followed by ten for the resource center in December, then alternating between the two until spring.
Hooray!! Battle Ground Education Foundation Board of Trustees thanks GFWC-Battle Ground and everyone who participated in their School Days: Looking Back to the 1920s online auction for helping raise $21,000!
Tailgate project reaps animal food
Environment chairman, Cindi, delivered $225 worth of donated dog and cat food to the Southwest Washington Humane Society. The generous donation was made possible from contributions by members at a successful November 5th Tailgate event. The need has escalated during the pandemic.
Still at it . . .
Left, Mary delivers 10 birthday party bags to the Family and Community Resource Center.
Right, Louise holds one of the Birthday Bags. Enough supplies and money have been donated to be able to fill and donate bags until next June. Linda T. (far right) has been helping Mary (center).
Corks will continue to be collected for CorkClub.
Projects reach Japan
Club president, Mary Lee, has been giving handcrafted gifts and craft mini-projects to members who attend the club's "tailgates." November's gift theme was pumpkin-shaped art foam refrigerator magnets.
Member Leese sends her gifts to her Japanese friend, Junko. When visiting Leese in Battle Gound on several occasions, Junko has participated in the club's projects. When the "pumpkin" arrived in Japan, Leese took this screen shot during a Skype call. Junco said she could "feel the love of GFWC." They both miss Junco's visits to the US, thwarted by the pandemic.
WHEREAS, GFWC-Battle Ground is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, International, the world’s largest organization of clubs of volunteer women; and
WHEREAS, GFWC-Battle Ground is a member of the Washington State General Federation of Women's Clubs; and
WHEREAS, GFWC-Battle Ground is a service organization which has been actively volunteering in Battle Ground and its surrounding area for forty-eight years; and
WHEREAS, the object of GFWC-Battle Ground is to train women in leadership toward community service including the needs of children; and
WHEREAS, GFWC, International, and GFWC Washington State support Advocates for Children Week and recognize the importance of advocating for the prevention of child abuse and other crimes against children;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Mary Lee Miller, President of GFWC-Battle Ground, do hereby proclaim October 25-31, 2020, as Advocates for Children Week to encourage the community to recognize the importance of advocating for the prevention of child abuse and other crimes against children in Battle Ground and its surrounds.