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"Ice Cream and Cookies" social; then time to repurpose pinwheels





Recent Snapshots from GFWC-Battle Ground

Happy 100th Anniversary,

19th Amendment!

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. This is an ongoing project.

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 Ground 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. Junko said she could "feel the love of GFWC." They both miss Junko's visits to the US, thwarted by the pandemic.

December Tailgate Gifts: Did you get one?

Thanks to our creative president, Mary Lee,  members who came to December's GFWC Tailgate at the club's Little Free .

Library received a decorative Christmas stocking ornament and a bag with surprise treats for two--one for herself and one to share


Festival of Trees

Members of GFWC-Battle Ground took snapshots of their Christmas trees and other decor for a "2020 Festival of Trees." The collages were then sent as a two-sided printable pdf file to each member to virtually go from home to home to enjoy each other's cheery scenes. They were invited to turn on some holiday music, pour themselves a cup of wassail, pull up a chair in front of their computers and enjoy. Bonus: They were warm, out of the rain, conserving gas and were comfy in leisure attire.

GFWC stages 'Souper Bowl' in BG

. . . .And the winning team was . . . THE BUCCANEERS with 134 points over the Chiefs' 108. Points were scored according to the number of food items, mainly soups, credited to each team through donations by members.Valerie and Ginger served as referees to keep the record straight.

   After the game was over, the 230 pounds of bags and boxes were taken to the North County Community Food Bank. According Liz Cerveny, director of the food bank, the federal government would calculate the donation value at $1.75 per pound ($402.50).

   President Mary Lee handed out "You are Sno Special" treats. Shown at the left are half of the members who attended during the morning event: Ginger, Marla, Johanna, Louise, Mary Lee, Valerie and Gloria.

Ruth Anne shows off one of the snowman treats made by Mary Lee and given to all 15 members who braved the outdoor "Souper Bowl." Each package included a snowman post-a-note pad, a packet of cocoa mix, three cookies and their recipe.

Every attendee received a decorated candy-filled heart for awareness of Heart Health Month.

A total of 255 greeting cards of all kinds were shipped to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. This nonprofit is not connected to the St. Jude's Hospital.

After the tailgate, some members visited the F&CRC to give a $1,000 donation and the clothing. Giving the project a "thumbs up" are Johanna, Louise, MaryLee giving the check to staffer Leah Howard, Gloria, staffer Linda Storm and Ginger.

Twelve members attended the "drop in" type of meeting. All wore something red. Here they are dipping into the treat box.

Heart Health Month tailgate meeting features donations to F&CRC

     A $1,000 check and totes and bags of young children's clothing was given to the Family and Community Resource Center on January 25. The center, although operating in cramped quarters, has an inventory of new and gently used items to give, free of charge, to help meet the needs of disadvantaged students and their families.  F&CRC is under the umbrella of the Battle Ground Education Foundation.

     A new project of the club is the shipping of the fronts of greeting cards to St. Jude's Ranch for Children in Nevada, a live-in facility where children and youth are given an opportunity to break the cycle of abuse, abandonment and neglect. At the tailgate 255 cards were gathered for shipment.

     Another "collectable" brought to the meeting was bottle corks, an ongoing environment project. See the collective total on the Calendar Page at the end of this website.

     Everyone who attended this "hearty" tailgate received a paper decorated heart filled with candy kisses. It is one of President Mary Lee's goals to have a treat at each tailgate.

A total of 255 greeting cards of all kinds were shipped to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. This nonprofit is not connected to the St. Jude's Hospital.

After the tailgate, some members visited the F&CRC to give a $1,000 donation and the clothing. Giving the project a "thumbs up" are Johanna, Louise, MaryLee giving the check to staffer Leah Howard, Gloria, staffer Linda Storm and Ginger.

A total of 255 greeting cards of all kinds were shipped to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. This nonprofit is not connected to the St. Jude's Hospital.

After the tailgate, some members visited the F&CRC to give a $1,000 donation and the clothing. Giving the project a "thumbs up" are Johanna, Louise, MaryLee giving the check to staffer Leah Howard, Gloria, staffer Linda Storm and Ginger.

     Four members and a guest took a two-hour auto tour of the National Ridgefield Wildlife Reserve on March 12. Equipped with binoculars, bird identification and treats, they surveyed the wetlands and riparian forest. Club Environment chairman Cindi Pike arranged the outing.

     Among their observations were various waterfowl, birds of prey, a turtle, a raccoon and a deer. A special treat was to identify a kestrel flying over an open field. All enjoyed the sights, sounds and scents of the beautiful, natural unspoiled reserve.

Wildlife abounds on federal reserve

Enjoying the peaceful and calm tour were Mary Lee, Wendy, Ginger and Cindi.

When Scarlet “outgrew” some of her books, she brought them to the club’s Little Free Library on W First St. She is Paulette’s granddaughter

Mary Lee, RuthAnne and Ginger started loading the 349 lbs. of potato products that were donated to the North County Community Food Bank on March 25.

"All Things (Irish) Potato" was the theme of the March tailgate meeting. Donations varied from bags of fresh spuds to dried potatoes in boxes to canned potato soup. Total value was calculated at $635.18. The 15 members who attended throughout the morning each received a goodie bag of treats to honor St. Patrick and celebrate Easter. Members wore a bit of green.

Pinwheels for Prevention

   For the third year a team of club members planted a "Pinwheel Garden" to promote awareness of child abuse. This year Ginger, Mary Lee, Gloria, Paulette and Louise planted 108 pinwheels in a half-hour.

   The message is "Help Kids - Grow Happily - Without Abuse" followed by the GFWC logo.

On May 22, six members visited the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal, after having been invited by GFWC Camas Washougal to join them in a tour. Not only does the museum have several rooms of displays but it has a separate "long house" building as explored here by Ginger, Louise, Marla, Winnie, Mary Lee and Valerie, who is peering out the window at the base of the carving.

   The tour was aptly led by Alma Ladd, longtime member of the museum's support organization and of GFWC Camas-Washougal. The host club treated the visiting club by paying their admission fees. The two rivers referred to in the museum's name are the Columbia and Washougal.

   After the tour, the entire group had lunch together at a popular local pub.

Club visits Washougal museum

May tailgate: birthday bags, CorkClub, cards to reycle and freebies

The latest "tailgate" at the club's Little Free Library was well-attended. Part of the group, who weathered the rain, is pictured here. Left photo: Johanna, Ruth Anne, Ginger, Gloria, Linda T. and President Mary Lee Miller, holding the patriotic pinwheels she made for all the members to display on Memorial Day. Members brought a variety of items to share with each other and the community. The "freebee" table, center, included plants, books and new packages of HP printer ink valued at $200. When one member disappointedly found that the inks did not fit her printer as anticipated, she contributed them to the school district for class use in the name of GFWC-Battle Ground. At the right are totes being filled with cake mixes, frostings and necessary items to continue the Birthday Bag project explained elsewhere on this website. An unexpected donation was a garbage bag filled with over 1,000 corks to ship to CorkClub for its environment projects.

   The club will not hold regular meetings in July and August but will participate in social tailgates at their Little Free Library on S. First Street July 15 and August 12.

June 10th. After Ice Cream and cookies, eleven members dove into the big box of 180 pinwheels saved from April's Pinwheel Garden and began cleaning them up to give to families at the upcoming National Night Out. They also punched holes in tags that explained that pinwheels are a reminder that all children should be free from child abuse. They then pushed the stem of each of  the pinwheels through a tag to hold it in place.

     Left to right are: Louise, Mary, Cindi, Johanna, Mary Lee, Gloria, Winnie, Paulette and Marla. Valeris is in front admiring the finished pinwheels. Leese was on the other side of the camera.

Battle Ground's National Night Out offered opportunities for GFWC

   A cool breeze offset the August 3rd heat at Battle Ground's National Night Out. GFWC-Battle Ground was among twenty participants and was a perfect venue to share GFWC's signature project, Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention as well as the club's scholarship program.

   Pinwheels used in April's pinwheel garden were repurposed as giveaways to children. An attached tag explained that pinwheels are a symbol of children growing up without abuse. Other handouts were pinwheel coloring sheets, the new Domestic Violence hand signal, club information and a sign up sheet for women interested in learning more about joining. A member and another's husband made a new PVC pipe take-apart GFWC flag holder, a welcome addition to the club awareness inventory. Eight members, two hubbies and a son assisted in the successful evening.

   To top off the evening, the granddaughter of our member and District President Paulette Stinson won a brand new bike!

Under the theme, "Prevent Together," the Battle Ground event was a cooperative of groups whose aim it is to build a strong community free of society's ills.

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, Pallette, Valerie and Linda.


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!”


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.

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.