Coronavirus puts many activities on hold, but doesn’t stop ‘em all
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.
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.