GFWC Nationnwide Community Service Totals - 2018
(Latest Available Data)
Number of Projects: 160,547
Volunteer Hours: 6,318,872
Dollars Donated: $30,715,223
In-Kind Donations: $10,287,597
GFWC-Battle Ground Totals - 2019
Number of Projects: 130
Volunteer Hours: 1,704
Club Dollars Donated: $17,843
In-Kind donations: $4,556
-- Overview of the Most Recent Club year --
July 2019 through June 2020
Another GFWC-Battle Ground year has come to a close. One of the responsibilities of the President is to provide a synopsis of the Club's activities for the year. The following is my review of 2019-2020.
Though regular meetings do not occur during July and August, some members were busy planning for the upcoming new year. In July the Executive Board met to discuss ideas for programs, meeting dates, and other pertinent topics. The 2019-2020 Financial Review was conducted with all funds balancing. Then in August, GFWC-BG set up an information table at the “National Night Out” in Battle Ground's Kiwanis Park. Louise Tucker organized our display and worked hard to promote membership in GFWC-BG. The annual "Stuff the Bus" event sponsored by BGeF was held and 5 members helped to collect much needed school supplies for Battle Ground students. Annual dues were collected and a new Yearbook was published.
September 12 was the first regular meeting. Members formed a "Memory Circle" for Bonnie Rippengale. Many stories and comments were shared as we celebrated Bonnie's life and her involvement in GFWC. The Club voted to send our annual donation to the WS Endowment Fund in Bonnie's memory. The program for the afternoon was "History Revealed". Louise Tucker offered a media presentation which gave interesting information on the development of Battle Ground. Also in September, the Little Free Library was re-located to a grassy and more visible area near the corner of Parkway and First Street in Battle Ground. RuthAnne and Rodger Lance donated the property; designed the unit support; and provided some of the labor to install everything. Additional assistance was provided by Johanna Hyatt and Ray Zimmerman as well as Mary Lee and Dave Miller. A GFWC Literacy grant of $200 covered the cost of the project. The Club setup a box at the Battle Ground Public Library in order to collect non-perishable snack items. The items were for Fisher House in Vancouver and the collection lasted for 1 month. Gold ribbons were distributed at a meeting in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness month. The Club contributed $50 to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital which is a GFWC partnership organization. In early September, Western States Regional Conference was held in Boise, ID followed by GFWC-WS Fall Board in Yakima. Paulette Stinson attended both of these meetings representing our Club as well as the Columbia District.
Though Fall was showing its autumnal colors, members wore pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Jeanette Jester from the Camas-Washougal Club gave a program on Epsilon Sigma Omicron (E.S.O.) and encouraged reading enthusiasts to participate in this GFWC sponsored program. Leese Pohl and Mary Eastman manned a table at the BGHS Trade Fair/Career Day event. They encouraged high school girls to apply for the Club's $2000 scholarship as well as promoted membership in GFWC-BG. Members attended the Columbia District Fall Conference in Kalama. Committees were formed in order to plan ways to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the "Right to Vote" and the Columbia District Spring Conference that Battle Ground would host. The last October meeting saw members assembling 34 "Grab & Go" snack bags for Fisher House as well as writing 36 Thank You notes to veterans.
The annual Ladybug Bazaar was held on November 2 this year. As always, our major fundraiser was well-attended; highly organized; and profitable ($8814.08 plus $972.19 for the snack bar and $226.67 shopping bag sales) . Colleen O'Neal, president of BGeF, was a guest speaker and recapped the AP Testing in the Battle Ground School District and discussed a new program, "Earn & Learn" that is being implemented in the school district. For the "Women in the Military" Grand Initiative, GFWC-BG presented Rae Shenk with a $300 check to help with her expenses while participating in the NW Battle Buddies program.
Holiday cheer was spread in December when Lynne Froelich hosted the Holiday Party for Club members. Appetizers, desserts, and gift exchanges were a perfect way to celebrate the season. A good time was had by all.
The first meeting in January was devoted to writing the annual Club reports. For many members this was a "first" and at times a frustrating and confusing experience. Hopefully the lessons learned will make future report writing easier. For Martin Luther King "Day of Service", the Club purchased $600 worth of C-Tran Hop Fastpasses and delivered them to the Battle Ground Family & Community Resource Center. The second program in January was presented by members of Fire District #3, the City Manager, and the Police Department. They talked about the Fire District #3 Annexation issue which would be on a February ballot.
Heart Health Month came in February and members arrived in all shades of red. A brief program presented by 2 members of the BGHS Drama Club was entertaining. They also informed the Club about their upcoming trip to Edinburgh, Scotland in order to participate in an international drama festival. To help with their fundraising, GFWC-BG presented them with a check for $100. Eight members attended an anniversary party hosted by the League of Women Voters. Eight more members attended the “Battle Ground Has Talent” fundraising dinner which benefitted the Family & Community Resource Center. Even though it was a bit early, the members celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday (actually on March 2) by wearing a variety of hats; bringing books for Ben's Books at the library; and enjoying a colorful and delicious birthday cake. A book discussion of "Keeper of Lost Things" by Ruth Hogan was held. During the business part of the meeting, the members decided to make a $50 donation to the Fire District #3's Women's Fire-Up Boot Camp, and it was announced that Hailey Hamilton was the $2000 scholarship winner for this year.
Wearin' O' the Green was the color theme for the first meeting in March. Marlene Dellsey from NatureScaping presented the program on the Wildlife Botanical Gardens in Brush Prairie. The Club presented her with a check for $100 to assist with any on-going projects. Staying with the "green" theme, information on light bulb and showerhead exchanges was given by Conservation chairperson Jo Ellen Angel. Louise Tucker had the Club members assemble blue pinwheels for the Child Abuse Awareness "garden" that would be "planted" in April. The plans for the Columbia District Spring Conference and the GFWC-WS Convention were finalized, and amounts to be donated for different service projects determined. The slate of officers for 2020-2021 was approved.
AND THEN.....the world came to an abrupt halt! As the pandemic, caused by the Corona Virus-19, spread across the world, gatherings of any sort were put on hold, which in turn altered all the remaining plans for April, May, and June. For GFWC-BG this meant cancelling programs; cancelling Club meetings including Installation of new officers; and attempting to conduct pertinent business via emails. This has been challenging to say the least. However, being strong, resilient, and flexible women, we have been able to cope with the "stay home" orders, and figure out how to stay safe and restructure our daily lives. Humor, compassion, and a sense of volunteerism is seeing us through these difficult times, and I am optimistic that when GFWC-BG begins meeting again, hopefully in September, each and every one of us will be ready to move forward. In the meantime, stay healthy; stay positive; and know that our abbreviated year was an excellent one due to all that you do for GFWC-Battle Ground, which in turn is “Benefitting the Community and Beyond.”
GFWC Serves Locally and Beyond
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Most expenditures come from profits from the Ladybug Bazaar.
Money is spent on projects within GFWC's five community service programs.
Clubs choose their own projects according to needs and practicality.
The 5 GFWC Community Service Programs
and examples of a few of this club's choices
• Arts & Culture
The Ladybug Bazaar is an arts and crafts event. Vendors may sell only hand-crafted items and reside within the county. In this way the club provides a venue for local artisans to showcase their creativity and shoppers appreciate the quality and array of wares.
• Civic Engagement
Members become aware of community issues and invite local speakers to share the community's stories. Members sign up for GFWC's Legislative Hotline offering connections to national politicians for citizen input on issues.
• Education and Libraries
The club built and maintains a registered Little Free Library and is a member of Friends of the Library. The club supports student achievements and gives an annual scholarship to a high school senior girl.
Club members practice environmental stewardship and has donated to a local botanical garden operated by volunteers.
• Health and Wellness
Support is given to the local Food Bank and members have individual fitness programs. Donations are made to national and worldwide health organizations such as CARE, Shot@Life and Relay for Life.
In addition to the five programs GFWC has a national ongoing Signature Project:
• Domestic Violence and Sex Violence Awareness and Prevention
This year GFWC-Battle Ground planted its second "Pinwheels for Prevention" pinwheel garden to bring awareness to child abuse.