“CFWC Keeping Up With The Times"

​​California Federation of Women's Clubs

“In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, it is my joy to share a planet and an epoch with Annie.

[Dedication to Sagan's wife, Ann Druyan, in Cosmos]” 
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos


Districts must receive the GFWC and California LEADS Applications by their  November 2017 meeting.

The LEADS Applications with necessary information (including a black and white picture) must reach the CFWC Leadership Chairman by January 15, 2018

Be sure to add (including a black and white picture) This was not on the page in last year’s procedure page.

Questions:  call me at 925-785-3395 or cartom3247@att.net


Mail to Leadership Chairman, Carol Lopez-Lucey - 5811 Cattleya Way - San Ramon, CA 94582.


Tips to become a Leader:

  • Vision:  Dream of what you want to become and stretch to achieve it!  Have a positive attitude. Have a clear idea of where you want to take the team, then promote it to your team and convince them that your goal is worthwhile.
  • Communication:  Clear, concise and regular communications keep members informed and moving forward! 
  • Motivation:  Be enthusiastic and have a positive attitude at all times.  It creates enthusiasm and passion that translates vision into action and action into realities!  
  • Relationships:  Developing strong relationships, both internal and external, will ensure greatness!  Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself.
  • Example:  Great leaders don't tell how to do something; they engage along side members showing how!  Take responsibility for your actions and those of your team.
  • Empower:  Equip members with skills and inspire them to take action!  People will follow you when you make them feel important, not when you make yourself feel important.

Create a Team - No one is as smart as all of us!

  • Build a collaborative Team to make BIG things happen and keep close to the grassroots of GFWC and CFWC.  Be creative and build in time for fun and networking.  These informal times build the bond that strengthens our clubs in Federation.
  • Do your homework.  Study bylaws and standing rules several times and thoroughly!
  • Know the duties and expectations for your office or appointment.  Refer back to them regularly.
  • Make a chart for each meeting and event by date and list requirements identified in the bylaws and standing rules.  What must be accomplished at each event?  Make sure you plan ahead.!
  • Create a spreadsheet showing requirements for each team member and make appointments accordingly.
  • Establish 3-6 personal goals that will ensure your team's maximum impact and focus on them with great clarity.
  • Create a calendar of events and communications and refer back to bylaws and standing rules to check for accuracy.

Training Leaders for the Future:

  • Orient your new members about GFWC and CFWC and the networking opportunities available are for sharing ideas and projects.  Make them feel proud to be a part of your club/district.
  • Find the interests of your members. Place them on committees with others sharing those interests.  Get all members working as a "team" for your club/district. Provide the necessary tools that enable members to learn.  Enthusiastic mentors are a positive for your team.
  • Make members comfortable at meetings by teaching simple parliamentary procedures;     such as how to make a motion, how to address the chair, come to the front of the room to present your report and how to respect those around you by listening and not talking.  
  • Make your meetings interesting and enjoyable.  Have speakers relating to projects, personal development; community leaders speaking about what is happening in your community and how your club can become involved and put fun into your activities.
  • Setting your goals: 1) What is the goal of your action, 2) Know the needs of your entire community, 3) Schedule of activities for your project implementation; 4) Measure the outcome.  How will you measure the success of the project? What events or activities are planned to accomplish the goal?

Areas of Training Needed:

  • Presidents - how to prepare a good agenda
  • How to garner information necessary to create a good procedure book.
  • Listening skills - hears, responds, observes, questions, anticipates, accepts, participates, cooperates, creates and evaluates.
  • Public Speaking - Preparation, What to Say, What to Write, Edit, Read it and Practice.
  • Organizational Skills
  • Time Management
  • Telephone and Internet Skills

We will address all these issues in depth during this administration

Reference Items for Good Leadership:

  • The Art of Leadership - On sale from CFWC Promotional Sales ($10.00)
  • Federation at a Glance - On sale from CFWC Promotional Sales ($10.00
  • GFWC "Leadership Page" - can be found online at  gfwc.org

It takes time to become an effective leader because leadership has to be learned and developed as the leader grows and matures.

                                                                                                L.M. Frank