“CFWC Keeping Up With The Times"

​​California Federation of Women's Clubs



Lost Time is never found again.” 
― Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack



Definition: The Conservation Program is dedicated to the preservation, maintenance, restoration and protection of our natural resources, including but not limited to, the air, land, oceans, waterways, native plants & wildlife, and domestic animals within the state. By developing an appreciation of the need to protect our environment, we can stimulate citizen action to prevent the exploitation, destruction, and neglect of these precious treasures and engage in projects that advance the needs of our communities in this all-important area of activity.

Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit conservation and education organization. One of GFWC’s 7 Grand Initiatives asking for 1000 trees to be planted by member on Arbor Day April 27th, 2018.

NATURE EXPLORE connects children and nature. Some of their collaborators include:

Keep America Beautiful

Children and Nature Network : a great resource for individuals or groups wanting to join other nature groups or start one of their own. They have a “movement map” that lists organizations in California and around the country.  Here are 2 that bring children into the outdoors. Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation srpf.org and Children in Nature Collaborative in the Bay Area cincbayarea.org.

TREE CITY USA is a project to qualify your city to be a “Tree City USA community.” Many cities in California have already met the 4-step criteria which includes.

Penny Pines Reforestation Program: With the devastating fires California has suffered this season, Penny Pines is a wonderful way to assist with the reforestation of our state. It is $68.00 for each plantation and you can choose any National Forest. Donate to your Forest and identify your Club using GFWC-CFWC on the memo line and/or in an enclosed letter.

Kind News: Humane Society: or call 877-902-9757.

GFWC Partner:The Nature Generation: NatGen.org. GFWC club activities could include “inspire eco-reading” there is a book listing, and “gardening for the planet”.

Please continue to support all projects your club is doing in conservation including the following: recycling, soil conservation, air & water quality, water management, forestry, alternative energy, waste handling, wetlands restoration, ocean cleanup/rising levels, wildlife protection, animal rescue & protection, community gardens, alternative energy, hazardous substances, etc.

Awards: A CFWC Certificate will be awarded to one District and Club for outstanding achievement.

CFWC President’s Special Project
10 Reasons to Adopt from an Animal Shelter

  • Save a life: All animals at shelters are in need of a second chance.
  • Break the cycle of pet overpopulation: There aren’t enough homes for all the animals born every year.
  • Stop cruelty in mass breeding facilities: Thousands of commercial pet-breeding facilities and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and newspaper ads.
  • Take advantage of adopting an adult animal: Adult pets are great! They are already house trained, and some can even “sit” or “stay.”
  • Get a lifetime resource with shelter employees and volunteers: A great resource to help you find information or resources for your pet.
  • Choose from a great selection of animals: Shelters offers a variety of great pets.
  • Adopt a pet who has received good care: All animals that come to the shelter are admitted by experienced staff. They are given vaccinations and behavior screening.
  • Support a valuable charity and community institution: Sadly, every community in America requires an animal shelter. When you adopt, you assist a non-profit organization,
  • Pay less. Low adoption fees (cover a portion of the shelter’s costs) are much less than the cost of purebred puppies or kittens sold for profit.
  • Encourage others to adopt animals from shelters: When your friends ask where you got your amazing pet, you can tell them “at the shelter”, and encourage others to Adopt. 

Some Adoption Sites:

Adopt a Pet:  North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website. We help over 17,000 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to millions of adopters a month, for free. We're all about getting homeless pets into homes. We use the power of the Internet to connect adopters with shelter pets and help pets go from alone to adopted. We're working to help the good people at shelters and rescue groups find homes for their pets.

Pet Finder, which links many animal shelters.

PetSmart, most stores have monthly pet adoption drives.

Or visit your local animal shelter or city’s animal control.