“CFWC Keeping Up With The Times"
California Federation of Women's Clubs
“The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.”
― Dante Alighieri
I would like the Education Department to emphasize, have a passion for, hands-on projects that are either not available any longer during the school day or never have been available. FIND THAT PERSON AND FILL THAT VOID. Be more engaged with your community schools, they need you and it will be so satisfying for you. Let imagination and individual talents be your guide. The students' parents may become prospective members. Schools need math and English tutors, sport and environmental education help. Continue book clubs, collecting Box Tops and Labels for Education and offer scholarships. If you enjoy traveling, take a look at Elderhostels and promote it. Have children interview grandparents and log it for future readers.
I would like us to concentrate on projects that we have supported for years but put a new spin on it and find the Hands-On feature to make a difference . Suggestions:
HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar). This GFWC Partnership Program exists to motivate and empower high school sophomores to make a positive difference in their communities through action based leadership. Four seminars are sponsored in CA in June - Northern CA, Central, LA and So. CA. It is run entirely by volunteers and you can help. Any support is appreciated.
LIBRARIES need our support. Volunteer in the book store, donate and buy books. Little Free Library offers books free to anyone, especially children. Build a box, fill it with books, then books can be taken, borrowed, exchanged etc. Visit littlefreelibrary.org for info to build a box to hold books.
READ ACROSS AMERICA is sponsored by the National Education Association to build a nation of readers. This program focuses on motivating children and teens to read. Emphasize that project in your community by speaking to teens, having them make goals and reward them when reached. You can add to this "Reading to Dogs" which can boost reading skills as well as emotional and social skills.
ESO (Epsilon Sigma Omicron) is an honorary educational society open to all members of GFWC Federated members. It is initially a structured reading program for self-enrichment and personal growth. The program provides membership, certificates, pins and reading lists. The first step to membership is to enroll as a Pledge and to fulfill the requirements to become a member. The GFWC ESO Handbook has four reading levels with 23 subject categories available in the reading list. Members select books from the list and write a report for each book read. Details are available on line. gfwc.org