June 30, 2018

Dear Federation Sisters,

I am proud of GFWC.  I am honored to become the 52nd GFWC International President.  I am excited about the 2018-2020 administration and what we will accomplish during these two years with your hand in mine.

"Unity in Diversity", GFWC's motto, illustrates that our strength is in the diversity of our members and our programs.  Diversity will be one of the two emphasis areas of this administration.  We will enhance our diversity by broadening who we are, what we do, who we work with, and what we know.  Our clubs and international affiliates are encouraged to work together on projects.  We will broaden our diversity across the country and around the world, with your hand in mine.

Legislation will be the second emphasis area as legislation is a large part of our history and  our past accomplishments.  During this administration we will be sure that all members understand the process of how a bill becomes a law and how they can participate in the process.  We will be sure that members of Congress recognize the GFWC brand by the "Recognize The Red" Campaign.  All communications to legislators will be signed by members with GFWC after the signature in "RED".  Our intent will be to select two bills and work actively for them to become laws.  In addition, we will select one bill and on one day all members of GFWC will call their legislator to urge action on it. We will go back to our roots, raise our voices and reclaim our role as the organization that can make things happen,  with your hand  in mine.

There will be 7 Grand Initiatives for this administration, grand in that they each have 1,000 as part of the goal.  We seek to have 1,000 members each donate $1,000 to the Capital Campaign; to have 1,000 service projects  performed on Martin Luther King Day, the National day of Service; to have 1,000 members sign up for the Legislative Action Center; to have 1,000 projects completed for the women in the military; to have 1,000 trees planted by clubs on Arbor Day; to have 1,000 pairs of shoes donated by clubs to the Nike "reuse-a-shoe" or to "Soles for Souls"; and to have 1,000 Dr. Seuss books in different languages donated on his birthday to DC area and club's local inner city kids programs.  We will accomplish these Initiatives with your hand in mine.

We will remember the blessings we have received by belonging to GFWC  and the work of others in GFWC on "Thank you Tuesday" by writing in a journal, or sending a note on a job well done or posting your blessing or note on the GFWC "Thank You Tuesday" Facebook page. We will remember our blessings with your hand in mine.

I am so very excited about the heights we will reach as members of the General Federation of Women's Clubs during these next two years together with your hand in mine.  Take my hand.  Let us begin!

With Love,
Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Brock
2018-2020 GFWC International President

Mary Ellen Brock

GFWC President

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