“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



  • Learn the interests of your members.  Suggest committees which may address similar topics and provide introductions along with contact information.
  • Provide the necessary tools which will enable members to learn.
  • Always make them feel proud to be a part of Federation.  All new members should be oriented about GFWC and CFWC and the networking opportunities available.  
  • Make members comfortable at meetings by simple parliamentary procedures.
  • Emphasize respecting those around you with “active listening” (without talking).
  • Suggest knowledgeable speakers about community topics with ideas for club assistance and/or involvement.  
  • Always include/involve the others on your team and share with Club President.
  • If appropriate, assist your Executive Board with fun ideas to emphasize leadership skills.
  • Initiate a project team using specific team building skills from “Federation at a glance”.
  • Develop and deliver training specific to leadership skill development at your club/district.    

BUILD A BETTER CLUB MEMBER: (General thoughts)

  • Live by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others …………”
  • Build a collaborative team to make BIG things happen and keep close to grassroots issues of GFWC and CFWC.”
  • Study the bylaws and standing rules of your club/district to understand the group.
  • Memorize the “collect for members”.  This prayer written by Mary Stewart in 1904 was later adopted by the National Federation of Women’s Clubs.  “Mary felt her prayer gave women working together, a common prayer”.     


Integrity: When we have integrity, our words and deeds match up.  Integrity is not what we do so much as who we are and who we are determines what we do.  

Our system of values is so much a part of us, we cannot separate it from ourselves.  It becomes the navigation system which guides us. It establishes priorities in our lives and judges what we will accept or reject.  (John C Maxwell)    

Trust:  It is fantastic when the people believe in their leader.  It is more wonderful when the leader believes in the people.  When both are a reality, trust is the result. “Trust is the emotional glue that binds people together”.  

Attitude:  It is the “advance woman” of our true selves. People project on the outside how they feel on the inside.  Attitude is really about how a person “IS” that overflows into how he “ACTS”. Leadership requires a POSITIVE ATTITUDE at all times. The battle is never over!  The more negative thoughts are weeded out and replaced by positive ones, the more personal growth will be experienced. Soon people will be asking you how you ever attained such a great positive outlook.  

Enthusiasm:  Be enthusiastic and have a positive attitude at all times.  This creates an excitement which translates vision into action and action into reality.

Vision/Goals:  All effective leaders will have a vision.  That vision becomes the energy behind every effort and the force that pushes thru any issues of the future.  Articulate your vision clearly and often.

Traits do not stop with the above paragraphs.  Many other traits such as respect, honesty, shared goals, responsibility, etc., are necessary for successful leadership skills and habits.  We leave those to your leadership to identify and incorporate into your Federation work.  

Learn and use them well and you will be a “true leader”.   


#1 – “The Art of Leadership” – On sale from CFWC Promotional sales table ($10.00)

#2 – “Federation at a Glance” – On sale from CFWC Promotional sales table ($10.00)

#3 -  CFWC website Leadership page which can be found on line at cfwc.org.

#4 – GFWC Leadership page which can be found on-line at gfwc.org. (Membership manual)

#5 – GFWC “Advancement Guide” which will be found at gfwc.org under Leadership.

         California Clubwoman magazine – Published quarterly by CFWC.

         GFWC Clubwoman magazine – Published by GFWC.

I encourage all who are still interested in additional reading to consult leadership books available from your local book store or a favorite website (i.e.:  Amazon books). After saying all of that, if you need to energize your club about leadership, I would love to visit.

A word of caution which I wish I did not have to add.  I sometimes have a “hacker”. It’s a work in progress. He comes and goes seeming to bypass most anything my “IT Guy” adds.  If you do not have an answer back from me within 48 hours, please call, leave a message and I will respond by phone.


                                              Leadership, Education and Development Seminar

The LEADS program has become one of Federation’s strongest tools for members who have potential and desire to assume leadership positions at the club, district, state and national levels.  LEADS participation at any level helps “up and coming” leaders gain the capabilities, confidence and commitment necessary to pursue and attain higher leadership positions, serving with distinction.

CFWC will again be holding a “Mini LEADS Training Event” at the CFWC Winter Board meeting to be held in February 2019.  Our goal is to have ALL districts represented at this Winter’s Board meeting.  Start now to set up a fund to help a candidate attend this workshop.  Encourage members to talk with previous LEADS candidates and be sure your club and district publicizes this OPPORTUNITY to attend.

                                                          Club Presidents and Club Officers: 
                                         NOW is the time to be looking at those club members
                                             Who you feel are interested in Federation and
                                                                Have the potential skills
                                                                  For future leadership.

Many clubs and districts are currently struggling to find leadership.  This is your opportunity to assist your club by making this training available to your motivated members now.  Being a leader is not difficult. “We train, your club retains, and your club benefits.

The tentative agenda for this administration’s LEADS mini training event includes:  Public speaking, parliamentary procedure, time management, conflict resolution, benefits of belonging to Federation, networking and resources available from CFWC and GFWC.

Encourage members to visit the GFWC website (gfwc.org) to learn more about LEADS. 
The current application will be available on the CFWC website (cfwc.org).

Club LEADS entries for District need to be received by your November club meeting.  
District entries are due to CFWC Leadership Chairman no later than January 15, 2019.   

                                      Send application to: Carol Crossett, Leadership Chairman

2019 CFWC L.E.A.D.S. Candidate Application Form

Name:_____________________        Cell phone #:_____________________    

Home Club:_________________        Telephone #:_____________________

District:____________________    Email:___________________________

Please answer the following questions as succinctly as possible.  You may use an additional page.

Mentoring new members is important to you because?

What would you do if you did not know the names of everyone at your luncheon table?

Why is it important for leaders not to sit at the table with the same people all of the time?

Should you, as a leader, be called to mediate a problem between two members,

what would your first step involve?

You are at the podium and someone interrupts you.  What do you do?

You are the committee chairman for the Fashion Show.  All of your volunteers

want to be models.  No one wants to cook.   What do you do?

 What are your best talents when you are working on a team?

How do you know the two recommending members writing letters of support for your LEADS application?

 Tell us a couple of things which are interesting and fun about yourself.