Community Service Program & Advancement Area Chairmen

ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN
Carol Burkhardt, CFWC Chair
“The projects our clubs accomplish on behalf of children assure the future of our nation and  the world. During this administration, I plan to focus on projects for food pantries, food banks and prevention of childhood hunger.”

ARTS & CULTURE
Stephanie Zichichi, CFWC Chair
“The study of art and culture enriches the human experience. Art education improves problem solving and critical thinking skills, nurtures creativity and, confidence. Cultural awareness promotes communication and increases the ability to appreciate and enjoy of variety of people and experiences.”

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH
Yolanda Petroski, CFWC Chair
“Civic Engagement is defined as working to make a difference in the civic life of our community and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, value and motivation to make that difference. Focus areas are: Citizenship; Crime Prevention, Safety and Disaster Preparedness; The Needy, Hungry, and Homeless; and our Military Personnel and Veterans.”

COMMUNITY IMPACT PROJECT
Jan Emde, CFWC Chair
“This newly updated GFWC award offers clubs financial incentive to implement projects designed to impact a specific problem in their community.  The award is designed to aid clubs to function and add flexibility in that implementation of up to three projects for impact for that problem from the “day” project to those that may require more rigorous planning.”

DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
Diane Waterhouse, CFWC Chair
“The goal of GFWC’s signature program is to increase awareness of and help prevent the widespread occurrence of domestic abuse and sexual violence against women by working with and supporting national domestic violence networks and established programs and initiating educational opportunities.”

Domestic Violence Awareness Pamphlet (printable)

EDUCATION & LIBRARIES
Shirley Lorraine, CFWC Chair
“If your club has a clubhouse or permanent meeting place, think about installing a Little Free Library (littlefreelibrary.org). My goal is at least five (5) new Little Free Libraries in California, proudly sponsored by CFWC clubs! Many schools and students are facing a shortage of learning materials, even as they experience virtual learning. Contact a local elementary or middle school to establish a connection and find ways your cub can sponsor a student (or two!) with needed items.”

EPSILON SIGMA OMICRON (aka ESO)
Shirley Lorraine, CFWC Chair
Epsilon Sigma Omicron is an opportunity for club members to expand their knowledge, improve skills, and develop an interest in reading, libraries and sharing information. ESO’s motto is: Enlighten your own pathway. GFWC and CFWC recently updated the ESO program, making it easier for members to participate. GFWC has published an updated ESO handbook and a suggested reading list (visit GFWC.org member portal). To attain each ESO level, a member reads 4 books in each of 4 different categories and completes the NEW Category Report Form (at FORMS tab on this website). Don’t have an ESO chapter in your club or district? Contact me to get one started – let’s get more members involved in ESO!”

ENVIRONMENT
Jane Thomey, CFWC Chair
“This service program concerns projects that preserve our natural resources, such as: Penny Pines, Coastal Clean-Up Day, Arbor Day, and community gardens. Another important project: saving the honeybee, is a 2020-2022 CFWC special focus. I will soon share project ideas to encourage the preservation and restoration of this vital insect.”

HEALTH & WELLNESS
Myrna Binford, CFWC Chair
“Clubs and members should be in their communities offering service and being recognized for their contribution to the community.  Consider projects that can be done-in-a-day at meetings. Use the CARE system (create, activate, relate, and evaluate).”

LEADERSHIP EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (aka LEADS)
Dori Kelsey, CFWC Chair
*2020 LEADS applications and instructions are at FORMS tab

LEGISLATION & PUBLIC POLICY
Deborah Bushnell, CFWC Chair
“My task is to research proposed legislation in California and nationally.  Clubs should also research and submit recommendations for review by this Committee. My goals are the same or similar to those of GFWC 2020–2022 Administration: (1) Encourage member participation in GFWC Legislative Action Center; (2) Educate members about GFWC/CFWC legislative priorities; (3) Educate members about their local impact of civic engagement; and (4) Mobilize members to unite their voices to advocate for GFWC and CFWC.”

WOMEN’S HISTORY RESOURCE CENTER
Julie Lehenbauer, CFWC Chair
“2020 is a year to remember! Document not only how your club celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, but also what your club did during 2020’s Covid-19 pandemic. Club History is CFWC History – YOU are CFWC.”