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The General Federation of Women's Clubs, one of the world's largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women's volunteer service organizations, was founded in 1890 and chartered by the 56th United States Congress in 1901.
Headquartered in a National Historic Landmark building in Washington, D.C., GFWC has a long history of philanthropy, social and political advocacy, and community leadership.
More than 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.
In 2006, GFWC and its members raised nearly $32 million on behalf of more than 230,000 projects, and volunteered more than 8.4 million hours.
Guiding Harbor is a private, non-profit organization founded by the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), Michigan, that provides child caring and child placement services for abused and neglected children. Our services include: Foster Care, Supervised Independent Living and Residential Programs. Guiding Harbor is licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) (formerly FIA) and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children & Family Services (COA). Michigan Youth Leadership
Michigan Youth Leadership, or MYLead for short, is incorporated in the state of Michigan as a non-profit organization for the purpose of developing leadership potential in the youth of Michigan. MYLead meets the criteria necessary to be federally recognized as a charitable organization as defined in article 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
The primary program offered by MYLead is an annual youth leadership conference. Nomination forms for the MYLead Conference are sent to nearly four-hundred and seventy-five high schools across the state. MYLead is focused completely on providing youth leadership programs within the state of Michigan.
MYLead is operated entirely by volunteers; not a single member of our staff is paid. Our current volunteer base numbers approximately seventy-five, and is growing as we expand the conference to include more students, as well as increased programming components.
MYLead is funded through donations from community groups, businesses, and individuals. The dedicated team of MYLead volunteers fundraise all the money necessary to host our programs.
A lively group of ladies met at the Madison Heights Fire Station Meeting Room for the MHIWC October meeting. First Vice Pres., Tammy Swanson, led us through a Personality Inventory exercise which helped us determine our personality styles : Director, Influencer, Perfectionist, Stabilizer. It was fun to see where we all "landed!"
A big thank you to Inge Krato who made several Little Dresses for Africa. Inge brought the beautiful dresses to the meeting for us to see. Great job, Inge! Your handiwork will make many little girls in Africa very happy!!
Final preparations are underway for our November 16th Charity Tea. We are looking forward to a very large turnout and a lively and entertaining afternoon.
July 2013 General Meeting
It was business as usual at the July MHIWC general meeting.
- Donations were made to the "Liberty Family Outreach - Summer Fest ($270) and to Operation Kid Equip ($200)
- First Vice Pres, Tammy Swanson, shared her experiences at the GFWC National Convention. Looking forward to more "leadership" from Tammy! :-D
- Alpena Weekend will be August 23 - 25
- Harvest Charity Tea will be on November 16th. Auction donations currently being accepted. Tickets will be available at the August meeting.
- Southeastern District Leadership Day meeting will be September 7th in Gaylord. (Contact Diane Follis if interested in attending.)
2013 Memorial Day Parade
Once again, due to the diligent work of the Parade Committee and the on-going sponsorship of the GFWC MHIWC, the 2013 Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade took place successfully on Saturday, May 25th. The weather was picture-perfect, the spectators were in a celebratory mood, and the Memorial Service was befitting of those being remembered. This year's Grand Marshalls were our own wonderful club members, Dolly Ferries and Jean Linville. Many thanks to all who spent time planning, fund-raising, attending events and volunteering their time and energy to help make this wonderful event possible for another year!
GFWC MHIWC Awarded "State Club of the Year"
For the 3rd year in a row the GFWC Madison Heights Intermediate Women's Club received "Club of the Year" award for our membership category! The award was presented to club President, Carol Spellman, at the GFWC Michigan State Convention which was held in Grand Rapids April 19 - 21.
Congratulations to all the wonderful club members who tirelessly volunteer their time, energy, and resources to benefit others!
Club members who attended the March 2013 GFWC MHIWC General Meeting went home well fed after enjoying the delicious dishes prepared for the Annual International Potluck Dinner. Taco and Greek salads, stuffed cabbage, mostaccioli, corned beef and cabbage, fried chicken and asparagus cake were just a few of the yummy foods served.
Lamphere High School student, Brooke Heisler, spoke to the club about her experiences as a 2012 MyLeads scholarship recipient. She will be returning to MyLeads again this year as a Counselor with financial assistance from MHIWC.
A White Elephant Sale was held following the business meeting with proceeds going to the Penrickton Center for Blind Children. Penrickton Center, located in Taylor, Michigan, is a private, non-profit five day residential and day care agency serving blind, multi- disabled children ages one through twelve.
Great February General Meeting! The following quote from Past President, Laurie Geralds, says it all!
"GFWC Madison Heights Intermediate Women's Club was thrilled to have five guests at last night's meeting, two of which joined before they left! Second VP, Judy Erwin-Fisher, kicked off the meeting with a great ice-beaker encouraging members to mingle with others who selected the same Community Service Project category (Arts, Conservation, etc.) that "spoke" to them. That was followed up by additional information provided by Tammy Swanson and me with an invitation to "A Rainbow of Opportunities" brainstorming event on this same topic, to be held March 11 at the home of Barbara Geralds. Our goal is to come up with new projects that our members are passionate about. I LOVE this group and am energized by their enthusiasm!"
News Flash from Laurie Geralds, Past President and compiler/composer of the annual MHIWC activity reports that are presented to GFWC Michigan every year.
I am so proud of GFWC Madison Heights Intermediate Women's Club! We reported 268 projects, generating 42,850 volunteer hours to raise $16,555.64, of which we donated $11,199.40 and spent an additional $2,893.85, then generously gathered and/or gave another $33,268 in-kind (food, clothes, auction items, school supplies, toiletries, etc.). Simply amazing!
GFWC MHIWC holiday activities included:
- Decorating the Red Oaks Nature Center Building
- Decorating the Madison Heights Library
- Assisting with the annual Madison Heights Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Attending the annual MHIWC Holiday Social
- Wrapping gifts for the families assisted by MH Youth Assistance
The founder of "Little Dresses for Africa" was the guest speaker at our January 2013 meeting giving a very interesting presentation about the organization and suggesting ways that our club might contribute to the various projects supported by "Little Dresses for Africa."
Following the presentation the GFWC MHIWC 2013 Budget was presented, discussed and approved.
We're Thankful For
This November gave MHIWC members much to be thankful for.
*On Nov. 7, Menachem Kniespeck, CEO of Operation Kid Equip, gave several MHIWC members a tour of the OKE Teachers' Annex. OKE is one of the many local organizations that MHIWC is pleased to support with monetary and in-kind donations. To learn more about the work that Operation Kid Equip does to help students "living in poverty" go to http://operationkidequip.org/
*The Charity Tea, our major fund raiser of the year, was held on November 10. Over 200 people savored tea and treats, bid on a plethora of wonderful auction items, and enjoyed the camaraderie that only happens when many lovely ladies get together. Every MHIWC member had a part in making this event a huge success. The money raised will be used to support and promote many local and state organizations and projects. Kudos to Darlene Berent and the members of her committee for yet another "job well done!"
*Ten MHIWC members (with some spouses and friends in tow) traveled to the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant to attend the Guiding Harbor/Girlstown Auction on November 17. Guiding Harbor/Girlstown was founded over 50 years ago by GFWC Michigan and continues to receive major organizational support. All MHIWC members attending had a great time! Thanks for supporting Guiding Harbor, Ladies and Gentlemen!
P.S. Guess who came home with the most auction items? Beat the casino slots? Ate ice cream after midnight? Took and early morning dip in the pool?
Day at the Lake Oct. 2012
Many thanks to Gwen Geralds who opened her cottage on Crescent Lake for the annual Day at the Lake. Though the day was cool, we were greeted with a warm welcome and a toasty fire. MHIWC President, Carol Spellman commented that "... there was great food, stories, warm laughter and games." Who knew Mexican Train could be so much fun! Especially for Lila! Skill, not luck...Right???
If you weren't there, you really missed a good time. See you next year!?
35th Annivesary Celebration
A wonderful group of women gathered on September 8th at Sunnybrook Golf Club to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the GFWC Madison Heights Intermediate Women's Club. Founded in 1977, the club has served Madison Heights and surrounding areas with a myriad of volunteer activities and services projects. President, Carol Spellman praised her members saying, ”You all get along so well and always are supportive of each other. What you do for my heart is phenomenal, I am honored to be your president. "With current membership close to 80 and growing the GFWC Madison Heights Women's Club looks forward to many more years of community service.
MHIWC Women Recognized at Community Roundtable Awards Banquet
A quote from GFWC MHIWC President, Carol Spellman, following the MH Community Roundtable Awards Luncheon -
"Congratulations to the women of the Madison Heights Intermediate Women's Club who were recognized at today's luncheon.
Martha Kehoe received the MHCRT2012 Volunteer of the Year award
Roslyn Yerman received the MH Historical Commissioon award as 2012 Historian of the Year
Diane Follis received the MHIWC 2012 Club Woman of the Year award
Take a bow and know we are all proud of you -Love ya!"
Being the modest lady that she is, Carol didn't mention that she, also, was honored by the Madison Heights Youth Assistance Committee!
Charter member and current secretary of GFWC MI member, Barbara Geralds, said...
"Congratulations to all the wonderful volunteers who were honored today
at the MH Community Roundtable Awards Luncheon. Women's Club
surprised Diane Follis as Clubwoman of the Year. Roundtable honored
Martha Kehoe as the top award winner for Volunteer of the Year. Ros
Yerman was honored by the Historical Commission. Carol Spellman was
honored by Youth Assistance Comm. I'm really proud of these MH
Intermediate Women's Club members!!!"
"Club of the Year"
The Madison Heights Intermediate Women's Club was once again named "Club of the Year" in its size category. The award was presented at the GFWC Michigan State convention, held in Livonia MI April 27 - 29. This is the second year in a row that the club has received this honor. Past President, Laurie Geralds, had this to say. "Im so, so proud of these women and all that they do for our community, and with such passion, heart and enthusiasm!"
Kudos to all the wonderful members who tirelessly volunteer their time, energy, and resources to benefit others!
As well as being honored as "Club of the Year" MHIWC received many awards for work and participation in specific categories. These awards are listed below.
2011 Goodridge Johnson Award
2011 GFWC MHIWC Best of the Best for WHRC
2011 GFWC MHIWC Best of the Best for Communication and
2011 1st Place Arts Collaboration
2011 1st Place Communication and Identity Advancement
2011 1st Place Conservation Collaboration
2011 1st Place Home Live Collaboration
2011 1st Place Legislation and Public Policy Advancement
2011 1st Place Women's History and Resource Center
2011 2nd Place Arts & Crafts Knitting Awarded - Marjorie
2011 2nd Place Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention
2011 2nd Place International Outreach Collaboration
2011 3rd Place Public Issues Collaboration
2011 Honor Score Silver Award to GFWC MHIWC for scoring
Certificate of Recognition to GFWC MHIWC for acknowledging
the importance of reporting.
April 2012 General Meeting
Following the April general business meeting a "POUND FOR POUNDS" Raffle was held. Club members brought in various 1 lb. items which were put up for raffle.
The profits of the raffle went to benefit “A New Leash on Life" which is a Madison Heights animal rescue organization that takes in animals, vets them, puts them in foster homes and/or seeks adoptive families for them. The organization is self funded based on adoption fees, donations and fund raising.
Almost $150 was raised for "A New Leash for Life." Thanks to club First Vice President, Tammy Swanson, for bringing this organizaiton to our attention and for organizing the "Pound for Pounds" Raffle.
2012 -2014 Officers Installed
The March meeting of GFWC MHIWC served a dual purpose. The club's annual International Potluck dinner was held at Lamphere High School followed by the installation of the newly elected 2012 - 2014 club officers.
MHIWC 2012 - 2014 Officers are:
President: Carol Spellman: Past President: Laurie Geralds, 1st Vice Pres: Tamra Swanson, 2nd Vice Pres: Judy Erwin-Fisher, Corres. Sec.: Margie Townsend, Rec. Sec.: Ros Yerman, and Treas.: Mary Anne Yemec.
Thank you, Ladies, for being willing to dedicate your time and energy to GFWC MHIWC!
Another bit of information to celebrate: GFWC MHIWC is pleased to have over 70 members, 11 of whom have been members since we began in 1977. We have added several new members in the last two years, and we will celebrate our 35th anniversary in the Fall of 2012! We must be doing something right for so many women to continue their involvement.
This just in from Diane Follis, GFWC MI Southeast District President and member of our own Madison Heights Intermediate Women's Club.
"I am proud to inform you that Madison Heights, has been selected as the Number 1 Club Winner in Southeast District, in Category III. It is with great pride that I am able to relay this message to you. As you are probably aware, this means you are in contention for Outstanding Club of the year."
How about that?!! Aren't we great??!
2011 Relay for Life
MHIWC Women's Club Warriors team captains, Verna Warren and Ros Yerman, coordinated another very successful year of club involvement in the Madison Heights American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The weather was cooler than steamy 2010 and the showers were held at bay. Thank you to all those who participated in this 24 hour event and helped to make a very significant contribution to a wonderful cause.
Barb Geralds posted the following on her Facebook page. "Really proud of co-captains Ros Yerman and Verna Warren who organized the Madison Heights Intemediate Women's Club team for the MH Relay for Life .... Thank you too to the about 25 of the club members who participated throughout the day. (A) tearful time was when all the luminaria around the civic center park were lit and a bagpipe player led the walkers for that lap."
In an email Ros Yerman stated that as of Wed., Jun 15 ..."We're pleased to report that the overall event has earned over $38,607 .... The Women's Club Warriors total currently stands at $3,593.84, compared with last year's final total of $3,517. Donations can be accepted through August 31st. Please mail them to American Cancer Society, ATTN: RFL Madison Heights, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076."
2011 Memorial Day Parade
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Save the Parade Committee and the members of GFWC MHIWC another successful Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade was held on May 28, 2011. Special recognition goes to Martha Kehoe who keeps this project "well oiled" and running smoothly. The weather was beautiful, the parade viewers were spirited and the Memorial Ceremony at City Hall was moving. On to next year!
GFWC MHIWC Wins Club of the Year Award
GFWC Madison Heights Intermediate Women's Club was chosen State Club of the Year in its size category at the annual GFWC Michigan State Convention held April 29 - May 1 in Big Rapids, MI. The Club received eight 1st Place awards, one 2nd Place award, three 3rd Place awards, and four "Best of the Best" awards. We couldn't be more proud to be a part of this amazing organization. A huge shout out to all the club members. You deserve this great honor!
GFWC MHIWC Members Travel to Washington D.C.
Eleven GFWC MHIWC members traveled with a group of 23 to Gettysburg, PA and Washington D.C. April 6 through April 11. The primary purpose of this trip was to visit the GFWC National Headquarters and to present a donation of $500 which had been collected in part over the last 3 years as club members put coins in a piggy bank when they "Bragged and Blabbed" at the end of each general meeting. Additional funds were added as a "Care to Share" project from the club treasury. Pleasantly surprised, our National GFWC hostesses received the donation with much gratitude and assured us that the money will definitely be put to good use.
Many thanks go to our own Darlene Berent who organized this trip for the group. She mapped out a marvelous itinerary, making sure that the group saw all of the major D.C. sites, including a cruise on the Potomac, Grandstand seats at the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, attendance at a play at the Kennedy Center, a visit to the Capitol Bldg. and WW War II, Korean War, Viet Nam Memorials, the National Cathedral, the Smithsonian and so much more!!
Be sure to go to the Picture Page to see some of the trip photos.
March 2011 General Meeting.
The March general meeting of the GFWC MHIWC was a "double your pleasure" experience with delicious food brought by members for our International Potluck and fun and funds garnered with a White Elephant Sale. The White Elephant sale proceeds were given to the Penrickton Center for Blind Children to help further the wonderful work that the center does.
A definite highlight of the evening occurred when Sandy Malotke opened her white elephant gift and found a HUGE pair of red and black undies! What a hoot!! (See picture on the "Picture Page" - March 2011 Gen. Mtg. Album) New member, Jackie Keene, brought this unique "white elephant." We're looking forward to having more fun with you, Jackie!!
GFWC MHIWC Wins 2010 Club of the Year Award for S.E. District
GFWC MHIWC President, Carol Spellman, sent the following message to club members on March 24, 2011.
GFWC MHIWC has been awarded the 2010 Club of the Year Award rd for category 3 (41-99 Members) for the Southeastern District.
We have earned this award for all the great things we do as a club - Thank you all.
My most sincere appreciation to Laurie Geralds for the many hours she devoted to filling in and putting together the report for 2010. The new GFWC criteria is significantly different this year and made it difficult for our many activities to be recognized. Also a warm thank you to Dolly Ferris for keeping reports and reminding us all to get our report sheets into her (don't forget yours for the next general meeting).
Pamper Party - For a Purpose
On Friday, March 11 the club held it's second Pamper Party for a Purpose. The event was held to help support Operation: Kid Equip (http://operationkidequip.org/ ) Club members brought school classroom, teaching supplies and monetary donations which were given to Operation: Kid Equip for distribution to eligible schools. As a reward for their generosity, club members were treated to a night of pampering which included, manicures and hand massages, foot baths, chair massages, facials, make up applications and paraffin hand dips. Door prizes, refreshments, and lots of good fellowship were also a part of the evening. A great time was had by all.
GFWC Madison Heights Intermediate Women's Club Makes Donation to Gateway Counseling Center
At the Jan. 17th general meeting, MHIWC member, Darlene Berent, presented a check for $1,000 to Kim Waldron, Director of the Gateway Counseling Center in Madison Heights. The $1,000 was raised, dollar by dollar, over the last several years as club members sold "slightly used jewelry" and "Pat's Pickles." The slightly used jewelry was (and continues to be) donated by club members and friends. Pat Pickles are the culinary creation of club member, Pat Ross. Many, many thanks to Darlene Berent for her constant dedication to this project and her immeasurable support to this and all club activities.