From the Director of Junior Clubs

From the Director of Junior Clubs

Hello GFWC IL Juniors!

WOW! What an exciting two months this has been! May brought us the celebration of our 120th Annual State Convention and close to 300 GFWC clubwomen took over the Hilton Lisle; highlights for me were plentiful! The first I would have to say was having our very own Deb Strahanoski and Becky Weber BOTH in attendance as their GFWC duties have traditionally taken them from us during our spring Convention. It was a joy to have them at our Unity Luncheon where I was able to finally publicly thank Deb Strahanoski for her years of mentorship. It was very special. And yes, we both cried!

Another highlight was hearing the announcement of our 2015 LEADS candidate, Amy Vicioso! Amy is just such a tremendous leader and we are just thrilled that she is taking the next step in her GFWC leadership journey. Our organization needs strong leaders in the future and she is certainly one bright star to watch for!

A third highlight was the announcement of our Junior Leadership Awards. Each year we award a Spark Plug Award – going to a new Junior who has come out of the gate swinging for the fences, helping out on a multitude of club projects and expressing a desire in club leadership. We also award a Junior of the Year, going to a Junior who has some club years behind her and who has made a difference in her club and community. And our most coveted Junior award – Outstanding Junior Service, which is awarded to a Junior with multiple years of club service behind her and who is exemplary in every facet of club leadership. What a pleasure it was to congratulate three fantastic leaders in our Junior Organization: Michelle Johnson, Metamora-Germantown Hills JWC; Teresa Osterloo, Encore Club of Metamora; and Janet Scaliatine, Lombard JWC.

It was also a wonderful honor to have Sheila Shea, GFWC President Elect in attendance at our Convention. I am looking forward to where she will take our organization in 2016-2018!

As for my Memphis trip, and the 125th celebration of GFWC International, what can I possibly say other than it was one of the most exciting, inspiring, motivating, entertaining, amazing, outstanding Conventions I have ever attended! Oh how I wish you all could have been there with myself, Diane and 30 other GFWC IL clubwomen to feel the energy and spirit of volunteerism that filled the rooms….all the way to the rafters! For pictures and more commentary, be sure to “like” GFWC on Facebook and of course, our GFWC IL Junior Organization Facebook page.

A HUGE congratulations to each and every one of you as the GFWC IL Juniors were awarded the first ever Membership Increase Award! To be honored in front of the entire delegation for being the state federation to see the largest increase in Junior membership is a moment in time I will never forget. GFWC IL Juniors welcomed 128 new members in 2014!!

To me, increasing and retaining our club membership is our most crucial task. With more members, we can do even more in our communities. And with HAPPY members comes MORE members, so remember to thank your club members for their time and make them feel valued. The work we do is so important and is helping so many – let’s keep up the momentum and take that award again next year!

I also want to say a special congratulations to the Joliet Junior Woman’s Club for being the only GFWC IL club to be recognized at this year’s convention – in 2 categories, which is amazing! The club was recognized with Club Creativity Awards in Fundraising and for their project work in the Women’s History & Resource Center. As Joliet Juniors, Debbie and I about both fell over when they announced those awards – it was very exciting!

GFWC IL also received two other very important awards, receiving 1st Place in both Leadership and for our state federation work on the Signature Project! OUTSTANDING! And Trisha Schafer, our immediate Past Director of Junior Clubs, shone as she was part of the presenting Leadership Committee at this year’s LEADS Seminar! Wonderful job, Trisha; you make us all so very proud!

Traveling with GFWC IL President Diane Addante, President Elect Phyllis Skubic, Director Elect Jeanette T. Wells and the rest of our Illinois delegation was just too much fun! Wished we could have stayed 5 MORE days! We were also fortunate enough to have some time with our much-loved and adored Jackie Pierce, past GFWC International President, as she cheered us on from the Past Presidents’ Skybox seating in the auditorium! What memories we have and what truly special friendships we have made.

The workshops, LEADS Seminar, Elvis’ performance at the Shot @ Life Banquet, the Opening Session with the Parade of Flags, the Closing Gala Celebration, Elvis’ performance in the Junior Suite (lol)….I truly could go on and on but I’m running out of room. For all the Convention highlights, watch for our FB posts, Key Notes, and GFWC’s News & Notes! Diane and I will also be speaking at next month’s Region Meetings – hope to see you at one!

Until then, I remain yours in Federation Friendship,

Karyn

 

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

Hello GFWC IL Juniors!

In just one week, we will begin our celebration in Lisle, IL at the 120th GFWC IL Annual Convention with our LEADS seminar! I am most excited to be presenting this year and am looking forward to spending time with this year’s LEADS candidates.

Then on Thursday, May 16th, we will open the doors to kick off the start of Convention! Hoping you’ve made plans to join us for at least part of the time as this promises to be a fun, informative and uplifting time spent with your Federation sisters and special guests.

Our first special guest and featured speaker is Amy Logan, author of A Girl with a Cape, who will open our Thursday AM Business Session. A Girl with a Cape is a story of how little things add up to be big things, even when we don’t realize it – how our words are so powerful when we speak them to others and that what we say and how we say it can really become our “superhero cape”.

We will also be welcoming GFWC President Elect Sheila Shea, who graciously accepted our invitation to join us this year. You can hear all about what’s happening at GFWC Headquarters in Washington, DC when Sheila addresses our membership Thursday evening at the Federation Banquet. Sheila has been an active and dedicated Federation member for 40 years, 20 of those having served on the GFWC Board of Directors. She is positioned to assume the role of GFWC International President in 2016. She is a tremendous leader and speaker so you won’t want to miss her!

To open our Friday morning General Business Session, we have Jarrett Payton, son of NFL Hall of Famer and Chicago Bears legend, the late Walter Payton. Jarrett’s inspirational presentation will get you fired up and you’ll want to hear all about the work of his Foundation, which supports an anti-bullying message.

Friday also brings us the Unity Luncheon, where we celebrate coming together with the Generals as well as announce our Leadership Award winners for Junior of the Year, Outstanding Junior Service and Spark Plug, and hear from Pat Broggi from Children’s Research Foundation. After the luncheon, we will be giving out our Junior awards to the clubs. Then stay for our very own Derby Night Party – bring your hat!

Saturday brings us our closing Business Session and Awards Banquet Luncheon, where you will hear from Carol Simler, President & CEO of DuPage Pads, who is the largest provider of Interim (overnight) Housing in DuPage County. In 2014, DuPage Pads served 86 veterans, 144 families, 241 children and 1,360 individuals. Homelessness is everywhere and after hearing from Carol, you’ll understand it more than ever before and why her mission is to end homelessness in DuPage County.

This is just a brief glimpse into a packed three-day agenda; please consult the GFWC IL Clubwoman Magazine for a full listing of Convention activities. Please be a part of it!

In Federation Friendship,

Karyn

 

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

Hello GFWC IL Juniors!

With 2014 reporting behind us, we can turn our focus to what’s happening NOW! And so much is happening over the next few months – make sure your club is “in the know”! One way to be up on the latest events is to sign up for Key Notes, our GFWC IL e-newsletter.If you haven’t already done so, sign up today and don’t miss another issue!

Is your club creating a Pinwheels for Prevention garden in support of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois? Clubs who notify us by April 3 that they are doing a garden will appear on a banner displayed at State Convention in May.  Also be sure to get your city officials involved in your club’s garden. Send out a press release about your club’s efforts and then be sure to post your garden pictures to the GFWC IL Junior Facebook page!

Another way to support PCA IL is to attend our Blue Ribbon Fashion Show on April 12th at the Bolingbrook Golf Club in Bolingbrook. Reservation forms are available online and in the 2015 Convention Issue of Clubwoman Magazine. Deadline to register is March 20. Hope to see you and your club there!

We have a new GFWC IL Education project to announce! A special literacy project for children has been established by Jo Koenig and Sara Gilbert, General and Junior Education Chairmen. Jo and Sara have suggested that we participate in the “Children’s Literacy Fill the Shelves” Project. In an effort to inspire of love of reading in children, the following ideas are suggested:

• Host a free book exchange at a school or community center

• Begin a Book-a-Baby project and donate a book to each baby born at a local hospital

• Support a Birthday Book project where children receive a book on their birthday

• Adopt a family in need.

Please support this new project within your clubs and encourage children in your community to learn to love reading!

Lastly, please be sure to ask your club presidents to share their 2015 Convention Issue as it contains all you’ll need to know about the GFWC IL 120th State Convention as well as info on this year’s LEADS seminar. If you are considering a leadership role within your club, district or State Board, please attend this important day of leadership training. You will NOT be disappointed!

As always, if I may be of service to you or your club, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Until then, I remain yours in Federation Friendship,

~Karyn

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

Hello GFWC IL Juniors! Wishing you all a wonderful 2015 ahead! January means REPORTING! Please be sure to reach out to your District Directors with ANY questions about reporting and they will be able to assist you. Watch our Facebook page as well for helpful tips from our Dean of Chairmen, Cherie Sieger – also known as The Reporting Fairy! Reports are due February 2, 2015 so please don’t delay.

Your Junior Officers are busy preparing for our next State Board meeting, which will be held on Saturday, February 28th at the Hilton in Lisle, IL. Chairmen and Directors, please join us for a wonderful day of friendship and loads of information on the GFWC IL Convention, which will be held at the same hotel May 14-16th, 2015!

Club Presidents in the Northern Region…the date has been set for our first President’s Retreat Day! We will be meeting at the gorgeous Hotel Arista in Naperville on Saturday, February 7th, 2015. Check-in will open at 8:30AM with the meeting starting promptly at 9:00AM. We will finish with lunch and wrap up by 1:30PM. Please mark this date down on your calendar and make plans to meet and network with other club presidents from the region. We would like to expand this program to clubs located in the Central and Southern Regions later this year, so please stay tuned!

If you haven’t yet signed up for Key Notes, our GFWC IL e-newsletter, what are you waiting for? Do so today at gfwcillinois.org and don’t miss out on one more issue! You can also download the latest GFWC IL Clubwoman Magazine there as well!

As always, if I may be of service to you or your club, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Until then, I remain yours in Federation Friendship,

~ Karyn

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

Hello GFWC IL Juniors! I’m hoping your clubs are busy with your fall membership activities, service projects and of course, your Advocates for Children project! We are right in the middle of Advocates for Children Week and I’d like to remind each of you to please post and share your projects on our Facebook page so that all of our clubs across the state can share in your successes.

Your Junior Officers are busy preparing for our next State Board meeting, which will be held on Saturday, November 8th in lovely Effingham, IL. Please join us for a wonderful day of friendship and  information on Membership, Leadership and of course, REPORTING! More info can be found here. 

If you haven’t yet signed up for Key Notes, our GFWC IL e-newsletter, what are you waiting for? Do so today at gfwcillinois.org and don’t miss out on one more issue! You can also download the latest GFWC IL Clubwoman Magazine there as well!

Club Presidents, please look for an invitation from me to come your way shortly. I’m putting together a President’s Retreat Day, where I will be gathering regionally with area club presidents to discuss club issues and challenges with each other. I hope this will be a fun, uniting and helpful activity over the course of this administration. We need stronger clubs in order to sustain and grow Junior membership throughout the state of Illinois and I need your feedback and input to do so! I look forward to meeting you all.

As always, if I may be of service to you or your club, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Until then, I remain yours in Federation Friendship,

~ Karyn

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

As we begin to wind down our summers and prepare for the back-to-school swing, many clubs are gearing up for their 2014-2015 club year! August is traditionally a planning month for new administrations as they prepare to lead their members into another year of service and philanthropy. But it is also a perfect time to host an informal membership meet and greet, before the busy club year even begins!

Consider hosting a Thursday night backyard BBQ or a Sunday brunch to welcome potential new members into your club. Be sure to address all membership requirements your club may have in your presentation (keep it brief!), then allow guests to mingle and meet members of your club. It is a great way to start your club year off right – with NEW MEMBERS! And please remember, I would love to attend your club’s meet and greets, new member installations, club fundraisers and events! Just be sure to drop me a note with a few weeks lead time.

I also would like to invite you all to attend the 2014 Great Lakes Region Conference October 10-12 in Frankenmuth, MI, home of the World’s Largest Christmas Store – BRONNER’S! So get a group of your gal pals together and schedule this road trip today! You can tour, shop and sightsee Friday, October 10th, then check in to The Bavarian Inn Lodge, where the conference is being held. The conference kicks off with a banquet Friday night, hosted by the GFWC MI Federation and wraps after the Saturday night banquet, though many ladies will be staying to do more shopping on Sunday! All details can be found on the registration form below. Be sure to register by September 7th for room reservations and September 21st for the conference. Hope to see you all there!

GLR 2014 Conference

Also, the latest GFWC IL Clubwoman Magazine is available at www.gfwcilliniois.org. Be sure to download your copy today as we are moving to an all-electronic format for the magazine.

In closing, best wishes for a successful kickoff to your club year and remember, it takes just ONE VOICE to get things started!

 

 

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

From Our Director of Junior Clubs

Hello GFWC IL Juniors! If you were not able to attend Convention last week, here is a brief explanation of my plans for the organization over the next two years.

The theme for the 2014-2016 GFWC IL Junior Administration is “Just One Voice”. I believe that the GFWC IL Juniors understand the Power of One. Throughout the years, we have been so fortunate to see exactly what can be done because one person had a vision. Whether it is the vision to launch a new club or statewide project, new fundraiser, or even to start a new club, GFWC IL Juniors know how to get things done!

In preparing to become the next Director of Junior Clubs, I realized how very excited I am to serve our great state in this way. I’ve long since recognized the strength and power of the members we have here in Illinois. I’ve seen clubs as small as 6 members accomplish amazing things, raising thousands of dollars and doing the work of a club 10x its size. That’s because one of them stood up and said, “We can do it!”

And we can do it, ladies! We can do whatever we set out to do for our clubs and communities. It doesn’t matter how many members we have…or how many sponsors we have for our events. We just need to BELIEVE in each other and in ourselves and we can do anything!

During the 2014-2016 administration, my emphasis will be on three outstanding organizations: Children’s Research Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It is my most sincere hope that your clubs include these organizations in your fundraising efforts during this administration.

In addition to seeing our membership grow, I hope to re-energize efforts to charter more Juniorette clubs throughout the state, as well as hold a Juniorette Convention to support the clubs we already do have. The young ladies of our communities are tomorrow’s volunteers. They have so much promise, determination and most already have a deep passion for volunteerism. Why not serve as a mentor to them by forming a new club in your town or district? With so many external pressures of balancing school work and extra curricular activities, belonging to a GFWC IL Juniorette club can serve as an outlet for them and would be rewarding for all. I urge you to give this some thought and reach out to me if your club has interest in sponsoring a Juniorette club.

Remember, ladies, all it takes is one voice. Shout it out and let it be heard!

Preparing for the 119th GFWC IL Convention!

Preparing for the 119th GFWC IL Convention!

Hello, Juniors! We are just about a week away from the 119th GFWC IL State Convention! I hope you are all planning to join us May 15-17 at the Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.

Convention is such a wonderful time to celebrate the accomplishments of Junior clubs throughout our state and a time to reunite with friends both near and far. We will also be holding elections, welcoming in the new administration, and graciously thanking our current leadership for a job well done these past two years.

Junior Day is Friday, May 16th and we will once again be announcing our Girl Awards during the Junior Business session! Did your club have a Spark Plug, Junior of the Year or Outstanding Junior Service Award nominee this year? Please come out and support these fabulously talented Juniors! And we’ll also be announcing all our Junior State awards as well! With all of this activity, you won’t want to miss out.

It’s been an exceptional honor to serve beneath Trisha this administration! I hope EWE will all join me in wishing her well as she moves up to serve on the 2014-2016 GFWC Board of Directors on the Leadership Committee and as the 2014-2016 GFWC IL WHRC Chairman. We are so proud of you, Trish!

 

Summer Greetings!

Summer Greetings!

Hello to all my fellow Illinois Juniors! Hoping your summers are going fabulously well as we are preparing to ramp up for another awesome club year! I recently returned from the GFWC Annual Convention, which was held in Hollywood Florida. I was honored to attend as our GFWC IL LEADS candidate. What an experience!

Each state selected one club member to attend the day-long seminar which was enriching and inspiring! I will be giving my full report at the Great Lakes Regional Conference in Indianapolis this October. I hope to see many of you there, but I will just let you know that every one of your clubs should review the LEADS information you will receive in your fall packets and nominate your club’s next rising leadership star!

Other highlights of the Convention included watching our very own Illinois Juniors Deb Strahanoski and Becky Weber in action; Deb is serving as the 2012-2014 GFWC Treasurer and Becky serves as the 2012-2014 GFWC Director of Junior Clubs! The Illinois delegation was so very proud of these ladies each and every day of the Convention. And when our GFWC IL Director of Junior Clubs, Trisha Schafer presented the Illinois Flag during the Opening Ceremonies, there was not a dry eye in our section!

Please continue to use the new website and tell your club members about it. We will be adding new membership recruitment info to the Members Only section along with other useful tips and info so please keep checking back for updates!

Lastly, I know many clubs are in the process of holding their cross-over board meetings so I’d like to just say WELCOME and THANK YOU! WELCOME to all the new club presidents, executive committee members and board chairs and THANK YOU to all who have served in these leadership roles over the past year. Your service is most appreciated!

 

 

Welcome to the 118th GFWC IL Convention!

Welcome to the 118th GFWC IL Convention!

Welcome to all our GFWC IL Juniors! We are thrilled to introduce you to YOUR new state federation website! As many of you know, this has been a labor of love for a few years and we are so happy to launch it here with you at our 118th State Convention. Here you will find the latest GFWC IL information, such as meeting dates and times, club reporting information and helpful resources such as our rich history and information from GFWC.

When exploring, please check out our IL CLUBS section and visit the websites of other Junior clubs throughout the state. It truly is amazing to see what we do year to year here in our great state of Illinois!

Something to watch for in the future is the development of our Member Center Log-In area. This password protected area will allow clubwoman to upload and download…wait for it….REPORTS. How exciting!

We sincerely hope you all will use and help promote our new website. Please feel free to drop us a line and tell us what you’d like to see here and we will make it happen!