Dear GFWC Arizona Federation Sisters:
As we begin the 2020-2022 administration, I welcome you to what is a most unusual time in the history of our Federation! Challenges abound – and yet I know Arizona clubwomen are strong, resourceful, and all leaders in their own way. “Our Road to the Future” is my theme for this administration and I encourage each of you to look forward as we work together, improving our communities, in the Grand Canyon State!
One of my goals is to provide you with an Electronic Tool Kit through our new GFWC-Arizona website. The website, which will launch by the middle of September, will contain the 2020-2022 GFWC Arizona Directory and a new Leadership Guide for Clubwomen that will be available for everyone. In addition, the latest report writing manual for both clubs as well as state chairmen, will be available to view and print.
My President’s project is “Warm hearts, warm souls, one blanket at a time.” This project can be accomplished as a group or individually. Perhaps you enjoy knitting or crocheting – Go for it! Not your thing? Purchase some fleece to tie and knot a quilt with friends! (Maintaining social distancing, of course!) Or if you like, purchase a blanket, any size is fine. They can be donated to your local hospitals, nursing homes, VA centers, child crisis centers or even pet shelters. Happy creating!
As we begin planning our club programs for the upcoming year, let’s have some fun with our new Community Service Program areas. I am including an incentive of a contest to see which club can do the most: Arts and Culture, how many museums or cultural learning experiences can you see or do? You are thinking - but they are closed until further notice. Well, this can easily be accomplished through the internet, the Smithsonian Channel, Viking TV or YouTube. Under Civic Engagement and Outreach, how many socks can you collect and donate to our veterans (both women and men)? Education and Libraries, how many pencils can your club donate to schools? Environment, how many pounds of aluminum pull tabs can your club collect and donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities? Health and Wellness, how about those cute blankets you are going to make and donate?
I look forward to seeing all of you as soon as possible - but in the meantime stay safe and healthy until we meet again.
Yours in Federation,
Luanne Davis, 2020-2022 GFWC Arizona President