This Administration we are supporting GFWC’s Unity in Diversity by promoting multiple focus areas. There are so many ways to engage and we encourage you to choose involvement that best fits your club’s size, goals, and interests. The 2020-2022 focus areas are: Impact NC, Sunflowers for Suffrage, Elevating Women and Girls and GFWC Signature Program.
We’re kicking off a Summer/Fall Scavenger Hunt! It’s retroactive until June 1st, so go ahead and mark down what you’ve completed already this summer. Then work some of the other sites and challenges into your Summer and Fall travel plans. We’ll collect them at the Fall Conference and give away some prizes! More details are in the July North Carolina Clubwoman magazine.
The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum is North Carolina’s first and only official State Historic Site to honor an African American and a woman. The site is the former Palmer Memorial Institute, an African American preparatory school established by Brown in 1902. Campus Enhancement at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum to preserve it as a historic site is so important to women’s history and North Carolina. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to improve the grounds during this administration. Learn more about Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown and Palmer Memorial Institute on their official website: https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/. Click the drop down for Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum. Clubs and members are encouraged to donate funds, educate members, learn about the culture of the time, and more! Follow the site on social media (@CharlotteHawkinsBrownMuseum on Facebook, @chbmuseum on Instagram).
The Sunflowers greatest meaning are of peace and hope. In the US, gold replaced green as a color representative of the Suffrage Movement.
The use of gold goes back to 1867 when Kansas was considering passage of a state suffrage referendum. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony adopted the Kansas state flower, the sunflower, as a symbol of the suffrage cause. We hope that clubs will use the sunflower to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 2020 and throughout the administration to focus on voting rights.
As women, it is vital that we foster encouragement and positivity so that all women and girls feel supported. We encourage clubs and members to keep women in the front of their minds as they plan and execute their programs, meetings and projects. On the state level, we will use quotes from women, listen to music written or performed by women, and prioritize women and minority owned businesses and vendors. Let us forget not to be kind!
We urge clubs to expand their support of the newly expanded GFWC Signature Program: Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention, through projects that focus on Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse, Teen Dating Violence, Campus Sexual Assault, Elder Abuse, Violence Against Native American Women, Military Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking for Sexual Purposes. Clubs are also encouraged to support the Success for Survivors Scholarship awarded by GFWC annually. The GFWC Club Manual, available through the GFWC Member Portal, includes projects and resources for each of the 8 Signature Program Focus Areas.
Projects for the 2020-2022 GFWC-NC President’s Special Project: She Elevates the World, can be performed in any CSP, Special Program or Advancement Plan. Ideas for each are in the program handout.