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The Southeastern District of Michigan Executive Board is pleased to report that 10 district clubs from our district attended the 99th Annual SE District Meeting on October 21, 2017. Club members and their Presidents came to the meeting from the Adrian, Brooklyn, Clawson, Dearborn, Lake Orion, Madison Heights, Rochester Juniors, Royal Oak, Tecumseh, and Lenawee Women’s Clubs.

All clubs are part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). This all female non-profit organization is headquartered in Washington D.C. and is more than 127 years old. GFWC spearheaded many extraordinary programs throughout the United States and Internationally as well, such as public libraries. GFWC runs under the amazing and inspirational theme “Unity in Diversity”.

GFWC State of Michigan Executive President, Donna Brown, attended the Southeastern District meeting and gave an inspirational speech on keeping our clubs current with the times, and always remembering to be open minded and kind to one another to insure success! Clubwomen were also fortunate to hear from GFWC Michigan 1st Vice President, Susan Johnson; and 2nd Vice President, Ruth Ann Northon.

Each club president was given an opportunity to present a “brag report” regarding one amazing and unique event or quality of their club. Among the top report was Clawson Women’s Club ability to maintain membership for the past decade, and Rochester Junior Women’s Club large fundraiser profits that get distributed to different charities each year.

A special guest, Velcro the puppy, also attended the Southeastern District Meeting. In May 2017, a challenge was put forth by GFWC International President, Sheila Shae. President Shae encouraged each state to find a foster home for a service puppy for one year. The service pup is provided by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), an organization in partnership with GFWC that provides service dogs to disabled veterans. Our district CCI chairwoman, Bethany Perry (a member of Rochester Junior Women’s Club), was fortunate to find a “foster mom”, Megan Schwark. Megan drove to Ohio and came home with “Velcro”, a white lab/retriever pup born July 7, 2017. A “puppy shower” was thrown during the SE District meeting, where $1,800 was raised by the 10 clubs and their members. This money covers all the costs to raise Velcro while staying with Megan. Because these clubs all supported Velcro, he will make a special visit to each club throughout the next year to “personally say thank you”!

Awards were presented to SE District Clubs and individuals. Rochester Junior Women’s Club was honored to receive the award for Outstanding Leadership & the “Triple Crown” awarded to the club that displays Outstanding Fundraising, Community Service, and Fellowship. District Chairwoman of the Year was won by our own Kathy Warriner, the SE District Education & Arts Chairwomen. SE District President, Kathy Lewis (also a member of the Rochester Junior Women’s Club), was nominated unanimously by the district to run for GFWC Michigan 2nd Vice-President in April 2018 at the GFWC State Convention.

 

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Rochester Hills Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) hosted their BINGOmania event on Wednesday, September 25, 2017 at the River Crest Banquet facility in Rochester Hills.  Over 100 attendees played numerous games of Bingo, bid on raffle items and enjoyed appetizers and a sundae bar.

In addition to straight Bingo, there were several unusual games including “H”, “X”, and even four corners.  Attendees were able to buy additional wooden Bingo cards to better their chances of winning a white elephant gift provided by people attending the event.  Attendees could also purchase sets of three paper Bingo cards to win fabulous community donated prizes at special games throughout the night.

There was a Chinese raffle with numerous donated items from merchants in the community.  There were wine baskets, jewelry, Dream Dinners gift certificates, S’more Maker with ingredients, two tickets to An American in Paris, OU Basketball tickets and swag, scarves, perfume, and even a chance to have lunch with Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett.

Being the week before Halloween, several guests chose to dress in costume.  We had 1950’s Pink Ladies, Witches, Rosie the Riveter, Super Heroes, Super Fans, Minnie Mouse, Queen of Hearts, Bingo Lady and even a leopard. Our number callers were hilarious and really kept the laughs coming.

Money raised from this event goes directly to our charities:  Sew Much Comfort, OUCares, Career Dress and Police Law Enforcement Association (PLEA).

A special thanks to Team Bingo and everyone who helped with this event.

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Our annual Lobster Boil Fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th at the OPC got our fundraising year off to a great start! We had a fun, lively day as we sold about 900 beautiful lobsters. The weather was ideal, 65 and sunny with a light breeze.

Our designated charities for the year as well as the Older Persons’ Commission are supported by this event’s profits. This year we are fundraising for Career Dress, OU Cares, Sew Much Comfort and Professional Law Enforcement Association Foundation, Inc. Representatives from PLEA gave their time and wrapped cooked lobsters right along with us! Thank you.

 

We had donated snacks and pop, Gatorade and water, sandwiches and cookies to energize our volunteers and scouts. Delicious coffee came from Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters. A playlist of lobster, fishing and beach songs added enjoyment to our event.

 

Our wonderful sponsors, Marc Disner of People’s Fish Market and Dan Dunsky of O’Brien’s Crabhouse delivered our fresh lobsters right to our site. People’s provided a large discount to us on our lobsters and O’Brien’s supplied us with colorful bibs, placemats, and packing bags. These men along with Richard Ketchel of People’s are very supportive of our cause and this fueled their generosity in helping us. Stop in and take advantage of their establishments.

 

Of course, the very generous help from more than 30 of our members before and during the Boil made this event possible.  We are so thankful to the eight husbands who conscientiously cooked lobsters in the big, boiling pots. For 6 of them, this was a first and we hope they continue to be lobster boilers. And a huge thanks to the Boy Scouts of Troop 60 and their leaders who set up and cleaned up; this event depends on their generous help, year after year. We most sincerely thank the community for supporting us once again as lobster-buying customers!

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Four RJWC members attended the Girlstown Open House this past July. We received a tour of the facility by staff members who also explained policies and answered questions. All who attended found the experience interesting and informative. This event is held annually and I would encourage attendance in the future. You can see the pictures from the open house and the wine tasting below.

Guiding Harbor’s Annual Auction will be held November 4 in Redford, Michigan. A flyer with details can be found by clicking this link. Tickets ordered by Oct. 4 receive a $10 discount! Three RJWC members attended last year, had a great time and came home with some nice goodies from the auction.

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Summer’s not even over but we’re working on organizing our events for the 2017-2018 club year. Before you head off for the weekend, be sure to mark your calendars! More information about each event will be coming soon!

Lobster Boil: September 30, 2017
Bingo Mania: October 25, 2017
Spring Luncheon: March 10, 2018
Haute to Trot: May 5, 2018

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Calling all new members and those that are thinking about joining!

We invite you to attend our new members’ meetings. In these meetings, you will get a chance to meet your new sister members, get a more intimate understanding of our club, ask questions and receive answers from experienced club members.

New member meetings are facilitated by the Rochester Junior Women’s Club President-Elect. There will be a time for socializing and a time for business. All new members are encouraged to attended.

These meetings are also open to those wanting more information about the Rochester Junior Women’s Club. There is no obligation to join (and we’re not going to pester you into it either!).

New member meetings are held near Adam’s Highschool. Please contact Mary at Mary4rjwc@gmail.com for the address.

New Members’ Meetings will be held on:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday, January 11, 2017

(no new members’ meetings in December)

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We have put in this random picture of a kitten to hold your attention longer.

Publicity is a big job and with social media, it’s gotten even better! We’re looking for a few extra hands that can help with photography and social media. Here’s what we’re looking for. Please email Christina or Kate if you can help!

Photographer: Hobbyist photographer needed to volunteer to take great pictures at our amazing events for the Publicity Department. These pictures will be used on our website, in social media, and in newspapers articles.

Pinterest: If you love Pinterest, we want you to help us develop our Pinterest boards!

Twitter: Does Twitter get your heart all a flutter? Volunteer to manage our new Twitter account. You’ll be sharing articles from our website, articles related to the Greater Rochester Area and live tweeting from events.

Instagram: Are you great at capturing the moment with your smart phone? If so, volunteer to manage our Instagram account. We have so much fun and do so much good, let’s show the world how we do it!

That’s not all the help we need. If you’re good with writing or technology (or at least a quick learner), have graphic design, video editing or print layout skills, contact either Christina or Kate!

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GFWC MICHIGAN LEGISLATION DAY HUMAN TRAFFICKING & MICHIGAN’S WATER CONSERVATION GRAZING 

Held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, with Registration from 9-9:30 am Please mark your calendars with this very important date! Cost $30.00 (includes lunch) due by June 1, 2017

Legislation Day will again be held in a meeting room at the Radisson Lansing. Join us and become better informed about Human Trafficking, Michigan’s Water Quality, and Conservation Grazing. Invite state reps and senators from your community to attend. Support Human Trafficking Awareness, Prevention, and Consequences. Learn the facts regarding Michigan’s Water Quality, including Flint!

Registration 9:00 – 9:30 am – Program Starts with Human Trafficking presentation/updates (includes) Sen. Judy Emmons – Panel on Michigan Water Quality – Lunch – Conservation Grazing – reduce the use of chemicals to manage invasive plants – Visit the Capitol

Please include your check(s) for $30.00 per person payable to: GFWC MICHIGAN

MAIL TO: Kathy Lewis. Registration is DUE BY JUNE 1, 2017 Contact Kathy Lewis with any questions.

GFWC – GREAT LAKES REGION CONFERENCE! September 14-17, 2017 

Come aboard we’re expecting you. The U.S.S. GFWC Great Lakes is set to dock at Port Doubletree in Oakbrook, Illinois on Thursday, September 14th!

Thursday evening: “Whodunit at Sea” everyone will have a part & everyone is a suspect!

Friday afternoon: service project at St. Jude’s Island of Hope

Friday evening: Port Illinois State Night “Captain’s Dinner) recognizing the Great Lakes Naval Base – wear Red, White & Blue!

Saturday morning: informative workshops

Saturday night: “The Admiral’s Ball” – cocktail party & dinner with Admiral Wilken and GFWC International President, Sheila Shea

Sunday morning: Breakfast and short wrap up meeting

The Great Lakes Region Conference is ALWAYS GREAT FUN and we can even spend Thursday in Chicago!

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Guiding Harbor has two events coming up this summer:

Saturday, July 15: Girlstown Annual Open House, noon – 2 pm. This is an opportunity to tour Girlstown, the residential facility for teen girls in Belleville, as well as a chance to meet staff and board members. An email reminder will be sent prior to the Open House with carpool information.

Sunday, July 23, 4 – 6 pm: Wine tour at Sandhill Crane Winery, 4724 Waltz Rd, Jackson to benefit Guiding Harbor. Tickets are $30 and include hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting. Tickets may be purchased online at www.guidingharbor.org.

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