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GFWC VIRGINIA CONFERENCE 2017


"Dare to Share the Dream"

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September 28, October 2-6, 2017
The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, Virginia

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COLORFUL CANS

What a great presentation by Dale Fisher for her club (Manassas Woman’s Club), explaining their project to support the state project theme, but even more fantastic was the state-wide support of clubs and districts and individuals to Mini Challenge #3 – Colorful Cans.  As announced at conference, with the help of Del Williams, Laurel Livingston and Madame President Fran Edwards, we counted every single item (four packs got counted as four, 12-packs got counted as 12, etc) for a GRANT TOTAL of 2,208 items donated. AND, I had not even arrived home from convention before I got a very appreciative email from the Glasgow/Natural Bridge Food Pantry from their secretary advising that our donations totaled 2318 pounds and cash donations of $176.00.  Here are some excerpts from that email:  “Such a generous donation of non-perishable foods…”; “Such a generous gift from your clubs…”You are so gracious to remember our pantry.”  As you can see from the pictures on the cover, it took TWO pickup trucks to haul away the bounty.  When I envisioned the project I thought maybe members would bring 3-4 cans each, but ladies you outdid yourselves – some sent CASES and 6-8-10 packs!!! And, so creative in their shopping – for black, a box of black tea; for orange, several cans of baby food carrots; for purple, several packages of noodles in a lavender box; a variety of jello colors and juice boxes, in addition to the traditional colored foods.  Again, you have gone the extra mile in your goal of helping end hunger and for many recipients of the Glasgow/Natural Bridge Food Pantry you have made that dream a reality.
District Colorful Cans Stastistics
Alice Kyle & Southside Red & Purple
Alice Kyle   168

Southside   466
Blue Ridge & Shenandoah Yellow & Orange
Blue Ridge   214

Shenandoah   366
Lee & Southwestern White & Brown
Lee   297

Southwestern    198
Northern & Tidewater Green & Black
Nothern   158

Tidewater   341

The facility has been in operation since 1992 and is a part of Feeding America and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. They have grown from distributing 12,000 pounds of food to handing out 229,200 pounds to 3,375 households. A storm in May damaged the roof and they lost a lot of their inventory, so this donation was a welcome Godsend. Thank you from your chairman, your state president and from the food pantry.  NOW, let’s get ready for the final Mini-Challenge: Filling the Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow with that gloriously golden food item loved by all ages – Mac ‘n Cheese!!!! It will be light-weight, easy to pack and you might even catch some on sale!

--Linda Beatty

 
Au-Some Swim Project Benefits Eight



Eight from Buchanan County are participating in the GFWC Grundy Woman’s Club Au-some Summer Swim Project. Funded by the Buchanan County Autism
Awareness 5K Walk/Run, which is hosted annually by the women's club in April, the project is currently providing free adaptive swim lessons for individuals with autism through a partnership with the local YMCA.

Working with the public school system to identify children most in need, the club also reached out to parents directly through the Grundy Autism Support Group. Once selected, the children’s parents were able to coordinate private lessons with the Y directly. Not only could they plan around their own schedules, but also around the temperament of the child.

As autism is a neurological disorder that can result in sensory overload and difficulty coping with changes in routine, this flexibility allowed parents to plan for the best time of day for the child and reschedule when necessary. Since the project began earlier this summer, the response has been overwhelming. "I knew, as the parent of a child with autism, how much these lessons would mean to our family," says JoBeth Wampler, GFWC Grundy Woman's Club First Vice President. "So when we started planning this year's 5K, we realized making a big impact in the autism community might be as simple as a partnership with the Y. They've been a great asset to this project."

For more information about the GFWC Grundy Woman's Club and the Au-some Summer Swim Project, visit www.GFWCGrundyWomansClub.com or www.facebook.com/GFWCGrundyWomansClub.
--JoBeth Wampler
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