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Legislative Bill Signed on April 30, 2012

Governor Bob McDonnell signed six pieces of legislation that expand the Commonwealth's support for cancer research, treatment and education. The governor was joined by legislators, VCU President Dr. Michael Rao, representatives from GFWC Virginia women's clubs, patient advocates and representatives from the Medical Society of Virginia, the National Patient Advocate Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Among those present for the signing of HB83, SB544 on Monday, April 30, at the VCU Massey Cancer Center in Richmond, Virginia, were:  Lynne Wherry, GFWC Virginia Legislation Chmn, Peggy Reid and Pat Via, Waynesboro Woman's Club, Shenandoah District, Hope Royer, GFWC Virginia President and  Linda Robinson, GFWC Virginia Legislation Committee member.  Governor McDonnell Signs Legislation to Expand Commonwealth's Support for Cancer Research, Treatment and Education - April 30, 2012   Released by Generra J. Peck Office of Governor Bob McDonnell

Virginia Darnell named 2012 GFWC Virginia Jennie Candidate - Mechanicsville Local, January 24, 2012

Ambulance donated by General Federation of Women's Clubs of Virginia benefits Virginia Tech Rescue Squad   05-21-10

WSLS 10 (NBC TV in Roanoke, VA) "Women’s Group Donates Ambulance to Virginia Tech Rescue Squad"  04-27-10

Richmond Times-Dispatch Article, "Women's Groups Provide Support, Sense of Community" 04-26-09

Richmond Times-Dispatch Article for Volunteer Week 04-20-09

GFWC Virginia presents the Jennie Award          August 2009

At the August 15 GFWC Virginia Conference in Staunton, Emma Jean Wise, GFWC Virginia President, presented the State’s Jennie Award to Alice Kyle District’s Lucy Woodall Harris.  Lucy was one of several volunteers nominated by Districts throughout the State for outstanding performance as a volunteer within club and community.  As Virginia’s Jennie Award winner, Lucy will compete at the Southeast Region level where two ladies will be chosen to compete at the international level.  

The GFWC Jennie Award is named for Jane Cunningham Croly, founder of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.  It is the only national honor that recognizes individual members of GFWC for personal excellence.  This award recognizes club leadership, non-club community service and family involvement.  It is the highest honor bestowed by GFWC. 

Lucy began her Federation journey as a member of the Timbrook Junior Woman’s Club in 1964.  She graduated to Timbrook Woman’s Club and has been a member of The GFWC Virginia Lynchburg Suburban Woman’s Club since 1980.  Lucy has served the District in many officer positions - most notably Third Vice President and Director of Junior Clubs (1972 – 1974) and District President (1982 – 1984).  She currently serves the District as Parliamentarian, Chaplain and a member of the Standing Rules and Policies Committee.  On the State level, she served as State Treasurer and Secretary and held numerous Chairmanships.

Lucy’s community service is vast – both her commitment as a volunteer and in leadership positions in her community.  She shares her Parliamentarian Procedures expertise with numerous Lynchburg groups and is a dedicated supporter of the Lynchburg Museum System, the Battered Women’s Shelter, the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library and her church.  Lucy was recognized by HOBY and was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the Lynchburg Chapter of Distributive Education Program.

Lucy’s service to Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Plantation since 1984 has been invaluable.  She has served on their Advisory Board for 25 years, underwritten the cost of an in-house library, assisted in the creation of a Scholarship Program, chaired the Scholarship Committee and donates two scholarships annually.  She was instrumental in developing an Independent Living program for graduate students and serves on their Board of Trustees.

The GFWC Virginia Lynchburg Suburban Woman’s Club was proud to nominate Lucy Woodall Harris for Virginia’s coveted Jennie Award.  Alice Kyle District is honored that Lucy was selected to represent Virginia as a model for volunteers who choose not to follow a path, but to blaze a trail.     

Patricia Bickel,  Alice Kyle District President  2008–2010