" Living The Volunteer Spirit "
GFWC INDIANA FEDERATION OF CLUBS
Volume 1 / Issue 4
Greetings Club Presidents and Members,
The 129th GFWC Indiana Federation of Clubs Convention in Fishers, Indiana was eventful and fun. We had a Mad Hatter Party and a murder mystery on Friday. At Friday's Service Project club members completed at least 60 fleece lap blankets that are being disturbed to seniors in assisted living or nursing facilities and veterans in hospitals and other facilities by our club members. Other lap blankets are being completed by some clubs during their meetings for distribution. It was an easy and fun project.
Due to the vacancy in the office of President-elect an election was held at this Convention. Kimberly Meyer, past Indiana Director of Junior Clubs, was presented as a candidate for the office. Pat Kepchar, Chairman of the Election Committee stated that the candidate met all of the qualifications to run for the office. Those members in attendance elected Kimberly as the 2019-2020 IFC President-elect. Congratulations Kimberly, the IFC Board is looking forward to having you join us.
The proposed bylaw changes, that were presented in the Call to Convention, were voted on and adopted by the convention. These changes will be made available to members soon.
Wendy Carriker, GFWC Secretary spoke to us about some of the upcoming GFWC bylaw changes that we will see in 2020.
Barbara Miller, a guest speaker, who works with Medicare Senior Patrol and had worked with the Indiana Attorney General's Office spoke about some of the scams that seniors need to be aware of. She spoke of the recent scam to push seniors to purchase back braces and other medical equipment that are Medicare approved.
They are covered, but poorly made and if a senior needs another brace, they will be denied because they already received one. She distributed informational pamphlets and spoke about other phone scams. She informed the members that she would be happy to travel to any club, in the state, to speak.
Bonnie Sparks has agreed to be our Riley Hospital representative. A copy of what Riley needs will be published in the next Clubwoman so that clubs can start preparing for the 2020 Convention.
Remember to keep SAVING your pop tabs. We will be giving those to Ronald McDonalds house at next year's convention.
I am asking all the Clubs to start sending me articles for the new Clubwoman, pictures and things that you have completed for the Seven Grand Initiatives like Dr. Seuss books donations, Soles4Souls drives, Arbor Day tree planting, Martin Luther King observances. If your club needs more information on these, please let me know.
I want to once again express my appreciation to everyone who participated in making our State Convention successful; from helping with our fundraising, (which raised over $750), to everyone who participated in our Murder Mystery. Thank you to all the clubs who shared their ideas and expertise concerning their club activities, to the Districts who shared their "News" and the members who brought in their contributions to the art and photo contests
making the 2019 State Convention a successful experience. Please respond to the convention survey sent to attendees from Dana Jones. This will help in the planning of the 2020 Convention.
If anyone has questions or concerns pertaining to GFWC/IFC please feel free to contact me at
Thank you for "Living the Volunteer Spirit" each and every day!