" Living The Volunteer Spirit "
Hello GFWC Indiana Ladies,
I am Barbara Reardon a member of the General Federated Woman's Club of St. John since 2007. In the past years, I have had the opportunity to serve in my club as President and chaired various projects that support the needs of our community and its people (young and old). It has been an amazing and uplifting experience.
I was serving as President Elect and had to step up due to the health issues of Tam Lubelski. This is why I may not have attended your District Convention, but I hope the clubs and its members will feel comfortable in contacting me with any concerns and/or ideas you may have to make our Indiana GFWC Clubs the best they can be. I am looking forward to working and meeting everyone during my 2018-2020 administration.
I have served GFWC Indiana Federation of Clubs as Secretary and Vice President and am looking forward to serve as President. The past positions I have held have broaden my knowledge and perspective of GFWC strengthening me and my ability to serve as President.
I have two children, a daughter and son, and I am a grandmother. I reside in Dyer, Indiana.
I have recently retired from the University of Chicago Hospital, after 30 years of work as a Quality Compliance Technologist in the Blood Bank. I hold A Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master's Degree. With the District Conventions and the 2018 GFWC Great Lakes Region Conference behind us, we are ready to roll our sleeves up and concentrate on our State Federation and our Clubs. I now am looking forward to be able to serve Indiana as your President. I plan to visit the Districts this year, meet and talk to all of the Club members.
It is still early in this president's administration but the 2018 -2020 Officers and Advisors have started the term with an effort to encourage clubs to support programs for our forgotten, aging population and help in ways to brighten their days.
Visiting the elderly in nursing facilities is a project that once you involve yourself and your club with this type of service; and see the smiles on their faces, you will be hooked to go back again and again.
My theme is "Putting the gold back into the golden years".
We have the elderly living in homes where they may need assistance with paying heating bills, health insurance, prescriptions, medical visits, medical procedures, getting additional funds for food, and informing them about the local food pantries.
INConnect the Alliance for the Area Agencies on Aging in Indiana provides many services to help our elderly with assistance in these areas. More information will be sent to Club Presidents soon.
Please share what your club is doing: why not appoint someone at every meeting to write a few lines and take pictures of your events, remember the best part of our magazine is seeing the activities around the state and remember to include your projects in your club reports.
Hope to see and meet everyone soon !
"Putting the Gold Back into the Golden Years"