" Living The Volunteer Spirit "
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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"
GFWC President's Information below
Dear GFWC Sisters,
It is with great anticipation and excitement that I welcome each of you to the 2018-2020 GFWC Administration. I am truly honored to be serving as your 52nd GFWC International President. GFWC has over 128 years of history rich in timely challenges and major accomplishments. This administration will draw upon the past work of GFWC to direct its two major emphasis areas for the future.

GFWC was founded on the principle of "Unity in Diversity." Our founders could have chosen any word, but they chose "Diversity" because it reflected their belief that the organization should exist embracing "Diversity" in its members and programs. During this administration diversity will be one of the emphasis areas. We will seek diversity in who we are and what we do. Welcome into membership in your club people of all ages, religions, creeds, races, genders and lifestyles. Work on projects with and for organizations that are diverse. Widen the scope of club programs to educate members on the traditions and lifestyles of different religions and countries. Embrace Diversity.

Legislation is the second emphasis area. GFWC's passion for positive change in communities through legislation is part of our history. In 1906, thousands of members of GFWC, who without a vote, only a persistent voice, passed the Pure Food and Drug Act. We will go back to our roots, raise our voices, and reclaim our role as the unified organization that can make things happen. Members will understand the process of how a bill becomes a law and their part in the process. We will select two bills and work actively for them to become laws. We will work to establish the GFWC brand with the members of the United States and State Legislatures by the
"RECOGNIZE THE RED" campaign. We will select one bill and on one day all members of GFWC will be asked to call their legislator and urge action on the bill.

During this administration there will also be "7 Grand Initiatives." They are called "7 Grand Initiatives" as each of them has 1,000 as a goal. The "7 Grand Initiatives" are : 1) That 1,000 clubs will do a service project on Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2019; 2) That members will plant 1,000 trees on Arbor Day; 3) That members will donate 1,000 pairs of used shoes to Soles 4 Souls or Nike "reuse-a-shoe"; 4) that members donate 1,000 Dr. Seuss books by March of 2020; 5)That 1,000 members join the Legislative Action Center; 6) That members do 1,000 projects devoted to women in the military; and 7) That 1,000 members donate $1,000 to the Capital Campaign. The "7 Grand Initiatives" are very attainable. Plan your projects now.

Thank you for placing your trust in me and affording me this incredible opportunity to serve as your 2018-2020 International President. I am excited about what we can accomplish during the next two years, and I hope these projects that I mentioned have stirred excitement in you.

Mary Ellen Brock
2018-2020 GFWC International President
Mary Ellen Brock
2018-2020 GFWC International President