October President’s Message

It’s finally October! My favorite time of the year! The cooler weather, bonfires, pumpkins, hoodies, decorations, pumpkin spice everything and so much more. Holidays are coming and family time, too! What a great time to work through the first few club months.

“Autumn is the season that teaches us that change can be beautiful.” —Author Unknown

With the fall season comes so many new and exciting projects withing the NJSFWC. From the state, district and club level, there are so many great activities to get involved with. With new ideas comes positive growth and excitement within the Women’s Clubs. I know that we are all going to benefit from these new programs.

I want to take a minute and send prayers and positive thoughts to three of our members who have had a few medical challenges within the last few months. I have checked in with Nancy B., Linda J., and Nancy D., who all have had some health issues but are now on the mend. Nothing keeps these amazing ladies down. Hopefully we will see all three of them at future meetings back to their healthy selves.

Cynthia HB. is always busy but found time to attend a Membership workshop offered by the Garden District. She found it informative and fun. She shared some of the great things we do to attract members and heard of a few new ideas that we may want to utilize. Our newer members bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm that keeps us relevant and moving forward. Thanks, Cynthia!

Several board members attended the Garden District Council meeting last month and were treated to an excellent dinner and inspiring conversation. The presentations were excellent and the activities of all the clubs were so interesting to listen to. Thank you to the Haddon Fortnightly for being our gracious hosts. I am so happy to report that our District VP Marie DiMatties will be attending our October meeting. I know she will enjoy visiting with all of you.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Hoagie Sale and our Mums Sale. These two internal fundraisers add significant monies to our treasury so that we can fund families during the Holidays and donate to other charities. Thanks to Janice M. and Sue N. for organizing these fundraisers.

One big activity that showcases our club was our booth at West Deptford Family Fun Day. We were able to share what our club does in the community and we handed out our pamphlets to many prospective members. We also sold several of our recycle bags to the many visitors who came to our booth. Thank you to Jody and Dave H. who set up and took down our tarp, tables and chairs. Also thank you to Lisa H., Janice M., Karen H., and Linda M. who joined Jody and David and took turns manning the booth throughout the afternoon.

A very big shout out to Nancy B., Nancy D. and Denise H. for organizing and getting our big fund raiser, the Basket Raffle, ready to go on October 10th. These ladies worked tirelessly to get everything together. Also, to Sue N. who has done an excellent job with our ticket sales. Peg S .and Agnes K. need to be recognized for checking, collecting and wrapping all the raffle baskets. This is the biggest collections of baskets I can remember. Finally, to all of you who so generously donated baskets, solicited gift cards and gathered donations from businesses around the area…Thank You!!!! I know we are going to have a fantastic and successful night. Our basket raffle is the day before our meeting so I know I will see many of you there to help support this important night. I can’t wait to see the faces of all the winners of these incredible baskets.

Another recognition goes to Janice M. who put together our survey, which will be taken at our October meeting. For those of you who were not aware, the State Membership Chair who presented at our June Garden District meeting suggested that as we move forward and make changes as the Federation grows, that we give an anonymous survey to members so that they can give their opinions on different topics. Janice has expertise in this area as this was something she did regularly when she was working. The survey is amazing and I am looking forward to all of you participating at our meeting.

What a fun night the Social Committee put together at Pinspiration in East Greenwich! The ladies made some adorable home décor items and I loved learning how to wood burn my new coasters. It was a great night with fantastic and creative ladies.

At our October meeting, we will have a speaker from the Keystone Clinical Studies, LLC. Our guest is Dr. Varghese, who will be talking about changes we experience as we age. This is going to be a very interesting presentation. Thank you to Linda M. for setting this up for us.

As you can see, we have a very busy meeting scheduled for this month. We are back into the swing of things, and I can’t wait to share all of our activities with all of you. So get out your purple bags and get your Secret Pal gifts together. We have a fabulous meeting planned for all of you.

Happy Autumn!