2017-02-15 / Ludlow

Women’s clubs state meeting held in Ludlow

LUDLOW — The Vermont State winter meeting of GFWC women's clubs was hosted by the Okemo Valley GFWC Women's Club on Saturday, Feb. 4. The meeting was held at the Black River Valley Senior Center in Ludlow. 28 attendees from clubs across the state were present to share experiences, exchange ideas and discuss club efforts in both community and state wide programs. The Okemo Valley club provided breakfast and lunch for the group.

The Secretary's report was presented by Joan Woolrath of St. Johnsbury and the Treasurer's report was given by Marylou Shaw of Okemo Valley. Membership chairwoman Fran Derlinga of Okemo Valley gave her report which included 17 new members from across the state. 

Betty Haggerty from the Windsor club, chairwoman of the Barbara Jean Barker Scholarship, discussed the 2017 campaign to raise funds for the scholarship. The scholarship is a Vermont project named after and honoring Vermont past president Barbara Jean Barker. The scholarship assists Vermont women in need in their efforts to return to the work force. The 2017 round of scholarships marks the 23rd year of helping women meet a critical need in the state. On April 29, all state GFWC clubs will organize a statewide fundraising effort to benefit this signature project.

The business meeting also included a discussion of Jennie June candidates which is a national honor to recognize an individual GFWC member for their outstanding commitment to club, community and family. Other topics included the statewide photography contest through each club and efforts of the state nominating committee.

Following the business meeting and lunch provided by members of Okemo Valley Women's Club, Cheryl Sanctuary from Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Weathersfield, VT gave an intriguing and thought provoking presentation to the attendees about Sojourn's integrated, practitioner team approach to inspire and model possibility and change in health care. 

Sojourns is a non-profit interdisciplinary holistic clinic offering holistic integrative medicine, general family health care, wellness support, and health education. Their team has a strong focus on health education and community outreach making the clinic an innovator in its field.

The GFWC Annual meeting will be held May 6 at the Lake Morey Club.

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