Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Exeter GFWC Woman's Club Attends District IV Woman's Club Workshop

The front row is: Patty DeMoss, Jan Jones, NFWC President-Elect, Pat Gage, NFWC President
                  Back row is:  Elaine Oldehoeft, Bonnie Cudaback, Karen Chapman, and Reba Toothman

The GFWC District IV Woman's Club Workshop was held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilber on July 19, 2013.  There were 30 present from seven clubs.  Mary Keller of Wilber welcomed the group to Wilber and Karen Chapman, District IV International Outreach Chairman, of the Exeter club, gave the response.  

    Nancy Galaway, District IV President, of Fairmont, presided at the meeting.  NFWC District Chairmen gave reports of new projects in each particular division, and ideas for each individual club to carry out in the coming two-year administration.  Information was handed out to the members for each clubs' favorite program and project.

      Pat Gage, NFWC State President, of Aurora, spoke about the GFWC International Convention held in Hollywood, Florida, in June.  She also reported that Elaine Oldehoeft of the Exeter club had won an award for the picture she entered in the "Year in Pictures" contest, which will be included in the 2014 GFWC Woman's Club calendar.  

    Jan Jones, NFWC President-Elect, of Omaha, announced the upcoming events, and about clubs' reporting. 
    Revised corrections and additions to the Standing Rules of District IV were read, voted upon and were passed.
    A tasty luncheon was served by the Wilber club.  

    The program followed, with Karen Statham of Second Chance Pups, and her dog "Sheroz".  Nebraska State Penitentiary inmates volunteer to obedience train dogs from different shelters in Nebr.  They are initially instructed by a certified AKC/CGC evaluator, who instructs the inmates on dog training skills.  It takes 9 weeks to train these dogs and they are then available for adoption to area families for pets.  It is a true form of rehabilitation for inmates. The Woman's Club members thoroughly enjoyed "Sheroz" as she mingled amongst them.  The members gave "Sheroz" treats after she obeyed a command, and one member even received a kiss.  Members brought treats and toys for the program and gave a monetary donation.

    The Fairmont club extended an invitation for next years' workshop.

    Those attending from the Exeter club were Reba Toothman, Karen Chapman, Patty DeMoss, Elaine Oldehoeft, and Bonnie Cudaback.

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