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GATHERING MEMORIES

HOWDY TO EVERYONE ON A FINE JANUARY SUNDAY, 
THE LAST ONE, AS A MATTER OF FACT!

Our theme this month has been reflecting our character.  I thought this was a fitting topic. 

I want to share some artful creations and some history with you.  Some sweet, some edgier.



It was my job to plan a reunion this past week.   Our women's club became inactive several years ago. Life gets busy, people move and change jobs....life happens.  We are members of General Federated Woman's Club Phoenix chapter, Centennial Woman's Club.  It was so named, as it was founded in the Centennial year of GFWC.    I am proud to say I am a Past President and Board member of CWC.
   
For the reunion, we decided to create nametags and to honor an annual event (The Teddy Bear Tea) at which we donated hundreds of stuffed animals to the PHX POLICE for use with Kids in distress.  The situations including abuse and being removed from the home for any number of reasons.  A great support that helped many children get through tough times.  We had an 18-year-old speak at a Tea and she still had her bear from when she was 10!  



Here are some of the items I made plus a collaboration piece.

The Teddy tags were tied onto Teacups filled as a memento of the reunion. Kris and I found thrift store mismatched teacups and saucers. The larger tags with scrolls will be used as name tags attached with large safety pins. Each scroll contains a short poem or saying - about Teddy Bears or Friendship or Teamwork. An artist who has been shown on our Blog in the past, Carolyn Addie, helped conceive the idea for the scrolls, I did the tags with vintage text and music sheets along with inks.


The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.



GFWC clubwomen transform lives each day, not simply with monetary donations, but with hands-on tangible projects that provide an immediate impact. With a grassroots approach that often thinks locally but impacts globally, GFWC, its clubs, and members remain committed to serving as a force for global good, as it has done since its formation 127 years ago.

Over 80,000 GFWC members work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.

If you do not have a club in your area, you can start one for fellowship, volunteerism and the greater good!
See more here....
http://www.gfwc.org/


Our ranks included a fluid membership of 25 women.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Do Good!






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