Message from the President

Hello My Dear Club Women, I became a member of the Papillion Junior Woman's Club in 2002. I joined because someone asked me to go to a club meeting. I really enjoyed the club members and the way they made me feel at the first meeting; I have loved every meeting since. I now belong to three clubs in Nebraska and three international clubs. The woman's clubs have given me the opportunity to have lifelong friendships with women throughout the United States. My membership to clubs has also given me the opportunity to make an impact in my community through my volunteer efforts. I am like other women, instinctively driven to advocate for positive change. As busy as my life is, volunteering has fulfilled me in more ways than I can put into words. Time is an ever more precious resource to me, so the link between what I accomplish volunteering - individual beneficiaries and the social benefits - and the time and the effort I contribute is deeply significant. I have had the opportunity to travel to regional conferences and international conferences and being with women who are as passionate as I am about General Federation. Women are amazing creatures, we love fiercely and we fight fiercely for what we believe in. I know that the beating of my heart has meaning and purpose every day and my actions have value greater than silver or gold. My life and what I do with today and the days ahead matters forever. I am so honored to serve as your State President. My theme is "NEw Creations Volunteering." You may think NEw is a typing error, but let me explain the spelling... the NEw is capitalized referring to Nebraska... so we are new creations volunteering in Nebraska, "NEw Creations Volunteering." The monarch butterfly is my emblem. I would like to share why I chose the monarch butterfly for my emblem. I live in Papillion and the city was named after the creek of same name which flows through the center of town. The name Papillion is derived from the French term for butterfly. According to local tradition, the early French explorers name the creek Papillion because many monarch butterflies were found along its grassy banks. The beautiful monarch butterfly goes back to the beginning of Papillion in the 1870s. NEw Creations Volunteering, Karen Crandall 2016-2018 A butterfly has only days to live, still it flies joyfully capturing many hearts. But sometimes it's not how long we live, but how we live it. Each moment in life is a precious gift. Be a channel of joy, be a blessing to others. Read More

President Projects

St. Jude Children Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee opened its doors February 4, 1962 based on Danny Thomas's dream. "No child die in the dawn of life." At the time, the survival rate for childhood cancers were 20 percent, but today it is 80 percent. Still today as when they opened the doors, the families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all they should worry about is helping their child live. Relay for Life is the signature fund raising event for the American Cancer Society. Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or path. One person can make a difference. In 1985 Dr. Gordon Kiatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track. He walked and ran more than 83.6 miles and raised $27,000. He has since passed from his battle of cancer. But his legacy lives on. He shaped the idea of Relay and men and women have been relaying since. Ronald McDonald House is a place where caregivers can refuel for fight ahead with nutritious meals and restful sleep, play areas and quiet nooks. It is a place where they can rally around hope alongside fellow fighters. The GFWC Nebraska Clubs collect pop tabs at the state convention; the clubs donate 12 million pop tabs a year. The tabs in turn pay for their electric bill for the entire year. The tabs are easier to store and are paint free and pure aluminum, which increases their value when recycled. Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center is in Geneva. Their mission is to protect society by providing a safe, secure, and nurturing environment in which the girls who came may learn, develop a sense of self and return to the community as productive and law-abiding citizens. To accomplish this, the YRTC provides diverse programming that responds to each girl's unique needs. Read More


The General Federation of Women's Clubs is one of the world's oldest and largest women's volunteer community service organizations. Communities across the country benefit every day from projects and programs supported by local women's clubs. The GFWC/Nebraska Federation of Women's Clubs has 28 clubs around the state with five Districts. Read More