Message from the President

A NOTE FROM
GFWC NEBRASKA STATE PRESIDENT
KAREN CRANDALL

Greetings from Karen Crandall GFWC NE State President 2016-2018

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.