Projects

Arts –

Arts NFWC Chair – Jean Kolterman

The main objective of the Arts and Photography is to encourage and provide an opportunity for the development and appreciation for the arts among students and GFWC Clubwomen of Nebraska and to acknowledge their artistic endeavors.  Below are some to consider:

*Chairmen and Presidents – encourage your clubs to enter and participate in at least one project this year to help enhance the arts in your community.

*Try photography – there are three contests you can enter. (1) “the World in Pictures” (2) GFWC Volunteers in Action” (3) “A Year in Pictures”

* Youth Art Month is observed each March.  It highlights the importance of youth art education and encourages public support for quality school programs.

* Host school art exhibits or student art exhibits at local malls or community centers.

GFWC bestows honors/awards for work by clubs in these areas. Consult the GFWC Club Manual for details and deadlines:

GOALS:

*To provide opportunities for Junior and Senior

 

Link to Arts Collaboration –

Conservation –

Conservation NFWC Chair – Janice Crewdson

We are very lucky to be living at this time in history.  People are looking for way to improve the way they live, their communities and world through conservation.  The 2012-2014 GFWC Club Manual has many wonderful ideas and suggestions that might benefit your particular club.  There are also several national awards that may interest your group.  Watch for deadlines on any activities that may fall into the various categories.

Ronald McDonald House – We will continue to support the Ronald McDonald House by saving pop-tabs from aluminum cans.  Encourage friends and family to help with this cause.  Bring the tabs to State Convention.  Remember the tabs we bring each year will pay for the utilities at Ronald McDonald House for a whole year.

Recycling – Let’s work on getting recycle containers  into parks, fair grounds, and throughout communities that already offers curb pickup.  If you live in a community that doesn’t offer a recycling program work to make recycling accessible to the residents.  One reason I am interested in this program is because from what I understand we have only so much water on our earth.  Where is much of this water now?  In landfills stuck in plastic bottles.  Students at UNK took apart trash bags to find out how much could have been recycled.  As you might imagine, there was very little actual trash.  Educate people on importance of using recycle receptacles.  Kearney has one of the best recycling programs in the state.  They may be willing to share information about improving recycling in your area.

Also find out when your community, or one close to you, will be accepting paints and other chemicals.  Many areas do this annually.  If you are not sure of the day they will be accepting these items, check with your city office, County Extension services or recycling centers.

Feeding the People – Work on feeding our communities through community gardening programs.  Many are already established.  If not, start one.

Speakers on Conservation – Find local or visiting experts to speak at meetings to help understand local issues.  This could also include topics such as the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.

Please let me know of any projects you participate in so I can include the information in my reports.

Remember  you partner with the following GFWC Conservations Programs.

Conservation Community Service Program

ACTrees
www.ACTrees.orgAlliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) is a national nonprofit organization founded to improve the environment where more than 90 percent of America’s population lives—cities, towns, and metropolitan areas. In 1993, its founders shared a vision of a verdant, healthy, functioning urban environment supported by a broad base of community residents who value trees as part of their community’s infrastructure. Today, ACTrees is a growing national network of more than 250 member and program partner organizations. These organizations are involved in community greening, stewardship of their community trees, public environmental education, policymaking, and other activities which engage residents in growing and sustaining tree canopy, and our urban groves and forests.

Education –

Education NFWC Chair – Donna Lefler
The Club sponsors contest at FC Middle School in art and writing. The art goes on to a district contest and the writing winners go on directly to the state. Winners in art at the district level go on to the State level. At the District Fine Art Contest, we also send a youth in music. There is also art, Photography and writing contest for members of the local club, in which we encourage members to take part. We also have a local club contest in the crafts section of the Fine Arts with local winners going on to district and then state. Contact people for this project are: Music, Linda Carroll; Local Craft Contest, Faye Bonin and Nancy Seward; Photography, adult and School Art Contest, Wanda Marget & Carol Bettger; Adult and School Poetry & Short Story Contest, Nancy Galaway.

Home Life –

The Club sponsors contest at FC Middle School in art and writing. The art goes on to a district contest and the writing winners go on directly to the state. Winners in art at the district level go on to the State level. At the District Fine Art Contest, we also send a youth in music. There is also art, Photography and writing contest for members of the local club, in which we encourage members to take part. We also have a local club contest in the crafts section of the Fine Arts with local winners going on to district and then state. Contact people for this project are: Music, Linda Carroll; Local Craft Contest, Faye Bonin and Nancy Seward; Photography, adult and School Art Contest, Wanda Marget & Carol Bettger; Adult and School Poetry & Short Story Contest, Nancy Galaway.

International Outreach –

International Outreach NFWC Chair – Pat King
The Club sponsors contest at FC Middle School in art and writing. The art goes on to a district contest and the writing winners go on directly to the state. Winners in art at the district level go on to the State level. At the District Fine Art Contest, we also send a youth in music. There is also art, Photography and writing contest for members of the local club, in which we encourage members to take part. We also have a local club contest in the crafts section of the Fine Arts with local winners going on to district and then state. Contact people for this project are: Music, Linda Carroll; Local Craft Contest, Faye Bonin and Nancy Seward; Photography, adult and School Art Contest, Wanda Marget & Carol Bettger; Adult and School Poetry & Short Story Contest, Nancy Galaway.

Public Issues –

Public Issues NFWC Chair/Sophomore Pilgrimage Legis, Public Policy – Judy Niemack
The Club sponsors contest at FC Middle School in art and writing. The art goes on to a district contest and the writing winners go on directly to the state. Winners in art at the district level go on to the State level. At the District Fine Art Contest, we also send a youth in music. There is also art, Photography and writing contest for members of the local club, in which we encourage members to take part. We also have a local club contest in the crafts section of the Fine Arts with local winners going on to district and then state. Contact people for this project are: Music, Linda Carroll; Local Craft Contest, Faye Bonin and Nancy Seward; Photography, adult and School Art Contest, Wanda Marget & Carol Bettger; Adult and School Poetry & Short Story Contest, Nancy Galaway.