Convention 2019: “Celebrate A Proud Legacy”

125th Annual Convention May 6-8, 2019.
Registration Due March 29!

All clubwomen are invited to celebrate 125 years of service to our communities, the State of New Jersey, and the GFWC. We look forward to three days of friendship, informal workshops, exhibits, awards, and the annual business meeting of the NJSFWC.

This year’s Convention is May 6-8, 2019 at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The Convention theme “Celebrate a Proud Legacy” pays tribute to the 125th anniversary of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC. There’s a full agenda planned, so join in the Federation Friendship events scheduled to complete the mission to Enlighten, Educate and Entertain. Watch the deadlines and be sure to register to have all that a Convention experience can offer.

The call and registration forms have been mailed, and are available in the MATERIALS section under CONVENTION.

Monday, May 6

A District Lunch is planned, so pre-order a box lunch and bring it along to hear the District Vice Presidents report. Each DVP selected a color to represent her District, so this promises to be a colorful event. If you ordered a tee shirt by the February 25th deadline, your tee will be available for pick-up at your District Spring Conference. You are welcome to wear something you own in your district color—it’s a casual event, so the tee would be perfect. Register early as there are limited seats.

The opening Business session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will recess by 4 p.m.

Monday evening, we’ve got a social hour planned from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., open to all attending. We will once again be acknowledging this year’s Women of Achievement award recipients after dinner. The evening’s traditional EX Club tribute is themed “Power of the Past – Force of the Future.”

Tuesday, May 7

The Business Session starts that day and may include voting on proposed Resolutions, proposed changes to the Bylaws and awards for the Best Reported Work in the state.

After the business meeting, five Lunch & Learns are being offered from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

  • Book Discussion; “The Address” by Fiona Davis led by Joyce Dreger
  • A financial retirement seminar by Wealthguard Financial
  • Genealogy workshop “Ask Granny”, presented by Jane Mackesy, Liberty DVP
  • A presentation on a non-profit Ranch Hope, that provides Behavioral Healthcare and transitional living programs to youth at risk in NJ
  • A Done in One craft class on lavender, presented by Triple Oaks Nursery and Herb Gardens.

Remember to pre-order your box lunch. As in previous years, members are required to pre-register for all workshops and, this year, attendees must show their registration ticket for admittance.

Stop in the afternoon to visit the vendor room, open till 5:00 p.m. There will be some new and returning vendors, and for all things Federation, stop at the Federation Sales table. This year the Grand Circle Travel Company table will have the details about upcoming Federation trips.

There is also time now to visit the Federation exhibits; Arts Creative, Conservation and Communications, to view the entries entered by fellow clubwomen. The exhibit room opens at noon on Tuesday.

Then it’s time to head to the Theatre for a 2:30 p.m. start of the annual Arts Performing show presented by District clubwomen selected from across the state. Come and applaud, the best form of support.

The District photo of club presidents will be taken this evening. Check your District reporting time and be sure to arrive 10 minutes early. Enjoy the social hour, open to all members with a cash bar open through this evening’s banquet. Watch as the Presidents process in, as we honor Club Presidents and EMD Chairmen tonight.

The theme for this evening is “125 Years of Purpose and Passion.” The Cecilia Gaines Holland Award will also be presented this evening.

Once again, a service project is planned that will benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. A “wish list” of items requested was included in the CALL. Please include a contribution in your luggage for this worthwhile organization fighting hunger in our communities.

Wednesday, May 8

Wait, that’s not all! Convention continues. There are four Workshops being offered this morning at 8:00 a.m., before the start of the closing business session.

  • The President’s Roundtable presented by First VP, Jan Hanson.
  • Membership, retaining members presented by Third VP, Barbara McCloskey.
  • Treasurer – What’s new? presented by Treasurer, Joyce Fredericks and Marie DiMatties along with Paul Johnson, Investigator from NJ Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission.
  • Legislation-“Recognize the Red” conducted by Legislation & Resolutions Chairman Carole Speechley.

The business session includes the In Memoriam and the induction of clubwomen to the Honor Roll and Order of the Lily. A guest speaker will share the details of the future national monument in her presentation, Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.