Sad News, Resolution on Suicide Hotline

Sad News

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Past State President Cathy Southwick, 1996-1998. Her Special State Project was NJ Domestic Violence Shelters. One hundred-fifty organizations were invited to a Day of Remembrance for a march and rally for Domestic Violence victims which was held in Trenton with 350 participants wearing purple ribbons and carrying Club banners. Members raised $170,146.25 and donated $57,000 in-kind for Domestic Violence Shelters. Cathy Southwick was devoted to the Federation and the friends she made. Her obituary can be found at

Resolution Passed on Suicide Hotline

by Chris Sienkielewski

On October 17, 2020, President Trump signed into law a change to the National Suicide Hotline. The hotline will change from its current number of 1-800-273- TALK (8255) to 988. According to the FCC. this change will be implemented across the country by July 2022 in order to ensure the switch goes smoothly for callers and service providers. It will also give time for counselors to prepare for an expected surge in call volume once the change is in effect.

Callers to the hotline are routed to one of 163 crisis centers, which handled 2.2 million calls in 2018. The new number also aims to reduce the volume of mental health calls that go to 911.

NJSFWC members voted to approve the 2020 Resolution that recommended that the hotline number be changed to a 3-digit number.

Many thanks to all NJSFWC members who promoted this resolution. Another win-win for our communities nation-wide!


In last week’s eConnection. I mistakenly identified Jolie Frankfurth as GFWC Treasurer. She is the Secretary.

SSP-Operation Chillout

Thanks for all the notecards for Operation Chillout. At this point on time we have plenty so hold off until February to send them in. Please do not put any personal information on the notes including your Club name.

State Board Changes

Regretfully, Annette Bortone, Headquarters Chairman and Rae Salandra, Day of Service Chairman found it necessary to resign from the State Board.

We are happy to welcome Karen Manneback as Headquarters Chairman,10 Furman Street, Wayne, NJ 07047, 973-839-0826,

Advocates for Children

The Advocates for Children report was left out of the report forms packet. You can find it on the NJSFWC website and in the December ALMANAC.