eConnection 4/27: 2022 Convention Wrapup

by Jan W. Hanson, NJSFWC Past State President 2020-2022


Thank you to everyone who attended the NJSFWC 128th Convention. Besides the business that was conducted, we heard from some excellent speakers. Violet Snow spoke about her book “To March or to Marry” and GFWC International President, Marian St. Clair gave the keynote address. Members gave a warm welcome to Marian and showed her New Jersey hospitality. Thank you to Brandi Leigh Miller for escorting Marian and Gil and Jill McDonald for providing transportation.

Thank you to Joyce Dreger, Paul Soltis and Lynn Webb for their excellent workshops. Third Vice President, Susan Chambers and Legislation/Resolutions Chairman, Chris Sienkielewski, for their Membership Workshop and Treasurer, Linda Babeuf and Financial Secretary, Chris Burlew for the Treasurer’s Workshop. Convention gives members the opportunity to develop new skills and learn new information.

Congratulations to members who were placed on the Honor Roll or Order of the Lily. We also honored four women as Women of Achievement and heard from our new Cecilia Gaines Holland award winner Laura Pelszynski from the North Brunswick Woman’s Club. Check out the NJSFWC website to see their biographies.

Congratulations to Debbie Cibelli who was elected NJSFWC Correspondence Secretary. All four Resolutions were passed so start writing those letters.

Attendees had the opportunity to view the Arts and Culture and Environment entries. Club’s received awards for Best All Around Work and individual Creative Writing Awards were announced. Check out the Convention Chatter on the website. Thank you to all of our members who participated in the Performing Arts Show. The talent of our members is amazing. Past State President Hanson is feeling fine (just a little sore) after her surprise Performing Arts finale.

Ray Chimileski from Operation Chillout was overwhelmed when Patricia Dahl, Special State Project Chairman, announced the total amount raised, $63,795.97. This does not include in-kind donations. The winner of the quilt was Joan Shibla Lynch.

This Convention could not happen without the hard work of Susan Fosdick and the Convention Committee and Cynthia Blumenkrantz and the Credentials and Registration Committee. Sometimes they do not get the thanks they deserve.

With the final rap of the gavel this administration ends and a new one begins. Congratulations to Shirley Holly and her Board as they start a new, exciting NJSFWC chapter moving us forward.



 1-Data Sheets (Blue Sheets) due to Headquarters.   Late arrivals will use last years membership numbers for the Dues Bill.