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Why do we need to do reports?

Reports are the way we communicate in a succinct way the vast variety and impact of our club projects. The information we report to our NJSFWC Chairmen not only lets them know what each club is doing, but also might be used as the basis for decisions or action on the various projects.

So complete and submit your reports and be proud!

    • Click below for the 11/9/23 Report Writing Workshop Zoom by First VP Susie Chambers

Instructions and Guidelines

IMPORTANT: To use the fillable report forms, YOU MUST DOWNLOAD THEM TO YOUR COMPUTER OR DEVICE. You cannot fill them out online and save them. To download, right click on the file name (or hold finger down if using a tablet or phone) and use the "Save as" command to save it to your computer. Then you can open it, fill it out, and save it.

NOTE: For MAC Users having Problems CLICK HERE FOR TIPS 

Community Service Program & Other Report Forms Fillable

​​Project Report Form for Clubs

Here's a handy form for club presidents and chairmen to pass out to members. If each member who led a project filled out one of these and handed it in to the Community Service Program or Report Writing Chairman, think how much easier it will be to complete reports.


The NJSFWC Advocates for Children program seeks to make a difference in our world by becoming advocates for children. Members may choose to organize projects that benefit children in their community, state, or the world.

Clubwomen can become advocates by working to:

  • Ensure that children are protected from harmful situations
  • Encourage healthy physical and emotional lifestyles
  • Impact policy to improve children’s lives

While project ideas are numerous, clubs are encouraged to educate themselves regarding current issues facing our children:

  • Child Abuse
  • Health issues
  • Poverty
  • Cyberbullying
  • Teen dating violence
  • Childhood obesity
  • Texting while driving
  • Depression and suicide
  • Foster care and adoption
  • Limits on screen time
  • Childhood safety issues

Please look at our supplement for ideas, projects and suggestions for your club to help children.

Operation Smile

Operation Smile is a crossover project with Health & Wellness. You will find all the information about collecting items for Smile Bags in that section of this page.


CHAIRMAN: Nancy Levy,

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. --Picasso

“Arts” and “culture” are very broad terms that include a wide range of human practices of creative expression, storytelling and cultural participation.  They are the way humans cultivate distinct identities while communicating values, impressions, ideas and experiences across time and space.  While this program focuses primarily on visual and physical creations, leaving performing arts to the Arts Performing Community Service Program, and literary arts to the Education and Libraries Community Service Program, all forms of art are beneficial to those who practice them and to those who appreciate the results. 

The avenues of art are only limited by our imaginations. NJSFWC Arts and Culture Community Service Program encourages members to promote and support art activities in their clubs, schools, and communities. Its goal is to inspire clubwomen with a desire to make their world a more beautiful place by creating programs and projects in a multitude of arts-related areas, both traditional and innovative, and to promote the appreciation of the many cultures found on this earth. 






  • For Achievement Day Entry Forms, please visit the "ACHIEVEMENT DAYS" section on this page.
  • Categories for Achievement Day are found in the 2023-2024 Supplement Art and Culture updated Sept 2023

​​INTERIM CHAIRMAN: Kathy Reddick,

“I think that each one of us is born with creativity.” Maya Angelou

The avenues of art are only limited by our imaginations. The NJSFWC Arts Performing Community Service Program is designed to inspire clubwomen to be creative with programs and projects that incorporate music, literature, drama, dance, theatre and more. The goal is to make the world around us see and feel what they might have only once imagined.



Creative Arts Waiver

​​CHAIRMAN: Rosemarie Saviello, email

Everybody’s cool with meetings and procedure until someone references the mysterious organizational “bylaws.” --Sarah E. Merkle

Bylaws are the go-to source for how an organization operates. They trump the parliamentary authority (think: Robert’s Rules) and any other rules that you’ve adopted.

So be sure your club bylaws are up to date and review them occasionally to make any necessary changes. Remember, your bylaws give your organization structure. Use them! 


Sample Club Bylaws

Chairman Jean Revis,

“Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it.” Martha Gellhorn

Civic and social responsibilities are key components in our lives. The NJSFWC Public Issues Community Service Program is designed to actively connect members with effective projects and activities relating to civic and social responsibilities. This program focuses on the following areas:

  • Citizenship
  • Military Personnel
  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
  • Safety and Crime Prevention

Civic Engagement & Outreach Day
(formerly Public Issues Day)

Civic Engagement and Outreach Community Service Program presents CEO Day, March 7, 2024, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at The Battleground Country Club, 1 Covenhoven Road, Manalapan Township, NJ 07726

RSVP by February 20, 2024

  • Come learn about how to avoid frauds
  • Extend your knowledge of Operation Jersey Cares. What else do they do besides collect stockings?  How can you help them help veterans?
  • Where can you turn if you, or your parent, need extra help to stay in your own home?
  • Be introduced to the slate of Officers running for the 2024-2026 Administration

Buffet Menu

Choice of two salads, four entrees, potatoes, vegetables, sundae bar

Click here for printable CEO day flyer and registration form

Please make check in the amount of $55.00 per person (non-refundable) payable to NJSFWC, earmarked CEO Day, and mail reservation(s) and payment to:

New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs
55 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1593

Operation Holiday Stocking

  • Thanks to all of you, we delivered over 2,000 stockings!


CHAIRMAN:  Ann Ribinsky Brown,

“Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.” Carol Burnett

Communications is a wonderful tool for clubwomen. And an important part of communications is Public Relations.

Our main goal in communications is to get the word out to the public about who we are. We must publicize our clubs’ projects in order to let our communities know we exist. We must stress the important things our clubs do and the need that exists for our organization to make the community a better place to live. Whether our goal is recruiting new members, raising funds, or recruiting help for a community project, our clubs need to get the word out. Without communication and public relations, how will the women in our communities know that we exist?

We are living in a wonderful age where social media is a constant reminder about what is happening in our neighborhoods. What better way to share your programs and projects than by using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, and Pinterest? Clubwomen are encouraged to advance the NJSFWC’s priorities, projects, public policy initiatives, and community improvement endeavors by being heard in their communities.


Contest Entry Forms

Press Releases for Club Use

NJSFWC Press Releases

April 2022: NJ Clubwomen Attend Annual Convention

Sample Documents for Communications

CHAIRMAN: Katie Chambers,

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” Coretta Scott King

GFWC Community Impact Program Contest


​​CHAIRMAN: Jane M. Mackesy,

Day of Service will be January 15, 2024.

Each District will have a Day of Service to collect items that support local Domestic Violence Shelters and Prevention Projects. Your DVP and District Day of Service Chairman will provide information on your District's collection of items and drop-off point.



  • Contact your DVP for your District's project.

Chairman: Mary Lou Bak,

“It's the place where dreams end and nightmares begin...” Mallika Nawal

The NJSFWC joins with the GFWC, a national leader in the fight to end domestic violence by raising awareness about this social issue. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of and help prevent the widespread occurrence of domestic abuse and violence against women in communities across the nation. This is done by:

  • Working with national domestic violence networks
  • Supporting existing activities
  • Working with various established programs
  • Initiating educational opportunities for club members and local citizens

Success for Survivors Scholarship

As part of the GFWC Signature Program: Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention, the GFWC Success For Survivors Scholarship was created in 2012 to lend a helping hand to those impacted by intimate partner violence who are pursuing higher education. The scholarship aims to provide survivors with a means to achieve both financial and personal independence. Since its inception, GFWC has awarded more than $80,000 in scholarship funds.

Success for Survivors Scholarship Application Coming Soon.

Completed applications should be sent to GFWC headquarters at:

Attn: Success for Survivors Scholarship
1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Or email completed applications to (Include “Scholarship” in the subject line)

Important Dates (Check the GFWC Club Manual, available on the GFWC website):

October 1: GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship Application Opened
February 5: GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship Application Deadline
May – June: Recipients Notified
July1: Monetary Awards Sent to Recipients Upon Receipt of Enrollment Verification


​​CHAIRMAN: Dawn N. Pogosaew,

“Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” Abigail Adams

From the 1996 Report of the International Commission on Education for the 21st Century and the 1997 Hamburg Declaration: Literacy, broadly conceived as the basic knowledge and skills needed in a rapidly changing world is a fundamental human right. There are millions, the majority of whom are women, who lack opportunities to learn or have insufficient skills to be able to assert this right. The challenge is to enable them to do so. Literacy is also a catalyst for participating in social, cultural, political, and economic activities, and for learning throughout life.


​​CHAIRMAN: vacant, contact Susie Chambers, 

ESO (Epsilon Sigma Omicron)

Honorary Reading Sorority of the Education Community Services Program. All club members are welcome to join. For more information on the program, click here to visit our ESO page .

Patricia Sherwen, ESO Chairman

Margaret Yardley Fellowship

The Margaret Yardley Fellowship Fund provides fellowship grants to deserving women who are New Jersey residents pursuing post-graduate advanced studies at the school of their choice. For application form and more details about the grants click here to visit the MYF page.


Since 1989 local clubs in the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) have sponsored spelling bees for 4th and 5th graders. Clubs either hold a spelling bee of their own or ask schools to hold spelling bees, after which the club sponsors the three winners in the District Spelling Bee. Winners from the District Spelling Bee compete in the State Spelling Bee at NJSFWC Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ.

  • All CLUB LEVEL Spelling Bee contests (typically scheduled in January) should be based on your local community and/or school safety guidelines. Plan your Spelling Bee in the fall!
  • The DISTRICT LEVEL Spelling contests will be scheduled for February and specific dates will be announced as they are scheduled.
  • The STATE Spelling Bee is scheduled for April 20, 2024

Here are the materials that will help your club organize and hold a Spelling Bee in your community.

​​SPELLING BEE CHAIRMAN: vacant, contact Ann Ribinsky Brown,

“I want my children and my grandchildren to live in a world with clean air, pure drinking water, and an abundance of wildlife.” Bindi Irwin

The NJSFWC Environment Community Service Program encourages awareness of our natural resources and caring for the world around us. It offers information and ideas to promote environmental appreciation and protection. We work to preserve, maintain, and restore our natural resources; protect habitats for plants and animals; and develop sustainable habits.

Our goals include environmental education; care for our air, land, and water; recycling; litter cleanup; partnerships with community groups, schools, and children; support of wildlife; energy conservation; tree planting; and beautification - this is what the Conservation Community Service Program is all about.

We encourage all clubwomen to work to become more aware of environmental issues, enrich your communities, and become stewards of the environment. Enjoy the great outdoors!


Achievement Day Entry Forms


CHAIRMAN: Jacqueline Wisner,

GCI will be Sunday-Wednesday, June 2-5, 2024.

Girls' Career Institute (GCI) offers a "mini college and career exploration experience" at Douglass Residential College on the campus of Rutgers University. Delegates experience a sample of college life by living in a dorm, eating in a cafeteria, and attending lectures and workshops. They learn about career choices from volunteer professional speakers and how to network with other delegates from all over the state of New Jersey.  Participants may take part in a variety of service projects, Zumba and mindfulness sessions, swimming, GCI Chorus, Talent Night, the “I am Unique” Style Showcase, and an Art exhibit. Many establish lasting friendships with one another.

Delegates are sponsored and the cost is underwritten by a local NJSFWC club. Delegates are selected on the basis of interest, community service and participation in school activities.


GCI Delegate and Alternate Online Registration 



To view our GCI video, visit the GCI project page by clicking here.

GCI DIRECTOR: Mary Kay Tokar, email

“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” Barbara Bush

The Health and Wellness Community Service Program is designed to inform members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing opportunities and resources to meet and address needs through volunteering. Through this program, clubs may develop and implement creative projects that promote a healthy lifestyle; increase awareness, prevention, research, and treatment of disease; target personal development; address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and homelessness; and/or prevent or correct financial difficulties.


Sewing Homemade Face Masks


Operation Smile estimates that there are millions of children waiting for care in the 34 countries where they work. The majority of these children are unable to receive the medical care they need because it is too costly, far away, or specialized. Because of this, being born with a cleft condition can be fatal. If a child survives, they may face bullying and social isolation. Through their expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, they create solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most.

Operation Smile has asked us to stop sending smile dolls as their supply is high.  They still can use NONO Arm bands, Smile Bags and Hospital Gowns.

Your Smile Bag items (please don't pack in bags!) will be collected at Headquarters in May to be driven down to Operation Smile. 

Operation Smile can use the following:

For hospital gown information or other projects contact Operation Smile

CHAIRMAN: Ellen I. Lund,

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” Erma Bombeck

Most club members care little about rewards and fame. We are volunteers. We work without expectation of rewards.

And yet our outstanding members should be recognized, not only for their successes, but also for their efforts. Everyone has the desire to be appreciated, and the NJSFWC has several ways to help clubs reward members for their service.



The Women of Achievement Awards represent an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect upon the extraordinary accomplishments of New Jersey Women and the impact these women have made on the lifestyle of our state.


An award given at Convention to a Federation member whose accomplishments and service to the community fall outside club work.


Honor Roll is a way to publicly honor club members for the work they have done for your club. The Honor Roll tribute is read at Convention and a brief tribute is inscribed in the Honor Roll Book kept at Headquarters.

For club members who are already on the Honor Roll, the Order of the Lily is a way to further honor them for their service.

Honors Book

At any time of the year you may honor someone by enrolling that woman or man in the NJSFWC Honors Book. Send name and address and reason for honoring together a check for $15.00 earmarked “Honors Book” to NJSFWC Headquarters. An acknowledgment will be sent to the honoree notifying her or him of your gift.

Memorials Book

Memorials for a deceased Clubwomen or Club friends to be entered into the Memorials Book are appropriate at any time of year. A letter with the person’s name and pertinent information is sent to NJSFWC Headquarters, 55 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, with a check for $15.00 earmarked “Memorials Book”. If you wish an acknowledgment be sent to the person’s family that information should also be included in the letter, and an “In Memoriam” card will be sent.

Honors Chairman: Jill McDonald,

“Leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.” Denise Morrison

Bottom-up or top-down, leadership involves taking risks, being innovative, and promoting new directions. While some may talk about being born leaders, most of us can learn how to be a strong leader. Club, district, state, and national volunteers can become leaders by developing a clear and compelling vision for what one wants to become; establishing attainable goals; providing – and being provided – with encouragement and appreciation; behaving with an entrepreneurial spirit; and pursuing training and education.

LEADS Program

The GFWC Leadership Education and Development Seminar (LEADS) program is intended to identify GFWC members at the grass-roots level who have the potential and the desire to assume leadership positions in GFWC beyond their club. Participation in LEADS can help these members gain the capabilities, confidence, and commitment necessary to pursue and achieve higher office and serve with distinction. The LEADS program is held annually the day before the official opening of the GFWC Annual Convention. It is a full day of activities, and includes breakfast and lunch.

Leadership Manual for Clubs

The Leadership Manual for Clubs, formerly known as the Club Presidents' Manual, was created to not only assist all Presidents, but officers, chairman and club members. You will find the Manual on the MATERIALS page under “FORMS AND MANUALS,” the second item in the MATERIALS list.


Leadership Toolkit

CHAIRMAN: Barbara McCloskey, President-Elect, email

Thoughtful financial planning can easily take a backseat to daily life. --Suze Orman

The Legacy Planned Giving program encourages clubwomen, families and friends of the Federation to consider making bequests to the NJSFWC when planning their estates.

LEGACY as defined by Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary is a gift by will of money or other personal property.

Leaving a lasting legacy: Imagine the difference that can be made in continuing the efforts of the NJSFWC of GFWC in ”providing opportunities for education, leadership, training, and community service through participation in local clubs, enabling members to make a difference in the lives of others one project at a time.”

Federated Clubwomen, providing a Legacy by Planned Giving in their estate planning, can designate the funds be given in their name as a Fellowship in an area of interest. Or, the clubwoman may designate other areas for her Legacy giving, such as the Headquarters Wish List, Girls Career Institute, the Special State Project or an item in the Continuing Funds.



“With freedom comes responsibility.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Clubs and clubwomen are the local advocates for NJSFWC and GFWC’s legislative agenda. It is through the statewide and national network of grassroots advocates that the Federation gains its political influence. We are a nonpartisan, nondenominational organization. Clubwomen are allowed to advocate for policies or legislation, but NOT allowed by law to endorse candidates or engage in partisan politics. NJSFWC/GFWC members must separate personal political activities from official club or state federation work.


Resolutions Passed at Convention 2023

GFWC Legislative Action Center

The GFWC Legislative Action Center is a powerful tool for GFWC’s public issues and advocacy efforts. Track bills, contact your local representative and take action on issues germane to GFWC Resolutions. Click here to visit the GFWC Action Center.


CHAIRMAN: Gail D. Kovacs-Felici,

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” Helen Keller

The NJSFWC is a network of support for the almost 7,000 clubwomen volunteering on local, state and national levels. Working together, we constitute a powerful, service-oriented organization that provides personal enrichment, leadership opportunities, and many other benefits to its members. NJSFWC provides the resources and support to help you and your club better serve your community.

NJSFWC Membership Grant For Clubs

Juniorette Clubs

Juniorette Clubs are clubs whose membership is composed entirely of Middle School/Junior High and High School age young women. They hold active membership and participate in the regular programs of the NJSFWC. Juniorette Clubs are sponsored by a General or Junior Club holding active membership in NJSFWC.


NJSFWC Pamphlets for Members


Other Helpful Information

  • Fact Pack for Members: Contains Acronymns, Federation History, Benefits of Membership, Special Events, How it All Works, GFWC Organization Structure, Past State Projects, and Important Information

CHAIRMAN: Chris Sienkielewski, Second Vice President, email

The information below is of vital interest to your club. This form is to be used only for NOMINATING clubwomen to serve on the Federation Board of Directors.

It is important that candidates’ names be received as soon as possible after November 1, 2023. All NOMINATION BLANKS must be returned to the Chairman of Nominations and Elections, Ethel Simmons, postmarked NO LATER than January 2, 2024. 


Ethel Simmons, Chairman of Nominations & Elections,

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF) provides New Jersey families facing the crisis of pediatric cancer a place to turn for comfort and support through professional in-home counseling and a uniquely tailored package of assistance – all free-of-charge.

Each year, ECF helps hundreds of families in New Jersey with a free package of support services. They assist any New Jersey family with a child who has cancer ages 0-18, regardless of race, creed, socioeconomic status, or any other demographic restriction. They continue helping the families for as long as they need it, whether it be one month or 10 years. There are no applications, forms, or other red tape for a family to deal with – they strive to make the delivery of services as quick and seamless as possible.

To date, ECF has assisted over 2000 families.

ECF Services

In-Home Counseling

They provide professional counseling, emotional support and advocacy assistance free for the entire family.

Material Assistance

Through four Regional Centers, they work with volunteers to collect and distribute groceries, toys, clothing, household items, and birthday and holiday gifts.

Emergency Financial Aid

Emergency financial assistance can help families with urgent needs such as paying rent, utility, phone and insurance bills.


CHAIRMAN Marie Sullivan, 

Who Will It Be?

Now It’s Up To YOU!

The Special State Project Selection Committee has done its work and narrowed the choice down to three! As you know, each administration has a two-year Special State Project that is supported by clubs throughout the state.

It will be up to your club delegates to make the choice and decide which of the three charities, all very worthy, will be our next Special State Project. The three choices are:


Click here to read the descriptions of the 2024 SSP final three. And then be prepared to vote!  Club Presidents if you did not receive a ballot, please contact Headquarters at 732-249-5474. The office is open Monday through Thursday.

“The key to making money is to stay invested.” Suze Orman

NJSFWC members are passionate about volunteer service! Successful fundraising and development programs are necessary and important for the continued success of our organization as we strive to make a positive difference in our communities and our world. When we view fundraising and development as a tool that allows us to continue to improve lives, we are inspired to use that tool as efficiently and productively as possible.



Treasurer: Linda Babeuf, email

“Our printing press is the Internet. Our coffee houses are social networks.” Heather Brooke

Web communications are the future. Every club should have some sort of web presence, a web page, a Facebook page, or some way for potential members to get information about your club. The only way for local clubs to grow is to attract new members, and in our world this means making information available on the Internet.

If your club doesn't have any kind of web presence, the webmaster will be happy to create an informational page for you on this website. Just fill out our Web Page Information Form and email it or mail it to the webmaster.

NJSFWC Website Contest--Deadline - submit 2/1-2/28

GFWC Website Contest--Deadline TBD

  • GFWC Website Contest--Complete details regarding all of GFWC awards and contests are in the GFWC Club Manual in the Awards, Contest, and Grants sections, where you can find contest rules, tips for winning entries, and judging criteria. You can find the GFWC Club Manual on in the library under C. You must have an account and sign in to access the library.


CHAIRMAN: Dee Hosier, email


To download a logo or icon, right click on the link and click "Save as" or "Save target as" and then choose the location on your computer where you want to save. Choose the smallest logos for web use, the medium size for brochures and printed materials, and the largest for signs and posters.




“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up.” Serena Williams

History helps us learn who we are. Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine – has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women.

The impact of women’s history might seem abstract to some, and less pressing than the immediate struggles of working women today. But to ignore the vital role that women’s dreams and accomplishments play in our own lives would be a great mistake. We draw strength and inspiration from those who came before us – and those remarkable women working among us today. They are part of our story, and a truly balanced and inclusive history recognizes how important women have always been in American society.


CHAIRMAN: Jean M. Battaglia,

The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) consists of all GFWC clubs from the states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The MAR holds an Annual Conference each year, usually in October.