You may remember the poster from 1943 of the “We Can Do It” girl used as an inspirational image to boost worker morale during World War II. That image has appeared over the years. Looking at the accomplishments of the Herndon Woman’s Club, along with other clubs throughout the United States, remember that poster and the importance of women. At the annual Spring Northern District Meeting this month, Herndon Woman’s Club was proud of the awards received for various club activities and events during 2016.
MEMBERSHIP – BEST PROJECT – LARGE CLUB
HWC is a proud powerhouse bringing in 13 new members with a year-end total of 61 members. The depth of the outreach and connections shows clearly what a Woman’s Club strength is in the Community. With a list of 20 events and ongoing activities in 2016, from Wreaths Across America to CPR classes, for engagement of visibility, HWC touched all GFWC areas.
EDUCATION – BEST PROJECT – LARGE CLUB
Several HWC members devoted 212 hours of volunteer service to assist as readers and mentors with local elementary school students. They volunteered once a week or more. They also gave $250 to five local schools to be used for the greatest need(s) of the school.
HOME LIFE – BEST OVERAL PROGRAM
HWC sponsored 12 projects for a total of $10,363. Projects supported: a domestic violence shelter, an emergency food bank, local senior centers, a hypothermic shelter, a local thrift store. In addition, HWC donated to a nonprofit organization and Hero Dogs. It participated in a MS Walk, sponsored a diaper drive, and contributed $1,000 to Easter Seals.
PUBLIC ISSUES – BEST OVERALL PROGRAM
HWC participated in community activities, sponsored Wreaths Across America at Chestnut Grove Cemetery, and supported the Veteran’s Day celebration for the sixth year. They offered CPR programs and training classes, and continued to support the USO this year by providing small treat bags at Dulles airport for military families in transit.
FUNDRAISING – BEST OVERALL PROGRAM
The Town of Herndon Labor Day Festival involved members of HWC and community in fun, fellowship and volunteering for wine and beer tasting and craft festival.
GFWC–VIRGINIA PRESIDENT’S PROJECT
DARE TO BELIEVE OF NO HUNGER - BEST OVERAL PROGRAM
A Simple Gesture: Thirty seven HWC members participate in this on-going project. Participants are given a green bag to fill with non-perishable food. The bag is placed outside their door on collection day. A new green bag is left in its place for the next collection date.