The club’s annual “Fill the Van” school supplies donation project was recently awarded the 2017 GFWC Club Creativity Award in the Education CSP (community service program) at the GFWC International Convention in St. Louis.
Founded in 2010, the GFWC Spring Station Woman’s Club recently won its SECOND “Creativity Award” at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs international convention held in St. Louis. Each year, Community Service Program (CSP) chairmen from each state send a description of the single most original and outstanding club project undertaken in each of the six GFWC CSPs (Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach, and Public Issues) and two signature projects (Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention and Advocates For Children) to their national counterparts for judging. “With clubs in every state and several international chapters, the GFWC has almost 100,000 members, so being judged the best project in competition with everyone in the federation who submitted their local club projects to their state leaders is a huge honor, especially for a club that is so new. Some clubs have been in the Federation since its founding in 1890!” said Vicki Bechet, outgoing President of the local club. “To have been awarded two international “Creativity Awards in 8 years is beyond amazing. We received our first award four years ago for our annual Amethyst Affair – Art, Auction, and Awareness fundraiser that provides funding for area domestic violence shelters and the many community service projects undertaken by our members.” This year’s award was for the club’s Education CSP “Fill the Van” project.
For the second year, the club will be collecting donations of school supplies that will be divided and distributed to area schools in time for the beginning of the new school year. “We are thrilled to partner once again with Bostelman Automotive of Spring Hill on this rewarding community service project. We know there are many families in the Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station area who struggle to purchase every item on their child’s school supply list and very often, teachers use their own money to purchase supplies.” said Jaclyn Taylor, Education CSP chairperson of the Spring Station club.
Vicki Bechet, Bonni Lamey from the club, and Vince Caccese from Bostelman Automotive
The van will be in the car dealership’s parking lot on Highway 31 from July 16 to August 3. All types of school supplies are needed – pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, back packs, crayons, markers, glue, Kleenex, hand sanitizer gel, etc. Last year, the club distributed nine large boxes of supplies to area schools. The goal of this year’s project is to double the donations. Community members can bring their items anytime during the dealership’s business hours.