Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Collaboration with Williamson County Arts Council

The GFWC Brentwood/Franklin Woman's Club is pleased to have sponsored  an Arts Council Artist in Residence project at Page High School earlier this year.  Members of the club met Nan Zierden, president of the Arts Council, at Page in August to view the finished mural.

In attendance to view the mural were:  Nancy Deal, BFWSC president, Liz Martin, Pat Grove, Helen Holzen, BFWSC Arts Community Service Area chairman, Nan Zierden, Williamson County Arts Council president, and Gail Miles, BFWCS immediate past president:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Veterans' Needs

We support Operation Stand Down TN (OSDTN).  Their on-going needs are listed below.  Members can bring donations to any meeting - next one is Feb 7 at the Williamson County Library.  Members of the public can contact us at email address:  brentwoodwomansclub@gmail.com

Help us help Veterans in our Community!

OSDTN currently needs:
Travel Size Hygiene Items: toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, sun screen, bug sprayMen’s Underwear: Medium, Large, X-Large, 2XLMen’s T-Shirts: All Sizes
Men’s Jeans: All Sizes
Casual Shoes: All Sizes
Cases of Bottled Water
Coffee, Creamer, and Granulated Sugar
Knit Caps
SocksRain Ponchos
Regular Needs
  • 1G Thumb Drives
  • 4 lb., 5 lb. or 10 lb. bags of granulated sugar
  • Coffee
  • New men’s and women’s underwear
  • New men’s white underclothes style t-shirts
  • New or used sweatshirts
  • New or used men’s and women’s jeans
  • New or used men’s and women’s coats
  • Backpacks for Veterans in Need
    • Items to include: wet wipes, tissues, dental floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, toothbrush holder, deodorant, lotion, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hats, gloves, note pad, pen, comb, brush, rain ponchos, small food items – crackers, small pop-type canned food like beanie weenie, hard candy, granola bars, etc. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Advocacy for Children in 2016

 Our Club supported the Davis House with a donation and a brief promotion of the charity at our December Holiday luncheon attended not only by our members but the members of the public.  The Davis House serves the 21st Judicial District of Middle Tennessee including Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry Counties, coordinating services to abused children and their families in crisis. Their multi-faceted approach supports law enforcement efforts and provides community education focused on prevention and early intervention. As a 501c3 not-for-profit charity, all of their services are provided at no cost to families. The Davis House is a nationally accredited advocacy.

We have been long-term, monetary supporters of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) whose mission is to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children.  Their vision is that every child be in a safe and permanent home.

       And, members made direct monetary donations to GFWC Partner, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 


Thursday, January 26, 2017

GFWC Signature Project - 2016 Accomplishments

Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention is the signature project of the General Federation of Women's Clubs International.  The Brentwood Woman's Club supports this project by increasing awareness of the fact that Williamson County, TN., is not void of domestic violence.

We annually adopt at least one family through BRIDGES http://www.bridgesdvc.org/

In 2016 we adopted 2 families and provided Christmas gifts based on their wish list.  We presented the gifts to BRIDGES "Christmas elf" at our December luncheon and heard an update on the domestic violence statistics for 2016.

We were in touch with both BRIDGES and Morning Star Sanctuary, providing them with info on the $1000 Purple Education & Job Grant we had available.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2016 Accomplishments in International Outreach

Our GFWC Partner for International Outreach is Operation Smile http://www.operationsmile.org/vision/our-stor

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children's cleft lips and cleft palates.
What they found was overwhelming. "People pushed their babies at us." recalls Kathy. "They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children." In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children.
They began soliciting donations of surgical equipment and supplies from manufacturers, threw themselves into grassroots fundraising and assembled a volunteer team of 18 doctors, nurses and technicians for their own medical mission to the Philippines.  They helped approximately 100 more patients, but again, hundreds still waited.

They saw the need and Operation Smile was born.

For the last several years our club has collaborated with volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints to sew "smile" dolls, surgery gowns, armbands, no-sew blankets.  In 2016 together we completed 40 dolls, 70 gowns, 90 armbands, 15 blankets, and 3 quilts that we shipped with 47 toys to Operation Smile headquarters and donated funds for 2 surgeries.

On January 20, 2017, we held our 2017 Operation Smile Day and will be reporting its results soon.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2016 Accomplishments in Public Issues

Civic and Social Responsibilities are key components in our lives.  Our Public Issues Community Service area focuses on Citizenship, Military Personnel, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and Safety and Crime Prevention.  In 2016 our club members accomplished the following:

Members contributed 70 volunteer hours as poll workers in August primary and November general election.

1.       Our Club made a $700 donation to the Joshua Chamberlain Society (JCS), a grass roots non-profit whose mission is to provide long term support to veterans that sustained permanent combat injuries fighting the long war on terror for our nation and long term support to the children of local veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in our service.  JCS Nashville was formed in 2013 and has adopted 2 veterans injured in Afghanistan.  This non-profit raises funds for the benefit of these veterans and there are NO administrative costs.   We made our donation and publicized this non-profit at our May “Step Up – It’s a Charity Affair” luncheon and hosted a speaker from JCS for our monthly program in November.

2.       We collected magazines, paperback books, and past National Geographic magazines at various meetings and delivered to the Nashville VA Hospital in December to re-supply waiting areas with more recent reading materials for Veterans and their family’s enjoyment.

3.       We made a $700 donation to Operation StandDown Tennessee, the only Veteran Service Center in our state recognized by the US Department of Veteran Affairs.  Serving honorably discharged veterans is their sole focus.  There are four major components of OSDN – 1) Veteran Service Center, 2) Transitional Housing Program, 3) Stand Down Events, and 4) a thrift store.

4.   In support of our GFWC Partner, the USO, members made direct monetary donations  in support of our military personnel.

 Our First Vice-President, a retired Army colonel, presented a program on travelling safely in this age of terrorism after the bombing of the Brussels’ airport and provided members with a safety checklist at our April general meeting.

Monday, January 23, 2017

2016 Accomplishments in Home Life

Through our Home Life Community Service area we address issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families, and communities such as women’s health, theft prevention, service dog programs, people with disabilities, healthy lifestyles, childcare, and eldercare.  Our projects in 2016 were:

1.   The second Monday of each month (12 months of the year), club members entertained a group of residents at Grace Healthcare, a local nursing home in Franklin, with Bingo.  We collected and supplied small prizes for the winners.  We averaged about 30 residents playing each month and everyone won a prize before the final game ended..  This project promotes cognitive activity, fosters fellowship and friendships, and provides an entertaining diversion from the loneliness felt by many residents.   In the months with special occasions we made the atmosphere festive with center  pieces, colorful beads, stuffed animals and other decorative items associated with that holiday.  This is our longest established project.               

2.       In the Spring and Fall, members collected and transported several vehicle loads of used clothing and household goods to The Second Time Around boutique in Wartburg, TN., for the Unicorn Fund GFWC Mountain Project.  Wartburg is in an economically depressed county in East Tennessee.  The boutique, part of the Unicorn Foundation, sells the items to area residents at a minimal charge and uses the proceeds to fund educational scholarships for area students.

3.       Our club purchased infant items to help supply Joey's Pouch at the Williamson Medical Center for distribution to mothers who have limited resources when discharged from the hospital after giving birth.  In 2016 several of our members attended a tour of the new Children’s Emergency Department and Hospital Wing, which is a large improvement on care for children in Williamson County.

4.       We collected the aluminum tabs off cans and donated to the Ronald McDonald House. 

5.     We presented a donation to GraceWorks at our December Holiday Luncheon event, allowing the designated board member to highlight her organization to the attendees.  GraceWorks, a ministry organized in 1995 by area residents who saw needs in Williamson County that were not being filled, focuses on four areas:  family support, hunger prevention, seasonal needs and educational programs. 

                Several new members adopted GraceWorks for donation of their preferred volunteer service hours.  They assisted in various ways by sorting, pricing, and organizing clothes for sale in the thrift shop and organizing food in the food bank.

        6.    For our major project for Home Life we chose 2 camps for children to support.  One is Camp Horizon.  This is a one week camp for children with cancer.  They stay for the whole week and all their needs are met for medicine and any necessary treatments.  They get to play games, do art projects and activities any child would do at camp.  There is a second week for siblings of these children because sometimes they don’t get the attention they would normally receive.  The cost is $500 per child and we sponsored 2 children.   One of our members personally volunteers during the camp helping the children with their art activities. 

        7.   Members personally made monetary donations to GFWC’s Home Life Partner:  Canine Companions.   Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs.

       8.   Our club made a donation to the local Easter Seals chapter, providing funds for disabled children to attend a summer camp.  Easter Seals is another GFWC Home Life Partner.