Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2016 Accomplishments in Conservation

      Club hosted Mary Pearce, the executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County for a program in January and learned about a preservation project of the Franklin Old, Old Jail.  Members later attended a tour of the facility and presented a donation, earning a "key to the jail" shown above with our 2014-2016 club president, Paula Uhlir.

In February our club was recognized by the city of Brentwood with an Environmental Stewardship Plaque.

 Assisted the Brentwood Tree Commission with bagging 4000 trees for distribution on Arbor Day at the local schools and library. 

Club hosted a member of the Friends of Radnor Lake at our May fund-raiser and donated $500 to assist them in purchasing additional land for the Radnor Lake State Park.
          Manned a Keep Williamson Beautiful information and activity booth at the Williamson County Fair in August, distributing literature on re-cycling and assisting children with a re-cycling project.

Throughout the year our Conservation CSA chairman attended local Keep Williamson Beautiful monthly board meetings to assist in their plans and report back to our club.  Keep Williamson Beautiful is the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and we seek to collaborate on projects whenever appropriate.

         We picked up litter from our “Adopt-a-Mile” area twice in 2016 with the help of the Brentwood High School Honor Society. 

GFWC's Conservation PARTNER is The Nature Generation.  We receive this charity’s online newsletter and made an online donation.

Having completed the installation of a Butterfly Garden at  Owen Chapel, a local historic church’s public garden, we performed maintenance on 3 separate occasions.

We supported Owl’s Hill, a Williamson County 160 acre preserve whose mission is dedicated 
to education (particularly school-age children), conservation, restoration, research, and species protection with a donation and publicity.  This preserve has a butterfly garden and youth education programs which meet the guidelines of this GFWC partner.

      We announced a donation and introduced Owl’s Hill’s executive director, Margaret Cameron, at our December Holiday luncheon to publicize the Preserve to our luncheon attendees.  We also supported a matching grant online solicitation drive of Owl’s Hill by doing a blast email to all members to which members made additional donations. 

In support of EARTH Day, members read an environmental-friendly book to second graders at Edmondson Elementary school and enlisted their respective promises to promote "reduce, re-cycle, and re-use" practises in their homes.  This Environmental Reading program is a collaboration project with Keep Williamson Beautiful and which also qualifies under GFWC Partner “The Nature Generation” web-site program guidelines.



Monday, January 16, 2017

2016 Accomplishments - ARTS

The Brentwood Woman's Club had another productive year as evidenced in the reports we sent to our Music City District and our state federation:

In our Arts Community Service Area:

GFWC Youth Poetry and Short Story Writing Contests:
(1)     We held a Celebration of Arts reception in January, 2016, for the students with winning poems and short stories submitted for our 2015 local GFWC Youth Writing Contests.  Parents, teachers, and friends attended.  Photos were made for submission to local newsprint and online news outlets.    We obtained monetary awards from a member’s family charitable foundation for each of our winners:  $100 for each 1st, $75 for  2nd, and $50 for 3rd place winners.  Each 1st place poetry winner read his/her entry to the assembly of guests.
                To promote the ARTS in general              
(2)     We contacted the Arts Council of Williamson County to offer our support for the artist internship week for the Williamson County schools.  They were glad to receive our support and we gave the president of the council a check for $400 at our 2016 spring fundraiser luncheon.  They have chosen a resident artist for spring 2017.

(3)     We hosted a Nordic singer, Solveig Leithhaug, at our spring fundraiser who sang and talked about songs of her native Norway.
(4)     We hosted author Andrew Maraniss at the December fundraiser.  He spoke to attendees about his book Strong Inside, a biography of Perry Wallace.  In 1966 Perry Wallace became the first African American basketball player in the SouthEast Conference when he enrolled in Vanderbilt University.  Signed books were sold to interested attendees.

(5) We supported our local high school choir with a $250 donation and hosted them for a presentation of their holiday musical program at our December luncheon event.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Seeking Nominations for Woman of the Year

For the past 8 years the Brentwood Woman’s Club has selected a non-member, to honor as their Woman of the Year.  Nominations are due by February 7 and can be submitted to club via email or mailed to the club at PO Box 964, Brentwood, TN. 37024.  The selected recipient will be honored at our May 2 Step Up:  It's a Charity Affair fund-raising luncheon at the Brentwood County Club.  

The nomination criteria is as follows:

Woman of the Year Award

All nominations must be received by February 7, 2017
All nominees must be residents of Williamson County, Tennessee, or any of the adjacent counties of Davidson, Rutherford, Marshall, Maury, Hickman, Dickson, or Cheatham. You may nominate as many women as you like. Use a separate form for each Nominee.

Submit all nominations via email to or mail to GFWC Brentwood Woman’s Club, PO Box 964, Brentwood, TN 37024.

Your Name:
Your phone number
Your email address: 
Name of your Nominee: 
Nominee’s phone number: 
Nominee’s email address: 
Nominee’s principal occupation and/or area of volunteerism:

Nomination submission should cover the following questions:
Why you have chosen to nominate this woman?

What significant contributions has your Nominee made to Williamson County, the state of Tennessee, or our country on the national scene during the past year?

Highlight lifetime contributions and their cumulative benefits to communities and individuals.
If your Nominee’s community contributions are in conjunction with her occupation, how has she gone beyond what is required in her occupation, so as to contribute altruistically to the community? 

Describe the extent to which your Nominee may have identified an unmet need in the community, met that need, and created new value, or noticeable positive change, as a result of her contributions.
. . .

Prior honorees have been Linda Lynch, City of Brentwood Community Relations Director; Joyce Keistler, Director of the Martin Center; Susan Leathers, prior Editor and Co-Owner Brentwood Home Page, Franklin Home Page and BrentWord Communications; Linda Jackson, Executive Director of BRIDGES; Nancy Osman, community volunteer and Director of Ty2 Foundation, Jennifer Wolcott, community volunteer with the American Red Cross (Natchez Trace Chapter) and the Oasis Center, Vicky Smith, Senior manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for Nissan North America, and Renata Soto, co-founder of Conexion Americas.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2017 Programs

The public is invited to the following meetings at the Williamson County Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., in Franklin.  We gather at 9:45am for a brief "meet and greet" followed by a brief club meeting, then a program at 11am:

January 3 - Cathy Holland, Nashville Airport Authority 

February 7 - Kippie Leland of Leland Interiors 

March 7 - Adrienne Lindsey of Mercy Multiplied

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April 4 will be a members only meeting to handle club business and planning for our "Step Up:  It's a Charity Affair"  to be held in May.

In May we will have our May  "Step Up:  It's a Charity Affair" annual fund-raising luncheon, recognizing a "to be determined" Woman of the Year.  Date/Location/Program to be announced.

In June we will have a Member Recognition event and Installation of New Officers.  Date/Time/Location to be announced.

We do not have scheduled club meetings during July and August, then resume our monthly meetings in September.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Luncheon - December 6, 2016

Our Holiday Luncheon will feature guest speaker:  Andrew Maraniss
Author of a New York Times bestseller and the recipient of the 2015 Lillian Smith Book Award, Strong Inside, Andrew studied history at Vanderbilt University.   Earning the school’s Alexander Award for excellence in journalism and graduating in 1992. He then worked for five years in Vanderbilt’s athletic department as the associate director of media relations, dealing primarily with the men’s basketball team.  In 1998, he served as the media relations manager for the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays during the team’s inaugural season, and then returned to Nashville to join MP&F Public Relations.  The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author David Maraniss and trailblazing environmentalist Linda Maraniss, Andrew was born in Madison, Wis., grew up in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas and now lives in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife Alison, and their two young children.  
Luncheon will be at the Brentwood Country Club, December 6,  10 am - 1pm, to include vendors for shopping, a 50/50       Raffle, and entertainment by the Brentwood High School Chorus.
For reservations email:     Tickets: $50

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June Awards Luncheon/Officer Installation

2016 - 2017 Officers:
From left to right, Gail Miles, president; Genma Holmes, historian; Lisa Ward, vice president of programs; Kathy Casey, treasurer; Jean Hagaman, secretary; and Nancy Deal, vice president

New Member of the Year:  Nancy Deal
                  2015 - 2016

ClubWoman of the Year, 2015-2016:  Kathy Casey

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BWC Recognition and Winners at GFWC of Tennessee state meeeting

In the GFWC Youth Writing contest:
Alyssa Parker, Ravenwood High School, won First Place in Category IV for her poem, "Handel's Messiah".
Ashleigh Tyler, Summit High School, won First Place, Category IV, for her short story:  "Sacre Coeur".
These entries were submitted for further competition in their respective category with all other GFWC state/country winners and an international winner will be announced in late June at the GFWC International Annual Convention in Baltimore.

In the Epsilon Sigma Omicron reading society, members Donna Almond, Mary Marble, and Jean Hairston were recognized for their respective 8th Century, 3rd Century, and 1st Century efforts.

BWC as a whole received recognition for:

  •  its 100% members Participation in the GFWC Tennessee Endowment Fund
  • 1st Place, GFWC Division III for Membership Advancement Area
  • 2nd Place, for the GFWC Signature Project:  Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention
  • 2nd Place, for the GFWC Community Service Program in Conservation
  • 2nd Place, for GFWC's Advancement Area in Women's History & Resource Center.
And, BWC immediate past president Liz Martin was elected GFWC of Tennessee Treasurer for the the 2016 - 2018 administrative term, beginning July 1.