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.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Participating in The Big Payback

Nonprofits play an essential role across the region – in healthcare, the arts, the environment, education, animal welfare and social services, to name just a few causes and needs. In today’s economic environment, these organizations need to accomplish much more with much less.

To celebrate Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and “payback” the work of nonprofits, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is bringing back its initiative The Big Payback for the third straight year.

The Big Payback, a 24-hour online giving event, highlights nonprofit organizations' great work and inspires community-wide giving. Starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – tonight! – donors have 24 hours to make gifts at TheBigPayback.org to 770 participating nonprofits, including schools and religious institutions, which are located in or provide services in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee.

 Gifts can be given to multiple nonprofits and be of any size, from $10 and up.

The Brentwood Woman’s Club, one of many clubs in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs International (GFWC) is celebrating its 43rd year of service to the community this year.  A few examples of the ways this club has impacted our community:  built the first public playground on Concord Road; rehabbed a house for the first Brentwood Library; supported youth arts and education with scholarships and writing contests; supported conservation and beautification by “an adopt-a-mile”, installed a butterfly garden at Owens’ Chapel, promoted recycling at Carnton events and in Leipers Fork with a recycling station; promoted an informed electorate with election forums for the Brentwood City Commissioners elections; collaborated with the Rotary Club to finance the building of a convenience trailer for emergency personnel responding to local disasters; promoting domestic violence and sex-trafficking awareness and prevention; and supporting BRIDGES, GraceWorks, CASA, the Davis House, Owls’Hill, and veterans’ groups with monies generated by fund-raisers.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Federation Day - April 24

The 63 delegates that ratified the GFWC Constitution on April 24, 1890 knew that organizing a federation of clubs would allow for a greater national impact.  From initiating a letter-writing campaign that led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, to establishing 75% of America’s public libraries, GFWC members have advocated for positive changes in their communities for the last 126 years.  Since that very first Federation Day, combined efforts from clubs across the country have led to many things we take for granted today, such as the eight-hour workday, street lights, seatbelts, and so much more.  

Locally the Brentwood Woman’s Club has had a major impact on the community.  Our projects have included rehabbing a house for the first Brentwood Library, physically building the first Brentwood park, supporting our teachers and schools, promoting education, youth writing contests, cleaning litter from our Adopt-a-Mile on Murray Lane, establishing a butterfly garden at Owens’ Chapel on Franklin Road, holding candidate forums for the Brentwood City Commissioners elections, playing BINGO monthly with the residents of Grace Healthcare in Franklin (our longest running project), providing scholarships and an endowment for scholarships at Columbia State Community College for Williamson County female residents and many more in addition to raising funds for local charities.

Check out GFWC's history at  http://www.gfwc.org/who-we-are/history-and-mission/
Check out a new video on GFWC.org on Sunday, April 24: bit.ly/1QnnvcI

GFWC and Brentwood Woman's Club:  Living the Volunteer Spirit.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Environmental Reading At Edmondson Elementary, April 21

Conservation Chairman Lisa, in collaboration with Keep Williamson Beautiful, arranged for us (Diane J., Pat G., Nancy S., Liz M. and Lisa) to read an environmental book to a second grade class.  What fun!  The 2nd graders were so cute and all signed a pledge to promote recycling, re-use, and reduction of waste that currently goes to a landfill.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Giving Day 2016

Message from our President Paula Uhlir:

Today is Giving Day! Brentwood Woman's Club is a 501 C3 that donates to charities throughout  Middle Tennessee. On this one day, we would like you to help us continue our work. By donating to BWC. We help support such charities as GraceWorks, CASA, Davis House, Owl's Hill,  Snoopy's Closet and many more.

We appreciate your generosity. You can follow us on Facebook and on our Blog. Checks can be mailed to BWC, PO Box 964, Brentwood, TN 37027.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

BWC wins big at District Meeting!

Brentwood Woman's Club was named Outstanding Large Club in the GFWC Music City District.  The district includes clubs in Hendersonville, two in Nashville, Bellevue, Spring Hill/Thompson Station, and Dickson.   Way to go, ladies - a tribute to all your hard work and service in 2015.  Thanks to each of you. 

Our club also received First Place Certificates of Recognition for our efforts in International Outreach (Operation Smile and Books for Cambodia), Legislation/Public Policy (we sent a delegation to meet with Rep. Marsha Blackburn in support of legislation...), and Fundraising. 

We received Second Place recognition for our efforts in Communications/Public Relations, Membership, Special Project:  St. Jude's, Leadership, and Public Issues. 

In the GFWC Short Story youth writing contest district winners, submitted by BWC, were as follows:
(First Place Category 2)  Lauren Stockdale
(First Place Category 4)  Ashleigh Tyler.

In the GFWC Youth Poetry Contest, the district winner from our club was (First Place Category 4) Alyssa Parker.

To top the day off, our very own Dawn Kincaid was elected Music City District president for 2016 - 2018.