On Saturday, March 12th, 2011 the GFWC Virginia Northern District held a spring meeting at the Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The Clifton Community Woman’s Club received awards in the following categories:
Arts – Best Overall Program 2010
The Clifton Community Woman’s Club has historically been a strong advocate for local performing arts. Groups of twenty or more members attended concerts together and visited exhibits and arts festivals. Their newsletter included information on local festivals and performances. Three members have formed a choral trio and are contributing their own talents to the local performing arts scene. The Club provides an annual scholarship to a student in the George Mason University Department. The Club also supported the George Mason University Dance Department and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Education Program with monetary gifts.
Education – Best Overall Program 2010
Clifton Community Woman’s Club established a Book Club to enrich their own reading habits. Several club members mentor students at an elementary school and a middle school. The Club sponsors a poetry writing contest for grades 4-6 at a local elementary school. Several Club members judged the entries and presented certificates and monetary awards at the end-of-year awards assembly. They also made a $300 donation to a local elementary school library. They collected Box Tops and Labels for Education for another local elementary school. CCWC provided three scholarships to George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, and gave monetary support to the Fairfax County Library Foundation Scholarship fund and to the Friends of the Burke Centre Library.
Home Life – Best Project – Large Club 2010
Each month from September through May, the club hosts a luncheon for senior citizens to include residents of a local nursing facility, its sister assisted and independent living facility, and seniors and shut-ins from the local area. The guests also include staffs that come with the facilities’ residents. These luncheons are held in the comfort of members’ homes; members take turns providing food, service, and clean-up. In addition, club members visit with the guests at their tables during the meal.
International outreach – Honorable Mention 2010
The goal of GFWC’s International Outreach Community Service Program is to encourage clubs to reach beyond their own communities, through education and global awareness, to enable members to become better word citizens. Both of these clubs are recognized for the enormous number of hours a group of their members dedicated to preparing for and participating in the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) Great Decisions program.
Public Issues – Best Project – Large Club 2010
The members of our club supported the military members and their families by participating in Anysoldier.com, where cards, letters and packages were sent to the soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The wrote notes at the end of the Night Unit meetings, collected donations of toiletries, snack foods, and other sundries and made up packages, including several cards per packages and mailed them out. The Club also donated to several organizations supporting military members (armed Services YMCA, Fisher House at Walter Reed Hospital, Walter Reed Society, Yellow Ribbon Fund (Aid for injured Service members and families).
Women’s History and Resource Center – Best Overall Program 2010
Thirty-four years ago, our club saved the Fairfax Station depot from destruction and have continues to actively support this significant Civil War Museum. Members serve on the Board of Directors and as docents. The Club also holds its monthly and other occasional meetings at the Museum. CCWC participates in the GFWC-endorsed project of the National Trust of Historic Preservation by emphasizing importance of the Clifton Elementary School as an historic site. Lastly, the CCWC is supporting the Crouch School Restoration through education and donations to the Clifton Historic Preservation Society in an aim to restore the building and have it moved to a nearby middle school where the Fairfax County will maintain it