|Posted by wise on May 6, 2014 at 4:40 PM|
Governor Nikki Haley and Attorney General Alan Wilson were the keynote speakers at theGeneral Federated Women’s Clubs of SC Convention held last weekend in Columbia. The governor’s remarks highlighted progress in the SC economy, which now ranksas one of the fasting growing in the US; Wilson informed the group about “human trafficking,” growing gang violence, and internet safety.
In addition to learning from such well-regarded public servants, clubs from throughout the state heard about statewide projects, held elections, and were reintroduced to “Titus,” a service dog through the Canine Companions Program, the signature project of outgoing state president JoAnn Bolchoz. The Walhalla Woman’s Club was one of the top-awarded clubs in the state during the three day convention.
The crowning achievement of the club was its recognition for having the Number OneSC Community Improvement Project for its work to assist the city in re-opening the Walhalla Pool. In addition, club president Janet Smalley accepted two “Shining Star” awards from the state for the club’s projects in Legislation and Public Policy and in Communication and Public Relations. Members were also recognized for a project and a substantial financial contribution to support placing service dogs with disabled US Veterans. Statewide, six service dogs have been placed with veterans through projects conducted by clubs belonging toGFWC-SC.
Themes for convention events centered on “Red, White and Blue,” and “Touching Hearts; Changing Lives.” Many of the Walhalla Woman’s Club projects hit on these themes: the Wounded Warrior Picnic, WHS Scholarship, purchasing porch furniture and securing personal items for the clients at Safe Harbor, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to support services for victims of sexual abuse, the American Cancer Society, Oconee Backpack Program, Numaste Center at Lila Doyle, and Kinderhaus during Oktoberfest are just a few of the club projects during the past two years.
Other awards received by the club included: First Place Awards in International Outreach, Public Issues, Legislation and Public Policy, Communications and Public Relations, and Women’s History and Resource. Second Place Awards were accepted in the GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence and Prevention, Art, Leadership, Fundraising, and the American Cancer Society Save-A-Life Program. WWC also was recognized as an Honor Club for its supportof GFWC-SC Foundations and Endowments and also received the Net Gain Award for Membership. And finally, for the second year, WWC won the GFWC-SC Silver Award for its work in Legislation.