GWFC Hendersonville Woman's Club - General Federated Woman's Club
Highlights and Accomplishments of 2009-2010
Carole Tidwell served as President. The summer of 2009 started off quite busy with the Annual City-Wide Talent Gala. The top 25 acts participated in the gala, and $1,500 in cash prizes as well as art scholarships were awarded to the winners.          
 Cinco de Mayo, “Say Adieus to Cancer” was our theme for Relay for Life. A monetary donation of $863 was made to the American Cancer Society. 
The Community Improvement Project(CIP) was Faces of Hope. In 2009-2010  a yard sale was one of the many projects organized to support the cause. We also assisted Faces of Hope in their Summer Celebration by providing food for 50 people as well as water toys and games for the children. Bluegrass Country Club assisted us with weekly summer swim days for the children to enjoy the pool.
VSA Arts Tennessee sponsored the “Big Read” in October. A reception was held at the library for all participants involved. For the seventh year in a row, we participated in the Rotary Festival by the Lake. We provided pumpkins for painting and paint for hair painting. The Skills USA students from Hendersonville High School helped again this year by color spraying hair. Our members also handed out Whale packets, and we promoted our club for potential new members. $327 was raised for Faces of Hope.
“Aces and Birdies,” the fall fundraiser, was held in October. A joint event sponsored by Bluegrass Country Club and GFWC. It was a casino-themed party and golf tournament. The event raised $8,143. Faces of Hope, Muscular Dystrophy Association and ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation benefited from the event.
We continued to support the Community Child Care center by assisting Lowes with a work day, which included painting and other minor tasks. We also held the annual Community Child Care Christmas party, which is always one of our favorite events. $5,593 was raised and 110 children received a Christmas bag filled with goodies while enjoying cookies and visiting with Santa.
Internationally, several donations were made. $1,000 was donated to the Haiti Relief Fund. The Public Affairs Committee clipped coupons for soldiers; we sent more than $7,500 in coupons to military families in Germany. 
Despite the cold weather, this was our first year to participate in the annual Christmas parade. While styling in our pink pullovers and wearing our pearls, we were proud of our 6’ plus massive BEE mascot adorned with pearls and enjoyed handing out candy to the viewers. 
The annual Bake Sale was held in December at Bluegrass Country Club, and $1,200 was raised for operating expenses.
We celebrated our 25 annual fashion show, “A Sterling Affair.” It was an elegant event at Bluegrass Country Club that honored all past presidents, current presidents, and deceased presidents. It was a sell-out event with 310 guests! Although an elegant event, we were quite entertained by Chris Ronen and her clogging as the crowd cheered her on as she raised money for live auction items. All proceeds benefited educational scholarships, Home Safe (shelters for domestic violence) and the YMCA’s “We Build People” programs. Approximately $13,000 was raised.
This spring we ventured to Knoxville for convention. Scottie Hughes was Outstanding Club Woman of the year and Rene Woodward won the Tribute of Honor Award. We won several 1st place awards and tied with Brandywine for 1st Place Large Outstanding Club of Tennessee. Our CIP project won at the state level and went on to win 4th at the national level. We were so excited to win this award. The hard work paid off!
Inspired by our 25th annual fashion show and our upcoming 40th birthday, we have submitted recipes for a GFWC cookbook that should be available in 2010-2011.
The Nashville area had devastating floods in May. Scottie Hughes helped organize a flood relief fund. A rental truck full of cleaning supplies was collected and distributed to local flood victims.
Education has always been important to GFWC. This year we were able to give an additional $2,000 Volunteer State Community College scholarship to a very deserving woman.
The year ended with a “Mystery Trip.” The location was a surprise. It was a fun relaxing weekend at Bobbie Schorsten’s lake house on Center Hill Lake. It was a great way to end the busy year.
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