GFWC Florida Juniorette Director 2013-2014
In this upcoming administration, I ask our Juniorette clubs to help
bring awareness to my Special Project, Breast Cancer Awareness and Early
Please support this project by bringing awareness to the importance of regular testing, emphasizing earlier checkups if it is hereditary in your family. You can work with and support local Breast Cancer charities, e.g. “Breast Friends of Florida”, through walks or by hosting a fundraiser such as a fashion show to raise money for their organization. You can also hold a donation drive for slippers, robes, scarves or turbans to support those undergoing treatment.
Each of us has probably been affected by Breast Cancer in some way. Whether we honor a lost loved one, celebrate a survivor, or are fighting the battle ourselves, it is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.
I strongly believe with increased awareness and early detection, together we can celebrate more survivors!
Juniorettes, age 12 – 18, are the youngest members of GFWC Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs. The program for middle and high school girls offers fun, friendship and community service. The girls learn how to organize and operate their non-profit clubs with rewarding results. Many use their Juniorette service hours for scholarships and National Honor Society credits.
Juniorettes continue to grow throughout Florida. Each club must be sponsored by a general or junior club that provides an advisor/liaison and guidance. Each club has its own personality and determines what is most needed in its home community. All share the General Federation of Women’s Club’s (GFWC) Community Service Program guidelines offering activities in Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach and Public Issues.
The girls have an annual convention called JASM (Juniorette Annual State Meeting) where they can build friendships and exchange ideas with Juniorettes across the state. Some clubs are still called Little Women, a term that preceded the state name Juniorettes.
Juniorettes also elect their own State Director and Officers who serve annual terms. Our 2013-2014 State Juniorette Director is Lexy Lockwood.
Juniorettes are our future & besides that…they are just plain fun!
View the great JASM slideshow!
This is the Twitter feed that welcomed over 160 GFWC Florida Juniorettes and their advisors to GFWC Florida JASM 2013 in Tampa, Florida at the GFWC Tampa Women’s Club clubhouse located on Bayshore Boulevard. It was a perfect setting for the “SURVIVOR” themed, challenge-packed weekend. Meals were provided by GFWC New Tampa Junior Women’s Club members (prepared by Carmela Johnson) and GFWC Tampa Women’s Club (prepared by Rick and Cathy Geary).
The “SURVIVOR” themed event was “something a bit different that would get the Juniorettes working and interacting as GFWC Florida members, not just interacting with their individual club members.” said Darby Frankfurth, 2012-13 GFWC Florida Director of Juniorette Clubs who created the event with help from Juniorette Advisory Committee members.
The 2013-2014 GFWC FL Juniorette Officers are Director of Juniorette Clubs, Lexy Lockwood (GFWC Sunshine Juniorettes; Vice Director of Juniorette Clubs, Emili Anne Wheeler (GFWC Little Women of Ocala); and Secretary/Treasurer, Madelyne Holzmann (GFWC Temple Terrace Junorettes).
Another “new” for JASM 2013 was the inclusion of a key-note speaker, Emily Whayne, from The Spring of Tampa Bay. She spent about one hour showing the girls that each of us has different limits and “ideas” of the levels of domestic violence. Using a skit, she told a real-life story of a young girl dating “the hottest guy” in school. Different things happened in their relationship, and the girls responded with “I’m leaving” or “I’ll stay”.
Sunday was filled with awards for both individuals and clubs. Club highlights included GFWC Sebastian Juniorettes winning the “Largest percentage of Membership Increase” for 2012 with 100% increase AND GFWC Clearwater Juniorettes winning “Most Outstanding Juniorette Club” for 2012.
At the end of the awards session, Sarah Molina, GFWC Juniorette Leadership
Chairman, and creator of the #2013JASM, put a slide show together from the
“Twitter feed”. It was a great way to end the 2013 SURVIVOR JASM.
GFWC Florida Juniorette Director 2013-2014