F E D E R AT I O N O F WO M E N ’ S C L U B S GOLDEN JUBILEE OF FLUSHING WOMEN’S CLUB Still Going Strong 122 The Flushing chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. In July, the ladies of Flushing’s GFWC observe 50 years of continual service in the Flushing area. The group is very active throughout the Flushing community. Their current agenda includes involvement in the local schools on numerous levels. Each year they award two scholarships to Flushing High School seniors, they have an ongoing partnership with area first grade classrooms to assist in classrooms, they sponsor the high school robotics team and they are one of the primary supporters for the annual Senior Celebration for graduating high-schoolers. They are always involved in the Flushing Festivals, including the Christmas Candle Walk, the Summer and the Harvest Festivals, the Movies and Concerts in the Park, the Leprechaun road race and they decorate the downtown Flushing areas for all four seasons. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an international organization dedicated to enhancing our communities and the lives of others through volunteer service. The GFWC has a long and storied history. The national group celebrated itsb 125th birthday last year, but its roots go back even further. The original impetus began when Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist, was invited to dinner at a press club honoring the British novelist, Charles Dickens. Innovative Health - Summer 2016 Ms. Cunningham Croly was denied admittance because of her gender; it was an all-male press club. In response to the humiliation of being publicly turned away, she formed a Woman’s Club, and christened it Sorosis, a Greek word meaning “an aggregation, a sweet flavor of many fruits.” In 1889 there were 63 women’s clubs across the country. In celebration of their success, Ms. Cunningham Croly invited all to join together under one banner, and the GFWC was officially formed in 1890. Today there are more than 100,000 members in every state and in more than a dozen countries. To observe their golden 50th anniversary, the Flushing members of the GFWC have a few celebrations in mind. They adopted Mutton Park on Coutant Street and have completely renovated it. All playground equipment was updated or replaced; there was extensive landscaping and proper mulching for the areas around the new equipment. To celebrate with the community, the GFWC held a city-wide Block Party last September 13th, inviting everyone in Flushing and the surrounding area. A recent successful fund-raiser was the Flamingo Flocking. Flushing residents could call the GFWC and order a flock of flamingoes to descend on someone of their choosing. That night, members would fill their yard with the pink (plastic) birds – and the unsuspecting friend awakened to the site. Karen Gasperosky, Co-chairman for the 50th anniversary celebration for the Flushing Chapter, smiled at the memory. “We had quite a few; some smaller yards held about 10, but we filled some yards with 50!” The Chapter’s two annual fundraisers provide support for all of the other programs. The 35th annual Craft Bazaar was held on Saturday, November 21st at Flushing High School; the other, Art in the Park, was held on June 4th at Riverview Park. Anyone interested in joining, contributing or participating in any of the events of the Flushing Chapter of the GFWC should contact Karen Gasperosky at (810) 919 8432.
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