Literacy, Continuing Education, Learning Disabilities
Support of Local Schools, Scholarships, Literacy & Library Programs,
HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program)
GFWC members promote education in both children and adults. We aim to help others, while we also continue to learn. Projects in the Education and Libraries Community Service Program are designed to foster schools, as well as other educational institutions and opportunities, and to promote literacy, libraries, and the love of a good book. Through these efforts, we encourage the growth of individuals and communities at home and around the world.
Activities are designed to increase awareness of low literacy rates and the problems it causes; the need of mentoring; the plight of those with learning disabilities; and need for leadership skills and the value of supporting our libraries. We participate in a broad array of projects to promote lifelong education and literacy throughout our community.
Our Club focuses on Scholarships and projects raising awareness of adult and youth literacy and continuing education programs especially among women.
The Scholarship Committee meets & spends time planning, printing, visiting the local high schools, interviewing applicants & going over Scholarship Application forms. The Committee selects students, notifies them by letter, and invites them to our Clubhouse to receive their award. We hold a Student Festival for our Scholarship Students and their parents and present the awards.
When we are able, our Club PR chairperson attends the High School scholarship award ceremony in support of our scholarship winners.
We also support our San Gabriel Valley District by donating to their Scholarship Fund.
Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) is an honorary educational society where clubwomen are given direction in planned reading for self-enrichment and personal growth. ESO provides clubwomen with a structured reading program that is educational and stimulates a desire for self-improvement. Any member can participate in ESO as part of a reading group, or on their own. The program provides membership, awards and certificates, reading lists, and a framework in which to pursue continued self-improvement through reading.
We have co-hosted a College Event with College Planning Experts, a “No parent left behind” scholarship training workshop for parents who are navigating the college entrance process. This workshop discussed the pitfalls of filling out forms for entrance into college. Coffee was served and members baked cookies to serve. Prior to our Event, members spent time at a local College Fair, passing out information for our college event in November. Members went to local schools to talk to counselors.
HOBY aims to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs provide students who are selected by their school Principal to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. La Crescenta Woman’s Club has sponsored students for many many years. We value and recognize the importance of helping our youth to make a difference for positive change. Most years, our members attend HOBY graduation ceremony.
Members participate in the annual Smart-a-thon held at our local hospital. Hosted by civic leader Mary Pinola and the CV Chamber of Commerce, the event is a fundraiser for The Mary Pinola/Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce Educational Endowment Fund. The fund was created in order to provide grants for non-profit agencies in our area dedicated to health and education.
At occasional Club business meetings, during the Federation portion of the club reports, the Women’s History & Resource Chairperson presents a historic woman of merit, with a brief sound bite to entice the members to read a more in depth article as the meeting progresses. In our monthly Bulletin, she shares Biographies of magnificent women in History.