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Butler Jr Club Christmas/ Initiation Dinner: 
 Butler Country Club
December 11, 2008
Jr. Club Wins GFWC Pennsylvania Convention Awards


Let’s Celebrate, the 111th annual General Federation Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Pennsylvania Convention and Festival of the Arts was held in Butler on May 1-3.  Butler County Junior Women Club member Maria Blose was Chairperson of the event.  Over 200 women attended the seminar held at the Pittsburgh Marriott North on Rte. 228 in Cranberry Twp.  The festivities began Thursday, May 1, 2008 with a day trip tour of the Maridon Museum hosted by the Intermediate League of Butler.


Friday’s Let’s Celebrate Freedom luncheon was hosted by the Butler County Women’s Club of Mars. Patriotic centerpiece donations were made to the St. John’s Specialty Care Center, of Mars, PA.


 The Friday evening “Super Bowl” celebration was hosted by the Junior Women’s Club of Butler.  Awards were presented for activities in the State Presidents Project. The table decorations were donated to VOICe and the The Woodlands Foundation.

The Junior Women’s Club received the Make a Difference in the Life of a Child award for the program R.E.C.E.S.S. of Butler spearheaded by member Susan Hunter. 

The R.E.C.E.S.S.  Program (Resourcing Every Child Entering School Soon) helps local children get ready for back-to-school in the Butler County area.   The program is run in cooperation with Children and Youth Services and First United Methodist Church in Butler.   For the 2007-2008 school year the program provided 210 backpacks filled with items, as well as provided clothing and shoes to 64 children.

On Saturday May 3, 2008 a Leadership Workshop was presented and Judge Marilyn Horan led the afternoon meeting with a discussion on empowered women.

Butler Junior Club President Lyric Schnur received a LEADS (Leadership Education and Development Seminar) scholarship. Given to members who have the potential and desire to assume leadership positions in GFWC, LEADS will provide participants with the capability, confidence and commitment to achieve higher office and serve with distinction. 

Kristen Salina the incoming President of Jr. Club attended the GFWC PA President’s 2008-2010 term overview session in preparation for her upcoming presidency.  Other Jr. Club members on the convention planning committee were: Nicole Robinson, Kris Bearer and Hollie Stevenson.


Butler County women have long been involved in GFWC at local, county and state levels. Some of the state participants are:

3rd Vice President and Membership Committee Chairman for the State, Gail Paserba

State Treasurer, Cathy Bronder

State Public Affairs Chairman for Community Safety Program, Donna Reeder

and Honorary Past State President, Ida Findley

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.  The Junior Women’s Club of Butler has been a member of federation since 1929 and is known for their annual charity benefit Twilight Magic in addition to numerous other community projects.