GFWC ‘Heekoettes’ support Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
GFWC ‘Heekoettes’ support Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital

The GFWC ‘Heekoettes’ are a bowling team created to participate in GFWC International’s Pinless Bowl A-Thon. All monies raised through the Bowl-A-Thon support Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. “The Heekoettes were able to donate a total of $180 to this fund-raising endeavor,” reported GFWC State President Joyce Ward. She, along with Barbara Strahm and Nikki Lorenzo, attended both the Oklahoma and Missouri State GFWC Conventions.

Following the Oklahoma convention, Ward said the trio helped package 600 pounds of cereal at the Oklahoma City based food bank.

“The most exciting part of the convention was hearing about community improvement efforts by the Waurika GFWC Sorosis Club,” continued Ward. They won $5,000 for developing a program that provided daily lunches to Waurika children throughout the summer. The lunches were served at the Public Library which is located in an old train depot that has been equipped with kitchen facilities.

“The best part about Waurika’s program is that the entire community was involved. In addition to nutritious meals, educational programs provided the children with hands-on experiences. The diversified act ivies included meeting firemen, EMT’s and exploring their vehicles. “Major funding for the meals was provided through grants.

Barbara Strahm explained the trio attended the Missouri GFWC State Convention because her sister is current President. She shared a number of exciting fund-raising projects currently underway in Missouri. “The most interesting project is their collection of keys,” explained Strahm. “Door keys, car keys, old, unidentifiable keys now have a purpose. Instead of pitching these, the Missouri GFWC ladies are collecting them for the Ronald McDonald House. Monies raised help offset lodging expenses for families staying at the house.” Strahm encouraged the Heeko ladies to consider partnering with their Missouri sisters to raise even more monies for this important project.

In concluding, Strahm said Missouri was very impressed and inspired by Pawhuska’s efforts to clean up the City, particularly the ‘Dandy Orange Dumpster’ created by project Chairman Jenna Hague’s husband, August. “Since April of 2103, this little dumpster has made 54 trips to the City dumpster,” said Hague who chairs the Citizens for Pride in Pawhuska program. She encouraged continued participation in this important effort to make Pawhuska beautiful.

The meeting was held Monday in the home of Sherry and Gilson Williams. Hostesses were Patty Gambill, Sue Moyer and Kathryn Swan. Twenty members and one guest, Renee Wyle, were in attendance.

GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) was founded in 1890 and currently has a membership of over 3,000 local women’s clubs that promote civic improvements through volunteer service. Many of its activities and service projects are done independently by local clubs through their communities or GFWC’s national partnerships. GFWC maintains nearly 100,000 members throughout the United States and internationally. GFWC remains one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women’s volunteer service organizations. Pawhuska’s GFWC Heeko Club was organized in 1911 and federated in 1915. Pawhuska’s Public Library is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary and is just one of the many projects started by the GFWC Heeko Club.