How do we empower club members in self-improvement?
MWC Provides Structure and Support Through A Self-Education Process
What is it?
Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) is an honorary educational society open to all per-capita paying GFWC federated club members. Over 60 years ago, the ESO program became a permanent part of the GFWC Education Department. Through ESO, clubwomen are given direction in planned reading for self-enrichment and personal growth. Many GFWC clubwomen have profited from this unique self-improvement program, seen as vital by the members it directly benefits.
ESO provides clubwomen with a structured reading program that is educational and stimulates a desire for self-improvement. ESO goals include:
Who can participate?
Unlike other GFWC programs, ESO exists specifically for the benefit of clubwomen. GFWC programs are traditionally community improvement based. Although ESO is beneficial to the community, its main focus is directed at club members. Reading groups have become commonplace in many communities recently because of their unique benefits. Members who participate in reading groups are able to experience intellectual discussions on a variety of books, create new friendships, coalesce with various members of the community, and gain knowledge about life, love, family, politics, cultures, technology, the world around them, and many other topics.
How do I join?
From our own Century Award Recipient, Mary Lee Howard:
Go to the GFWC Illinois website, click on the tab "What We Do," then click on "Education. " Towards the bottom of that page you can download an application. The Chairman is Barbara Potter.
The program guidelines require reading in different categories: 5 books per category and reporting on them. The report consists of title, author and one or two sentences explaining what the book is about. The form has enough space for five books.
It is a structured program. First you apply, then begin reading. You reach the first level after reading 20 books - Pledge. Then you will receive a certificate from the Secretary of State and can purchase the ESO pin. The second level is Star - 30 - books - for a total of 50. Torch requires an additional 30 books - and has a pin that can be purchased. Century is a total of 100 books. Then each 100 (or century) after that is recognized with a certificate. Century Awards re recognized at state convention.