Morris Women's Club 2018-2020
President: Julie Erickson
President Elect: Kaileen Cummings
Recording Secretary: Chris Perry
Corresponding Secretary: Bonnie Carlson
Treasurer: Rose Grossi
Immediate Past President: Caroline Cummings
"The Reward of Our Work is Not What We Get, But What We Become"
Identify and meet public needs
Goldenrod, turquoise and purple
Community Service Areas
How does art intersect with the community, and what can we do to promote it?
Art (AR): Ann Polson
Narvick House: Lynne Shearin & Donna Cockream
How do we educate others and help to be good stewards of our resources?
Conservation (CON): Nilsa Sochan
How do we promote life-long learning and literacy? How do we support our youth to thrive educationally?
Education (ED): Adrianne McKerrow
In what ways can we provide support in our community? How do we promote healthy choices?
Home Life (HL): Michelle Mitchell
How do we build compassion for events and people in other parts of the world?
International Outreach (IO):
Mary Lee Howard
In what ways can we influence and address important issues impacting our community?
Public Issues (PI): Penny Hexdall
Auditor: Vickie Sajnaj
Banquets: President Elect
Bingo: HHL Chair
Bridge Marathon: Patricia Buchholtz
Communication: President, President Elect, Social Media, & Webmaster
Finance: Past President, President, President Elect, & Treasurer
Fund Raising Chair: Cailey Walker
Historian: Mary Lee Howard
Membership: President Elect
Mobile Meals: HHL Chair
Parliamentary Advisor: Valerie Hatcher
Programs: President & President Elect
Telephone: Bonnie Carlson
Webmaster: Caroline Cummings
Social Media: Angelique Minett
Regular meetings are on the 1st Monday of each month (except in January and September). The October and May meetings are banquets held in a local restaurant. The remaining meetings are held in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church of Morris or other location as advertised. There are other events held throughout the year as well that encompass social and service opportunities.
Program chair meetings are held one hour preceding general meetings except for the fall and spring banquets, in which case board meetings are held before the banquets. However, other meetings may be called if necessary.
Interesting programs are provided at each meeting by local or professional talent. The programs include education, culture, travel, public issues, international outreach, conservation, and community service.
Club dues are $33 per year, increasing by $1/year until it is $36.
We are now a 501(3)(c) organization.
Top 10 State Projects Category
Arts (Narvick House)
Communication and Public Relations (social media & Google number)
Education (Teen Health Retreat)
Fund Raising and Development (Teen Health Retreat)
Leadership (use of technology to store and disseminate club documents)
Communications and Public Relations
First Place (17-49 members)
Communications and Public Relations
2017 State Awards
Fundraising & Development
Communications & Public Relations
Lynn Shearin for 25 Years of Service!
Membership Increase of 10% or more
Adding 11 New Members
Recruitment Incentive White Star (9 members) Caroline Cummings
Recruitment Incentive Red Star (10 new members) Julie Erickson
Shelby P. Hamlett Award for outstanding service to Easter Seals
2016 State Awards
Epsilon Sigma Omnicron
Mary Lee Howard Century Award (100 Books!)
2015 State Awards
GFWC Illinois State Project
GFWC Morris Woman's Club (MWC) has a long proud history of making a difference in the community. So what exactly does it mean to Build Community? It means that however an individual or the club WANT to build a better community, they CAN by empowering themselves and others to grow, change and excel.
At MWC we are able to work on achieving this goal by pursuing Scholarship, Service and Social Opportunities. The World Health Organization (WHO) promotes that when we as adults stay active by participating in social, cultural, economic, spiritual and civic affairs, it extends our healthy life expectancy.
Scholarship: Life-long learning in an enriched environment has beneficial effects on cognitive function and increased socialization as well as decreased mental instability. Bottom line? Keep your brain agile by learning about new and interesting events and activities, and you will be happier.
Service: Besides helping others in the community, providing service has benefits for individuals as as well. Bottom line? People who volunteer live longer lives with fewer disabilities. Service has a greater impact on health than income, education, or marriage.
Socializing: Not only does socializing with others lift our mood and improve our spirits, it also increases cognition and decreases dementia related diseases. Bottom line? There are clear health benefits for hanging out with others for ourselves and our "friends."
MWC GFWC-IL is devoted to providing service in the greater Morris community.
Objective: To promote fellowship among members, to unite action for civic improvement, and to join with International and State Federation in the accomplishment of their projects.
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