President's Message from Jill Dewbre

     

The theme of this year’s Installation was a Presidential Marathon.  We watched as special guests entered the room to show the new Executive Committee how they are to run their race next year. Have you seen the bucket list for friends that lists running a marathon together?   You may think a marathon is an insurmountable challenge.  It requires setting a goal and always begins by taking the first step.  That bucket list also encourages friends to volunteer together.  For 35 years CWJF members have volunteered together and we celebrated that marathon of service last year.

During the past year, our Fast Friends Seniors watched a Flamenco dance group at the CWJF office.  They were especially pleased to know that the handclapping, finger snapping, and intricate steps were performed by one of our CWJF members who is a member of Fast Friends South as well as a member of the troupe.  They were also treated to several holiday dinners in the homes of members who enjoy the social time and rewards of friendship with a senior.

The Forum Friends groups had fun dressing up for the creative themes of Gone Fishing, Sock Hop, and Octoberfest.  Our volunteers served over 2,040 meals to our Forum Friends. The seniors at NAM 50 Plus dressed in Halloween, Mardi gras, and Easter finery.  Seniors at NAM 50 Plus and Regent Care sang hymns and clapped along with baseball tunes while being accompanied with uplifting organ music.

CWJF members needed marathon like endurance when serving at the Humanitarian Peanut Packing venue.  Last year, thousands jars of peanut butter were packed by CWJF to help feed the hungry.  Our volunteers are amazed at the efficiency of the TEAM food pantry distributions when they participate in portioning supplies there. 

Baxter and Booksmart, our signature programs to promote literacy, were a hit with the children ages eight and younger.  CWJF volunteers had almost as much fun entertaining these crowds as those we were there to serve.  Members helped make life a little brighter by serving a Christmas lunch to the Wranglers at New Danville and held an ice cream social for the adults with intellectual and development disabilities at Reach Unlimited.

Over 700 children received the necessary vaccinations that helped them enroll in school through the efforts of the CWJF volunteers who helped process the required paperwork.  More than 370 patients were able to enjoy improved dental health after being checked in by our volunteers at the low cost TOMAGWA clinic.

CWJF awarded scholarships to 45 college bound high school seniors.  Our Community Outreach Committee ladies continue to be impressed with the academic achievements of the girls who are involved in volunteering in the community and their school.   The grant team interviewed several program applicants and CWJF gave TEAM a grant of $10,000.00 upon the recommendation of the members of the grant committee.

The Grant Research Committee was pleased to announce that CWJF was the grateful recipient of a $25,000.00 grant from the West Foundation.    Those funds will be used for our Forum Friends programs.

This year after thinking about all the service opportunities available, please be sure to save the date for some relaxing time strolling along the Riverwalk during the upcoming JFI Convention in San Antonio with accommodations at the Omni La Mansion February 23-25, 2018.

The Fundraiser chairs may have felt they completed a marathon after needing to change their event location at the outset of the year.  Without breaking stride, they found a new venue and held a fun Mad Hatter Ball in March.  Our organization continues to be funded through the next year as a result of the hard work of these creative ladies and their committee.

Please mark April 7, 2018 on your calendar.  You will want to step out to the CWJF FUNdraiser.  An evening of activities that include the men in your life is being planned by our FRE Committee.

When learning about our service programs and events, the members of the new Provisional class, the Bluebonnets, are sure to be “Wild About Service.”   This nod to the CWJF cookbook compiled by members in the 80’s reminds us that many women took the first step of volunteering as they acquired new friends and made a difference in the lives of children, families, and the elderly.

My hope is that you will serve with compassion, patience, kindness, and humility as a woman of strength whenever you volunteer.  May you have many opportunities in the coming year to go above and beyond so that you will achieve a personal best. 

Thank you for the honor of serving with you.

Jill

Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum

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