By the Evart General Federation of Women’s Clubs

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Ten women from the Evart General Federation of Women’s Clubs attended the 120th Annual GFWC State Convention in Grand Rapids from April 17 through April 19 and were proud to be recognized with several awards for some of their 2014 service projects.

During the convention, the Michigan GFWC was awarded a proclamation signed by Governor Snyder declaring April 25 as GFWC Day.

The GFWC was organized in 1906. The Evart GFWC pride themselves in “volunteering for a better community” in the Evart area, Osceola County and within the State of Michigan.

Local projects include a U.S. 10 Roadside Cleanup, Sweetheart Dance, St. Patrick’s Day Tea, Strawberry Shortcake and Parade on July 4, National Night Out and the Car Show Café.

Club members actively keep their eyes and ears open for opportunities within the community to provide assistance for immediate or a long term basis. Evart members participate and support Guiding Harbor and Bay Cliff Camp. Guiding Harbor is an organization founded by GFWC-MI that provides child caring and childplacement services for abused and neglected children. Evart’s Terese Witten is President of the Board of Directors. Bay Cliff Camp is a place where children and adults with physical disabilities learn to believe in themselves, strive for fuller lives and realize their dreams.

Evart members are involved with learning and protection for Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention for adults and children. They have worked and presently work with the Evart Police Department, the Osceola County Sheriff's Department and Women's Information Service, Inc.

Members of the Evart GFWC have served and do serve on state committees, representing the local GFWC and our local area with loyalty and pride. GFWC meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Evart. All women with a caring and serving heart are invited. For more information, call Denise Custer at (231) 679-4470 or Ruth Ann Northon at (231) 734-3752.