Welcome to the GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness, FL, Inc.

The Largest Women’s Volunteer Organization in the World

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness is a charitable service-oriented 501(c)3 organization affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (www.GFWC.org) and GFWC Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs (www.GFWCFlorida.org). You are invited to see what can be achieved through a group of dedicated women.

Bits & Pieces

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GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness Art and Craft Show Jan 8, 2021

Members who won Blue Ribbons at our Club’s Art and Craft show done by Zoom. They went on to    GFWC FL District 5 Art and Craft Festival. 

Black and white Photo by Sally Barrow

Black and white Photo by Sally Barrow

Cross Stitch by Ella Nardone

Cross Stitch by Ella Nardone

Bracelet Recycling Material by Angie Mayo          

Painting by Barbara Cooper

Painting by Barbara Cooper

Knitted Scarf by Ella Nordone

Knitted Scarf by Ella Nordone

Wood Craft by Barbara Rains

Wood Craft by Barbara Rains

Bead craft picture by Angie Mayo






Book Club: Angie Mayo, chairperson        (April-June 2021)

Memorable discussion—What an amazing story! American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, which we discussed in February, was a page-turner novel about a Mexican woman who flees with her son to the USA to escape drug cartel-related violence. A thrilling novel of survival, danger, and love. This book took the book club members along on a caravan of migrants to experience all the challenges, dangers, and gut-wrenching moments. Unanimously, the members strongly recommend this book.


UPCOMING BOOKS

For April 14: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. 

A true love saga, spanning nearly 70 years and several countries. It’s about lovers, Alma and Ichimei, the son of a Japanese gardener, who are forced to hide their love. They are pulled apart after the attack on Pearl Harbor when Ichimei and his family are declared enemies of the USA and are relocated to internment camps. You need to read this one, but keep a hankie nearby.

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For May 12: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 

Daisy, a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaks into clubs on the Sunset Strip and dreams of singing. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and so is her reckless beauty. A band, The Six, led by Billy Dunne is also getting noticed. A producer realizes that the key to success is to put the two together… the rest is legendary.


During the May meeting, voting for the 2021-2022 reading list will take place. At present, we are collecting suggestions for new titles to add to the list.


If anyone wishes to join our Zoom discussions on the above dates at 1 p.m., please let me (holamayos@hotmail.com) or our Book Club secretary, Erika (erika_hawn@yahoo.com) know by email, if you’re interested in joining the meeting and we’ll send you the Zoom information. You can either participate actively or just listen in to our discussion.



LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

Book traffic at our Little Free Library (LFL) is picking up. Our volunteer in charge of maintaining the LFL has been busy replacing the books taken on a weekly basis. Hopefully, this activity will continue to increase in the coming months.

Special Days


April 2 - International Children’s Book Day

April 4 - 10 National Library Week


The IWC Book Club also maintains and monitors the Little Free Library, which stands at the entrance of IWC’s clubhouse and is chartered.å


If you need a book to read and our library inside is not open, you can use this one too!


We hope to help children to read and if you would like to donate a book for the Children bring and give to Angie Mayo since she and our Book Club under Education are supplying the books to the Little Free Library. They will take and put into our books to share, a book label that will say who has donated the books. Take a book, read it, return to the library or share it and then return.


A GFWC Jr project is to supply Dr. Seuss books to as many children as we can. So, can you donate a Dr Seuss book?


A closing thought: “If we encounter a man (woman) of rare intellect, we should ask him (her) what books he (she) reads.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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Planting Tropical Milkweed for our Memorial Garden; Bill Mayo, husband of our member Angie Mayo

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The Wildlife Garden dedication

Left to right - Sandy Mielcarek-Purzycki; Stephen Daugherty, Troop 302, BSA Eagle Project; Barbara Rains; Agnes Kearns and Sue Allen

The Woman’s Club of Inverness

National Wildlife Federation

Certified Wildlife Habitat

The very successful “Dynasty of Fashion

- A Chinese Cultural Experience.”

Photos by Sue Allen and Mari-Elain Ebitz

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Little Free Library

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GFWC Inverness Woman’s Club – Public Issues – Plarning Mats for the Homeless

By Barbara Cooper

Please know that all of our members and guests are invited to attend our get togethers every third Friday of each month.We meet at the Lakes Regional Library in Inverness from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Bring a pair of scissors and we’ll teach you to cut, fold and loop to make Plarn.And if you like to crochet please bring a size Q, L or P hook.This depends on how small you want to crochet your stitch.If you have any questions please call Barbara Cooper at 352-341-0204 or email:bcooper5@tampabay.rr.com

Our Plarners hard at work.

Mats for the Homeless Crocheted from Plastic Bags:For almost three years several members have been meeting to crochet plastic mats for Citrus County’s homeless men, women and children. The mats are used on the ground to keep dampness and sickness at bay.It takes anywhere from 700 – 900 plastic bags to make one mat (these can be hosed down to clean) but we recently found out that each mat only lasts up to one year.Word quickly got out people from all over the county to save bags for our project. The bags are folded, cut and looped to make balls of “Plarn” (plastic bags made in to balls of plastic yarn) which in turn are crocheted into mats.This serves a two-fold purpose: the homeless and the environment.Homeless aren’t particular about what a mat looks like but the crocheters take it upon themselves to create works of art. This has become so popular that family and friends have also joined the group of about 30+ members.To date we have donated well over 75 mats to the Family Resource Center which in turn distributes them according to the list of homeless people maintained by them.We have also donated many styrofoam coolers of all sizes, blankets and clothing.Our generous members and community have donated money which the Chairman uses to purchase tents, tarps and sleeping bags. The Chairman maintains a list of attendees and via email keeps the membership informed of meetings, when and how many mats they submit, as well as information about those taking part in the work.Pictures are shared at their occasional luncheon gatherings. It has been a bonding experience for those involved and a reaching out into the community for the club.

INVERNESS CHAMBER

IWC MEMBER SINCE 2004

CHAMBER BUSINESS EXPO


The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness participated in the annual Business Expo at the County Fairgrounds Auditorium on September 7, 2019.


Some of the members who attended were; Debbie Sargent, Barbara Rains, Sue Allen, Anna Murray, Agnes Kearns, Harriet Mirabella, Sally Barrow and Barbara Cooper.


This was our first time participating in the Expo and we received good results, possible new members and a bank’s invitation to set up another display.We will do this again!


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