The General Federation of Women's Clubs' New York State convention was held at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Latham April 24 through 27. Nine members of the GFWC Century Club of Amsterdam attended throughout the four-day gathering. The convention recognized scholarship recipients, individual club awards for service to their communities, conducted a leadership seminar, honored members for service to their clubs and those who passed away, and installed a new board of directors and district directors.
The Century Club received honors in reporting club events and increase in membership; conservation, for updating their kitchen and grounds maintenance; Women in History, for the recognition of their club founder Mercy Allen Trapnell; their donation to the USO for holding a "USO Tour" during the Festival of Trees; and for the GFWC signature project to end domestic violence by hosting a "Project Runway -- Pink Style" fashion show, the matching funds proceeds were given to a local domestic violence shelter in the form of personal care products from Mary Kay Cosmetics.
The Juniorettes of the Century Club were also recognized for the reporting of events and support of community service projects and increase in membership. They received their charter at the 2013 state convention in Cooperstown. The Juniorettes club is open to all students ages 12 to 18 who wish to support and volunteer in their community. They receive community service hours toward their high school diploma, receive national recognition, awards and grants and develop and practice leadership skills.
The Century Club of Amsterdam hosts many fundraising events to support many community service programs and scholarship awards. The club is located at 130 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, and is currently the only GFWC women's club in New York state the owns its own clubhouse. The Amsterdam club is one of seven women's clubs representing the Adirondack District. New York state has seven districts and is also part of the GFWC Mid-Atlantic Region, along with New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
This month the Century Club will host a Mother's Day breakfast buffet to honor all women Sunday, May 11, at the clubhouse from 9 a.m. to noon. A traditional breakfast fare complete with mimosas and homemade quiche will be on the menu. The cost is $12 for adults; $7 for children ages 5 to 10 and children 4 and under are free. A gift for mom, raffles and a 50/50 raffle will also be held. Reservations can be made by contacting Kim at 853-4733.
The next event will be another fashion show, Project Runway Pink Style on Friday, May 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. featuring fashions from Peebles, music by B-Boy Productions, dance entertainment by the High Performance Dance Studio, a silent auction, bake sale, 50/50 raffle, vendor show and a special drawing for a flat-screen TV. Admission is $10 and extra tickets may be purchased for the TV raffle.
On Wednesday, May 21, the club will host an Eat, Drink and Paint party, hosted By Gail Talmadge. Everyone will paint two 20-ounce wine glasses. The cost is $25 per person and reservations are required by calling Gail at 752-8712.
To wrap up the month, the Century Club will hold its annual garage sale Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, come find your treasures. Table space is available to bring your own treasures to sell for $5 per table. Contact Marlene at 526-8012.
All proceeds from fund raising efforts support the scholarship fund, community service projects, international service projects of the GFWC and maintaining a home of use by the community. For information about joining this volunteer service organization call 842-2031.