Living the Volunteer Spirit
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Arbor Day Foundation Names Cranbury Tree City USA@ Lincoln, Neb. (June 4, 2020) Cranbury, New Jersey, was named a 2019 Tree City USA@ by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Cranbury achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. "Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Cranbury are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education." If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and flooding. The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative to address these issues, with unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring 5 million tree planters by 2022. With Tree City USA recognition, Cranbury has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for Cranbury residents now and in the future. More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA. About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
Congratulations to Susan Adiletta for being our 2020 Order of the Lily inductee. Susan sent the following message to our club members:
I want to thank you for bestowing the honor of "Order of the Lily". Through the years I have enjoyed helping with projects and try to assist wherever I can. However I do no more than any of you!
I received your letter and was quite surprised. I saw the envelope and thought my dues got lost and I was in trouble..LOL.
You all are very kind.."always be kind in thought and word and deed"...profound words that all of you have shown as well as I have tried to keep mindful.
Like the world today...We are in this Together.
Again, thank you.
Congratulations to our new 2020 Honor Roll Inductees:
It has been an honor to be your President for the last few years. We have done so many wonderful things. I have learned so much from all of you and enjoyed every moment spent with the groups.
Although unfortunately we have not had a formal installation of our new officers, I am excited for all of them. We have a wonderful group of women to take over and I look forward to experiencing things from the other side of the table. Diana will be an outstanding leader. She was such a help to me whenever I asked. There was never any hesitation in her voice and I knew she would take charge of all the things that needed to be done.
Although, some members thought I resigned as President and I think some rumors were spread around, I did not. I would never have done that without notifying the board of directors and the members. There were some things in my life that made it impossible for me to do everything a President is required to do in Feb., so I asked Diana if she could take charge of the meetings for me.
She did much more than that without me even asking. I will never be able to thank her properly.
I hope to stay active in a lot of the different departments and to get to know some of the members better. I never will be good with names, but I always remember a Smile. Hopefully by the end of summer we will all be able to get back to normal. I do miss checking the calendar to see if I have any meetings.
I thank you all for your support, kindness and friendship that you showed me during my term of office. I hope you will remember our time together and the laughs we had. I know I will. You will never realize how much I enjoyed my time with you all and am looking forward to a lot more laughs and learning experiences.
Wishing you all good health, happiness and always know I will be here if you need anything. Remember the song “Just call I’ll be there”.
P.S. One of the things I am most proud of besides my family, is being able to say I am a member of the Woman’s Club of Cranbury and served as their President. Thanks to all of you.
Marsha Travis needs your help to make sure that the 2019-2020 Scrapbook is complete and accurate. Check it out from the link below and let her know at firstname.lastname@example.org if anything is missing or needs changing. The hard-copy scrapbook will be on display at our general meetings.
Woman's Clubs are doing their part by sewing masks for our vulnerable health care workers. Below is a link to an article which quotes Susan Adiletta who is organizing our effort. If you have the ability to help, Susan would like to hear from you. Please give her a call or email : email@example.com
The Cranbury Public Library is closed, but you don't need to miss the Great Decisions Series co-sponsored by our International Affairs Department. The Foreign Policy Association decided to release this season of Great Decisions on YouTube.
A full list of all changes to the Yearbook can be found in the Members tab along with copies of the final printed version.
LAST CHANGES: 02/01/2020
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Nearly 80,000 members strong, the General Federation of Women's Clubs is united in its dedication to volunteer community service. While diverse in age, interests, and experiences, all clubwomen are united by a desire to create positive change in their communities.
1734 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-2990
Toll-free: 1-800-443-GFWC (4392)
The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs provides opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service through participation in local clubs, enabling members to make a difference in the lives of others one project at a time.
55 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
We are one of 31 clubs in the College District.
Keep us, oh God, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense and meet each other face to face, without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous.
Let us take time for all things; make us to grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses, straightforward and unafraid. Grant that we may realize it is the little things that create differences, that in the big things of life we are at one.
And may we strive to touch and to know the great, common human heart of us all. And, oh Lord God, let us forget not to be kind!
The Woman's Club of Cranbury--what thoughts and memories float through my mind when I say those words--words that have infinite meaning!
I picture friends, friendships begun in and nurtured by the Woman's Club, friends with whom we have laughed, chatted, planned, worked, sympathized, dreamed, and had fun with!
I am touched when I realize the many Cranbury young people who have furthered their education, thanks to our scholarships, and now those scholarships are also enabling women to pursue interrupted studies.
I picture the Cranburyites and visitors whose hearts have been lifted by the beauty of the flowers and greens regularly planted in the barrels--barrels placed around town many years ago by the Woman's Club.
I am gratified when I review the little and big blessings performed for the sick, the needy, the elderly, and the military.
I am impressed by the personal growth many have experienced as they have found themselves in leadership positions.
I smile when I observe the happy celebration at the annual Christmas tree lighting.
I am thrilled when I enumerate the many, many books--serious, entertaining, and international--that have been read and then discussed in a group.
I sense the personal warmth we have felt as together we have been entertained and informed at both our general and department meetings!
And my mind reverts to the Cranbury Reading Group, formed over 100 years ago, and its evolving into this segment of a national organization that has made a vital contribution to our country--The General Federation of Women's Clubs. What a privilege to be part of it!