Support of Local Schools, Scholarships, Literacy & Library Programs,
HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program)
The Scholarship Committee meets & spends time planning, printing, visiting the local high schools, interviewing applicants & going over Scholarship Application forms. The Committee selects students, notifies them by letter, and invites them to our Clubhouse to receive their award. We hold a Student Festival for our Scholarship Students and their parents and present the awards.
When we are able, our Club PR chairperson attends the High School scholarship award ceremony in support of our scholarship winners.
We also support our San Gabriel Valley District by donating to their Scholarship Fund.
In November, 2013 we co-hosted a College Event with College Planning Experts, a “No parent left behind” scholarship training workshop for parents who are navigating the college entrance process. This workshop discussed the pitfalls of filling out forms for entrance into college. Coffee was served and members baked cookies to serve. Prior to our Event, members spent time at a local College Fair, passing out information for our college event in November. Members went to local schools to talk to counselors.
HOBY – Hugh O’Brian Leadership Seminar
HOBY aims to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs provide students who are selected by their school Principal to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. In addition to attending the HOBY Leadership Seminar, in late July, the sponsored student also spent ten days in Chicago as an Ambassador at the HOBY World Leadership Conference where she worked on the Sandy Hook Promise and Rachel’s Challenge among others. In between, she worked as a kindergarten camp counselor at the local YMCA. La Crescenta Woman’s Club has sponsored students for the past eight years. We value and recognize the importance of helping our youth to make a difference for positive change. Five members attended graduation ceremony.
Members participate in the annual Smart-a-thon held at our local hospital. Hosted by civic leader Mary Pinola and the CV Chamber of Commerce, the event is a fundraiser for The Mary Pinola/Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce Educational Endowment Fund. The fund was created in order to provide grants for non-profit agencies in our area dedicated to health and education.
Sharing of Women’s History
Women History Chair purchased brochures and the Treasures tour of our Washington D.C. GFWC House to display and celebrate Federation Day. At each General luncheon meeting during the Federation portion of the club reports, the Women’s History & Resource Chairperson presents a historic woman of merit, with a brief sound bite to entice the members to read a more in depth article as the meeting progresses. In our monthly Bulletin, she shares Biographies of magnificent women in History. Our California Women’s History Chair also presents a program each year with a themed luncheon.
Back to School Drive (Jr. Section)
Junior Section members supported “Foothill Unity Center's Back To School Drive" through a local charity, Small Acts Big Change. Every year, they take underprivileged kids to the Santa Anita Race Track where they can see free doctors, dentists, & have haircuts. They also receive back to school supplies. Jr. members helped out by bringing supplies such as binders, backpacks, notebooks, glue sticks, paper, pencils, and numerous other items to their summer meeting. The items were then delivered to the organization putting on the event.
Freedom Alliance Scholastic Fund
CV High School Printing Design Class
Friends of the La Crescenta Library
Campbells Soup Labels for Education/Box tops donated to local schools
Sponsor high school students on community projects with our club
Friends of the Library donations
Wall Maps & globes purchased for local elementary school
Tell me a Story-Pen-pals program with Glendale College/Americorp
During Women’s History Month, many books were donated to library & local schools
Flag ceremony presentation was conducted with students
National Libraries Week- Libraries Book Drives
La Crescenta Library donations and holiday & summer activities/story times
Adopt a Teacher
Promoted reading for youth
County Bookmark Contest; Judged the Contest & created & handed out many bookmarks for children encouraging them to read
NEA Read Across America Day; America Reads Challenge