WELLMAN, GFWC JENNIE AWARD CHAIRMAN
for the Jennie Award Program in the 2012-2014 GFWC Club Manual.
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the Jennie Award Nomination Form.
Jennie Award honors one clubwoman from each GFWC Region for outstanding
commitment to club, community, and family. They are chosen by their
clubs to compete at state, region, and national levels for their
outstanding personal commitment to club, community, and family.
GFWC Jennie Award is named in honor of GFWC’s founder, Jane
Cunningham Croly, who wrote for national newspapers under the
pseudonym, “Jennie June.” The award is an occasion
to highlight those extraordinary clubwomen who epitomize her
spirit of independence, courage, and persistence in purpose through
their roles as volunteers within their clubs, elsewhere in the
community, and as members of a family or extended family. Although GFWC
has many awards for states and clubs, the GFWC Jennie Award is the only
national honor that recognizes individual members for personal
excellence. In fact, it is the highest honor bestowed by GFWC.
As 2010-2012 marks the third award
opportunity for GFWC members to receive a Jennie Award Medal of Honor,
it may not be as familiar to clubs as other GFWC recognition
opportunities. Since it is an award for lifetime personal excellence,
club presidents should consider utilizing the knowledge of your club
historian for GFWC Jennie Award nominees. Club presidents should be
mindful of first impressions and make the nominee’s packet of
supporting materials as professional as possible because it may be
judged at the different levels by influential community leaders.
AWARD CONTEST RULES
- Clubs may
nominate one member who has demonstrated the qualities outlined under
the judging criteria for
should emphasize a member’s entire lifetime of service.
- Clubs must
complete and submit the official GFWC Jennie Award Nomination Form
along with a maximum
500-word written narrative. Narratives should include descriptions of
in community groups
and organizations, both volunteer and professional Commitment to her
nuclear or extended family
must submit the following supportive materials along with nomination
form and narrative:
of nominee (no
larger than 5x7 inches)
- Clips of
newspaper (or other media) stories about successful projects to which
contributed (it is not necessary for such articles
to mention the member by name.)
- Letter of
endorsement from club president
- Letter of
endorsement from a representative of another organization
GFWC Jennie Award Nomination Form can be found in the Resources
or downloaded from www.GFWC.org/GFWCMembers.
forms and supporting materials, including photographs, will not be
- Clubs must
submit nomination materials to their
respective state presidents postmarked by June 15, 2011, for
presidents must submit nomination
materials (one per state) to their respective GFWC Region
postmarked by August 15, 2011, for region-level judging. State
presidents must forward the name of their states’
finalists to the national GFWC Jennie Award Chairman.
GFWC Region should submit nomination materials (two per GFWC Region) to
the national GFWC Jennie Award Chairman, postmarked by
December 15, 2011. The national GFWC Jennie
will forward the nomination materials for the 16 2010-2012 GFWC Jennie
Award finalists to GFWC, where the nominations will be
reviewed and scored by a panel of judges.
each of the eight GFWC Regions will be selected for national
recognition as a GFWC Jennie Award winner.
eight GFWC National Jennie Award honorees will be awarded:
transportation to attend the 2012 GFWC Annual International
Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in June 2012.
- A Medal of
Honor and a special certificate presented by the GFWC
International President and GFWC Jennie Award Chairman at the
2012 Annual International Convention.
will be evaluated on the following criteria.
nominee should have an outstanding record of success and achievement,
not only in terms of her club’s volunteer programs
and projects, but also her role in a leadership position, her activity
to build membership and promote the club to others, and her
overall spirit of volunteerism. She should be kind, loyal, and positive
her relationships with other clubwomen, and her commitment should be
continuous, rather than a onetime activity.
Community service must address real
needs and concerns. This service should go beyond club activities
and be carried out through other community organizations (e.g. schools,
elected/appointed position, scouts, etc.) as
well as through the workplace. Activities should reflect an innovative
or unique approach to volunteerism.
that families come in many different forms, the nominee might be a
single parent, a
grandparent raising her grandchildren, an
adult caring for an elderly relative, or an adult without children.
definition of a family member may include persons who are older or
younger than the nominee. It may
include nuclear as well as
extended family members. The nominee should exemplify outstanding
concern for the well-being, health, and welfare of one or more
persons by providing aid and comfort on an on-going basis,
separate and apart, from club and community work.
offer comments and or to receive more information about
our organization Please contact: Diane Murphy,
or write to: GFWC of Massachusetts, Junior
Box 679, Sudbury, MA
GFWC of Massachusetts Headquarters is at 245 Dutton Road,
Sudbury, MA. Click here