During this Season of Giving, the Franklin Woman’s Club has been busy spreading holiday cheer beginning with Service Night 2018 held recently during which members worked on projects to help those in need in the US and abroad. Members created special blankets for the homeless, wrote greeting cards to overseas military, filled holiday food baskets, packaged holiday tray favors for residents at two local nursing facilities, made hygiene supply packs for women in developing countries, knitted items for abused and neglected children and more. In addition to these special projects, club members prepared for and set up a festively decorated tree at the Franklin Township Public Library, a tradition that began many years ago.  New this year, are two holiday – themed display windows the club designed and created at the main entrance to the library as well. 

This year’s library tree is unique in that a majority of the handmade ornaments were designed and created to represent the club’s volunteer service and social opportunities.  Below is a summary of the meaning of the ornaments and a description of the display windows:

                 Christmas Stockings:  Members donate small gifts and fill stockings that are shipped to    overseas military

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Globe/Vaccination Syringe:  International Outreach Initiatives: Members donate money and clothing to provide vaccinations for children in third world countries and clothing to help women start businesses that free them from human trafficking; local businesses partner with the club to expand the project’s impact

Graduation Caps: Members raise money and award college scholarships for High school females

Girls Being Mentored: Members provide a junior high school female an opportunity to experience college life through the Girls Career Institute

Hands & Daffodils: Members volunteer to plant flowers at the newly constructed township gazebo

Shopping Bags:  Members donate food and money to the local Food Bank, make and donate holiday food baskets for the needy and send tray favors to local nursing homes

Knitted Scarves and Purple Baby Hats:  Members and local needlework groups knit items that are donated to organizations to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Houses: Members plant flowers, host a cooking/lemonade stand for Ronald McDonald Day and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

Legislative Issues:  Members advocate and support important legislation about community issues

Recycling:  Members learn how to sustain the environment and enjoy outings to gardens and points of interest to promote an appreciation of our natural resources

Dancer and Masks: Members participate in visual and performing art projects plus Arts/Creative and Arts/Performing competitions 

Wine Glass, Tickets and Boscov’s Friends Help Friends:  The Club plans a variety of fundraising events such as the annual Wine Tasting and Tricky Tray to raise money for local charities, scholarships and to cover the club’s operational expenses

Books: Members meet for a lively discussion of popular books in a Book Club

Tea Cup/Hat: The Club hosts various social events such as an Afternoon Tea to welcome new members and to foster friendships among all

Cookie Bake Off: Members are challenged through contests/competitions such as the Cookie Bake Off (silver spoon)

The theme of the first library display case is Winter Wonderland with its glimmer reminding us of the beauty of the season found in nature and décor. The second window has a Snowman Theme and includes interesting, fun and historical facts. For example, did you know that the largest snow “woman” was built in Maine? It stood 122 feet tall. Be sure to visit the Franklin Township Public Library to view the tree and Winter Wonderland display through December 28 and the Snowman display through January 31, 2019.

What better way to celebrate the holidays, than to become involved in a community of women whose spirit of giving lasts all year?  If you are a woman age 18 or older interested in learning more about the club, visit www.franklinwomansclub.com. To follow the club’s activities on Facebook, visit:  http://www.facebook.com/franklinwomansclub

The Franklin Woman’s Club meets at 7pm, the second Tuesday of the month (September through May) at Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset. If you are interested in attending a meeting for a sample club experience, please email FWCmembershipinfo@gmail.com or call (732) 844 – 9002 to request a complimentary guest invitation.

The Franklin Woman’s Club, a non-profit organization committed to improving the community through volunteerism, is a proud member of the NJ State Federation of Woman’s Clubs, the largest volunteer women’s organization in the state, and a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), the largest international woman’s organization. With more than 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, and over a dozen countries, GFWC members work locally to support the arts, preserve resources, advance education, promote health, encourage volunteerism and work toward world peace and understanding.