SOMERSET, NJ – In honor of Earth Day, 2017, the Franklin Woman’s Club (FWC) donated a Firefall Maple tree to Franklin High School on Thursday, April 12.  The tree was planted in the back of the school near the events lobby entrance.  In the future, the club plans to add a memorial plaque dedicated to previous club members.

The tree was purchased from the Township’s Shade Tree Commission and Nancy Gale, Franklin Woman’s Club Conservation and Garden Chairperson, coordinated installation details with Jean Lewis, Franklin Township Board of Education (Buildings & Grounds Dept.) along with cooperation from FHS Principal Cheryl Clark’s office. The FWC also wishes to acknowledge John Schunk and the Board of Education Buildings & Grounds Department staff who planted the tree. (See attached photos.)  

This special Franklin Woman’s Club initiative is in keeping with the community service mission of the club and their dedication to environmental conservation activities.

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During the Board of Education meeting of March 23, where the FWC was acknowledged for donating the tree, Nancy Gale noted that “planting trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.  In honor of this year’s Earth Day, the FWC decided to plant a Firefall Maple tree at FHS, as studies have shown that schools with tree cover have reduced asthma and lung disease rates and help students with ADHD concentrate for longer periods.  We hope this tree will be the first of many.” 

The Franklin Woman’s Club, part of the General and New Jersey State Federations of Women's Clubs, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonsectarian service organization committed to improving the community through volunteerism.

The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) is an international women's organization with over 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, and more than a dozen countries. GFWC members work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement and work toward world peace and understanding. 

In addition to community initiatives, the Franklin Woman’s Club also features frequent social and educational events for enrichment. 

Meetings are held at Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset, on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (7pm) between September and May with special meetings held at alternate locations.  Women interested in checking a meeting location, learning more about the club and/or becoming a member may visit www.franklinwomansclub.webs.com or can email inquiries to: franklinwomansclub@gmail.com. To follow the club’s activities on Facebook, visit:  http://www.facebook.com/franklinwomansclub.