International Outreach Newsletter

[please note file format posted is PDF. If you need the Word format, please contact Miriam or Metra]
Hi Ladies,

Attached you will find not only our July 2017 Issue 4 of the International Outreach Newsletter but also a wonderful Operation Smile speech by Eileen Driscoll, International Outreach CSP Chairman for GFWC/CT.

Eileen Driscoll Speech on Operation Smile

International Outreach July 2017 Issue 4

Both the newsletter and the speech are in Word format so that you are able to use any of the information contained in them for your own use. Please feel free to do so.

And, remember please share any fundraisers that you have done or are doing for our international partners. Write up your fundraising ideas and send them to me for our next issue coming out in October.

Yours in Federation Friendship,

Janet Trombetti
International Outreach Chair
Aide to the NER President
GFWC Warwick Women’s Club
401-943-4328 home
401-465-4768 cell

2017 Call to Convention

Which chair is yours?

General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Oklahoma
GFWC-OK 2017 State Convention
Many Voices — Many Songs
April 27-29, 2017
Quartz Mountain State Park

Special Guest:  SueEllen Brazil, Secretary, GFWC International

Executive Committee Thursday, April 27

GFWC-OK Board Friday, April 28, 9:30am

GFWC-OK Convention Friday, April 28, 1:00pm

2017 Call to Convention

Annual Report Form and Membership Report Form uploaded

Hi there, and Happy 2017! I’m sure we’re all looking forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

We have put the Annual Election Report and the Membership Report forms in the Documents area.  Please download them and be sure to send them off soon!

If you happened to download them yesterday, please retrieve a new copy of the the Membership form  — it has an updated address.

I look forward to all the great things we’re going to do this year!


SW District Convention

District Conventions are in full swing, and we are having a great time.

Northeast District put on a fashion show that I can only call unforgettable. I came away with a whole new appreciation for the multi-use of certain garments!

SouthCentral District hosted a very informative panel discussion on the child welfare system in Oklahoma. As you know, we are looking for a long-term partner for the GFWC Signature Project. The speakers on this panel will be a great resource for us.

Last weekend in Southwest District we painted Santa Clauses. Let’s just say my Santa makes scary clowns look downright benign! But what fun we had!

This Saturday it is Durant’s turn to host Southeast District. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Keep having fun with GFWC

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State Workshop

The Workshop was in beautiful Lake Murray, in the south-central part of the state, just off Highway 35, on August 1st. We started and stopped ON TIME — Who’d a thunk it?

We had a wonderful speaker, Jessica Phau from the Center for NonProfits, who spoke on choosing good partners, and what to look for when someone asks you to become a partner with their organization. Our other excellent speaker was Randy Macom from the Oklahoma Communities Foundation, who shared with us fund management principles and opportunities.

Patty Noel lead a lively planning session for the 2017 South Central Regional Conference — it is our turn to host, and we are all going to do a great job with it.


Miriam E. Costilow
President, GFWC-OK 2016 – 2018

Welcome to the New GFWC-OK Look!

Welcome to the new term.  I am excited about all the opportunities we have before us!

The first, and most obvious from this page, is the implementation of a WordPress blog site, which will ultimately replace our old site.  Metra is making up text, left and right, trying to find the best way to make this happen, and make it pretty.

We are planning on putting all documents to be distributed at the State Workshop on line, and we will keep updating them as new information is received.

Please come back frequently to see our progress, and to download the forms you need to submit.


Miriam E. Costilow
President, GFWC-OK 2016 – 2018

2016 – 2018 Executive Officers

President’s Theme “Each Singing Her Own Melody Together In Harmony”

Miriam Costilow
Joan Maddox
Nicki Lorenzo
1st Vice President
Carroll Craun
2nd Vice President
Patty Noel
Recording Secretary
Charlene Ridgway
Joyce Ward











The 2016-2017 Roster of Executive Officers, as Duly Installed, June 24, 2016