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Director of Junior Clubs 

        Esther Gartland 

Dear GFWC Ohio Federation Sisters, 

It is an honor and a privilege to begin the 2018-2020 Administration as the GFWC Ohio Director of Junior Clubs.  Our Ohio clubwomen are an amazing task force, and together there are no limits as to what can be accomplished. I look in admiration to the past successes of our clubs, and the wide variety of life changing programs and projects that have been carried out. What a wonderful legacy we have in our state. You should all be so very proud of this rich history!

My theme for the 2018-2020 Administration is "Touch the Heart and Teach the Mind". The logo consists of two hands supporting a family, with hearts displayed at the top of the heads. The heads symbolize the strength of our GFWC Ohio clubwomen, holding, uplifting and supporting all people in need in our communities, with the wonderful projects that are done. The red color of the circular band signifies energy, power, and strength. These are just a few characteristics that our Ohio clubwomen exemplify. Incorporated at the base of the hands is our GFWC emblem and motto, "Unity in Diversity". The GFWC emblem is truly our base, our guiding foundation for all that we do. 

As you each reflect on past club projects, have you ever considered how many hearts you have touched with your good works? Have you thought about how many times you have changed the lives of others by teaching them a new and better way to live, by helping out with safety projects for children, tutoring at schools, providing food, books, and other instructional materials to new parents who are in need of assistance? Or perhaps have you thought about our GFWC Junior Special Project, Advocates for Children, and considered all the projects you have done to help with the many problems facing our youngest and those most in need. Please keep in mind that the fourth week in October of 2018 and 2019 has been declared as GFWC Advocates for Children Week. It would be fantastic to have each club participate in a new program or project during that time, focusing on the needs of children in our communities. 

Many of you know of my longtime involvement with the USO, our current military, and also including events for our veterans. This is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. Having a lengthy history of military service by the seven generations of my family members, including two Gold Star mothers, has helped me to realize the importance of giving our military and their families the extra support that is so desperately needed. 

A quote used by the Army; and a favorite of my husband is: The strength of our nation is our Military. The strength of our Military is our Soldiers. The strength of our Soldiers is our families. The USO provides assistance and support to not just our deployed military, but also the families left behind, to help them in times of need. With this in mind, I am asking that you join me, along with our OFWC President Linda Crish in combined focus of supporting the USO, through helping to make their dream of a Culinary Canteen become a reality. This would be a wonderful show of our Ohio USO, serving both the active military and their families. I know that our GFWC Ohio Clubwomen can make this combined project a success!

Again, my thanks and appreciation to all our GFWC/Ohio Federation of Women's Club members for daily "Touching the Heart and Teaching the Mind" of so many people! I thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent our Ohio Juniors for the next two years. I would be thrilled to visit each club during this time, and would especially enjoy experiencing the new and exciting things you have planned, so please invite me to your events. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful ways our Ohio Clubwomen continue to show that we are "Living the Volunteer Spirit".

In Federation Friendship and Love, 

Esther Gartland 

Director of Junior Clubs