Reaping Nature and SWC Continue Partnership Projects

Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation and Sawnee Woman’s Club have enjoyed a special partnership over the last few years. Here’s an update on current projects:

  • Reusable Bags – In partnership with the Sawnee Woman’s Club (I proudly chair their Conservation Department), and with funds through a grant from Sawnee EMC’s Operation Round Up, we’re purchasing 1,000 reusable bags.  The bags will be handed out at various events over the next year.  To date, we have handed out over 2,000 reusable bags.
  • Senior Center Crafts – Sawnee Woman’s Club and Reaping Nature are returning to the Charles Place Senior Center with reuse crafts for seniors.  We’ll be making a wine cork pumpkin this October!  My grandmother loved this senior center, and it’s an honor to return their to work, laugh, and be reuse crafty with her friends.
  • Bags of Books/Read Across America – Please email to donate gently used or new books for grades Kindergarten to 5th for our Read Across America bags of books, another partnership with the Sawnee Woman’s Club (because together we can do more!).  We hope to bring bags of books back to children at Chestatee Elementary in March.  Last year we delivered 147 bag containing three books each.  This year’s goal is 200 bags with three books each!
  • And finally, October is Energy Awareness Month.  Learn 10 simple things you can do to save energy at  Kids can learn to be energy stars at


2014-2015 New Member Project

The purpose of the New Member Project is to foster friendship and teamwork among the incoming members while supporting the objectives of this Club and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Project Partners

This year, the New Member Project will be completed in partnership with SWC’s Public Issues Department and the Forsyth County Senior Center.

New members will:

  • Participate in a cookie-baking party and prepare containers to give cookies to 60 Senior Center volunteers
  • Purchase (or donate, or solicit donations) holiday gifts for 10 senior citizens thorough the Senior Center’s Angel Tree program
  • Host a party for 50 senior citizens at the Charles Place Senior Center at which they will lead Christmas carols, assist the seniors in making an ornament craft, and then decorating the Christmas tree

This project supports GFWC Public Issues objectives, as well as the GFWC directive to build relationships with partner organizations.

Vital Info for New Members

All new SWC Members should take a moment to read the official project overview and plan. Please mark your calendar for important dates, times, and items to bring to meetings and events.

A history of updates and revisions to the New Member Project are provided below, with the most current document listed first:


SWC to Partner with Cumming Home Ministries

Sandy Carter, Public Affairs Department Co-Chair, announced that she recently met with the leaders and volunteers at Cumming Home Ministries regarding their charity pick-up program.

Cumming Home Ministries focuses on helping local Forsyth County men in need with various resources such as housing, food, support, etc.  They also have a thrift store located on Highway 20 with wonderful items. Please help in supporting this local non profit organization. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Jan Koolhaas. They have a need for weekly volunteers to work a 4 hour shift in the thrift store.

Image Credit: Cumming Home Ministries

Image Credit: Cumming Home Ministries

SWC and Reaping Nature Donate 440 Books

On Read Across America Day, the Sawnee Woman’s Club and Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation partnered to deliver more than 440 books to students at Chestatee Elementary.

SWC’s Conservation Department Chair and Reaping Nature Executive Director Denise Carleton explained that Chestatee Elementary is a Title I school and many student struggle with reading difficulties. She led an effort to collect new and gently used books from across the Forsyth County community. Then, she was aided by two SWC members, Sheree Crowe and Paula Glover, to sort the donations into appropriate grade levels and package three books per student into reusable bags supplied by SWC and Reaping Nature.

Read Across America Day is closely aligned with Dr. Seuss’s birthday and is meant to inspire young people to enjoy reading and to continue practicing to become better at doing it. On Monday, March 3, Denise and Paula delivered the book-filled bags to excited students at Chestatee.

“The kids gathered in the library to pick up their bags, then lined up to take a picture with us,” says Glover, SWC Vice President for Membership. “When the counselors asked the kids to thank us for bringing them so many books, the little girl next to me smiled so wide and threw her arms around me in a giant hug. My heart was filled,” she adds.

“I think this is one of the most incredible things I’ve done and been a part of,” says Carleton. She was so inspired by the Read Across America Day festivities at Chestatee that she wrote the poem below:


Art Contest for Elementary School Students Begins January 27

The Sawnee Woman’s Club launched it’s annual art contest by delivering supplies to local elementary schools during the week of January 27.

The theme for this year’s contest is “City of the Future”. Students may use any media they prefer to create their vision of a “City of the Future”, but all work must be contained on one sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

All submissions will be judged by SWC members in March. Winners for each grade level and for each school will be notified this first week of April and will be invited to a special reception on April 24 at Barnes and Noble at The Collection of Forsyth (formerly The Avenue).

Copies of the winning artwork are expected to be mounted for display at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at The Collection.