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.

Master Gardner to Present SWC with Certificate of Recognition

Heather Kolich from the Forsyth County Extension Service and Master Gardeners will speak at the Club’s February general membership meeting. Ms. Kolich will focus primarily on the benefits and how-tos of creating a rain garden.

Following her talk, Ms. Kolich will present a certificate of recognition to SWC’s Conservation Department for supplying funds and volunteers to support the construction of a rain garden at the Forsyth County Juvenile Justice Center.

SWC Volunteers Make Jewelry for Cancer Patients

Feel Beautiful Today

SWC’s Arts Department, led by LeeAnn Broscher and Kim Banta, is partnering with the non-profit organization Feel Beautiful Today to make handmade bracelets for cancer patients this month.

Over 20 women in the Club will join Feel Beautiful Today in making one-of-a-kind jewelry for a woman currently in cancer treatment in hopes of lifting her spirits and letting her know that other women are thinking of her. Feel Beautiful Today will provide the beads and other supplies, as well as two additional volunteers to aid SWC members in making each bracelet a work of art.

You can learn more about this project to lift up women suffering from cancer on the Feel Beautiful Today Facebook Page.