Pictured (front row from left) are Crystal O’Neal, GFWC-NC president and installing officer; Dana White, president; Shelley Arthur, first vice president chairperson; Stephanie Gill, first vice president co-committee; Deena Chambers, first vice president assistant; Pat Smith, parliamentarian; and Denise Icenhour, GFWC-NC District II president; (back row from left) Jennifer Griffith, immediate past president and first vice president co-committee; Wanda Rushton, second vice president; Beth Webb, secretary; and Susie Byrd, chaplain. Not pictured are Sandra Landry, treasurer.

Special to Iredell Free News

The GFWC-NC Statesville Woman’s Club installed new officers during the Thursday, September 6, meeting at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Special guests were welcomed and recognized, including District II President Denise Icenhour and past presidents in attendance, Fran Baker, Joanna Gaither, Linda Lavinder, Sandra Ball Poole and Pat Smith. Past president Janet Hall was unable to attend.

Pictured (from left) are Crystal O’Neal, GFWC-NC president and installing officer; Dana White, president; and Denise Icenhour, GFWC-NC District II president.

President Jennifer Griffith presented a brief summary of the GFWC of NC Statesville Woman’s Club year-end report recapping club projects participated in the community, national and international causes.

GFWC-NC President Crystal O’Neal was the installing officer and used sunflowers as her basis for installing the officers. Officers Installed were: Dana White, president; Shelley Arthur, first vice president chairperson; Jennifer Griffith and Stephanie Gill, first vice president committee; Deena Chambers, first vice president assistant; Wanda Rushton, second vice president; Beth Webb, secretary; Sandra Landry, treasurer; Pat Smith, parliamentarian; Susie Byrd, chaplain; and Jennifer Griffith, immediate past president.

Newly installed President Dana White then gave her presidential address based on the theme “Step Up, Reach Out and Empower the World.”

The club’s 2021-2022 yearbook was dedicated in honor of Jennifer Griffith for her ability to lead with flexibility, good judgment and humor as well as her optimism and patience during the pandemic.

The next club meeting will be held on Thursday, October 7, with guest speaker Susan Tolle, a former field advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The meeting will be held on the front lawn of the historic clubhouse at 515 West End Avenue. Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs. There will be a time of social fellowship at 5:30 p.m. and meeting at 6 p.m.

LEARN MORE

For information on renting the GFWC of NC Statesville Woman’s Clubhouse for your meeting or event, please contact Clubhouse Events/Rental Chair Pat Smith at 980-829-3779. For details on joining the GFWC of NC Statesville Woman’s Club, please contact Membership Chair Stephanie Gill at 704-657-5008. Additional club inquiries be emailed to the club at Statesvillewomansclub@gmail.com.

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