GFWC Vernon Township Woman’s Club

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Vernon, New Jersey

Highlands District

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I’m so glad to see the temperature above the freezing mark.  I hope all of you stayed warm during the sub-zero days and nights.  Our Michigan part of my family tells me that they had 31 inches of snow with minus 8 degrees with wind chills of minus 20 degrees and were house-bound for 5 days.


During this cold weather, it’s a good time to think “Spring” and about Achievement Day at Spring Conference.  Why not plan to enter some of these contests.   In the past we’ve won many awards, some of which went on to convention.  We have a lot of talent in our club; don’t be afraid to enter.  If you make something you don’t want for yourself, it can be donated to one of our charities.   We have the outline and entry forms, but it can also be found on the NJSFWC website under “Materials.”  

At our meeting this month, we will fill bags of cookie for local nursing homes.  Please bring 6 dozen cookies (no nuts or peanut butter).  This will be a great time to work together and having a little social time.  Let’s see what Maureen has planned for us since our speaker will not be able to join us.

I’m excited to hear about our “over 35” scholarship.  Our Education Chairmen will tell us about it at the meeting.

Several of us spent Saturday morning at Maureen’s house making Valentine’s Day decorations and just having a social time together.  Thanks, Maureen for a great time!  We need more of these types of events.  If anyone has any ideas, please share them with the club.

Lois Marples

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.”

Dr.Ben Carson

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Our Next Meeting

Thursday, March 28 at 7 PM

March Program

Fire Marshall

The Club usually meets on the fourth Thursday of each month,

 September through June at 7:00 PM in the

Vernon Senior Center at 21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ.

Guests are always welcome!

Guest are always welcome.  You do not need to be a Vernon resident.

  Women from the surrounding towns, i.e., Hamburg, Hardyston, Stockholm, etc. are also welcome.

Woman's Club Collecting Sewing Machines

The Vernon Township Woman’s Club (VTWC) is proud to announce it is collecting used and new sewing machines for “Sewing Peace,” a program that enables women in third-world countries to develop valuable skills for employment.  

“Rather than allowing unused sewing machines to deteriorate in the landfill, we will recycle them and help to guide women along a path of education, personal development and financial independence,” said Woman’s Club President Lois Marples.  “Through this wonderful program, women around the globe are supporting their families and creating better lives for themselves.”

Sewing Peace is a branch of Pedals for Progress (, a non-profit organization that sends bicycles to poverty-stricken countries where lack of transportation prevents people from earning a living.  P4P leaders quickly discovered that sewing machines could also improve economic circumstances.  Since 1999, nearly 4,500 machines have been refurbished and shipped around the world.

The program’s success rests on the fact that women are taught how to sew, design and repair clothing before receiving a sewing machine, ensuring that they possess the skills necessary to pursue this livelihood.  For example, in Tanzania single mothers are offered a three-month vocational training program followed by a permanent job.  They sew clothing and sandals and then earn a percentage of the profits when the items are sold locally and exported to other countries including the United States.  In Ethiopia, the women participate in 21 days of intensive training, and subsequently become self-employed using a donated sewing machine.  

To donate a sewing machine by the March 31, 2019 deadline, please contact VTWC International Committee Chair Karen Rothstadt at 973-670-4506.  Because the sewing machines will travel a long distance to their new homes, Sewing Peace requests that a $10 donation accompany each machine to help offset overseas shipping expenses. Additional financial contributions to support this program may be made payable to Vernon Township Woman’s Club and sent to VTWC, PO Box 175, Vernon, NJ 07462.

 In Uganda, this 38-year-old widow and mother of four earns $3 per day repairing clothes and making chool uniforms with the sewing machine and training she received through Sewing Peace.

Women in Ethiopia participate in a sewing training session using machines donated by Sewing Peace.

An Ethiopian woman learns to sew pants during a Sewing Peace training class