By Juanita  Rothaus
Club president
The GFWC Athena Club of Gardner met on Nov. 16 at Cedar Lake Village in Olathe with Evelyn Seck and Flo Biehl acting as hostesses. The club met in the beautiful and cozy Cinema room with 17 members and one guest in attendance; Linda Loyd of Gardner ; who came with Laura McCarthy.  The program was presented by club member Flo Beihl titled: “Sugars and other Sweeteners.” Members answered the roll call with “Life is Sweet when…”
Biehl shared with the club some of the differences between sugar and non-nutritive sweeteners that can be seen and tasted. She had cakes to sample made both ways…and it was interesting to be able to compare these side by side.
The GFWC Athena club members brought donations of food pantry items for the Gardner Multi-Service Center, took a collection for Penny Pigg (our piggy bank) to save funds to buy a pig thru the International Program, and also funds were collected to give to the Gardner Mayor’s Christmas Tree. We are proud of the ways we are able to help our community.
Club members gave reports on the various appointed committees. Mary Pritchard and Fern Coffin who were nominated to be our Voting representatives for the Second District Convention held on Oct. 29 in Lawrence shared their experiences. We had five members that attended the Convention in October. Laura McCarthy gave a Veteran’s report on the goods collected stating that items will be delivered to the Leavenworth Veteran’s Administration, Building 94. Also a report was given by several of our club members who attended  the Educational Tour to Madison Elementary school to Mrs. Beaman’s first grade classroom.  Students shared how much they enjoy the “Kind News” that our members donate to their classroom. This is a children’s newsletter that encourages them to be kind to the environment, to reduce, reuse, and recycle etc. It was a fun afternoon for those that attended the tour, and they enjoyed reporting on the experience.
Laura McCarthy and Mayrene Norris presented letters of recommendation that we accept
Linda Loyd as a new member to the GFWC Athena club, and this was whole heartedly accepted.
The Athena club is open to all for membership and we welcome you to come and check us out if you want to be a part of a club that works to the betterment of the community we are a part of.  We are a part of the Greater Federated Women’s Club which is an International club for women willing to serve through volunteer efforts. The Athena club helps in Veteran’s collection, Ronald McDonald House, Safe Home, our Multi-service Center, and many other service projects. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month. Our December meeting will be a Christmas luncheon and special program.
If you would like more information about the GFWC Athena Club please contact:
Juanita Rothaus Club President at [email protected]  or any club member.