Ste. Genevieve Woman’s Club Supports Missouri Girls Town

The GFWC Woman’s Club’s largest fundraiser of the year was held in November in support of its signature project, Missouri Girls Town (MGT). Members worked for weeks organizing the annual auction. Fifty-five women gathered in the fellowship hall at the First Baptist Church whose walls had been lined with donations. Members arrived laden with purchases from the Girls Town wish list and other donations. Debbie Kirchner had gathered a shopper’s extravaganza of Hallmark ornaments, estate jewelry and grab bags all for $5 or less. After lunch, the action began when auctioneer Sandy Stewart started the bidding for baked goods, gift baskets, and decorative items donated by members and friends. Sandy kept the pace lively, the competition manageable, and the offerings entertaining. All the planning, organizing and hard work paid off. In-kind gifts for Girls Town totaled $1,360. The auction brought in $1,885, when added to the yearlong 50/50 raffles of $265 and a club donation of $100, brought the grand total to $3,610.

Secretary of the State of Missouri Celebrates Missouri Day with GFWC

In honor of Miss ouri Day, Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft presented an inspiring message to Woman’s Club members at the Ste. Genevieve Golf Course Clubhouse. Ashcroft spoke of the importance of libraries, public service and serving others. Ashcroft mentioned Amendment 19 and Suffrage. Missouri has a high percentage of women who vote. He commended the Women’s Club for the initiative to continue to help our community even in spite of the pandemic. “We are being a light to others.”

Veterans Honored During September Meeting in Perryville

GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve traveled to the Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial in Perryville to see the paver that our club donated when they were making preparations to open the memorial. This memorial is home to several monuments honoring our nation’s veterans and those currently serving.

GFWC club members at Vietnam Memorial in Perryville


We were given a tour of the Veteran Memorial Wall. Members were able to look up any names of people who were lost in the Vietnam War and find their names on the wall. We also collected snacks to be donated to a local home where many Veterans stay. Each week a volunteer took some of the snacks to the men who enjoyed the special treats.




Woman’s Club and Art Guild Partner to Commemorate Ste. Genevieve’s Significant Art History

Woman’s Club and Art Guild Partner to Commemorate Ste. Genevieve’s Significant Art History A small sign on the wall in the Jean Baptiste Valle House (A National Parks Service property) marks the spot where a painting is missing from the collection of Ste. Genevieve Art Colony works owned by the GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve. On November 5th, a group of representatives from the Club joined with members of the Sainte Genevieve Art Guild to visit that painting where it temporarily resides — at the St. Louis Art Museum, part of their Bicentennial Celebration called “Art Along the Rivers”. The oil painting by Aimee Schweig titled “Lime Works in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri” is the sole representative from our town in the exhibition, which runs through January 9, 2022. The exhibition brings together about 150 extraordinary objects produced or collected within a 150-mile radius of St. Louis in order to explore the area’s rich artistic history over one thousand years. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the show.

The significance of both the artist and the subject may have influenced the choice of this work. In addition to being a very accomplished painter, Aimee Schweig was the mastermind behind the success of the Art Colony’s Ste. Genevieve Summer School of Art. This painting of the local lime kiln was made in 1936, the same summer that Schweig’s friend, Thomas Hart Benton, taught a mural painting course at the school. In keeping with Benton’s regionalism themes, both the School and the Colony focused primarily on the realities of American life in their depictions of farmers, laborers and minorities. This industrial landscape compliments two other paintings from other collections that comprise the section of the exhibit titled “Ste. Genevieve Art Colony”.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve has been dutiful custodians of this art collection, which is so important to the artistic legacy of the area. Over the years, they have located suitable exhibit venues, arranged and paid for appraisals, insurance, repairs, restoration and framing as required. They have packed and carefully moved the collection six times due to relocation of host organizations, building renovations, threat of flooding and repurposing of facilities. The most recent move took place in September last year when the National Parks Service established a new Visitor’s Center for the Sainte Genevieve National Historic Park, and the collection moved to the historic Jean Baptiste Valle House at Main and Market Streets. Regularly scheduled tours of the collection and the House are available by contacting the NPS representatives at the Welcome Center.

Rosemary Douglas selected as 2021 GFWC MO LEADS Delegate

Rosemary Douglas has been selected to represent Missouri as the 2021 Delegate at the LEADS Seminar.  The seminar will be held on August 27th, the day before the GFWC Convention in Atlanta.

Her noteworthy GFWC accomplishments that caught the eye of the LEADS judges include her 2016 State Convention presentation “The Buzz on Bees”, her services as Club Conservation Chairman 2016-2018 & now serves as GFWC MO Environment Chairman. She’s currently the club’s President-elect, chairman of the club’s Helen Smith Scholarship Foundation, club webmaster, member of the club ESO and Social Media Committees.

In the two recommendation letters, one described Rosemary as “the ideal GFWC member” and the other described her as an “idea person who thinks of new ways to do things.”

Congratulations Rosemary!

LEADS, the Leadership Education & Development Seminar is celebrating its 19 year in June.

Here is a link to learn more about the LEADS program and how you can submit your application.





GFWC Volunteers Help COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

With open hearts, our members embraced the opportunity to assist our community for one of the most important endeavors in our lifetime.  After learning about the many people involved with vaccines around the world and of the great demands upon the health care system to vaccinate against COVID-19, Eileen Roth, GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste Genevieve Recording Secretary, contacted the Vaccine Distribution Coordinator, Katie Hogenmiller, of Ste. Genevieve Memorial Hospital.   Eileen offered the volunteer services of our club members.  Ms. Hogenmiller accepted our offer to provide assistance.  Members eagerly volunteered to help with the Vaccine Clinics.  They helped with registration, directed people to stations for the shots, and any other requests by Ms. Hogenmiller.  For the month of March our members attended the six vaccination clinics.  Eleven members volunteered over sixty-six hours at the March clinics.  Our members are volunteering at the three clinics being held in April.  We will continue to volunteer as long as these clinics are held.  Ms. Hogenmiller has extended her appreciation for our help.

To be a part of such an important endeavor provides a rewarding experience for us all.  Providing support to Shot @ Life is important, too.  Members continue to sign petitions to Congress to approve FY22 spending in support of vaccinations internationally. 

How Well Do YOU Know the Collect for Clubwomen?

At the end of every meeting we recite the Collect for Clubwomen, of course we read it from our books. To challenge our members during the May GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve meeting we did a team activity. Members were separated into three groups of seven and they worked together to Complete the Collect for Clubwomen.

The Collect sentences were typed up and cut into strips and then scattered on each table. The teams worked together to put the Collect back together – in order. It took a few tries, but we finally had a victorious team. They were rewarded for their efforts with a $100,000 (candy bar) for each winning member.

It was a fun ending to the year!