I am very proud to serve as the 2016 -2018 GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club President. We are a diverse and very active club, our members share one very important thing in common: a desire to make a positive impact in the Citrus Heights community. The 2016-2018 Executive Board has some exciting projects and ideas coming up in this administration to help achieve that important goal.
Examples of our on-going club projects include providing supplies and support to local victims of domestic violence at A Community for Peace, sex trafficking awareness and prevention, support and mentoring to local high school girls, bra collection for the homeless and Free the Girls, bringing post-traumatic stress support and training to the Citrus Heights Police Department, supporting and honoring local Veterans, establishing local outreach to seniors with low vision and blindness, promoting conservation through community clothing swaps and e-waste recycling, and so much more! One of the great benefits of the Citrus Heights Women’s Club has always been that we tailor our projects to the current needs of the community and the passions of our members.
This year we have partnered with the City of Citrus Heights and the Citrus Heights Police Department to raise funds to provide a workshop for local police officers and their families for coping strategies for post-traumatic stress incurred in the line of duty. In April 2017, we’re putting on the Taste of Citrus Heights which will promote local restaurants and food vendors, while raising money for this great cause. If you’re looking to get more involved with the City or network with local business owners, this project would be an excellent introduction to our club.
We have also started a local “Juniorette” club at San Juan High School and are putting on several leadership and career planning workshops for the young women in the school. By supporting these girls, we provide mentoring and role models that teach the importance of lifelong volunteerism while making an impact on these students in a positive way. If you value education and want to make a difference in the lives of local youth, this program would be the perfect fit.
These are just some of the projects we have going on right now at the Citrus Heights Women’s Club, but we are always looking for new ideas and more members to share in the fun! Our members come from all walks of life. We embrace every age, race, religion, and orientation. Whether you are a recent retiree looking for a new mission or a high school student seeking community service hours, our club is open to you. Attending one of our meetings is completely free, and all are welcome. I hope to see you at our next event!
Kristy Hernandez, President GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club 2016-2018