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Welcome to the Suitcase of Smiles Fall Board Meeting. Thank you for grabbing your suitcase and joining us on this adventure. We will have “Smiles Across the Miles” this weekend featuring speakers and workshops that will make you SMILE and be glad you are a GFWC Florida member. Your commitment to our Federation is making a difference in all of our communities. I hope that you fill up your suitcases with information, excitement and ideas to take back to your club. We have many great speakers that will share with us this weekend. Arts4All, a continuation of a GFWC Florida Arts Project, our BLAST Leadership Luncheon presented by our own Leaders, and our President’s Project Program “Operation Smile” that will be a big part of our next two years. Visit the vendor tables to purchase some “bling” and make sure you get your very own “PANDORO” special at the Fundraising Table. Please attend all of the great workshops we have planned for you. Our chairmen have worked hard to present information to you that you will need for reporting and projects which will help you better serve your community. Special presentations are planned in all of these workshops. And you will hear more about GFWC’s 7 Grand Initiatives. As you take photos this weekend, please post them with the #gfwcfb2018 hashtag. That way we all can share in the “Smiles” of the weekend. Thank you for being a part of this weekend, I am so excited to travel this journey with you. Enjoy yourself and keep smiling! Life is a journey, not a destination. Sharon Oliphant

I am so excited to welcome you to the 2018 Fall Board of Director’s Meeting. This weekend will be full of workshops and activities with project ideas and lots of opportunities for FUN. We will kick off BOOK HEROES in a big way by hosting a Scholastic Book Fair UPSTAIRS where you can shop for yourself, for gifts for others, or purchase books that will be donated to schools in Florida. Our pre-dinner social time Saturday will be at the book fair – don’t miss the door prizes and fun! We are also fulfilling the GFWC Grand Initiative by bringing NEW Dr. Seuss books that will be displayed at the “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” Dr. Seuss Junior Luncheon on Sunday. The books will then be sent to GFWC to distribute in the DC area. Don’t miss our guest speaker Barbara Beck, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Florida, as she shares the ways we can partner with Habitat to bring books and love to their client families. I can’t wait for BOOK BASH FUN NIGHT on Saturday! Dress as your favorite book character for the costume contest – group and individual prizes will be given. We will also work on hands on projects for Operation Smile, Book Heroes, Honor Flight and Membership in between dance breaks. Check out the fundraising baskets with the theme of DESTINATION: EVERYWHERE at the Junior Fundraising table. You’ll want to raise your glass or feel like a superhero for our new fundraising items! Proceeds help to fund the One Voice for Children grants, Junior Education Scholarship and Youth Leadership awards – thank you for supporting Junior Fundraising! We can all parade around the hotel Sunday morning in our own St Jude fundraising walk – bring your yellow and black pom poms! Juniors will meet the 2018-2020 CSP Chairmen in workshop sessions and learn about new volunteer projects and initiatives that we can take back to our clubs. We’ll also learn Leadership, Membership, Public Relations and Fundraising tips that can help our clubs grow and thrive. I’m so glad you’re here – enjoy the weekend!      Shannon Bailey