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NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs welcomes community partners to CEO Day on March 28

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs on Tuesday, March 28 will institute its annual Civic Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Day, as a way for its members to network with other volunteer organizations and community service providers.

NJSFWC districts throughout the state will each host their own CEO Day event spotlighting local organizations with special guest speakers and ideas for future collaboration.

“NJSFWC is at its heart a community service organization, and we believe a key pathway to accomplish our service initiatives is through collaboration with like-minded organizations. I encourage all clubwomen to attend CEO Day to be inspired and to learn how they can get more involved at a local level,” said NJSFWC President Shirley Holly.

Individual district events with special guest speakers will include:

College District – 10 AM at NJSFWC Headquarters 55 Labor Center Way, in New Brunswick

Guest speakers:

  • Carol Hart-Sosinski, Pajama Program
  • Amanda Lyons, Middlesex College Community Resource Hub & Food Pantry
  • Jenna Budge, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center
  • Jeffrey Findlay, Volunteer Advocate Program for Long term care

Garden District – 1 PM at Gibson House, 535 E. Main St, in Marlton

Guest speakers:

  • Officer Carly Szwajkowski, Evesham Police Community Engagement Unit
  • Sandra Ortega, first direct commissioned Black woman officer in the US Air Force
  • Larry Abrams, BookSmiles

Highlands District – 10 AM at McAfee Volunteer Fire Department, 88 State Route 94, in Vernon Township

Guest speakers:

  • Detective Young, Sheriff’s Department, Canine Dogs for Sussex County Police Department
  • Julie Rikon, Association for Special Children and Families
  • McAfee Volunteer Fire Department

Liberty District – 10 AM at Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair, 200 Cooper Ave, in Upper Montclair

Guest speakers:

  • Mike Bruno, Executive Director, Human Needs Food Pantry
  • Officer Callum Higgins, Montclair Police Dept.: Car Seat Safety and more
  • Michael Healy, 1st Vice President/Security Officer, Kearny Bank: How to Avoid a Scam

Palisades District – 10 AM at Woman’s Club of Westwood, 205 Kinderkamack Road, in Westwood

Guest speakers:

  • Sheila Bernstein, Community Educator, Center for Hope and Safety
  • Carolyn McCombs, Executive Director, New Destiny Family Success Center
  • Tammy Corra, Operation K9 Beethoven, Helping Veterans One Paw At A Time
  • Arpi Kertesz, President, Operation K9 Beethoven and Beethoven’s Handler
  • Brian Reyngoudt, Operation K9 Beethoven

Shore District – 10 AM at Duggan Hall, 313 Washington Avenue, in Spring Lake

Guest speakers:

  • Nancy Phalanukorn, Executive Director Family Resource Associates
  • Rich Carragher, Veteran Event Organizer
  • Michael Roland, Executive Director, The LGBT Center
  • Brian Cook, Executive Director and Greg Hnath, Director of Sales, Sunrise Senior Living

NJSFWC was recently named an “Outstanding Community Organization” by the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP NJ) at their 2022 Excellence in Philanthropy Awards. The organization is also preparing for its annual NJSFWC Spring Convention May 1-2, 2023, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City, attended by hundreds of clubwomen from across the state who gather to vote on key organizational issues, support motions for legislation, and celebrate New Jersey women of achievement.

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Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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