Greater Good

Taking a Walk
on the Wild Side

Article by Shannon Stewart Salinsky

ON A COLD, RAINY MORNING IN FEBRUARY 1989, A GROUP OF ABOUT 30 WOMEN FROM KELLER AND THE SURROUNDING AREA MET AT THE SHELINGHAM CLUB. THE GATHERING WAS IN RESPONSE TO A SMALL NOTICE PLACED IN THE KELLER CITIZEN BY THREE NEWCOMERS TO THE AREA WHO WERE HOPING TO MEET OTHER WOMEN. SOON AFTER, THIS SMALL, ENTHUSIASTIC GROUP SELECTED A COMMITTEE, CHOSE CHAIRPERSONS AND ESTABLISHED DUES. A PLAN FOR THE FUTURE QUICKLY TOOK SHAPE. WITHIN A MONTH, THE GKWC HAD A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, BYLAWS, A MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY, ORGANIZED ACTIVITY GROUPS AND HIGH EXPECTATIONS. THAT SPRING, THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED MONTHLY LUNCHEON MEETINGS FEATURING A VARIETY OF GUEST SPEAKER PROGRAMS BEGAN. SOON AFTER THAT THE FIRST ANNUAL FASHION SHOW KICKED OFF A GREAT NEW TRADITION. THIS YEAR GKWC WILL CELEBRATE THEIR 25TH ANNIVERSARY⦠AND THE REST, AS THEY SAY, IS HISTORY.

THE ANNUAL FASHION SHOW
Mark your calendars for the annual Garden of Roses Fashion Show. It will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Texas Motor Speedway Club. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Greater Keller Womenâs Club Foundation that, in turn, awards grants to many charitable organizations in Northeast Tarrant County, as well as scholarships to three Keller ISD seniors from each of the four high schools. This yearâs theme is âWalk on the Style Sideâ with a vision towards simple, clean, sharp, fashionforward style.

What to Expect at the Event | You will walk into the gorgeous ball room and see 50-60 tables beautifully decorated in striking black, white and pink. The center table will be a unique table in the shape of a shoe with a gorgeous high heel as the centerpiece. The silent and live auction will feature fashion jewelry, handbags, home goods, travel packages, chef âs packages, etc. Dillardâs will supply the clothing line for the live fashion show.

This Year Marks a Million | In 2014, the organization plans to hit and exceed $1 million dollars raised since 1996, the year that the Greater Keller Womenâs Club Foundation was founded.

In addition to providing scholarships to selected Keller high schoolsâ students, some of the organizations the GKWC have supported are:

  • Advent Urban Youth Development
  • Battered Womenâs Foundation
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • Christ Haven for Children
  • Community Enrichment Center
  • Community Storehouse
  • Friends of the Keller Library
  • Holly Bowden Scholarship
  • Junior Achievement of Chisholm Trail, Inc.
  • Love Never Fails International
  • Metroport Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County
  •  Metroport Meals on Wheels
  • Neuro Assistance Foundation
  • Safe Haven of Tarrant County
  • Summer Santa
  • The Parenting Center

Gals Making a Real Difference | The annual fashion show is the GKWCâs main fundraising event. All funds made through the fashion show will be given to the elderly, and women and children in need. âThe social aspect of the club creates relationships that enable us to help each other in our community when a need arises,â stated Mimi Catanzaro, the Event Co-Chair. âWeâre proud that we are able to give back to the community in such a large way,â shared Sheryl Roberts, GKWC Foundation Treasurer. âThe real joy comes at our Distribution of Funds Dinner held in June where we present the grants to the non-profit organizations, and the scholarships that were awarded to our qualified seniors. That is when we know that our hard work really makes an impact in our community,â said Gayle Clark, Event Co-Chair.

Bragging Rights | The Greater Keller Womenâs Club is proud to have been a member of the President's Volunteer Service Awards program since 2009. The Presidentâs Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions that volunteers are making in our communities and to encourage more people to serve. The Council created the Presidentâs Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor citizens whoâby their demonstrated commitment and exampleâinspire others to engage in volunteer service. The program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The members of GKWC continually volunteer more than 10,000 hours in more than 25 planned charitable events each year.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires other to make service a central part of their lives. The Presidentâs Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

If you would like to be a sponsor or donate an item for the auction, please email FashionShow@gkwc.org.

The Greater Keller Womenâs Club believes in joining together and having fun while helping others. They hold monthly meetings, social activities, community service projects and philanthropic endeavors in an effort to help people from all walks of life in the surrounding community. To find out more about this group, please visit their website at www.gkwc.org.

MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND

  • Guests will enjoy a silent auction, live auction, raffle, drawings, lunch and an amazing fashion show presented by Dillardâs.
  • The doors will open at 10am with lunch beginning at 12 noon.
  • Ticket price is $70 and can be purchased by emailing tickets@gkwc.org.