Since the first Hey Y’all column, I have had a number of people ask me about the Designing Grandmothers of (DGS) and the National Federation of Grandmother Clubs of America (NFGCA).
In 1989, the Designing Grandmothers Club became a chartered club of the NFGCA, which celebrates its 78th anniversary in October. (www.nationalgrandmotherclubs.com) As a nonprofit service organization, the National Federation of Grandmothers Clubs picks one national charity to support for the purpose of “Researching Childhood Diseases." Our national charity is CURE Childhood Cancer.
We are a group of women who have an interest in helping children. Being a grandparent is not a requirement for membership. We have members who have no children. What we have is an interest in children and their well being. And the fact that we laugh a lot and have great time is a side benefit. We always go out for lunch, too. (Note-we go out for lunch.)
When I retired from Gwinnett County Public Schools I missed being involved with people. Well, I have met some characters in my life time. I honestly have to say the DGS may win the prize.
Joanne Davis is a rabid Alabama fan. She foams at the mouth every time Alabama loses. She lives in a four-room apartment with four televisions, all tuned to Alabama games. Her favorite DVDs are old Alabama games. At costume parties, Joanne comes as Bear Bryant.
Delores Gouge subs at South Gwinnett High School. I think she is there every day. Delores always has some funny story to tell about “her kids.” And, she is an excellent story teller. I went to my first NFGCA convention last year. I was stunned at her talent. She performed as Tina Turner singing “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”Joanne Davis, the aforementioned Alabama fan, and Alice Gee were back up singers.
Alice Gee is well known around Snellville for her participation in the Lion’s Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars activities. I thought Alice was a quiet and very dignified lady. She can bump and grind with the best of them. Alice and Joanne had covered their walkers in colored streamers and wore flashing light rings on their hands. They were decked out!
You may have had Glyndia Norton as a teacher at Snellville Middle School. Glyndia is an accomplished pianist. She is also one of the funniest people I have ever known. She is a little younger than my husband, but he can tell some Glyndia stories. I have been swore to secrecy, though. (Maybe in another column, when Glyndia is out of town)
We do have a lot of fun and we often draft husbands and male friends into our fund raisers. Poor Charles King will forever be known as Rhett Butler. Claudia did make a great Scarlett O’Hara. Harry and Sarah Gupton can do an amazing Sonny and Cher. Harry makes a good looking Cher!
Our fundraisers are FUN raisers. We have done several things over the past few years to raise money, and we are always looking for new ideas. We get together to brain storm ideas, usually at a local restaurant. You will notice a recurring theme of food being involved in all our meetings. We thought about a car wash. Would you rather have the cheerleaders and girls track team at South Gwinnett High wash your car or the lovely and dedicated DGS?
The car wash idea led us to the idea of a wet T-shirts contest. Well, trust me on this. Thirty years ago we might have raised some money. Now, any money we raised would be needed for breast lifts. Envision this: Wet T-shirts STREEETCHED over saggin’ and baggin’ bosoms. People would give us money to cover up. Hey — this might work after all.
in Snellville has always graciously helped us with our activities. I think Van Britt will refuse our request to hold a wet T-shirt contest there, though. With Summit Chase’s help we have hosted auctions, dinners, bunko and bridge tournaments.
We accept donations from the community and participate in the Belks Charity Days held several times each year at the Snellville department store. I have met some of the most delightful and engaging people at Belks. I have to tell you this community has been very generous to us.
Our monthly meetings are held at the on the second Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. You are welcome to drop in or get in touch with us to learn more. We promise you laughter and a great feeling of accomplishment. For more information, contact me at email@example.com or respond to this column.