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GFWC Blackduck Tri Sigma helps make Blackduck - A Great Place for Families

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GFWC Blackduck Tri Sigma helps make Blackduck - A Great Place for Families
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

GFWC Blackduck Tri Sigma is concluding its two year Community Improvement Program, LIFT: Learning Is Fun Together.

GFWC members planned and carried out projects with Mr. Dahedl's students over the past two school years. Many students benefit from the interaction of caring adults in their lives.


In the focus statement of the Blackduck Development Corporation, "more involvement with youth is needed to make Blackduck a great place for families." This can be done with the help of volunteers in the community. This is where GFWC members can help.

General Federated Women's Club is an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.

GFWC Blackduck Tri Sigma has 19 members, 10 are retired teachers and two others are actively working in the school. We felt that we could use our skills to volunteer in Mr. Dahedl's classroom.

General Federated Women's Club has six Community Improvement Program areas: Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach and Public Issues.

These program areas were the focus of our projects with the students. We planned activities every month of the school year during the reporting period. The students did sewing projects in the Arts area. Field trips were taken to broaden the experiences of the students in Conservation.

Literacy was the topic for education. Several projects were carried out in the Home Life program area including making treats for the local senior living home, cooking, learning about manners and graduation events. Students learned about life in Turkey for International Outreach. For Public Issues, the students learned about voting and met the Blackduck mayor.

The real achievement of the project is the bond that was formed between the adults and students. We are hoping that this bond will continue beyond the reporting period and that this will give the students the support system they need to succeed in school and life.

GFWC Blackduck Tri Sigma did not raise large sums of money to supplement the school budget, but we made a large deposit in the hearts and lives of the students we worked with.

We had youth and adults working together to reach a common goal. The bond between the youth and adults is something that will carry on long after the "LIFT: Learning Is Fun Together" project is completed. The adults in our community mentor the youth with the importance of community improvement and volunteering to make Blackduck a Great Place for Families.

GFWC Blackduck Tri Sigma meets nine times during the year. If you are interested in becoming involved with this dynamic volunteer organization, contact Shirley Deno at 218-835-4923 or

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