{Special to The Star}

District 2 of the GFWC Florida Federation of Women's Clubs joined forces to supply critical needs for Operation Smile. Hosted by Blountstown Woman's Club, 32 GFWC members from Chipley, Chattahoochee, Marianna, Panama City and Wewahitchka Woman's Clubs met at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement's Fink Gym to sew several items for Operation Smile.

GFWC District 2 Operation Smile Chair Rhonda Alderman started the morning with a motivational briefing on this program. It is estimated that, worldwide, a child is born every 3 minutes with a cleft. For many families in developing countries, early surgery may not be an option, due to lack of financial resources and qualified medical staff.

Through our efforts we can change this. $240 + 45 min = 1 smile.

The ladies sewed 20 tote bags, 16 hospital gowns and 12 splints in less than 5 hours.

We had ladies writing post cards with messages of encouragement and appreciation to the veterans leaving from Tallahassee for an Honor Flight. Honor Flight transports America's veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.

If you would like to learn more about all the exciting programs and projects we do in support of our community and more, visit our Facebook page, GFWC Wewahitchka Woman's Club and join us at our regular monthly meeting, the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. CT at the Glad Tidings Church Fellowship Hall in Wewahitchka.

Our next meeting is 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, Sept. 11. Hope to see you there!