Jonie was the heart and soul of our Junior Woman's Club. She did a great job on our
monthly newsletters. They were full of information and beautiful graphics. She was
always thinking of unique ways to motivate us. Jonie was always generous. I have
a recent memory about forgetting to bring a gift for the Christmas gift exchange
but Jonie had brought an extra gift for me to use so I would not feel left out. Sharon
As a fairly new member of Colona Area Junior Women's Club, I quickly
recognized in Jonie the qualities of joy, enthusiasm, caring
and giving all contained in a body full of energy and creativity. Her gift of
organization was apparent form the first meeting I
attended and also from the communication I had with her previous to that. The
beautifully constructed , shock-full of information
newsletter added to that impression. She was an unusual combination of compassion
and blunt, straight-to-the-point dealings and got
more done than most anyone in my experience. I feel very privileged to have been
allowed even a short time in her friendship. Judy J.
The sunflower was one of Jonie's favorite flowers. The bright yellow flowers are
a reminder of Jonie's smile.
The sunflower plants its roots firmly in the soil and so did Jonie plant her roots
and heart into the GFWC Illinois organization.
The seeds of the sunflower mature over summer and in the waning months of the growing
season and into the barren months of winter those seeds often nourish many birds
and wildlife. The ideas and kindness of Jonie are like those seeds past summer and
now tend to nurture her Club and its members in the days ahead.
The passion of the sunflower plant for the sun is expressed in turning its stems
toward the sun during the day. And so, her Federation friends set their remembrances
of Jonie on her passion and enthusiasm for GFWC and are inspired to go forth in her
spirit of GFWC and pass it on to others. Peggy M.
I first met Jonie at a State Board meeting, and she was the very first club president
to send me information to make her club’s website. (This website) Then she promptly
sent me the information to make her district’s website too. (15th) But the most
impressive thing I saw Jonie do, was to design the cover for the WHRC Chronicle.
(Woman’s History and Resource Center) WHRC Illinois Chairman, Gretchen McDowell
had a contest for Illinois clubs to design the cover of our book. The Chronicle
holds a time capsule of information about our Illinois clubs during the 2006-2008
club years. The information covers club history and current information too. The
cover Jonie designed was very clever and expressed beautifully our purpose in Federation.
The picture of Jonie and the cover is still displayed on the GFWCIllinois.org website.