S.E.L.F. is an acronym for (Service, Education, Leadership, Fellowship). Since it was founded in 2004, S.E.L.F. has gained the respect of the community as having a workforce of eager ladies who are committed to giving back to the community through volunteer service. This organization provides women on the Eastern Shore with opportunities to make meaningful contributions of their time and talent. To promote camaraderie among its membership, S.E.L.F. also plans five social events annually. Membership in this organization carries a commitment of at least 50 hours of community service annually. Last year, the 86 members combined service totaled 10,214 hours.
The mission of S.E.L.F. shall be to provide women with opportunities for service, education, leadership and fellowship in order to benefit their community.
Through their commitment to volunteerism, members will enhance their community while experiencing the joy and fulfillment of service to and caring for others.
Recognizing that communities grow and thrive through the efforts of local citizens, an idea was conceived to form an organization whose purpose would be to give something back to the community. This idea came about in 2004 under the leadership of Gretchen Schapker and the other eleven founding Board Members who rallied to the cause. They were Beverly Bradford, Sive Carden, Susan Dube, Cheri Forte, Joan Hancock, Barbara Harris, Marlene Oteri, Lee Smith, Providence Upchurch, Karen Williams, and Linda Zwickey.
We are blessed to live in Baldwin County, rich in nature, sports, animals, education, history, and the arts. Our members, through their volunteerism, have contributed to make this an even better place to live.
In 2008, SELF created a scholastic scholarship. A student from Faulkner State Community College was the first recipient of a $2000 scholarship from funds raised during the club’s first Yard/Bake Sale. In 2009, a Holiday Sale and Silent Auction raised an additional $2031. In 2011, a Garage Sale/Bake Sale fundraiser raised $2,640. Fundraisers like these enable us to continue providing an annual $1500 college scholarship to a local high school senior, rotating each year between Spanish Fort, Daphne, and Fairhope High Schools.
SELF is also committed to providing opportunities for fellowship giving members a chance to foster camaraderie with one another. Through luncheons, coffees, cocktail parties, and other social events, members have been given the opportunity to make lasting friendships.
Our members deserve a “job well done” pat on the back for making SELF the outstanding organization it is today!
I am proud to be president of SELF which is an organization whose purpose it is to give back to the community through volunteerism.
In ten short years, the members of SELF have provided approximately 92,000 hours of community service. We have awarded a $1500 scholarship to a local high school senior for the past six years. We have created and provided $1200 for a student incentive program at J. Larry Newton Elementary School entitled Project Self Serve. This program provides awards for those teacher-recommended students who exhibit good citizenship and good grades. We have supported the Arts and other public service organizations through small donations.
Our goals for 2014-15 are to continue to increase our recognition in the community, expand our commitment to the community and provide additional venues for our members to socialize and work together.
We will celebrate our 10th year anniversary with a party scheduled in August for members and their guest. We are very proud to have served our local community for ten years!
Please contact us if you have any questions. We welcome you.
Gretchen Schapker, President