S.E.L.F. is an acronym for Service, Education, Leadership, and 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. In 2016, the members combined service totaled 11,268 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 $1500 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 $2000 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!
Greetings! The name of our organization sums up what it is that makes us tick. We are a group of friendly, inclusive, energetic, and community minded women who are bound together with the goal of sustaining and improving our larger community while forming and nurturing friendships.
Each and every one of us is first a volunteer. We are free to choose our own causes or fields of interest be they human service in its many forms, the arts, animals, the environment, or education. The notion of caring for our community with passion and commitment is the tie that binds us, but we manage to hold on to our individual diversity as well.
We unite to volunteer for Project Self Serve at a local elementary school (now in its 5th year), a large Making a Difference Day in the community, First Friday at the Eastern Shore Art Center, and the Fun Run connected to the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival. We also raise funds to endow a $2000 annual college scholarship for a young woman entering her first year of college.
Our organization hosts five social events a year for members and guests ranging from coffees and luncheons to evening parties. Recognizing that friendships are usually made among those with common interests, we make every attempt to facilitate socializing and getting to know one another better. Our venues and programs for these events provide interesting and informative components to help fulfill our objective of further educating our members.
We sincerely welcome new members and encourage any women who share our interests to contact us for further information, because we frankly can’t build, evolve, and grow without fresh, enthusiastic new ideas and life experiences.