More than 60 members of The Monday Club of Johnson City, the Junior Monday Club of Johnson City, the Monday Club Auxiliary and members of clubs from across the state of Tennessee attended the 2012 General Federation Women’s Clubs 121st annual convention in Charlotte, N.C., June 14-17.
One of the special ceremonies of the convention was the naming of the winner of the Jennie Award, named in honor of GFWC’s founder, Jane Cunningham Croly, who wrote for national newspapers under the pseudonym, Jennie June.
This award highlights extraordinary clubwomen who epitomize her spirit of independence, courage and persistence in purpose through their roles as volunteers within their club, elsewhere in the community, and as members of a family or extended family.
Although GFWC has many awards for states and clubs, The Jennie Award is the only national honor that recognizes individual women for their personal excellence.
Johnson City’s own, Mattie Carroll Mullins was nominated by her club, The Monday Club, to compete on the district, state, regional and national levels.
Carlene Garner, GFWC international president announced at the ‘Transforming Our World Gala’ “We are thrilled to announce that Mattie Carroll Mullins is the Jennie Award winner. She is a deserving recipient of this great honor and will represent GFWC very well. I am in awe of all the women nominated for this GFWC honor.”
A PowerPoint presentation was given while a narrative was read telling of Mattie Mullins’ life. Details were shared about her strong family ties, her dedication to church, The GFWC Club, district and state, as well as countless hours of volunteer work for The Salvation Army in Johnson City where she serves as a member of the advisory board and president of the Women’s Auxiliary.
As coordinator of the annual garage sales, she has been instrumental in raising approximately $200,000 for the ongoing expenses of The Army.
Mattie was escorted in the processional at the gala by her son, Andy Mullins, of Chattanooga. Her two daughters, Sanda Mullins Salts, Rebecca Mullins Starnes, and three granddaughters, Sheree and Selinda Salts and Amber Jones were also in attendance.
Included in Mullins’ nomination material were letters of recommendation from her pastor Dr. Ron Murray, Central Baptist Church; Dr. Randall O’Brien, president of Carson Newman College; Maj. Gary Elliott, Past Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army; and members of her local club, The Monday Club.
This is the fourth year this award has been presented and the first time a member from Tennessee has been nominated.