The newly formed General Federation of Women’s Clubs Achieving by Reading Club will meet at 7 p.m. March 3 at the home of Kathy Palermo, 4112 N.E. Courtney Drive, Lee’s Summit.


This literacy club was founded by Kathy Palermo and Trish Shelton, and sponsored by the GFWC Nu-Era Study Club in Independence. The 17 charter members are from Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Independence, Gladstone, Shawnee and Lenexa. Officers are Kathy Palermo, president, and Trish Shelton, secretary/treasurer.


The club will focus on Reach Out & Read Kansas City, which helps 23,000 preschool kids yearly through book distribution and volunteer readers at 39 sites in the metro area; and the Reading Awards Program at Missouri Girls Town, which provides incentives for those girls who read books and participate in book discussions. Missouri Girls Town in Kingdom City is a home for 50 abused and neglected girls ages 8 to 18, which was founded by the GFWC of Missouri 55 years ago.


Carolyn Lovelace, president-elect of the GFWC of Missouri from Lathrop, will present the club’s charter and welcome the club to the GFWC at the March meeting. Lynn Noyes, GFWC of Missouri Education Department chairman, also from Lathrop, will present the program on the RAP program at Missouri Girls Town and will also talk about the Epsilon Sigma Omicron reading program.


Anyone interested in the club or supporting literacy is welcome to attend and join the club. Call Kathy Palermo at 816-373-6821 for information.