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Kay Cashion - Community Volunteer

General Federation of Women's Clubs, North Carolina Active community volunteer - hands-on since 1957 when joining the Greensboro Junior Woman's Club.  Point of interest and first club volunteer assignment was Thursday nights at the Greensboro Community Center located off East Lee Street directing arts and crafts, as well as dance programs for undreprivileged children.  Was an organizer for Junior High School arts competition through the Public Schools in Greensboro giving them an opportunity for exposure and recognition on the local, district and state competition.  Another club activity was volunteering as Receptionist at Wesley Long Hospital.  Kay was a member of the Junior Woman's Club for 15 years, during which time she served in many capacities including President.

The Greensboro Junior Woman's Club was named the state's outstanding club over the 100 counties and national recognition.  Membership was raised twice to accommodate community interest and was set at 110 members.  During her membership tenure, Kay was awarded the POINTS Award for contributing the most volunteer hours of any member.  Also she was awarded the prestigious JUNIOR Award for outstanding member as First Vice-President.

Kay also served as District Junior Director of the surrounding 5 counties and then President of the District which included all Junior as well as Senior Woman's clubs and received recognition as outstanding Director-President.  Following her presidence, the District Board of Directors put into service a Clubwoman Art Silver Award named the "Katie S. Cashion Award" to be given annually for Best of Show in clubwoman art.

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On the state level of the GFWC-NC, Kay served as State Scholarship Chairman directing the program for statewide competion for a 4 year scholarship given by the GFWC-NC.  Also, she served as Community Education Department Chair, International Affairs Department Chair, Public Affairs Department Chair, and others.  A major assignment was a 2 year Community Improvement Program Chair sponsor, by Sears.  kay traveled over the state helping clubs, small and large, to identify community needs and a project they might tackle over the 2 years.  The response to training and direction resulted in 100% participation from clubs throughout the state.  At the end of the 2 years, Sears put into service a Silver Award named the "Katie S. Cashion Community Improvement Award" to be given annually statewide.

Kay organized and served three terms as President of the Dolley Madison Woman's Club of Greensboro whos major emphasis is scholarship, student arts and Clara house - a shelter for Abused Women and children.  Kay also organized the Council of Clubs for the 8 local Woman's Federated clubs to corrdinate and support each clubs activities.  She is a long time member of the O'Henrey Woman's Club of GFWC-NC.

On October 4, 1976, the Secretary of State issued articles of incorporation of The State Capitol Foundation, Inc., to serve as a nonprofit support group for the State Capitol.  Kay was a founding member of the Foundation and served as Vice-President.

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Since the early 1970's Kay has been an advocate for Clara House, the shelter for abused women and children.  She was instrumental in the fundraising for the first Agency owned shelter.  She was an organizer of the GUILD of Family and Children's Service of Greensboro in a group of 100 women who act as community advocates-educators and fund raisers for Family and Children's Service operations.  Kay then joined the Board of F&CS and after forming Family Service of the Piedmont by joining with High Point Agency, Kay became the first Chair of teh Board of Trustees of the Greensboro Agency and during her term was instrumental in securint the Washington Street building frmo the City of Greensboro and raising 3.5 million dollars to renovate the building which currently houses Clara House and all the service arms of the Agency such as Consumer Credit, Children's Advocacy Center, etc.

Following her Charimanship, she served as Chair of the Building Committed through completion of the renovation.  She also served on the Endowment Committed of the Agency and was instrumental in establishing and fundraising for the initial funding of the Endowment.

When Clara house's former quarters suffered a fire, Kay donated her time and talent to directing the restoration of the House, at the same time realizing another structure more suited to the needs of the residents would have to be found.  Thus, the initiative after she became Chair of the Board of Trustees.

F&CS recognized her efforts in several ways - for her efforts on the fire restoration they presented her their "For Love of Family" Award some three years later after her service as Board Chair.


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