JUDI VAN CLEAVE
I have been a member of GSW since the 1990’s when my husband, Bill, was 100% disabled. I was 41 with 7 children. I’ve served as the Northwest Region President, Chaplain, and Secretary, as well as on the National Board. I was National President from 2015-2017. These offices have afforded me the opportunity to not only meet many of you but provided an education as to how strong and determined we are as survivors. I have special memories of Snowball Express and our Conventions, discovering so many Special People! I have served as the Senior Services volunteer ministry for my Parish, the secretary of my Optimist Club for 27 years and recently became a Board Member of “Saving the Children’s Museum” in Portland. I volunteer at Ft. Kennedy [ houseless Veteran’s service] and Veterans for Peace and Project Homeless. Speaking to Veterans and Survivors keeps me humble as every day. I am grateful for GSW and the support given to us. I was honored to receive the GSW Special Recognition award in 2012. We are “sisters and brothers” because of circumstances we didn’t ask for but we will push on continuing to help each other.
Duties of Chaplain: The National Chaplain is responsible for the moral and spiritual leadership of the organization with dignity and respect for the office.
The National Chaplain will do the invocation at all meetings; and do so in an ecumenical manner to reflect that members are made up of many different religious persuasions.
At Convention, the National Chaplain conducts the Memorial Service for spouses and the Service for deceased members. The National Chaplain provides what is needed (candles, etc.) to conduct the services.