Do Good and Have Fun At the Same Time
The Junior Woman's Club offers both a getaway and a chance to help for young moms.
The Jefferson Junior Woman’s Club can be considered a chance to get away and do good—a win-win for young moms.
Although there isn’t an age limit on membership, according to co-president Kim Reid, many of the members have young children and that isn’t an impediment to being active in the group.
Members volunteer to babysit during meetings and other events, said third vice president Shanna Peters.
“Children are always welcome,” she added.
Reid said the group has 22 active members now.
“We’re always looking for more members,” she said. “We’re a fun group, we do things together outside the club.”
While having fun, the Woman’s Club does a lot of good.
“Our big events are the Bunny Brunch, which is on April 16 this year and includes a tricky tray, the Robo-Run and Safety Town,” Reid said.
Safety Town is a two-day program for children entering kindergarten. Experts teach the children about safety issues including gun safety, safety around electricity, bike and helmet safety, what an ambulance does, and other similar topics, Peters explained.
The group also sponsors a second-grade art contest each year. Judging for the 2011 contest will be soon, Reid said. Peters said fourth graders are invited to write an essay about why their parents should be “parents of the year.” A third educational program is the fourth and fifth grade spelling bee. Peters said the group also funds a scholarship.
Smaller projects are also part of the club’s mission. A 50/50 raffle raised funds for a cat room at the township pound, Peters said. A group of the members made dinners and baked goods for young adults who had aged out of foster care for a program called Roots and Wings. Drives for projects for the battered women’s shelter, 11th Hour Rescue and the New Hope Food Pantry at the Milton United Methodist Church were also held by the club.
Because the club is celebrating 30 years in existence, the May meeting will include a reception for past members, Reid said.
A first-time event will be in conjunction with the library. For women’s history month, the club will sponsor author Penny Coleman during a segment of the March 10 meeting, Reid said.
For information on joining the club, contact Shanna Peters at email@example.com.