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The Junior Woman's Club of Wayne Township is a small, diversified group of 25 women ranging in age from 28 to 48 years. There is a good blend of stay-at-home moms and career women, representing many different ethnic backgrounds. We have been servicing Wayne Township and the surrounding areas for more than 30 years. Most of our time is devoted to charity and service, but we hold an array of social events with members, families and children.
Our club is very active and does many projects to help the community. All of our projects are important but a few are close to our heart. For example, we volunteer to help out with the Passaic County Foster Care holiday party, in the Spring we make them over 100 Easter baskets, and throughout the year we collect gently used baby clothes and toys for the children. We also really enjoy adopting a needy family in town. It's a way for us to make a difference in someone's life. The club has monthly grocery collections, provides back-to-school supplies, holiday dinners and holiday gifts to the family in need. Finally, throughout the year we visit an assisted living home in town with our children. We come in Halloween costumes with treats for the residents in the Fall, provide them with a holiday sing-a-long in December and bring them crafts in the Spring. The children love these visits almost as much as the residents!
Each year, we hold a big fundraising event to support our state project . Currently New Jersey's state project for 2008-2010 is Foster and Adoptive Family Services of New Jersey. Some of the fundraisers we have had over the past few years are Fashion Shows, Casino Night, and Comedy Night/Beefsteak. This is always a fun night for all involved!
Along with all the service projects we are involved in, we take time to socialize with each other as well. We hold monthly girl's night out events ranging from dinner and a movie, to makeovers at a local salon, to wine tastings. This is a great way for members to strengthen our already strong relationships!
There are many departments that make up our club and each performs wonderful acts for the community.
Art: Youth Art Month, crafts, collections for hospitals, shows, etc.
Conservation: recycling, animal shelter, magazine exchange, plant sales
Education: Library donations, story time, back pack donations, book club, read-a-thon
Home Life: Needy family, town Halloween Party, Junior Olympics, Shelter donations, Wish Tree, Tree Lighting, etc.
International Affairs: UNICEF, Operation Smile, CARE , World Food Day, Adopt a Soldier etc
Public Affairs: Woman's Shelter, D.A.R.E., project graduation, veteran services, fire prevention, safety programs,etc
Public Relations: proclamations, media, coverage of events, Press Book, newspaper articles
Membership: actively recruiting new members, girl's night out, club dinners
Fundraising: Raising money needed to make monetary donations to our charities and to keep the club running.
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm (except no meetings in July and August).
To become a member you must : To be an active member you must:
1 Attend 2 regular meetings 1. Attend 7 regular meetings
2. Complete 1 service project 2. Attend 1 Federation Function
3. Complete an application 3. Participate in 3 service projects
4. Participate in 2 Ways and Means projects
5. Pay yearly dues
- Jennifer Woodhour
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