The Joliet Junior Woman’s Club distributed over $17,000 to help others in the Joliet area community this year. Funds were raised at the Club’s fall fundraiser, “Cuisine in the Corn for a Cause,” which was organized by immediate Past President, Lauren McFarland. The Joliet Juniors Philanthropy Committee, led by chairwomen Connie Head and Sara Gilbert, reviewed applications from local organizations and made recommendations based on all requests received. The donations will aid local not-for-profit organizations helping women and children in the local community. Easter Seals, the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, and Joliet Area Hospice were top recipients along with those pictured below. Funds are distributed annually and local organizations are encouraged to apply each year.
Will County Children’s Advocacy Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Warren Sharpe Community Center
United Cerebral Palsy
Will County Center for Community Concerns
The Joliet Junior Woman’s Club received awards at the General Federation of Women’s Club Annual Convention in Memphis, Tennessee this June. JJWC is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization that promotes volunteerism and community service.
JJWC was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award for Creativity in Women’s History and Resource Center for creating a “GFWC Victorian Elegance” table at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Tablescapes Event in Joliet. This project was coordinated by Historian Chairwoman, Amy Vicioso, along with members from the Plainfield, Elgin, Lombard, and Princeton Junior Woman’s Clubs. Ms. Vicioso was also recognized as the GFWC-Illinois LEADS Representative at the Convention. The LEADS program identifies GFWC members who have the “potential and the desire to assume leadership positions in GFWC beyond their club.” Ms. Vicioso also currently serves as the GFWC-Illinois District 11 Director of Junior Clubs.
JJWC also received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Creativity in Fundraising and Development for “Howl at the Moon: Cuisine in the Corn for a Cause,” which took place in September. The fundraiser was led by Fundraising Chairwoman, Lauren McFarland. The event raised over $17,000 with funds donated to local charities supporting women and children.
JJWC member Karyn McCarthy was honored as Outstanding Director of Junior Clubs (Category 1) for her leadership as GFWC-Illinois Director of Junior Clubs. Long-time member and GFWC International Secretary, Deb Strahanoski, played an active role in convention business.
Many congratulations to those receiving special recognition and to all of our club members for efforts to help others!
Joliet Junior Woman’s Club members will celebrate the accomplishments of the club year at their annual Reciprocity and Past Presidents Dinner. The banquet will take place at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, which is located at 204 N. Ottawa Street in Joliet. Members will honor the club’s past presidents, Juniorette of the Year, as well as Philanthropy and Scholarship recipients. This year’s dinner is hosted by former president, Amy Vicioso, who also serves as the club’s Historian.
6:00 p.m. Cocktails & museum open to members and guests
6:30 p.m. Welcome
7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:45 p.m. Meeting and installation of new officers
Tickets are $27 payable to the Joliet Junior Woman’s Club. Reservations can also be made online using Paypal. A $2 service charge will be added to online purchases.
For more than 50 years, members of the Joliet Junior Woman’s Club have donated countless hours assisting women and children in need through service projects and fundraising efforts. Local non-profit agencies play an important role in helping us achieve our mission.
The Joliet Junior Woman’s Club is pleased to offer local non-profit organizations the opportunity to submit both funding proposals and service project requests for 2015.
For request forms and additional information, please visit our Donations page.
On February 17, 2015, the Joliet Junior Woman’s Club will welcome guest speaker, Rosemary Hauser, from the Woman’s Club of Aurora. Rosemary is the current President of the Aurora Club having joined in 2008. She has served as Chair of Fundraising for the Salad Luncheon, Flower Sale, and Fashion Show, Arts Chairperson, and First Vice-President before becoming President in 2011.
The Woman’s Club of Aurora will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016. Among the many accomplishments of the Woman’s Club of Aurora was the founding of the first kindergartens in the city and the awarding of hundreds of scholarships to students in areas including journalism, nursing, and the arts. The Club has presented major contributions to the Aurora Historical Society, Healthy Families-Aurora Site, Mutual Ground, and Wayside Cross.
Joliet Juniors welcomed eight new members to the club in November. New members Renee Bonarek, Jen Malinowski, Jaya Varghese, Erin McGrew, Lori Lynes, Jyoti Rao, Angela Smith, and Collette Johnson joined Joliet Juniors for the 2014-2015 Club Year. The club has approximately 40 members who share an interest in helping others through fundraising and service projects. “We are always thrilled to have new members because it allows us to give even more to our community,” said President, Chrissy Monaco. Membership Chair, Kristine Honiotes added, “we welcome any women who are interested in learning more about our club to attend a meeting.” Interested women can contact Ms. Honiotes for more information by completing the form on our website’s Membership page.
Each December, the club takes a break from their busy schedule to celebrate the holidays together. “Through our volunteer work, we have formed great friendships in our club; our annual holiday party gives us a chance to spend time together and enjoy one another’s company,” said President Chrissy Monaco. Vice President, Kristen Wyss, added, “it is amazing to realize all we have accomplished this year and exciting to think about the many projects to come.”
Joliet Juniors have had a busy October volunteering, supporting local organizations, and advocating for important causes in our community.
Members assembled furniture, organized art supplies, and decorated a new Art Therapy Room at Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet.
GFWC Illinois visit Springfield for Legislation Day. JJWC members Sherry Anicich and Kim Kalafut spoke about domestic violence and the Purple Project organization.
Chrissy Monaco, Karyn McCarthy, Lauren McFarland, Amy Vicioso and Shelbey Hammond at Big
Brothers Big Sisters Tablescapes Event at the GFWC Victorian Elegance Table.
The Joliet Junior Woman’s Club is proud to once again partner with Will County Take Back the Night for their annual vigil and march to help raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Take Back the Night brings survivors, supporters, activists, and community leaders together in a call for the end of violence against women. This year, the 18th annual event will be held on Thursday, October 2nd at the north end of the Joliet Memorial Stadium. JJWC member Sherry Anicich will be speaking with Kellie Stryker at this year’s event. JJWC will host a poster table and donate poster-making material so those attending the march will have an opportunity to make signs to honor their loved ones who were lost or have suffered from domestic violence.
All are welcome to attend! To learn more about joining JJWC or to request more information, please visit our Membership page.