Joliet Juniors Welcome New Members, Celebrate the Holidays

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.

New Member Induction

 

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.”

Holiday Party

October Happenings

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.

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.

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.

Chrissy Monaco, Karyn McCarthy, Lauren McFarland, Amy Vicioso and Shelbey Hammond at Big
Brothers Big Sisters Tablescapes Event at the GFWC Victorian Elegance Table.

JJWC Supports Will County Take Back the Night

TBTN 2014

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.

Holy Family Children Donate to Help Others

The Religious Education program at Holy Family Parish in Shorewood participated in the annual Alisha & Ava Lucille Bromfield Memorial Baby Drive.  Over 900 baby bottles were provided to students to collect change. The money raised would sponsor the baby of a young single mother and support the Joliet Junior Woman’s Club Alisha and Ava Bromfield Memorial Community Scholarship.Holy Family RE Baby Drive

The response was overwhelming!  Along with $2453.12 in change and bills, hundreds of items were collected including diapers, blankets, wipes, and clothing.

 Thank you to the students in the Holy Family Religious Education program for your kindness and generosity!