Joliet Junior Woman’s Club members, past presidents and honored guests recently gathered for the club’s annual Reciprocity Awards and Recognition Banquet to celebrate another successful year of service! During 2017, JJWC members contributed over 300 hours of service to the Joliet area community.

The club also announced that the 2017 Witches Ball annual fundraiser successfully raised over $17,000, which will be granted to local non-profit organizations that serve women and children.

Four of those organizations were present at the Reciprocity Banquet to receive their checks:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties received $1,500 to fund their Mentor 2.0 program, which matches community mentors with students at Joliet Township High Schools to help the students prepare to succeed in college.
Cornerstone Services received $1,500 to purchase personal hygiene and childcare products for the 181 women who receive services through their Behavioral Health Program.
Guardian Angel Community Services’ Sexual Assault Service Center received $1,500 to purchase new pagers for their 24-hour hotline advocates, as well as clothing to provide to women who seek help at the emergency department after a sexual assault, as their clothes are often taken into police custody as evidence.
Easterseals Joliet Region received $2,500 to fund scholarships for the organization’s Summer Camp Programs, which give children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in developmental therapy in a fun and inclusive environment.

College scholarships were presented to two very deserving young women who exemplify the JJWC values of being “Visible, Viable, and Involved” through service in their schools and communities:
Joliet Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship: Madasen Kasprisin
Alisha and Ava Bromfield Memorial Scholarship: Jordyn Williams

JJWC also recognized several of members with Club Awards for outstanding service:
Spark Plug Award: Shelly Gora and Stephanie Lewickas. This award is presented to new members who have made significant impact during their first year with the club.
Outstanding Junior Service: Kim Kalafut. This award is presented to a member who has served on the Executive Board and represents the club at a District and State level through GFWC.
Junior of the Year: Katrina Nolan. This award is presented to a member who has been outstanding in participation of club activities and the practice of Junior ethics.

The new club officers for the 2018-2019 club year were also installed:
President: Katrina Nolan
Vice President: Stephanie Lewickas
Secretary: Katie Gulas
Treasurer: Dana Gezik

Thank you to everyone who made our 2017-2018 club year a huge success!!