JJWC Accepting Funding Proposal and Service Project Requests

2016 Reciprocity

The Joliet Junior Woman’s Club is preparing to distribute the funds it has raised throughout the 2016-2017 club year to organizations aiding women and children in need throughout the greater Joliet community. Local not-for-profit organizations have the opportunity to submit a 2017 Funding Proposal and/or Service Project Request until March 21, 2017. For more information and an application, please visit our Donations page.

Joliet Witches Ball


Friday, October 21, 2016

7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Victorian Ballroom, Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

15 S. Richards Street, Joliet, Illinois


Please join us as we celebrate the second annual Witches Ball fundraiser! This is a chance for you to get dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume and come out for a few drinks, some great food, and awesome music to support YOUR community! Come solo, bring your spouse, or grab some friends to enjoy what’s promised to be an AMAZING NIGHT!

Tickets  include heavy appetizers, one drink ticket per person, a cash bar, live music by The Walkins, tons of raffle items, a costume contest, and a photographer. If you purchased tickets online, we will have your name at the door.

All the funds raised will be donated back to the community and we need your help!


Online ticket sales have now closed, but tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $60.

If you or your guests choose not to attend, please refer to our refund policy:

All sales are final; Joliet Junior Woman’s Club cannot issue refunds or exchanges on purchased tickets or fees.

Joliet Juniors Host “Blast Off” Party

2016 Reciprocity

The Joliet Juniors will kick-off the 2016-2017 club year with their annual “Blast Off” party on Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 p.m. Local women who are interested in learning more about Joliet Juniors are invited to attend. President Kris Honiotes said, “Our ‘Blast Off’ is a great social event for returning members to reconnect and potential new members to learn about club membership.”

JJWC is conducting a school supply drive at this event to benefit One Hope United’s Early Learning Center in Joliet. Needed items for the preschool and kindergarten rooms include crayons, glue, glue sticks, pencils, pocket folders, one-inch three-ring binders, wide-ruled writing paper, composition books, scissors, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and markers. All supplies and monetary donations are greatly appreciated.

Returning members are asked to bring a food or drink item to share. Suggested items by last name are as follows:

A-H: Appetizers

I-P: Beverage

Q-Z: Dessert

Membership dues will be collected at the meeting and can also be paid online. Members should submit a 2016 JJWC Membership Information form when paying dues.

To learn more about attending “Blast Off,” joining Juniors, or to donate school supplies, contact President Kris Honiotes and Hospitality Chair, Kim Kalafut via email here.


Candy and Fun at KidzFest Joliet

Kidz Fest logo

The Joliet Juniors are excited to once again offer their “Candy and Fun” booth at the Joliet KidzFest on Saturday, August, 6th, 2016.

The event is presented by Lewis University and features interactive, educational, and fun activities sponsored by a variety of vendors. Don’t miss the biggest “kids event” in Joliet this year!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Downtown Joliet


Christmas Express raises $60K for CASA of Will County

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Will County raised more than $60,000 for programs during its annual Christmas Express train ride, held the first weekend in December, Dec. 5-6. The event was presented by Midland States Bank of Joliet, with other sponsors including D’Arcy Motors, CITGO, Joliet Junior Woman’s Club, Caton Commercial Real Estate Group and Holly Club of Joliet.

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Joliet Juniors Donate to Help Community

Reciprocity Dinner

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.


JJWC Wins Awards at GFWC International Convention

The Joliet Junior Woman’s Club received awards at the General Federation of Memphis convention logoWomen’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 LEADSHistory 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 FundraisingDevelopment 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.

Karyn McCarthyJJWC 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 Deb StrahanoskiStrahanoski, 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!