GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club welcomed 13 new members to the club at the annual Christmas Dinner on Dec 5.
During this meeting, the 2017 officers were also installed by Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs (OFWC) Southeastern District President Patricia Ketzell.
The ladies of the GJWC began serving the community in 1958 and have been providing services to Gallia County each year since. The Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club is a group of service-minded women who are servants to community and strive to make it better for those who live here now and future generations. The Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club has helped the Gallia County area in many ways, according to members. They provide free, safe and fun family events throughout the year, have fundraisers multiple times a year and proceeds from fundraisers go directly back to support the community.
Some of the larger projects in 2016 were the New Member Project benefiting local veterans, the Buddy Bear Project, Stock Your Cellar Wine Raffle and the Community Christmas Project. The New Member Project was chaired by then first Vice-President Brittany Beman. The new members of GJWC worked on a project to support local veterans. They collected donations for a silent auction, entry fee asked for a hygiene product and live music was the entertainment for the evening. Ten large bags of hygiene products were collected and nearly $2,000 dollars raised to support our local veterans living with PTSD.
For the Buddy Bear Project, the club collected over 200 stuffed animals and presented to local law enforcement officials and EMS to use when they encounter children on their day to day runs.
For the Community Christmas project, the club sponsored 12 children in the area by purchasing a coat, outfit, socks, undies, toys and shoes for the 2016 Christmas holiday.
Stock Your Cellar Wine drawing is one of the largest club fundraisers. There were 22 winners and 119 bottles of wine given away. All wine was donated by community members and business. A portion of the proceeds is being donated to a local group, Gallipolis in Bloom, to help them with their Children’s Community Garden Project. They will be teaching local school children about gardening and growing their own food.
The GJWC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information about the club, or if you are interested in joining efforts to improve the community, please contact members via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Facebook page “Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club.” The next club meeting is planned for Feb. 6, with a meeting for prospective new members before that date.
Submitted by Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club.