GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club held a night of music, fellowship and post-traumatic stress disorder awareness at the Colony Club. The club donated a little over $1,800 to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4464’s Circle of Healing PTSD therapy efforts.
Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club utilized recently inducted members to focus on aiding veterans’ efforts as part of its new member project.
“We have to come up with something unique that we want to do to serve the community,” said GJWC Vice-President Brittany Beman . “That’s what junior women’s club does. We go out and raise money for scholarships. We donate Christmas presents. You know, the typical community service type things. So we thought about different things and were throwing different ideas back and forth. Nothing quite seemed right.”
Beman said the new members project is picked to show new members who may not have been involved in community projects and get them acquainted with the club and its practices.
“We felt what can we do that’s really going to make an impact,” said Beman. “Because everybody is doing school supplies and stuff. We wanted to do something different. So we spoke with some of the new members feeling like doing something with veterans.”
Beman noted that a friend of hers died earlier in the year and that left a mark her. The other members and she agreed to bring an event together to support veterans’ causes. They ultimately held the event at the Colony Club on Second Avenue. Entertainment was provided and a silent auction held. Individuals who attended were asked to bring a toiletry item as a donation as part of a partnership with the Gallipolis Emblem Club. Proceeds raised from the night’s event were donated to the VFW Post 4464’s Circle of Healing. Hygiene items were donated to veterans’ efforts.
“With the help of our new members we put together an night of music and awareness,” Beman said. “Our members did a good job. We made sure that on all the tables and bar there were fliers talking about Circle of Healing and how it was the new project (the VFW Post 4464) was implementing. We talked about veterans, PTSD and had statistics.”
“These ladies have busted their butts for something truly special,” said Post Commander Bill Mangus. “We really appreciate that.”
The VFW post started its PTSD therapy efforts earlier in the year. Since that time, they have been featured nationally in VFW magazine for their efforts.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.