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Club History

The Burlington Junior Woman's Club was organized on October 3, 1956 with 30 charter members. Community service has continued to be BJWC's main interest and projects adopted over the years reflect the needs of the community and society. GFWC BJWC is a member in Good Standing of the GFWC-NC and has received statewide recognition for participating in several Federation projects. The club qualified as an Honor Club in 1958 and has maintained that status throughout the years.
BJWC's First Project
The first project adopted by the club was to carry lunches from a city school to the Grace School for the Trainable Child located in a local church. The project continued through 1962 when the special school was moved to Glencoe School.
1960 – 1969
Projects from the early sixties include a drive to add fluoride to the city water system; work with the March of Dimes; participation in newly organized blood programs; working with the K-O polio project and work with Elon Homes for Children. In the late sixties, projects continued to center on helping children with a marionette show; work with Grace School and the Elon Homes; a story hour for pre-school children; and assisting at the newly established kindergarten for handicapped children. Members also participated in the YMCA membership campaign and started a clothing closet.
1970 - 1979
In the seventies, a drug prevention program was started, and in the mid-70's, Camp Greenleaves became a major focus of the club support. BJWC raised funds for a bath house at the camp in 1974, purchased a dryer in 1975, and held parties for the campers in 1976. The Children's Home Society, the Murdoch Center and a redecoration of the children's ward of Alamance County Hospital joined our list of charities in the mid-1970's as well.
1980 – 1989
In 1981, BJWC started the Infant Car Seat Loaner Program by raising enough funds to purchase 60 safety seats. The Highway Research Center of North Carolina matched the number of seats for a total of 120 to be loaned to needy Burlington families. The project earned the Clarice Goodman silver award at the state level for “Outstanding Safety Project” under the Public Affairs Department. Club members handled this project under 1984 when the seats were turned over to two local hospitals to be loaned to all new parents. 1984 marked the beginning of BJWC's two-year fingerprinting program at Holly Hill Mall. In 1986 our main focus was decorating and furnishing toys for the basement play area at the Shelter for Abused Women in Burlington. In 1989 BJWC began providing one hot meal a month at the local Homeless Shelter as a year around project.

1990-1999
BJWC held an annual “Great American Band Jam” to benefit the American Red Cross. Project Shoes was started and the club raised funds to buy shoes for underprivileged children in conjunction with the school system. The project was a great success and was chosen to be a Signature project to be continued every year. BJWC continued its community service by providing monthly meals to the Homeless Shelter, baby sitting for Parent Out Reach, delivering Meals on Wheels, Thataways Prom, and driving visually impaired citizens to and from their monthly support group.

2000 – 2004
BJWC celebrated its 45th Anniversary on October 3, 2001 and had a great attendance by past club presidents, GFWC-NC President Teresa Lee, and Mayor Joe Barbour issued a proclamation that declared this day GFWC-NC BJWC Day. The club spread their service efforts across the community by continuing projects such as the Emergency Night Shelter monthly meals, Meals on Wheels, Christmas Cheer, Elon Back to School Shower, Operation Christmas Child, Thataways Prom, Blood Drive, Project Shoes, Camp Green Leaves, and Adopt A Highway.
2005-2006
A grass roots campaign took hold for BJWC in 2005-2006. Many of our old traditions were brought back into play as our numbers continued to grow. A time to “Care, Share & Learn” was the focus for the year as each of our members was encouraged to take advantage of what BJWC could offer them as an opportunity to learn more about themselves. One big highlight of our year was in our Home Life Department where we contributed more than 475 volunteer hours and donated over $3200 while participating in more than 30 projects! Some of these projects included Christmas Cheer, a Blood Drive, Special Shopper’s Day, & Thataways Dances among many others. One of the most fun and moving projects that BJWC participated in was the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. A team of members camped and walked all night long donating over $1800! BJWC continued its support of the Victory Junction Gang Camp by assembling scrapbooks to be donated to the campers that attend the camp. At our June meeting, we assembled over 50 scrapbooks! This year’s Junior Day of Service was held at Lake Wacamaw at the Boys & Girls Home. 3 of our members organized cottages, visited the Thrift Store and had lunch with some of the girls staying there. All of the work done there was extremely appreciated. As part of the new member project this year, our new members participated in a book drive to benefit the Family Center’s Parents as Teachers program. The in-home program encourages at risk parents to interact and read with their children. Many of these homes have no books. Approximately 200 books were collected and donated to the family center. This year’s class of new members also participated in a bake sale as part of a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the First Christian Church. A portion of the proceeds of the supper were donated to Operation Gulfport in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the baked goods, the new members collected personal items to help support the Times News effort to support Burlington’s sister city, also as part of Operation Gulfport. Items collected included toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and razors. . .and numbered over 400! If that weren’t enough, BJWC continued to support all of its regular projects such as the Allied Churches Emergency Night Shelter, Big Sweep, Make A Difference Day and the Arts Festival. The Diamond Jubilee was again, a success as was our nut sale. The quiet heroes of BJWC spread their time, talents and hearts across Alamance County for another successful year!
2006-2007
This year was truly one for the record books for BJWC. In 2006, we celebrated 50 Years of Service in Alamance County. As many past members of BJWC we could find were contacted and invited to a reception held at the Kernodle Senior Center where light refreshments we served and all enjoyed a cake cutting. We were so please at the turnout and were honored to have some of the original charter members of BJWC present! BJWC also enjoyed a moment in the spotlight as we were featured in the Times News as well as in Alamance Magazine in honor of reaching our 50th birthday. The Fall was also a busy and wonderful time for our Social Committee who hosted a picnic at Trish Anderson’s home where great food and an exciting (& spooky) hay ride was enjoyed by all who attended. BJWC also undertook a very ambitious role in helping Alamance County Meals on Wheels with their annual Rubber Duck Dash for the Cash fundraiser. Our members placed flyers and brochures at local businesses as well as sold tickets in person both prior and during the Carousel Festival. Further strengthening this partnership, the Ways & Means Committee chose to “partner” with Meals on Wheels for the annual Diamond Jubilee. This turned out to be one of many major transformations for the Diamond Jubilee this year. The event was moved to the Spring and because of this, the venue had to be changed to the Alamance Country Club. The committee also chose to add a live auction to the event and Miss Ann Baker, director of Meals on Wheels, served as the event’s Honorary Chairman. The event was a huge success and BJWC was able to donate over $1,000 to Meals on Wheels. Another project that seems to get bigger and bigger for BJWC over the past few years is Relay for Life, thanks to our Home Life Committee and their commitment to this worthy project. BJWC once again sponsored a team to camp out and walk all night as well as waitressed at Hursey’s for tips twice during the year. Hursey’s has become an invaluable partner to BJWC in raising more and more money for Relay for Life and it has become one of our club’s signature and favorite projects! And speaking of growing, we were able to give more to more families this year through Christmas Cheer. This too is one of BJWC’s most beloved projects and again, touched the hearts of all involved. In keeping with the issues of the day, BJWC chose to support our troops stationed abroad by collecting many essential items and well as magazines and snacks. “Moo-Ney” bags were handed out to all members to fill with loose change and donated to Heifer International. BJWC supported Thataways with a Prom and a Halloween dance. We bowled for Elder-Care, shopped for Special Shoppers Day, supported Allied Churches with supply drives and meals, bought shoes for school kids through Project Shoes and made no-sew quilts for ARC. BJWC truly showed their “Hearts of Gold”, this year’s theme, throughout the year with all the time, money and love donated to Alamance County in honor of its 50th year.
2007-2008
The 2007-2008 club year brought us “Volunteers In Bloom.” We supported GFWC-NC projects through cash donations to the Blue Ridge Parkway Parks as Classrooms project and by purchasing Emergency Medical Services for Children bags for EMS trucks. With help from the Burlington Woman’s Club, we were able to furnish all of the bags needed for EMS trucks in Alamance County. We completed many projects in support of the GFWC President’s Special Project, Domestic Violence. The club was rewarded for its efforts to support Family Abuse Services and promote Domestic Violence Awareness by receiving the GFWC-NC award for Junior Clubs supporting the GFWC President’s Special Project. The club stayed busy supporting our long standing activities such as Project Shoes, Relay for Life, Meals on Wheels Rubber Duck Dash for the Cash, monthly dinners for the Emergency Night Shelter, Thataways Dances, Adopt-A-Highway, Christmas Cheer, Belk Charity Days, NC Big Sweep, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Arts Festival for local students, Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarships, and Alamance ElderCare’s Super Bowl, voter registration and FAS’s Holiday Dinner. We also continued tradition with our fundraisers, Uncle Al’s Pecans and the Diamond Jubilee. Our disco themed Diamond Jubilee brought in over $11,000.00 and we donated ten percent to our partner, Relay for Life. Newer projects included helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house with other United Way Agencies, sponsoring a Christmas tree at the Hospice Winter Gala, planting a tree at Grove Park Elementary School on Earth Day in honor of a student, purchasing camouflaged bibles for Marines in combat, purchasing child safety seats for the Health Department, donating money to help soldiers with traumatic brain injury and mailing packages to troops through Anysolider.com. With help from Dave’s Discount Furniture, we were able to give the Allied Churches Emergency Night Shelter a set of bunk beds for homeless children staying at the shelter. It was a busy year of volunteering, so we added four new members to our roster. BJWC continued its tradition of federation service on the state level as Trish Anderson served as GFWC-NC Junior Membership Chair and several members served in state and district positions.
2008-2009
The President’s theme was “Hearts Connected through Service”. This theme allowed BJWC to continue to serve Alamance county by supporting our long standing programs and projects such as Project Shoes, Relay for Life, Meals on Wheels Rubber Duck Race for the Cash, Arts Festival for local students, Thataways dances, Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarships, Christmas Cheer, Family Abuse Services Christmas Dinner, Emergency Night Shelter and Adopt-a-Highway. All of this hard work yielded 698 volunteer hours and $7, 740 donated for the current reporting period. There were plenty of highlights throughout the club year. Our casino themed fundraiser, the Diamond Jubilee proved to be a night to remember. A portion of our proceeds benefited our local chapter of the American Red Cross. Our CIP committee encouraged members to “Go Green” by using canvas bags for shopping and switching to CFL bulbs. BJWC supported the GFWC-NC President’s special project, Girls on the Run through a cash donation. We also supported GFWC-NC’s projects by cash donations. Members took advantage of some fun time by attending our monthly socials, attending the BJWC Book Club meetings and preparing baby meals for the new “club babies”.
2009-2010
The President’s theme was “Volunteers in Stride”. BJWC to continued its service to Alamance county with programs and projects such as Project Shoes, Relay for Life, Meals on Wheels Rubber Duck Race for the Cash, Arts Festival for local students, Thataways dances, Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarships, Christmas Cheer, Family Abuse Services Christmas Dinner, Emergency Night Shelter and Adopt-a-Highway. Club members were represented on both the district and state level of GFWC-NC at various meetings and events. Several club members were elected as officers and committee chairs on the distict and state level. BJWC received awards at both District meetings the GFWC-NC state convention. Our "Spring Fling" themed fundraiser, the Diamond Jubilee was a night of fun, dancing and silent auction bidding. A portion of our proceeds benefited the Women's Resource Center of Alamance County and Alamance Partnership for Children.
2010 – 2011
This club year our “Members Made it Happen” in the Alamance County community. The club continued with its Signature Project, “Project Shoes” and purchased a record number of shoes for those students in the Alamance-Burlington School System. Many of the club’s standing projects continued as well. They include: Emergency Night Shelter, That-A-Ways Halloween Dance and Prom, Relay for Life, Christmas Cheer, Family Abuse Service Christmas Dinner, Adopt-A-Highway, and Big Sweep. There was a steady campaign to collect pet supplies and donate them to the Alamance County Humane Society. Feminine hygiene supplies were also collected and sent to those deployed as female soldiers. The club hosted a family and friends wiener roast to celebrate fall, family, and friends. There was a membership mixer to recruit members in the spring and three potential members attended. Uncle Al’s Nuts were sold and this was a great start to the over all fundraising efforts. The 7th Annual Diamond Jubilee, whose theme was “Masquerade Ball,” was held at the Captain White House in Graham. Our club partnered with the Alamance County Art’s Council for this fundraiser and it was a success. In addition to the local club projects, several Burlington Junior Woman’s Club members served in district and state positions. Crystal Sharpe, who served as GFWC-NC Junior Editor, was elected as the GFWC-NC Director-elect of Juniors during the Junior Business Session of the 2011 GFWC-NC State Convention. Nikki Ratliff served as the District Four Junior Membership Chair. In addition, Ivy McCrickard received the GFWC-NC Kim Pheil Pierce Magic Award and Nikki Ratliff received the GFWC-NC Junior Membership Chair of the Year Award. Pamela Holley was chosen to represent GFWC-NC as during the GFWC LEADS Seminar.
2011-2012
This club year our “Members Made it Happen” in the Alamance County community.  The club continued with its Signature Project, “Project Shoes” and purchased a record number of shoes for those students in the Alamance-Burlington School System.  Many of the club’s standing projects continued as well.  They include: Emergency Night Shelter, That-A-Ways Halloween Dance and Prom, Relay for Life, Christmas Cheer, Family Abuse Service Christmas Dinner, Adopt-A-Highway, and Big Sweep. There was a steady campaign to collect pet supplies and donate them to the Alamance County Humane Society.  Feminine hygiene supplies were also collected and sent to those deployed as female soldiers.  The club hosted a family and friends wiener roast to celebrate fall, family, and friends. There was a membership mixer to recruit members in the spring and three potential members attended.  Uncle Al’s Nuts were sold and this was a great start to the overall fundraising efforts.  The 7th Annual Diamond Jubilee, whose theme was “Masquerade Ball,” was held at the Captain White House in Graham.  Our club partnered with the Alamance County Art’s Council for this fundraiser and it was a success. In addition to the local club projects, several Burlington Junior Woman’s Club members served in district and state positions.  Crystal Sharpe, who served as GFWC-NC Junior Editor, was elected as the GFWC-NC Director-elect of Juniors during the Junior Business Session of the 2011 GFWC-NC State Convention.  Nikki Ratliff served as the District Four Junior Membership Chair.  In addition, Ivy McCrickard received the GFWC-NC Kim Pheil Pierce Magic Award and Nikki Ratliff received the GFWC-NC Junior Membership Chair of the Year Award.  Pamela Holley was chosen to represent GFWC-NC as during the GFWC LEADS Seminar.
2012-2013
The President’s theme was “Ladies Lending a Helping Hand”.  Our service continued through staple projects including Allied Churches Emergency Night Shelter, Adopt-a-Highway, Christmas Cheer and Special Populations Halloween/Prom dances.  We also recognized Child Abuse Prevention month by planting a pinwheel garden at the Graham Police Department.  Our club also ventured into new projects such as donating art supplies to the ARMC Pediatric Rehabilitation Center and No Kid Hungry dine outs and food collections.  Many of our club members represented our wonderful District and state by serving in various capacities.  Nikki Ratliff was elected as the Junior Director of District 4, Pamela Holley served as the GFWC-NC President and Director of Junior’s Special Project chairperson, the GFWC-NC Corresponding Secretary (Junior Section) and District 4 Leadership chairperson, Jill Riggsbee served as the GFWC-NC Arts chairperson (Junior Section), and the District 4 Clubwoman magazine chairperson.  We conducted another successful 5k race- otherwise known as the TaTa Trot, which benefited Little Pink Houses of Hope.  We were able to donate enough money for a week’s worth of food!  An astounding 19 new members were inducted into our club and we were unstoppable!!!

2013-2014
The President's theme was "Be the Positive Change in Your Community".  The 2013-2014 club year started out with a new joint project with the Greater Alamance Woman's Club and The Burlington Woman's Club, the clubs joined together to provide a hot dog lunch to children in a local public housing apartment complex. The project went over so well that during National Night Out the three clubs joined together again and provided a hot dog meal along with games and prizes to the entire apartment complex.  This year the club traded in the Uncle Al's nut sell for the club's first ever Zumbathon.  It was a hit and a success.   Additionally we supported the campaign to bring awareness to "TV Tip Overs", and painted Alamance County pink, by painting pinkies. In addition to the new projects we continued to support our staple projects including: Allied Churches Emergency Night Shelter, Adopt-A-Highway, Christmas Cheer, Special Populations Dances and Project Shoes. We had our most successful TaTa Trot 5k yet, as we continue to partner with Little Pink Houses of Hope.  Club members continued to represent our District and State by holding various positions.  The year began the last year of Crystal O'Neal's term as the GFWC-NC Junior Director and she did an outstanding job of leading our junior clubwomen.

2014-2015
The President’s theme was “Unlock Your Potential”. We had about 23 active members this year. We continued with our usual club projects. We hosted our 4th annual Yard Sale for Project Shoes. We also celebrated our 4th TATA Trot event with Little Pink Houses of Hope. It continues to get bigger each year. We also hosted a Halloween Theme Zumbathon at the Skating Rink as our Fall Fundraiser. We really broaden our Paint Alamance Pink Campaign and painted thousands of pinkies pink to help raise awareness for “TV Tip Overs”. We hosted a “baby needs baby shower” for the Alamance County Health Dept. We supplied refreshments and help work the Spring and Fall Special Populations Dances. This club year was also a “crafty year”…we made no sew octopi and monster pillows for Family Abuse Services to give to children in need. We also crafted an “Olaf snowman” sock friends and gave them to the local police stations to, again, give to children in need they come in contact with. We created a new Facebook page for the club and posted lots of information about the club and awareness type information. We currently have over 200 “likes”!

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