As the summer comes to an end and the coming year as Juniors begins, I feel the need to thank each of you for the time and effort you have contributed to this club. Without each of you, the club could not be as successful as it has become. As Vince Lombardi once said, �The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.� Collectively, the clubs of the State of New Jersey raised $1,419,514.00 this year. All of you make this possible.
Our club is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs � the world's oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women's volunteer service organization. Founded in February 1924, the Collingswood Junior Women�s Club enhances the lives of those living in this small community through its hands-on service activities and fundraising events, disbursing the proceeds to local and national charities and organizations. We strive to accomplish these goals through our Arts, Health, Home Life, Education, Conservation, International Affairs and C.A.R.E. departments, to name a few.
In addition to raising funds for scholarships and donations, locally we support community services and activities such as FAFS, the Knight Park Children�s Garden, Collingswood�s PTAs, Girl Scout Troop 30113 and Manor Senior Home. The Juniors undertake many and varied projects, spearheading community improvement projects such as creating a pollination garden at Knight Park and encouraging patriotism in the community�s youngest residents with our annual 4th of July Bike Parade. On a larger scale, through our State Project, the Valerie Fund, we are able to support and help children and their families affected by cancer and blood disorders.
We are sisters, mothers, daughters, wives, and friends all working together for one common goal: to enrich the lives of others through volunteer service. I feel fortunate about the many ways we are able to touch those in need. Our club is made of a group of very dynamic women that make these projects happen. Thank YOU for being involved and donating your valuable time to those less fortunate and to the community. I look forward to another Club year packed with Success, Friendship, Activities and Events.
Alyce R. Taylor, President
September 1, 2011