Rochester, MI – (August 12, 2013) – The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club has had a busy year! From September to June the club donated more than $32,000.00 to charitable organizations, they provided more than 5,000 hands-on volunteer hours to the community and they managed to have a little fun in the process as well!
Their fundraising year started off in early September with the Art and Apples Festival. Club members Kathy Lewis, Marge Friederichs, Kelly Kamman, Laura Gutknecht, Anne Dieters-Williams and Gabriele Smith co-chaired the food tent where the club’s signature Apple Blossoms and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade were sold to raise funds for the Paint Creek Center for the Arts. A few weeks later, the club held their 14th annual Lobster Boil on September 29th. . Chaired by members Linda Dill, Nancy Kamman, Toni Wiley,
Pam Teimorzadeh and Cyndi Toupin, more than 1500 lobsters were sold to raise funds for Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation, Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library, Leader Dogs for the Blind, OPC and other local charities. The end of the year brought their annual Christmas Auction, chaired by club members Lillian Roland and Leigh Berkhoel, which raised more than $2000 for Rochester Area Neighborhood House.
The club kicked off the New Year with “An Evening at the Great Estate” which was held at Michigan’s newest National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook Hall on January 26th. The evening, chaired by club members Nancy Kamman, Toni Wiley, Deanna Gross and Lynn Oates, included a strolling gourmet dinner, tours of the hall, a silent auction, music by Night and Day productions and dancing and raised almost $17,000 for the club’s charitable projects.
Emeritus members hosted their 21st annual Card Party in February at Rivercrest, raising more than $1000 for Crittenton Hospital’s Camisole Program. This was followed in March when they hosted their annual “Spring Highlights’ Luncheon and Shopping Boutique at the Royal Park Hotel. Chaired by club members Amy Griffin and ANNE Dieters-Williams, they raised almost $12,000 additional funds for Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation, Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library and Leader Dogs for the Blind.
In May, the club presented two $500 scholarships, through the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, to Emily Duncanson from Rochester High School and Jonathan Zarger from Stoney Creek High School, at the annual awards ceremony held May 21, 2013 at Stoney Creek High School Auditorium. And, in June they finished their club year by participating in the Rochester Relay for Life where they raised more than $5,000 for the American Cancer Society.
But, that wasn’t all for the members of RJWC! If all of the check writing didn’t keep them busy enough, they also provided countless hands-on hours to other local organizations including: hosting exhibition openings at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, serving meals at their Learn More Now luncheons and assisting with special events at the Older Persons Commission. The members also assisted with the pumpkin carving station at the Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at the Rochester Hills Museum in October, decorated Dinosaur Hill for the holidays, sold Daffodils for Dinosaur Hill in March, worked each of the Parisian Charity Sales and sponsored the Community Kitchen at the Rochester Community House in May.
During their busy year, RJWC also supported other location organizations and events; they attended the Sunrise Pinnacle awards, Community Outlook Luncheon, Inter-Club Dinner, “Luncheon on the Aisles” for Meadow Brook Theatre, PCCA’s Regional Arts and Culture Awards and they also attended The Women’s Fund annual luncheon in June.
And, since RJWC doesn’t believe in “all work and no play” they did a few things just for the fun of it! In the fall, club members built a scarecrow, “Josie the Junior” as part of the Rochester Hills Museum’s “Scarecrows in the City,” took cooking classes at Trevarrow, Inc and went to see “PDNF” at Varner Hall at Oakland University and took a tour of the Leader Dog for the Blind facility. During the holiday season, they hosted a Cookie Exchange and an Ornament Exchange, attended the Holiday Home Tour sponsored by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library and took a class at Painting With A Twist. As the new year began, they hosted a cooking class and went to see “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at Varner Hall and hosted a Spa Night at Salon 35. In May, they spent the day at Eastern Market and also went to see “The Full Monty” at Avon Players, Throughout the year they hosted a monthly book club as well as a knitting group and a walking group.
And, at the end of their club year in June, they celebrated with a lovely dinner in the Christopher Wren dining room at Meadow Brook Hall where they installed their new Club President Kathy Lewis, as well as their new club officers, President Elect Cyndi Toupin, Vice President Anne Dieters-Williams, Recording Secretary Deb Panter, Corresponding Secretary Amy Griffin, Treasurer Marianne Koller and Parliamentarian Jennifer Hyvari. The club also welcomed 18 new members; Lisa Belisle, Michelle Boerman, Leslie Camisa, Alicia Chenhalls, Angie Davis, Linda Demarco, April Dobat, Noelle Dubois, Lee Garstick, Susan Gordoa, Sharon Hardy, Jennifer Jostock, Karen Maynard, Melodi McDonald, Nikole Meier, Sandy Risner, Kimberlie Stellman and Carole Welte. Outstanding members were also recognized for their significant volunteer activities over the past club year; Volunteer of the Year was presented to Linda Dill, and “Club Woman of the Year” was presented to Kathy Lewis.
As you can see, contributing to the growth and vitality of the community is the core of the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club! For more than 50 years they have contributed to the growth and vitality of the community through volunteer service and donation of funds to local charities and organizations. Over the years, RJWC hasdonated more than 1 million hours of community service and raised more than $820,000 to support the local community.
Proceeds from the club’s upcoming fundraising events will go to benefit Meadow Book Hall and Rochester Area Neighborhood House and other local charities. The club is currently planning their 15th annual Lobster Boil which will be held on September 28, 2013 where live New England lobsters are flown in fresh and members of RJWC cook and wrap the lobsters and have them hot and ready as customers pick them up at the OPC drive-thru site.
The second event the club has planned to raise funds for the recipients will be held on January 25, 2014 at Meadow Brook Hall. The evening will include tours of the hall, a strolling gourmet dinner, music, dancing and a silent auction. The club is also currently planning their annual “Spring Highlights” Luncheon and Shopping Boutique for March 29, 2014 at the Royal Park Hotel.
The club currently has approximately eighty women who are committed to serving the needs of the community. They meet on the third Thursday of each month, September through May, at the Rochester Community House. And, they welcome new members all year long! For more information on Rochester Junior Woman’s Club, please contact Cyndi Toupin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-941-7991. You can also visit their website at www.rhpl.org/rjwc or follow them on Facebook at “Rochester Junior Woman’s Club.”
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