The Southeastern District of Michigan Executive Board is pleased to report that 10 district clubs from our district attended the 99th Annual SE District Meeting on October 21, 2017. Club members and their Presidents came to the meeting from the Adrian, Brooklyn, Clawson, Dearborn, Lake Orion, Madison Heights, Rochester Juniors, Royal Oak, Tecumseh, and Lenawee Women’s Clubs.

All clubs are part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). This all female non-profit organization is headquartered in Washington D.C. and is more than 127 years old. GFWC spearheaded many extraordinary programs throughout the United States and Internationally as well, such as public libraries. GFWC runs under the amazing and inspirational theme “Unity in Diversity”.

GFWC State of Michigan Executive President, Donna Brown, attended the Southeastern District meeting and gave an inspirational speech on keeping our clubs current with the times, and always remembering to be open minded and kind to one another to insure success! Clubwomen were also fortunate to hear from GFWC Michigan 1st Vice President, Susan Johnson; and 2nd Vice President, Ruth Ann Northon.

Each club president was given an opportunity to present a “brag report” regarding one amazing and unique event or quality of their club. Among the top report was Clawson Women’s Club ability to maintain membership for the past decade, and Rochester Junior Women’s Club large fundraiser profits that get distributed to different charities each year.

A special guest, Velcro the puppy, also attended the Southeastern District Meeting. In May 2017, a challenge was put forth by GFWC International President, Sheila Shae. President Shae encouraged each state to find a foster home for a service puppy for one year. The service pup is provided by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), an organization in partnership with GFWC that provides service dogs to disabled veterans. Our district CCI chairwoman, Bethany Perry (a member of Rochester Junior Women’s Club), was fortunate to find a “foster mom”, Megan Schwark. Megan drove to Ohio and came home with “Velcro”, a white lab/retriever pup born July 7, 2017. A “puppy shower” was thrown during the SE District meeting, where $1,800 was raised by the 10 clubs and their members. This money covers all the costs to raise Velcro while staying with Megan. Because these clubs all supported Velcro, he will make a special visit to each club throughout the next year to “personally say thank you”!

Awards were presented to SE District Clubs and individuals. Rochester Junior Women’s Club was honored to receive the award for Outstanding Leadership & the “Triple Crown” awarded to the club that displays Outstanding Fundraising, Community Service, and Fellowship. District Chairwoman of the Year was won by our own Kathy Warriner, the SE District Education & Arts Chairwomen. SE District President, Kathy Lewis (also a member of the Rochester Junior Women’s Club), was nominated unanimously by the district to run for GFWC Michigan 2nd Vice-President in April 2018 at the GFWC State Convention.


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November is a time for being thankful. As President, I am very thankful for all of the hard work so many of you put forth to make our social, service and fundraising events a success. Everyone plays an important role and everyone is necessary to the success of the club. Whether you are on the team that organized the event, a worker bee, or a participant. Everyone is important and needed!

want to give shout out to TEAM BINGOmania. Thanks to Tanya who stepped in to help then took on the event as chair and to the team of members who worked so hard to put together a successful and FUN event. Thank you to Tanya, Anne, Suzanne, Christina, Marie, Karen, Kate, Nancy, Toni, and everyone who worked the event to make it a success. THANK YOU!!!

Thank you in advance to all the hosts and co-hosts for Dessert 8’s. This is an event not to be missed. Not only is wonderful food and desserts served, it is a great chance to get to know your fellow members in a small setting. There is still time to sign up! An added benefit to this fun evening is that the chairs are asking each member to bring a new bra or gently used women’s career clothing to either the November General Meeting or to their Dessert Party. Items will be donated to Career Dress, one of our charities who spoke last month at our General Meeting.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family and friends!

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Rochester Hills Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) hosted their BINGOmania event on Wednesday, September 25, 2017 at the River Crest Banquet facility in Rochester Hills.  Over 100 attendees played numerous games of Bingo, bid on raffle items and enjoyed appetizers and a sundae bar.

In addition to straight Bingo, there were several unusual games including “H”, “X”, and even four corners.  Attendees were able to buy additional wooden Bingo cards to better their chances of winning a white elephant gift provided by people attending the event.  Attendees could also purchase sets of three paper Bingo cards to win fabulous community donated prizes at special games throughout the night.

There was a Chinese raffle with numerous donated items from merchants in the community.  There were wine baskets, jewelry, Dream Dinners gift certificates, S’more Maker with ingredients, two tickets to An American in Paris, OU Basketball tickets and swag, scarves, perfume, and even a chance to have lunch with Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett.

Being the week before Halloween, several guests chose to dress in costume.  We had 1950’s Pink Ladies, Witches, Rosie the Riveter, Super Heroes, Super Fans, Minnie Mouse, Queen of Hearts, Bingo Lady and even a leopard. Our number callers were hilarious and really kept the laughs coming.

Money raised from this event goes directly to our charities:  Sew Much Comfort, OUCares, Career Dress and Police Law Enforcement Association (PLEA).

A special thanks to Team Bingo and everyone who helped with this event.

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Our annual Lobster Boil Fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th at the OPC got our fundraising year off to a great start! We had a fun, lively day as we sold about 900 beautiful lobsters. The weather was ideal, 65 and sunny with a light breeze.

Our designated charities for the year as well as the Older Persons’ Commission are supported by this event’s profits. This year we are fundraising for Career Dress, OU Cares, Sew Much Comfort and Professional Law Enforcement Association Foundation, Inc. Representatives from PLEA gave their time and wrapped cooked lobsters right along with us! Thank you.


We had donated snacks and pop, Gatorade and water, sandwiches and cookies to energize our volunteers and scouts. Delicious coffee came from Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters. A playlist of lobster, fishing and beach songs added enjoyment to our event.


Our wonderful sponsors, Marc Disner of People’s Fish Market and Dan Dunsky of O’Brien’s Crabhouse delivered our fresh lobsters right to our site. People’s provided a large discount to us on our lobsters and O’Brien’s supplied us with colorful bibs, placemats, and packing bags. These men along with Richard Ketchel of People’s are very supportive of our cause and this fueled their generosity in helping us. Stop in and take advantage of their establishments.


Of course, the very generous help from more than 30 of our members before and during the Boil made this event possible.  We are so thankful to the eight husbands who conscientiously cooked lobsters in the big, boiling pots. For 6 of them, this was a first and we hope they continue to be lobster boilers. And a huge thanks to the Boy Scouts of Troop 60 and their leaders who set up and cleaned up; this event depends on their generous help, year after year. We most sincerely thank the community for supporting us once again as lobster-buying customers!

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Four RJWC members attended the Girlstown Open House this past July. We received a tour of the facility by staff members who also explained policies and answered questions. All who attended found the experience interesting and informative. This event is held annually and I would encourage attendance in the future. You can see the pictures from the open house and the wine tasting below.

Guiding Harbor’s Annual Auction will be held November 4 in Redford, Michigan. A flyer with details can be found by clicking this link. Tickets ordered by Oct. 4 receive a $10 discount! Three RJWC members attended last year, had a great time and came home with some nice goodies from the auction.

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The Rochester Junior Women’s Club Hosts its 19th Annual Lobster Boil Fundraiser

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club anticipates raising over $5,000.00 for local charities with one of the most-loved area fundraisers.


Rochester, MI, Friday, September 1, 2017—The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) is now accepting orders for its 19th Annual Lobster Boil Fundraiser.

This unique fundraising event is anticipated by many residents of the greater Rochester area. Participants place their orders in advance, and the women of the club will have succulent, fresh, live, one to one-and-a-half pound lobsters flown in fresh from Maine on the day of pick up at the OPC on September 30, 2017. Customers can choose to pick up their lobsters live or cooked.

Lobster Boil is a great time to entertain friends and family or enjoy a quiet dinner for two. Customers choose the pick-up time; and simply “drive-thru” to pick up orders, making this one of the most convenient and unique fundraising dinners. Rochester Junior Women’s club members will cook, wrap, and orders ready for pick up, using packaging designed to keep lobsters hot for up to two hours.

Rochester Junior Women's Club 19th Annual Lobster Boil

Left to Right:
Karen Greibel & Lisa Geiger (Lobster Boil 2016 Chairs) and Sharon Heussner & Donna Affeldt (Lobster Boil 2017 Chairs)

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club anticipates raising over $5,000.00 for local charities including Career Dress, OU Cares, Sew Much Comfort, the Professional Law Enforcement Association Foundation and the Older Person’s Commissions.

We have been working since June to prepare for this event. It’s always a lot of fun for the women in the club and for the people who buy the lobsters. We love hosting this fundraiser and hope to exceed our goal in support of local charities,” says Donna Affeldt, chair of this event, along with Sharon Heussner.

Lobsters are $21 each or customers can opt to order a “Baker’s Dozen,” receiving 13 lobsters for the price of 12. Orders can be placed online at and must be received by September 14, 2017.

About Rochester Junior Women’s Club

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) is a 501c3 organization, founded in 1956. It is a group of lively, intelligent women whose mission statement calls them to promote education, strive to preserve natural resources, work to benefit the elderly and support the arts in our community. Since its inception, The Rochester Junior Women’s Club has donated more than 1 million hours of community service and raised over $920,000.00 to support local charitable organizations.

The Club President, Carol Anne Ketelsen is available for interviews about the Rochester Junior Women’s Club and the charities it supports.



Christina Strickland, Volunteer Publicity Coordinator


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Summer’s not even over but we’re working on organizing our events for the 2017-2018 club year. Before you head off for the weekend, be sure to mark your calendars! More information about each event will be coming soon!

Lobster Boil: September 30, 2017
Bingo Mania: October 25, 2017
Spring Luncheon: March 10, 2018
Haute to Trot: May 5, 2018


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Its is a club tradition that every year, the president selects a symbol that represents our club and goals for the term. As my symbol I selected the sea turtle.

The turtle represents so many things but perhaps most importantly the turtle gracefully teaches us the art of adapting to new surroundings and environments. The Sea Turtle opens us up to experimenting with new terrains and ideas, while maintaining a comfortable self pace.  The message is not to push yourself so fast that you make errors and miss opportunities.  The turtle knows that all things come in perfect and divine timing sharing the golden lesson of patience.

As we all know turtles have  a shell that becomes it’s home, whenever it is threatened it retreats to safety of it’s shell…this brings symbolic meaning from the turtle that you too can do the same, by creating a spiritual shield that is your armor against negativity, harmful influences, and painful memories. In retreat gather your inner wisdom and emerge strengthened and prepared to move forward.

Sea turtles are known for their long lives and calm demeanor, turtles represent wisdom, perseverance and longevity.  They serve to remind us to stay true to ourselves even as the club and circumstances around us change. Turtle wisdom encourages us to see what most problems are – tiny bumps on the long road of life.

Advice from a Sea Turtle:

  • Come out of your shell
  • Be well-rounded
  • Know when to stick your neck out
  • Log time with friends
  • Home is where your heart is
  • Snap out of it
  • Swim with the Current
  • Be a good navigator
  • Stay calm under pressure
  • Be well traveled
  • Think long term
  • Age gracefully
  • Spend time at the beach

I’m looking forward serving as president for the club that means so much to our community.

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Calling all new members and those that are thinking about joining!

We invite you to attend our new members’ meetings. In these meetings, you will get a chance to meet your new sister members, get a more intimate understanding of our club, ask questions and receive answers from experienced club members.

New member meetings are facilitated by the Rochester Junior Women’s Club President-Elect. There will be a time for socializing and a time for business. All new members are encouraged to attended.

These meetings are also open to those wanting more information about the Rochester Junior Women’s Club. There is no obligation to join (and we’re not going to pester you into it either!).

New member meetings are held near Adam’s Highschool. Please contact Mary at for the address.

New Members’ Meetings will be held on:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday, January 11, 2017

(no new members’ meetings in December)

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We have put in this random picture of a kitten to hold your attention longer.

Publicity is a big job and with social media, it’s gotten even better! We’re looking for a few extra hands that can help with photography and social media. Here’s what we’re looking for. Please email Christina or Kate if you can help!

Photographer: Hobbyist photographer needed to volunteer to take great pictures at our amazing events for the Publicity Department. These pictures will be used on our website, in social media, and in newspapers articles.

Pinterest: If you love Pinterest, we want you to help us develop our Pinterest boards!

Twitter: Does Twitter get your heart all a flutter? Volunteer to manage our new Twitter account. You’ll be sharing articles from our website, articles related to the Greater Rochester Area and live tweeting from events.

Instagram: Are you great at capturing the moment with your smart phone? If so, volunteer to manage our Instagram account. We have so much fun and do so much good, let’s show the world how we do it!

That’s not all the help we need. If you’re good with writing or technology (or at least a quick learner), have graphic design, video editing or print layout skills, contact either Christina or Kate!

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