2022 year in Review
The Staunton Augusta Junior Women’s Club has been maintaining membership and continuing with projects in 2022. We have ongoing projects, time specific projects, and one-time projects.
The ongoing projects include egg carton and plastic bag recycling, club fitness goals where everyone works at their own pace, ESO book reading, monthly dinner meetings where members share hosting responsibilities, maintain our blessing box, and provide general donations to area nonprofits that help our community.
We have quarterly trash pick-up, an annual Christmas ornament fundraiser, evaluation and distribution of scholarships to high school graduates, a display at the park for the Celebration of Holiday Lights, and help assist with the Shop With A Cop program.
Our annual Christmas ornament fundraiser was so incredibly successful this year that we sold out of our original 600 ornament and needed to order an extra 200! The Club decided to celebrate the newly renovated city park entrance gateway, and a single Facebook post had over 11,600 views! This successful fundraiser netted over $6,000 and will provide several scholarships in the upcoming year.
This year we had a guest speaker from Mental Health of America, Augusta speak about their program and their new initiative to promote mental health wellbeing in schools. We were incredibly impressed with their program that we hosted a fundraiser at a local store/butcher shop called The Meating Place, and raised $1,350 for them!
We also created a large scale service project where members filled zippered pouches with hygiene items for middle grade girls in 5 city and county schools. The bags contained essential dental care items, feminine hygiene items, soaps and shampoos, and were distributed to school nurses for them to distribute to the children they thought might be in need.
As a split administration year, our club had several members with dual leadership roles at state and district level. Three members attended Legislation Day in Richmond which included brunch with Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears and a tour of the State Capitol building.
SAJWC recruited four new members in 2022, and they were incredibly eager to volunteer with hands-on projects plus come up with some great ideas for projects. We will be hosting our upcoming Spring District Meeting and we’re looking forward what our Club can do in 2023!