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Members walk on the wild side to meet needs from the community

Just when you think 2020 isn’t weird enough, up pops a snake on your virtual club meeting. For the folks of Carolina Wildlife Center, this was just a normal day. The center is dedicated to the care of wildlife in distress. According the their website, they have rehabilitated more than 55,000 animals representing 200 species! For the day of our meeting, we also got the chance to meet an opossum and a turtle. 

DID YOU KNOW? It's important to tell Carolina Wildlife where you picked up any injured wildlife, as they can only return it back into the wild when they know where the animal calls home. 

For our club year, November marked our Environment Community Service Program. Members rallied to fill the needs of the center with supplies and a monetary donation. From blankets to laundry detergent and potatoes to newspapers, members answered the call to do something great for an organization that is doing so much good for our environment and our community. 

To learn more about Carolina Wildlife or to learn some important rescue advice, check out their website.

Join the JWC of Lake Murray!

The Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray is growing and we’d love for YOU to join us in our mission to support the Lake Murray community! Check out this video to hear more from some of our club members about who we are and what we do. Don’t forget to like and follow our page to get updates about our upcoming Virtual Membership Event! #volunteer #community #kindness

Feel free to send us an email or reach out to us in on Facebook for more information! Can't wait to hear from you! 

Club Activities 2019-2020

The Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray kicked off the club year with our annual Membership Event! We welcomed guests and returning members to come hear all about the programs and activities planned for the coming year! At the event, we collected gently used shoes for Soles4Souls. 

In September, the JWC of Lake Murray helped sponsor the annual Dam Swim for Drew!
Members assisted in packing the swim bags and the club donated funds to sponsor this great cause.

At the end of September, the club worked alongside the Lake Murray Irmo-Woman's Club at the annual Irmo Okra Strut. We helped cook and sell the famous fried okra! It was such a great event and we loved working with our club sisters!

In October, we heard from a local medical oncologist, Dr. Coker, about cancer prevention. 
We also collected care items for patients at SC Oncology Associates. 

Across the county, GFWC Juniors participate in Children's Advocacy Week every October. 
This year, we held a Bunco Night fundraiser. Proceeds benefitted a local children's shelter, Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter. 

In November, Brooks Herring was our guest speaker. He spoke to the club about the benefits and the necessity of the Fisher House for our veterans. He also told us about the local USC Veterans Day 5k! 

Later in the month, several club members participated in Leeza Care Connection's annual fundraiser, Dare to Care. We also visited Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter on 3 different occasions to spend time with the children. 

Merry Christmas! In December, the club supported the preservation and maintenance of the historical GFWC-SC Club Headquarters in Columbia, the Sims-Stackhouse Mansion. The club donated a "Merry Fitness" themed stocking for the silent auction. Several members were in attendance too!
The club also adopted a family from Prisma Health Children's Hospital and donated funds for a Thanksgiving dinner and gifts from their Christmas Wishlist.

Happy New Year!

In January, the club welcomed representatives from Harvest Hope Food Bank. We learned all about this wonderful place and donated items to their food bank. 
The club also participated in Habitat for Humanity Build Days on 2 different occasions. Members worked alongside each other and the homeowner to help build a new home! It was a great, hands-on project that has become an annual tradition in our club. 

In February, the club welcomed two officers from the Lexington County Sheriff's Department to speak to about personal and online safety and awareness. Several club members also attended the Lake Murray Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in South Carolina and volunteered at a local Night to Shine event! We also held a great fundraiser at a local yoga studio to raise funds for cancer patients at SC Oncology Associations foundation, SCOA Cares. What a month!

In March, the monthly club meeting was focused on learning about the vital role of a child life specialist and how we can support their efforts at Prisma Children's Hospital. Several members also took a tour of Harvest Hope Food Bank and the club made a financial donation to help with their programs. 

Be the Inspiration!

The Junior Women’s Club of Lake Murray is in the midst of the 2019-2020 club year! Our theme this year is, “Be the Inspiration.” We hope to inspire others and be inspired through our involvement in community service projects!

Projects we have completed this year include:

  • Cooking & selling okra with the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman's Club at the Okra Strut
  • Collecting & donating shoes for Soles4Souls
  • Donating items for cancer patients at SC Oncology Associates
  • Fundraising & Volunteering at Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter
  • Volunteering for the annual fundraiser for Leeza's Care Connection
  • Providing Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas gifts to a family in need at Prisma Health Children's Hospital
  • Donating non-perishable food items to Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Participating in Build Days through Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
  • Fundraising for SCOA Cares through organizing a donation-based yoga class  
Interested in joining our group? Check out what these current members have to say about the Junior Women’s Club of Lake Murray.

“I joined the Junior Women’s Club of Lake Murray four years ago to have the opportunity to serve the community and meet new people since I was relatively new to the Lexington area. Along the way I have participated in some great service projects as well as have met some amazing ladies who are equally as passionate as giving back. The club meetings, socials and service projects are great ways to take a break from the stress of work.”  Courtney W

“In general, I’d have to say my favorite part about the club is that it provides a chance to get together with like-minded young women to find simple ways to uplift our community while also having a great time building friendships with one another.” Megan Y

“I joined Junior Women’s Club so that I could be a part of a group of women that are helping others and making our local area a better place. So far my favorite event was our Barre class fundraiser that raised money for SC Oncology Associates cancer patients.” Michelle B