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YOU are invited to....Be the Light!

**Updated information**

After thoughtful consideration, the August 30th event will be moved to virtual via Zoom. 

We are gearing up for another year of community service! Here are some FAQ's about our upcoming new member event!

Who: YOU and the Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray

What: Interested in making new friends and volunteering in the community? Awesome! You are our people. Come learn more at this special membership event. 

When: August 30, 2021 at 6:30pm 

Where: It's VIRTUAL!

Why: Because you love your community. Because you want to meet new people. Because you love the feeling you get when you help others!
If you've ever thought about joining a local volunteer group but didn't know where to begin...this is it! No commitment, no strings attached. 

Questions? Send us a message via Facebook or email at JWCLakeMurray@gmail.com. You can also learn more by visiting us online at www.JWCofLakeMurray.org. See you at the event!

Check out some of our past community service projects below!

Built to Serve: '20-'21 Wrap Up & '21-'22 Theme Reveal!

On Thursday, June 10th we held our last meeting of club year 2020-21 at the Sims-Stackhouse mansion. What a year it was! We were so elated to gather in person for the first time to celebrate all that we accomplished this year, induct our new officers, and reveal the theme for our upcoming club year.

Club members were welcomed with refreshments that included charcuterie cups from Queen’s Manna and custom cookies that displayed the new theme and club logo, "Be The Light" - from Cookies by Ashlyn. Both were absolutely delicious!

After enjoying social time and fellowship, an official Welcome message from Michelle Blackmon, President 2020-21 began the business meeting. The reciting of the Junior Pledge was led by Tracey Harris, incoming Club Secretary. Michelle shared a recap of the club year which also included sharing and celebrating all of the awards that the club received at the State Convention held in May. Our club was honored to receive the following awards: 

  • Creativity award for our Children’s Advocacy week project 
  • First place for our work in Health and Wellness 
  • Early Bird Award - Michelle Blackmon 
  • First place for our work on the Signature Project 
  • First place for our work in Communication & identity 
  • Creativity award for our work in Communication & identity 
  • Janet Prince Membership Award 
  • Junior Spirit Award 
  • Junior Membership report award 
  • Megan Yongue was inducted into the GFWC Honor Roll 

Next on the agenda was an Induction Ceremony for the new Executive Officers for club year 2021-22. A huge "Thank you" to our special guest GFWC-SC President Kristin Fields for presiding over this ceremony. We loved the pinwheels! In true 2020 fashion, Vice President, Sarah Matthews was inducted via Zoom! 

            President- Megan Yongue               Vice President- Sarah Matthews
            Secretary- Tracey Harris                 Treasurer- Ellen Duncan

Megan shared this about her vision and inspiration for the new theme: 

"At the end of an incredibly long, difficult year, I feel like we’re starting to 'see the light'. I envision that light as a beacon, much like that of a lighthouse, helping us find our way, the new way, the post-COVID19 way. We’re stronger, more flexible, we have a greater appreciation for the things that truly matter, and we’re hungry for connection and for finding ways to lift up our community.

I found this quote that resonated with me: 'I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve.' -George Bernard Shaw

I believe this group of women was built to serve. WE are the lighthouse and I look forward to us finding ways to “Be The Light” in our community this year."

The club is looking forward to sharing more fellowship over the summer and kicking off the official club year in late August. We hope you'll join us! 

JWC of Lake Murray's Kilometers for Kindness Virtual 5K!

The Junior Women's Club of Lake Lake Murray is hosting its very first virtual 5K called Kilometers for Kindness. Join us in supporting the Midlands by running, walking, skipping or even hopping 5K whenever or wherever you are! Sign up today at Strictly Running. All participants will receive a race medal created by local artisan, Seth in Stone. Be sure to post an action shot of your 5K on social media using the hashtag #km4kindness and automatically be entered to win a gift card!

If you have questions, email jwclakemurray@gmail.com. 

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.