Public Issues: Safety and Crime Prevention

It's "safety first" for the Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray! 

The JWC of Lake Murray's Community Service Program, Public Issues, held a special night at Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter

Corporal Greg Wiles of the South Carolina State Transport Police and Master Deputy Brian Hinz in the K9 Unit of Lexington County Sheriff's Department visited the shelter to talk about their jobs, gave the children a tour of their "office," and talked about overall public safety. A few highlights of the night were when the officers turned on the sirens and lights in their vehicles and when Corporal Wiles played Pictionary with the kids! 

Special thanks to Zo√ęs Kitchen of Lexington and Little Caesars for providing food! Interested in supporting the shelter? Visit their website.

DID YOU KNOW? Every 98 seconds someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. That means every single day more than 570 people experience sexual violence in this country. The General Federation of Women's Clubs works to educate club members on safety. Last weekend JWC of Lake Murray club members took a self defense class offered by Richland County Sheriff's Department

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Make Waves With Us!

It’s time to MAKE WAVES & make a difference in the community!
If you would like to serve & volunteer with the Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray, 
please join us as we start our new club year. 
It’ll be an evening of fun, friendship, & learning all about our club! 
This event is geared towards new members & we will have lots of great club information for you! 

**Please RSVP via “Make Waves With Us!” Facebook event page**

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Dinner & Craft Night

Where is a child to go when he or she cannot be properly cared for at home? 

Prior to 1972, in Lexington County and most other places in the country, many children who needed protection were kept in jail cells because there was nowhere else for them to go. 

Then, through a concerted effort of Lexington County Citizens, the Shelter, originally known as Welcome Home, opened its doors. 

After later being known as the Lexington County Children’s Shelter, its name changed in 1992 to honor Ms. Nancy Perry, a volunteer, houseparent, and former executive director.

The Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter, Inc. is a residential program for the temporary, emergency care of children who have experienced physically or sexually abused, neglected, abandoned, exploited or caught in the midst of family crisis. 
The Shelter operates twenty-four hours a day, year-round to care for children from birth to 18 years of age. The youngest child the Shelter has served so far was 8 hours old. 
The Shelter is the oldest facility of its type in South Carolina and serves approximately 85 to 100 children annually. Since the Shelter was opened, it has cared for more than 5,000 children. 

While in placement, children attend public school, receive counseling, medical care, recreational, cultural, social, and religious opportunities, as well as lots of love.

Last month, several members of the JWCLM wanted to help serve and share some love with the children at the Shelter! We met at the Shelter and hosted a fun dinner and craft night for the children. 

Fatz Cafe of Irmo generously donated a platter of chicken tenders for the meal! Thank you, Fatz Cafe! All of the sides and dessert were provided by the club members. 

The children were fun, full of energy, and very talkative! We all had a great time visiting with them!

After dinner, we helped the children design their own bookmarks. It was a big hit, especially the laminating machine we brought to seal up their bookmarks and artwork. The children loved seeing their designs go through the machine and then look professional once they're done! 

We had a wonderful time and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve at this great Shelter. 
We are looking forward to returning again soon!

Another great year!

On Monday, June 12, 2017 the Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray celebrated another great club year with our "Out with a Bang" End of the Year Party! The JWC of Lake Murray is now 7 years old! We all had a great time catching up with one another & enjoying all the great food and fun at our annual event!

The Director of Junior Clubs for South Carolina, Katie Moydell, was present to induct our new club officers for the 2017-2018 club year:
President: Sara Bonner
Vice President: Tabitha Said
Treasurer: Courtney Wiles
Secretary: Holly Hall
Past President: Elizabeth Porth

During the induction ceremony, Katie used GFWC-SC President Janet Prince's theme as she encouraged us to serve together with joy and with passion, one step at a time!  (

As a token of appreciation, the outgoing Club President and Vice President, Elizabeth Porth and Megan Yongue, gave a little something special to all our club members to thank them for their thyme & commitmint this club year: small clay pots with chalkboard paint to plant thyme and mint in this summer. We love our members & not only do we appreciate their time and commitment, but the community does too!

In addition to the celebration party, we had our annual meeting to discuss some of our new plans & programs for 2017-2018.
In particular, we are going to partner with the wonderful ladies of the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman's Club to sell okra at Irmo's famous Okra Strut in September.
LMIWC members Meredith Fields and Nanette Butler were present to give us all the details of the fun event. We are all looking forward to a really great time together, as we fry up some okra for a good cause!
We are also planning a project in February for Cancer Awareness Month - a Class for a Cause at barre3 Lake Murray. More details to come!

We recapped our Bag-A-Bargain yard sale - a HUGE success! Thank you to all of our wonderful shoppers and supporters! We had a fantastic turnout and we absolutely loved being able to partner with our new River Bluff High School Juniorettes. The Juniorettes hosted the bake sale with lots of homemade treats and coffee. We are looking forward to more projects with them in the future. They are an outstanding group of talented young ladies with hearts to serve!


At the yard sale, our club also presented a scholarship check to Linsy Dooley, a teacher at RBHS.  This is our second year we have been able to donate a scholarship to RBHS.  Mrs. Dooley will award this scholarship on our behalf to an at-risk graduating senior, who will attend Midlands Tech in the fall.

Over the summer break, we plan to remain active by volunteering at a local children's shelter, hosting a bake sale at South Carolina Oncology Associates to benefit SCOA Cares, and collecting travel-size toiletries for the monthly Feed the Hungry events at First Baptist Church of Columbia.

Last, but not least, is the list of awards our club received this year at the 119th GFWC-SC State Convention:
Junior Category II Honor Club

GFWC Advancement Areas:
Communication & Public Identity:  2nd place
Membership:  2nd place
Women’s History & Resource:  1st place

Community Service Programs:
Arts: 1st place

Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention: 2nd place

“What Color is Your Cancer?” Spirit of Longevity Award

Ann Borris Memorial Award

Susan Abelkop Membership Award


Please join the Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray
the River Bluff High School Juniorette Club 
for our annual spring fundraiser, 

Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Gator Commons                                                                                              
River Bluff High School                                                                                              
320 Corley Mill Rd, Lexington

***Use the middle entrance labeled "Athletic/Student Entrance" to access Gator Commons***

Doors Open:                        
7:00 am
Free Admission

Sale Closes for Bag Sale:   
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm  

Bag Sale:                              
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Bags are $5 each  
Bag-A-Bargain features new and used items donated by club members, friends, neighbors, and local businesses at very low prices.  Items include home decor, housewares, furniture, electronics, jewelry, books, DVDs, toys and games, housewares, holiday decor, sports equipments, and appliances. 

This event will also feature a Bake Sale hosted by the new RBHS Juniorettes, Raffle Items, and a Boutique Section.

Proceeds from the event will be used by both clubs to help support various programs and projects in our area. Organizations we support include the Snack Pack Program, Palmetto Place Children's Shelter, Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter, Keep the Midlands Beautiful, SCOA Cares at South Carolina Oncology Associates, and Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.

GFWC-SC River Bluff High School Juniorette Club

We are very proud to be co-sponsors of the new GFWC-SC River Bluff High School Juniorette Club!

In the fall of 2016, the Palmetto Woman's Club and the JWC of Lake Murray worked together to organize this new club for high school girls at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina.

After a very successful afternoon at high school's club fair last fall, the RBHS Juniorettes had their first meeting in November 2016.  Officers were soon elected and the Juniorettes have been off and running ever since!

The Juniorette Club's founding officers and teacher advisor, Mrs. Nickie Nickles.

Juniorettes in attendance at the GFWC-SC Winter Session. 
The Juniorettes received their club's charter at the meeting! 

In January, the club had their first project: Penny Wars! The Juniorettes collected coins and small change from students at their school. Grades 9-12 competed against each other to collect the most pennies. The winning class got to throw a pie in the face of a school faculty member! The club raised approximately $70.00 and all proceeds went to Palmetto Place Children's Shelter, an emergency shelter for children and teens in Richland, Lexington, and Kershaw counties.

In February, the Juniorettes spent a wonderful afternoon at Carolina Gardens Assisted Living. Club members mixed and mingled with the residents and helped them decorate cards for Valentine's Day. A fun and sweet afternoon was had by all!

In March, the Juniorettes collected household items and toiletries to donate to The Oliver Gospel Mission in Columbia. The JWC of Lake Murray's Public Issues Department donated paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, bathroom cleaning supplies, Clorox wipes, and laundry detergent pods to this event.

Future plans for the RBHS Juniorette Club include a litter clean-up event in April and a bake sale with the JWC of Lake Murray at our annual spring yard sale, Bag-A-Bargain.

We are very proud of this wonderful group of young ladies! In just a few months, the Juniorettes have already made a great impact in the community and we are excited for what the future holds for this club. The RBHS Juniorettes are truly "Living the Volunteer Spirit"!

Also, be sure to follow the newly created "gfwchq" on Instagram to see the latest on all GFWC Juniorette Clubs. The RBHS Juniorette Club was the first club featured on this page! See the post here.

Service Project: Chalking it up to a Good Time

It was a beautiful afternoon spent with the children at Palmetto Place! The Education Department of the Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray spent some time painting the backyard fence with chalk paint and assisting the children painting sun catchers.

Palmetto Place was founded in 1977 by the members of the Junior Woman’s Club of Columbia (JWC). In the early 1970s they became aware of the unique needs and tragic stories of abused and neglected children who needed support and created a plan to help.

Since the shelter was founded, more than 7,000 of the Midlands abused, neglected and abandoned children have found a safe, nurturing home at Palmetto Place.

Lending a Helping Hand

At March's club meeting we met up at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church to pack Snack Packs for students of a local elementary school. Saxe Gotha partners with Lexington School District One. They help fill bags and send them to schools for weekly distribution to children who have great need.  Each child identified as having need will receive a bag filled with child-friendly, nutritious, easy-to-open food to last over the weekend. 

Interested in getting involved in your community? Let us know.

Service Project: JWC of Lake Murray Working to 'Keep the Midlands Beautiful'

DID YOU KNOW? $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter.

Last weekend, members of the Junior Women's Club of Lake Murray spent part of the morning "Keeping the Midlands Beautiful" along Corley Mill Road in Lexington. A majority of the litter along the road consisted of Styrofoam packaging, fast food bags, bottles/cans and cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are the most frequently littered item in America. They represent nearly 30 percent of the items documented in nationwide cleanup initiatives.

Established in 1989 to serve Richland and Lexington Counties, the mission of Keep the Midlands Beautiful is "to engage, inspire and educate the Midlands to invest in our community through litter prevention, recycling and beautification." The non-profit was able to supply the club with safety vests and bags for pick-up.

Curious about litter laws in South Carolina? Here's a link. Littering can be expensive. Fines can be as high as $1,000.