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.