Junior Auxiliary of Taney County (JATC) held their annual dinner last week to install new board members for the 2016-2017 year, induct new Active Members and recognize several women for their contributions during the 2015-2016 year. In attendance were approximately 40 members, including several Life Members.
Board members serve one-year terms and are selected from the membership. The new board members are Paula Gillispie, President; Joyce Wood, Vice President; Marcia Vanderlaan, Recording Secretary; Joan Anderson, Corresponding Secretary; Selina West, Treasurer; Paula Eighmy, Assistant Treasurer; Linda Lewis, Finance Director; Becky Koehler, Projects Chair; Cathy Brown, Education Director; Bobbie Wydeen, Membership Chair; and Nina Grayson, Ex Officio.
JATC welcomed new Active Members, Mary-Ann Dailey and Kariann Sandine. Women initially join as Provisional Members to determine if they wish to make a commitment to become Active Members with the organization to serve the community. These women who were inducted into the organization as Active Members had participated in service and finance projects, attended Chapter meetings and completed training during the 2015-2016 year.
Several members were recognized at the dinner for their contributions. The Gift of Service award was given to Paula Eighmy for the member with the most service hours. Selina West received the Gift of Time award for the most total hours. The Crown Award was given to Joyce Wood, the member chosen by the current President who represents the 5 jewels on the NAJA Crown: Charity, Youth, Health, Leadership and Service. Both Paula Gillispie and Sheryl Schiller were also recognized for their contributions this year.
JATC is more than a nonprofit organization, it’s a group of women united by a single cause and dedicated to helping the children of Taney County. That’s the magic of JATC. It was chartered by a group of caring, enthusiastic women in 1998 and continues to grow and thrive throughout Taney County. Approximately 50 members annually contribute more than 4,000 volunteer hours as they strive to improve the mental, physical, social and emotional well-being of children in Taney County.
JATC projects include Prom Dress Project, Tender Critters, Santa’s Gift House, School Supplies in January, College Readiness, Scholarships, Scholar Care, Homework Helpers and support for the Women’s Crisis Center. Members raise money for these projects through one major event – a fun Trivia Challenge with dinner, live entertainment, a raffle and a Silent Auction held in the spring each year. This year the 16th Annual Trivia Challenge and Silent Auction were held at the Radisson Hotel in Branson on April 2, 2016. Nearly $20,000 was raised, all of which is reinvested in our community. Check out the Junior Auxiliary website (jatcmo.org) for more information on projects, fundraising and “In the News”.
The members are starting a new child welfare project entitled “Learners Today –Leaders Tomorrow”. Visit their Give Ozarks webpage to learn more about this new project and learn how you can help. The URL for the page is https://giveozarks.org/2016/jatc.
JATC is part of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), a non-profit organization founded in 1941 with headquarters in Greenville, Mississippi. NAJA has more than 15,500 active, associate and life members in 98 chapters located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Their slogan is “Care Today-Character Tomorrow”.
More information on JATC can be found on the Junior Auxiliary website JATCMO.ORG, their Facebook page, Junior Auxiliary of Taney County or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.