Club do­nates $9,100 to ben­e­fit com­mu­nity

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - From Danelle Mat­lack

Boyertown Ju­nior Woman’s Club (BJWC) re­cently an­nounced that it is mak­ing $9,100 in com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions to ben­e­fit res­i­dents in the area. BJWC is a member of the Gen­eral Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s largest and old­est non­par­ti­san, non­de­nom­i­na­tional women’s vol­un­teer ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions. Cur­rently the club has 38 mem­bers who not only give their time but also their tal­ent for the bet­ter­ment of Boyertown and the sur­round­ing area.

In speak­ing of the re­cent con­tri­bu­tions, BJWC club member Danelle Mat­lack said, “One per­son can make a dif­fer­ence but when you join with oth­ers who have the same de­sire to bring forth change and pos­i­tively im­pact the com­mu­nity, such as my fel­low club mem­bers, it’s as­ton­ish­ing what can be achieved!”

The club year, which runs from Septem­ber through May, is filled with meet­ings, so­cial events, vol­un­teer­ing hours and sev­eral fundrais­ers. As sum­mer ap­proaches, BJWC al­lo­cates the funds they raised through­out the club year.

No­table 2018 con­tri­bu­tions in­clude a $7,000 do­na­tion to Happy 2 Be Home to sup­port their mis­sion of fund­ing im­prove­ments to homes in or­der to make them suit­able for chron­i­cally ill child to be able to con­tinue to live in their cur­rent res­i­dence. In speak­ing of the con­tri­bu­tion, Happy 2 Be Home board president Scott Ham­rick said, “With­out sup­port­ers and do­na­tors such as BJWC, Happy 2 Be Home would not be able to change the cir­cum­stances of fam­i­lies in need. We truly could not do it with­out you.” The con­tri­bu­tion from Boyertown Ju­nior Woman’s Club went to help fam­i­lies in the im­me­di­ate area.

BJWC’s other con­tri­bu­tions in­clude $500 to Boyertown Com­mu­nity Library to sup­port their chil­dren’s pro­grams. A $500 do­na­tion to Pil­lars of Light & Love, as well as a $500 do­na­tion to Op­er­a­tion Back­pack. Con­tri­bu­tions in the amount of $100 were made to Cole­brook­dale Rail­road, chil­dren’s pro­grams; State The­ater, chil­dren’s pro­grams; Mary’s Shel­ter, CASA, Mag­nana­mus 7 — Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Re­search; and to Gar­rett the Grand — Bat­ten Fighter in sup­port of Gar­rett Coyne, a lo­cal boy bravely fight­ing Neu­ronal Ceroid Lipo­fus­ci­nosis, a rare dis­ease, of­ten called Bat­ten Dis­ease.

Ad­di­tion­ally, two $1,000 schol­ar­ships were awarded to grad­u­at­ing Boyertown High School se­niors to sup­port their con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion. The first re­cip­i­ent, Ivy Price, was awarded the Elaine B. Mehle Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship award. She will be study­ing pri­mary/el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion at Kutz­town Univer­sity. The sec­ond re­cip­i­ent, Jes­sica Whit­te­more, re­ceived the BJWC schol­ar­ship award and will be study­ing chem­istry and Span­ish at Millersville Univer­sity in the fall.

“It’s a plea­sure and an honor to be the ac­tive serv­ing president of this hard-work­ing group of ladies,” said Anita Zu­ber, Boyertown Ju­nior Woman’s Club president. “This year was a record fundrais­ing year fol­low­ing the suc­cess of our first-ever “Girls Night Out” bas­ket raf­fle. We take

great pride in our com­mu­nity and we’re con­stantly search­ing for ac­tiv­i­ties to im­prove it. We worked ex­tremely hard this year on fundrais­ers in or­der to have funds to dis­trib­ute to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions. We also have a lot of fun do­nat­ing our time to events such as bingo at Chest­nut Knoll, Once Upon a Prom and hol­i­day “Crafts with Kids” at Chillin’ on Main in De­cem­ber. We are al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers to join us!”

Boyertown Ju­nior Woman’s Club con­tin­ues to grow. If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing their ef­forts, visit their Face­book page GFWC Ju­nior Woman’s Club of Boyertown or con­tact Anita Zu­ber, BJWC president at 610-858-1351. BJWC meets monthly from Septem­ber through May. Most meet­ings are held on the sec­ond Mon­day of the month at 7 p.m. at Mul­tiSer­vice, 200 W. Spring St., Boyertown.


BJWC mem­bers Anita Zu­ber (pre­sent­ing check) and Jane Prutz­man (to the right of Zu­ber) present Happy 2 Be Home with a do­na­tion in the amount of $7,000. Ac­cept­ing the do­na­tion is Scott Ham­rick, Happy 2 Be Home board president. Along with Ham­rick are board mem­bers Ron Black and Louise Petro.

Cole­brook­dale Rail­road ac­cepts a $100 do­na­tion from Boyertown Ju­nior Woman’s Club to sup­port their chil­dren’s pro­grams.


Kathy Op­per­man, left, of Pil­lars of Light & Love ac­cepts do­na­tion in the amount of $500 from BJWC club president Anita Zu­ber, right.

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