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5th Annual Stock Your Cellar Wine Raffle

Supporting the JWC of Raleigh and Local Charitable Organizations

Do you enjoy wine? Are you looking for ways to support your local community? The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh is hosting their biggest fund raising effort of the year, the 4th Annual Stock Your Cellar Wine Raffle, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 6-8:30pm at Mia Francesca Trattoria at North Hills.

WHO:  The event was planned and organized by the Fund Development Committee and supported and put into action by the entire Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh membership. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise monies to donate to local charitable organizations, helping to make a positive impact in our community.

WHAT:  Wines are being collected from generous individuals and local merchants to amass a unique cellar stocking raffle prize. There will be three raffle winners. Each lot contains 25 bottles of wine, each bottle retails at a minimum of $20, valuing around $500 a lot. Tickets are $20 a piece or three for $50. A limited number of tickets are sold up until the start of this event. Ticket holders do not have to be present at the drawing event to win, but are encouraged to attend.

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:  Drawings will be held at 7:30 PM. Attendees will have a chance to win door prizes through the evening. Mia Francesca is donating 15% of all food and beverages sold throughout the evening to the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh.

WHERE:  Mia Francesca is located at 411 Main at North Hills Street, Raleigh, NC 27609.

WHY:  The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh has two main goals in regards to serving our community. The first is to contribute in hands-on, personal ways through Community Service Program and Committee projects. The second goal is to collect and raise money to contribute monetary donations to meet the needs of our community.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Money raised from the raffle will benefit the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh and local organizations we support, including SAFEchild, The Green Chair Project, and Read and Feed.

Buy Tickets:  Click Here

To see how we did last year, visit http://jwcraleigh.org/fundrasing/wine-raffle/


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New Year’s Resolution and The Nutcracker

I know we’re already into 2015 but Happy New Year anyway! I’ve always felt that the start of the new year was the promise of new beginnings. Often times we make resolutions that fall to the side two weeks or more into the new year only for us to feel remorse six or eight months later when we’ve not lost that weight or saved that amount of money that we swore to ourselves would be attainable this year. A long time ago I decided that New Year’s resolutions weren’t worth the time I spent in considering them, let alone trying to maintain. That is, until recently.

I think it was around November when the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh (JWC) Arts CSP was discussing a volunteer opportunity with The Carolina Ballet that I thought to myself, “you know, this would actually be a lot of fun.” It seems that The Carolina Ballet was in need of assistance with their boutique at their performance of The Nutcracker and the JWC Arts CSP was quick to offer some friendly merchandising hands.


Now, many of us have heard the familiar Nutcracker Suite tunes that scream from our televisions while we’re feeding the kids or over the radio while sitting in the RTP traffic congestion, but have you ever really considered what it’s like to be a part of The Nutcracker?  I mean, who of us has not heard of The Nutcracker or gone to bed with visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads? When presented with the opportunity to be a part of such a holiday classic, I really just couldn’t resist in wanting to take a break from my holiday shopping rush and consume myself with some holiday nostalgia.

I spent years in college and even more years after college hearing the radio ads for this, this annual holiday production that seized my heart eons ago at the ripe old age of sixteen years. Life and things got in the way, until that November 2014 meeting caught up with my mind and stung my heart with nostalgia. The Nutcracker! I could be a part of something so blissful and warm and comforting. Yes! Add my name to the volunteer list: I will be there!

With December fast approaching, I could barely contain my excitement! What would I be doing? What was it like to work in the boutique? Would I catch a glimpse of a dancer? Would ‘Claire’ be there? Is it weird for a thirty-something to ask for a child’s autograph? Seriously, do I need an intervention? OK, please don’t answer that last question…totally rhetorical.

I arrived with my fellow Arts CSP members and we were quickly and gratefully greeted for our time at the boutique. Large and small nutcrackers, Christmas tree ornaments, and musical snow globes lay ahead of us, ready for purchase. Did you know that there are autographed dancer’s pointe shoes available for purchase? After a momentary head-shake to take it all in, I quickly got caught up on my responsibility at the booth. Complete with merchandise order form, verify the buyer’s name, hand off for fulfillment by a fellow JWC member. Got it. Let’s go!

My other JWC members and I spent time taking and fulfilling order requests between the pre-show, intermission, and post-show time points. I never thought I’d run into others so enamored by The Nutcracker as me. I was wrong.

It was fabulous to see little girls requesting “Claire shoes” and little fellas wanting the “Rat King nutcracker.” It was like a mirror image to my sixteen-year-old self, and I loved it! I loved their infatuation with the production and their energy for merchandise. They were completely caught up in the magic that is The Nutcracker! And, I felt so fortunate to be a part of their excitement and to be able to help contribute to their artistic growth. Yeah, I know, I may have only helped sell merchandise, but c’mon it as Nutcracker merchandise!

By the time the evening was over, I’d already recommitted myself to wanting more of this – more of The Nutcracker. I would be back in December 2015 and I would sell more pointe shoes and t-shirts and wooden ornaments, and yes, MORE nutcrackers! This would be the one resolution that I WILL KEEP! There are no SAT prep courses, no end of semester college finals that require my attention. True, I’m now an adult with ‘adult’ responsibilities… car payments, house payments, job functions, etc. but I’m in a better spot than in previous years. I am able to pick the things that matter to me in my life and volunteering with JWC matters to me. More specifically, volunteering with JWC and the Carolina Ballet matters a lot. The Nutcracker? Oh yeah, definitely matters!

I know we’re only a short while into 2015 and that resolutions will quickly fall to the side. But, can December hurry up and get here so that I can help an eleven-year-old decide between musical snow globes and autographed posters? And, where’s the back stock of Rat King Nutcrackers?

See you in December!

Written by Sharon Mooring

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Spreading Holiday Cheer at the Hospice Home

Spreading Holiday Cheer at the Hospice Home

“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” This quote from Ben Carson embodies how, I along with a group of members of JWC of Raleigh, felt after a recent visit to Transitions LifeCare Hospice Home earlier this month. Transitions HospiceCare is designed to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs and wishes of the patient and family, with services provided by a compassionate, expert team working together to meet goals of care.

On December 4th, a group of us provided and served a holiday meal for residents and families of patients currently at the Hospice Home at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh.  With the generosity of our members, we were able to not only provide a holiday meal to the residents and families that were currently staying at the Hospice Home, but there was also plenty of food for the nurses and staff at the Hospice Home.  The meal consisted of salads, spaghetti and meatballs, baked ziti, and a variety of desserts.  We were able to spend some time getting to know the families of the residents, and the overall gratitude that was expressed to us was overwhelming.  They were able to have a home cooked meal without having to leave their loved ones for an extended period of time.

Being able to spend a few hours with fellow JWC members, while spreading a little joy to those going through a difficult time, was great way to remember the true meaning of the holiday season.  We are looking forward to continuing the holiday meal next year for the families and residents at the Hospice Home at Transitions HospiceCare.  For more information about Transitions LifeCare please visit their website at http://transitionslifecare.org/.

Written by Ashley Stinson and Tylden O’Brien, Home Life CSP Co-Chairs

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North Carolina State Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Festival



North Carolina State Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Festival

Tradition, Patriotism and Holiday Spirit

RALEIGH, North Carolina – December 8, 2014 – The annual North Carolina State Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Festival will be held on December 11, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at the North Carolina State Capitol.

WHO:  Presented by Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory, The North Carolina State Capitol Historic Site, and The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh.

WHAT:  Festivities begin with the lighting of the luminaries and musical performances on the Capitol grounds. The Governor and First Lady will light the State Christmas Tree during the traditional ceremony on the south plaza. After the ceremony, visitors are invited inside the Capitol for an open house to take in the decorations. The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh will host a holiday festival featuring music and children’s activities on the south plaza. Admission is free and open to the public.

WHEN:  Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM

WHERE:  The North Carolina State Capitol building is located at 1 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.  Public parking decks and street parking are available downtown.

WHY:  The State Tree Lighting Ceremony is an annual event held in the beginning of December. Keeping in tradition with the United States National Christmas Tree and many other public Christmas trees displayed throughout our country, the North Carolina State Tree signifies holiday spirit in our state.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Each year, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh partners with the staff from the North Carolina State Capitol in organizing and implementing the annual North Carolina State Tree Lighting event.  Members from the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh will decorate the grounds with luminaries and serve cookies and cider to guests.

Community mascot appearances include Muddy from the Carolina Mudcats, the Chick-Fil-A Cow from Cameron Village, Talon from Wake Tech Community College, and Swoops from the Carolina Railhawks.

The NC Christmas Tree Association donates trees and wreaths for the Capitol.

About the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh

The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh is a women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others though leadership opportunities and volunteer service. Established in 1928, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the world’s oldest nonpartisan women’s volunteer service organization. Its unique program structure enables members to reach out to a rapidly changing society through five program areas:  Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life and International/Public Affairs. For more information, visit http://jwcraleigh.org/

Caroline Wynne, Vice President of Public Releations
Junior Woman's Club of Raleigh


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JWC of Raleigh Members Make a Difference

I love being a part of the JWC of Raleigh and you will too!

The JWC of Raleigh is proving that “Every One Matters”.  Our theme this year derives from The Starfish Story.  Each starfish on the sand represents just one community service opportunity.  Everyone matters, and collectively, our impact is beyond measure.

Starfish Story

It is easy to be overwhelmed with the needs in the community, all the ways we want to help, and all of the opportunities to do so.  JWC of Raleigh members focus on what we can do, instead of what we cannot, the time we do have to give and every opportunity we have to say “yes”.

All of our members contribute to making a difference, whether it’s attending some or many community service activities. During the 2013-2014 Club Year, we:

v  Provided refreshments for the Arts Access Art Show at Wake Enterprises.

v  Served food and drinks at the First Friday arts exhibition at Artspace.

v  Wrapped presents and collected book donations during the holiday season at local Barnes & Noble to benefit Read and Feed.

v  Participated in the Local, District and State Arts Festivals.

v  Completed 3 Adopt a Highway clean-ups.

v  Collected plastic grocery bags to donate to Urban Ministries for use in distribution of food from their Food Pantry.

v  Collected aluminum can tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

v  Partnered with the city of Raleigh to clean Brookhaven Nature Park.

v  Gleaned several hundred pounds of sweet potatoes at local farms to donate to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

v  Donated monthly refreshments to Loaves and Fishes so that they could hold birthday celebrations for the kids.

v  Collected 173 Box Tops for Education to donate to Green Road Year Round Elementary.

v  Held monthly book clubs for members to encourage reading a diversity of literature.

v  Assembled literacy packs to donate to Wake County Public Schools

v  Read stories, made crafts with and served snacks to the children served by Raleigh Rescue Mission.

v  Organized books by reading level for Read and Feed.

v  Awarded the Sallie Southall Cotton and JWC of Raleigh Dobbins/Bedini-Lewis Endowed Scholarship.

v  Served meals for Meals on Wheels 7 different times.

v  Assembled Easter baskets for the residents of House of Hope.

v   Organized a club year long blood drive through the American Red Cross.

v  Delivered Supplemental Food Bags for senior citizens through Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

v  Helped clean and organize the showroom for The Green Chair Project.

v  Collected expired coupons to donate to Support Our Troops Troopons program.

v  Provided 72 gifts for the Angel Tree Program through Raleigh Rescue Mission.

v  Supported Urban Ministries through their Stone Soup lunch fundraiser which raised $40,000 to fight poverty in Wake County.

v  Hosted an International Dinner for the club to learn about Nourish International.  This meal of rice, beans and cornbread raises awareness of extreme poverty across the globe.

v  Donated $52 to UNICEF through their Trick or Treat change collection program.

v  Volunteered with The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to sort produce and canned goods for distribution.

v  Continued our support of the Chrysalis Women’s Club at the NC Correctional Institute for Women by conducting a service project for the Walk for the Cure.  The club donated all art supplies to the Chrysalis Club for future use.

I am so honored to be a part of the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh.  This amazing organization is made up of over 60 unique women who share one commitment, to make a positive impact in the community in which we live by volunteering, and we have fun doing it!  Sound interesting?  We’re always looking for new women who are passionate about making a difference.  If you want to learn more, email membership@jwcraleigh.org.

Written by Christy Frisbee, VP of Membership Recruitment

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North Carolina State Tree Lighting

Warming up the Season

I love this time of year! I love being able to spend time with my close family and friends, and celebrate the holidays. One of my fondest memories of volunteering with the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh happened during this season two years ago. The State Tree Lighting is one of my favorite events that we help out with every year, but my first year as a member, I did not know what to expect. I enjoyed setting up luminaries to brighten the paths around the State Capitol. Giving out cookies to the onlookers was certainly a treat. What I remember most about this evening, is how chilly it was, I mean, super chilly for North Carolina in December. As we were giving out cookies and cider, a few homeless men stopped by our table. They were chilly too and wanted to warm up for the evening. They were very happy to have some cider and warm up for a bit. I know it is something small, but their faces at getting to have cider and cookies still sticks with me.

This is one of the many things I love about this organization. Even something as simple as cookies and cider makes a big impact on someone. This year, working with the Education CSP, this has become even clearer. Our work with Loaves and Fishes touches children who would otherwise not have a birthday cake. See, something so simple, means so much to others. The smiles on their faces when we drop off the cupcakes could light up all of Downtown Raleigh. In this season of giving and thanks, I urge you to remember the small things you can do that will bring a smile to the face of those around you.

Written by Janet Webb, Education CSP co-chair

P.S. I encourage you to attend the 2014 State Tree Lighting on December 11th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at the North Carolina State Capitol. In addition to free hot cider and cookies, enjoy holiday carols, local mascots, activities for children, and more!

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National Cause Inspires Local Action

National Cause Inspires Local Action

“Mr. President, I rise today to pay special tribute to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and their recent work to fight domestic violence.  The organization is a gem in our midst.  I can’t underestimate how powerful and influential this corps of volunteers is to the health of our Nation.” – Senator Joe Biden, November 15, 2006

While on the senate floor, now Vice President Joe Biden used those words to describe the positive impact the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) has had as advocates for victims of domestic violence.   As members of the organization Biden termed “a gem in our midst”, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh proudly supports GFWC’s Signature Project, Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention, and works diligently to end domestic violence in our community.  During the recent October general meeting, members were encouraged to wear purple, the color of domestic violence advocacy, to the meeting and were provided a purple ribbon to wear throughout the month to spread awareness of the dangers and prevalence of domestic violence, as well as to show support to survivors. Additionally, during the 2014-2015 administration, the JWC of Raleigh will support SAFEchild, the special project of our Club President, Leslie Ann Jackson. Through financial contributions, hands-on projects, and in-kind donations the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh will help SAFEchild prevent child abuse and neglect and meet its goal to build stronger families and create healthy and nurturing environments in which all children can thrive.

In addition to our current activities, JWC of Raleigh members have also promoted domestic violence awareness and prevention through past projects such as:

  • Creation of Easter Baskets to give to girls served by the House of Hope in Clayton, a center for troubled girls suffering from the trauma of sexual or physical abuse.
  • Collection of pre-paid calling cards and old cell phones to be distributed to several agencies serving victims of domestic violence in the Wake County area.
  • Donation of gently used clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories to InterAct of Wake County’s Pass It On, Too Thrift store.  Profits from InterAct’s thrift stores help to cover the cost of counseling services provided to families impacted by domestic abuse, rape, or sexual assault.

It is through projects such as these the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh bands together with other members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to demonstrate a commitment to end domestic violence in all forms in our local community, in our state, and across the country.

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Keeping Raleigh Beautiful – One Trash Bag at a Time

Keeping Raleigh Beautiful – One Trash Bag at a Time

Who likes looking at trash along the road? Litter hurts our economy. It can be a major turnoff for businesses looking to relocate or tourists visiting the area. Litter is a human health problem. It attracts mosquitoes and rodents and could unleash chemicals into our groundwater. Litter is deadly to wildlife. It can suffocate wildlife when mistaken for food or harmful if entangled in the trash.

In September, The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh Conservation Community Service Program (CSP) spearheaded an Adopt-A-Highway project. About a quarter of our club’s members participated by collecting and sorting litter and recyclable materials. For many years, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh has been responsible for keeping a two-mile stretch of Glenwood Avenue clean in between Woman’s Club Drive and Sanderson Drive.  The Conservation CSP organizes Adopt-A-Highway clean-ups about four times a year.

The JWC of Raleigh is one of the 6,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups that have adopted approximately 12,000 miles of N.C. roadsides.  In partnership between community volunteers and the NCDOT, Adopt-A-Highway is a volunteer driven litter cleanup program. The NCDOT provides orange safety vests, gloves, orange bags for miscellaneous litter and blue bags for items to be recycles.

We encourage you to keep NC clean! Here are some additional tips for being green:

  • Bring your own reusable bag when you are shopping.
  • Turn off electronics before you go to bed.
  • Replace air filters regularly.
  • Switch to Energy Star-rated light bulbs.
  • Configure your office printer or copy machine to print two-sided.

For more information on litter prevention, beautification, waste reduction and recycling, visit keepncbeautiful.org

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Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh Announces Focused Partnership to Help Eliminate Child Abuse in Wake County

Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh Announces Focused Partnership

to Help Eliminate Child Abuse in Wake County

Newly Inducted President, Leslie Ann Jackson Chooses SAFEchild as Club Focus for 2014-2015

RALEIGH, North Carolina – June 3, 2014 – Child abuse isn’t something that people like to talk about or even think about.  We know it exists, but it is so quite literally gut-wrenching that it is without question easier to turn away.  Newly inducted President of the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh, Leslie Ann Jackson, is challenging the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh to face this horrible ill next club year – to harness all of the pain that child abuse conjures in us and transform it into motivation to serve SAFEchild, an organization whose mission is to eliminate child abuse in Wake County by helping adults and children create nurturing environments free from abuse and neglect.

Each year, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh President chooses a local organization the club will focus their work to help make a difference in the community. SAFEchild will serve as the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh President’s Project for the 2014-2015 club year. Through this partnership the organizations will identify programs and services club members can support through hands-on service and fundraising.

Jackson, who also works at the NC Community Foundation, says, “One of the greatest privileges of being President of the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh is naming a President’s Project, but with so many inspiring nonprofits dedicated to meaningful service in our community, choosing one is no easy task. I just followed my heart to SAFEchild. It is an organization that I feel connected to, serving a cause that I am passionate about, and most importantly, one that I know will resonate with the caring and concerned members of the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh.”

SAFEchild has been strengthening families in Wake County since 1993.  Its name is an acronym for Stop Abuse For Every child, and it is the only child abuse prevention agency in Wake County working directly with families. SAFEchild offers parent education and support services to families to prevent abuse and neglect, and changes the long-term effects of abuse if it has already occurred.  For our community, SAFEchild is the good news in child abuse.  With a staff of 14 and more than 250 volunteers, SAFEchild works with 900 families and 7,000 children each year.

Marjorie Menestres, Executive Director at SAFEchild says that, “All of us at SAFEchild are excited to partner with the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh. At SAFEchild we believe in the Margaret Mead quote, ‘Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that can.’  We welcome the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Club to change the world for families and children by providing needed support and information to prevent child abuse in Wake County.”

In addition to SAFEchild, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh will continue to serve our community through meaningful programs and projects, supporting a number of local organizations.

About the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh

The Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh is a women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others though leadership opportunities and volunteer service. Established in 1928, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the world’s oldest nonpartisan women’s volunteer service organization. Its unique program structure enables members to reach out to a rapidly changing society through five program areas:  Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life and International/Public Affairs. For more information, visit http://jwcraleigh.org/



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Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh Member Highlight #6

Becoming a member of Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh has truly been an addition to my life.  After graduating college, I had a desire to do more with my spare time than just work.  I knew I wanted to be more involved within the community; but I didn’t know specific community projects I wanted to participate in.  So I came to the conclusion that it would probably be best to become a member of an organization in the local area that was involved in a wide array of community service activities.

After searching, I found out about JWC of Raleigh.  I thought it would be a great fit for me based on the demographics of the ladies and that their service projects are focused on varying areas within the local community.  After meeting some of the JWC ladies, I knew this organization was right for me.  I instantly felt welcomed and was provided with multiple opportunities to contribute to service projects.

I have truly enjoyed my time as a JWC member so far.  JWC is not only a vehicle with which to meet new people, but also actively give back to your community; which in my opinion provides us with purpose.  I look forward to participating in activities that are new to me and building bonds with other ladies that have similar interests to myself.

-Mitchelle Carmon

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