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SJWC Members, May 2015

Is SJWC right for me?

How can I find out more?  Can I talk to some members before joining?

Of course!

If you are interested in meeting with a member of the club to find out more about SJWC, contact our VP of membership at vicepresident1@simsburyjuniors.org.  She can answer your questions or arrange for you to meet a member for coffee or lunch to find out how SJWC is right for you.

Also feel free to drop in to any of our monthly general meetings to find out more about what we do.

Why should I join?

Use your skills and talents to benefit the community by participating in volunteer events throughout the year, make lasting friendships with other local women interested in community service, and further your personal growth by developing your leadership skills.

SJWC committee members take turns doing the legwork to find volunteer opportunties that fit our members' interests and abilities. You may pick and choose which projects you become involved with based upon what fits your own schedule, interests, and time available.  One month you may deliver Meals on Wheels, another bake cupcakes for seniors, and another purchase school supplies for children in need or run a scavenger hunt at the library.

Many of our projects are designed to allow members children to participate in community service as well.

You are invited to take on as much of a leadership role in SJWC as you desire, or just volunteer on projects and events as they arise. 

What are the responsibilities of being a member?

  • general monthly meetings are typically held on the third  Thursday of the month from September through May at 7:00pm at the Freemasons Hall 991 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury.  We ask you to attend as many as you are able.
  • annual club dues are $35 (dues may be confidentially waived in case of financial hardship)
  • members contribute a suggested 12 volunteer service hours per year, 3 of which are on fundraising projects

Do I have to live in Simsbury?

No, you don't have to live in Simsbury to join. Our members are from throughout the Farmington Valley.  Many of our projects are in Simsbury, but many projects occur in or benefit other towns in the area.

What ages are the members?

Our members' ages vary widely.  SJWC members must be women 18 years or older.  There is no upper age limit.

What are the benefits of being a member?

Fun.  Fellowship.  The satisfaction of incorporating service into your life. Connection. A sense of accomplishment.  The knowledge that you have improved our community and the lives of others.

What kinds of projects will I work on?

SJWC takes on a wide variety of projects and events each year.  For an overview, see our How We Serve page.  The types of projects vary based upon the interests, abilities, and size of our membership in a given year. 

You don't see a project that interests you?  Propose and lead an SJWC project for something you are passionate about!

Do I have to do fundraising? 

Our largest annual fundraiser is Luminary Night, a community-wide annual event.  It is an established town-wide night of celebration.  The Luminary Night Committee handles organization and logistics, and all SJWC members participate in selling luminary kits in the 2 months leading up to Luminary Night. 

Do I have to come to every meeting?

No, we ask you to attend those monthly general meetings you can make it to, but attendance at every meeting is not mandatory.  The meetings are a great way to build connections with other members, an opportunity to sign up for upcoming volunteer needs, to hear about the success of past projects, and build excitement for upcoming projects and events.  We typically have a short social time before each meeting begins to mingle with other members.