PJWC celebates 50th year anniversary

The public is invited to join Princeton Junior Woman’s Club (PJWC) in celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Simon Conference Center, 446 Elm Place in Princeton. A short presentation will begin at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

PJWC was founded in 1971 by longtime Princeton resident and community leader Lou Brown. The club began with six members and was chartered with 37 members on July 13, 1971. Over the years, club members have been proud to carry out PJWC’s mission of building friendships, training leaders, and giving back to the community. PJWC is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the largest women’s volunteer organizations in the world.

For the past 50 years, PJWC has been extremely active and an integral part of the community. PJWC was instrumental in establishing the Homestead Festival by hosting an ice cream social the very first year. PJWC has continued to hold the ice cream social during the Homestead Festival Weekend for the past 50 years and has expanded its menu to include sandwiches and other menu items.

In 1975, PJWC expanded activities during the Homestead Festival by starting the Baby Contest. These two activities have turned into the club’s largest fundraisers each year.

PJWC is also known for its annual SafetyTown program held each June. This program teaches preschoolers about all kinds of safety and has been run with the help of the Princeton Police Department since 1976.

Other annual activities include the planting of a pinwheel garden in support of child abuse awareness, picking up trash along Route 6 through the adopt-a-highway program, recognizing veterans with the national moment of silence on Memorial Day, sponsoring 4th of July fireworks, and giving out camp scholarships to area students.

PJWC has done many projects to support the community in it’s past 50 years. Some of those include filling birthday bags and easter baskets for local food pantries, buying school supplies for Second Story teens, reading books during library story hour, filling backpacks for the homeless, collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House, collecting toiletry items for Fisher House, and making cards for veterans.

Each year, PJWC donates the majority of its proceeds back to the community. Some of the recipients have included the local food pantries, Gateway, Second Story, Braveheart, Freedom House, Flags of Freedom, Christmas for Kids, Young Life, Buddy Bags, and Tabitha’s Hands. In 2020, PJWC participated in the purple pumpkin project to bring awareness of domestic violence and raised over $600 for Freedom House.

“Our members are very passionate about what we do and the difference we can make in the community,” club spokesperson Gail Jagers said.”We are always looking for new projects and activities to get involved with. Our members not only support our local community, but some have gone on to serve at higher levels at state and internationally.”

PJWC is a non-profit organization in Bureau County whose members are committed to serving the area. Members must be 18 years of age and reside in Bureau County. PJWC meets at 6:30pm on the second Thursday of every month, primarily at the Simon Conference Center on Elm Place. For more information on PJWC, please contact princetonjuniors@gmail.com