The GFWC Marlboro Junior Woman’s Club was formed in October, 1964 by a group of 15 women looking to perform community service work. They were admitted to the Massachusetts State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1965. 2014 marks our 50th year of community service.
During the early years of the club the main beneficiaries of the club’s efforts were the newly established Marlboro Girls Club and the Sunshine Camp. The Marlboro Public Library was also an early and frequent recipient of the club’s efforts.
In 1967 the club presented the library with a film strip projector; in 1971 presented them with a check for $1500 to help purchase a concert piano; and for many years helped run the library’s Bookmobile.
Since 1986 the club has donated a book for each baby born to a club member or to the child of a club member. The Marlboro Juniors also sponsored the first Candidates Night held in the city on September 27, 1965 with six mayoral and a total of 46 candidates in all attending.
A small sampling of our various community projects include:
- Christmas parties for the Assabet Collaborative Pre-School;
- Helping to expand Holt’s Grove near the high school by blazing a nature trail and planting native wild flowers;
- Initiating the first Crime Watch program in the city;
- Assisting families by taping and sending messages to servicemen in Vietnam;
- Raising funds to purchase a car for a dialysis patient;
- Sponsoring a 2-day breast cancer detection clinic;
- Sponsored the first household hazardous waste day;
- Sponsoring first defensive driving course in Marlboro;
- Helping to renovate quarters for a mental health clinic;
- Fingerprinting children at local pre-schools, elementary and middle schools;
- Preparing meals for the residents of the homeless shelter;
- Assisting needy families through purchase of back-to-school clothing and equipment, food and gifts at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays distributed through the Human Services department;
- Setting up, serving and cleaning up at the Mayor’s Annual Senior Citizen’s Dinner;
- Sponsoring a girl’s softball team;
- Reading books onto tape for a blind girl in Northborough;
- Running babysitting courses for Middle School students;
- Holding a fourth grade spelling bee;
- Participating in the Citizens Scholarship Foundation city-wide spelling bee;
- Funding police department initiatives such as providing emergency call alarms for abuse victims; age 6 of 27
- Doing community room makeovers,
- Supporting self defense classes for senior girls through Police Dept;
- Providing books to public and school libraries
- Providing appreciation baskets (on 9/11) to our local first responders
- Participating in Second Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson, MA
- Sponsoring and running the Metrowest Princess Boutique
Major fundraisers through the years have included:
- Olde World Boutique held at Union Common,
- Charity Night Dinner Dance,
- Children’s Clothing Sale,
- Breakfast with the Easter Bunny,
- Thanksgiving pie sales,
- Pictures with Santa
- Comedy and Trivia Night Events
- Dancing with Celebrities: Marlborough Style, Deal or No Deal Fundraiser, Death by Chocolate murder mystery, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Ad World murder mystery
- The Best Prom You Never Had
Our fund raising efforts help us make donations to many local, state and national organizations including two scholarships for Marlborough High School seniors, the Boys and Girls Club, Marlboro All-Sports Booster Club, Children’s Trust Fund, CARE, MassSTAR leadership foundation, Operation Smile, Heifer International, as well as assisting city children with educational journeys to places such as Australia, China and England.
In 2011, Marlboro Juniors took over the Metrowest Princess Boutique — to help qualified girls get to the prom by easing the financial burden for them and their family. All items, dresses, shoes, make-up and accessories are free. The students will have the help of a personal shopper; make-up artists and seamstresses to make the whole outfit perfect for their prom or senior reception.
One of the distinctive characteristics of Junior Membership is embraced in the GFWC Motto: “Unity in Diversity” allowing for a diversity of programs and projects while working closely together in friendship and commitment.