Trivia Night – March 28, 2014

MJWC Trivia Night

Join us for our 10th annual Trivia Night!  GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club is committed to providing service and help to those in need in our communities.  Your support of Trivia Night will help us in this mission.

If you want to ensure you and your friends sit together on the same team, we encourage you to contact us and reserve a table.  Tables can include a maximum of 10 people. Tickets are $25 per person.  To reserve your tickets or table, email us at tickets@marlboroughjuniors.org.

Details:

Friday, March 28, 2014
Marlborough Fish & Game (1 Muddy Ln, Marlborough, MA 01752)
Doors open at 7pm
Trivia starts at 7:30pm

Tickets: $25 per person

Sandwiches and light hors d’oeuvres included with your ticket

Cash bar

We provide local organizations with Easter Baskets for children in need in our community. Bring items for Easter Baskets or the Food Pantry and you will be entered to win a fabulous door prize!

We will also have raffles for wonderful baskets and a 50/50 raffle.

Email us (tickets@marlboroughjuniors.org) or contact a member for tickets.

 

February 14th – Happy Love Your Library Day!

Love Your Library - Feb 14th

For several years now, the Marlboro Juniors have been embracing February 14th as a new kind of holiday — Love Your Library Day!  While we don’t expect the world to ditch Valentine’s Day, we do think it’s a perfect day to celebrate your local library.

Each year, we present our local librarians with a little appreciation gift.  Marlboro Juniors have always supported our local libraries from the very beginning (it is, after all, our 50th year celebration in 2014).  In the past, we have presented them with a film strip projector (1967) and provided money towards a concert piano (1971) and various donations over the past 50 years. For many years, the Marlboro Juniors helped run the library Bookmobile. Today, we help deliver books to homebound patrons and sponsor museum passes.

Love Your Library Day is just another way Marlboro Juniors want to show appreciation and support for our local libraries.  It is also in the spirit of our parent organization, The General Federation of Women’s Club, who, in the 1930′s:

Having founded over 474 free public libraries and 4,655 traveling libraries, women’s clubs were credited by the American Library Association with establishing 75 percent of America’s public libraries. Supporting local libraries continues to be a Federation priority today.

We have a rich history with libraries.  Why don’t you show your appreciation today? Say thank you to the library staff.  Check out a book or sign up for a program. Join the Friends of the Library group. Check out what they have to offer.  You will be amazed if it’s been a long time since you’ve been to the local library.  Here are some links to libraries in our area.

 

1964-2014 – 50 Years of Community Service

Celebrating 50 Years of Marlboro JuniorsThe 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.

The Best Prom You Never Had

If you are looking for a fun night out and want to relive some of the tunes from the 80s come to The Best Prom you Never Had. You will wear fancy clothes! You will dance! You will eat, and drink, and help us raise money for those in need in our community! You may be the prom king, or queen! You will have a great time!

Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Time: start at 8 p.m.
Location: Speakers Night Club in Marlborough
Cost: $25/ per person
Cash Bar and DJ

A portion of our proceeds will benefit Metrowest Princess Boutique which is March 8, 2014. Music by Insufficient Funds and food catered by Buffet Way Catering Inc.

Tickets are available at the door.

Clothing and Food Drive for Local Homeless Families

Just before the holidays, nearly 40 families were moved into hotels in the Marlborough area as part of the state’s program to move families into hotels as shelters in the Boston area have filled up.  Read more about in this Community Advocate article.

MJWC member Katherine Hennessy jumped into action first organizing a coat drive followed by a non-perishable food drive. Friends, family and Juniors dropped off coats, gloves, hats, boots and mittens to Katherine’s house. Overall, there were donations of over 40 coats, 5 pairs of boots, multiple sets of hats & mittens, scarves, etc.

As she dropped off the coats, she found out that for many of the families assistance (and transportation) for food would likely be delayed due to the holidays. Katherine put out another plea for non-perishable food and, once again, friends, family and Juniors came through. Sixteen adult and children volunteers assisted with the packing and delivery on December 23rd, 2013 of the food.

Nearly 40 families received individual containers of food for their families. Donations included:

  • Parmalat Milk = 50 cartons
  • Soup = 47 cans
  • Fruit Cans = 62 cans
  • Veggie Cans = 48 cans
  • PB & Jelly and Fluff = 74 containers
  • Pasta = 38 packs
  • Mac & Cheese = 37 containers
  • Granola / Snack Bars = 100 bars
  • Oatmeal = 96 packs
  • Cereal Boxes = 37 boxes
  • Juice Boxes = 56 packs

Thank you Katherine, who is also a member of the Marlborough School Committee, for organizing this much needed help so quickly!

Food Donation for Homeless Families in Marlborough

Food Donation for Homeless Families in Marlborough

Second Saturday

One of our favorite ways to give back to the community is participating in Second Saturday. Grace Baptist Church in Hudson (map) organizes this monthly volunteer event, which features a bounty of jobs to meet the needs of local residents and non-profits. For the past several years, club members have showed up bright and early, often times bringing along friends and family, and pitched in to serve those in need. Some club members are leaders of regularly scheduled volunteer jobs, while others enjoy choosing from the variety of evolving tasks that help the elderly, disabled, and needy in the MetroWest community. We’ve cooked for soup kitchens, delivered furniture to families moving out of homeless shelters, created Thank You cards for service members overseas, played Bingo with the elderly, collected food for the food pantries, painted rooms for the disabled, cleaned up yards for aged Veterans, and much more! The Juniors LOVE Second Saturday, and plan to continue our involvement in this terrific volunteer project for years to come!

Second Saturday – Convoy of Hope

The good news is you don’t have to choose between volunteering at Second Saturday and volunteering at the Convoy of Hope on Saturday October 12th! ALL the Second Saturday jobs will involve serving at the Convoy of Hope in Stevens Park, Marlborough.

Although this event is organized by faith-based groups, dozens of human services groups will be there with the goal of providing support to people who could use a helping hand, whether due to poverty or other needs. Attendees will be treated to lunch, receive free haircuts, bags of groceries, family portraits, medical screenings, and information about social services that they might qualify for. In addition, there will be entertainment and a prayer tent. Also, note that if you are involved in a group (scouts or what have you) that wants to volunteer together; you can sign up as a group on the Convoy of Hope website.

To learn more about Convoy of Hope, visit the Convoy of Hope website.

For more information about volunteering in Marlborough, visit the Main Street Journal Convoy of Hope volunteer information page.

Vendor Night 2013

Join us for a little early holiday shopping as we are hosting a vendor night on October 17, 2013, 7 – 9 PM at the Marlborough Country Club. At the event you’ll find 10 – 12 vendors such as; Mary Kay, Lia Sophia, Tupperware, 31, Usborn Books, Pampered Chief, Heaven Scent Soap. There will be a representative from each vendor for one of their products.

Electronic Recycling! October 5 – Navin Rink

October 5, 2013
Navin Rink—Bolton St (Route 85)
Marlboro, MA
9 AM — 1:00 PM
Cost
Ranges from $2 per small item up to$20 per large item or $30 per carload(Additional fee for nonelectronics—grills,A/C, mowers, etc.)

Items can be recycled ranging from $2 per small items such as remote toys and small appliances to $20 for large appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, grills (no propane tanks) and lawn equipment (no gas or oils).

All donations are 100% tax deductible as we are a Non-Profit organization. Proceeds from this event go back into the local
community, through GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club programs.

We will also accept ink cartridges,batteries and cell phones. If you can’t make it to the event, buy a voucher and drop off at a later date. Visit www.marlboroughjuniors.org for more information.

It’s Easy Recycle Responsibly and Affordably

The voucher is good at Advanced Electronic Recycle, they are located at 43 Broad Street Hudson.

Flags For Our Forces

From our Salvation Army contact: We have an exciting program we are rolling out in the Marlborough and Gardner areas called “Flags for Our Forces” a fundraising program designed to specifically address the economic needs of the US Military (Veterans and families of deployed soldiers). Our goal is to raise money to help with rent, utility bills, food, clothing and other basic necessities of life. We recognize we cannot solve all of the issues, but we do know together we can help.

For each $20 donation received in the “FLAGS FOR OUR FORCES” fund raiser, The Salvation Army will place a US Flag in front of the Walker Building for Flag Day weekend – June 14-16. We expect proceeds to be $17 per flag, ALL of the proceeds will be used to support Veterans and families of active duty deployed soldiers in the Greater Marlborough Area.. Outreach (intake) will be provided by Metrowest Veterans Outreach Center via a Case Manager.

Send your donation to St. Mary’s Credit Union c/o Maria Penniman -NR Branch PO Box 729 Marlborough MA 01752

DOWNLOAD the Flags for Our Forces Flyer

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