Department Chairpersons: Report to 1st Vice President. Responsible for working with department members to decide what activities or projects the department will undertake for the club year, and then coordinating the various department projects. Report monthly activities to the membership through the newsletter and the general meeting. Submit a year-end report detailing the activities of the department to the 1st Vice President.
Photo Contest: The Middle School Photo Contest is held annually in the first quarter of the year. The Committee solicits donations for prizes from local businesses and secures judges. Photos are separated by grade and by category. The photos are mounted for display in the school and throughout town. Prizes are presented to the winners at an in-school assembly and a press release is sent to the Observer-Tribune.
Gingerbread House Decorating Contest: This event is held in the winter, either in December or January. The intent of this event is to celebrate community. If possible, this event can be coordinated with the Long Valley Village Association (LVVA), and be a part of the Holiday Happenings in downtown Long Valley. Prizes are awarded, ribbons are awarded and houses are place on display in town at the library or at a local bank.
Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America: The chairperson is responsible for contacting the Elementary School librarians and scheduling Juniors to read to library classes on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The chairperson then obtains a wish list of books from the librarians and the Club donates 2 books to each school.
Read-A-Thon: The Summer Read-A-Thon is open to students entering 1st through 8th grades and benefits the school libraries and the local library. The students record the books and the number of pages they have read and submit the list to their school along with their sponsor money. Prizes are awarded by grade and by school for the most pages read and the most money raised. The chairpersons are responsible for coordinating with the school librarians, sending flyers to the schools, receiving sponsor forms and money, tallying the pages read per student and coordinating prizes.
Scholarships: Scholarships are given to local high school students. The Committee contacts the local high schools to solicit applications for the scholarships. The applications, transcripts, and essays are reviewed and narrowed down to the best few, who are interviewed. The Committee determines each school’s winners and presents the awards at the Senior Awards Night Assembly. A homemaker planning to return to the workforce may apply for the Homemaker Scholarship. The Committee also awards scholarships to local preschools and local day camps for families in need.
Spelling Bee: The annual spelling bee for 4th and 5th graders is held in January. The schools choose their best spellers for the competition. Rules and words are prepared by the State Junior Women’s Club. Prizes are donated from banks (bonds) and bookstores (gift certificates). Winners advance to the district spelling bee in February. District winners advance to the state spelling bee in March. The chairperson is responsible for publicity, reserving a facility, coordinating with the schools, securing a pronouncer, and helping to coordinate the district level spelling bee.
The purpose of the Health Department is to educate Club members and the general public about health issues and to support community health related outreach programs. Activities and events include conducting a yearly community blood drive, coordinating CPR training for members, sponsoring a table at a local health fair, collecting yogurt tops for breast cancer research, holding a yearly trike-a-thon fundraiser to benefit St. Judes Children’s Hospital, organizing participation in walk-a-thons for a particular cause, and setting up health related education seminars.
Coat Drive: The Fall Coat Drive takes place annually to benefit local needy families. Juniors donate coats, jackets, snow pants, hats and gloves in good condition. The chairperson is responsible for notifying members through the newsletter and general meetings, collecting the donations, distributing to a local needy organization and/or the Morristown Mission.
Foster Parents: The Club supports local foster care families. The chairperson is the liaison in finding out what the Foster Care needs are, informing the Club through the newsletter and general meetings, receiving the donations from the Club, and delivering them to Foster Care for distribution.
Senior Center: The Club supports the local senior citizens at the Senior Center by assisting with their events four times a year: Thanksgiving Luncheon, Christmas Luncheon, St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, and the Senior Picnic. The chairpersons notify members through the newsletter and at general meetings and are responsible for coordinating bakers and servers. Juniors and their children are invited to help.
Senior Picnic: This event for Seniors is usually coordinated to be the same day as the Family Picnic. The chairpersons are responsible for coordinating the location, bakers and servers, the entertainment (from the Middle School Jazz Band and Girl’s Choir), and purchase of food and supplies.
Sunshine: Sunshine is a means for the Club to provide support to fellow and prospective members in times of need, such as birth of a baby, illness, surgery or death in the family. Juniors provide meals and/or other such support.
The purpose of the Hospitality Department is to coordinate with members to supply refreshments for the general meetings on a rotational basis. Each member will be notified through the newsletter when it is their turn to provide the refreshments for a general meeting. The member supplying the refreshments is also responsible for set-up and cleanup of the refreshments that evening.
Public Affairs Department
Community Day: This is an annual event sponsored by the town and local businesses and organizations held on the first Saturday in October. The family fun day includes a parade, games, rides, crafts, food, entertainment and exhibits. The chairperson is responsible for coordinating parade marchers, obtaining booth space for the Club, selecting what Junior’s will promote or sell and coordinating volunteers for the day.
National Night Out: This event is sponsored annually in August by the Police Department. In the past, club members have assisted with this event by serving watermelon and corn.
Public Relations Department
The purpose of the Public Relations Department is to act as the liaison between LVJWC and local media, including the Observer Tribune, Daily Record, and Comcast Cable. The chairperson writes and submits press releases promoting club events and posting meeting dates. She also arranges articles and photo coverage of select club events and activities.