Are you interested in becoming a member? We would love to have you! We have several committees that allow you to focus on topics that you feel passionate about. Come to a meeting or two to get a feel for the group. There is no obligation to join! If you decide to become a member the annual membership fee is $25.
The goal of the Arts Committee is to encourage the experience and enjoyment of Art, including Visual Arts, Performing Arts , and Literature, among the DJWC members and the broader community.
Arts at Endicott
The Arts at Endicott committee organizes seven freeconcerts that take place each summer at the Endicott Estate. The group meets in January to select the dates and talent for the following summer, and divides responsibilities for fund-raising, publicity, and other logistics. Members take turns attending concerts to manage last-minute details. This is a fun and creative committee, and we welcome new members!
The Communications committee collects information about the club happenings and sends press releases and articles to local newspapers. In an effort to reach a broader audience, DJWC now maintains a Dedham Junior Women’s Club Facebook page to share information about club events and activities.
The purpose of the Conservation committee is to promote the appreciation and preservation of nature and the environment through self-education, involvement and support of activities within our organization and our community.
The Craft Fair committee works from January to November putting on our biggest fundraiser. We have 4-5 meetings per year and each member works on a sub-committee with specific responsibilities to insure a successful craft fair. 100% participation by Club members is requested the day of the Show.
The Education committee works on all levels to help the local, state and international community in any way dealing with education. Our primary emphasis is at the local level with donations of books, items and scholarships, but we have ventured nationally and internationally when there is a need. We support the DEF and DEP as needed along with other volunteer organizations in town.
The Friendship Committee supports Club members and past Club members in a variety of ways. Cards are sent in remembrance on the death of a family member or on the occasion of an illness. Cards and small gifts are also sent on the birth of a child or grandchild or to celebrate someone’s accomplishment. The Friendship Committee sends flowers or organizes a food chain/delivery on an as needed basis or will support a member or past member as the situation occurs. Monies for these expenses are donated by Club members or raised separately from Club fundraisers.
The Home Life committee focuses on supporting women, families, the young and the elderly populations in Dedham . We assist the Town’s Youth Commission whenever there is a need for family assistance due to a fire or other traumatic event by donating clothing/food, or with donations to our town’s needy younger children, teenagers and/or the elderly during the holidays. In particular, each year our committee prepares from club donations for Thanksgiving Baskets with all the trimmings to be distributed by the Youth Commission to needy families in our community. We are also providing assistance to our local “Meals on Wheels” program and have an ongoing collection of toiletries for The Women’s Lunch Place.
The Hospitality committee coordinates refreshments for the general meetings.
The purpose of the International Affairs committee is to allow clubs to reach beyond their own communities through education and global awareness. Things that we’ve done in the past include supporting UNICEF and Heifer International. Our current projects include supporting UNICEF, Heifer International, Emancipation Network, World Food Day and Clowns Without Borders.
The purpose of the Membership committee is to increase the membership of the club by spreading the word and encouraging all current members to invite friends and neighbors. We distribute a tri-fold informational brochure about the club at many local area events to increase awareness of the club.
The Public Affairs Committee focuses on community safety and citizenship in action. The Focus on Community Safety Program encourages members to take an active interest in home and vehicle safety, present safety information programs to members and encourage citizen action in regards to safety issues facing their communities.
The Citizenship in Action Program works to educate members and others about the importance of active citizenship. Under this program, clubwomen create nonpartisan voter awareness, hold forums to discuss political issues, and teach the importance of voting and citizenship to young people. The Citizenship Program also embrace causes dedicated to supporting our troops and veterans. Clubwomen prepare care packages for soldiers overseas, hold fundraisers, and volunteer to help injured soldiers transition back to civilian life.
The Socials committee is responsible for planning and coordinating the yearly social events. These include the Holiday Party in December and the Installation Dinner in April. The committee meets several times in the month before each event and communicates through email during the rest of the year.