The Jamestown Women’s Club gives back to community
“We’ve been talking about changing our name for years,” secretary Cynthia “Cindy” Smith said. “We didn’t want the word ‘junior’ to scare people away. We want people to know it’s for women of all ages in Jamestown, young and old. We also aren’t associated with the Junior League. Sometimes I think people get confused with that.”
Open to all women, regardless of age, The Jamestown Women’s Club was founded in 1971 as the Junior Women’s Club of Jamestown. With founding members including Jan Martin, Margo Vietri, Sue Brayman, Debbie Swistak and Dee Hellewell, the club has been a way for women to cohesively give back to the community.
“I moved back to Jamestown after being away for 36 years,” Smith said. “I wanted to get involved doing things for the town and meeting other women.”
In honor of their recent name change, the Jamestown Women’s Club – which currently consists of President Muriel “Mim” Munro, Vice President Janet Smith, Treasurer Michelle Smith, Sam Pease, Jan Washburn, Harriet Mistowski and Cindy – generously donated a bench this October to the Pemberton Apartments, located on Pemberton Ave. in Jamestown.
“This bench will be our first donation with our new name,” Cindy said.
Purchased from McKay’s Furniture, the beautiful wooden bench will be placed on the corner near the bus stop for the elderly to use.
“We want seniors to be able to rest while they wait for the bus,” Munro said. “Not only that, but for anybody that’s coming by.”
“Cindy picked out the bench,” Janet said. “It’s beautiful!”
Consistently involved in programs supporting community life in Jamestown, the JWC annually immerses itself in its sole fundraising project – the Jamestown Telephone Directory.
“We have that one fundraiser a year, then we use that money to put on the other programs,” Munro said.
The Telephone Directory, put together by the Jamestown Press and Jamestown Women’s Club, is generally sent out in May, according to Jeff McDonough, the publisher of the Jamestown Press.
“We start working on it in late January, early February, with the JWC,” he said. “They work on compiling all of the names and addresses and editing the listings.”
Raising money through sold advertising space in the directory, the JWC uses those funds to continuously give back to the community that means so much to them, all year round.
With annual events including the Jack O’Lantern Jog 5k Road Race – which took place last Sunday – the highly anticipated Adopt-a-Family program, sponsorship of the Tree Lighting at Christmas, the Easter Egg Hunt, donations, scholarships and sponsorship of sports teams, the JWC is dedicated to bettering the lives of island families.
When asked what being a member of the newly renamed Jamestown Women’s Club means to her, Janet summed it up simply in the words of their mission statement: “Through social and fundraising events, we strive to enhance the quality of community life in Jamestown.”
“By working on the many projects, I have been able to meet and form new friendships in the community through the JWC,” Cindy added.
Excited to reach out to all women in Jamestown – whether lifelong islanders or new residents – the JWC is proud to be known as a group that embraces both community and female friendships. Eager to expand, the group hopes that with their new name change, will come new members.
To learn more about the JWC, call Cindy Smith at 401-423-0025 or e-mail her at rscssmith2@cox. net. See page 2 of the Jamestown Telephone Directory for additional information.