The Junior Auxiliary of Hope has elected its officers for 2012-2012. Mandy Pauley was elected as president, Priscilla Rushing-vice president, Allie Porter-corresponding secretary, Heather Doucet-recording secretary, Rachele Emberton-treasurer, Holli Garrison-assistant treasurer and Robin Bobo-parliamentarian.
Junior Auxiliary is a group of women who desire to make a lasting difference in their communities by meeting the needs of its citizens, especially the children. Since 1961, the Hope Chapter of JA has been doing this through many projects in Hempstead County.
Over the years, there have been many different ways the JA has served, and currently our local chapter works with 13 service projects. There’s the Stuff the Bus Campaign which provides school supplies, and the Fit 4 Life 5K and Fitness Festival which encourage good nutrition and exercise for families.
At the Health Expo each fall, the Junior Auxiliary provides Child Identification CDs to parents. These contain current information about their child, such as height, weight, age, eye and hair color, as well as a photo of the child, which can be provided to authorities should anything happen to the child.
A Car Seat Safety Inspection was started last year to let parents get their children’s safety seats checked for proper installation and durability.
The annual Spaghetti Supper has been going on for 50 years, providing scholarships to local students, and The Glass Slipper helped a senior be able to attend her prom.
Coming up November 17th will be the 3rd Annual Cookies with Santa, giving parents a chance to bring their children to see Santa locally, without having to take them to other towns.
The Junior Auxiliary is also about continuing their mission. The Crown Club gives young girls the opportunity to serve in various ways. Through projects like the Angel Tree and collecting food for Hope in Action and families in need, these young ladies build their character by seizing opportunities to give back to others. They are also seen at many of the JA events assisting in the work. Not only in giving of themselves, but in learning to seek out chances to help, the Crown Club is establishing our future leaders and civic volunteers.
“Care today-Character tomorrow”, the National Association of Junior Auxiliary’s motto, is seen clearly in Hope. A big thanks goes out to all the ladies,and other people and businesses who have donated to their projects. You have all made the Junior Auxiliary of Hope a successful organization for over 51 years.