Lemont Junior Woman's Club president has big plans for group's 20th year
LEMONT — Jill McAndrews joined the Lemont Junior Woman's Club seven years ago as an outlet to meet new friends and to volunteer her time for a good cause. Today, she is the new club president and helping ring in the 20th anniversary of the organization.
"I feel lucky to be president at this time," McAndrews said. "The theme I chose this year is 'The Tree'. It's grounded, growing and giving. The grounded speaks to the fact that we have been around for 20 years, the growing is each person individually can grow indefinitely and giving is at the heart of what we do — we raise funds and give it back to the community."
The Lemont Junior Woman's Club's mission is to provide financial support to organizations in the Lemont community.
Over the past 20 years, the club has built the Safety Village, helped construct the Lemont Junior Woman's Club park at Centennial Field, supported food pantries and Meals on Wheels, and provided scholarship opportunities for local students.
Q: What are some of your goals this year as president?
A: I want to celebrate the 20th year anniversary by holding a gala and dinner dance event on April 26. This will give us an opportunity to invite past presidents, members and hopefully rejuvenate and regenerate membership and get people excited about the club again. Our other goal is to launch our redesigned website, www.lemontjuniorwomansclub.org, in March.
Q: What are some challenges you see facing the club?
A: Rejuvenating membership. We used to be a club of over 100 members and because of various reasons, membership has dropped to about 75 members. We are not struggling but because of lower membership, we have gone down to one fundraiser a year because we are doing all the work. We need to find other ways to raise money that don't take hundreds of hours of work.
Q: Why is the 20th anniversary of the club special to you?
A: I see what it takes for it to run. It's amazing that people step up and put forth the time and effort to make things happen. It's amazing to me to know how hard it is to raise funds and celebrate all the things we have done.
Q: Where would you like to see the club in another 20 years?
A: I would like us to be the "go-to" organization for educational resources for all. Right now, we benefit the ones who need us most and that's great but what I would like to do is be able to meet the needs of the entire community, whatever they may be. I would also like the club to still provide a social outlet for women looking to establish relationships and grow.
FAMILY: Married to John; two sons, Jack and James
PROFESSION: Stay-at-home mom; former financial analyst for PepsiCo
HOBBIES: Reading, exercise and spending time with family and friends
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