Cookeville Junior Woman's Club's annual Santa's Workshop
36th Annual Santa’s Workshop Presented by the Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club A Special Supplement to the Herald-Citizen Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 2 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, November 10, 2013 Opportunity to shop and support community SANTA’S WORKSHOP Here Comes Santa! COOKEVILLE — Santa Claus is coming to town, folks! It is time once again for the anxiously awaited 36th annual Santa’s Workshop, brought to you by your local Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club and held each year at Hyder-Burks Pavilion on Gainesboro Grade. This year’s dates are Friday, Nov. 15, to Sunday, Nov. 17. Hours are Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Expect to once again see more than 100 vendors from all over the South displaying their wares. Vendors’ products vary from homemade jams and jellies to wood workings, art work, ceramics, hair accessories, candles and just about anything that will bring a smile to your home or that special someone who is so hard to shop for. Your $2 entry fee donation will make a difference in funding projects that many of this year’s funds recipients may otherwise not be able to complete with limited or non-existent, and much needed, monies. Come on out and bring the kids. Santa Claus will be making an appearance on Friday from 5:30– 7:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. “This year you will have the option to buy a CD with three pictures in it for $20, or you can simply buy the hard copy at the event,” CJWC members said. Please come out and support this most worthwhile cause and get a head start on — or finish — your Christmas shopping with us. Beneficiaries The GFWC Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club holds Santa’s Workshop each year to help make a difference in the community. The following nonprofit organizations were chosen as beneficiaries of this year’s event: • Cookeville Housing Services Corporation • Court Appointed Special Advocates • Genesis House • Happy Haven Children’s Home • Helping Hands of Putnam County • Manna’s Hana Riding Center, Inc. • Mended Hearts, Chapter 127 • Putnam Co. Department of Health • Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center • Veterans Honor Guard, Inc. Ty Kernea | Herald-Citizen file The bright red suit, curly white beard and jolly laugh... Santa Claus will be making an appearance at Santa’s Workshop on Friday from 5:30– 7:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. and Sunday from 13 p.m. to hear children’s Christmas wishes. HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, November 10, 2013 — 3 SANTA’S WORKSHOP General Info The GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club will have its 36th annual Santa’s Workshop Nov. 15-17 at HyderBurks Pavilion in Cookeville, featuring more than 100 booths with gifts, crafts and decorations as well as a silent auction, music and Santa Claus. Admission is $2 (ages 12 and under free), with all proceeds donated back to non-profit organizations in the community. Workshop Hours • Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Santa’s schedule • Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. • Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, 1-5 p.m. • Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Directions: From I-40 at exit 286, go north on Willow Avenue. Turn left on 12th Street/Gainesboro Grade and go 2 1/4 miles. The Hyder-Burks Pavilion is on the left. What to expect at Santa’s Workshop By AMANDA GUIDRY CJWC Santa’s Workshop Chair We are so excited to have you come and visit. People always ask, “What should you expect when you visit the show?” Craftsmen and craftswomen Santa’s Workshop crafters come from several states in the Southeast, and their talents are incredible. Many of our crafters return year after year, and repeat shoppers look forward to seeing what wonderful new items they have to offer. We also welcome many new crafters every year and are excited about all the new items they bring to the show. Plan on getting tons of items marked off your Christmas list while here. Here is just a sampling of things you will be able to purchase: jewelry, clothing, furniture, lotions, soaps, candles, food, quilts, pottery, woodworking, Christmas decorations, ornaments, photographs and paintings. Music We have live music the entire weekend to get you in that Christmas spirit. We are blessed to have many talented choruses and bands throughout our community who are generous enough to donate their time to Santa’s Workshop. Some groups are school children from all over the county and surrounding counties who come and perform beautiful Christmas music. Other groups are adult quartets and community bands that provide wonderful Christmas tunes that are sure to put you in the Christmas shopping mood. Santa Claus What would Santa’s Workshop be without Santa Claus? Sometimes you can spot Santa walking around talking and visiting with all the sweet children that come and shop with their parents and grandparents. Other times he is walking around looking for present ideas for all the people on his list. Maybe he might just be looking for that perfect gift for Mrs. Claus. Wherever he may be he is available for photos throughout the weekend at posted times. Just visit him at the “North Pole Room” at the bottom of the stairs, and Mrs. Claus and Santa’s “elves” can help you purchase a photo package that would be great to share with your friends and loved ones. Silent auction Each year our gracious crafters donate items to our silent auction. Many of the items are one-of-a-kind and can be seen as you enter at the top of the arena to the left on both sides of the aisles. The auction begins when we open the doors on Friday morning and ends on Saturday at 5 p.m. Last year we raised more than $1,000 from the silent auction and were able to donate that much more money back into the community. So be prepared to bid, and bid high so you don’t miss out on your chance at one of our many donated items. I am so proud to be a part of this event with my CJWC “sisters”! This show is our passion and a true team effort and a labor of love. Even though it is a lot of hard work it allows us to raise enough money to give away to at least 10 deserving local nonprofit organizations each year. Last year we were able to give more than $20,000 back to our community. Thank you for visiting us, and we hope you enjoy the show! If you think you would like to be a part of the Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club, please ask any member in a red apron for more information. 4 —HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, November 10, 2013 SANTA’S WORKSHOP Santa’s Workshop offers plenty of unique finds • 2 Stinkin Cute — Lace romper, head bands, hair clips • 20 Little Toes — handmade children’s items • Allen Corvin — scroll saw • Amy Fox-Hale — hand-painted Christmas ornaments • Ann’s Art — hand-painted China, magnets, pins • April Price — jewelry • Art Wire Music — wire art, pendants • Bags and Things by Addie — purses • Barbara Ebel, M.D. — books, hats • Barrett Chiropractic, Massage & Phoenix Hot Packs Products — massages • Becky Burnett — seasonal crafts • Beryl Dunn — decorative egg art • Betty Bright/Karen Wilmoth — peanut brittle, wreaths, ornaments • Betty Harkins — Paparazzi Jewelry • Black Berry Crows Folk Art — stained sewn items • Bon Aqua Cabin — candles • Bonnie Bierwert — wheel thrown functional pottery • Carroll’s Ornaments — jewelry, baby afghans • Cathy Worsham — Italian stone monogrammed coasters • Chase Collins — home goods, Christmas décor • Chris Conder — Hematite jewelry • Christmas Sleighs and Things — assorted-sized sleighs • Chuck and Robin Blaine — flutes, bow and arrows • Cooper’s Pens & Things — wood pens, cutting boards • Country Boys Gourmet Kettle Corn — kettle corn • Creative Arts By Cathy — children’s chair • Dave’s Candles — soy candles • Designs By Cat — glass jewelry, wooden plaques • Diana Ditto — signs, wooden toys • Doggie Bling Bling — pet ID tags • Don Phillips — jelly, cider • Doreen McManus — ceraamic old world Santas • EL’s Silver Wear — jewelry • Gerri Hirschberg/Beverly Williamson — jewelry, scarfs, blankets • Great Smoky Mountain Teddy Bear Factory — bears • Hancock’s Wood Crafts — wood crafts • Heather’s Bow-tique — children’s hairbows, head bands, clips • Helen Kirby — ceramics and Christmas décor • Hitch & Post Juices — Muscadine juice, fried pies • Humane Society of Putnam County — pet items • James and Betty Regan — jewerly Ty Kernea | Herald-Citizen file Christmas shoppers have plenty to prowl through at Santa’s Workshop. This year’s event is Nov. 15-17. boxes, bookmarks, pens • Jamie Heiss — wreaths • Jamie Pankhurst — wood ornaments, blankets, quilts • Janice/Nelson Crenshaw — metal art jewelry, wind chimes • Jennifer and Chris Shannon — Smellie jellies, hot/cold bags • Jeri Boone — placemats, napkins, gift baskets • Jewelry By Vee — jewelry made from utensils • Joan Williams — painted crafts • Joshua’s Pet Treat Bakery — dog treats • Judy H. Susak — vintage jewelry, handmade planters • Judy’s Beaded Beauties — beaded jewelry • Karen’s Woodwork & Crafts — woodcrafts • Kayes Krafts & Kreation — children and teen’s jewelry • Kuties By Kelly — bottle cap necklaces, key chains • Lagniappe Spice Co. LLC — spices • Lahr’s Tee Shirts — t-shirts • Landmark Studio — art, prints • Linda Garrett Hicks, author — books • Lizzie Faye’s Boutique — custom hairbows, nursery decorations • Looms & Potholders By Denise — potholders • Madi & Me Creations — embroidery, custom totes, shirts • Margaret LaFevre • Margrit Young — totes, bags • Marion Barwick — handmade country crafts • Mary Anderson — knit and crochet scarfs, hats, gloves • Mary Congtser — Christmas centerpieces • Mary McElwain — sand casting • Maxine’s Gourds — home-grown, handdecorated gourds • Megan Swanger — wreaths • Melissa Eaton — personalized baby items • Miss Priss Hairbows and More — hairbows, tutus, bottlecaps • Molly’s Sweet Shop — pork rinds, cakes, pies, candy • Monette Art — recycled light bulb ornaments • Betty Uker — towels, hats, scarfs • Mrs. Joe B. Mitchell — knitted items • Neal and Pat Montgomery — wood crafts • Nuttin But Good — roasted nuts • Pal World — pet gifts • Parris Access — Christmas décor • Patsy Hancock • Personalize A Book For Me — books • Poe’s Stained Glass and More — stained glass • Practiuhg Peace Custom Crafted Crosses — wall hanging home décor crosses • Primitive Praise — primitive stiching, artwork • Quilts By Tammy — quilts, flip-flop shaped pillows • Rachael Martin and Jessica Goodwin — ornaments and jewelry • Randy Henshaw — rings • Ray Hatch — wood-turned items • Real Art • Rhonda Wurm — wreaths • Rick and Linda Chapel — 18” American Doll style clothes • Salem Farrms — goat milk soap • Sandy White — primitives • Sarah Lane — Chrismas décor • South Hill Designs — design lockets • Sparkle and Shine Design — jewelrey • Spinner’s End Studio — handspun yarns/handknit items • Stoneyridge Farm/Woodland Candles — jar candles, soap items • Sugar Valley Crafts — rock potpourri, bird houses • Susan Maynard — crochet items • Tammie’s Paint-n-Place — decorative painted wood • Tammy Cook — pumpkin rolls, truffles • Tara Stephens • Tasteful Culinary Creations, Inc. — Naked Salsa • Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland — bracelets, necklaces, jewelry • The Burlap Sack — shabby pillows, art work • The Pretty Porch — Christmas wreaths, garland, décor • The Tangled Nest — handcrafted jewelry • Ties and Tees.net — ties and tees • Tom Tomberlin — hand-carved Santas • Trish Lankford — jewelry, fused glass • Unseen Treasures (Sister’s) — all-things Christmas • Wanda Philips • Wire and Bead Creations — bracelets, pendants, earrings • Wow! Photography — photography on canvas HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, November 10, 2013 — 5 SANTA’S WORKSHOP TTU scholarship to help women complete their degree COOKEVILLE — “We are a group of women trying to help other women.” That is how then-president Deborah Allen described the motivation of the GFWC Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club (CJWC) members to begin endowing a scholarship for non-traditional women at Tennessee Tech University. Seeing a need in funding for women who are returning to school after beginning a career and family, CJWC decided to dedicate a portion of past Santa’s Workshop funds to endowing a scholarship at TTU. This scholarship will help women of the Upper Cumberland complete their degree. “Our hope is that this will cause a change for the entire family, not just the student,” Allen said. “We anticipate this making a difference in the lives of children and future generations who will also benefit from this support.” CJWC members have seen the need for a scholarship to assist non-traditional women through the administration of a second scholarship (Women in Transition Scholarship) offered through the club. Applicants have stated a need to further their education due to a change in life circumstances such as Allen divorce or job loss. Others state they wish to set an example for their children to pursue a degree in higher education. One past recipient used the Women in Transition Scholarship to help pay for a licensure exam needed to pursue a career in Nursing. Students interested in applying for the GFWC Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship Endowment need to submit a ScholarWeb application at www.tntech.edu/scholarships no later than Dec. 15. “While you must a student at Tennessee Tech University to qualify for the award, you do not have to be admitted in order to apply for scholarships,” Allen said. “The scholarship has been endowed and will be awarded for the first time in the Fall Semester of 2014.” CJWC is a part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, which is one of the world’s largest and oldest nondenominational, non-partisan, international volunteer service organization of women. CJWC typically meets the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at Cookeville First Presbyterian Church. Membership in the club is not limited to young women or to professionals. Women who are interested in making a difference in their community and their world are encouraged to become members. For further information, visit the club’s website, www.cookevillejwc.org, or email email@example.com. Music Schedule Nov. 15 • 5:30 p.m. — Prescott South Elementary School Chorus with Sarah McDonald • 6 p.m. — Jackson County High School: “Band in Blue” with Carroll Gotcher Nov. 16 • 9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. — Recorder and violin duo Diane Glasgow and Dicksie Schmidt • 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. — “Subito Strings” from Stevens Street School of Performing Arts with Katie Goethe • 11:15-11:45 a.m. — Cookeville Guitar Class with Zebulon Turrentine • Noon-2 p.m. — Upper Cumberland Barbershop Chorus with Jim Matthews • 2-3 p.m. — Kat Starr Music • 3-3:25 p.m. — Park View Elementary School Chorus with Amanda Cardinal • 5 p.m. — Tomi Sims and Nicole Brim Sunday, Nov. 17 • 2 p.m. — TTU Chorale with Craig Zamer • 3 p.m. — Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Quintet with Dwight Wages • 4 p.m. — The Big Band Sound Orchestra with Carroll Gotcher 6 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, November 10, 2013 SANTA’S WORKSHOP Why I am a member of CJWC... and why you should be too! Ten years ago, one of my friends encouraged me to join this group she belonged to called Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club. I didn’t really know much about it except that they were in charge of Santa’s Workshop — a local craft show that had been around a number of years. So I thought I would check them out and see what they were all about since I was a young mom looking for a way to get more involved in my community. Wow... was I ever surprised! I had no idea all of the things they were involved in. Not only did they sponsor Santa’s Workshop every year, but they were also super involved with their community doing various projects Guidry throughout the year. They also helped support various other nonprofit organizations in the Upper Cumberland area with donations. Once I had been to one meeting I knew this was a club I wanted to be involved in. So I took the plunge. Fast forward 10 years, and now I serve as president in this wonderful club. I believe each one of us should always be willing to help people around us who need a hand. I am proud to know I am part of bettering a community that I love. Although I’m not a native to Cookeville, I consider this my home and I will continue to work to better it for my children and their children and their children’s children. Over the years I have gotten to experience many things with the Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club. I have replaced smoke detector batteries for the elderly. I have shopped with underprivileged kids for school clothes. I have given water and fruit to cancer survivors at the Susan G Komen race and seen their smiles of victory when they have crossed that finish line. I have seen the excitement in children’s faces over new books for their preschool and school libraries. I have picked up trash at Dogwood Park. I have cried tears when I have heard families touched by domestic abuse and suicide share their stories. I have witnessed the birth of other non-profit organizations. In the past 10 years I have seen my club win Best Junior Club for the GFWC State of Tennessee more than once. I have seen my club sisters take on leadership roles locally and on district and state levels. I am proud to announce that one of our own club members, Deborah Allen, will hold the title of GFWC Director of Junior Clubs for the state of Tennessee 2014-2016. I would have never imagined at the beginning of this journey I would meet such wonderful women. These women are like sisters to me. Our friendships are forged for life. We aren’t all alike. We come from different walks of life. Some of us are just starting our adult lives. Some are retired with grandkids. Some are moms running around like crazy just trying to keep up with our kids. We are women of all ages, shapes and colors, but we all share one common thing: love for our community and the desire to make it better. We welcome you to join us. Find out what we are all about. See if you want to belong. We need people who want to make a difference. We need people like you! We meet at First Presbyterian Church on the third Thursday of the month (some months vary). Please call 931-260-1765 or check out our website, www.cookevillejwc.org, for more information. Amanda Guidry is president of the Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club. CJWC keeps busy in the community The year 2013 has been a busy year and has flown by for me as the chairman of Public Issues Committee. There are three people on this committee — myself, Nicole Brim and Tammy Manier — and we have worked hard on different projects for this community. In this committee, we focus on our community and how we can help by working with other community agencies. This year we have continued with some of same projects and have thought of Veers some new ones. The Chance birthday “You Are Special” project; sending chocolate Easter bunnies to Happy Haven and Chance for Easter and candy for Halloween; and donating money to the Cookeville Fire Department are ones we have continued. We collected stuffed animals for EMS and purchased a plant and made Mother’s Day cards for some women at a local nursing home. We continuously collect cell phones for Genesis House and toiletry items for the Rescue Mission. The Chance birthday “You Are Special” project is an opportunity to help strengthen the future of our community. The Chance Residential Home is a group home for girls who are not able to live with their families for various reasons. For each girl’s birthday, we bake a cake and deliver it to Chance along with a picture frame that says “You Are Special.” We always enjoy taking chocolate bunnies and candy to Chance and Happy Haven, another home for children. The kids and staff are appreciative to receive these treats. We have worked with Emergency Medical Services this year collecting stuffed animals. These toys are given to children to calm them if they are involved in an accident. For Mother’s Day, we chose a local nursing home to bring joy to the women that may not have any family nearby. We purchased plants and made cards to deliver to them. Again, this year, we donated money to the Cookeville Fire Department so the firemen can go into the classrooms of children from Pre-K through fifth grade and teach children about fire safety. We are always collecting used cell phones for Genesis House. This is a local shelter for battered women. These phones are donated for use in emergency situations for their clients. Carmen Burnette Education Fund will be present at Santa’s Workshop again this year providing free CPR training. Please stop by and see them. This has been a rewarding year working with this group of ladies on projects we have chosen together. It has made me aware of other agencies as well as more needs within our community. I appreciate the opportunity to help our community in this endeavor. Kim Veers is chairperson of the CJWC Public Issues Committee. CJWC members Deborah Allen Debra Ball Laura Bennett Jacqualine Bohannon Nicole Brim Jena Buckler Netta Conerly Dylcia J. Cowan Terry Funderbunk Misty Geesling Diane Glasgow Amanda Guidry Chelsea Johnson Helen-Marie Kulis Tammy Manier Gwen Mann Sherri Martin Jennifer Maxwell Gayla McBroom Lora Montgomery Bea O’Donnell Wanda Phillips Rita Reese Pat Rottmund Cheryl Thomas Kayla Veers Kim Veers Melissa Williams Simply Southern Quilts & Gifts “Bringing you the joy of sewing one stitch at a time” Cheryl Hackett, Owner firstname.lastname@example.org 12 Liberty Square, Sparta, TN 38583 12 W. Maple (GPS) www.simplysouthernquilts.com 931-836-3271 ri 9am-4pm s-F Hours: Tue HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, November 10, 2013 — 7 SANTA’S WORKSHOP It’s when you are most tired that you need to keep going So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. Hebrews 12:12-13 This, my friends, has been my motivator and call to arms this year. I am about to embark on my sixth year of service with this amazing Motley Crew of volunteers. These amazing few that seem to move mountains when sometimes they barely have the time or the strength to make it up the stairs of their homes. These amazing few that whether starting their first year with us, or their 10th, still manage to pull themselves away from their families and other friends to make it to yet another monthly meeting to discuss strategy for our next or ongoing projects. These giving ladies that still show up and volunteer and do it with a smile on their faces. These friends of mine... we have been busy. In the past year we have continued old projects and begun new ones. We’ve continued to bake cakes for Chance, the home for troubled teenage girls. We’ve Cowan begun a consistent and ongoing Soldier Support Program that sends care packets to four soldiers stationed over-seas. We’ve attended and donated to Habitat for Humanity, either by going to a house blessing or by running in the Mud Run — a personal favorite of mine! We’ve cleaned a park, we’ve collected food, and we’ve baked desserts for Cooking on the Square. We’ve attended both regional and state conferences where we’ve heard interesting speakers continue to motivate us and remind us why we do what we do, Diane Black being one of them, and have managed to come home with an armful of awards for our efforts in the process. Two of these include Junior Woman of the Year, Deb Allen, and Outstanding Junior Club. We’ve again participated with the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, and we’ve gotten together to go catch a movie. We’ve donated funds to bring the first ever facilitator dog in Putnam County to assist the Child Advocacy Center. We’ve hugged each other when one of us lost a loved one, and we’ve celebrated as one of us became a first-time mother. We’ve cheered each other’s child’s successes and held the hand of another that needed encouragement. We’ve welcomed new members and said farewell to old ones... and through it all we’ve been together. Brought together and united in one simple goal: to make our community a better one. To get up each morning being aware of how blessed we are to continue “to get up” when others can’t but wish they could, to smile when we collect and deliver a bag of food to the local pantry, and to greet each other with genuine cheer as we embark on yet another exciting year ahead. We are a Motley Crew: business owners, stay-at-home mothers, state employees, bankers. We are your Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club, and we thank you for giving us the chance to do so much good with each dollar you bring to the front door as you pay your $2 entry fee at this year’s Santa’s Workshop. We promise to make you proud and to continue to do whatever we can to make our community one you will continue to want to be a part of. Enjoy this year’s shopping and know that you’ve helped so many by just showing up! Dylcia J. Cowan is CJWC vice president and publicity officer. Arts Committee promotes art, music in Putnam County The Arts Committee promotes art and music in Putnam County. Following are the top five projects: ‘Mommy and Me’ At the Kiwanis Cookeville Children’s Museum’s Mommy and Me Spa Night fundraiser in August, two club members and the daughter of one helped more than 30 children make fairy wands. Orchestra fun Volunteers helped more than 60 children stamp their favorite instruments on pinwheels, decorate a conductor’s baton, make composer finger puppets, paint masks and vote for their favorite composer at the free Bryan Symphony Orchestra concert at Dogwood Park on Sept. 1. ‘For Wings Ministry’ In April, I designed two faux stainedglass banners which 100 imprisoned moms and their children helped make with tissue paper at the Mother’s Day Party at the Tennessee State Prison for Women in Nashville. Morningside and Cedar Hills At Morningside and Cedar Hills assisted living centers, every season volunteers help folks there make seasonal banners to decorate their rooms or doors or make mini scrapbooks. Music books We donate children’s and choral music books to music teachers and to Tennessee Tech University’s library as a thank-you for performing at Santa’s Workshop. In International Outreach, following are the top six projects: Orphans For the orphanage Lesotho Glasgow Child Counseling Unit in Lesotho, South Africa, we are raising money all year from the sale of handmade cards. The orphanage burned down in November 2011. We are helping replace school clothes, shoes and other necessities. Goats Through Heidi, the Goat and Heifer Project, our goal is to raise $120 to donate a goat at Christmas along with animal husbandry classes to a needy family in Appalachia or in a developing country. One club member made a quilt, which she donated to help raise money toward providing this goat. Soldier care We Cheer for soldiers in Afghanistan. For each holiday, together with the CJWC Home Life committee, we have been sending care packages full of good wishes, Valentines, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas cards, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, pretzels, peanut butter and crackers, playing cards, magazines and microwavable popcorn to Army, Marines and National Guardsmen in Afghanistan who are from Cookeville. One Marine and his company had no running water. If you would like to donate, please drop off items at First Presbyterian Church, 20 N. Dixie Ave. between 9 a.m.d 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Little smiles Operation Smile: In addition to contributing toward special baby bottles for cleft lip and palate babies, some volunteers are sewing and sending arm splints for children who need to keep their hands off their stitches after repair of their lip and palate. Movies and music To promote international understanding and our own families’ cultural heritage, we have drawings for multicultural DVDs and CDs of music from around the world. ‘Shot at Life’ This spring, club members sent postcards to U.S. senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and U.S. Representative Dianne Black, encouraging them to invest in a healthier world by funding polio shots for children in developing countries. Several members also participated in Blogust and Get a Shot. Give a Shot generated nearly 100 immunizations for needy children. We hope you will join us and help make a difference every day. Diane Glasgow is chairperson of Arts and International Outreach. OPEN HOUSE NOVEMBER 23RD • Christmas Wreaths & Stockings • Personalized Ornaments • TERVIS Tumblers • Chevron Scarves 210 N. Washington Ave. Cookeville, TN 528-2811 8 — HERALD-CITIZEN, Cookeville, Tenn. — www.herald-citizen.com — Sunday, November 10, 2013 SANTA’S WORKSHOP CJWC encourages community to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” is the motto of the Conservation Committee. This committee encourages doing anything an individual can do to save or increase our natural resources and preserve planet Earth as a clean, green, healthy environment for future generations. This means we don’t just try to do the three Conservation R’s. We also encourage planting — shade trees, fruit trees, flowers, bushes and vegetables. For example, in our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, we encourage making use of the county’s recycling bins for plastics, aluminum and tin, newspapers and magazines, glass, and cardboard, as well as donate magazines our member read to the hospital. Once a year we encourage clearing homes of “hazardous waste” and turning it over to the Clean Commission in the fall for safe disposal. Then, in the spring, we encourage disposing of techno waste at a Clean Commission Conerly pickup. We donate recycling bins to new Habitat for Humanity homeowners and encourage and promote the use of reusable shopping totes. In our efforts to increase the greenery for a healthier environment and healthier life, our committee and sister CJWC (Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club) members donate either a small plant, tree, or flowers along with garden gloves, bird suet feeder and bird suet to new Habitat for Humanity homeowners. We also volunteer at least three times a year to clean up Dogwood Park. We encourage eating healthy by buying healthy fresh fruit and vegetables, especially those grown locally in our own gardens or at our local farmers’ market. Our hopes for the future are to donate more recycling bins to public facilities and/or do a community beautification project. We are excited to continue our mission by incorporating the following three new collection projects at this year’s Santa’s Work- shop: Old phones First, look for our bins to recycle and reuse your old cell phones and ipods. Thanks to the Clean Commission and Sprint, these will eventually end up in the hands of abused women in women’s shelters. Eyeglasses Second, we will accept donations of old eyeglasses to be turned over to the Lion’s Club. Food And third, we will accept canned and dry goods donations for Helping Hands. Netta Conerly is chairperson of the CJWC Conservation Committee. CJWC focuses on community’s educational needs Hello, my name is Lora Montgomery. I have been a member of CJWC since March 2011 and chairperson for the Education Committee since 2012 and have really enjoyed it. The CJWC Education Committee focuses on the educational needs of our community for both children and adults. We, along with our other committees, partner with the local school systems, the public library and other community service providers to fulfill these needs. Since our 2012 Santa’s Workshop we have done the following: • In March, we hosted CJWC’s monthly meeting with guest speaker and club member Diane Glasgow. We had the opportunity to learn about Diane’s trip to Washington Montgomery D.C. through the Shot @ Life Champion Training with the United Nations Foundations. Diane also shared information with us about childhood vaccinations in developing countries. • Continued our yearround book donations to local schools and child care centers. • Sponsored a coloring contest through the local libraries. • Collected and donated to area schools 483 Box Tops, 58 Campbell’s Soup Labels and 78 Coke bottle caps. Time flies when you’re having fun Wow, this year went by fast! We have been working hard to serve both our members and our community, but we have had fun doing it. I have served as club secretary this year, and I must say it has been awesome. My responsibilities are to take minutes at all board and monthly club meetings as well as do my part in giving back to the community. We volunteer many hours of community service. We also collect and donate items for local organizations such as Helping Hands, Genesis House and the Putnam County Animal Shelter as well as organizations abroad such as the Heifer Project, UNICEF and the Lesotho Orphanage. Our largest fundraiser is Santa’s Workshop, which provides us with the monies to contribute to several non-profit organiza- tions. So if you are thinking, ‘Hey, this sounds like a group I’d like to be a part of!’ come to Santa’s Workshop and come talk to us while you shop till you drop. We would love to tell you more about what we do and how you can become a Williams member. And also come play with us in December at our ornament exchange and Christmas party. Melissa Williams is secretary of the Cookeville Junior Woman’s Club. • Awarded another Women-In-Transition scholarship to a non-traditional female student in need. This is a yearly scholarship that we are once again about to award. Thanks to my committee members Gwenn Mann, Gayla McBroom, Jena Buckler and Rita Reese, who have been a tremendous help as well as my fellow CJWC members. Lora Montgomery is chairperson of the CJWC Education Committee.