July 5, 2022

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Agawam Junior Women’s Club spearheads vacation decoration contest

AGAWAM – All over the second fifty percent of December, the Agawam Junior Women’s Club (AJWC) done a “Fabulous Getaway Decorating Contest” to elevate funds for neighborhood assignments.

Residents in Agawam who embellished the outside the house of their homes have been questioned to register their residence by donating $10 to the club. In exchange, their household would be entered in the vacation decorating contest.

The winner of this contest was established by two diverse avenues, in accordance to Donna Shibley, who is the co-president of the AJWC.  A person winner was established by Shibley and one more co-chair of the AWJC, whilst another winner was determined by community voting.

Inhabitants of Agawam ended up encouraged to drive through the city and seem at all of the entries’ decorations. They were being questioned to vote for their beloved by donating $5 to the club. The city favorite was Gary and Carmen McNamee. The most effective adorned residence according to the AJWC judges was Kim Rafay. Among the prizes for winners was a $50 gift card to E. Cecci Farms, bottles of wine, and  present card to Most important Road Deli.  

“This certain challenge was brand new for us,” said Shibley, with regards to the getaway decorating contest. “This concept came about for the reason that of social distancing, and recognizing that men and women were in all probability intrigued in performing one thing with their households, whilst remaining protected.”

In accordance to Shibley, the club spearheaded an function related to this during the fall, where they questioned businesses and people with festive autumn decorations to enter their attributes for a slide decorating contest.

“That was our initially try at it [decorating contest] and we created a very little revenue from it, but not a complete large amount,” explained Shibley. “We determined then, that we were heading to do a single for the holidays.”

The AJWC  is a division of the Standard Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), which is an worldwide women’s firm that is committed to local community improvement by enhancing the lives of other folks via volunteer assistance. The AJWC carries on that message by enriching the quality of life in our nearby neighborhood.

For this precise getaway contest, every single residence was put on Google Maps so area citizens can know exactly where to travel to witness the decorations. In accordance to Shibley, 28 homes participated in this contest, and close to $400 was lifted involving the $5 voting donations and the $10 entry donations.

“We didn’t make a total bunch of income,” explained Shibley, who is also the GFWC Massachusetts condition president. “But for clubs and businesses that are getting a hard time fundraising, that revenue will help us give back again to the group.”

During the 12 months, AWJC has donated income to the Holyoke Troopers Property, the Parish Cabinet in West Springfield and scholarships for graduating large faculty seniors all through the Western Massachusetts neighborhood. According to Shibley, the club donated $3,000 at the conclusion of the last college yr for these graduates. They have also donated $400 on two distinctive events to the Parish Cabinet.

Usually, the club would bodily pay a visit to the Holyoke Troopers Property for a Sunday occasion, but due to COVID-19 limits, the club decided to give the home a examine so they can obtain particular merchandise that ended up required.

“We consider to assist out, not just in city, but other businesses, as properly as globally,” mentioned Shibley. “But this yr has been hard, because the significant fundraisers we ordinarily have, we don’t have.”

From a world-wide viewpoint, the AJWC and GFWC also assists St. Jude’s Medical center, and donates income to other jobs like, Procedure Smile, Shot of Daily life and UNICEF, amid other locations.   

“We’re attempting to obtain new techniques to get ourselves out to the neighborhood,” stated Shibley, who has been a component of AJWC because 1988.

As of correct now, AJWC, which has 17 members at the instant, is presently conference by means of Zoom. Shibley and the rest of the club hopes to donate two $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors at the conclude of the future school year.

The condition, by means of the GFWC, has also labored with the Western Mass. department of the YWCA, which is an business that supplies shelter, assist, and self-sufficiency for females in the place.

“I delight in the operate, and delight in offering again, and delight in the friendships that I’ve produced,” reported Shibley. “That’s my largest issue with the club.”

Proceeds from the getaway decorating contest will go towards ongoing AJWC initiatives, which include, the Soldiers Dwelling, scholarships for area graduating seniors, help for the Western Mass. YWCA and assist for the Getaway Baskets application.