The object of this organization shall be to promote the cultural, educational and environmental welfare of the region through service projects, outreach, and other charitable activities. The GFWC/BJWC is a member of both the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs and as such will align their objectives with the objectives of these organizations.
The Blacksburg Junior Women’s Club was formed in November, 1935 by a small group of local ladies who wanted to give back to their community as well as strengthen social ties. The group originally had 13 members. The club became a member of the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs in February, 1936. The stated object of the organization was to “unite all loyal and progressive citizens in an intelligent effort toward a better Blacksburg, to promote good citizenship, public health, general culture and civic ideals.”
During its early days, the club raised money for the Blacksburg Library, published a “Discovering Blacksburg” booklet for those who were new to the area, sponsored a Girl Scout Brownie troop, started free “Mother and Baby Care” classes in partnership with the American Red Cross, and supported Camp Easter Seals. In 1949, BJWC founded the Blacksburg Newcomer’s Club, which is still in existence today. During this year, record membership is at 90. In 1967 and 1984, the club was honored with national GFWC awards for its service.
Today, the club has over 40 members and supports a variety of projects.
Aury Cook, President
Aury has been a member of BJWC since 2006. Her favorite service project is the Women’s Resource Center Adopt-an-Apartment because she is able to help transform a building into a real home for a family in need. She has a B.A. in Biology (UNCA, 1995) and a Masters of Healthcare Administration, specializing in finance ( UNC, 1999). She loves living in the mountains with her husband, Andrew, and spoiling her two bulldogs.
Jennifer Jones, Vice President of Reporting
Jennifer Jones returned to Blacksburg for the third time in August of 2015 and joined the BJWC upon her return. She previously lived in Blacksburg while attending Virginia Tech to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Biology and then a second time to obtain her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been in public education administration and is now a program coordinator at Virginia Tech. Jennifer enjoys the many and varied service projects of the BJWC and cannot wait to serve the BJWC and Blacksburg community. If she is not working, she is doing her best to get outside to do anything with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
Sara Perks, Vice President of Membership
I am married and have two children. I am Service Co-Coordinator for the Blacksburg Junior Women's Club this year. I love service because I love being able to be involved in projects that genuinely help our community and through these projects getting to show people what true community really is. I was raised in a service-oriented family and I want to carry on that tradition with my children. I love making jewelry, crafting and spending time with my family and friends. I have been a part of the BJWC for 7 years.
Susan Thompson, Secretary
Susan has been a member of BJWC for 9 years and feels that having a shared goal of service to the NRV community is what keeps her coming back year after year. Susan grew up in Columbus, Ohio and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Ohio State (Go Bucks!) in Logistics and Marketing and a MBA in International Business from California Lutheran University. She also holds a Project Management Certification from Villanova. She and her family moved to Blacksburg in 2006 when her Product Management position at United Pet Group was relocated from Southern California. In late 2011, Susan left UPG and started consulting for a variety of clients in personal finance and project management.
Susan’s family is happy to call Blacksburg home and Susan and Peter plan on retiring to Claytor Lake when the time is right.
Courtney Williams, Treasurer
As a recent addition to the BJWC family, Courtney has quickly joined her fellow members in giving back to the New River Valley community. She is looking forward to her second year of membership and is always eager to meet fellow women with a passion for leadership and service.
Courtney moved from Chicago to join the 2008 graduating class of VT studying Health Promotion. She met her husband Brian bartending at Poor Billy's Restaurant in Blacksburg. She currently works at Invision Eye Care in Christiansburg. An avid movie quoter with a fierce love of books, cheese, dogs, and wine...in no particular order.
Amanda Allen and Emilie Pata, Service Coordinators
Amanda moved to Blacksburg from NC in 2012. Seeing BJWC projects going on all around the NRV she decided to check it out. In 2016 she finally joined this amazing group of service-driven women. She would be hard-pressed single out a favorite service project but the Diaper Drive has a special place in her heart.
Emilie moved to Blacksburg in August 2016 and joined BJWC right away. It was a great opportunity for her to meet people while giving back to the community. Emilie says, "The diversity of services we provide make BJWC accessible to anyone. I have 2 young children and I am happy to see service opportunities suitable for them.
For my second year in the group I decided to join the service comity and be a bigger part of March of Ales, our fundraiser."