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.
Ashley Carter, Vice President of Membership
Ashley is a Virginia Tech Alum and made her way back to Blacksburg with her husband and two children last year. She holds a BA in Marketing Management, but currently is enjoying life as a stay at home mom.! Her favorite quote “ Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi is why she joined BJWC. She hopes to help make a lasting impact on the New River Valley Community through the many service projects BJWC offers and by growing our membership with additional like minded women.
AK Ward Bartlett, Secretary
A.K. Bartlett joined the BJWC immediately upon moving to Blacksburg in 2013. She was born/raised in Meridian, MS, but has lived all over the Southeast and has enjoyed community involvement in each town she has called "home." She has a B.A. in Music and Psychology (Sewanee, 2003), an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (UT Chattanooga, 2006), and a PhD in Business Administration (Univ South Carolina, 2013). She is currently an Assistant Professor in Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business but has also worked in sales, human resources, and organizational development consulting. A.K. is enjoying small town life here with her husband, Chris, and cat, Sal.
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.
Court 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.
Sara Perks and Kristy Hudson, Service Coordinators
Sara Perks: 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.
Kristy Hudson: A graduate of Virginia Tech, my family and I recently moved to Blacksburg from Sterling, VA. I am married to my wonderful husband, Linwood and we are blessed with two beautiful children, Kate and Claire. I currently am a Preschool Teacher at Blackburg United Methodist Preschool (BUMP) and also worked at a great boutique in town, Fringe Benefit. I adore working with people and I'm passionate about helping others and trying to share a smile with those around me. In my free time, I love to bake, craft and explore the world around us. I'm always up for an adventure. I love everything rainbows, sparkles and unicorns!