Junior Auxiliary Members Attend Area Meeting

JA members Codi Bradford and Wendy Grice with Mississippi State Senator Sally Doty

JA members Codi Bradford and Wendy Grice with Mississippi State Senator Sally Doty

Several members of the Junior Auxiliary of Warren recently attended an area meeting of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA) held recently in Hattiesburg, MS.

Hundreds of women heard from Mississippi State Senator Sally Doty on the topic of Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Senator Doty currently sits on Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s Task Force for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy. She said, “I cannot tell you how excited I am to have Junior Auxiliary spotlight this issue. I know very well the impact that Junior Auxiliary can have on an issue such as this, and I look forward to concrete results.”

NAJA recently adopted a National Focus for their chapters in developing new programs for 2013-2015. This new National Focus, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, is based on a universal need among children in our communities. In light of the alarmingly-high teenage pregnancy rates and the negative impact on the quality of life of teen mothers and their children, NAJA is encouraging its membership to discuss ways to develop and implement a program that addresses Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Reducing teen pregnancies is one of the most effective ways to improve a child’s well-being and reduce persistent child poverty.

This is the time of year when JA chapter programs are kicked into high gear, as students and teachers return to the classroom after summer break. What better way to get members energized for the upcoming year than with an opportunity for learning and networking? The 2013 area meeting focused on getting members ready to rise to the challenges facing our communities and our chapters. While several training workshops were offered for chapter officers, there were also informative sessions on creating new and exciting projects to best serve our community’s children. One such resource is “Connect with Kids,” which is an online tool provided to each chapter by the NAJA Foundation.

NAJA hosts area meetings across the southeast each year to offer training and assistance to the organization’s 101 Chapters. “This is one of the cornerstones of our NAJA mission,” said Leslie Vaughn, NAJA President. “It is important to offer more in depth resources and educational opportunities to benefit all of our chapter members and the communities they serve.” In particular, she noted, “We are excited about our new National Focus and the potential for developing new service projects around it.”

Junior Auxiliary represents a serious endeavor on the part of women to be active and constructive community participants and to assume leadership roles in meeting community needs. The mission of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries is to provide support, resources, and educational, leadership, cultural, and healthcare training for NAJA members in order to optimize community service by NAJA Chapters. These educational meetings for members give them the resources to be better community volunteers.

For more information on Junior Auxiliary of Warren visit jaofwarren.wordpress.com. For more information on NAJA, visit http://www.najanet.org.

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Trunk or Treat 2013

Just for the Kids! Best Part Everything is FREE so SAVE the DATE! for more info on any of the Events message us on our page or Contact David King at Chamber of Commerce 226-5225, or Codi Bradford 820-7788

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Costume Party & Dance

Get your ticket from a JA member today! This will be a great time! Dig out those costumes and YOU may be the winner of $200. It's for a great cause! Help us help the children of our community and have a great time while you do!

Get your ticket from a JA member today! This will be a great time! Dig out those costumes and YOU may be the winner of $200. It’s for a great cause! Help us help the children of our community and have a great time while you do!

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2013 Annual Education Conference

Giving Love, Growing Legacies was the message to members of Junior Auxiliary of Warren at the 72nd Annual Education Conference held June 7 & 8 in Memphis, TN.  Over six hundred ladies were in attendance at this year’s event. NAJA hosts the annual conference at various locations in the southeast every year to offer training and assistance to the organization’s 101 chapters.

This year’s conference was packed with entertainment, education, and networking with other chapters from across the Mid-South. The ladies enjoyed speakers such as Mike Robbins, author of Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation; Craig Scott with Rachel’s Challenge, a survivor of the Columbine School shooting whose sister was not as fortunate; and Stacey DeWitt, speaking on Connect with Kids – Technical Difficulties: helping kids and families navigate today’s online world.

 Junior Auxiliary chapters all over the Mid-South are working more than ever before to increase awareness of children in need and the benefits of caring today to create character tomorrow.  For more information on NAJA, visit http://www.najanet.org.

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Junior Auxiliary members, Ashley Savage, Wendy Grice, and Angela Wagnon attended the annual meeting of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries this month in Memphis, TN.

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JA Week Coloring Contest Winners

JA Week Coloring Contest Winners

The Junior Auxiliary of Warren recently held a coloring contest in honor of JA Week. The winners were treated to a pizza party. From left to right: Jaydin Rideout (3), Myla Rawls (2), Ashlyn Crawford (1), Esperanza Vera (K)

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Pink Tomato Festival Activities

The Junior Auxiliary of Warren provided free balloons, books, and visor decorating for children on the court square during Warren’s Pink Tomato Festival on Saturday, June 11.

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Outgoing Member Honored

At the April 5 chapter meeting of the Junior Auxiliary of Warren Nichole Williams was recognized and honored for her five years of service with refreshments and a gift. Her time spent helping the organization and community is greatly appreciated and she will be missed!

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