By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
The Jefferson Jimplecute has pledged to support the Women of Jefferson Organization in 2019, Publisher Mica Wilhite announced.
“WOJO is an outstanding group of women doing great things in Jefferson and Marion County,” Wilhite said. “We are proud to endorse their efforts and provide advertising for their projects in 2019 at no cost.”
Beginning in 2018, the Jimplecute selects a local non-profit organization each year to help bolster and encourage. In addition to free advertising, WOJO will enjoy greater access to news stories and support from the local newspaper’s first-rate graphic artist, Joe Capraro.
Cindy Pinkerton, who was the club’s charter president in 1994, said group’s focus is on Jefferson.
Originally organized as a chapter of the American Business Women Association with more than 60 members, WOJO dropped its national ties to devote more funds to local scholarships.
“WOJO is working women building each other up,” Pinkerton said. “We see women now who we had given scholarships to when they were in high school and have now come back and joined the club.”
WOJO plans a busy schedule this year.
A Valentine’s Day breakfast is set for Thursday morning at The Hamburger Store. A Valentine basket will also be raffled.
“We recently took over the 1933 Salad Club Luncheon,” President Mary Spearman said. “We do a Woman of the Year, every year. We do a wine tasting in October.”
The Christmas Tree in the Park and a Christmas basket raffle are also on the schedule.
“The popular 5k Rabbit Run occurs each spring.”
The group also hopes to assist the Corvette Show with a burgers sack lunch.
According to Spearman, the money from the projects goes for one goal.
“Last year, we gave 14 scholarships to graduating seniors and working women returning to college,” Spearman said.
The club’s scholarship committee screens applicants and awards scholarships in May.
“I think being able to provide scholarships, to me, is the heart of WOJO,” Spearman said.
Spearman said the motivation for these activities is obvious.
“We love Jefferson and love being able to provide scholarships to Marion County students and working women,” Spearman said. “Every dime we make goes for scholarships. I wish we could give more.”
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