Women’s organization

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 23, 1999

donates gift to library

By MICHELLE WILSON

Staff Writer

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Published Sept. 23, 199

Members of the Troy Junior Women’s League take their time to serve others through a variety of community projects.

The league began in 1971 as a service organization.

The Troy Junior Women’s League, represented by Kim Shirley and President Sarah McKenzie, presented a bookshelf to Teresa Colvin, children’s librarian at Troy Public Library, Sept. 16. The bookshelf will be used to store educational materials for the children.

This is not the first time the women’s league has donated supplies to the Troy Public Library.

The organization donates money for a book to be purchased to honor each baby that is born to a women’s league member. Colvin picks the books, which usually are about parenting and children’s literature.

"The library needs new books, and that’s our way of helping," McKenzie said.

Besides donating the book shelf and books, Sherry painted a mural in the Children’s Story Room. It depicts scenes from nursery rhymes and children’s stories.

"We wanted to make this a fun place where children could come to learn and read books," she said.

Not only does the organization support the library – the women’s league has a variety of philanthropies.

The group participates in March of Dimes and Relay for Life and awards an annual college scholarship to a female graduate of a Pike County high school. They sponsor Breakfast with Santa at Christmas time, a cake auction at Mother’s Day and manage the children’s area at Jean Lake Arts Festival in May. In past years, the group has bought playground equipment for Murphree Park.

"We have fund raisers throughout the year and give that money back to the community," McKenzie said.

Troy Junior Women’s League has about 35 members and is always looking for more women to join its ranks, she said. They meet on the first Tuesday of each month in a member’s home. Meetings include refreshments and social time.

Membership is open to all Pike County women, and there is no age limit to join, McKenzie said.

For more information about attending an upcoming meeting, call Sarah McKenzie at 566-6505.

"This is a good way to meet other women," she said. "We are a diverse group."