Nonprofits needing support can look to Rochester Junior Woman’s Club

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published February 6, 2013

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club is looking for nonprofit organizations interested in benefitting from its fundraising efforts in 2013-14.

The club — which has been serving the community since 1956 — is a service organization of more than 75 women who are involved in promoting education, preserving natural resources, participating in the arts and working on behalf of the elderly, children and families in need.

Each year, the club selects two or three nonprofit organizations to support through its major fundraising efforts and a dozen or so recipients to receive smaller, miscellaneous donations — donations raised throughout the year that aren’t earmarked for anything else.

“We hold the miscellaneous donations in a special fund, and at the end of the year, we use that entire fund and we distribute that to the people who are approved for that. Then we also select who we are going to raise the money for during our major fundraisers for the next year,” said Lynn Oates, the club’s publicity chair.

The club holds two or three major fundraisers each year that, according to Oates, typically generate between $10,000 and $30,000. The Lobster Boil is held the last Saturday in September, and the club hosts other events in the spring — such as a wine tasting, auctions and a shopping boutique and luncheon. This year, the club also held An Evening at the Great Estate Jan. 26 at Meadow Brook Hall.

This year’s spring fundraiser is the annual boutique shopping event and luncheon called Spring Highlights. The event, which is open to the public, will be held 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23 at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Drive. Tickets are $40. The club is currently raising funds to support Crittenton Foundation, Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library and Leader Dogs for the Blind for the 2012-13 fundraising year.

People with an organization that would like assistance in 2013-14 can visit, click on the events tab and email Marianne Koller at, or send a letter of request — along with detailed information on the organization — to RJWC Attn: Marianne, P.O. Box 80743, Rochester, MI 48307. The deadline to submit a request is March 1.

\Koller, the club’s past president, will present the applications to the club’s donations committee for consideration. Once the applications are narrowed down, the entire club votes on who will become a recipient.

“We get together, we review all of the applications and we choose two or three major recipients that will receive the proceeds of our major fundraisers for the next year. … Then, out of all of the applications that we get — which is around 40 or so — from the remainder of them, we sort them out and whittle them to approximately a dozen other recipients to receive funds from this year, depending on how much we have left in our budget for donations, but it’s usually about a dozen recipients in the $100-$500 range,” Koller said.

Oates said the club will consider the applications in April and will likely announce the organizations that will benefit from the club’s 2013-14 fundraisers in early May.

Proceeds from past fundraising efforts have been given to a variety of charities and organizations, including: South Oakland Shelter, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, the Meadow Brook Hall Garden Club, the Older Persons’ Commission, the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester Neighborhood House, Habitat for Humanity and many others.

The club meets the third Thursday of every month from September-May at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. For more information, call Marianne Koller at (248) 608-8108.

Those interested in learning more about the club, its membership or fundraising events are asked to call Kathy Lewis at (586) 939-7567 or email