This week, a small group of young women took the first steps on a lifetime of community service. The group -- five girls from the ages of 10 through 13 -- became founders of the Juniorette Club, a youth offshoot of the Payson Womans Club.
With all the activities available to young people today, the girls who are chartering the new group said they wanted to become involved in the group because it sounded like fun and would let them do something for the community.
At the first meeting, held Dec. 4, were charter members Emily Arnold, 13, Aubrey Escalanti, 11, Alayna Hauptman, 12, Janelle Hauptman, 10, and Jessica White, 11.
The Payson Womans Club sponsored the group thanks to a $200 grant from General Federation of Women's Clubs.
Anita White, president of PWC, said the purpose of establishing the club is to give young women, ages 10 to 17, a chance to learn the proper procedures for conducting a meeting using Robert's Rules of Order and gain experience in public speaking and community involvement.
The Juniorette Club will be in the hands of its members, with White and the PWC providing guidance and supervision.
The young women will have their own bylaws, conduct their own elections, be responsible for the accounting and budgeting of their treasury -- which will include $20 annual dues from each member, plus the grant money -- and conducting their meetings. The treasury will be supplemented through fund-raisers the members choose and conduct. The young women will also be participating in community service activities.
The girls will choose the formal name of the club, create its brochure, pick a flower and two colors to serve as its emblems. As members of the Juniorette Club, the young women will be invited to participate in GFWC conventions and workshops along with the 40 women in the Payson Womans Club.
White pushed for the Juniorette Club and the ongoing children's crafts program for girls 7 to 12 the PWC started a couple of years ago.
To help the Juniorette Club get off to a good start, White is arranging for speakers to address one or two meetings.
The group will normally meet once a month, the first Monday of each month, but the next meeting is from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at the Payson Womans Club building, 510 W. Main St. in Payson.
Any young woman in the Rim Country area, age 10 to 17, is invited to attend.
For more information, call White at (928) 474-5999.
Womans Club oldest in Payson
The Payson Womans Club holds the title of the oldest club in Payson. It started in 1921 and incorporated in 1922.
With that title comes a history of outstanding service to the community.
The club created the Payson Library and when the new library was built, donated 40,000 books to it. The club holds the deed to the Payson Pioneer Cemetery and has a committee responsible for the upkeep of the grounds.
Among its many causes are the Senior Center, Clothe-a-Child, Hospice and the Payson Rodeo. They also provide funds for nursing scholarships, Guardian Angel necklaces and reading and craft classes for girls.
The PWC is affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs, which is one of the world's largest and oldest women's volunteer service organizations. It was formed in April 1890, when representatives from 61 clubs from throughout the country convened in New York City.