Junior Auxiliary of Ruston welcomes new members

Junior Auxiliary of Ruston welcomed its incoming Provisional and Crown Club classes for the 2021-2022 year with a reception hosted by the Provisional Trainer and Crown Club Chair. The Provisional  group of 14 ladies have shown interest in JA of Ruston and will be trained for six months as well as attend chapter meetings and projects to determine if they wish to volunteer their time to their community through this organization for the next five years.

Crown Club of Ruston began in 2016 as a project to reach and mentor high school girls in responsibility, leadership and volunteering. This service year will be the largest class in Crown Club of Ruston’s existence. We welcomed seventeen new members to this service year. Much like JA, Crown Club has its own board, service and finance projects utilized to improve and support our community.  

Junior Auxiliary is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that encourages members to render charitable services which are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children.

JA of Ruston was chartered by a group of caring and enthusiastic women in 1983; it continues to grow and thrive throughout Ruston and Lincoln Parish. Volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year on a variety of projects that focus on local children and families in need of assistance and hope.

JA of Ruston is a part of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), a non-profit organization founded in 1941 with headquarters in Greenville, MS. NAJA has more than 15,400 active, associate and life members in nearly 100 chapters across Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

The NAJA slogan is “Caring Hearts, Helping Hands, Changing Lives,” and when teamed with the current national focus of the association, “ The Power of Words” Junior Auxiliary Chapters are working more than ever before to increase awareness of child health and welfare and how it affects their futures.

For more information on Junior Auxiliary of Ruston visit www.jaofruston.org, for information on becoming a provisional, contact vp@jaofruston.org, Crown Club can be reached at crownclub@jaofruston.org, or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/juniorauxiliaryofruston. For more information on NAJA, visit www.najanet.org.

In the above photo, Provisional Members listed from left to right:

Front Row: Heather Terry , Kristy Barnette, Elizabeth Durbin
Back Row: Van Le, Jessica Williams, Lorrie Gates, Brittany Powell, Jordan Duran, Jessica Duncan, Donna Hardel, Briley Blazo.
Not Pictured: Madison Ditta, Chelsea Manning, Taylor Sloan

Additionally, the 2021-2022 Crown Club includes LaDiamond White, Catherine Cooper, Gabby Sterling, Hannah Reeder, Sadie Brown, Riley Patterson, Madeline Davis, Kate Pullin, Mary Laura Hunt, Kailee Barnette, Devika Dua, Leah Ashlak,  Murphy DeMoss, Amaree Sterling, Leah Sutherland, Preslea St. Andre, Rosemary Sewell, GiGi Daughtry, Lauryn Garrison, and Mariah White.

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