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New officers, members of JATC

The Junior Auxiliary of Taney County (JATC) met recently to install new officers for the 2024 season.  


The meeting, which was held at the Pour House in Hollister, also included the induction of new active members and the recognition of several members for their contributions during the past year.


JATC Board members are selected from the organization's membership and serve terms of one year. New board members include Marcia Vander Laan (President), Kelly Anstaett (Vice President), Annette Sain (Recording Secretary), Sheryl Schiller (Corresponding Secretary), Shamron Baur (Treasurer), Paula Eighmy (Assistant Treasurer), Colleen Neill (Finance Chair and Ex Officio), Paula Gillispie (Projects Chair and Membership Chair), and Sheila Martin (Education Chair).


The organization also welcomed several new active members to their group—Sharon Ballew, Kristi Gabel, Debbie Lee and Susan Thibeault-Linton. JATC members initially join the organization as Provisional Members, allowing them to learn more about JATC and to determine if they desire to make the commitment to become active members.  


In order to become an Active Member of the JATC, a member must participate in service and finance projects, attend Chapter meetings and complete a course of training. The newly inducted Active Members were also responsible for incorporating a new project—Turn Off/Tune In. The project included a family game night attended by 17 families with 24 total children. Turn Off/Tune In was held in conjunction with Elevate Branson, where Cathy Brown, a JATC Life Member, serves as Kids Director.


Several JATC members were recognized for their outstanding service and contributions during the last year.


Kelly Anstaett was presented with the Gift of Service Award for having the most Service Hours. Paula Gillispie received the Gift of Time Award, in recognition of the most total hours. Bobbie Wydeen received the prestigious Crown Award, given to a member who best exemplifies the five jewels— Charity, Youth, Health, Leadership and Service,


Area women who are seeking a way to make a difference in the community and have a heart for children are invited to consider JATC. Membership into Junior Auxiliary of Taney County is open to women 21 years of age and older. Informational meetings will be held on July 23 at 5:30 p.m. and August 15 at 5:30. For more information, contact Paula Gillispie at 417-294-2745.


A nonprofit organization, JATC is a group of women dedicated to helping the children of Taney County.

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