Rhoades chosen Junior of the Year

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
Dee Sokol, left, president of the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club, presented Melissa Rhoades, right, member of the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club, with the 2011 Junior of the Year award at their general meeting in February.

Melissa Rhoades, member of the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club, was chosen as the 2011 Junior of the Year.

The GFWC Illinois Junior of the Year is an award presented to an active Federated Junior Clubwoman for her accomplishments during the previous year. Juniors are judged on their offices held at Junior Club, Junior District, and District Levels, committee/project work, innovative ideas and creativity, dependability, willingness to share ideas, cooperation, participation, attitude, sense of humor, ability to interact positively with other members, enthusiasm, and attendance.

Rhoades became a member of the federation in October of 2009.  Rhoades has been actively involved in a wide variety of projects. In 2011 Rhoades was treasurer, chaired four projects and participated in more than 27 projects. She is a very dedicated club member and throws herself wholeheartedly into whatever task she takes on.  

Rhoades is very generous and caring and it shows in her positive attitude toward everything she does. She is a great asset to their organization.

During the 2011 club year, Rhoades’ major undertaking involved serving as the club’s treasurer from June to present where she is in charge of their financial books.

Rhoades was chairwoman of the following projects. She served as co-chairwoman for the Conservation Program from January to May.  She chaired the annual Smokey Bear Poster Contest for area fourth graders and Kind News magazine.

Rhoades organized the Junior Woman’s Club Tiny Tots Contest held during Old Settler’s Days to help raise money for Broslow pediatric bags for Emergency 116. She served as the chairwoman by promoting the contest through articles and flyers that appeared in our local newspapers and school newsletters. She decorated two presentation boards with the 21 participants and prepared containers for each contestant to place money in.

Rhoades coordinated the set up for the display at the Metamora Square. She participated in the four-day event. A total of $1,008.48 was raised for the Broslow pediatric bags.

Rhoades served as the budget and Special Projects chairman from June to present.

Rhoades believes in her community and strives to make it a better place to live.

Rhoades shows us by example that when we put our hearts into our projects, we can truly make a difference in our community. Rhoades is a dedicated wife and proud mother of 15-month-old son Henry, all while working full time as a Registered Nurse. She is a valuable asset to the club and they are proud to name her their Junior of the Year.

Rhoades’ resume will now advance to the GFWC Illinois 17th Junior District Convention. The GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club congratulates Rhoades and thanks her for the hard work and dedication she has given the club and wishes her the best at the district competition.