people person

Ripley, TN

#1 Mar 28, 2009
i have seen helping people in the world but i didn't know it was so hard that you have to stay drunk all the time.I figure if they put as much money on the kids as they do booze there would not be a child left out.believe me i used to be part of it and could not believe what i saw. I think JA of lauderdale needs to be shut down. I will be taking further action to rid us of this problem. Then if they really want to help they can join Tina Turner center or Rescue squad. One more note i am not mad at any of the members like and know them all. I have been there so say that i am lieing if you like i have been there. They do help some but mostly themselves
Melanie Hardy

United States

#2 May 5, 2009
I'm sorry that you feel that way about Junior Auxiliary, but the things you have said are simply not true.

Not one penny of the chapter's money goes toward the purchase of alcohol. The alcohol sold at the country club when we have our annual charity crown ball is sold by Rolling Hills and is purchased by individuals out of their own pockets. It is no different than when the Carl Perkins Center had its auction there a few weeks ago or when the Chamber of Commerce has its banquets there. None of the proceeds go to our chapter - the only profit we recieve is from ticket sales and donations. You are more than welcome to come take a look at our books, bank statements, and annual reports anytime to see for yourself.

Junior Auxiliary actually does quite a bit for our community, and we are always looking for more ways to help. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact me so that we can try to make them possible.

Some of our current service projects include:

Providing eyeglasses to children who cannot afford them - With the help of Dr. Tucker and Dr. Brooks Harris, we are able to give 10 children per year eyeglasses that they otherwise could not afford. Applications are sent to us through the schools and are reviewed and approved by our chapter. A new application was just approved at our last meeting, and two more were approved at the meeting before that.

Donating school uniform shirts to local schools – This program is called Tiger Tees and was just started this year. Our chapter purchased over a hundred school approved t-shirts and donated them to the local primary schools to be used for children who are not able to meet the uniform requirements and for children whose parents are not able to bring a change of clothes in the case of an accident or emergency.

Meeting with and reading to children enrolled in Headstart - JA holds monthly reading contests to teach these children that “Readers are Leaders.” The child who reads the most books each month receives a prize, and a pizza party is given at the end of the year to reward everyone.

Hosting a semi-annual dance for the members of the Helen Tucker Center – Food and drinks are served and a DJ provides music and entertainment for this event. It is a good way for JA to show our support for the Helen Tucker Center members and staff.

Promoting SIDS awareness to expecting and new mothers – information pamphlets and onsies with “This Side Up” printed on the front were given out at various events including the Tomato Festival, Halls Street Festival, and Christmas Parades, as well as to the Health Department.

Passing out safety kits – these kits were given to hundreds of families to childproof their house and keep their children safe.

All of these projects were done during the 2008-2009 year. This year, we were also fortunate enough to be able to help the FOP with their annual "Shop With A Cop." Our chapter alone spent almost $3,000 on toys and clothes for needy children in Lauderdale County at Christmas.

I'm sorry that you feel the way you do about our chapter, but I urge you to please look at the facts and reconsider.

And as far as helping with the Rescue Squad or Tina Turner Center - we actually did help the Carl Perkins Center (the Tina Turner Center is no longer open) with their auction, and would be more than willing to assist the Rescue Squad at their request, as well as any other organization in need within our community.

Again, if you have any ideas for more service projects that our chapter can help with, we would love to hear from you.


Melanie Hardy
JA of Lauderdale Co.
2009-2010 President

Dyersburg, TN

#3 Aug 31, 2009
yeah they do some good but most of them are stuck up and the dance they do for the helen tucker center is a joke. they dont even socialize with the people that go there. they are just there to socialize with each other and the friends they bring. stuck up!

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