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JARB's Crown Club members learned about life after high school and how a few UofA students balance college life. Thank you to Madison Bigelow, Lindsey Martin and Ashton Elliott for your words of wisdom! ... See MoreSee Less

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The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries has awarded JARB the Martha Wise Award for outstanding new project that helps to build a better community and stronger chapter! The members who serve on this project teach a life-skills program to teen girls at the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter. Check our www.jarb.org/service-projects/ for more JARB projects that benefit the community. ... See MoreSee Less

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Saving the best for last. Two more amazing JARB Life Members shared their memories of why they joined JA and why they loved it so much they served a MINIMUM of 6 years.

Barbara Sparks: (I had) just moved to Rogers and met some members. I wanted to do good deed and establish friendships. Good memories! Great organization! Working with ADC (Adult Development Center) which was in First Christian Church on Oak and 13th St. The RIF Program and Our Farm were rewarding, too. (I am currently involved) in the food bank and other various church related projects. I enjoy giving back.

Sandy Dellinger: We had just moved to Rogers form San Marino, CA and I knew no one. I met two ladies (Nita Larimore through church and Demerise Hewgley a neighbor) who were members of Rogers Junior Auxiliary. It was an excellent way to get instantly involved in the community and the schools and to make friends for a lifetime. (It was baptism by fire! LOTS of hours and LOTS of fun) The projects were hands on and really touched the lives of the children we served. I also loved working with the boys at Our Farm. Many of our projects were centered around holidays and their birthdays and were intended to make the boys feel special. Although sometimes they balked at decorating cookies, taking etiquette lessons and carving pumpkins, I know they enjoyed it as much as our members did.

The funniest project we did was creating and performing the "Mr. Friendly" phone a friend skits at all of the elementary schools. Complete with a costume reminiscent of the muppets--shaggy, blue and really hot!! We explained what the "warm" line for children who were home alone after school was to be used for. We truly had giggles over it and right after the skit was presented, the calls to the phone lines would skyrocket! The other "best" thing about JARB was what I learned from the amazing members I worked alongside. And because the women were so active, our friendships and involvement carried on through other groups, events and activities.

I am not currently involved in a lot of events but for 22 years I was on the Steering Committee for the Charity Challenge of Champions ( a fundraising event benefiting the Crisis Center) serving as Event Director for about 15 of those years. I am still involved with The Charity Challenge Foundation Fund. My husband and I like to go on mission trips with our church, CUMC. Working with Our Farm Board for about 5 or 6 years and to support establishment of Jessica House.
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