BJWC Who We Are

The Barrington Junior Women's Club is open to women of all ages, and its current 140+ members includes former and current Barrington area residents, as well as women outside the immediate area who are interested in becoming involved in philanthropic activities. As well as varied ages and addresses, the group is composed of an eclectic and energetic group of working and non-working women with a wide variety of interests.


President's Letter

Annmarie Dymon

President, 2017-18

Dear Barrington Friends,

Thank you for your interest in the Barrington Junior Women’s Club. Since our inception in 1936, BJWC has made a commitment to improve the lives of women, children and seniors in our community. More than 200 members strong, we are dedicated to continue to the tradition of philanthropy and community service in the year ahead.

We are actively involved in Barrington Giving Day, Meals with Wheels, Tutoring at Sunny Hill, Service to Seniors and Safety Town. We pride ourselves on providing valuable services and resources to the children, women and seniors in our area. From delivering hot meals to senior citizens, to helping a parent choose a special toy for their child on Giving Day, we strive to make a positive impact in the community.

Last year was a banner year for us, granting more than $100,000 to local organizations that fit our mission. An additional $20,000 in scholarship money was also awarded to Barrington High School seniors, who demonstrated exemplary community service.

These grants and scholarships would not be possible without the significant fundraising efforts of our members. Our annual Fall Fashion Show, “Cue the Confetti”, will take place on Saturday, November 11 at Stonegate Conference Center. Please join us for a day of fashion, fun and philanthropy! Through your generosity, we are able to support local organizations and local students. Our spring fundraiser, on March 3, also promises to be a fun filled Casino night for couples.

Our general meetings are the first Tuesday evening of the month from September to June (with the exception of January). We require members to perform two hours of community service each year, serve on one of our many committees and support the Fall Fundraiser. Due to the variety of our community involvement and volunteer opportunities, we are flexible with work and family schedules.

For more information, please look through the website to read about our events and activities. Please email me with any questions at

Invite a friend to join you at our next meeting and become a part of our community!

Hope to see you soon,

Annmarie Dymon

BJWC Officers and Board Members:


President - Annmarie Dymon
  • Presides over all meetings.
  • Appoints all standing and special committees.
  • Serves as a member ex-officio of all committees.
  • Represents Barrington Junior Women's Club, Inc. at community events or appoint someone to do so whenever necessary.
  • Serves as a member of the nominating committee.

First Vice President - Liisa Gent

  • Serves as the chairperson of the membership committee.
  • Acquaints herself with the duties of the president and presides in the absence of the president.
  • Accepts reports of unexcused ways & means obligations, community service or committee obligations from chairpersons.
  • Maintains the membership file.

Second Vice President - Cindy Galley

  • Serves as the PR chairperson
  • Oversees communication with local media outlets
  • Maintains PR timeline and oversees PR writers
  • Takes the place of any elected board member in her absence at general meetings.

Treasurer - Jodi Grant & Treasurer Elect - Sara Morrell

  • Keeps the books up to date and pays all the bills pertinent to the organization.
  • Collects all dues and money.
  • Makes all books and records available for audit.
  • Serves as a member of the budget committee.

Recording Secretary - Courtney Engelson

  • Keeps the minutes of all meetings.
  • Sends copies of the minutes to the president within a week of each general and board meeting.
  • Organizes names, addresses and pictures for Directory
  • Maintains an inventory of the Storage Unit.

Corresponding Secretary - Christine Birch

  • Serves as the chairperson of the newsletter committee.
  • Conducts official correspondence under the direction of the president.
  • Sends out notices of all board meetings.


BJWC Committees:

Chairpersons: Erin Shechtman, Mary Dale

  • Provide advice and support to the executive board, drawing from their breadth of experience in all aspects of BJWC.

Associates Liaisons
Chairpersons: Tiffany Andreae, Lisa Olszewski

  • Connect past members with current members
  • Provide communication on a monthly basis to Associates
  • Host Associate events throughout the year

Character Counts
Chairpersons: Gina Koertner, Dawn Nixon, Kirsten Williams

  • Solicit nominations for Character Counts awards from members of BJWC
  • Review references of nominees
  • Present the awards to the Character Counts winners at the Barrington Village Board Meeting
  • Organize a reception for the award winners and their families, following the Village Board meeting.

Community Outreach
Chairpersons: Jen Hopwood and Judy Lichtenberger

  • Promote BJWC in the community by supporting Barrington community activities and events.
  • The activities include: Scarecrow Festival, Feed My Starving Children, The Community Meal and others

Community Service
Chairpersons: Veronica Avedician and Cali Bergold

  • Coordinate community service activities for BJWC, including Meals with Wheels and tutoring at Sunny Hill. .
  • Oversee the sign-up of two-hour shifts, and see that each BJWC member has met the club obligation.
  • Attend external meetings with BJWC partners
  • Send reminder to the volunteers in advance of their scheduled assignment.
  • Consider and evaluate other service opportunities for the club.

Corporate Sponsorship
Chairpersons: Kathy Brodin, Shefali Bhuva

  • Identify and organizes sponsorship opportunities for BJWC at both a corporate level and event level.
  • Solicit advertisements for Ways and Means, as well as special events.

Fall Ways and Means
Chairpersons: Priscilla Morrison, Jessica Young

  • Plan and oversight of major fundraiser, Fall Fashion Show.

Giving Day
Chairpersons: Christine Birch, Courtney Engelson, Heidi Shannon

  • Work in collaboration with broader Barrington Giving Day organization to procure, transport, sort and organize toy donations
  • Facilitate volunteer base for Barrington Giving Day toy department

HOPE Dinner
Chairpersons: Kathy Krucek, Stephanie Omar

  • Plan HOPE Dinner, a holiday themed dinner in December
  • Distribute gift cards to seniors, using funds raised at the dinner.

Legal Advisor

  • Review all contracts, and provide advice and counsel to each of the committees as needed.

Chairpersons: Julie Blasius, Hannah Johnson, Alyson Quaranta

  • Host a membership drive at the September meeting to recruit new members
  • Host a new member get together
  • Greet and welcome members and guests at every meeting.
  • Communicate with new members regarding club events.

Meeting Planning and Membership Education
Chairpersons: Katie Karam, Amanda Manczak

  • Plan and organizes the BJWC Monthly General Meetings at local venues
  • Secure speakers for the general meetings, at the request of the President.
  • Transport and set up AV equipment at meeting spaces, as needed
  • Supply name tags for attendees at the meetings.

Chairperson: Veronica Avedician

  • Prepare a slate of nominees for officers to be presented at the March Board Meeting.
  • Present the slate at the general meeting in April with nominations from the floor.
  • Publish the slate in the May newsletter

Chairpersons are: Mary Dale, Kelli Kermath, Suzy Mogler

  • Solicit nominations for grants and scholarships from the greater community.
  • Review nominations and and selects recipients for BJWC's Community Grants
  • Review nominees and selects recipients for BHS Scholarships.
  • Organize and facilitate a Scholarship Dinner for the Scholarship winners and their families, in conjunction with the BJWC June meeting.
  • Organize and facilitate a Grant reception for the Grant recipients

Public Relations
Chairpersons: Julie Joyce, Ashley Page

  • Coordinate with BJWC chairs to gather information pertinent to events
  • Collect photos and images to promote BJWC events in the community
  • Coordinate with Second Vice President to meet media timelines

Safety Town
Chairpersons: Neena Masterson, Jessica Spentzos

  • Organize the popular early childhood educational safety program for kids, Safety Town.
  • Hire teachers to teach the program, as needed
  • Review maintenance needs at the permanent site
  • Oversee registration and financial obligations of Safety Town
  • Initiate portable Safety Town at Sunny Hill School

Service to Seniors
Chairpersons: Dani Kusmerz, Rachel Kuna, Marcy Sparr

  • Host two holiday parties during the year at Christmas and Valentine’s Day, in conjunction with BACOA..
  • Host a “Spring Fling”, a luncheon with entertainment, bingo and prizes, in conjunction with BACOA.
  • Coordinate with local organizations to enrich the lives of Seniors.

Spring Ways & Means
Chairpersons are: Stephanie Jameson, Ali Swingruber

  • Plans and organizes the spring fundraiser.