By Michelle ColesantiBJWClogo

This year, the Brandon Junior Woman’s Club (BJWC) is celebrating its 60th anniversary of service and volunteering in the Brandon community.

A non-profit service organization, the BJWC works to improve the community through its members volunteering their time and financial resources through programs and fundraising that support many local groups and charities in the Brandon area.

To celebrate its 60 years, the club is planning a celebration on Saturday, September 12 at the Riverview Hills Country Club, located at 3943 New River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico at 12 Noon. The details of the upcoming event are still in the planning phase, but the BJWC is looking for past members to join in for the celebration.

“The 2015 board members are taking the lead in organizing this great event. We are extremely excited and proud of our organization and looking forward to our celebration,” said current President Eva Ruiz.

The Brandon Junior Woman’s Club organized and federated in 1955, and is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, which is one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s volunteer service organizations in the world.

According to Ruiz, “We are a part of the GFWC Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs, District 8. The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman’s club meets monthly at our beautiful clubhouse, which has been designated by Hillsborough County as a Historic Landmark, and is located at 129 N. Moon Ave. in Brandon.”

General meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month, with hospitality at 6:30 p.m. and the business meeting at 7 p.m.

The club’s theme is “Heart to Heart, Giving and Receiving from the Heart” and everyone is invited to join and explore the fun, service and fellowship of the BJWC.

According to Ruiz, “Our projects and members have varied throughout the decades, but our goal has remained the same; to serve and help our community.”

For more information on the upcoming 60 year celebration, email Ruiz at or visit for more information on the BJWC.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.