2000-2001 The year 2000-2001 found JWL in the trenches developing our new cookbook, COOKING BY THE BOOT STRAPS, which premiered March 1, 2002. Through the year we tested and edited over 400 recipes.
Besides the many hours producing our new cookbook, our service committees volunteered in the community. Through our Finance and CEW committees, we donated over $16,000 to the following organizations: Diabetes Care Center, EPSF, and CASA. Enid High Big Blue Band, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Waller Newspaper for Education, YWCA, Hope Outreach, Christmas in April, Project Graduation, RSVP, YMCA, Boys and Girls State, Enid Symphony, Cherokee Special Olympics, Teen Moms, Our Daily Bread, Youth for Christ and the EHS Constitution Team.
Return Engagement, our consignment store, grossed over $62,000. While our STIR UPS cookbook grossed more than $8,500. Through these two businesses and JWL's commitment to serving the Enid community we made a difference.
2002-2003 The 2002-2003 year found JWL pioneering into new territory as we produced and directed our "Boot Strap Follies". The entire production was 'homegrown' and enjoyed a tremendously successful performance February 22, 2003. Unfortunately, the Sunday matinee had to be cancelled because of a snow storm! But bad weather or good weather, JWL members come through for our community, follies distributed around 20,000 to the following organizations: Christmas in April, Carver Head Start, Civitan Homes, Enid Community Learning Center, Enid Public Schools Foundation, Garfield County girl Scouts, New Horizons Counseling Center, Our Daily Bread and the YWCA.
JWL also gave hundreds of hours to our working committees and distributed over $13,000 through CEW and finance.
2003-2004 Our 2003-2004 projects were Stir Ups and Cooking by the Bootstraps. The Cookbook Marketing Project was designed as a mock land run where members staked their claim or a designated region. Members worked to increase our wholesale base for both cookbooks and established procedures which would ensure the continued success of our cookbook business. We also developed a sales brochure and revamped our website to help increase our visibility. Our efforts resulted in an increase of 48% in our wholesale accounts.
2004-2005 The project for 2004-2005 was another new adventure for JWL. The membership voted to have a Charity Gala. The “Inaugural Christmas Charity Gala” was held on December 11th at the Continental Towers. It was an elegant evening for our members as well as many members of our community. The evening of the Gala consisted of scrumptious food and beverages, entertainment from the band, Full Circle, and Beautiful Christmas Trees and many items for a silent auction. Our efforts proved to be very successful. It was the first project ever to raise more than $35,000. The Gala funds were distributed to the following agencies: Enid Literacy council, Enid Public Library, Enid Public School Foundation, Humanitarian School of Martial Arts, Salvation Army Summer Day Camp, Sandra Beasley Independent Living Center, Sparrow Quilt Group and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Volunteers.
2005-2006 The 2005-2006 year JWL celebrated out 75th Anniversary. JWL began an Endowment for the Junior Welfare League of Enid with generous support from our past and present members. The Endowment will be a way for us to continue to provide assistance for worthy organizations in the community. Our project this year was again a Gala. The name changed to “Holiday Charity Gala”. With no Christmas trees to auction and to allow for future dates to be flexible. The location was moved to the Cherokee Strip Conference Center. As an evolving project, JWL was again thrilled to deliver over $35,000 to the following organizations: America's Kids Against Crime, Boy Scouts of America, Cimarron Council, Chisholm Foundation, Inc., CDSA Steve Sheik Memorial Tutoring Program, Enid Fire Department, Enid Public School Foundation, Hope Outreach Family Resource Center, New Horizon's Counseling Center, The Salvation Army, Youth and Family Services and the YWCA Children's Learning Center.
2006-2007 The 2006-2007 “Charity Gala” was an awesome event! The second year at the Cherokee Strip Center and it never looked more beautiful. The conference center was transformed by white trees with lights and teal and blue making it a winter wonderland. Gala chairs worked very hard and disbursed over $40,000 to worthy recipients in May. This year’s recipients were: American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Cimarron Council, The Compassionate Quilter’s Group, Denny Price Family YMCA, Enid Public Library, Garfield County Child Advocacy Center, Greater Enid Art and Humanities Council, Salvation Army and YWCA.
2007-2008 With its huge success, the 4th annual “Charity Gala” was celebrated in 2007-2008. The Cherokee Strip Conference Center was once again transformed into a stylish setting with black, silver and lime green colors from table linens to flowers. With the hard work of so many League members, we were able to dance the night away to fabulous music, enjoy scrumptious hors d’ oeuvres and bid on wonderful auction items. In addition to a wonderful evening, we were able to raise $40,000 for donation to the Booker T. Washington Community Center, Christmas in Action, Compassionate Quilters Group, Enid Fire Department/Local Emergency Planning Committee, Hedges Regional Speech and Hearing Center, Leonardo’s, Northern Oklahoma Development Authority, The Sandbox Learning Center and Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma. Through the success of our two business ventures, Return Engagement and sales of STIR UPS and COOKING BY THE BOOTSTRAPS, we continued the giving. Our CEW and Finance Committees gave away more than $16,000 to local school kids and area charities. Our hard work and dedication continue to make a difference in the Enid area.
2008-2009 The 2008-2009 JWL year put another successful “Charity Gala” into the history book raising more than $30,000. With elegant tablecloths setting the tone, the Conference Center was once again transformed into a magical place where League and community members could dance the night away, munch on delicious hors d’ oeuvres and take home fabulous auction items. The funds raised were disbursed to several area organizations: EPS’s Occupational Therapy Department, Cimarron council Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, Leonardo’s, Faith Farm, Christmas in action, Enter His Gates, and the Enid High Big Blue Band. In addition, 10% of the “Charity Gala” proceeds were set aside this year for JWL’s charitable work. Our businesses Return Engagement and our two cookbooks, STIR UPS and COOKING BY THE BOOTSTRAPS continued to maintain their viability providing us with funds to operate and giving us more than $19,000 to give away through CEW, Wish Families, our Finance Committee and Provisional Workday.