Junaluska Women's Club

(JWC)

 

The Junaluska Woman’s Club is the oldest volunteer organization at Lake Junaluska, founded to promote and preserve the unique “Junaluska experience,” which has been beloved by generations of visitors, guests, seasonal residents, and eventually year-around residents.

 

2021 Activities & Events

Following the suspension of all meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 season has been expanded to include the following activities:

  • May social meeting
  • June luncheon
  • July garden tour
  • August fashion show
  • September field trip
  • December arts and crafts show activities
  • Frequent casual ‘pop up’ events year-around

 

Membership and Dues

Membership in the Junaluska Women’s Club is limited to women, however not limited just to Lake Junaluska homeowners and residents. All women of all ages who know and love Lake Junaluska are encouraged to join the club for fellowship, friendship, and fun!

Annual dues are just $15 and payable at any time during the year. Payment should be mailed to the club’s Membership Committee Chairwoman:

Grace Gaines Gattis 
96 Littleton Road
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

 

JWC History

In August of 1916, as the fourth season of summer conferences at the Southern Assembly (later known as Lake Junaluska) was coming to a close, the six founding members gathered together for the first meeting of the Junaluska Women’s Club. The social club formed during an era in which the Junaluska season was limited to the peak weeks of summer, with meetings only held in June, July, and August. Although committee meetings and ongoing projects continued throughout the year, the practice of summer-only membership meetings continued through 2019.

The Junaluska Women’s Club has been involved in numerous projects across the years, including:

  • Several editions of a published literary magazine featuring original poems, song lyrics, and essays by Lake Junaluska summer residents
  • A writing contest which resulted in the club publishing David English Camak’s novel set in a fictionalized Lake Junaluska, titled June of the Hills
  • Production of original plays and theatrical pageants
  • Annual boat parades and the Junaluska Queen contests from the 1920s until the late 1970s
  • Proposed and created the Gilbert Center for African-Americans
  • Hosted First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1944
  • Founded Lake Junaluska’s still-operating lending library
  • Operated a popular and profitable tea room
  • Sponsored handicrafts workshops
  • Hosted children’s activities
  • Published two cookbooks
  • Held an annual Tour of Junaluska Homes fundraiser in the 1970s through the 1990s

Ongoing projects include the production of an annual Fashion Show and Luncheon to raise funds for scholarships awarded to Junaluska‘s younger summer staff members, as well as the Arts & Crafts Show held each December as part of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center’s winter weekend festivities known as Appalachian Christmas.