By John Anderson

Members of the Auburn Junior Woman’s Club gather after making their donation to the Auburn Fire Department. (John Anderson photo)

Members of the Auburn Junior Woman’s Club gather after making their donation to the Auburn Fire Department. (John Anderson photo)

At last night’s Selectmen’s Meeting, the Auburn Junior Woman’s Club formally donated $23,200 to the Auburn Fire Department for the replacement of the community sign outside of Fire Headquarters. The new sign is expected to be installed in mid-June.

Fire Chief Steve Coleman and club president Marisa Jablanski met with the board and explained the effort that has lasted more than two years. Beginning with a hula-hoop contest in June of 2013, the fundraising has been non-stop and is nearly complete. Although they are over $2,000 shy of the total, the club recently voted to fund the balance so the sign’s installation would not be delayed.

Jablanski summed up the club’s involvement, “It is a pleasure to donate this sign to the town we love so much.” The new electronic sign replaces the manual one installed over 30 years ago. It will permit instant updates and can even be used for emergency notifications according to Coleman.

Fundraising will continue, and interested donors can go to gofundme.com/replacethesign or send a check payable to Auburn Community Sign Fund, Auburn Junior Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 442, Auburn, MA 01501-0442.

Ms. Jablanski said, “We are happy for the people who helped, and are thrilled with their support.”

The Auburn Junior Woman’s Club is affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to community volunteerism.

Jablanski said the club currently has 12 members, and they are always seeking new women. “We’re small but mighty.” Interested women can email the club at auburnjuniors@gmail.com