The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA) was formed in Greenville, MS on November 3, 1941, by a gathering of over one hundred ladies from towns in Arkansas and Mississippi. The goal was to unite resources and serve the less fortunate of their community with a focus on children. Even during World War II, these volunteers would pull rations and resources to provide for the needy. The Houma Chapter was formed in 1973 and received its Charter in 1975. Mrs. Glenny Buquet was the President in the founding year, and Mrs. Shirley Watkins was President the year the Chapter received its Charter. Mrs. Lynn Cinnater was President the first full year after receiving its Charter.
NAJA has more than 15,500 active, associate and life members in 101 Chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.
Junior Auxiliary represents a serious endeavor on the part of women to be active and constructive community participants and to assume leadership roles in meeting community needs. Junior Auxiliary provides the member with the opportunity to serve and to be a vital part of the community. The objectives of the Association are to unite in one body all Junior Auxiliary Chapters and members to promote National and individual Chapter purposes; to encourage members to render charitable services which are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children; to cooperate with other Charitable 501 (c)(3) organizations.