This Day in NYJL History

In Spring of 1992, the Great Opportunities for the College Bound committee of the New York Junior League held a career awareness trip to Xerox headquarters. During their visit, students were presented with expert panelists and given demonstrations of Xerox equipment.The goal of the Great Opportunities for the College Bound committee was to present career seminars to college-bound high school students from the NYC School System, encouraging motivated young adults to explore various career opportunities. 

During their visit, students were presented with expert panelists and given demonstrations of Xerox equipment.

Over twenty-five years later, committees across the NYJL continue this goal of encouraging children and students to reach their potential and become future leaders. Learn more about the Community Councils and the work the NYJL does throughout New York City with the Adult Education & Mentoring Council, Child Health & Welfare Council, Children’s Education Council, City Impact Council, and Culture & the Arts Council.

From Provisionals to Sustainers, the Topics are as Varied as our Volunteers

Calling all NYJL volunteers!  NYJL’s Sustainers host a variety of events each month and you are invited to attend, as they are open to all volunteers from provisionals to sustainers.  This month’s topics range from how to become ten percent happier with ABC News Anchor, Dan Harris, to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a luncheon at the Astor House.

Sustainer Luncheon – Decorator’s Club: October 12, 2017
From left to right: Maria Reina, Dana Smith, Mary Beth Tully and Soo Won Abrams

The Sustainers’ perspective, experience as expert volunteers, and extensive network of contacts with direct service and advocacy groups in the community make them a valuable resource for the NYJL’s Community Program and Support committees.

Sustainer Luncheon – Decorator’s Club: October 12, 2017
Justine Schiro and Lisa Abel

Each year, the Sustainer Program offers a myriad of inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers. From best-selling authors to a beauty editor’s inside guide to glamour, the program illuminates some of today’s most exciting fields and areas of interest. Renown writers, artists, historians and other expert observers of the social and cultural scene regularly contribute to the outstanding annual program. Your participation is welcome and encouraged!

Lecture Luncheon with Marta McDowell: January 18, 2018
Author Marta McDowell during the book signing.

Here are a few of the upcoming events:

Daytime Book Group
Tuesday, March 6, 12:30–2:00 p.m.
The Daytime Book Group meets monthly over lunch in the dining room. This month’s selection is Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Halliday. Stories about famous figures who achieve greatness only after conquering their egos. For information and reservations, please see details in the Friday Flash.

How to Become 10 Percent Happier
Thursday, March 8, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Join award-winning ABC News anchor Dan Harris as he shares his personal journey of self-discovery through meditation. Controlling that voice in your head which compels you to check your phone constantly, snap at your loved ones, and make rash decisions can help lower your blood pressure, rewire your brain, and make your life 10 percent happier! Cost is $45; beverages are additional. This event is currently sold out. To join the waitlist, please see details in the Friday Flash.

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
Thursday, March 15, 12:00–2:00 p.m. (reception begins at 12:00 p.m.; buffet lunch is 12:30–2:00 p.m.)
Cead mile failte! 100,000 welcomes! Our bagpiper’s merry tunes will greet your arrival at the Astor House for our special St. Patrick’s Day lunch. Enjoy Chef John Donnelly’s family recipes from the towns of Omagh and Fintona. Cost is $35; beverages are additional. Make your reservations today!

Everyone Loves to Play Mah Jongg!
Experienced Players
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Enjoy a lively game, and then stick around for a Dutch-treat lunch. For further information, or to be added to the email list, please see details in the Friday Flash.


Credit: Kelly Hunter via NYJL Volunteer Facebook Group

The New York Junior League’s Engagement Events committee recently hosted a fun night of Bingo. An energetic group of ladies from different committees were in high spirits, enjoying the one and a half hour game and savoring complimentary hors d’oeuvres between breaks.

With outstanding prizes, the volunteers played the game competitively. The winners were rewarded with beauty and snack baskets and signed footballs by the New York Giants. The atmosphere was very friendly with women giving big round of applause to the winners, and entertaining each other.

The Engagement Events committee is thrilled to invite NYJL volunteers to Ladies Who Lead, taking place on March 15. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from a panel of volunteers discuss their professional experience and what leadership in the area of advocacy looks like.

NYJL Promotes Health & Wellness During Inaugural Event

The New York Junior League held its inaugural Wellness Day fundraiser at the Astor House on the third Saturday of January. A full day of health speakers, exhibitors and classes was scheduled and broken up in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

A VIP Lunch Panel featured female founders of wellness-focused companies. The founders shared their personal stories of wellness and lessons learned from starting their own business. Fitness classes focused on muscle rehabilitation, cathartic exercise, abdominal strength and Pilates. A nutritionist, dermatologist, fitness instructor, yogi, fertility specialist, financial adviser and personal trainer were also available for advice.

Wellness Day partners and sponsors include health foods, day spas and boutique gyms with plenty promotional offerings. While the day concluded with a Bandier reception with vendors to invigorate healthy living.

Thank you to Partners of Wellness Day:



Chaise Fitness

Human Potential Chiropractor

Juliana Jacobs Shalek

Fitness Instructors:

Samantha Cagman

Hilary Rifkin

Jade Alexis

Kyle Brown

Bryna Carracino

Tatiana Lampa





Dr. Anne Chapas

Financial Gym

Dr. Jamie Knopman of CCRM – NY and Truly-md

Dr. Jennifer MacGregor

Jen Nigro Meditation

Lorraine Kearney Nutrition

Dr. Sheeva Talebian of CCRM – NY and Truly-md

Tatiana Ridley of Healthylicious Bliss


Thank you to Sponsors of Wellness Day:




NYJL Announces 2018-2020 President

Please join us as we congratulate the newly slated NYJL President for 2018-2020, Lauren Jenkins Chung!

Lauren is currently a Director at Large on the New York Junior League Board of Directors. She also serves as the co-chair of the Strategic Planning Work Group and as a member of the Governance and the Food & Beverage Work Groups.

Since transferring to the NYJL from Washington DC in 2006, Lauren has served as the Strategic Planning Council Head on the Management Council, the co-chair of the Advocates for Public Policy and Research & Strategic Planning Committees, and as a member of the Nominating Committee, Community Alignment Task Force and Finance Work Group, among other placements. She was honored as a 2014 Outstanding Volunteer.    

Outside of the NYJL, she serves as Board Member & Fundraising chair for Calvary-St. George’s Episcopal Church, co-chair and Executive Committee member for the KIPP NYC Charter Schools Associate Council, Executive Board member and Community Affairs Vice President for the P.S. 234 Independence School Parent Teacher Association, and as an elected Board member for the Community Education Council, Department of Education Manhattan District 2.

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a MPA in Public Nonprofit Management and Policy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

We wish Lauren the best of luck in her new role!