Celebrating the Newest NYJL Volunteers

The New York Junior League recently honored the latest class of provisionals for completing their requirements at the Spring Provisional Graduation. The ambitious and generous 196 women who make up the Spring 2018 provisional class, represent one of the largest provisional classes in NYJL history.  President, Suzanne Manning, congratulated the women and welcomed them as incoming Active Members of the NYJL.

The 2018 Provisionals on the Move, honored for their character, leadership, volunteerism, and other qualities that will make them a successful active Junior League member, are: Alexandra Carmel, Brittany Dotson, Cait Gillespie, Christina Mangels, Delainey Farris, Devin Brooks, Lauren Cook, Lee Fabiaschi, Natalie Rodriguez, Regan Purcell, Samantha David.

Jennifer Barnes acknowledged that she enjoyed learning about the NYJL mission and volunteering with the Playground Improvement Project during her Provisional training. Caley Taylor and Sabrina Fruci bonded during the neighborhood assignment project and are also both excited to volunteer more during their NYJL careers.

Meshal Rao served as social chair of her provisional group, planning happy hours and other events with her fellow Provisionals, and is excited to continue to meet other members in the upcoming Junior League year. Veronica Rogala was also drawn to the NYJL for the opportunity to socialize with like-minded women, and counted the Provisional Graduation as one of the most exciting moments of the Provisional semester.

The New York Junior League is thrilled to have these new members become Active Members, and encourages other interested women to attend an upcoming orientation to learn more about the NYJL.

From left to right: Devin Brooks, Kristen Morea, Suzanne Manning

NYJL Sustaining Member Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney awarded AJLI Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award

Congratulations Congresswoman Maloney!

We are proud to share that the 2018 Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award recipient is one of our own! NYJL Sustaining member Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney made her name as a community leader in our own backyard—New York City. Congresswoman Maloney has used her experiences in both public service and the Junior League as a launching pad for policies that have helped support so many women leaders of tomorrow.

Congresswoman Maloney joined the NYJL in 1975, and in the words of President Suzanne Manning, “…is a terrific example of someone who started at the NYJL as a volunteer and really took it to the next level and the level after that.” Carolyn embraces our mission and develops bills that support women because when women succeed in the world there’s less violence, less terrorism, and more focus on education and healthcare.

Carolyn Maloney receives AJLI Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award • New York Junior League

Congresswoman Maloney was honored at this year’s AJLI Annual Conference for her dedication to serving the public and identifying and addressing the challenges women face in within their communities and nationwide. Through her work in Congress and in the Junior League, Congresswoman Maloney has helped, supported, and encouraged women and inspired them to become leaders themselves.

It’s never too late get involved

When Congresswoman Maloney was younger she admits that she didn’t have dreams to serve in government. “I never had a plan to go to Congress or even to go into public service. When I talk to my male colleagues they say ‘Well when I was two I knew I would go to Congress’ and ‘I’m going to be President.’ They always had these huge aspirations, but sometimes women don’t—until recently—have the same aspirations.” Maloney believes it’s never too late to get involved, and the support of the Junior League can help women develop the leadership skills they need to improve their communities.

Carolyn Maloney receives AJLI Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award • New York Junior League

“I feel that Mary Harriman and I worked on a lot of the same issues….The League has always been an important part of my work in Congress. I can’t tell you how much support means when you’re trying to get something done and everyone’s saying no, no, no. And then you can lean back and think ‘Well I’ve got the Junior League supporting it. I’m not alone!’ It’s an outstanding organization and I’m very proud to be a member of it.”

The Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award

In recognition of the vision of the founder of The Junior League, the AJLI Board of Directors established the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award. This award honors and acknowledges an individual Junior League member whose volunteer efforts provide a contemporary link to Mary Harriman’s sense of social responsibility and her ability to motivate others to share their talents through effective volunteer service. Since 1990 when the award was established, it has been given to Junior League members whose leadership exemplifies our mission, vision, and values.

If you’ve ever wanted to use your voice to advocate for others, we invite you to learn more about the NYJL and our advocacy work. We build community leaders, and we support women who want to serve in public office.

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.