The Engagement Events committee recently hosted the third Thirsty Thursday of the 2017-2018 NYJL year, “Hello, My Name is Community”. Active members and provisionals mingled in the Pine Room and Harriman Room, enjoying sliders, crudités, and pigs-in-a-blanket on behalf of the Astor House.
In advance of Provisional graduation and January placement, Provisionals and Transfers alike were able to learn more about community committees by speaking directly with co-chairs. Representatives from committees including Senior Friends, Artistic Journeys, and Crisis Intervention, explained the requirements of their committees and spoke to the meaningful work they bring to the city and beyond.
NYJL members catch up with old friends and get to know new friends
All members of the NYJL community are invited to Thirsty Thursdays, a monthly free event held at the Astor House with a cash bar. Members are encouraged to check the internal calendar and weekly Friday Flashes to stay up-to-date with the Engagement Events schedule. Stop by in 2018 for a fun evening and meet new women at upcoming Thirsty Thursdays, including Bingo Night and Trivia Night!
We are excited to celebrate NYJL volunteer Beth Batiuchok-Colon, who was recently honored by Working Mother Magazine.
Beth is noted for being a “great mentor to other women, and her co-workers often describe her as personable, professional, patient and kind.” She shows leadership in the workplace, working at FINRA in the Market Regulation Department for six years, starting as a business analyst, and now as an Assistant Director in Market Manipulation Investigations/Trading Analysis where she served as co-chair of the FINRA Women’s Network Employee Resource Group (ERG).
At the NYJL, Beth co-chairs the Building Blocks committee, working with The Single Parent Resource Center to provide free “Mommy and Me” classes to single mothers and their children.
It is such an honor to be recognized as FINRA’s working mother of year. I am delighted to work for a company where I can bring my whole self to work: that includes being a career-minded woman, a wife and mother, a volunteer, and a mentor. I am grateful for my involvement with the NYJL, as the organization gave me the training and skills to excel as both a volunteer and a professional woman.
Beth truly exemplifies NYJL values in her personal life, work environment, and in the community. Congratulations from all of us at the NYJL!
On October 26, the Astor House was once again transformed for its most spook-tacular event, Lil’ Goblins Halloween Party. Over a 100 children and their families took part in Halloween themed events. Pirates, mermaids, firefighters, witches and even a few furry animals participated in a fun-filled afternoon that included a magic show, face painting, and cookie decorating. Children practiced for the big night only a few days away as they trick-or-treated throughout the Astor House.
Thank you to all our goblins and ghouls for making this ball a scary success! We look forward to hosting many more events at the Astor House and look forward to hosting some of your events at The Astor House too.
Today, August 26, 2017, is Women’s Equality Day. Yesterday NYJL President Suzanne Manning joined NYJL Sustaining member Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and 40 women leaders from business, government, and nonprofits to commemorate this important day at Nasdaq. Manning shared the NYJL’s purpose and vision in a press conference, highlighting how women’s equality is at the heart of our community work.
“We cannot ignore that still today women have fewer economic and cultural opportunities than men, and the New York Junior League is proud to continue fighting for women’s equality. From supporting women’s suffrage to advocating for the successful passing of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, every day our work with women—whether mothers, immigrants, or survivors of domestic violence—empowers them with the tools and skills to seek better jobs and wages and promise a better future for their families.”
Today we remind you that we cannot do this alone. The New York Junior League—and Junior Leagues across the world—invites you to join us in advocating for women’s equality and celebrating the valuable contributions of women everywhere.