Volunteer Education & Training Promotes Skin Cancer Awareness

The New York Junior League was honored to host Dr. Lindsey Bordone, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, for a recent training on melanoma and skin cancer awareness. Dr. Bordone offered insights into the nature of skin cancer and highlighted other dermatology tips.

The NYJL’s Volunteer Education & Training committee strives to highlight topics that can impact the volunteer experience, and our health impacts everything we do. This year, we chose to highlight health concerns like melanoma and skin disease. As we head into the warmer seasons and our outreach moves outside — whether volunteering for PIP or participating in a DIAD event outdoors — we want to give our volunteers all the knowledge they need to make the experience as fun, beneficial and safe as possible.


We all enjoy the sun and it is even important to our health. According to Dr. Bordone, we can get enough Vitamin D with only 15 minutes of daily sun exposure. She stressed the importance of sunblock, since sunburns increase the risk of certain types of skin cancer such as melanoma.  Dr. Bordone highlighted that while your sunblock will protect you from UVB rays, it is not enough to combat UVA radiation. UVA light causes photoaging and the best way to prevent this is to keep covered and avoid exposure.

According to Dr. Bordone, melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. To detect melanoma early, perform self exams and keep an eye out for pigmented spots.  Don’t forget to also check out your scalp and eyes! The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinomas, which can be removed quite easily. Don’t forget to see a dermatologist one a year for a full skin examination!

A key part of the NYJL’s mission is to train volunteers and our Volunteer Education & Training events are just one way we accomplish this goal.  Looking for a volunteer opportunity where you can give back and continue to develop your knowledge and skills? The NYJL is the place for you! Check out a new volunteer orientation to learn more about becoming a volunteer.

Hearing the Latest & Welcoming the Next NYJL President

At the recent General Membership Meeting, newly graduated Provisionals joined current volunteers to hear about the latest news from around the League. The evening kicked off with a special recognition to Horace Neal, who has worked as a day porter at the Junior League for 15 years. Following this, volunteers heard from Susan Danish, the Association of Junior Leagues International Executive Director, whose presentation – “It starts with you” – resonated with those in attendance, highlighting the importance of voluntarism and women’s leadership.

Updates by the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, the Management Council, the Annual Fund Team, the Audit Committee and NYJL Treasurer, Shari Aser, celebrated all the amazing work that volunteers accomplished over the fall and provided updates on what to look forward to in the coming months.

The meeting culminated with the announcement of the next NYJL President – Lauren Jenkins Chung, by Caroline Donohue, Nominating Committee co-chair. Currently a Director at Large on the NYJL Board of Directors, Lauren now becomes the 58th President of the NYJL and will begin her two-year term on July 1, 2018. Congratulations, Lauren!

Current NYJL President Suzanne Manning with 2018-2020 NYJL President, Lauren Jenkins Chung

A reception followed at the Astor House, where the Board of Directors and Management Council were eager to see volunteers, hear their voice and provide members with an opportunity to share the reasons why they volunteer.  

NYJL Members Learn How to Become Financially Fit

This February, the New York Junior League’s Affinity Activities committee was delighted to host a training event provided by Financial Gym, a financial wellness company. The session highlighted the importance of becoming financially fit and helped volunteers think about the data they need to measure their financial fitness.

From left to right: Anita Sonawane of Affinity Activities, Kim Spataro of Financial Gym and Natalie Telchi of Affinity Activities

Kimberly Spataro, Head of Business Development at Financial Gym, was our guest speaker. The attendees were excited to learn tips and tricks from the Financial Gym that they can quickly introduce into their financial routines. Kimberly, a fellow NYJL Volunteer, highlighted how the process of taking control of your finances is comparable to that of losing weight: the need to cut down on spending and to increase savings in order to achieve financial wellness.

“Becoming financially fit will afford you the ability to curate your career path based on your passions, values and interests. You will have the ability to financially support organizations and charities you care about, and live your boldest, wildest, never-in-a-million-years-thought-you’d-get-here kind of life.”

– Kimberly Spataro,  Head of Business Development at Financial Gym

With our mission as a training organization, New York Junior League is proud to host events like these for our volunteers to help expand both their volunteer skills as well as skills needed for our personal and professional lives. Interested in learning more? Be sure to sign up for one of our upcoming New Volunteer Orientations where you can learn more about the NYJL and how you can get involved.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

For over 100 years, March 8 has been recognized as International Women’s Day. People around the world come together to celebrate women’s achievements and shine light on issues impacting women today. According to the United Nations, this year’s theme is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.”

Throughout its history, the NYJL has had this mission at its core. Countless volunteers have dedicated their time, energy and talents to help their communities, advocate for those who need a voice and support each other becoming future leaders.  

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Affiliation Council invites you to this year’s Ladies Who Lead. Join us on March 15 for an evening that celebrates our strength as advocates for all women and hear compelling personal stories from a group of NYJL leaders who have risen above adversity.

Leadership Through Governance

Ever wondered what it takes to be on the board of a nonprofit? Want to gain leadership skills that allow you success on a nonprofit board? Then be sure to sign up for the NYJL’s Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse taking place this spring.

Since 1992, over a 1,000 men and women have participated in this enriching workshop. Topics include board roles and responsibilities, monitoring financial policies, understanding legal responsibilities, developing strategic plans, and effective leadership skills. Participate in interactive and engaging case studies, lectures, group exercises, and panel discussions and have the opportunity to interact with some of the over 90 nonprofit organizations who recruit candidates for their boards from course alumni.

Interested in being a part of this enriching program? Register for either the Accelerated or Multi-Night course option available during the spring.