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Summer Spritzer Series

If you are interested in joining the Junior League of Greensboro, one of these events is for you! Please join us for light food and refreshments as you mix and mingle with current members while learning more about the organization. The events take place 3 times and you can drop in whenever you are free.

Please be sure to RSVP to Holly Holbrook at hollyholbrookfinley@gmail.com (This allows us to print a name tag for you!)

We are accepting new member applications until Sept 1st and would love to meet any women interested in joining!

We look forward to seeing you there!!

2018 President’s Award Winner

At the 2018 Annual Meeting, the Junior League of Greensboro, North Carolina, Inc. announced the recipient of the annual President’s Award winner as Randall Ariail.

The President’s Award is awarded to one active member for going above and beyond normal League voluntarism, either in her given placement or any other area of service within our League. Each year, the executive committee receives nominations and votes for one member to receive the award.

As with past Bargain Box Chairs, Randall has worked tirelessly in her position, spending countless hours in the store both during store hours and on evenings and weekends. She has handled all successes and setbacks with a smile. Her tenacious attitude is infectious, and she is hopeful in times of challenge.

Our Finance Vice President, Teresa Marie Russell, said, “Randall has such an amazing work ethic and always has the ‘big picture’ in mind. I’ve enjoyed working with her and have been continuously in awe of her commitment to the Bargain Box and the League. The only way she could give more is if hours were added to the day. “

When the Bargain Box Task Force was created last summer, Randall jumped right in, attending the meetings and working on the marketing subcommittee. Many would feel the pressure of adding one more responsibility to an already busy schedule, but Randall had no complaints about doing more.

Starting last summer when the League received a large donation of items from Schiffman’s to last month with a large donation from Buckhead Betties, Randall has nurtured relationships with local stores for new merchandise to sell in the Bargain Box—upholding a key element of our brand as the best high-quality thrift store in Greensboro.

Our sustainer president, Ashley Staton Scott, had this to say about Randall: “Randall’s heartfelt passion for the Bargain Box this year has been unparalleled!  She has left no stone unturned in her dedication to its success!”

2018 Kathleen Price Bryan Award Winner

At the 2018 Annual Meeting, the Junior League of Greensboro, North Carolina, Inc. announced that the 22nd recipient of the annual Kathleen Price Bryan Award is Teresa Marie Russell.

Each year, the League recognizes a member who demonstrates tremendous dedication to both the Junior League of Greensboro and to the community at large. The award, first presented in 1985, is given in memory of and to honor Kathleen Price Bryan, founder of the Junior League of Greensboro in 1926. The recipient exemplifies the standards set by Bryan in the generous giving of herself to our community.

Teresa Marie Russell is an invested Greensboro community member, dedicated volunteer, and former middle school teacher. She is a devoted wife, mother, and friend.

Russell is a co-founder and board member of the Chris Westmoreland Annual Memorial Golf Tournament, raising funds for an endowment that provides scholarships to St. Pius X Work Camp participants.  The tournament is in memory of a lifetime member of St. Pius X who passed away in 2013 after a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer in his spinal cord. Russell has actively participated in raising over $30,000 for this organization.

Russell is also a valued member of the Guilford Battle Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), focused on promoting patriotism, learning and preserving American History, and contributing to the education and care of children.  She was the 2017 recipient of the chapter’s Outstanding Junior Award for her service to the organization. She has converted more than 100 years of chapter records from paper to digital, serves as a mentor to new members, and supports various chapter service committees.  

In addition to the NSDAR, Russell serves on the St. Pius X Hospitality Ministry, was the 2016-17 room parent coordinator at Holy Trinity Day School, and is the President of the local Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter.

About the Junior League of Greensboro

The Junior League of Greensboro, North Carolina, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  The Junior League of Greensboro has contributed more than $3 million in its 90-year history, with more than $2 million contributed in the last 25 years.

Former JLG President Pens Children’s Book

Julie Copeland

Did you know that Dolley Madison, wife of our fourth U.S. president James Madison, was a Guilford County native? The Greensboro History Museum recently celebrated the release of a new children’s book about Dolley. We sat down with the writer, Julie Copeland, sustainer and former president of the Junior League of Greensboro.

Congratulations on your book! Can you tell us about it?

The book is titled “What Would Dolley Do?” It took me four months to write, which was an amazing journey full of research, idea generation, content development, refinement, and finalization.

What inspired you to write this book? Why Dolley Madison? 

I wrote this book as a tribute to the mission of the Greensboro History Museum and to honor, celebrate, and support local history. Born locally, Dolley Madison is a historic figure with a lasting legacy. Given this revered first lady’s contributions, I wanted to honor her lifetime of influence and impact by writing the children’s book.

What do you hope readers will get out of this book? 

The book invites us to celebrate Dolley’s historical significance and encourages us to be just as determined in being true to ourselves.

How have you celebrated the book release?

In April we held a book release press conference and ice cream social at the Greensboro History Museum, where I also serve as President of the Board of Trustees. It was a wonderful debut for the book, and I deeply appreciate all who attended.

North Carolina’s first lady, Kristin Cooper, will also be reading the book aloud at the Greensboro History Museum’s Dolley & Me Tea and fundraising event on May 5 in celebration of what would have been Dolley’s 250th birthday.

Where can we purchase the book?

The book is available for purchase in the gift shop at the Greensboro History Museum and proceeds benefit the museum’s mission.

The Greensboro History Museum is located at 130 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27401, and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Julie is Vice President of Talent Management & Development at HRD Strategies, Inc., and has received honors including the North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, being named a JLG “Woman to Watch,” and making the “Top 40 Leaders Under 40” list.

Junior League of Greensboro Donates Community Impact Fund to Tornado Relief Efforts

Tornado Relief Effort

The Junior League of Greensboro announces support of Community Housing Solutions for tornado relief efforts.

The League recently voted to allocate the Community Impact Fund to tornado relief in Greensboro. The Community Impact Fund is a percentage of the Junior League of Greensboro’s annual community program budget and is used to meet an unplanned, immediate need in the community when it arises.

After the recent tornado in Greensboro, the League opened a community impact donor fund to combine with the Community Impact Fund. In less than 24 hours, this fund received more than $1,000 in donations. The Junior League Community Impact Fund committee voted to give both budgeted and donated funds (over $3,000 to date) to Community Housing Solutions.

Community Housing Solutions, a Greensboro non-profit organization, spent the last week supporting impacted families with triage home repair support. This included putting tarps on home roofs and boarding up windows to mitigate further damage. This is the first step to begin to make homes habitable again, as what remains must be preserved.

The Junior League of Greensboro is committed to supporting Community Housing Solutions and their tornado relief efforts through the end of May. To support this initiative, donations will be accepted to the Community Impact Fund through May 31, 2018.