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March GMM Sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports

March GMM

The Junior League of Greensboro is excited to announce that Fleet Feet Sports Greensboro and High Point is our title sponsor for the March 12th General Membership Meeting (GMM) at Union Square Campus.

As the title sponsor, Fleet Feet will host our social from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. and offer Junior League members the unique opportunity to try out running or walking shoes and accessories and enjoy custom shoe fittings from Fleet Feet specialists. Fleet Feet will also be selling gear at a 15% discount, including socks, inserts, Oofos sandals, Nathan hipster and zipster running belts, and Momentum bracelets.

Interested in sponsoring a GMM?

GMM sponsorships are $1,500 and include up to 15 minutes of presentation (which can include a video, a speaker, etc.). Sponsors are announced in the Junior League weekly email during the month of their sponsorship for the 700+ email subscribers. Sponsors are featured on our website and social media accounts. For more information on GMM sponsorships, please contact President Kelly McKee (kellyhmckee@gmail.com) or President-Elect Christon Halkiotis (jlgcsh@gmail.com).

Paulette J. Evans Named AJLI Member at Large

Paulette Evans

A member of the Junior League of Greensboro since 2009, you may know Paulette J. Evans as our current Headquarters Manager and member of the Bargain Box Task Force. You may also remember Paulette from her previous roles, including Monday Minute Editor, Treasurer, Finance Vice President, and Membership Engagement Task Force Chair. Recently, Paulette was elected Member At Large for the Governance Committee of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). Learn more about Paulette and this great honor.

Congratulations on your appointment! Can you tell us more about the committee?

The Governance Committee is responsible for strategic recruitment of applicants and presenting qualified candidates for election to AJLI governance positions.

What will your role entail? 

My two-year term begins June 1, 2018. I will attend the annual AJLI conference in the spring and meet with my team each November to create the slate for any available positions. Outside of those in-person meetings, my team meets every week via teleconference.

In this role, I will help accomplish accountability by determining annually, with the AJLI board, the specific competencies and experience needed in each position to complete the Association’s work effectively. I’ll ensure a broad range of members are informed about the availability of AJLI governance positions, as well as competencies required to serve in these elected positions. In addition, I will help identify and strategically recruit individuals who meet the requirements and understand the responsibility of serving in a governance position, and I will assess the individuals who apply for these positions. Together, I will work with my committee to decide which applicants best meet the position requirements and continually improve our nominating process.

Did you apply for the position? 

Yes. The application packet included four parts: a cover letter and Junior League leadership resume; two essays demonstrating proficiency in two of the nine AJLI competencies; a demographic questionnaire; and a social media disclosure. Once I made it through the application packet screening process, I was selected to participate in the interview phase, which also included multiple reference checks. After reviewing all of my information, the current Governance Committee determined that I would be a great fit for one of the upcoming at-large member positions.

What was the process like?

The process was extremely intense, yet very gratifying. I definitely appreciated the rigor around the process and how intentional the leadership team was about finding the right people and skill sets, based on current needs and future goals of AJLI. All decisions were objective; unlike nominating committees across countless organizations, it did not matter who you knew or what your last name was. Most of all, it was not a popularity contest — no one gets slated unless they truly deserve it!

What are you most looking forward to in your role with AJLI?

I am most excited about working for the Junior League in a global capacity. I have enjoyed all of the opportunities I have had as a JLG member; however, I am ready to volunteer at the next level. I am looking forward to learning as many best practices as possible from the other women I will be serving with and from the phenomenal staff at AJLI. And it goes without saying that I will share everything I learn with my home League!

What advice would you give other JLG members who may be interested in AJLI positions?

If anyone is interested in serving in AJLI leadership, they should aim to understand all aspects of their local league while serving in leadership positions. They also need to serve in other capacities within the community and in their professional lives; a well-rounded leader is the truest benefit to AJLI. Also, all of the information regarding the AJLI governance process can be found on the website (http://www.ajli.org).

Congratulations, Paulette, and best of luck as you begin your new role with the AJLI!

Meet Our 2018-2019 Board of Directors & Management Team

Meet Our New Leadership Team

The Junior League of Greensboro is excited to announce our elected Board of Directors and Management Team for 2018–2019.

Board of Directors

Board members will guide the strategic plan of our organization as we continue to pursue the mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

President, Christon Halkiotis

President-Elect, Jenilee Fleetwood

Executive VP, Cindy Patterson

Treasurer, Brittany Midyette

Secretary, Sarah George

Nominating Chair, Megan LeFaivre

Director, Teresa Vincent

Director, Jeri D’Lugin

Director, Gillian Goodman

Director, Carley Mann

Management Team

Our Management Team will implement the annual plan of community partnerships, events, and leadership development of our League.

Executive VP,  Cindy Patterson

Executive VP-Elect, Teresa Russell

Treasurer-Elect, Katie Auten

Fund Development VP, Megan Callahan

Community VP, Lauren Marshall

Membership VP, Sally Cartwright

Personnel, Heather Oakley

Bargain Box, Jennefer Gulledge

Sustainer President, Pam Smith

Training VP, Chandler Thompson

Communications VP, Kisha Carmichael-Motley 

Please join us in congratulating these women as they lead our League forward.

Community Program Spotlight: Food Assistance

Food Assistance

Imagine being in your home, hungry, and with no way to get food. This is a challenge that many senior citizens face due to low income, no income, or diminished mobility. In Guilford County alone, nearly 17,000 people age 60 and up experience food insecurity regularly. This year, the Junior League of Greensboro is working to make a difference in the aging population. One way we are doing this in our local community is by working with Food Assistance.

What is Food Assistance?

Food Assistance, Inc. (FAI) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Founded in 2003 by Jane Carlson, FAI serves low-income and disabled seniors in Guilford County.

How does the Junior League of Greensboro assist with Food Assistance?

The Junior League of Greensboro helps Food Assistance by volunteering one Saturday each month to help package groceries for Meals on Wheels. Volunteers work in the warehouse, getting groceries ready for delivery to seniors age 62 and up. In addition to packing groceries, some volunteers may choose to assist with food deliveries. The Junior League of Greensboro also provides monetary support to Food Assistance.

What is the Food Assistance Committee’s goal?

The goal of the Food Assistance Committee is to have each committee member complete six volunteer shifts in the Food Assistance warehouse in the program year.

Community Program Spotlight: Friends Against Fraud

Friends Against Fraud

It seems that scam attempts are everywhere during the holiday season, and we often hear stories of community members falling victim to fraud this time of year. With a new focus area on the aging community, Friends Against Fraud is one of several programs that the Junior League of Greensboro is supporting this year. Here, we shed light on this impactful program and how our members are making a difference.

What is Friends Against Fraud?
For our Friends Against Fraud initiative, the Junior League of Greensboro has partnered with the Corporation of Guardianship (CoG), a private non-profit that supports decision-making services for people with diminished capacity who don’t have friends or family available to help them. With the help of CoG and several other area non-profits, we’ve implemented an educational program that raises the awareness of elder financial abuse and helps teach aging adults and their caregivers how to protect themselves against financial fraud.

What is the Junior League of Greensboro’s role in this project?
So far this year, we’ve held three educational events in the community where we’ve shared the Friends Against Fraud presentation. We have had great attendance at these events and we’ve received an overwhelmingly positive and appreciative response from attendees. Beginning in April 2018, we’ll host three more events in an attempt to reach as many community members as possible.

What is your committee’s goal?
The goal of the Friends Against Fraud committee is to educate as many community members as possible on the prevalence of elder financial abuse and to train them on how they can protect themselves and loved ones against financial fraud.

How has the partnership with Friends Against Fraud and CoG made a difference?
The events we’ve hosted so far have helped those in attendance realize that while the dangers of financial fraud and abuse are everywhere, they are not alone. Almost everyone we’ve spoken to has had a story to share about how they’ve been affected by financial fraud. This is not just a problem for older adults — it’s a problem that impacts all of us.