N o v e m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 0
NFTE Student Advances to Finals
of National Business Challenge INSIDE
he NFTE (Network for Teaching Entre-
preneurship) committee recently received
national recognition for their mentoring ef-
• President and
forts with student entrepreneurs. In October, Ste-
ven Gordon, a local entrepreneur mentored by
NFTE committee volunteers Catherine Bew and
Task Force Survey
Maria del Castillo, competed in the 2010 Oppen-
heimerFunds/NFTE National Youth Entrepreneur-
ship Challenge for a $10,000 grand prize. Gordon
• Girls Leadership
advanced to the national competition held in
New York City, after winning the NFTE New York Pictured (l. to r.) Steven Gordon with NFTE
Metro competition in April where he was awarded Founder Steve Mariotti.
• From the Archives
the $5,000 grand prize.
Gordon is the founder of TattooID, a company that produces temporary safety tattoos for
children. The tattoos contain parent contact information which will aid authorities should the
child become lost. NYJL volunteers Bew and del Castillo helped Gordon launch his business
last year. They met with Gordon throughout the school year to improve, revise and finalize
his business plan. Bew observed, “Steven inspired his peers and me through his participation
and hard work. He incorporated his own ideas and experiences into the lessons each week
and was always punctual with assignments. I am proud of his accomplishments both in and
out of the NFTE program.” (continued on page 5)
NYJL Fall Auction
Supports 20th Year of PIP
olunteers are invited to support the charitable activities of the NYJL,
including the Playground Improvement Project (PIP), by attending the
12th Annual Auction, a Fall Fête. The event will be held at Sotheby’s
on Saturday, November 13, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. PIP, one of the NYJL’s
signature community outreach initiatives, will mark its 20th anniversary this
year as they renovate Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown. NYJL volunteers have already begun
working on the new landscape design in cooperation with the New York City Parks Department.
The Fall Fête will include cocktails, dancing and live and silent auctions. A highlight of the evening
will be the announcement of the 2011 Outstanding Sustainers and Outstanding Volunteers.
Visit www.nyjl.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Prices are $125 in advance for NYJL
volunteers, $150 in general advance, $175 at the door, $200 advance VIP, $250 VIP at the door.
NYJLMINUTE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
NYJL Mission Statement T his month, we celebrate the birthday of an extraordinary humanitarian
whose mission lives on in each of you—Mary Harriman Rumsey,
founder of the NYJL. Born on November 17, 1881, Mary established our
The New York Junior League
organization at a time when it was considered unfashionable to do so, and
is an organization of women went on to advocate tirelessly for society’s most overlooked individuals. It
committed to promoting is a remarkable testimony to her vision that the Junior League still thrives
volunteerism, developing today and that thousands of women are inspired, like Mary was, to improve
the potential of women, and the lives of those in most need in our communities.
improving communities through As a great civic leader, Mary would have been proud of several recent
the effective action of and successes in our community area, many of which are featured in this issue. One is the story
of a young entrepreneur mentored by the NFTE committee, who advanced to the finals of
leadership of trained volunteers.
a national business competition. Another is the Girls Leadership Institute committee, which
Its purpose is exclusively has expanded its program for the second consecutive year, in response to community demand.
educational and charitable. Both of these stories show the enormous impact we continue to have in the community
through the passion and dedication of our volunteers.
Along with welcoming new volunteers through on-going recruiting events, this year we are
also focused on increasing membership satisfaction. Our greatest asset is our volunteers and
we want to make sure that the NYJL value proposition remains strong. Our Membership Task
Leigh Bishop Taub, Jeannie Egas-Trouveroy Force is formulating a survey, which will be distributed to all volunteers – Provisional, Active,
Co-chairs, Publications Committee Advisory and Sustainer – later this winter. The survey will cover a broad range of topics, and
will help us to better understand how to enhance and improve the volunteer experience. How do
you want the NYJL to look and feel in the future? Your voice is extremely important in these
Meredith Cappel, Janet Constantin, decisions, and I strongly encourage your feedback by completing the survey.
Obianuju Enendu, Elizabeth Finan, I am pleased to share that the NYJL was represented at the Association of Junior Leagues
Arielle Patrick, Marlise Randle Davis, International(AJLI) conference in October. Fiona Grant attended the conference and
returned with several innovative ideas from which the NYJL can benefit.
Erika Spitzer, Sarah Tanner and As the holiday season approaches, we have many special events planned for you to relax,
Mary Willis White socialize with friends, and celebrate your hard work. I look forward to seeing you at our
Publications Committee Fall Fête on November 13 as we gather to support our Playground Improvement Project
(PIP) and announce the Outstanding Sustainers and Outstanding Volunteers we will honor
at Winter Ball.
Lisa Hathaway Stella And finally, I would like to wish you and your families a very happy holiday season and
President thank you again for your commitment to the NYJL.
Executive Vice President
Colleen L. Caden OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Internal Communications Management
Council Head I hope everyone has been having a great fall so far - things have
been very busy across all areas of the League! For example, as Lisa
mentioned in her letter, I recently attended the AJLI Fall Leadership
Conference in Portland, Oregon. Representatives from Junior Leagues
Sharon Bonanni across the country met to share best practices and to receive training
Internal Communications Associate on issues including fund development, community impact initiatives and
advocacy projects. We also received updates on the AJLI’s three-year plan,
Please send submissions for the the “Strategic Roadmap,” which began in 2009. The Roadmap’s goal is to
reclaim the Junior League’s position as the “go to” source for women seeking volunteer work,
January/February 2011 issue to in a world where there are hundreds of nonprofits vying for their time and talents.
email@example.com by Monday, What does this have to do with the NYJL? I am happy to report that our yearly Area Plans,
November 15. formulated by our Management Council Heads, synchronize beautifully with AJLI’s goals. I am
already seeing innovative collaborations become reality and help our organization to achieve the
ambitious goals set out in those Plans! For example, the Special Events and Volunteer Development
Councils recently partnered to help each other achieve yearly goals through their Service
NYJL Minute is a publication of Recognition event on October 12. Active volunteers who celebrated their fifth, tenth, or fifteenth year
The Junior League of the City of service received a reduced-price on their Homecoming ticket. More cross-pollination between
of New York, Inc. Council Areas is planned for the coming months, with the ultimate goal of supporting our mission.
130 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075 I am also very excited about the recent strategic successes of two committees. First, thanks
to the efforts of the New Membership committee, including its hugely successful “Sip & See”
Phone: (212) 288-6220 events, our Fall Provisional class is filled to capacity. Second, the Placement and Affiliation
committee has worked diligently to place nearly 100% of our Actives this year – definitely
a new record! Successes like these illustrate the Management Council’s hard work and
dedication to all of you. Expect to see more great things from them in 2011!
Visit the calendar on the Membership Area of www.nyjl.org for additional event information.
n ov e m B e R decemBeR
1 Monday 1 Wednesday
Up To The Minute November 15 issue submission Up to the Minute December 15 issue submission
deadline, 5:00 p.m. deadline, 5:00 p.m.
2 Tuesday 2 Thursday
Travel Talk, 12:30 p.m. S Golden Tree, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Volunteer Training & Leadership (VTL) Meeting: 3 Friday
Handling Stress and Decluttering Your Life in the New Golden Tree, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Year, 7:00 p.m. M 4 Saturday
3 Wednesday Golden Tree Kids, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Museum Lecture and Lunch, 6 Monday
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. S New Membership Orientation, 7:30 p.m.
Intermediate Bridge Class, 1:00–3:00 p.m. S 7 Tuesday
Career Networking, Claire Steichen: Clear Strategy VTL Meeting, Tips for Career Success from Nicole
Coaching, 12:30–2:00 p.m. S Williams, 7:00 p.m. M
4 Thursday 9 Thursday
November Birthday Party, 12:30 p.m. S Holly & Ivy Luncheon, 12:00 p.m. S
Mini-Placement Previews, 7:00 p.m. 10 Friday
“Sip & See” New Membership Initiative, 7:30 p.m. Annual Holiday Dinner Dance, 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
9 Tuesday 15 Wednesday
Daytime Book Group: The Leopard, by Giuseppe Career Networking: Kim Bishop, Career Management
Tamasi di Lampedusa, 12:30–2:00 p.m. S and Leadership Services Professional, 6:00–8:00 p.m. S
10 Wednesday Evening Book Group: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher:
Great Decisions Discussions: The U.S. and the A Shocking Murder & the Undoing of a Great Victorian
Persian Gulf (Chapter 7), 11:00 a.m. S Detective, by Kate Summerscale, 6:30–8:30 p.m. S
Career Networking: Evening with Plastic Surgeon Lee 16 Thursday
Ann M. Klausner, M.D., 6:00–8:00 p.m. S December Birthday Party, 12:30 p.m. S
Intermediate Bridge Class, 1:00–3:00 p.m. S Holiday Cocktail Party, 7:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
11 Thursday Membership credit is given for all events designated with an M.
Lecture Luncheon: Mount Vernon, 11:30 a.m. S Sustainer-sponsored programs (which are open to all volunteers)
Great Decisions Discussions: The U.S. and the Per- are designated with an S.
sian Gulf (Chapter 7), 6:00 p.m. S
13 Saturday GIve BAcK AT GoLden TRee
Fall Fête, at Sotheby’s, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
New Membership Orientation, 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
V olunteers, friends and family are invited to the festive 39th annual Golden Tree
holiday shopping event to support the charitable activities of the NYJL. From
Thursday, December 2 through Saturday, December 4, Headquarters will be transformed
NYJL Minute January/February 2011 issue into a one-stop shopping destination featuring a variety of vendors, ranging from
deadline, 5:00 p.m. clothing and accessories to kitchenware and gifts for the home.
On Thursday, December 2, from 2:00–3:00 p.m., tea connoisseur Ellen Eason will
16 Tuesday conduct a Tea Demonstration & Seminar and from 6:00–10:00 p.m. young professionals
VTL Meeting, Holiday Fashion & Finance, 7:00 p.m. M are invited to a festive evening of Mistletoe Madness including music, cocktails,
17 Wednesday hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. On Friday, December 3, Kevin Garcia, Executive Chef at
Metropolitan Museum Lecture and Lunch, Accademia di Vino and ‘Cesca, will lead a Holiday Appetizer Cooking Demo from
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. S 2:00–3:00 p.m. In the evening, guests will enjoy a Silver Bell Soiree: Celebrating Volun-
Intermediate Bridge Class, 1:00–3:00 p.m. S teerism from 6:00–10:00 p.m. which will include live music and a tribute to the NYJL’s
18 Thursday Visit www.nyjl.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Salon: Online Shopping, 12:30 p.m. S
Sustainers Host Successful Reception
espite a torrential downpour and threat
Sue Abernathy Melvin
Jennifer Acker Ayer
of a tornado, more than 70 Sustainers
Catherine C. Bailey and friends celebrated the start of the
Anne Bahr Thompson 2010-2011 season at the annual Sustainer
Caroline E. Bassett Cocktail Reception. Attendees enjoyed drinks
Paige Carlin and delicious hors d’oeuvres as they mingled,
Karen L. Chin
caught up with friends and welcomed new
Saundra Clem Smith
Rachel Cohen Stephens Sustainers. Linda Fraser, Sustainer committee
Nicole Contos Liakeas chair, extended a warm welcome and encour-
Lesley Dial aged everyone to attend the upcoming day
Mari Dubois and evening Sustainer activities.
Kim Essency Pillari
Event chair Linda Blatz said, “The Friday
Paige Ethington Hardy
Flash inspired current Provisional volunteers
Lisa Gulley Lisa Li and Kayla Ryan, as well as Actives, to
Donna L. Hardiman attend. This was one of the many highlights of From (l. to r.) Karen Chin, Beth Reifers, and Kayla Ryan.
Karen Harris the evening.” Photo by Lisa Li.
Alexandra Meade Codraro noted Author Speaks at Lecture Luncheon
Ellen G. Mendez-Penate Thursday, November 11
Joan Michel Macri Reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and Lunch is 12:00 p.m.
Noel Momsen Lecture and questions from 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Dee Dee Pincott
Charolette R. Reed
Jean Sherrill, Vice Regent of The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, will discuss the organ-
Lorena Sayer O’Brien ization’s history and mission to preserve and protect Mount Vernon. Founded by women
Kendall Sowers in 1853, and continuously controlled by women since that date, the Association not only
Victoria Spina Balser raised the funds necessary to purchase and preserve our founding father’s home, but
Sheryl Tierney Finch also gave birth to the historic preservation movement in the United States. Cost is $37,
Deborah West Panagacos
beverages are additional. For reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-606-0241.
NYJL Thanksgiving Eve Ball Celebrates Volunteers Past, Present and Future
T his year the NYJL will celebrate the 62nd annual Thanksgiving Eve Ball at New
York’s Plaza Hotel on Thursday, November 24. The event pays tribute to our rich
history, our exciting future and to the women who work so hard to fulfill our mission.
More than 60 years ago, on a memorable night in 1948, a group of young women
gathered with their families and friends to celebrate the NYJL’s first Thanksgiving Eve
Ball. Described by The New York Times writer Emma Mai Ewing in her book, Through the
Ages: A History of the New York Junior League, as “a dignified occasion at the elegant Ritz-
Carlton Hotel,” the event raised approximately $5,000 for the Welfare Fund. In recent
years, this event nets on average of $170,000 towards our community projects. Thanksgiving Eve Ball, Plaza Hotel, 1966
This white-tie event has raised significant funds for the charitable activities of the NYJL
as it welcomes a group of college-age Provisional volunteers. These young women celebrate the evening with current
and former NYJL Presidents as well as with the dedicated Thanksgiving Eve Ball committee volunteers who work year-
round to host this special event.
GLI Broadens Program
Winter Ball Introduces
F or the second consecutive year, the Girls Leader-
ship Institute (GLI) committee has expanded its
program due to increased community demand. The
the Harriman Circle
program, which originally included girls ages eight n 1901, while at Barnard
through twelve, has extended the age of participants College in Manhattan,
to include seven-year-old girls. GLI chair Tanvier Lee Mary Harriman
says, “I am in awe at how receptive our program has Rumsey assembled 80
been both to our community partner and the girls. socially conscious women
We have seen such an increase in participation and to work in New York
look forward to another great year!” City’s poorest settlements.
The 2010-2011 school year marks seven years of The group wanted to
partnership between GLI and the Supportive Chil- change and improve their
dren’s Advocacy Network (SCAN), a community or- community and formed the Junior League for the
ganization that provides services to at-risk families in Promotion of Settlement Movements in New
East Harlem. GLI programs empower young girls with York, which later became the NYJL. In the early
tools to successfully navigate the challenges of daily 1920’s, Harriman Rumsey co-founded the Welfare
life, including peer and family relationships. The GLI Council (later re-named the Community Council
committee is dedicated to reinforcing confidence and of Greater New York) to aggregate New York’s
self-esteem in all participants, so they ultimately reach numerous social agencies. Through the Welfare
their full potential. Council’s Playground committee, Harriman Rumsey
This year, GLI is introducing new curriculum was instrumental in opening approximately 500
themes to complement old favorites such as sports, playgrounds in New York City. Additionally, she was
entertainment and nutrition. Among these new the first defender of consumer rights as Chair of
modules are projects that feature talented women the Consumers' Advisory Board of the National
throughout history, a variety show starring the girls, Recovery Administration in President Franklin
and a fun self-esteem lesson that involves building life- Roosevelt's Administration. In 1932, she also co-
sized self portraits. The new curriculum was unveiled launched a weekly political publication, Today, which
at the committee’s second Annual Back-To-School later became Newsweek. Without doubt, Harriman
Kick-off Party last month. Parents had the opportunity Rumsey was a visionary and multifaceted leader
to meet with volunteers and learn more about GLI’s who strove to improve the lives of others in her
exciting plans for the year. community. Today, with 160,000 volunteers in 293
independent Junior Leagues in the United States,
Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico, Harriman
NFTE Rumsey’s inspirational legacy remains strong.
To commemorate Mary Harriman Rumsey
(continued from page 1)
and the NYJL's 110th anniversary, the Winter Ball
Suzanne Taylor, NFTE’s Director of Events and Alum-
committee has established the Harriman Circle,
ni Services, noted, “NFTE New York Metro is thrilled
an opportunity for all NYJL volunteers, friends and
to see Steven’s progress. His work during the Incuba-
family to support the 59th Annual Winter Ball on
tor program last year was evident in the thoroughness
Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Benefactor level.
of his final presentation at our regional Business Plan
Harriman Circle donors will receive such benefits
Competition.” as preferred seating at the Winter Ball, an exclusive
In its fourth year of partnership with NYJL, NFTE cocktail reception for major donors, recognition
recognizes the value of teaching teens the basics of as a Harriman Circle donor on the Winter Ball
business to promote their knowledge of finance, goal invitation, recognition in a special "Thank You"
setting, and recognition of business opportunities. NYJL advertisement and an exclusive Winter Ball gift
volunteers mentor 15-20 New York City high school bag. Please contact email@example.com for
students each year. more information.
For information, contact co-chairs Jennifer Bartlett
and Alison Sebens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Membership Task Force Nominating Seeks
Announces 2011 NYJL Survey Candidates
T he newly formed Membership Task Force, established this summer by the
Board of Directors (BOD), will be administering a NYJL-wide survey to T he Nominating committee is
seeking candidates for positions
on the Board of Directors and Manage-
all volunteers, including Provisionals, Actives, Advisory Members, and Sustain-
ers. The BOD and the Management Council want to hear from all volunteers ment Council.
when the survey is presented to the NYJL membership in January, 2011. The committee is slating three Direc-
“Membership feedback is vital to ensure the NYJL is effectively meeting the tor-at-Large positions on the Board of
needs of its volunteers and implementing the NYJL’s strategic goals,” com- Directors which carry three-year terms.
mented NYJL President Lisa Hathaway Stella. Both Actives and Sustainers are eligible.
Over the next few months, volunteers are encouraged to think about cur- In addition, the Nominating commit-
rent membership issues and offer suggestions and comments concerning how tee is slating the following seven Man-
to improve the NYJL volunteer experience. Relevant survey topics include: agement Council positions: Volunteer
Development Head, Community Coun-
• Membership Satisfaction: Reasons for joining/participating, satisfaction
cil Head for Adult Mentoring, Commu-
with NYJL experience
nity Council Head for Youth Education,
• Training: Types of training volunteers would like to receive, assessment of Internal Communications Council Head,
training offered two Special Events Council Heads and a
• Community Issues: Most pressing community needs, the NYJL’s ability to Strategic Planning Council Head. Each of
effectively address these needs, volunteers’ willingness to work in these positions also carries a two-year
these areas term. All Active volunteers are eligible.
Finally, the Nominating committee is
• Types of League Activities: Volunteers’ interests, when, where and how
slating the Vice Chair of the Nominat-
volunteers spend or want to spend their volunteer time at the NYJL
ing committee. This position is open to
• NYJL Management and Governance: Interest in leadership, how deci- Actives and Sustainers. To be eligible
sions are made, knowledge of the NYJL’s mission for consideration, candidates must have
served on the NYJL Board of Directors.
Candidates also must have served on
the NYJL Nominating committee prior
BRInG A FRIend To ”SIP & See” to the 2006-2007 NYJL volunteer year.
The Nominating Vice Chair position
T he New Membership committee encourages NYJL
volunteers to bring prospective members to a “Sip &
See” at Headquarters and enjoy a free glass of wine while
carries a two-year term. During the first
year the Vice Chair serves on the Man-
agement Council. In the second year,
she assumes the Chair of Nominating
learning about the many satisfying benefits of belonging to position and serves on the Board
the NYJL. The New Membership committee hosts a short
Self-nominations are highly encour-
information session and a social round robin designed to aged for all of these positions. Job
share information with prospective members concerning descriptions for all positions, as well
as application forms and instructions,
the NYJL, volunteers, and NYJL’s community impact. To can be found in the Membership Area
reserve a spot for a “Sip & See,” simply send your name, of the NYJL website. The deadline for
along with names and email addresses of the friends you completed applications for all positions
is Friday, January 14, 2011. For questions,
plan to bring, to email@example.com. contact Nominating committee chair
Claire Luppi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make A Difference November Membership
at the NYJL Credit Opportunities
I n celebration of the NYJL’s 110th Anniver-
sary, the Board Development committee T he Volunteer Training & Leadership (VTL) committee is offering
two new training programs in November at Headquarters:
• Handling Stress and Decluttering your Life in the New Year on Tuesday,
has established the 110 Circle for all donors
who contribute $110 or more to the Annual November 2
Fund. 110 Circle donors will receive special, Explore how to balance work and home life and hear tips on how to
public recognition. communicate with others in stressful situations. This training will also
The Annual Fund is an important source include advice from an organizational expert who specializes in apart-
of funding for the NYJL. Contributions ment living.
pay for NYJL operating expenses includ- • Holiday Fashion & Finance on Tuesday, November 16
ing Headquarters maintenance, staffing, Focus on holiday expense budgeting, philanthropic giving and other
volunteer training and programs. Last year’s year-end financial issues at this session. A representative from Saks
Annual Fund donations supported the Fifth Avenue will also offer suggestions for gift-giving during the holiday
refurbishment of the new Harriman Room season and present a Spring 2011 fashion trend preview.
floor. For questions and more information, Both trainings will begin at 7:00 p.m. Attendance is on a first come, first
contact Mary Cooper and Desiree Fish at served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Membership credit will be given
email@example.com. to those in attendance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Tracey Abbott Meredity Cappel Jennifer Gilliam Robyn Lucas Lindsey Mossman Jennifer Porcaro Jennifer Smith
Pamela Arcilla Whitney Chen Sarah Goschy Laura Maier Thu Nguyen Catherine Reid Laura Stahl
Katharine Becker Elizabeth York Clouston Keelin Griffin Mariana Mastalir Lindsey Nielsen Pinsuda Sagooleim Fanya Stansbury
Ingrid Bell Aynsley Connell Ruchi Gupta Kelly McHugh Erin O’Brien Eileen Schneider Kathryn Thomas
Meredith Bixler Janet Connolly Mary Horan Megan McLaughlin Molly O’Shaughnessy Lori Scott Rachel Torres
Sally Boyle Janet Constantin Kristen Insalaco Kimberly Mescal Molly O’Connor Caroline Seely Jennifer Turner
Beverly Bolton Krishnakshi Das Teresa Lee Katherine C. Milgram Therese-Antoinette Palencia Carson Sieving Dudley Williams
Miranda Calvert Laura De Sole Kayla Lowery Kathy Mitchell Tamara Perry Allison Semke Renee Whittingstall
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Anna Aguero Mary Catherine Burdine Jennifer Freeland Caitlin Kenefick Katherine Muhlfeld Melissa Saint-Amour Kristen Teufel
Tazeen Ahmad Samantha Burstin Courtney Gaylor Elizabeth Kennedy Laura Nagy Rachel Scharff Nicole Thomas
Lauren Albanese Grace Cacucciolo Armen Gemdjian Lila Kerns Coleman Nalley Sherese Schlosser Leslie Thompson
Elizabeth Brette Allen Maryn Capozzoli Elizabeth Ghadimi Khara Kessler Alexandra Neville Lindsey Sexton Maureen Traynor
Shana Allen Laura Causey Teddi Ginsberg Kimberly Kiernan Nicole Noonan Erin Shepherd Erica Varney
Farah Amin Lindsey Clark Michelle Go Monika Krach Rachel Nordlinger Stephanie Shepherd Gina Venezia
Melissa Antoszewski Meredith Coburn Leslie Golden Jennifer Krane Stacey Olsen Julia Shneyderman Jill Volpe
Allene Arnold Johannah Coffey Maddy Goodarzi Siobhan Lamont Katie Ossman Heidi Silber Chelsea Vukelic
Yalda Bahari Amy Cogan Michelle Greenfield Morgan Leathers Sarah Paden Amy Silverman Janice Wand
Charity Baker Camille Collins Alanna Gregory Bey-Shan Chien Liu Arielle Patrick Reena Singh Allison Webb
Jennifer Bartle Katrina Cydylo Kirby Guthrie Alison Loviska Erika R. Petrozelli Natalie Smith Nazy Weeks
Christina Beale Monique Dawkins Carter Hartung Jennifer Lyden Alexandra Porter Soraya Smith Jessica Wilbur
Nina Beary Jessica Dean Brooke Hawkins Catherine Mangan Kate Prescott Lidiya Sokhnich Dana Wolf
Brittany Bender Lea DeMenocal Bridget Henne Shawlini Manjunath Meg Prossnitz Diana Spurgat Elysia Yeager
Ilyssa Berger Louise Denny Rachel Herbert Nicole Manrodt Natalia Rankine- Roberta Steele Carrie Young
Lindsay Bissell Whitney Dickerson Helen Howe Brandi McCoy Galloway Mary Ellen Stefanou Meredith Young
Lauren Borman Mary Elizabeth Dooner Dana Johnson Beth McDonough Elizabeth Rigsbee Kelly Stephan Merideth Zampino
Whitney Boughton Ann Dragovits Marcia Johnson Lauren McDonough Ariel Roberts Kate Stewart Lindsay Zantop
Erin Brady Maria Duckett Emily Johnston Sarah H McGee Sawra Ronaldi Nicole Sue Low Chee
Teresa Brady Obianuju Enendu Gracie Kaplan-Stein Michelle McNulty Lauren Rothe Case Szarwark
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The New York Junior League
130 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075
From the Archives
uring the 1920s, NYJL volunteers formed the
Players, a talented troupe that performed
plays, particularly during the holidays, for local
community groups including hospitals, schools and
In the 1930s, the Players also developed a radio
broadcast for homebound children and children in
hospitals. In 1933, at the height of the Great Depres-
sion, the Players traveled to cities around the country
to perform with various Junior League chapters and raise
money for local JL projects. Due primarily to the Players’ success, another group emerged – the NYJL
Glee Club. They performed throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s at orphanages, local hospitals
(photo at right) and other community events. Notably, the Glee Club performed for wounded
soldiers during World War II.
Today, the NYJL continues the tradition of holiday service. Committees host many festive events
such as a winter party at the Jewish Home for the Aged, Thanksgiving dinners at the Girls Leadership
Institute and the Children’s Aid Society, and a holiday dinner at the Ronald McDonald House.