JLHP Winter Newsletter 2021

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VOLUME 35, NUMBER 1

A NEWSSHEET OF

JANUARY 2021

THE JUNIOR LEAGUE

OF HIGH POINT, INC.

WOMEN BUILDING BET TER COMMUNITIES


EMPOWERING OUR MEMBERS . . . President’s Message As I look back at the first half of this League year, I am incredibly proud of all that the Junior League of High Point has accomplished through unprecedented times. Although socially-distanced for the most part, our members’ commitment to improving their community has not wavered. Rather than dwelling on all the things we could not do, we set our sights on what we could do. As you will see in the pages ahead, we found many ways to connect with each other and our community. We collected and donated hundreds of children’s books, school supplies, non-perishable food, baby and personal care products. We continued traditions like Dinner with the League, CrockPot Cooking Class, and the Poinsettia Fundraiser. We welcomed a dynamic group of New Members who bring a variety of backgrounds and talents to our organization. We reaffirmed our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and have begun the process of developing a DEI task force to ensure our actions align with our intentions. All of this, and we are only halfway through the year! In the months ahead, we have many more opportunities to connect with each other and our community, whether virtually or in-person, as we embark on new partnerships and narrow our community impact focus within Education & Literacy. While there are still many unknowns in the future, one thing is certain: the work of our 273 new, active, and sustaining Rebecca McCarter members will continue to deliver on our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the President, 2020-2022 potential of women, and improving our community.

General Membership Meetings Our general membership meetings may have looked different this fall, but they were still full of League updates, training, and service. We enjoyed connecting with our members in-person and virtually. Thank you to our membership team for organizing after-GMM socials that were safe and fun for all! As part of each of our monthly meetings, we incorporated a mini service project to support some of our community partners. Thank you to all who helped collect and donate books, school supplies, personal care items, and more to support these important causes.

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Junior League of High Point – HighLights


IN ALL DIFFERENT WAYS Welcome to our New Member Class! KATIE COTTAM • JACQUELINE GRAVELY • ALLISON JARRELL • AUDREY McMANUS SYDNEY SPRING • MONICA STABB • MEG WILLIAMS We are thrilled to welcome this group to the Junior League of High Point! These women bring a variety of backgrounds, talents, and strengths to our organization. Aligning with our new community impact focus, their project is focused on creating audiobooks for children and an outdoor book-sharing box located at the Briles House. We look forward to witnessing the impactful work done by these ladies. Welcome to the Junior League!

Welcome to JLHP! Conference Update In October, members of our Board and Management Team attended the first ever virtual AJLI Conference. The Special Fall Meeting was an immersive multi-session experience that brought together Junior League women from all over the country. Over two days, our members took part in thoughtprovoking conversations that inspired them to think and lead differently. They concluded the conference feeling empowered with tactical solutions to navigate our current environment and continue to move the League forward.

Vicki Clark led a compelling session during the AJLI conference.

January 2021 Newssheet

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MAKING AN IMPACT . . . Crock-Pot Cooking Class In October, we hosted our annual Crock-Pot Cooking Class in partnership with the Salvation Army of High Point. This event is an educational workshop designed to meet the nutritional needs of young mothers and their families. Our class included a tutorial on healthy eating and a demonstration on how to use a Crock-Pot to provide affordable, nutritious and hearty meals for a family. At the conclusion of this class, each attendee received her own Crock-Pot to take home and put the skills learned into action. The Crock-Pots provided at this event were funded by a generous grant from the Greater High Point Food Alliance.

Amy Robinson, Donna Blakely, and Meredith Welch preparing bags of food for class recipients to take home.

Dinner with the League Serving West End Ministries’ Leslie’s House, our annual Dinner with the League event took place in November. Leslie’s House provides a safe haven for women experiencing homelessness in our community. This event is designed to provide nourishment and encouragement for the recipients. League members provided and served a full Thanksgiving dinner, and each Leslie’s House resident received a care package with winter supplies, COVID-19 protection, and food items. PAGE 4

Stephanie Young setting up Dinner with the League at Leslie’s House.

Junior League of High Point – HighLights


DESPITE THE CIRCUMSTANCES JLHP members with donated books ready to be distributed to Little Free Libraries around High Point.

Our members donated items to help stock the Baby Basics Closet at the High Point YWCA.

Amy Robinson, Marilyn Nowell, and Kathryn Harrell ready to serve dinner at Leslie’s House.

Our New Member class had a small gathering to kick off the holiday season! Gathering donations for the Baby Basics closet at the YWCA.

JLHP President Rebecca McCarter delivered poinsetties to JLHP Sustainer Mary Lou Brinson.

Principal for a Day

Future Plans

Current president, Rebecca McCarter, participated in this year’s “Principal for a Day” hosted by Guilford Education Alliance. Rebecca spent a morning with Principal Shayla Savage at Welborn Academy. She had the opportunity to learn about a local school and support educators right here in our community.

The Junior League of High Point recently met with the Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum to discuss a potential partnership. With expected completion later this year, we look forward to being a part of the immense impact this will have for children in our community! More details to come.

Sustainer Board President-Elect Edith Brady, President Rebecca McCarter, and Community Impact Team Leader Amy Robinson with museum leaders Megan Ward and Jeremy Hiatt at the museum construction site.

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SUPPORTING THE COMMUNIT Y . . . 14th Annual Poinsettia Fundraiser What better way to kick off the holiday season than with our annual poinsettia fundraiser? This year marked our 14th sale, and it was very successful! Our Poinsettia Committee developed an enhanced online ordering platform that simplified the process for our buyers. We again offered the opportunity for plant buyers to donate purchases to Hospice of the Piedmont. Thank you to all the members, families, friends, and local businesses that supported this year’s fundraiser. And a special thank you to High Point University for allowing us to use their Community Center for plant pick-up. These beautiful plants truly do make the holidays brighter. We are already looking forward to our 15th annual sale!

JLHP members helping with poinsettia distribution at the High Point University Community Center.

Greenery Fundraiser We are excited to share that the Junior League of High Point has been given the opportunity to take over a Christmas Greenery fundraiser that has been in place in our community for 20+ years. We spent the fall learning about the fundraiser and plan to fully incorporate the garland and wreath sales into our poinsettia fundraiser next year. Thank you to Amy Robinson for spearheading this wonderful opportunity for the League.

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Junior League of High Point – HighLights


AND OUR MEMBERS Shining Stars These ladies have gone above and beyond in their roles this League year. Thank you for your dedication to the Junior League of High Point!

Grace Lackey

New Member Committee Chair

Quineece Huntley

Membership Committee Chair

Crystal Staley & Emma Ruggery

Poinsettia Committee Chair & Co-Chair

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Celebrating the Designers’ Showhouse We celebrated the one-year anniversary of our 2019 Designers’ Showhouse, the Dalton-Bell Cameron House, by donating a portion of the event’s proceeds to the High Point Preservation Society.

Our cookbook makes a great gift . . . anytime of year! January 2021 Newssheet

Current President Rebecca McCarter and immediate past President Sadie Leder Elder pose with High Point Preservation Society members Gloria Halstead, Holly Davis, Mary Powell DeLille and Jim Morgan on the front steps of the restored Dalton-Bell Cameron House.

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NONPROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID HIGH POINT, NC PERMIT NO. 69

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF

HIGH POINT 1103 North Main Street High Point, NC 27262

The Junior League of High Point, Inc. Founded in 1928 1103 N. Main Street High Point, North Carolina 27262 Phone: (336) 889-5479 E-mail: info@jlhp.org • www.jlhp.org Offices Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-1pm

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The Junior League of High Point, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, 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.


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