eLink — 19Jul2016


Lauren Stump: Lifelong Membership Award

With a League resume that includes Transfers, Step-Up Ministry, Community Connect, the CCL and Emerging Ideas, and over 10 years in the League, Lauren Stump has been continuously making an impact as an integral member of the Junior League of Raleigh.

At the May GMM Lauren was awarded JLR’s Lifelong Membership Award, which recognizes a member who has been active for 10 or more years and continues to make significant contributions to the League. The member who nominated Lauren said the following of her lasting efforts:

“For more than three years, [Lauren] has spearheaded the effort to explore and implement changes to the League’s leadership structure that will enable our organization to thrive for another 80+ years. She balanced the day-to-day effort with a continued focus on the bigger picture and end goal for the governance changes – to create the opportunity for the League to achieve even greater heights as a community-driven and member-training organization.”

Lauren worked to foster collaboration, build consensus and ensure transparency across our entire organization as part of her guidance in the governance restructure. After working on this for over three years, Lauren is very happy with the result. “I am really passionate about the benefits of the new governance structure,” she beamed. “The new governance structure will create expanded leadership opportunities for our members and allow our League to strengthen clarity of our long term mission and increase our community focus,” she added.

With new opportunities opening up, Lauren advises all to jump in and get involved saying, “We have many opportunities for new members to take on leadership roles in both small and big ways.  Getting involved allows you to learn more about all the ways our League serves the Raleigh community and also gives a new member the opportunity to work with experienced League leaders who can share a great deal of JLR and professional experience.”


Alyson Tuck: Foundation Award

With her extensive background in communications, writing and editing, Alyson Tuck has offered her amazing skill set to the role of the League’s Editor, and was awarded Junior League of Raleigh’s Foundation Award at the May GMM. This award recognizes an Active member and her dedicated work within an in-League placement.

While her position has been mostly behind the scenes, she has been extremely instrumental to the League this year while dedicating countless hours of communication expertise. Her contributions have helped create articles with impact, which have touched not only Junior League of Raleigh members, but the greater Raleigh community, as well.

Alyson was aware of about every single event that JLR touched in 2015-16 because she either wrote or edited or proofread a story about it. “I learned more about JLR in one year than I had in my previous seven years put together,” she said. Having a part in getting the word out for all the things that JLR does and promotes, Alyson became a prouder member of the League.

To explain, she said, “Each week, in preparation for writing an eLink story, I interviewed placement Co-captains and dug into stories about the amazing work happening in each placement, without exception. It was eye opening.  JLR does an amazing, diverse, monumental amount of work in a year, and I loved being able to share it all with our membership through the eLink and with the community through other channels. After really getting into the weeds of who JLR is and all that we do, I felt tremendous pride to be a part of this organization.”

It is important that we, as an organization get our message out to our community. Having Alyson on our side to perfect the words is a plus! She urges placement Co-Captains and each member to continue to spread the word.

“Find ways to share the stories of your placement with others. With so many members and so many teams, it is hard for the average member to know what’s going on outside of her little corner of the League. But by telling our stories – be it over lunch, in the eLink, on Facebook, on Instagram or at meetings – we all get to experience the impact that JLR is having on the community. That collective impact can be extremely motivating,” she encouraged.



Volunteer to Help at Destination Dix! | July 23

Destination Dix, a community-wide, FREE event to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the purchase of Dorothea Dix Park, will be held Saturday, Jul. 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Event details include:

  • three music stages,
  • free Ferris wheel and tethered hot air balloon rides,
  • food trucks & beer garden,
  • lots of activities for children,
  • parking shuttles from downtown and Centennial Campus.

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at one of the links below.  The links give more information about each job.  Most shifts are about 4.50 hours long, so you will have the opportunity to enjoy the festival, too!  Shifts start and end at different times and are of different duration, so please click the underlined “Job Link” to find the time and length that fits your schedule. Volunteers will receive a Destination Dix “Staff” t-shirt to be worn during their shift.

For more information please contact Kathryn Hertel, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, City of Raleigh at kathryn.hertel@raleighnc.gov

Boxcar Bar + Arcade Drink for a Cause | August 24

Join us for a drink with a cause, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 4:00 p.m. to midnight, at Boxcar Bar + Arcade in downtown Raleigh. 15% of bar sales will be donated to the Helping Horse Riding Center benefiting riders in need of financial support as well as the care of the horses. Please contact Co-Captains Gracen Pittard and Arden Thomas at helpinghorse@jlraleigh.org with any questions.



Community Service Opportunities  From the Member page, go to Resources, then Sustainer Resources or view your Community Service Opportunities here.