eLink – November 10, 2015

See you Tonight at the GMM!

Tonight’s GMM has it all: a little festive shopping, a significant vote to change our governance structure, a big website redesign and JLR video reveal, lots of awards and a phenomenal speaker. This is one meeting you don’t want to miss. For those of you who like to know what’s coming, here are the highlights.

Annual Fund’s Member Holiday Market: Before the meeting gets down to business, come do a little holiday shopping at our Annual Fund Holiday Market, starting at 6 p.m. We’ll have nearly 20 exhibitors bringing their fabulous wares to the McKimmon Center for a members-only shopping event.

Some of the wonderful exhibitors you can expect to see include:

Renee Sprink Photography


Professional photography services


Rodan + Fields


Premium Skincare


La Señorita Jolie

Michelle Jacobson, LSJ Stylist


Clothing and jewelry



Instagram @curioraleigh

Hand painted Christmas ornaments and original art



Women’s Apparel


AB Chalkboard Designs

Instagram @ab_chalkdesigns

Custom Chalkboards




Nutritional cleansing products including shakes, bars and vitamins


Ten Thousand Villages


Handicrafts by artisans from more than 30 countries including home and garden decor,

jewelry and personal accessories, musical instruments, toys, coffee and tea




Vegan Certified Health and Wellness products


Midtown Olive Oil


Gourmet gifts including ultra premium EVOOs, flavored and specialty oils, local and

imported gourmet foods, fine French and Italian linens, olive oil based skin care


Stella & Dot


Jewelry, watches, scarves, handbags and other accessories


Lifetime Archery


Archery lessons, training and equipment sales. Private lessons, group lessons, parties and team building.


Curtiss & Associates


Skin care and cosmetics, nutrition and health, gift albums


Nursery Watercolor Art

by Tacey Hesmer


South Sail


The southern bow tie for a lady


Anna Cate

Framed watercolor prints, notecards and gift tags by Anna Dickens


Cattie Cakes

Specialized cakes by Grace Williamson


Cheers Calligraphy


Gallery wall and holiday prints, personalized stationery and calligraphy


Guest Speaker: Kelly Ruta

Kelly Ruta is the CEO and Founder of Milestones Counseling, PLLC and FierceChick Coaching where she teaches women worldwide how to unearth and understand their fears so they can lead passionate, powerful, purpose-driven lives. Today, Kelly focuses her efforts on coaching women through the process of becoming their greatest selves and fulfilling their potential. Kelly is passionate about empowerment and self-leadership. Her perspective is based on her own journey and the lessons learned from listening to sage mentors and her soul (and making lots of mistakes along the way!)

Governance Changes Vote: You’ve heard a lot this year about the upcoming vote to change JLR’s governance structure. Well, tonight is the night! If you’d like to review the governance structure information before tonight’s vote, visit the Governance pages on the JLR website.

Winners and Awards: We’ll be announcing the Legacy Fund Awards, the You Rock! Award winners and the winner of the Name that Newsletter Competition. Come celebrate these accomplishments!

Website and Impact Video Reveal: The Communications and Strategies Council has two exciting products to reveal that will represent our League to the community: the redesigned JLR website and the new impact video. Don’t miss the unveiling!

We’ll see you at 6 p.m. at the McKimmon Center!

Kick off a Season of Giving Today

With the holidays just around the corner, the season of giving has begun! There are four opportunities at tonight’s GMM to give to League-supported endeavors. How will you make an impact tonight?

Brentwood Boys & Girls Club

We have an upcoming national art contest with a variety of different categories, and we’d love for our students to shine! Some art supplies would be a huge help. Please consider donating art supplies from the following list for these budding young artists:

  • Brushes, any size
  • Water-base markers, any size
  • Drawing pencils
  • Acrylic paint: white, black and the basic colors (blue, red, yellow)
  • Oil paint
  • Plastic beads
  • String
  • White paper, any size
  • Colored paper, any size
  • Construction paper, any size
  • Canvas, 9 x 12 and bigger
  • Old clean t-shirts, all sizes

We would also appreciate donations of healthy, single-serving snacks (no fruit) such as granola bars, crackers, etc.

Bargain Box Quota

The Bargain Box needs your stuff! You can bring donations of 15 to 25 pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories to any GMM (sign up in advance at jlraleigh.org). Clothes do not need to be on hangers, but please them bring in a bag. No housewares at the GMM, please.

Transfers Angel Tree

Team Transfer, the organizers of Angel Tree, ask you to please consider sponsoring a SAFEchild family this holiday season! To sign up for a family and pick up their wish list, visit the Angel Tree table at the GMM or at the CCL on November 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. If you aren’t able to sponsor a family, please consider donating a few rolls of gift wrap or even a gift card to a local grocery store. Read more.

Junior League of Columbia

Help our sister league, the Junior League of Columbia, SC, assist Columbia’s flood victims as they recover from the terrible floods earlier this month. The JLC is accepting monetary donations, as well as collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and baby wipes. Bring your donations to the November GMM or drop them off in the designated box in the CCL workroom. Thank you in advance for your generosity.


In the League

Know Someone Interested in Joining JLR?

We’re hosting an Open House on November 12 at 6:30 p.m. for all women interested in joining the Junior League for the 2016-2017 League year. Prospective members can tour the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership, see a brief presentation about the Junior League of Raleigh and learn how to become a member. Please email prospectivesjlr@gmail.com to add any women to our email list so we may provide more information about joining JLR.

Support the JLR Annual Fund and Cheer on Duke Football!

Join us Saturday, November 14 for Duke vs. Pittsburgh at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke is offering tickets at a reduced price of $25 to everyone using the “JLRALEIGH” promotional code.  A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the JLR Annual Fund!

  1. Click on the following link: Purchase Tickets
  2. Click the “BUY NOW” button for the specific game (Pittsburgh)
  3. Click on “SPECIALS AND STUDENTS” gray letters
  4. Insert “JLRALEIGH in the box for special offers code and click “Show”. This promo code is case sensitive.
  5. Choose the number of tickets and click “Reserve Tickets”

Carolina Hurricanes Faceoff for the Annual Fund!

The Carolina Hurricanes are offering reduced price tickets in two sections for the February 19, 2016 home game against the San Jose Sharks. Join us in the Shoot Twice Goal Zone for $20 (savings of $15) or the Lower Level South section for $75 (savings of $25) and cheer on the Canes! A portion of all ticket proceeds goes directly to support the Annual Fund. Visit www.carolinahurricanes.com/juniorleague now!


Sustainers: Things to Remember

Save the Date! The Sustainer Holiday Social will be December 3.

Sustainers Calendar Now Online!

From the Member page, go to Resources, then Sustainer Resources, or view your calendar here. As indicated on the calendar, some events require online RSVPs prior to the event. Instructions are provided on the calendar.

Community Service Opportunities

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

JLR Sustainers Facebook Group – Join Us

Join us on the JLR Sustainers Facebook group to communicate, connect and build a community for sharing and supporting each other. Only JLR Sustainer subscribers can view the information posted. For instructions on how to join the group, email sustainers@jlraleigh.org and help us spread the word.

Sustainers Connect

Sustainers Connect is currently being piloted in North Raleigh to provide a means for Sustainers within geographical areas of the Triangle to informally connect. If you live in another area of the Triangle and wish to meet and mingle with the North Raleigh groups, we also invite you to participate. To join North Raleigh Sustainers Connect, contact sustainers@jlraleigh.org.


In the Community

Raleigh Jaycees Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair (Nov. 14)

Don’t miss this one-stop holiday shopping event for everyone on your list. The Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair, sponsored by the Raleigh Jaycees, benefits the Goodfellows project. They have over 30 vendors confirmed and will have a silent auction. Invite your friends and join the Jaycees at the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 14. This event is free to the public. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

Share the Pie with StepUp Ministry and Alliance Medical Ministry

Need a dessert for your Thanksgiving meal? Why make your own when you can buy one from Share the Pie? Share the Pie has recruited the best Triangle bakers to bake chocolate, pecan and pumpkin pies this Thanksgiving so you don’t have to! Pies are $25/one pie or $45/two pies. All proceeds from this delicious fundraiser go to support StepUp Ministry and Alliance Medical Ministry, two Triangle organizations doing critical work in our community.

Pie bakers include 18 Seaboard, Angus Barn, Twisted Fork, Slice Pie Company and Boulted Bread. See more about the bakers! You choose your pie flavor, but you won’t know who baked your pie until you open the box. It’s a pie lottery!

Pies are available for convenient pick-up on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving from five different pick-up locations in Raleigh and Cary. There a limited number of pies available, so place your order today!

Triangle Family Services Presents 13th Annual Gingerbread Benefit (December 6)

The 13th Annual Gingerbread Benefit will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa. All proceeds benefit programs at Triangle Family Services.

The Gingerbread Benefit celebrates the culinary masters in our community. Each year the best chefs and bakers in the Triangle gather at The Umstead Hotel and Spa for the Gingerbread Benefit with incredible gingerbread creations, setting the tone for the holiday season. These creations are viewed, celebrated and then auctioned off at the Evening Benefit. The gingerbread houses created and donated by the Triangle’s finest chefs for the Gingerbread Benefit are symbolic of the foundational support that we provide to the area’s most vulnerable families every day.

Support Triangle Family Services by attending one of the following festive events:

  • A Gingerbread House Sneak Preview: Get the first look at the amazing Gingerbread Houses. Tickets: $25 per guest.
  • Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop: A holiday tea for children. Children are greeted by Santa’s helpers and receive an individual picture with Santa. As Santa shares traditional holiday stories, children can decorate their own gingerbread houses, inspired by many of the one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gingerbread houses on display. The workshop includes specialty treats and drinks designated for children and adults. Tickets: $55 per child / $195 for a family of four.For more information about this event, please visit 13th Annual Gingerbread Benefit. Learn more about Triangle Family Services.

An Evening Benefit Event: The top gingerbread houses, along with other items, will be auctioned off during the evening’s festivities. There will be a silent auction showcasing a variety of items, including vacation homes, art, sporting event tickets and more exciting items from local businesses. Guests will enjoy holiday music, wine, beer, savory delicacies and desserts prepared by The Umstead’s top chefs. Tickets: $125 per guest.