Sustainer Spring Happenings!

Spring is just around the corner, with March 20 marking the first day of this season of growth, renewal and new beginnings. With the coming of spring, Team Sustainer is excited to welcome Mary Blake and Anita Blomme Pinther as the 2016-17 Sustainer Co-captains. We look forward to working alongside and sharing ideas with these two extremely talented and energetic women to ensure a smooth transition of Sustainer leadership. As days become longer and temperatures milder, we hope that you step out for several events that support our community partners and promote connection within the Sustainer membership group. The upcoming March and April events are:

  • Wednesday March 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Sustainers will host the SAFEchild Volunteer Appreciation Event at the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership. Sustainers are needed for a few remaining spots. For questions or to volunteer email
  • Tuesday March 29, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Join Sustainers for a tour at the North Carolina Museum of History to view gowns by the esteemed Raleigh designer Willie Otey Kay and Southern-themed paintings from the James-Farmer Collection, followed by lunch.” $30 includes lunch, tax, tips and the tour docent fee. Register online at, Calendar & Events. If you need assistance with the online registration, please contact 919-787-7480 ext. 1061.
  • Tuesday April 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Sustainer Connect will meet for lunch at Brio Tuscan Grille at Crabtree Valley Mall. For more information email Carleen Shaffer at
  • Sunday April 17, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Mingle with League members and friends at the Belk Love My League Fashion Night (formerly Fashion Forward) for shopping, raffles appetizers and beverages followed by a fashion show. Tickets are on sale at
  • Tuesday April 26, noon – 2:00 p.m.: Gather for lunch at the Executive Mansion with an optional tour of the mansion offered after lunch. $40 includes lunch. Online register will be required, the registration start date to be announced.

Take a look at the Sustainer Calendar for more information on these and other exciting Sustainer events. We look forward to seeing you at our exciting spring events!

~ Lucy, Monique & Lynette



SAFEchild Volunteer Appreciation Event – Sustainer Volunteers Needed! Sustainers will host the SAFEchild Volunteer Appreciation Event on Wednesday March 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the CCL. The early evening event will include a social, a panel participants sharing their moving stories, and a speech from Executive Director Cristin DeRonja regarding their new theme of “Be the Key” to SAFEchild’s future. For questions or to volunteer, contact Please join us by volunteering to make this special event the best ever?

2016-2017 State of Officers and Elected Positions Announced

The Nominating committee is pleased to announce the slate of officers for the Board of Directors and the Management Council for the 2016-2017 year, as well as the Nominating Committee and the Member-at-Large elected positions. Please join us in congratulating these women! Click here to view the full slate.

2016-2017 Junior League of Raleigh Board of Directors

President: Rebecca Ayers

President-elect: Marisa Bryant

Treasurer: Lucy Austin

Secretary: Holly Robertson

At Large Director, 1 year: Danielle Shuirman

At Large Director, 2 years: Jamie Martin

At Large Director, 2 years: Ronda Bazley Moore

At Large Director, 3 years: Gail Reid-Vestal

At Large Director, 3 years: Virginia Parker

Nominating Chair: Nichole Allen

2016-2017 Junior League of Raleigh Management Council

Executive Vice President: Jen Reel

Executive Vice President Elect: Liz Riley-Young

Treasurer –Elect: Emy Hanson

Communications & Strategies Vice President: Amber Frasketi

Community Vice President: Kelly Brown

Funding Vice President: Sarah White

Membership Vice President: Randi Ligon

Training Vice President: DeShelia Spann

Assistant Nominating Chair: Martha Namie

Newly elected members of the Nominating Committee and the Member-at-Large

Member At Large (serves on Board of Directors): Allison Crumpler

Nominating, 3-4 years: Elizabeth Outten

Nominating, 3-4 years: Sarah Jane Simpson

Nominating, 5 years: Jessica Leggett

Nominating, 5 years: Anne Strickland

JLR Facebook Sustainer Group – Join Us!

We encourage you to join the JLR Sustainer Facebook Group, a private group for Sustainers to connect and build a community for sharing and supporting each other. We have over 200 members and growing! Contact for instructions on how to join the JLR Sustainer Facebook Group.

Sustainer Connect Sustainer Connect, led by Carleen Shaffer and Violet Rhinehart, provides a means for Sustainers to informally connect. Sustainer Connect meets for lunch the second Tuesday of every other month. The next gathering will be on April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Brio Tuscan Grille at Crabtree Valley Mall. For more information or to join in on the fun, contact

AventWest Children’s Mentoring Job Announcement Job description: AventWest Children’s Mentoring, an after school tutoring program near North Carolina State University, needs a bus driver for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to transport students from their homes in the AventWest community to two tutoring sites. The AventWest community is bounded by Avent Ferry Road on the south, Athens Drive and Jones Franklin Road on the west, Hillsborough Street on the north and Gorman Street on the east. The salary is $52.50 per day.

Work schedule: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p m. during the traditional school year: pick up, 4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and return 6:10 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Additional time available for special activities.

License and requirements: commercial driver’s license, background check and references.

How to apply: For further information or to apply for the job, contact the AventWest Children’s Mentoring Director at 919-332-8720 or

If you love elementary aged kids and are interested in a part time commitment, AWCM would greatly appreciate this help!

Community Service Opportunities & Events The SAFEchild Spring Gala will be held on April 15 at Marbles Kids Museum. The annual event is an evening of exquisite food, complimentary wine and beer, a silent and live auction, and much more to benefit SAFEchild’s mission to eliminate child abuse and neglect in Wake County. Details and to purchase tickets are found on the link

C.T. Weekends, a ladies fashion boutique, is sponsoring its Spring Fashion Show Luncheon on Thursday, March 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at 18 Seaboard. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will support SAFEchild. For more information or to order tickets call 919-787-9073 or email at

Want to volunteer in the community? Choose from several JLR Community Service opportunities. From the Member page, go to Resources, then Sustainer Resources or view your Community Service Opportunities here.

Member Suggestion Box

Have an idea about how to make the League better? Have a question that you would like to have answered? Want to see something new? Let us know! Please share your ideas! All suggestions are sent to our Member-at-Large, Lanier McRee, and are anonymous.