eLink – September 13, 2016

Kick off the Year of Demonstrating Impact at Tonight’s GMM

Join us tonight at 7 p.m. (social starts at 6:30) for the September GMM, where we’ll kick off JLR’s Year of Demonstrating Impact. From our InterAct community guests to our keynote speaker, you’ll be inspired by the ways we can impact Raleigh this year.

If you’re expecting the tonight’s meeting to be like GMM’s of the past, get ready for a new twist. In response to your feedback, GMM’s are targeting a stronger impact on you: more training and community stories; fewer announcements; engaging, media-packed presentations and an email recap in case you missed something.

Here are just a few highlights you can look forward to tonight:

  • Leigh Duque, executive director of InterAct of Wake County, our newest community placement, will provide an overview of InterAct and the services they provide for Wake County. She will also discuss, how the work we are doing directly impacts the community.
  • Keynote speaker Kiesha L. Cousar, CEO and founder of COUSAR Empowerment, a Human Development Company focused on helping people and organizations maximize their potential and living life intentionally, will address driving impact in 2016 and beyond
  • Welcoming our new Provisional and Transfer Classes
  • Voting on updates to policies and procedures
  • Learning about ways you can impact major JLR fundraising efforts
  • Celebrating the You Rock! Award nominees and winner

And speaking of impact, you can reach help a person in need by donating to JLR projects tonight: Heritage Park, InterAct, Louisiana Flood victims or the Bargain Box. Read more details and come prepared to give.

We’ll see you tonight at the GMM!

Leadership – Ronda Bazley Moore, At Large Director

I can remember when I began to recognize the concept of leadership as a child. I was a third grader in Charlotte, and I admired my elementary school principal, Mr. Dannelly. Mr. Dannelly represented everything my young mind imagined a leader to be: a person with an important title, someone who had authority over others and someone with power and status in their community. Many years later (well, maybe not too many), I understand that Mr. Dannelly was a great leader. However, his leadership did not have anything to do with his title, status or authority. He was a leader because he loved his students and he constantly served his staff and his community.

As a leadership development consultant, I often work with individuals who have been promoted into a leadership position due to a history of personal achievement. One of the biggest challenges new leaders face is learning to pivot from being accountable for only their individual performance to taking responsibility for the success of the group they lead. Effective leadership requires the courage to hinge your success on the successful performance of others.

Servant leadership, a theory made famous by Robert Greenfield’s work, can help individuals shift their paradigm about what it means to lead. Servant leadership requires the leader to place their desire to serve others ahead of themselves. Servant leaders listen to gain understanding and empathy for the people and communities they serve. They have a keen sense of self awareness and they make prudent decisions. Servant leaders are trustworthy stewards and commit to developing others. Servant leaders typically rely on persuasion, instead of authority, to build consensus and they demonstrate humility.

As a Junior League of Raleigh board member, I am committed to the success of our League. I have the privilege and responsibility of assessing how we can best accomplish our mission. In the JLR, we have a compelling mission that provides each of us an opportunity to grow into leaders as we serve our community and enhance the potential of fellow League members and ourselves. It is humbling to serve and lead in an organization of talented and diverse women like you who make such a tremendous impact in our community.

How will you impact our community this year? What opportunities exist for you to lead through service to others? When is the last time you served a fellow JLR member? How would your actions change if you measured your success by the success of those around you?

Success in an organization is usually a result of good leadership. Service is essential to great leadership. As you head into next year, will you consider how you can make an impact for, with and through others? Indeed, this commitment to service and leadership has made the Junior League of Raleigh great since its inception in 1930 and will for years to come!


Christmas in September!

Team Heritage Park will be collecting donations for their annual Holiday Shopping Spree at the GMM on Tuesday, Sept. 13. In December, Heritage Park students will use points that they have earned throughout the year to pick out gifts for themselves and for their families. These gifts mean so much to the kids! Please bring new or gently used toys (for boys/girls of all ages), housewares, and gifts for moms and dads to the meeting. For more information, contact Heritage Park Co-captain, Kate Burnie at kateburnie@gmail.com.

InterAct Donations

Team InterAct will be collecting donations at the GMM on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Donations will help kids of all ages, babies to teens, participating in support groups and living the emergency shelter. Please consider donating snack items including chips, crackers, goldfish, cookies, juice boxes and baby puffs, as well as school supplies. For more information, contact InterAct Co-captains Lisa Coston Hall at lisacostonhall@gmail.com or Liz Cahoon at lisacostonhall@gmail.com.

Looking for a way to help the flooding victims in Louisiana?

JLR is collecting donated items to assist those affected by the historic flooding. The needs of those impacted by the floods are exponential. We can support the recovery and rebuilding by helping to meet the needs of women and children impacted. Please see details below.  #jlrimpact

  • Who benefits from donations: Louisiana Flood victims
  • What they need: Diapers in sizes newborn to 5, feminine hygiene products and gift cards in $20 amounts for Target and Wal-Mart
  • When they will ship: October 3
  • Where to bring items: At the September GMM (9/13) there will be a designated table to drop off items.  If you cannot make it to the September GMM, please bring items to CCL by October 2.  There will be a bin in Room 132 (right off the Boardroom) where you can drop your items.  If you are donating gift cards and bringing them to the CCL, please give them to a staff member.

Bargain Box Donations at September GMM

Back by popular demand, the Bargain Box GMM Quota event will now be available for all non-small group meetings this League year! Don’t miss your first opportunity to bring your quota donation to the September GMM!

Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up in advance of the meeting in the sign-up section of the JLR website. Sign-up will close Tuesday, September 13 at 2 p.m.! Advance sign-up is required for the team to accept your donation at the GMM.
  • Bring a minimum of 10 pieces of clothing and a maximum of 15 pieces of clothing items (no housewares, shoes or accessories at the GMM please) to the September GMM and receive quota credit for them!
  • Hang all items on Bargain Box-approved hangers.

For more information, please contact Bargain Box Co-captain Sara Jacks at sarahbutlerjacks@gmail.com.


Shop for Success Triangle!

Join Dress for Success Triangle NC on Thursday, Sept, 15, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1053 Whitaker Mill Road for Shop for Success! This exclusive VIP shopping event will bring together the Triangle’s most fashionable women and will benefit Triangle women transitioning into the workforce through Dress for Success Triangle programs. Attendees will enjoy exclusive deals on brand new designer and brand-name merchandise. For more information about Shop for Success Triangle visit Dress for Success Triangle NC or email denise@dfstriangle.org.

A Special Luncheon Hosted by The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County

The Education Committee of The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County invites you to attend a special luncheon mentoring our next generation of leaders to achieve their dreams. Panelists will include:

  • Pamela Dowdy, Executive Director of Wake County SmartStart
  • Nadia Shirin Moffet, Executive Director of The Queen’s Foundation
  • Juliellen Simpson-Vos, Executive Director of Girls on the Run of the Triangle
  • Kathryn Wyatt, Executive Director of Kidznotes

The luncheon will take place Wednesday, September 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Wake County SmartStart, located at 4901 Waters Edge Drive, Upstairs Conference Room, Raleigh. Please RSVP to Kelly Caldwell at kellycaldwell5021@gmail.com by September 14.

‘Cue for a Cause

Join the Alliance Young Professionals for their 2nd Annual ‘Cue for a Cause on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Alliance Medical Ministry in the Community Garden. Bring your kids for an evening of family-friendly fun with live music, BBQ, and beverages for the adults and a bounce house and face painter for the kids.  Alliance staff will be onsite giving clinic tours and sharing about the organization’s mission and volunteer opportunities available through AYP. Tickets available online and at the door.  All proceeds support Alliance Medical Ministry, a nonprofit medical clinic serving Wake County uninsured adults with affordable, quality and comprehensive healthcare.

Wine, Women & Shoes!

Join Communities in Schools North Carolina, at Talley Student Union, NC State University, on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. for Wine, Women & Shoes. Sip fine wines, bid on incredible auction lots, mingle with the Shoe Guys, take in the sights and sounds of a glamorous fashion show and much more! Proceeds benefit Communities in Schools NC, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Just a small part of the work that CIS does is seen in CIS Wake County’s Heritage Park learning center.

To learn more about Wine, Women & Shoes visitwinewomenandshoes.com/raleigh or sign up to volunteer.

Downtown Raleigh Alliance Women with Vision Lunch

Please join the Downtown Raleigh Alliance for their Women with Vision Lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p. m. at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, Oak Forest Ballroom.

A new event this year, the DRA’s Women with Vision Lunch will create an environment of open dialogue among career-minded women. It brings together women of various ages and industries who value a strong sense of community and seek to learn professional insight from esteemed leaders. The luncheon begins with a brief networking session and concludes with a light lunch and a panel discussion led by women who play a leadership role in shaping business with vision.

The discussion will focus on the similarities and differences of women who lead in the key sectors of our economy (corporate, government, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial), their leadership styles and how they support a vibrant downtown. Our distinguished panelists include:

  • Mary-Ann Baldwin, Council Member, City of Raleigh
  • Tashni-Ann Dubroy, President, Shaw University
  • Kim Hammer, Owner, Bittersweet
  • Gayle Lanier, Senior Vice President of Customer Services, Duke Energy
  • Caroline Sullivan, Commissioner, Wake County

Adrienne Cole, Executive Director of Wake County Economic Development, will moderate the panel discussion. Tickets are $25 for DRA members and $35 for non-members. For more information or to register, please visit Go Downtown Raleigh.


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Upcoming Events

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