What a year it has been for Junior League of Bristol already! This fall has been both productive and exciting! JLB has had the honor of receiving a grant of $5,000.00 as part of the Neighborhood Grant Program administered by the Community Development Department of the City of Bristol, TN to expand our Little Free Library project to all of the elementary schools in Bristol, TN! We hope to continue this expansion to the elementary schools in Bristol, VA next year. Our fall fundraiser, Pints and Pumpkins was a great success! We had an amazing time complete with fantastic entertainment, good food and excellent company. The purpose of this event was to fundraise for our JLB Scholarship Fund. We managed to hit our fundraising goal with that project and fun was had by all! We also continued our Kids in the Kitchen project at the State Street Farmer’s Market where we provided vouchers for children to use to purchase fresh produce. Our Thanksgiving Food Basket project was a great success! We collected the materials for our baskets, met as a group, and assembled enough baskets to provide Thanksgiving meals for ? families! We should certainly be proud of all of these accomplishments!
We had an excellent turnout for our fall Sustainer Social! This event was hosted by sustainer Ronan King at her lovely home. Our sustainers are the absolute heart of our organization, and we are always elated to gain useful insight from them. At this event, we updated our sustainers on our current projects, and they offered their support and feedback. It was truly an excellent night! Our annual Christmas social was a success as well! This was hosted by sustainer Ruth King at her home. We enjoyed food, drink, and fellowship as we celebrated the holiday season together as a league. We are so grateful to both of these ladies for opening up their homes to us for these events.
We are currently working on our SWOT analysis. This is an important aspect of league as it is our primary method of receiving input from our membership. The information collected from this analysis will be used by our Strategic Planning Committee to update our Strategic Plan to fit the goals of our membership. The surveys have gone out in the weekly email and will be sent to members via Survey Monkey as well. Please take the time to fill this out as we are always working to improve our organization and our community. The more input we get, the better! One of our primary goals is to increase our membership. We welcome any ideas on how to do this as we strive to empower and enrich the lives of women in our area.
Spring looks to be just as busy and exciting as the fall was! Friday, March 2 we look forward to participating once again in Read Across America. This is an annual reading awareness program that celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss. JLB has taken part in this nationwide event for several years and we are excited to continue this tradition as it helps perfectly execute our goal of improving literacy. On Saturday, March 3, we will once again be partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America for the annual spring Food Drive. This is an excellent opportunity to serve our community and to enjoy a little friendly competition with the Junior Leagues of Kingsport and Johnson City.
A message from Ashley Stiltner
I would like to begin by thanking Dr. Jenn Ledford for her amazing service to Junior League of Bristol. Jenn has been a valued member of JLB for years and did a fabulous job in her time as our President. Due to unforeseen circumstances, she has made the decision to step down from this position so as to have more time to care for her infant son, Noah and her family. Please continue to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they work through a difficult situation. As President-Elect, I have agreed to take the reins and now serve in the capacity of JLB President. I am both honored and blessed to work with this organization, and I am so excited about the amazing things we have coming up. I am committed to working to ensure that the remainder of the 2017-2018 league year is a success. I ask for support from all members of all statuses as we make this leadership change.