Although her switch to (primarily) film acting required her to move to the West Coast, she maintained her passion for education and children. She founded a kindergarten in a Beverly Hills church, and she served as a member (and later as the president) of the Beverly Hills Board of Education from 1948-1951.

Margaret’s greatest fear about her career was that her own children would be afraid of her performance as the monstrous Witch of the West, and there’s no doubt that many children over the last 79 years may have had a few nightmares thanks to this role. However, it seems that the Junior League could hardly have asked for a better lifelong advocate for children and community in Hollywood than Margaret Hamilton.  

Margaret Hamilton (1902-1985)

The Junior League of Cleveland

The Junior League of Bristol had a wonderful social for our Provisional Class at Warehouse 817 in downtown Bristol. 

Our September General Meeting was packed with discussion and planning for Bargain Bonanza, Capital Campaign, and our Signature Project to build sensory boards at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, VA.

Highlights from Fall Meetings and

Introducing our 2018-2019 Signature Project

Fall 2018

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Please contact Mary Ellis Rice if you have photos, events, news items or stories that you'd like to share in the JLB Stateline's publication. 


A Junior League of Bristol TN/VA Publication

"To be good and to do good is all we have to do."

- John Adams, in a 1777 letter to his daughter on what it means to be a citizen of the world

A message from JLB President, Ashley Stiltner

The league year is now in full swing, and I couldn’t be more excited!  As a league we are working hard to honor our past while improving our future.  We have started off strong with two amazing general meetings.  We have so many exciting things to look forward to!  Our first general meeting was fun, social, and also productive with us voting on our signature project for this year which is the addition of sensory friendly boards to the playground at Sugar Hollow Park.  We then had a robust and valuable discussion regarding our budget and fundraising options.  Our second general meeting was held at the lovely home of Katy Hamilton’s mother, Connie.  We enjoyed great food, conversation, and ironed out the details of our upcoming events. 

I am so happy and proud that we have decided to bring back a classic and time-honored JLB event, the Bargain Bonanza!  So many of our members, sustainers, and community members recall the previous Bargain Bonanza events as well as the Bargain Box that brought much fundraising success to our league.  I know that by working together toward our common goal, we can make this event a massive success and one to remember!

Our provisional class is off to a phenomenal start!  We have 18 amazing ladies who are eager and ready to join our league, and we absolutely could not be happier to have them!  They are already planning great things themselves and working on the Hidden Closet project this month!  Way to hit the ground running ladies!  From all of us actives and sustainers, welcome, and we can’t wait to work with you on our projects this year and in the future.

Our members are currently working on a Capital Campaign that is sure to be a great success.  They have been working diligently on a letter to send out to community businesses who may be willing to help us fund our signature project.  This is another fantastic way to help us meet our goals and to educate the community on what JLB does and who we are!   
On Saturday, September 22, JLB set up a tent at the Rhythm and Roots Children’s Day event.  We accepted book donations, showcased our Little Free Library locations, and provided a comfy reading area for children.  A fantastic time was had by all!

Coming up on October 18, we have our sustainer social event at the home of Ruth King.  Our Sustainer Outreach Committee has been planning this event for quite some time, and I hope to see a great turnout of provisionals, actives, and sustainers.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and gaining valuable knowledge from our treasured sustainers.

It is shaping up to be a fantastic year!  I am excited to see us all come together and meet our goals of improving our community.

Bargain Bonanza: Honoring Our Past and Building Our Future
Contributed by Dawn Roller

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You may not recognize her name, but you will certainly recognize her in green.

Margaret Hamilton, or as you may better know her, “The Wicked Witch of the West” from the beloved film The Wizard of Oz, is our Notable Leaguer for this edition. Although the Witch of the West was her most widely-known acting role, she performed in over 70 films and numerous stage productions (not to mention television and radio appearances). However, her performance career was only part of her identity. She was a lifelong devotee of educational causes, and she always loved children (despite what her most famous role might suggest).

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1902, and when she could, she joined the Junior League of Cleveland. She later graduated from Wheelock College in Massachusetts and became a kindergarten teacher. In 1932, she helped a friend prepare an audition for a Broadway play; however, to her surprise, she herself gained the part. Once the play became a film, she entered Hollywood and began a 50-year acting career. Her best-known role is quite representative of her repertoire in other films – she typically played character roles, usually “unpleasant women” (to quote her New York Times obituary).

Many past Leaguers have shared what makes Bargain Bonanza special to them:

“I feel like it's a win-win for everyone. You get to re-organize your home -- plus give back to the community. I always looked forward to Bargain Bonanza every time! I also always had family members who also liked having an excuse to de-clutter. Great community impact!" 
Stephanie Gillenwater, Sustainer

“The Bargain Bonanza is one of my favorite JLB traditions! It's a great way to de-clutter your house while serving the community. All the time and effort you will put into Bargain Bonanza is so rewarding!” 
Holly Vining, Sustainer

“When I was in League and we closed the Bargain Box, the Bonanza was a great alternative. The Box always offered an option for those who were on tight budgets to afford nice things; people relied on it for back to school clothes, to furnish their homes for reduced prices. When I saw it coming back, I was excited to get into my closets! I never worked one where we didn’t have tons and tons of stuff, which was good because the line usually started before we even opened." 
Valerie Zochowski, Sustainer
"I have fond memories of Bargain Bonanza. As a new League member for one of the Bonanzas, I got to know many of my life-long friends, working along beside them. It was a great way to connect while serving our community.” 
Mary Johnson, Sustainer

Notable Leaguers in History: A Spotlight

By: Mary Ellis Rice

Here are some pictures from previous Bargain Bonanzas:

9/3 -- Amber Koonce
9/7 -- Mary Ellis Rice
9/16 -- Caroline Gemmell
9/16 -- Katy Hamilton
9/20 -- Lyndsay Whitmore
9/26 -- Betsy Holleman

Bargain Bonanza is a giant “one-day” sale and was started in 1985 as a fundraiser to mirror the JLB consignment shop – The Bargain Box. The community is welcome to shop, and Leaguers donated clothing, furniture, toys, and household items at reasonable prices. The last such event was held in 2010-11, and Leaguers voted to bring it back a lucky seven years later!
Bringing back Bargain Bonanza continues the nod of building on JLB tradition this year, from fundraising to the signature project Sensory Board being added to the Sugar Hollow Park playground.  The community has always embraced this event as an opportunity to shop for great things, and it was an event that was anticipated and is now greatly missed. Leaguers also get to meet many members of our community who may not attend a wine tasting or Butterfly Ball, those who are served and benefit from our projects and donations. It is a true community event in every sense of the word

On Saturday, September 22, the Junior League of Bristol's members offered a book drive at Anderson Park in Bristol, Tennessee. Children's Day was filled with face painting, music, photobooths, a foam pit, and books for children of all ages to enjoy. 

Thank you to everyone who donated books to make this drive sensational for our community! 

11/2 -- Taylor Borowski
11/7 -- Erin Adams
11/9 -- Andrea Pennington
11/13 -- Ivy Gestault
11/16 -- Ashley Stiltner
11/19 -- Sarah Gannaway
11/21 -- Allie Goyette 

10/1 -- Sara Williams
10/2 -- Chelsea Ketron
10/9 -- Andee Barbe
10/15 -- Martha Anderson
10/23 -- Kristen Rose
10/24 -- Elizabeth Yañez

Bristol's Rhythm & Roots Children's Day Book Drive

8/3 -- Lindsay Earhart
8/17 -- Leigh Powers
8/17 -- Martha Powers
8/18 -- April Grace
8/22 -- Sara Nidiffer 
8/28 -- Brandie Lester
8/30 -- Ellen Smith

In This Issue:​​

  • President's Perspective
  • Bargain Bonanza: A Look Back and a Look Forward
  • Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Children's Day Book Drive
  • A Look at our Fall Meetings and Signature Project
  • Notable Leaguers in History: A Spotlight