We're thankful to help our fellow community members celebrate the holiday season. Thanks to help from donors and Junior League members, we were able to provide 75 baskets of food to our neighbors in Virginia and $1,000 to assist our neighbors in Tennessee. Thank you to everyone who made this holiday brighter in Bristol!
The Caterpillar Crawl has been updated! This project is an educational delight for children of all ages!
The Caterpillar Crawl is a permanent scavenger hunt located in downtown Bristol and is based on the children's book, A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Bronze sculptures, designed by local artist Val Lyle, are "hidden" along State Street. The brochure with clues can be found below, at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, or the Bristol Public Library Children's area.
"Since it's inception in 1901, there have been many misconceptions about the Junior League. And okay, some of them have been true at points in the organization's history, but almost all of them are silly at this date and time.
So let's chat about what the Junior League actually does and why you might consider joining or supporting it."
-This Custom Life
Check out this *awesome* article written by a Junior League of Washington, DC Past-President...
....then email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on how to join!
Thanksgiving basket assembly
The Junior League of Bristol, in conjunction with the Bristol, Virginia Parks & Recreation Department approved our community project for the 2018-2019 League Year - a sensory board at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, Virginia. In previous years, playground equipment has been donated by the Junior League of Bristol at Sugar Hollow Park, and the addition of a sensory board and panels not only provides safe and stimulating play for children with special needs, but appeals to children of all ages.
Thank you to WJHL and Kristen Gallant for spreading the word about the new addition to Sugar Hollow Park! We are thankful to everyone who made this possible!
What is the Junior League of Bristol?
On February 18, 1948, 25 women gathered in the living room of a Bristol, Tennessee home and discussed what they could do to make a difference in our community. They agreed that through their interests in social, economic, educational, cultural, and civic conditions, they could make a difference through voluntarism. Thus the birth of Border Guild, Incorporated.
After applying to the National Association of Junior Leagues organization and completing extensive interviews and reviews, the Border Guild Charter was amended on January 30, 1980, and was renamed the Junior League of Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia, Incorporated.
This corporation is an organized not for profit (501(c)(3), and the purposes for which it is formed are:
To foster interest and prepare its members for intelligent citizenship through volunteer services and education in social, economic, educational, cultural, civic, and welfare fields and to make efficient their volunteer service; specifically, to promote voluntarism, to develop the potential of its members for voluntary participation in community affairs, and to demonstrate the effectiveness of trained volunteers.
Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Association of Junior Leagues International has evolved into one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women's volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 140,000 women in 291 Leagues in four countries.
In 2019, the Junior League of Bristol celebrated its 71st birthday!
Border Guild, Inc. Charter Members:
Jean Atrim, Polly Bridges, Nina S. Burke, Betty Brown Caldwell, Elizabeth Wall Cash, Charlotte Crenshaw, Marjorie Freels, Emalee Caldwell Godsey, Anne Goodpasture, Roasalie Hairston, Julia V. Harkrader, Louise Harkrader, Anne Hillman, Melissa Horton, Bette Hutcheon, Anne Hill Kelly, Jean Walker King, Lucy King, Louise Martin, Jean Boyd McIntyre, Margaret Parks, Nancy Jane Parks, Lucille W. Perkins, Evelyn Stant, Mary Widener
As more and more women moved to the Bristol area from cities that offered a Junior League, more interest in joining the Association of Junior Leagues was evident.
Thirty-two years and millions of volunteer hours later, Border Guild, Inc. became the 239th League of the Association of Junior Leagues International on February 25, 1980.
Eventually, all area Tri-Cities formed Junior Leagues.
Since becoming the Junior League of Bristol, we have grown exponentially and carried on the dreams of those 25 visionary women. Join us in furthering this legacy in Bristol Tennessee and Virginia for years to come!
Junior League Food Drive Benefits Second Harvest,
Feeding America Southwest Virginia
March 1, 2019
KINGSPORT - The Junior Leagues of Kingsport, Bristol, and Johnson City will hold their 29th annual food drive at local Food City locations Saturday to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
Junior League of Bristol Food Drive
Junior League of Bristol uses Little Free Libraries to aid new Literacy Campaign June 30, 2018
Thanks to participation in an innovative program promoting literacy, the Junior League of Bristol has joined with the Bristol, Tennessee City schools and members of a local Boy Scout troop to get more books in the hands of potential readers.
Known as the Little Free Library project, the program promotes a love of books and reading by getting written works into the hands of as many readers as possible.
Little Free Library
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