The impact of COVID - 19 continues to leave families in our community at a disadvantage this holiday season. In an effort to bring joy to these families, we are continuing our annual Thanksgiving basket distribution. Monetary and food donations will help us create a memorable holiday for our fellow community members. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for donation information or send donations to P. O. Box 1448, Bristol, VA 24203. We thank you for your support.
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.
Our community means so much to us. We're proud to help Bristol grow and thrive. The Arby's Foundation generously donated $2,600 to help us continue our mission to maintain Bristol as a good place to live. The funds will be used to create Thanksgiving baskets for our community members in need.
A message from Moseley Snyder:
Through my grandmother and mother’s involvement in the Junior League, I have grown up understanding the wonderful work that this organization accomplishes each and every year through our voluntarism efforts. I am pleased to serve as your President for the 2021-2022 year. Over the past few years in League, I have been a part of the Books for Break project, Thanksgiving Baskets, Day of Service Project, Kids in the Kitchen, Follies, Spring Food Drive and many more exciting projects which have benefited our community. I have gained so many wonderful friends while in League and have had the opportunity to serve our community in more ways than I could have ever imagined! I am looking forward to working with each of you to ensure that your work in the League is meaningful and productive. I know we will experience another great year together!
My husband Cody, my daughter Kingsley, and I live in Bristol, Tennessee, and we are both teachers in the Bristol Tennessee City School System. When not at work or volunteering for the League, you will find me at the barn riding my horse, jogging the streets of Bristol or cheering on the Vikings as Cody is also a football coach for THS!
I know this a time of uncertainty but I am hopeful that this league year will be eventful and memorable for all members. With everything our community has been through during COVID-19, I hope the Junior League of Bristol is ready to step up and help in any way possible!
*Personal note from Wendy:
I am very humbled to receive Volunteer of the Year. I enjoy providing a voice for the League and forging relationships that create a stronger organization. Serving makes me feel fulfilled and I am happy to serve in any capacity that I can as long as I am able. Thank you to all of you for making us JL strong!
Congratulations to all of our winners! Thank you to everyone who donated and contributed to our next project!
The Junior League of Bristol is honored to recognize Sustainer Laura Slaughter for her work as a Neurological ICU Nurse based at Holston Valley Hospital. She is a graduate of the ETSU School of Nursing.
In late March, Laura volunteered to travel to the Staten Island Hospital/New York City where she worked for six weeks in a ward that was 100% Covid-19 patients. The City of New York provided a hotel room and transportation to and from the hospital. While riding the bus to and from work, the nurses would be cheered along the route by people on the streets. They were also thanked for their work any time they went out to pick up food.
In mid-July, Laura then traveled to Brownsville, Texas, to work for eight weeks at another hospital that is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases and other serious diagnoses. She will return to Bristol later this month.
Laura transferred to the JLB from the Knoxville Junior League in 2012-13 and became a sustainer in 2016-17. It is certainly accurate to say that Laura’s volunteer training with the League is serving her well in her chosen field of nursing.
Laura’s mother, Judy Slaughter, is also a JLB Sustainer. In Laura’s absence, Judy has been caring for Laura’s cat who just had four adorable calico kittens (in case anyone needs a kitten).
Thank you, Laura. The Junior League of Bristol is extremely proud of you!
Our Little Free Pantries that were set up to assist our community through COVID - 19 have been recognized by VIP Seen magazine! The article can be found at the following link: https://issuu.com/vipseen/docs/vipseen-sum20
"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 email@example.com 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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