Authored By: Meghan Hunt, Assistant Vice President, Finance and former Bargain Sale Chair (2016) The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties (JLDOC) is rich in tradition and history. At 80 years old, how could we not be? The JLDOC has helped develop some of the most influential women leaders and has contributed greatly
Submitted by Paige Smith, Assistant Vice President, Training & Development Council The me too. movement, first coined in 2006, has been helping survivors of sexual violence long before the popular hashtag went viral last year. The spread of the #METOO hashtag launched a vital conversation about the prevalence of sexual misconduct into the national spotlight.
As the 12 inches of snow finally melted away in Durham and Chapel Hill, a trip to Southern California could not come soon enough. As your President-Elect (PE) and President-Elect Elect (PEE — yes, that is a thing), we departed January 25 for the annual Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) Winter Leadership Conference. This
Happy New Year from the JLDOC! As the holiday season comes to a close, we reflect on the many things we are thankful for. One of the greatest aspects of the League is that its members have a variety of opportunities to express their gratitude by sharing their time and talents with our community year-round.
Just as we start getting excited to kick off the 2017-2018 League year, we are sobered by the widespread devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey (now Tropical Depression Harvey) and the trauma experienced by our friends and families along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Most of us have seen the horrifying images of destroyed buildings and
Laina Balafas is one of the current JLDOC Provisional Advisors. As a provisional advisor, she helps new League members become trained as League volunteers and oriented in League operations and communications. Laina herself joined the JLDOC in spring 2014 in order to connect with her community and meet new friends. Although she grew up in
Courtney Brown, a Durham-based entrepreneur, joined the JLDOC in 2013. Courtney was looking for a way to make sure volunteering remained a priority within her busy schedule and to meet more people. Since joining, she has come to love the people and connections she has made and appreciate being able to see the JL grow
Sarah Murphy joined the JLDOC in 2015 after moving to the Triangle from Los Angeles. She was new to the area and eager to get involved in her community. Always one to be socially engaged, Sarah found herself working from home and felt removed from her surroundings. The JLDOC offered a way for her to
Kate Walton, a Chapel Hill native, joined the JLDOC in 2013 after she moved back to the area from Washington DC. The League offered a way for Kate to give back to her community and also expand her social group. As the Durham and Chapel Hill areas continue their rapid growth, Kate has found that
Amy Jones joined the JLDOC in 2016 after moving to downtown Durham in 2015. She quickly fell in love with Durham’s vibrancy and quirkiness. As she came to know her new home, she realized its residents have unique challenges and wanted to be part of the solution. The Junior League gave Amy a way to