Junior League Welcomes 60 New Members | Community Spirit
Junior League of Northwest Arkansas Welcomed 60 Women at New Member Retreat August 3 & 4
Junior League of Northwest Arkansas (an educational and charitable organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers) recently hosted 60 women at their annual New Member Retreat at the Courtyard by Marriott in Fayetteville.
New Members checked-in and were welcomed by current membership and sustaining members during a social hour on Friday evening in the lounge area of the Courtyard by Marriott. Following the social hour, the ladies were taken through an orientation workshop where they learned more about the Junior League’s history and mission, as well as the founding of the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas. Members were then escorted to League president Vanessa Miller’s home for dinner with the board.
On Saturday morning, new members came together for a breakfast at the Courtyard by Marriott and were addressed by past president Kamron Whitehead and current president Vanessa Miller. They also spent time in breakout sessions with their small groups learning more one-on-one from their training leaders about their charitable work objectives for the year and expectations of their membership to serve the league and the community.
The retreat was culminated with a four hour work day at EOA Children’s House, a year-round therapeutic child development and crisis intervention center that serves children from 6 weeks old through 5 years old who have suffered from physical, sexual and emotional abuse and life-threatening neglect. New members and trainers worked together to deep clean the facility and make preparations for Children’s House’s upcoming graduation.
"The dynamic of the weekend was truly a deep dive into the League’s mission and work," said new member small group leader, Gracie Ziegler, "The New Member Education committee worked hard to make sure the new members quickly felt integrated into the organization, and it was clear from the work that was achieved at Children’s House that the ladies will be a true asset to the league and our community."