Sustainer Impact


Phyllis and Carol

Co-Chairs of the Sustainer Committee, Phyllis Marsilius and Carol Shear.


Lucy Buggy, Carol Shear, Jennifer Bartlett and Gwen Burroughs-Beaver participate in and support the JLEFC’s Healthy Families 5K.

Read Aloud

Please join us to read aloud to grade school children in Bridgeport. Dates for fall 2017 Read Alouds to be listed soon. Read Alouds take place at Thomas Hooker School, 138 Roger William Road, Bridgeport, CT.



Sustainer Salon

The JLEFC Sustainer Salon is reminiscent of European 17/18th century salons, where people “gathered under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.” Dates for fall salons to be listed soon.

Book Groups

Tuesday Group – Normally meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.  This group is inviting new members.  For more information, contact Phyllis Marsilius.

Thursday Group – Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m.  This group is at capacity with one on the waiting list.  For more information contact Joyce Miller.

Bridge Marathon

Each year the Sustainers participate in a Bridge Marathon. For more information please contact Laura Caramore.



Elizabeth Buccellato – Sustainer Director/Board of Directors

Phyllis Marsilius Co-Chair

Carol Shear, Co-Chair

Helaine Davis

Ellen Maxwell

Kathi Mettler

Gail Usher

Samantha Collin


The Role of a Sustainer in the Junior League:

A Sustainer is a member of the Junior League who after having completed the minimum eight-year training program within Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County (JLEFC) is eligible to become a Sustaining Member. A Sustainer in good standing is obligated to pay dues but she is not required to attend meetings or perform volunteer service within the Junior League programs. However, for many JLEFC members, transitioning from Active to Sustainer status marks not the end of their commitment to the League and the community they serve – but rather a “new beginning.” Our Sustainers remain actively involved in League work, by having their own committee, publishing monthly newsletters, serving as advisors on Active committees, helping mentor our League’s Board of Directors, coordinating “Cook and Feed” projects and engaging in fundraising.  In addition to the League projects, the Sustainer membership remains closely connected through a host of fun social events such as book groups, bus tours, bridge tournaments and luncheons.

The JLEFC recognizes the enormous talent and mentorship we have right here in our own community and value the involvement of our Sustainers. Our Sustainer body serves as mentors to the Provisional and Active members of the League, and are a valuable source of support and inspiration to the League as a whole. Many of our Sustainers started as volunteers in the Junior League and go on to serve as leaders in other charity organizations in the greater community.  They take what they have learned out into the community and demonstrate the effectiveness of trained volunteers on community boards of directors, on school boards, in elected office and on a variety of community, school and church activities within their area of interest.

Meet some of our Members:

The training provided to our volunteers is what distinguishes our organization, and ultimately, creates women of distinction. Click on each of the images of our Sustainers featured below to get a sense of how the Junior League has impacted their lives.  Their experience propelled them to lead other local community organizations that may be in your neighborhood, and perhaps they have even impacted the life of someone you know.  When understanding how the Junior League has been a vital part of the fabric of our community for over 90 years, you will see that these Junior Leaguers, representative of our more than 300 members, are bound by a common thread.