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.
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.
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.
Each year the Sustainers participate in a Bridge Marathon. For more information please contact Laura Caramore.
Melissa Clear – Sustainer Director/Board of Directors
Phyllis Marsilius Co-Chair
Carol Shear, Co-Chair