Junior League of Troy 2013 Year in Review
On Saturday, February 2, 2013, Junior League of Troy members prepared and served lunch to guests at Joseph’s House and Shelter, a homeless and transitional housing facility in Troy.
Other projects centered around the theme of ‘Women in Transition’ included collaborating with the YWCA to deliver household cleaning supplies and provide family photographs to women receiving services at the YWCA.
Junior League of Troy members visited the GE Junior Discovery Room at the CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE-CMOST) on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The Junior Discovery Room is named in recognition of the Junior League of Troy, which founded CNSE-CMOST as the Junior Museum in 1954.
For their provisional project, Junior League of Troy provisional members hosted an Ice Cream Social for the children at Vanderheyden Hall on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Junior League of Troy members collaborated with the Rensselaer County Dairy Princess Lindsey McMahon and her court, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County Nutrition Program Educator Michele Reynolds, Stewarts Shops and the New York Farm Bureau to organize the event.
There were three rooms full of activities at the Ice Cream Social. In the refreshments room, the kids could make their own ice cream sundae, try a fruit and vegetable smoothie and make the ‘ants on a log’ snack. In the game room, Vanderheyden residents interacted with the Rensselaer County Dairy Princess Lindsey McMahon, learning more about Dairy through a dairy trivia game and asking her questions about living on a family dairy farm. In the craft room, Vanderheyden residents shared stories about women that inspired them and over a dozen residents created a card to thank a special woman in their life.
The Junior League of Troy presented the Dine by Design Kitchen Tour in Troy from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2013. Proceeds benefited the Junior League of Troy’s programs serving women and children in Rensselaer County. Participants got an inside look at four kitchens in Troy’s historic Eastside neighborhood.
Junior League of Troy President Caroline Melkonian spoke to attendees at the organization’s symposium on improving childhood literacy on October 17. Junior League of Troy members joined with dozens of education experts, community activists and local officials to discuss strategies to improve literacy with a focus on childhood literacy. Noted education advocate Peter DeWitt served as moderator for the evening. Read Peter Dewitt’s thoughts on the event in his Finding Common Ground blog post titled ‘A Community Effort to Improve Literacy’ here: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2013/10/a_community_effort_to_improve_literacy.html
On Election Day, Junior League of Troy Sustainers gathered for a luncheon.
On November 12, 2013, the Junior League of Troy was honored by CNSE CMOST, formerly the Junior Museum, with the Friend of CMOST Award as they celebrated their 60th anniversary. What a great way to commemorate the league’s role in founding and supporting the museum! Helen Bryce accepted the award on our behalf.
The ladies of the Junior League of Troy were profiled in the November 28, 2013 Albany Times Union article titled, ‘A Better Troy Thanks to Junior League.’ Read the article here: http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/A-better-Troy-thanks-to-Junior-League-5020258.php
Junior League of Troy volunteer Heather Silvernail shared reading tips with a family at the Junior League of Troy ‘Family Reading Day’ held November 30 at the Troy Public Library. Channel 6 covered the event. View their video here: http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/features/top-story/stories/family-reading-day-at-troy-public-library-12481.shtml
On December 8, 2013, Members of the Junior League of Troy distributed over 130 children’s books and helped children create a holiday craft at this year’s Troy Victorian Stroll. Books have been generously donated by the people of Troy to inspire children to develop a life long love of reading.
Members of the Junior League of Troy gathered on December 10, 2013 to wrap Christmas presents for the six girls living in Polly’s Cottage, a part of the Residential Treatment Center at Vanderheyden Hall in Wynantskill.
On December 18, 2013, volunteers from the Junior League of Troy gathered to deliver Christmas presents for the six girls living in Polly’s Cottage, a part of the Residential Treatment Center at Vanderheyden Hall in Wynantskill.
On December 19, 2013, Members of the Junior League of Troy distributed over 50 children’s books at the Troy Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Books have been generously donated by the people of Troy to inspire children to develop a life long love of reading.