A SURPRISE GRANT!

The Service League was honored by the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation with a $2,500 grant this past month.  The Smith Family Foundation is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and recognizing the Service League as a partnership in giving back to the community.

The Service League is immensely appreciative for this grant from the Smith Family Foundation.  The funds will be appropriated to a project that will benefit the local community.

The Smith Family Foundation was also in the news in March 2018:

https://www.vidanthealth.com/Latest-News/Vidant-recipient-of-major-gift-from-local-family

SLG Members “Ring The Bell” In Support Of The Salvation Army

Service League of Greenville members braved the cold on December 12th to raise donations in support of our community and as part of the Salvation Army’s kettle campaign.

“…The Salvation Army’s kettle campaign raises up to 70 percent of the Salvation Army’s total annual income, money that funds shelters, meal programs, Christmas toys, after-school programs, and emergency assistance…”

Pictured below are just a few of the ten members who took time out of their busy holiday season to take a turn ringing the bell in front of JCPenney’s doors.

Martha Bloss and Sheri Carter
Linda Harrington and Linda Seykora

Our thanks to everyone who participated — both as bell ringers and kettle donators!  And a special thanks to Sustaining Chairs, Kathie Beckman and Laurie Charlton for organizing this event!

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A Very Merry Christmas Meeting

Our December meeting comprised a full agenda of entertainment, Service League news,  delicious food, and fellowship!

Thank you to the Carolina Chord Connection Barbershop for bringing in the Christmas spirit with their songs and entertainment.

Elf Danette Pugh continued the laughs during member moments with Karla Lloyd and Cindy Collie.

A delicious spread of homemade goodies filled the tables.

Thank you for the wonderful Christmas coffee led by these super organizers:

Barbara Bowser, Anna Fey Campbell, Ellen Crawley, Beth Harman, Lisa Gay, Dorothy Smith, Earlene Hite
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Blanket Making During Our November Work Shop

A fun time was had by all at our November Blanket Workshop.  We had 13 ladies cutting and hand tying fleece blankets — and having a good chat!

Hospital Activities Chair Cassie Causey delivered 16 blankets to the Office of Patient and Family Experience, who were thrilled to receive them!

Thank you to all who participate in our blanket workshops!  They bring warmth and comfort to patients and are much appreciated and even requested.

If you missed it, please click to read about — Patient And Family Touched By Receiving SLG Blanket

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A Bounty Of Blankets For Vidant Patients

We had a great turnout for our first fall blanket workshop this year!  Service League of Greenville members made 19 colorful hand-tied blankets and delivered them to Vidant Patient and Family Experience, who will gifted them to Vidant patients.

These workshops are always a wonderful way to connect with our fellow members and show individual Vidant patients how much we care.

Thank you to all the members who participate in and donate to this worthy project!

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Donations Of Quick Meals To Ronald McDonald House

Quick meals are in high demand at The Ronald McDonald House located inside the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center (near the pediatric units).

When a child is sick and receiving medical attention, the last thing families need is the added stress of worrying about how or where to grab something quick and nutritious to eat without having to leave the building where their child is being treated. Fortunately, the Ronald McDonald House provides a 2,500 sq.ft. common area with kitchen, laundry, and shower facilities, a playroom and other home-like amenities.

But, keeping the pantry full is an ongoing challenge.

During our October meeting, the Service League of Greenville held a last minute “Quick Meal Drive” to help the Ronald McDonald House restock their quick meals pantry.  We are pleased to say, our members exceeded expectations:

Helping to unload the Service League of Greenville’s quick meal donations are RMH Eastern NC’s Director of Development, Hanna Caton, and Executive Director, Meghan King Woolard.

A huge thank you to all the SLG members who participated and gave so generously!

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Our 2017 SLG Provisionals Making The Rounds & In The News

Our 2017 Provisional members have been busy over the last month — making the rounds of orientation, training, general meeting, Vidant tour, skit practices, gift shop training (click on pictures to enlarge)…

and, gracing the pages of the Daily Reflector (click to view picture and article in the Daily Reflector HERE) —

A HEARTY WELCOME TO THESE LOVELY LADIES!!

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Remembering Our Beginnings

As we start our 80th year, we took a moment during our October meeting to look back to our founding ladies and thrift shop beginnings,  to the source of our inspiration and focus — Dr. Laughinghouse, and, to the emblem of our aspirations — our Service League of Greenville seal.

Service League of Greenville member Gigi Walter gave a moving re-enactment of founding member Jesse R. Moye as she addressed members on October 2, 1939 to present and explain the meaning behind the seal she designed.

“… A torch of service to guide our feet.  A compass, in its form the likeness of a star, a star of hope, a star of faith, to guide our direction… ” 

Find out more about the history of The Service League of Greenville at:
IN THE BEGINNING… 1937 – 1940
DR. CHARLES O’HAGAN LAUGHINGHOUSE
— OUR SEAL, A SYMBOL OF SERVICE LEAGUE IDEALS
or click HERE!

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What We’ve Been Up To — Summer 2017

Service League of Greenville volunteers were hard at work over the summer months of — June, July, and August 2017.

Here are just some of the ways our members shared their Service League time and talent with their community:

 

  • Service League Gift Shops & Snack Carts —  369 hours
  • Charity Ball Fundraiser —  73 hours
  • Vidant Medical Center Activities —   6 hours
  • Ronald McDonald House —   38 hours
  • Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice —   230 hours
  • McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge —  38 hours
  • Layettes Program —  80 hours
  • Other Projects —  155 hours
  • Meetings —  65 hours

Total Hours — 1119 

Way to go Ladies!

Enjoy a few highlights from our Sept meeting…

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In The News: Charity Ball Chair & Theme Announced

The Service League of Greenville was in the news last week — the Daily Reflector announced this year’s Laughinghouse Fund Charity Ball Chairperson, Gwen Gordon and the 2018 charity ball theme — “A Taste of Mardi Gras.” (An on-line digital copy could not be found, so a print copy is included below for those who may have missed it.)

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