Service League of Greenville Easter Drive Through

On March 22nd, the March winds were no match for the Service League of Greenville as we held our first Easter Drive Through. We set up in the Memorial Baptist Church parking lot with our ladies in our smocks and even some in Easter Bunny costumes!

As more than 75 ladies drove through the parking lot, they dropped off toys selected from the Wish Lists for the Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, and made donations for the Easter Meal at the Ronald McDonald House. Many dropped off blankets they had made for patients at Vidant, snacks for the Hospice House, and items for the Layette packages. The Baskets were overflowing with donations, and the Easter bunnies had given out goodie bags to all our members. We were all excited about our fun time together. Even with our social distancing, wearing of masks, and windy weather, the Service League of Greenville showed that we are excited to help in many ways even during tough times!!

The carloads of gifts were going to be delivered to the Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House this week. Thank you to all the wonderful ladies in the Service League of Greenville for your amazing generosity.

We are a non-profit, all-volunteer organization who have served eastern NC for over 80 years. Please visit our website, or look for us on Facebook (Service League of Greenville NC and Vidant Gift Shops) and Instagram (slg_nc and vidant_gift_shops).

2019 May Luncheon

Our annual May Luncheon was held on May 15, 2019 at Rock Springs Center and what a joyful and celebratory event it was.

We welcomed six new members who delighted us with a most comical skit consisting of epic member experiences while being on duty as Service League members.

Karen Carr, Ann Braxton, Phyllis Horns, Dorothy Muller, Barbara Quinn, Miranda Oliver


Our Scholarship Chair, Brenda Philips, presented Jeff McPherson, Director of Development at ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, with a check in the amount of $11,000.  ECU recognized and honored us with The Order of the Cupola trophy.


Congratulations to our award recipients for being outstanding and exemplary members:

Ormond Service Cup — Jo Ann Jones
Agnes Wilkerson Award — Linda Seykora
President’s Tray — Susan Thornton


We inducted new members to the Board with Wilma Shackelford as Treasurer and Donna Kraus as Recording Secretary.

Wilma Shakelford, Danette Pugh, Ann Taylor, Wendy Farrior, Donna Kraus


Reflecting what a busy and productive year it has been, Susan Thornton, Chair of the Communications committee, has compiled the following report.  Thank you members for your time and energy and a service heart.

Have a safe and wonderful summer!


Charity Ball Invitations — Addressed By Hand

It’s that time of year again and it has come around fast!  Service League ladies hand addressing hundreds of invitation envelopes to The Laughinghouse Fund Charity Ball.

Our thanks to all who dedicated a morning to this endeavor as it is done with care and love.

The Service League of Greenville’s 56th Annual Laughinghouse Charity Ball is on February 23, 2019.  The theme is — AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN!




Delivery for Layette

A delivery of 12 Layette bags was made on Nov 6 to both The Brody School of Medicine OB/GYN Department and Public Health Baby Love program. Another remaining 12 layette packages were delivered to Carolina Pregnancy on Wednesday. The organizations were extremely appreciative of the generosity from the members of the Service League of Greenville. The donated baby supplies and clothing will be distributed for use in our local community.

Thank you to Rita Galbraith for organizing the collection and delivery of these items!  


Giving A Helping Hand At RMH Telethon

Although Service League of Greenville members are currently on summer break, when a helping hand is needed for the second annual Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina Telethon we find a way to be there.

SLG members working the phone bank at the second annual Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina Telethon.

Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina is an independent, community supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a temporary “home-away-from-home” for families of children who are receiving treatment in our community’s medical facilities.  


2018 President’s Annual Report: Scholarship, Skit, Honoraries, Awards, & Officers

Our Annual May Luncheon is a time when we recognize our members and their many individual and collective accomplishments within The Service League of Greenville. There was much to celebrate for the 2017-2018 year as our outgoing President, Annelle West, presided over the final meeting of her tenure and a delicious meal at Rock Springs.

We announced the establishment of the SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE scholarship — an endowment for a medical or nursing student in the Brody School of Medicine. With Mark Notestine, President, ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation President  and Jeff McPherson, Director of Development, ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation on hand to accept the “big” endowment check for $200,000.



We welcomed twelve new members into our ranks — (in alphabetical order) Jean Askew, Beth Beasley, Eleanor Broderick, Linda Byrd, Mary Lou Cherry, Cynthia Cox, Arlene Ferren, Cyndra Gasperini, Donna La geese, Laurie Maloney, Judy Plymale, and Lorie Wagner — who entertained us with a hilarious skit:



We added five new Honorary Members in appreciation of their many years (45 – 68) of service and continued enthusiasm and participation in the league: Lorriane Brody (64), Martha Coffman (60), Betty Lou Howard (69), Esterre Lautares (57), Janet McGlohon (45).  Pictured below: Past President Annelle West with Honorary Members Betty Lou Howard, Janet McGlohon, and Lorriane Brody.



We recognized outstanding members with our highest awards — Peggy Christopher received the Agnes Wilkerson Award; Brenda Philips, the President’s Tray; and Donna Moore, the Ormond Service Cup.

We set the wheels of change in motion by installing and welcoming our new Service League of Greenville President, Ann Taylor; 1st VP, Danette Pugh; and 2nd VP, Wendy Farrior.


And last, but not least — To each and every member of the SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE:

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Celebrating Eight Decades With Heart, Passion — and Fashion

Rock Springs Center was a buzz as the Service League of Greenville celebrated — with heart, passion, and fashion — eight decades of service to our community during our Annual May luncheon.


To celebrate in true “Service League Style”, Members picked a decade — from our formation in the 1930’s to the present day — and dress the part.  Needless to say, the results were colorful, creative, and fun!

More May Luncheon Pictures:

And here is to 80 more years of heart, passion & fashion from THE SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE!



The Service League of Greenville’s Hospice House Chairman Honored

Our own, Martha Bloss, Hospice House chairman for The Service League of Greenville was honored for her outstanding volunteer work with The Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice.

Angelina Brittle, Hospice Social Worker and Volunteer Coordinator & Martha Bloss, Hospice House Chairman, The Service League of Greenville.

The hospice house cares for patients who have pain or other symptoms that are hard to manage at home. The eight-bed facility offers medical care in a home-like environment and allows hospice patients and family members to be together. Service League members who volunteer there provide non-medical support and are specially trained to assist at the front desk and to read to patients. Non-trained Service League members bake treats and take meals during the holidays for patients’ families and visitors.


In Recognition of Our Service Support of The McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge

The American Cancer Society’s McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge is a temporary “home away from home” for cancer patients to stay while they are going through cancer treatments in Greenville. Since its doors opened in 2002, The Service League of Greenville has provided strong service support for the Hope Lodge.  

Our own Brenda Edwards was the first to greet guest when the doors opened in 2002 and she has been a dedicated volunteer ever since.

Most weekdays there is a Service League member working the front reception desk greeting guests and answering phones. We also help with set-up and clean-up during special events, and many members drop off homemade desserts or hearty dishs for guests to enjoy during their stay and are especially welcome during holidays.

Service League of Greenville members gave nearly 200 hours of service to Hope Lodge in the month of April.  

At The Hope Lodge’s 16th Annual Reunion, The Service League of Greenville was honored as “Group Volunteer of the Year”.   From Katrina Combs, Hope Lodge Manager:

A big THANK YOU to all the members of the Service League of Greenville for their many hours of service and their many YEARS of service.  We are so very grateful for your support in our mission to offer temporary housing when guests receive cancer treatment in our area. The dessert selection at our event was the tastiest, most delightful we’ve ever served.

Thank you!

Hope Lodge chair Betty LeRoux, along with Cassie Causey and Donna Moore, accepted the award on behalf of all Service League of Greenville members.

We’d like to add our thanks to all our members for their ongoing dedication and support of Hope Lodge.  And, a special SLG THANK YOU to Katrina Combs and the American Cancer Society for providing such a warm and welcoming “home away from home” to cancer patients visiting our community.


Our Second Annual Spring Meet & Greet

Our Second Annual Spring Meet & Greet was a hit!  We could not have asked for a better location, nicer weather, or a lovelier group of women interested in meeting Service League members and learning more about our organization.

Our thanks to all who contributed to the success of the day with food, friends, and door-prizes.  And a special SLG THANK YOU to our Meet & Greet hostess Wendy Farrior.