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Junior League of Pelham Holds Roundtable Talk

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Junior League of Pelham held a roundtable last week at the Pelham Art Center to discuss how collaboration among organizations in the area can help stimulate growth.

The approximately 40 community members at the event talked about different methods to help local organizations succeed, according to a press release from the league. President Daragh Murphy laid out the organization’s aims, particularly with regard to the female gender.

“The league goals for this year are to develop best practices” into its day-to-day running of the group, “including its strategic long-term endeavor to development women as civic and community leaders,” Murphy said.

Lynn Honeysett, executive director of the Pelham Art Center, said organizations should seek to expand during tough economic times rather than retreat.

“It’s exactly at this time that you want to lay out plans for growth, and the best way to do that is through collaboration,” Honeysett said.

Honeysett gave the example of the partnership between the Pelham Picture House and Bistro Rollin on Fifth Avenue. The former showed the Brazilian movie “Black Orpheus” and the latter offered Brazilian food on the same night.

Event co-chair Zoe Henriquez said that while Wednesday’s gathering was a first step, community leaders should reach out to each other both online and face-to-face.

“When we think of ‘social,’ the first thing that comes to mind is social media, but it’s social interaction,” Henriquez said.

Event co-chair and last year’s league president Mary Beth Fisher offered some optimism to those in attendance.

“This event doesn’t have to happen only once a year,” Fisher said.

The Junior League of Pelham is a group that supports local organizations, according to its website.

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