Jack Ford, Emmy & Peabody Award-Winning TV Journalist, visited the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc (JLMN) with his new book, Chariot on The Mountain.  The book signing event included an intimate conversation with Mr. Ford.  

His fond memories of being raised in South Jersey by his single mom, his career as an award-winning TV journalist, and the research involved in writing Chariot on the Mountain were intriguing.  His mom, a school teacher, was an inspiration in his life and motivated him to forge ahead in his life and career.

Sustainers, a group of community-minded women who have spent at least 9 years volunteering actively with the JLMN or have transferred in from other leagues, enjoyed the talk and shared memories of the projects and fundraisers they participated in as active members.  The Showhouse, Kids on the Block, and Chop and Chat community projects were some of their favorites.

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“It was a wonderful evening of storytelling.  I could have stayed for hours listening to Jack.  It was a great way to get the Sustainers engaged,” said Shelley Phillips a current Sustainer, host for the evening and JLMN Past President.  

“What a perfect night!  Jack Ford knows how to tell a story.  The way he described the characters and relationships between them left me wanting to hear more.  The evening was such a special treat to have so many women that represent the many generations of our organization all in one room.  I’m so proud to be able to build on our rich history that was built by our Sustainers,” said JLMN President Stephanie Hutton.

Sustainers apply their JLMN experiences in the community to demonstrate the power and effectiveness of trained volunteers.  It is unlikely to find a Sustaining Member resting on her laurels after transitioning from Active status; instead you will find her serving on the boards of community organizations, mentoring young women, participating in our schools, and even running for elected positions. While continuing to support her community, you will also find her maintaining social ties with other Sustaining members and being available to Active members for advice and support.

The JLMN Sustainers are looking forward to the next event to build on the relationships and continue the conversations.   


For more information on the JLMN and its initiatives, please visit: https://www.jlmn.org/?nd=current_projects

About us: The JLMN is a nonprofit organization of trained volunteers. Through hands-on projects and partnerships, our members build a better community by promoting education, health and wellness, literacy and the arts for children at risk. To learn more, visit: www.jlmn.org