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Marie Metcalf Named 2015 Chief Junaluska


Lake Junaluska, NC –Marie Metcalf was recognized as the 2015 Chief Junaluska during the recent Junaluska Associates Weekend held at Lake Junaluska on August 8.

“Marie was most deserving. She’s been a leader in the community and worked at Lake Junaluska, but more than that, she loves the conference center and has given so much time in leadership positions and as a volunteer. We wanted to recognize all of the wonderful things she’s done by making her Chief Junaluska 2015,” said Dr. Bob Bowling, the Lake Junaluska Associates President.

Within the Lake Junaluska community, Marie has served as the president of The Junaluskans and the Junaluska Woman’s Club, vice president of the Tuscola Garden Club, and on numerous committees at Lake Junaluska, including the Board of Directors and the Junaluska Associates.

Within the greater Haywood community, Marie has served as part of the Young at Heart Committee of Waynesville FUMC, Corresponding Secretary of the Shelton House Board of Directors, and she was the President and organizing member of the Haywood County Performing Arts Society, now known as the Haywood County Arts Council.

The daughter of a Methodist Minister, Marie moved to Waynesville when she was in the 8th grade. She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor of Lake Junaluska’s summer publication, The Assembly Daily, before becoming Lake Junaluska Assembly’s first Director of Public Relations, Marketing, and Development.

She and her husband, Clifton, moved to Chapel Hill for a time, where Marie served as Director of Public Relations, Marketing, and Development for Methodist Retirement Homes in the North Carolina Conference before she became the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging.

Marie and Clifton returned to Lake Junaluska and now enjoy the fellowship of Waynesville First United Methodist Church. Together, Marie and Clifton they have nine grandchildren.

The Junaluska Associates is an organization of individuals from across the jurisdiction and beyond, who love Lake Junaluska and want to serve in partnership with the Lake Junaluska Assembly. For more information, visit


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