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Lake Junaluska Associates

Who are the Lake Junaluska Associates?

The Lake Junaluska Associates is a group of individuals who love Lake Junaluska and want to serve in partnership with the Lake Junaluska Assembly.

The Junaluska Associates was formed in 1968 to assist Lake Junaluska in meeting its mission and ministry by recruiting 1,000 individuals to give $100.00 per year. It was the primary fund-raising arm of Lake Junaluska and effectively served that purpose for many years.

At its 2016 annual meeting, the Associates Board of Directors approved the concept of restructuring and revitalizing this important support arm of Lake Junaluska. The goal of revitalization is for the Associates to be more highly integrated into Lake Junaluska’s overall advancement efforts, to reduce duplication and to gain a much larger support base.

Today, the Junaluska Associates Council is led by chairperson Bernie Brown. The goals of the Associates are to:

  • Review and affirm the distribution of earnings from the Associates endowment and designated funds for capital improvement projects selected from the list approved by the Lake Junaluska Board of Trustees;
  • Partner with the Office of Development to promote planned gifts to Lake Junaluska;
  • Assist with fund-raising strategies and programs to promote and champion needed projects/programs;
  • Support an annual celebration, recognition and appreciation event - Associates Weekend;
  • Manage the annual selection of the “Chief Junaluska Award,” and assist in establishing additional awards recognition.

How Can I Become a Lake Junaluska Associate?

To be part of the Lake Junaluska Associates, an individual or household must give $250 annually to support Lake Junaluska. This does NOT have to be directed to capital giving or to a specific project. 

For more information or to join call 828-454-6725 or email

Ways to Give

  1. Make a Gift

Mail: Lake Junaluska Development Offi­ce
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Phone: 828-454-6749


Lake Junaluska Associates Weekend

An annual meeting to recognize outstanding members, celebrate projects from the previous year and discuss plans for the upcoming year.


2020 Associates Weekend details coming soon!

2019 Associates Weekend Schedule

August 2-4, 2019

Friday, August 2

9 a.m.           Associates Council Meeting, Terrace 319
12:30 p.m.    Golf Tournament
2-5 p.m.       Registration, Bethea Welcome Center
7:30 p.m.     Lake Junaluska Singers Concert, Stuart Auditorium

Saturday, August 3

9 a.m.          Brick Dedication, Colonnade
10 a.m.        Memorial Service, Annual Meeting,
Chief Junaluska Award Presentation, Terrace Auditorium

11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.        Welcoming of new Chief Junaluska Recipient, Terrace Lobby
12 p.m.                            Planned Giving seminar and luncheon, Terrace 319
2-3:30 p.m.                   Lake Lore, Music & More - time of fellowship, music and
                                       sharing of Lake Junaluska tales, Inspiration Point
5 p.m.                            Annual Banquet “Gathering Time,” Lambuth Inn Lobby
5:30 p.m.                       Annual Banquet, Lambuth Inn Dining Room
7:30 p.m.                       Paul Saik concert, Stuart Auditorium

Sunday, August 4

10:45 a.m.                     Worship Service, Rev. Dr. Charley Reeb,Stuart Auditorium

Lake Junaluska Singers perform during the Associates Weekend at Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska Singers

Friday, August 2 | 7:30 p.m.

The Lake Junaluska Singers were formed in 1954, and their legacy includes national and international performances for conferences, dignitaries and major events. Their music ranges from classical choral and contemporary works to gospel, folk, traditional hymns and musical theatre.

This 16-voice, award-winning ensemble is led by Mary Huff, director, and Kathy Geyer McNeil, associate director. 

Tickets: $18 general admission plus taxes. CLICK HERE to buy tickets!

Paul Saik will perform during Associates Weekend at Lake Junaluska

Paul Saik in Concert

Saturday, August 3 | 7:30 p.m.

An accomplished vocalist and pianist, Saik has a passion for sacred music and a sincere desire to reach others with the powerful message of Christ’s love. Saik is the director of music ministries at Centenary United Methodist Church in New Bern, North Carolina where he resides with his wife Katie Holleran Saik and daughter, Blakely Ann Saik. Saik received a Masters of Music degree in church music and organ from Baylor University. In the summer of 2003, Paul retreated to Lake Junaluska and briefly performed as an accompanist and soloist for the Lake Junaluska Singers. His concerts are a unique journey through his life as he performs various styles of music. You can hear everything from opera, Broadway, organ, piano and vocal solos.

Tickets: $18 general admission plus taxes.  CLICK HERE to buy tickets!

2019 Associates Weekend Photos