Sign Up Now for the JLS Bocce Ball Tournament!

11 May

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Looking for a good excuse to get out and be with friends, meet new people, and most importantly, have a dose of healthy competition? Join us at the Junior League of Seattle’s Bocce Ball tournament and social on May 17. There is room for 24 teams of four to participate. You’ll be guaranteed three games in round robin play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Single elimination tournament for the top teams will be from 1-2:30 p.m.. Open play from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1-2:30. Come, join in on the fun!

  • Where: Sandbox Sports Seattle, 5955 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
    (206) 624-2899
  • When: Sunday May 17
    • Registration at 10 a.m. Play starts at 11 a.m.
  • Cost: (Partially tax deductible)
    • Players: $45 per person (Register as a team or individual)
    • Spectators: $25 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 12 and under, babes in arms are free. (Spectators can participate in open play non-tournament games, play other games, participate in raffle and eat the food.)
  • Who: ANYBODY!!!!
  • Extras:
    • Over seven raffle baskets with prizes including a GoPro Camera, Mariners tickets, wine tastings and more! Prizes for the top two teams! (Handed out at 2:30)
    • Food and drink provided and other beverages can be purchased at the bar.

Give BIG on May 5, 2015

4 May

By Shanna Lisberg

On May 5, The Seattle Foundation holds its fifth annual charitable giving event, GiveBIG. GiveBIG is a day of online giving to inspire people to donate generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

For a 24-hour period, from midnight to midnight, you can go to The Seattle Foundation’s website to make a donation. More than 1,600 nonprofit organizations – including The Junior League – are profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website and are participating in GiveBIG.

Donations made to nonprofits through The Seattle Foundation’s website will be stretched further thanks to The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors, who will match a share of every contribution. Many of the nonprofit organizations that The Junior League of Seattle works with are also available to receive donations.

Last year, over $12.8 million was generated in online contributions for nonprofits, exceeding the 2013 total of $11.1 million by 15 percent. This year, help us surpass the 2014 amount by making an online donation. Your gift will help to support the champions behind these organizations that work to improve the lives of everyone in Seattle.

If you have been thinking about giving, this is a great time to make a gift, large or small. Visit The Seattle Foundation website to learn more about GiveBIG and to see a complete list of nonprofits.

Junior League Screening of “The Mask You Live In” – Tuesday, May 12

29 Apr

By Kate Killpack

“Act like a man!” “Don’t be a sissy!” “Grow some balls!” “Man up!” Millions of boys hear these commands every single day. These common phrases says a lot about how we, as a society, train men to view themselves and interact with others. In her newest film, The Mask You Live In, Jennifer Siebel Newsom (the maker of the film Miss Representation) confronts the narrow definition of masculinity within our culture and illustrates how our society can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Additionally, the film features experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media who weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

Join the Advocacy Committee of the Junior League of Seattle for a special screening of this important film:

“Man Up” for The Mask You Live In: For this special Film Screen & Chat, we are encouraging each member to “man up,” by inviting a man in your life to join us for a screening of The Mask You Live In. Stay after and begin the conversation.

Tuesday, May 12th, 6-9pm
SIFF Cinema Uptown Theatre 511
Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

We hope you can join this important conversation, which will also include the opportunity to connect with community partners who are addressing these important issues. If you are a nonprofit organization working with young boys in the community, contact Grace Schouten (grace.schouten@gmail.com) for ticket availability.

This event is open to all Junior League members and we encourage you to bring a guest. Members will receive a training credit. Reserve your spot now on the JLS website. See you then!

JLS Provisional Project: Volunteering at Ryther

28 Apr

During her first year in the Junior League of Seattle, a Provisional member is assigned a project that gets her involved in the community in a variety of ways. One of the Provisional project opportunities is working with the League’s Done-in-a-Day (DIAD) committee. DIAD focuses on hands-on, short-term projects that are planned and implemented on a monthly basis to benefit organizations in the greater Seattle area in need of assistance. Ryther, a Seattle-area facility that provides behavioral health services for children and their families, is one of the organizations with which DIAD works. Two JLS Provisional members shared their experiences working with Ryther on this committee. See their thoughts below:

“I’ve known about Ryther for many years. Having received my master’s in psychology, I had the privilege of knowing someone who worked at Ryther’s clinic during their graduate internship. Ryther’s reputation is strong for providing care to children and families in need. I’m so grateful for organizations like this that exist. Even more so, I’m excited to be a part of an organization like the Junior League of Seattle that partners with facilities like Ryther. It was a fantastic merge of two phenomenal organizations and I really enjoyed my time volunteering.

My Provisional project group led a hat painting activity for the children who were currently staying at the group home. The kids came one by one, sometimes in small groups of two or three. It was a cold and rainy day and as they walked timidly into the room, I hoped that our excited greetings wouldn’t scare them away. As the children sat and painted their hats, I began to think about the work we were doing that day and as a larger organization. As a group, JLS is involved in supporting many organizations across the Seattle area. In my provisional year alone, I came in contact with six organizations that were new to me: Mary’s Place, the YWCA, Ryther, Westside Baby, Seattle Urban Academy, and Washington DECA. I have learned so much about the organizations and services that are available to the Seattle community through these volunteer activities. This was one of the reasons why I joined JLS last year. I’ve been an active volunteer both through my church and my community since I was a pre-teen. I’ve loved being involved in promoting social justice, giving humanitarian aid to those in need and participating in philanthropic work. I’ve been a part of some amazing things. However, I’ve also witnessed how short-term volunteer opportunities can get a bad reputation. Critics will often say that short-term volunteer opportunities are not able to address the deep, longstanding issues that plague so many communities. In some ways, I agree.

As I sat and watched the young children come in one by one, I realized how organizations like JLS fit into the larger puzzle of social services. The Junior League of Seattle comes alongside many wonderful organizations and provides much needed assistance. When an urban school needs to feed its students, JLS sends women to cover those shifts, cook the food, and serve the meals. When the holidays are near and homeless women are without the means to provide for their families, JLS stands along the organizations that supply these families with gifts and food. And when an in-patient program could use an afternoon activity for their kids to participate in, JLS is available to fill the gap and provide the fun.Ryther 2

As the children painted their hats that afternoon, I wondered what they would be doing if our group wasn’t providing this extra activity for them. I didn’t know the stories of these children but I do know that in some ways, their childhoods have been difficult ones to bear. If painting a hat gave them some sense of normalcy, a moment of creativity, or a chance to take a short detour from their normal Sunday afternoon plans, then I was proud to be there for those few short minutes.  

Places like Ryther, the YWCA, and Mary’s Place are able to continue providing long-term services because of short-term volunteers like the women in JLS. We partner with those organizations to help them continue to do the deeper work in our community. As I left Ryther that afternoon, I felt a renewed sense of excitement for the work we were doing as an organization. By helping places like Ryther, we are participating in the deeper work. Even if it’s for a few hours on a rainy Sunday, we are adding to the overall work that is being done in that child’s life by sitting with them and painting a hat or showing them a moment of kindness.

 Be proud of what you do, women of Junior League.  We are doing great things.”

 -Catherine Golden (JLS Provisional 2014-15)

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Ryther was established in 1885 based on the principal “The essential thing is to love children and understand them.” Ryther provides programs and solutions for families with children who have challenges stemming from trauma, mental illness, substance abuse, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or adjustment issues with school, peers or parents. Ryther is dedicated to providing comprehensive services and innovative treatments. It guides, coaches and teaches so that every child and family it works with may experience new ways of thinking, develop positive relationships and realize a better life.

“Having the opportunity to volunteer here and witness the children interact and participate in projects was so rewarding! You can really see and feel that the children only want to be around people that love them and care about them. There were a few children that didn’t seem to necessarily love the idea of the project we had planned for them (tie-dying t-shirts). But, they loved participating and really got into creating something of their own to keep and enjoyed being around their peers, staff and volunteers! Everyone seemed to have a genuinely great time. The children were so excited and helped each other a lot. The children also provided a lot of encouraging words to their fellow peers, which was really rewarding to witness. Seeing what a positive impact Ryther has had on all of the children we interacted with was amazing to see first-hand. This was by far one of the best places I have ever volunteered!”

 -Amber Cuffel JLS Provisional 2014-15

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7 Reasons to Join the Junior League of Seattle

2 Apr

By Shanna Lisberg

The Junior League of Seattle is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

If you’re thinking about joining the JLS, here are 7 compelling reasons to do so:

To meet new people. Are you new to the area or looking to make some new friends? The Junior League of Seattle has over 1,200 members. With those numbers, you’re bound to meet someone who lives in your neighborhood or works in your office.

To be a leader. The Junior League of Seattle trains its members to become valuable leaders in the community. The JLS provides the tools and training to prepare women to be effective collaborators, poised negotiators, and committed volunteers, so that they may go out and serve their communities and change the lives of those who live in their neighborhoods for the better.

To make a difference and become directly involved in the community. The Junior League of Seattle works with a variety of organizations to help women and children. Not only do we volunteer at Mary’s Place, Northwest Harvest, Treehouse, and Westside Baby, to name a few, but our committees such as Northwest Art, Kids in the Kitchen, and Life Skills: Women help make a positive impact in the community. You, too, can help children discover and appreciate the beauty of art or help a teen learn how to shop for and cook a healthy meal.

To learn new things. Have you ever wanted to learn how to start your own business? Are you looking to learn more about diet and nutrition or financial stability? The JLS offers its members a training curriculum that covers a wide variety of topics, including leadership and fundraising skills, advocacy efforts related to human trafficking, work/life transition, and more.

To put the fun in fundraisers. It’s not just volunteering and learning. You could bid on a fabulous vacation package at the JLS’ Premier Event gala or dance and play boardwalk-style games at its Boardwalk Empire Game Night. Help cheer on the Mariners at Mariners Night or dance the night away at the JLS Halloween party. The Junior League of Seattle has many opportunities to mingle with fellow members and have fun.

To get healthy. Did you know that volunteering can improve your health?  Volunteering has been associated with lower depression and increased happiness. Plus, studies have shown that having a large network of friends may help you live longer.

To join a great organization of women. There are 293 chapters of Junior Leagues spread over four  countries. For over 100 years, Junior Leagues have been at the forefront of social reform, confronting critical issues, to help improve society. From funding a tuberculosis clinic and treatment center during the Depression, to promoting live weekly television shows featuring panel discussions with teenagers, to advocating for the enactment of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Junior League is one of the largest and most dedicated volunteer organizations in the world. And you can be a part of it!

If you’d like to join the Junior League of Seattle, email the Provisional Chair at newmemberinfo@jrleagueseattle.org and visit our website to sign up for one of our Meet and Greets where you can learn more information about our organization. You will meet and mingle with current JLS members and leadership as well as watch a few short presentations. Meet and Greets run through the month of April.

Extraordinary Junior League Members

22 Mar

By Shanna Lisberg

March is National Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. Over the years, the Association of Junior Leagues International has had many remarkable members – from First Ladies to authors, actresses, politicians and more. In honor of National Women’s History Month, here are six extraordinary women who have volunteered with the Junior League.

Shirley Temple Black
Known for her curls and dimples, Shirley Temple Black made her first appearance on the silver screen at the age of 4. In 1959 she joined the Junior League of Palo Alto. She would go on to head the Multiple Sclerosis Society, become a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and serve as the U.S Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Nancy Reagan
Not only was Nancy Reagan a First Lady of the United States, a dazzling movie star in the 1950s, and the spokesperson for the “Just Say No” campaign, she was also a member of the Junior League of Los Angeles. She currently supports the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and advocates for embryonic stem cell research.

Julia Child
Before authoring Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child was a member of The Junior League of Pasadena, where she contributed to the League’s magazine. After joining the League in 1935, Julia Child would go on to become a member of the Office of Strategic Service, author numerous cookbooks and star in various television series.

Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn may have won four Academy Awards for Best Actress, but she was also a member of the Junior League of Hartford. She sought to challenge stereotypes about women and campaigned for women’s issues during her time with the League. An advocate for reproductive rights, she also spoke out against anti-Communism in Hollywood in the 1940s

Eleanor Roosevelt
The longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was a member of the Junior League of the City of New York. After being introduced to the league by her friend, Junior League founder Mary Harriman, Eleanor Roosevelt worked with Junior League volunteers to improve living conditions for immigrants on the Lower East Side. Eleanor Roosevelt was a delegate to the United Nations and served on the UN Commission on Human Rights, where she oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Margaret Hamilton
You may know her best as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, but Margaret Hamilton was also a member of the Junior League of Cleveland. Trained as a teacher, Margaret Hamilton worked with children’s theatre programs and was an advocate of causes to benefit children and animals.

Visit the Junior League of Seattle’s website or The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. to learn more about these and many other amazing Junior League women.

High Stakes Fun with Boardwalk Empire Game Night

19 Mar

Boardwalk Empire Game NightBelieve it or not we are less than four weeks away from the 2015 JLS Boardwalk Empire: Game Night!  Come support the Junior League’s commitment to its mission — including community initiatives and volunteer training efforts — at one of the most popular fundraising events on the JLS calendar.  Get dressed in your Jersey shore or Atlantic City best and be part of hotsy-totsy high stakes fun: test your architectural skills with a game of life-sized Jenga, perfect your toss with a round of cornhole, and try your luck with other boardwalk-style games.   The evening will also feature a DJ, live entertainers, silent auction, raffle and wine toss – everyone is sure to walk away a winner!  

Over $7K in prizes have already been secured for Boardwalk Empire Night including a $400 gift card to Skoah, Sounders tickets, $300 in products and services from Ann Fisher Hair, EMP tickets, and great items from Matthews Winery, Desert Sun Tanning, Starbucks, Ethan Stowell restaurants, Pepper Bridge/Amavi Winery and more.  Whoop it up and don’t miss your chance to win some awesome prizes!  Join the Facebook event page for updates on prizes, entertainment and more.  


Who: You!  And all of your friends and family (League members or not).  Anyone 21+ looking for a fun way to spend a Friday night and support the JLS.

What: JLS Game Night: Boardwalk Empire

When: Friday, April 10, 2015 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm.  

Where: 415 Westlake – 415 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets:  $35 advance purchase on the JLS website – Includes complimentary beverage, hors d’eouvres, and a ticket to the best game night in Seattle! Tickets will be sold at the door for $50 on an as-available basis.

An Evening of Art and Conversation: Three Perspectives

14 Mar

Last month, a few dozen Junior League of Seattle members, along with several guests, congregated at the Woodside / Braseth Gallery for an evening of art and conversation focused on northwest art and artists.  John Braseth, the owner, warmly welcomed visitors and led a tour of the beautiful space.   Jessica, Meredith and Katharine, JLS members, left this event feeling inspired and eager to share their thoughts about art.

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Jessica

I would consider myself to be someone who appreciates fine art, but most certainly not an expert or collector. As we walked through the current Jared Rue exhibit, and stopped to learn about the other Northwest artists also on display, John touched upon a topic that had recently crossed my mind: how does one begin an art collection?

I have been fortunate enough to see renowned pieces in museums, galleries, and even private homes. However, the idea of purchasing a piece of “real” art–meaning, a bigger investment than custom framing on a print that I bought from a One Kings Lane sale–has always seemed a bit intimidating. Original artwork can be very expensive, and what do I know about investing in art, anyway? However, John emphasized that collecting can really begin anywhere–and that a personal attachment to the artist’s work is the most important element. Building a collection goes beyond whether or not something matches your home decor. It’s about the emotional ties that a buyer feels about the piece, and patronage of an artist can start small. While this all seems pretty obvious as I type it out, I realized that I’d attributed too much importance to the notion that art collecting needs to be done in a certain way–which inherently made starting a collection seem daunting and prohibitively expensive. While I didn’t walk out of the Woodside / Braseth Gallery with a painting in hand, the evening inspired me to further explore the amazing art of the Pacific Northwest–and made me hopeful about eventually bring an original piece into my home.

Meredith

For me, Northwest Art is the heart of the Junior League of Seattle.  Perhaps, it’s because the Northwest Art committee was my first placement with the League.  But I don’t think that is the only reason.  I’ve witnessed how a quiet, shy classroom of 6th graders can come alive while discussing a piece of art.  I’ve walked around a classroom and listened to students debate “what the artist really meant.”  As docents, the Northwest Art volunteers prompt the students with questions similar to the following: Art2

  • What do you see?
  • What does it make you think about?
  • How do you feel when you look at the artwork?
  • What do you think the artist was feeling when (s) he made this piece?

Ultimately, the docents are encouraging the classroom to explore and discover the art and the artist.  Very rarely, will students state that they love or hate the art work.  They manage to be open- minded and very honest about what they see.  Part of me wonders if their open mindedness is because they aren’t thinking about the art as something they would or wouldn’t own.  They are just seeing it and appreciating the art for exactly what it is: Art.

Spending the evening with NW Art at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery was lovely.  And listening to John Braseth talk about the history of the gallery and his experience with art, art patrons, and artists, was fascinating.  But I couldn’t help but miss the excitement of the classroom.  Maybe we are all ladies now, and a bit too refined to shoot up our hands or shout out what the paintings make us feel.  Maybe we are scared that we’ll get it wrong.  What if I don’t like the painting but the person next to me loves it?  Or we worry about buying the perfect piece of art.  I’m realizing that we, as adults, are missing out on what the Northwest Art docents are encouraging classrooms to do:  Explore and discover the art and the artist.  Very rarely will you walk into a gallery or museum where someone will prompt you with questions about the art.  We need to train ourselves to ask the questions and really see the art.  We need to be curious and explorative and seek out the art of discovery.  Love the piece or don’t love the piece, but still appreciate the art.

Katharine

As someone who has grown up as a daughter of an artist and has been experiencing life through art for 30+ years, I am always fascinated by learning how other people’s lives have been changed by art. I majored in Art History in college but left school feeling that “art” had a different meaning to everyone. We can analyze a piece to death and know all about the time in which it was created and what the artist was thinking, but none of that really matters if you hate the piece or feel nothing when you see it. Art3

What I appreciated most about the NW Art Training at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery was listening to the owner, John, speak about one piece in particular that made him realize how art can create a physical reaction. This is Morris Graves’ “The Wounded Gull” created in 1943.

Graves created the painting during WW2 to communicate the darkness of war. John said that he first saw “The Wounded Gull” as a very young man, and it was the first time in his life that he realized art didn’t have to be pretty in order to make you feel something. He commented that it is not necessarily the type of piece that everyone wants to have in their living room, but it is something that makes you think or even better, it is something that makes you feel.

I think that many people see art as a way to decorate. That is a completely natural response. But when you first experience having an emotional or visceral reaction to a piece of art, you are forever changed and never look at art the same way. I am so thankful to have been able to see a little bit of what the NW Art program is all about. Spreading the appreciation of original creative works to people who would not normally get to experience it, is a huge task and one that massively impacts a community of growing minds.

John’s call to action is what I left with in my mind. Do not be afraid to look at all types of art. Ask yourself if you have a reaction to a piece. And then, support an artist. An art collection can start with a $25 screen print that you purchased from an artist at a First Thursday art walk. It doesn’t have to be the price of a car. Just get out and experience art.

A cornerstone of Junior League of Seattle is the many diverse training opportunities for its members.  The NW Art Evening of Conversation is just one unique example.  The League also offers trainings in everything from legislative advocacy, to running effective business meetings, to living a balanced life.  If you are interested in joining the Junior League of Seattle, please read more on the JLS website about the upcoming Meet & Greets for prospective members.

One Night Count Reveals 3,772 Homeless, Outside in King County

23 Feb

By Marcy Comer

3,772 people were homeless and outside in King County on Jan. 23, according to results from the latest One Night Count – an annual survey organized by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness.  This number is an increase of 21% over those found without shelter last year. This number always is assumed to be an undercount – because officials do not count everywhere, and because many people take great care not to be visible. The reasons people are without shelter varies. Lack of affordable housing, poverty, unemployment, untreated mental illness or addiction, and domestic violence all contribute to homelessness.

“This year’s Count is heart-breaking evidence that we cannot cover our community’s most basic needs. Clearly, the crisis of people homeless and without shelter is growing, and clearly we must respond by using every resource we have. Everyone needs a safe place to rest,” said Alison Eisinger, Executive Director of the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness.

The One Night Count has two parts:
1. A survey of emergency shelter and transitional housing providers about who is staying in their programs or facilities on that night. Staff from the King County Community Services Division, Homeless Housing Program coordinate the survey.
2. A street count of people who are homeless, without shelter and staying outside, in vehicles or in makeshift shelters. The Coalition has expanded the count from its downtown Seattle origins to include parts of over a dozen suburban cities and unincorporated King County and on Metro Night Owl buses.

How does the Count work?
Over 1,100 volunteers go out with 125+ trained team leaders to pre-arranged areas in parts of Seattle, East King County, North King County, Southwest King County, and South King County. The Count is only possible through the dedicated support from hundreds of individuals and dozens of community organizations, congregations and government agencies.
Since 2006, partial funding for the One Night Count has been provided by the King County Committee to End Homelessness, the coalition of government, business and nonprofits responsible for implementing our community’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. The Count helps to inform progress on the Plan, as well as provide insight into the dynamics of homelessness and inform strategies for solving it.

Why perform the Count?
The One Night Count is carried out for two reasons: to document the nature and extent of homelessness in King County, and to build public engagement and action around the issue. It is a solemn and eye-opening opportunity to witness the survival struggles of our neighbors who are homeless. Hundreds of community members come together for this annual count, which acts as a powerful launching off point for participants to speak up and act and write and advocate to end this crisis.

Why does this matter to the Junior League of Seattle?
JLS is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Knowledge of our community’s homeless statistics is fundamental to affecting positive change to overall family stability in our community. To learn more about legislative solutions to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time, visit Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (WLIHA)’s 2015 State Legislative Agenda and The Mockingbird Society’s 2015 State Legislative Agenda.

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Ten with a Provisional Member

17 Feb

The Junior League of Seattle is an organization of nearly 1,300 women who are committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Membership in the Junior League of Seattle is divided into 3 levels of membership status: Provisional, Active and Sustainer. Provisional status is reserved for members in their first year of membership, which is dedicated to training. Provisional status is followed by Active membership, then Sustainer status.

One of our current Provisional members, Taylor Coughlen, graciously volunteered her time to answer a few questions about why she joined the Junior League and what the Junior League means to her:

What provisional group are you in?

I am in the Panteleoni Provisional group! Most of our group lives in West Seattle: I am one of the outliers residing near Columbia City.

What is your provisional project?

I chose to go with Northwest Art. I have always been interested in learning about art and the motivations behind certain pieces.  I was lucky enough to take art classes all through elementary and junior high school and then to go on to Studio Art in high school. My art teachers were the most inspiring teachers I had growing up, and I can’t imagine missing out on that kind of instruction like some of the kids in this city do. I am excited to get started on the project this spring!

What prompted you to join the Junior League this year?  

I had looked in to different volunteer opportunities when I first moved to the area, but it seemed difficult to get an “in” just as an individual. When I looked into Junior League in Seattle it seemed like the organization provided a lot of structure and contacts within the community that would allow me to volunteer in a variety of roles. Also, as a recent college graduate and transplant from Texas, I missed the group of female friends I met as a member of a service sorority. I wanted to find a group of like-minded women in my new home, and the League seemed like a good place to start.

How did you first hear about the Junior League?

I first heard about Junior League growing up from my grandma when she used a life-changing sourdough bread recipe from the chapter cookbook in Wichita Falls, TX. I looked in to actually joining last year when one of my sorority sisters joined the League in Houston and raved about how much fun she was having.

What are you most excited about for the 2014-2015 year?

Becoming an active!

What most interests you about the Junior League?

I love that the Junior League has such a strong and important history nationally and in Seattle, especially in regards to service to women and children. It feels very cool to be a part of such a network of impressive women and to have the opportunity to continue service to this community that has been happening for over 90 years.

How long have you lived in Seattle?

I have been up here for a year and a half.

What is your favorite Seattle restaurant?

That’s a hard question in a city like Seattle. I love Intermezzo Carmine in Pioneer Square for a fancy date night with nice cocktails, but if I’m really hungry I go for the movie-themed sandwiches and the drink specials at HoneyHole in Capitol Hill.

What is your favorite touristy thing to do in Seattle?

I love going to the market, but especially so when the weather is really bad so that there isn’t such a crowd. I am always up for a Piroshky and tea samples from Market Spice!

What has surprised you the most about the Junior League?

It was surprising that there are so many women who are new to Seattle like I am. I expected JL to be full of native Seattleites.

 

Membership in the Junior League of Seattle is open to women ages 18 and older who express an interest in voluntarism. If you are interested in becoming a member, join us for a Meet & Greet this spring. Send an email to newmemberinfo@jrleagueseattle.org to find out the orientation schedule.

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