It is never too early to start thinking about the future and what you would like to do with your League career. On October 13th, 15th and the 17th at the League Office, Nominating will be holding Leadership Information Sessions for anyone interested in a Leadership position next year. This includes Board of Directors, Management Council, Nominating, Chairs, Vice Chairs, President’s Assistants, and the President Elect position. Information sessions will give you a chance to talk to Nominating Committee members and get a sense of what each position has to offer so that you can determine the best fit for you.
Please visit the Leadership Section on the website for all of the job descriptions and leadership applications. Session times on Thursday the 13th and Monday the 17th are available in the evening and Saturday the 15th in the morning. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes.
Not sure if this is the right year to submit for leadership? Please feel free to schedule a session if you have questions about your League career. Nominating is here to help guide and mentor members through the process.
To schedule your session, please visit the Event Section on the JLS website.
Junior League of Seattle is proud to join forces with Washington Engage, Women of Vision, and Wash ACT to advocate for the re-authorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), a bill that was due to expire on September 30, 2011.
Late on the evening of Tuesday, September 20, we received an email from a co-founder of Seattle Against Slavery , inquiring if we would be available to meet with the Senator’s office to help educate and urge the Senator to support the bill. In true Junior League style, we rose to the occasion when presented with such a tremendous opportunity.
The next morning Ashley Baerwaldt and Chris Lewis attended a meeting with Washington Senator Maria Cantwell’s Outreach Representative to stress the importance of this legislation and how it impacts our community. As part of the round table discussion, Ashley stressed that the Junior League of Seattle is part of a greater national constituency working to reduce human trafficking that as an organization we believe that we must continue to fight against this real human oppression. Chris provided background on the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and its efforts to address this issue through the Three P’s, prevention, prosecution and protection and programs related to addressing the 3P’s all funded by the TVPA. During this meeting, we heard a number of horrific stories from a former Federal Way teacher who recounted students under the control of pimps and a former student who ran away from her abusive labor trafficker.
The next step for the League was to create awareness that we have the power to influence the passing of the re-authorization. We immediately created a call to action, using our social media channels to inform our membership and the community on how they could help pass legislation against human trafficking. Chris Lewis also spoke in person at our September General Meeting, urging our members to get involved and make calls to their local congressmen.
As a follow up to our campaign we have learned that the Senate Judiciary Committee will be reviewing the hearing report at this week’s Executive Business Meeting. If agreed by Committee vote, the issue will be sent to Majority Leader Reed for a vote on the Senate floor.
We hope to bring additional opportunities that allow our membership to advocate for the issues essential to empowering women and children. As we obtain more information about the status of the re-authorization we will update membership.
Thank you to all members who picked up their phones and made the call to their representatives!
Make the Call: Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act
We would like to encourage ALL Junior League of Seattle members to take 10 minutes to call or email your three legislators to urge them to support the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act by Friday, September 23. Phone calls are STRONGLY encouraged due to the time sensitive nature of this request.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act provides critical funding for the prevention and prosecution of human trafficking cases, as well as protection of human trafficking victims in the United States. For more details, visit The Polaris Project.
“Hi, my name is [ ] and I am with the Junior League of Seattle. We represent approximately 1,200 women in the greater Seattle area focused on the empowerment of women and children. I am calling to urge the senator (or representative) to cosponsor and support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. Will the senator (or representative) support this important legislation?”
Feel free to add your own personal note with this general message, such as information about the bill and/or your own concerns about human trafficking in Washington state and on trafficking of children.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
FOR THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENT OF THE YEAR
October 6, 2011 Women With Impact Training!
The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce our speakers for the Women With Impact training:
Maria Mackey Gunn – Former JLS Past President and current Vulcan Director of real estate. Jeanette James – Current JLS Board of Directors and current Director of admissions at Seattle Girls’ School. Darci Swanson – Former JLS Leader, JL Yakima Past President and previous involvement with AJLI.
After being unable to visit a large winery/vineyard in eastern Washington, our group took the ferry to Bainbridge Island and toured the Bloedel Gardens, had an amazing lunch at Local Harvest and then visited the artisan vineyard/winery of Perennial Vineyards.
The Executive Director of Bloedel Gardens, Ed Moydell, met us at the beautiful gardens and gave us an informative overview. The Bloedel Gardens are a local treasure, and we were happy to walk for an hour through the landscape and visit the house where the Bloedels lived. It has an amazing library of plant books and is now open to the public without the need for a reservation.
After our visit to the Bloedel Gardens, we drove to Local Harvest restaurant, where, true to its name, local produce become delicious dishes. The food was so good that we all vowed to return soon.
Mike Lempriere, owner of Perennial Vineyards, gave us not only a tour of his own vineyards, but also the neighboring Bainbridge Island Vineyards. He explained the process of starting with planting new vines as well as the process of harvesting grapes from the vine four or five years later. He also explained the dedication involved with creating artisanal wines. His stories of farming and winemaking on the Island kept us fascinated throughout our entire tour.
Sadly, we missed the wine tasting because we had to make the ferry back, but we did do our part in supporting his winery. Although our winery outing did not include a sip of wine, we all agreed it was a fun trip and we all hope to return to Bainbridge Island soon. On Saturday mornings, the little town of Winslow hosts Bainbridge Island’s Farmers’ Market, where the local wines and produce are a speciality. If you are able to get away from your busy lives in the city, we highly recommend paying the lovely Bainbridge Island a visit.
VOLUNTEER TO SERVE LUNCH AT SEATTLE URBAN ACADEMY
OUR FIRST LUNCH IS 9/21
6-8 Sustainer Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve lunch to 20-25 teens at the Seattle Urban Academy. Join us for a project that is fun, has easy hours and is a great outreach to the community for students in need. If you can’t come to the event, but can prepare something and drop it off that would be great too.
DATE: Wednesday, September 21
TIME: 11:00am – 1:00 pm
RSVP: Sign up and get additional details, or contact Sue Georgulas firstname.lastname@example.org.
**If you would like to help organize a future lunch, please let Sue at email@example.com know. We will have it set up for you so that it is an easy (and fun!) event to help plan.
Want to plan ahead? Here’s our schedule for the year. Click on a date below to follow the link to the event on our website, where you can RSVP to attend.
The Junior League of Seattle voted this past year to alter our organization’s focus area to the “Empowerment of Women and Children.” As part of our efforts to empower women and children in the Seattle area, we are determined to combat violence against women, with a particular focus on fighting human trafficking.
Right now, local politicians are taking a stand against underage prostitution and human trafficking by asking the Village Voice to shut down their sex advertisement area, backpage.com, which publishes through “The Seattle Weekly.”
Giving up backpage.com would be painful to the Village Voice – it rakes in over $2 million dollars every month from it’s sex advertising section. Despite the Village Voice’s objections that it can filter out ads that feature underage girls or girls being forced into prostitution, law agencies across the US are breaking case after case of human trafficking and underage girls being forced into prostitution with ties to backpage.com.
If you would like to tell the Village Voice how you feel about their role in human trafficking and other crimes against women and young girls, you can write them an e-mail through their website, here: .
To Read today’s Seattle Time Op-Ed piece about backpage.com: