Month: October 2011

Done-In-A-Day Service Shift Recaps

Done-In-A-Day at Northwest Harvest
Junior League of Seattle members at Northwest Harvest.

Shift:NW Harvest service shift on October 22, 2011.

Donning plastic gloves and plastic hair nets, Junior League of Seattle members packaged 12,350 lbs of food for delivery to over 11,300 families in the greater Seattle area on October 22nd with Northwest Harvest.

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is to have ample nutritious food available to everyone in Washington State.

Shift:  Job Skills Training at REWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance)

Refugee Women’s Alliance teaches a job skills class for refugees to help them build resumes. Two Junior League of Seattle members helped students write their experience, skills, and job history into template form while four other members manned the computers and turned the template into resumes.

Participating in the resume writing was a hands-on, face-to-face mentoring experience and truly the epitome of empowering women. In many instances, the refugee’s background experience consisted of running their own households or in selling items at a market back in their home country.  The Junior League members encouraged these women to think beyond just housekeeping as a potential career path and helped the women identify skills and experiences they have that could be used in other roles.  Several of the volunteers said it was the best shift they had done with JLS, and we hope to identify more opportunities to work with them in the future.

On the REWA volunteer shift: The volunteer shift on Friday was such a rewarding experience. I felt like I contributed a lot and made a connection with people and that my skills were used. I was telling all my friends and family about it! I would highly recommend this shift as a once month opportunity for JLS members.

Done In A Day is presenting multiple shifts this year our new partner YouthCare! One service shift was held 10/19/2011 at the Orion Center, which is a multi-service facility open to youth ages 13 – 22. It offers a safe, open place where youth (including trafficking/child prostitution victims or those at-risk) can access a multitude of services from meals to case management.

The first step is the Drop-in Center, which offers three meals daily, showers, laundry, clothing, hygiene supplies, knowledgeable staff, and a safe, non-judgmental environment where youth are met with compassionate care. This year the Junior League of Seattle will be providing dinners and other service shift opportunities at the Drop-in Center for these at-risk youth. These shifts will be hands-on and we will be interacting with the youth. We are excited about this new partnership and hope you can come to one of our shifts.

 Shift: YouthCare dinner on October 18, 2011.

Junior League of Seattle volunteers served pizza, salad, fruit cocktail and fresh baked cookies to teens at YouthCare.  The teens were very excited about the Domino’s pizza.  The staff at YouthCare are so helpful and extremely appreciative of our partnership.  The Done-In-A-Day volunteers were excited to serve the teens and said they all received many thank you’s in the buffet line.  Everyone had a very positive experience, were impressed by the services offered at YouthCare, and are looking forward to returning soon.


Join AJLI’s webinar with Dee Dickinson on Nov 2, 2011.

Speaker & Topic: Dee Dickinson – How to use your Junior League Experience to Start a Non-Profit Organization

Date: Wednesday November 2nd
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST

To Register: Sign into the AJLI website You will need your AJLI number to sign in. To find your AJLI member number log in the Junior League of Seattle website to view your profile or call 206-324-0432.

What are Webinar Wednesdays?

Webinar Wednesdays are one of many methods to help Junior League women develop as community and civic leaders. These sessions, typically one-hour in duration, are designed to appeal to every Junior League member, regardless of age or current engagement in her community, as an easy way to increase her knowledge of and interest in community and civic leadership.

Webinar Wednesdays will begin in October 2011 and run through May 2012, and will be offered on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 1pm (Eastern Time Zone). For a list of upcoming Webinar Wednesdays, click on the link above.

Enjoy a Spicy Night – Come to the JLS Bachelor Auction



The inaugural Junior League of Seattle Bachelor Auction will be held on Wednesday, November 30th at Capitol Hill’s Sole Repair Shop from 6:30pm – 10:30pm. The event will provide single attendees the opportunity to bid on dates with a bevy of eligible bachelors and will also feature silent auction/raffle items for those already attached . Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar will be available with bachelor drink specials.

How You Can Be Involved:

  1. Purchase Your Event Ticket – JLS members, friends and family can purchase tickets beginning later this week.
  2. Encourage your single guy friends to complete a Bachelor Application by November 6th.
  3. Email if you are able to contribute a date experience (wine tasting, sports tickets, restaurant gift certificates, etc.) or silent auction/raffle items (wine, spa gift certificates, etc.)

Please direct questions about this event to We look forward to seeing you on November 30th!

Online Vote Approved – New Fundraising Obligations in Effect.

Flexible changes to Active fundraising obligations now in effect! The online vote to amend the Active Fundraising Obligation passed a membership vote.

When does this change take effect?

Immediately and it will be retroactive to encompass the entire 2011-2012 Junior League of Seattle year.

What does this mean to me?

You will have more flexibility to fulfill your financial obligations as a member. Previously, Actives were required to fulfill a $150 Premier Event Donation. Instead, you can now “mix and match” your fundraising efforts by participating in approved fundraising activities of your choice. Each Active must earn six (6) approved $25 fundraising credits per JLS year, totaling $150. Please note, all Actives are still obligated to contribute to the Annual Campaign.

So, what counts now?

  • Annual Campaign contributions (one credit per $25 donated, beyond the $1.00 minimum)
  • Ticket purchases to Pilot Projects events (credits determined and communicated per event)
  • Cookbook or Art of Discovery book sales (one credit per book)
  • Premier Event ticket purchases (six credits for a classic ticket)
  • Premier Event procurement (one credit per $25 in value – online Procurement form must still be completed)
  • Other Fundraising Event ticket purchases (as approved and communicated per event)

That sounds great, but how will this be tracked?

We are setting up a tracking system on the JLS website which will be similar to the service shift tracker. This will show up on your member homepage alongside the rest of your Member Obligation Tracker information.


Please contact Courtney Laguio

Undergarment Drive for Lifeskills!

Please help the new JLS Lifeskills for Women committee help our community partners, YWCA, New Beginnings and Mary’s Place.

The committee asks if all JLS members could please donate NEW bras, underwear and socks for women. Several members of the Lifeskills for Women committee will be on hand at the next General Meeting on October 18, 2011 at the Four Seasons hotel to take your donations.

Each person who brings a donation to the General Meeting will receive a raffle ticket good for a prize drawing that evening!

Tell all your JLS friends, and outside friends, family and co-workers. Help us help our worthy partners.  A little thing goes a long way! You may also place your donations in the large bin at the JLS office throughout out the year.

There is a need for the following sizes:

  • Underwear-sizes 5, 6, 7 & 8
  • Bras – 38DD, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38D, 36B, 36C, 40C, 42C, 42D, 46DD, 48C, 48D, 50D, 44DD, 48DD, and anything 50+

Thank you in advance for making a difference in a woman’s life!

For more information, please contact Susan Evani at or 201-936-6757

Sustainers: Seattle Design District Tour

Seattle Design District AssociationSAVE THE DATE: Junior League of Seattle, Seattle Design District Tour

DATE: Thursday, October 27th
TIME: 9:45 am – 12:45pm
LOCATION: Start: Lawrence and Scott, 917 South Nebraska and then to Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Avenue South (locations are 1/2 mile apart)

DETAILS: Put on your walking shoes! Enjoy a tour of the Seattle Design District. Meet Sally and Faith at Lawrence and Scott for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour. Proceed to shops inside and outside the Seattle Design Center and view antiques, both Asian and Continental, along with leading designer lines of furniture and accessories. We promise lots of eye candy, snappy commentary and fun.

No Host lunch in the Atrium of the Seattle Design Center at Molly’s following the tour. Reserve your spot by contacting Sally Onetto email: or call 206.708.1075. Limited to 20-25 attendees, open to all membership categories.

Questions? Please contact Sally Onetto or Faith Sheridan, ( 206.973.3743 event co-chairs.

September General Meeting – Recap

We had our first General Meeting on Tuesday, September 20, at the Washington Athletic Club. Junior League women filled up the room early and quickly, excited to reconnect with their friends and kick off a new Junior League of Seattle year.

Renee Hartnett, our 2011 – 2012 Junior League of Seattle President, called the meeting to order at 7 pm. She led off with an interesting icebreaker, asking members of the audience to stand if they answered yes to certain questions. As many women stood to answer yes to such questions as, “Do you have a college degree?” “Do you own your own business?”, and “Are you committed to making a positive impact in your community?”, the incredible cumulative talent, education and passion of our League become evident.

Next, Renee presented the Leadership and Diamond Tiara awards to women from an impressive pool of candidates. Our September Leadership Award went to Susan Evani & Allie Switaj, Lifeskills for Women leaders who have already solidified a partnership with the YWCA of Seattle Young Parents program!

Lori Ayers was awarded the Diamond Tiara Award for taking the initiative to apply for a grant through Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch Process. Lori went after this grant for Kids in the Kitchen, our new committee she chairs.

The highlighted program of the evening was Lifeskills, which we operate through our community partner, Treehouse. Janis Avery, Treehouse’s Chief Executive Officer, presented a deeply educational oration on the foster care system, Treehouse’s role in Seattle’s foster care system, and how women of the Junior League of Seattle could help foster kids through their work with Treehouse.

Janis taught us that the three main priorities of foster care are safety, permanency and well-being, and that Treehouse’s role focused on the well-being of foster children. In 1988, local Social Workers founded Treehouse to meet the needs of foster children whose needs are not met by any other source. Janis took us through the raw data of the foster care system, the backgrounds of children who come into foster care and how they got there.  Janis also brought two teenagers from Treehouse, these young ladies spoke to us about their experience in the foster care system, experience with Treehouse and answered questions about themselves and the impact that the Junior League of Seattle had on their lives.  Our members visibly connected with and reacted to the girls; it was wonderful to see the spirit and poise that both girls possessed, and their honest answers to many questions sparked both laughter and admiration from the audience.

Janis Avery’s full PowerPoint presentation is available on the website on the Member Side of our website, under Documents > Meeting Materials > General and Unit Meeting. You will also find the PowerPoint presentation shown during the meeting at the same location.

Our evening concluded with League announcements:

Alison Jahn and the Planned Giving committee spoke about Legacy Circle, which helps JLS members promise a donation to the Junior League through their wills.

Elissa Puckett, Nominating Director, and Bonnie Marshall, Nominating Manager, stood up to announce the upcoming Women with Impact Training on Thursday, October 6th at the Seattle Tennis Club. They noted that the featured speakers would be Maria Mackey Gunn, Jeanette James and Darci Swanson.

Nominating also reminded those women interested in being future leaders that Leadership Information Sessions for all President Elect Nominee, Board of Directors, Management Council, Chairs & Vice-Chairs would be held at the JLS office on Thursday, October 13th, Saturday, October 15th, and Monday, October 17th, these sessions are your opportunity to discuss your JLS leadership career and ask Nominating about Leadership.  To see the available days and times or to register please check out the JLS website and if you have any questions Email Nominating at

Women of Influence

The Puget Sound Business Journal has recognized three Junior League of Seattle Sustainers as 2011 “Women of Influence” honorees:

  • Harriett Bullitt, President, Owner and Founder, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort and Icicle Broadcasting Co.
  • Anne Farrell, President Emeritus, Seattle Foundation & Co-founder, City Club and Washington Women’s Foundation
  • Janet True, Co-owner, Iron Springs Resort & Immediate Past President, PONCHO

The Junior League of Seattle would like to congratulate Harriett, Anne and Janet for being selected as part of this year’s “Women With Impact” slate. Each of these ladies is a living example of the Junior League of Seattle’s mission in action.

The “Women of Influence” event honors women who have made an unmistakable impact in the business world, the larger community, and as mentors to other women. A panel of independent judges chooses honorees. Winners are invited to attend an awards celebration and are featured in the special Women of Influence publication within the Puget Sound Business Journal in November.

Read more about Women With Influence.

Sustainer Book Club

TIME: 10 – 11:30 AM
Overlake Golf and Country Club
DATE: October 13, 2011 – “The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake
DATE: November 10, 2011 – “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Sklott

Please contact Donna Dornes,, or Lauren Bennett,, if you are considering joining the Sustainer Book Club for the first time and have questions. We are a group of women of all ages who enjoy reading discussion worthy books.

October General Meeting

Please join us at the October General Membership meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at the Four Seasons, downtown Seattle!

Location: Four Seasons – Downtown Seattle
Date: October 18, 2011
Time: 6 – 7 pm Social, 7 – 8:30 pm meeting
Guest Speaker: Susan Ershler
RSVP Online

Susan Ershler
We are excited to welcome Susan Ershler as our guest speaker for the evening. Be prepared to be motivated and inspired! Susan will be on hand before and after our meeting to sign books- she is the co-author of “Together on Top of the World.”

For more than 20 years, Susan Ershler has served in leadership positions for several Fortune 500 corporations, most recently as Vice President of Sales responsible for $600 million in revenue. During this era of corporate
achievement she climbed the highest mountain on each continent, including Mt. Everest, with her husband Phil, making them “The first couple in history to climb the Seven Summits”.

What makes their accomplishment more remarkable is the fact that Susan had never hiked or climbed until she met Phil at age 35. She trained by climbing the 35 stories in her high-rise office building on her lunch hour with a 40-pound pack on her back. As a former executive and history making climber, Susan demonstrates how to push past your perceived boundaries to pursue your greatest dreams!

If you’d like to read more about Susan, please visit her website.