Month: December 2011

Congratulations to President-Elect Nominee, Rebecca Wilson.

President-Elect Nominee and Past Presidents: Rhonda Neben, Joanne Petitto, Joanne Jones, Rebecca Wilson, Natalie Bow, Marilyn Leck, Renee Hartnett, Ashley Baerwaldt, Elizabeth Reilly.

During a packed General Meeting at Nordstrom’s flagship store on Sunday, December 4, the Junior League of Seattle’s Nominating Committee was thrilled to announce that Rebecca Wilson is our new President Elect Nominee.

Rebecca’s experience spans diverse roles within and outside of the Junior League of Seattle. Outside of the League, she has been actively involved in the University Family YMCA, serving on their Board of Directors and leading their annual campaign. She has also served on the Board of the Ruby Room and been involved in  Seattle Works. Within the Junior League of Seattle her broad experience has been felt in areas such as Project Development, Lifebooks, and Fundraising Manager. She is currently serving on the Junior League of Seattle on our Board of Directors.

Professionally, Rebecca is the Dean of Students at Forest Ridge School for the past five years. She serves on the Diversity Committee and was instrumental in creating a Women in Leadership Speaker series for students and faculty alike. A 2010 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow, Rebecca’s community involvement has and will continue to focus on youth development, education and healthy living.

Congratulations Rebecca! We value your leadership and commitment to serving as our leader and helping us all support the Junior League of Seattle mission!


JLS Volunteers at Amara

National Adoption Day celebration at Amara!

Done-In-A-Day has offered some wonderful shifts through the month of November. On November 12, Junior League of Seattle members volunteered at Amara’s National Adoption Day Celebration. Our members were able to interact with children (ages 1- 11) doing arts and crafts projects, face painting, and set-up for the party. Over 100 parents, children and board members participated in this fun and successful event.

Amara works to transform the lives of vulnerable children who deserve safe, stable homes to thrive. This is a celebration of successful placements. Amara is an independent, nonprofit organization in the State of Washington that has been providing services to families and children since 1921. Throughout their history they have developed pioneering programs to meet the changing needs of our community’s children, youth, and families. Amara’s mission is to create and support stable, loving homes for vulnerable children. Their vision and wish for the future is “A Home for Every Child.” Amara’s aim to transfer the lives of vulnerable children by helping provide them with safe, stable homes fits into JLS’ focus area of Disenfranchised Youth.

Our Amara service shift was managed by Kate Chiarella and Allie Okner.

JLS Volunteers at Amara

Adopt a YWCA Family

Christmas is right around the corner and the YWCA has 30 families who have yet to be paired with a sponsor for the Adopt-A-Family program. It would be great if we could Junior League of Seattle members (and their friends, family and co-workers!) to see if we can come up with a few more sponsors for the YWCA.

Groups who can lend a hand will work directly with our contact at the YWCA, Nichelle Hilton.

To sign up: Please send your request to sponsor a family directly to Nichelle Hilton at the YWCA at by end-of-day Monday, December 12th. In this e-mail please state if you would like to sponsor a small family (1-2 children) or a large family (3-5 children.) The YWCA recommeds 2 gifts per child, each in the $25 range, and one $15 gift card for each adult in the family (e.g. for a family of 2 children and 1 parent, your group can expect to spend approx $115 total.) Please include your name and contact information

Important Details: Gifts are to be dropped off directly at the YWCA Martin Luther King Community Center (old MLK Elementary School) at 3201 E. Republican St. Seattle, WA 98112

Delivery/Drop-off times: December 14th – December 16th, 8:00am – 5:00pm

**Because these are last minute assignments, the YWCA will take drop-offs on Monday, December 19th from 8:00am to 9:00am as well**

Once you have signed up, you will receive all the information you need from Nichelle at the YWCA; including your family assignment and shopping/wrapping/labeling/drop-off details! Thanks for your assistance! Nichelle knows that we reach a lot of people and they need to get the word out fast so they can make sure they reach everyone in need this year!

The YWCA will greatly appreciate all the help that the Junior League of Seattle has to offer!

JLS Townhalls

Details: All members are welcome to stop by for an informal conversation with our Leadership to discuss the motions proposed for the January Voting Meeting. These motions include the proposed membership dues increase, the proposal to restructure our organizational structure, and the proposal to sun-set the LifeBooks committee. If you have questions or comments about these motions that you were not able to voice at the Unit meetings or otherwise, please use this opportunity to come and discuss those with JLS Leadership. This is your chance to be heard before the vote!

When: Wednesdays, December 7th, December 14th, and January 11th
Time: 6:30 pm -8:30 pm
Where: Junior League office, 4119 E Madison Street

Done-in-a-Day Toy Drive for the YWCA.

Christmas time usually brings smiles to children’s faces. Sadly, many children throughout the Seattle area will go without something to open during the holiday season.

In 2010, YWCA of Seattle helped over 60,000 women and children throughout King and Snohomish counties. The need is even greater in 2011, and the Done-in-a-Day Committee is asking its generous Junior League of Seattle members and friends to give the gift of holiday cheer to many children in need this holiday season.

We are collecting donations of new toys, gift cards, movies, books, board games, and new clothing items geared towards kids from infant to teen ages. Done-in-a-Day will match all donations- so if you donate, your efforts will be doubled!

The Junior League Done-in-a-Day Committee will be collecting unwrapped new toys this December. Items can be dropped off at the Junior League General Meeting on December 4th at Nordstrom or at the League office. All donations must be collected by Monday, December 12th.

For more information on this initiative, please contact Mary Ellen Jilek at

December General Meeting at Nordstrom!

Sunday, December 4th, 4:00-6:00 pm

John W. Nordstrom Room, 5th Floor
Nordstrom Downtown, 500 Pine Street

Please join us at Nordstrom Downtown to celebrate the season as we announce the Junior League of Seattle President-Elect Nominee for 2012-13.

Holiday desserts and cocktails will be served and Santa will be available for photos until 5:00 pm! Please remember to RSVP to the Nordstrom concierge to meet Santa at 206.628.1690 by December 1. Guests and children are welcome to attend.

More information:


Calling all wine lovers! The Premier Event Wall of Wine Committee would love your help. Please bring a bottle of wine valued $25 or above to the December General Meeting at Nordstrom and you’ll be entered to win a fabulous prize! You’ll receive a raffle ticket for every bottle you bring so the more the merrier.

If you have any wine connections (maybe through your favorite wine store, winery or a wine club that you might be a part of) please remember that wine experiences are always a wonderful auction item. We thank you in advance for your help in making this year’s Premier Event a success!