Month: March 2012

AJLI’s Webinar Wednesdays

Do you want a chance to hear about how women right here in Seattle are impacting their communities?  Check out AJLI’s Webinar Wednesdays to hear from two amazing Junior League of Seattle women, Colleen Willoughby and Dee Dickinson.

Both of these inspiring women have not only been recognized for their commitment to service by being awarded the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Award, but both have also been recognized by AJLI for their service and have been honored as Mary Harriman Award Winners.  Colleen’s training will take place April 4th, and is titled “Women’s Collective Giving-A New Asset for Your Community.”  You can view Dee’s November 2nd training, “Using Your Junior League Experience to Start a Nonprofit Organization” on demand:
Don’t miss out on these opportunities to be inspired!

Members: Your AJLI number is listed in your profile on the JLS website.


Henry Art Gallery Lecture

Written by Anbrit Long, NW Art Chair:

The Junior League of Seattle and Henry Art Gallery partnered in March to offer an exciting lecture and training session that focused on the rich history of Northwest Art and artists.  The evening featured presentations by Northwest Art expert and gallery owner John Braseth, and Henry Art Gallery and Junior League docent Tricia Tiano.

Shelly Lambert, John Braseth and Ashley Baerwaldt-President Elect

Event attendees were invited into the Henry Art Gallery’s Reed Gallery Collections Study Center to view 25 works by Northwest artists that John Braseth had pulled for discussion including Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Paul Horiuchi, and others from the Henry’s Collection.  John provided a wealth of knowledge, analysis and anecdotes to the audience on the Pacific Northwest-based artists.  Junior League members were able to compare and contrast the works, complementing the Junior League of Seattle’s collection.  All attendees were able to look at works from the Gallery’s collection up close, and many of the works were “loose” (unframed and/or unmatted) which added to this unique and exciting experience.

Tricia Tiano, the longest running active docent at both the Henry Art Gallery and Junior League of Seattle, led attendees through an inquiry-based docented discussion of the Flashback exhibit in the Henry’s north galleries, comparing works in the Henry’s collection to work in the Junior League’s collection.  Flashback looked at the visual art of 1960’s and 1970’s with a selection of paintings by Northwest artists and work by University of Washington faculty who were breaking with tradition. Tiano discussed University of Washington faculty painters Spencer Moseley and Alden Mason, who were creating Op Art with large colorful canvases, in contrast to the works and palette of other Northwest painters such as Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, and William Cumming.

Silvia Wolfe, Executive Director of the Henry Art Gallery, gave opening remarks and noted the importance of fostering dialogue about the rich history of art in the Northwest.  The Henry has a long-standing tradition of collaborating with the public, community groups, and other art institutions.  She also thanked Halinka Wodzicki, award-winning educator, for her excellent work in art education for both the Henry Art Gallery and the Junior League of Seattle.

This evening was a unique opportunity for the JLS to share in the academic riches of one of the nation’s most innovative and esteemed university art galleries.  Over half of the 100 attendees hailed from outside the Junior League of Seattle, making the evening a true partnership.


The Henry Art Gallery is committed to taking risks, and fostering dialogue and debate.   The exhibits and programs are designed to stimulate research and teaching at the University of Washington, as well as provide a creative wellspring for artists, students, and educators. To learn more about the Henry Art Gallery and their public offerings, please click here.

The Junior League of Seattle Northwest Art Project develops critical thinking through art. For 51 years, the program has been bringing original works of art by Northwest artists to local classrooms—reaching over 11,000 children and 400 educators last year alone with its inquiry-based critical thinking methods. During its early years, the program was hosted and administered in conjunction with the Henry Art Gallery.  To learn more about the NW Art program, please click here.  To inquire about the NW Art program visiting your school, please write:

John Braseth is owner and of Woodside/ Braseth Gallery, the oldest and one of the most respected galleries in the Pacific Northwest.  Since 1961, the Woodside/ Braseth Gallery has been instrumental in fostering an appreciation of Northwest Art by lending and donating works locally and abroad, as well as encouraging our collectors and patron to loan their treasures of Northwest art to local, national, and international exhibits and major museums.  Open to the public, the Gallery regularly mounts exhibitions of work by major figures in Northwest art, drawn from their rich and extensive holdings of art works.  To learn more about the Woodside/ Braseth Gallery, click here.

Tricia Tiano
John Braseth in the Reed Collection.
Attendees listen to gallery talk.

How to Make Time for Healthy Eating

The Junior League of Seattle understands how hard it is for us all of us to maintain healthy eating habits. It is especially hard for busy, working moms! We strive to encourage healthy eating habits and realize that with those healthy habits come serious planning and time management. We all know that healthy parents that teach their kids good, healthy habits are setting them up for successful futures. Here are a few tips for making sure that healthy eating is a priority in your family.

1) Make an actual appointment in your weekly schedule for meal planning and grocery shopping. Sitting down and planning the week’s meals will save time at the grocery store and in the kitchen.

2) Encourage your whole family to help out. Kids can help pack lunches and snacks. Teach them how to divide snacks into individual portions. You will get some help in the kitchen and they will learn more about portion control and proper planning. While you are at it, get your kids to help with the menu planning, then you won’t have to fight them so much when you prepare a meal they are sure to love!

3) Stock up on the basics. Make sure you have all the healthy basics on hand (including healthy snacks.) That way, when you have to plan something in a hurry, everything you need is already there.

4) Use smaller plates and containers. Bento boxes work great for kids lunches. When you are in a rush, no one wants to bother with measuring portion sizes, but if the dishes are already sized accordingly, you won’t need to worry about measuring.

Save the Date – Rebuilding Together – April 28th

Please join Rebuilding Together and fellow JLS members:

Saturday, April 28
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Rebuild the home of a couple living in the Skyway neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. We will be doing a variety of different tasks including painting, sanding, gardening, fixing drywall, hanging light fixtures, etc. The more volunteers the better! Feel free to bring a friend, family member, significant other, or co-worker to assist with the work and give them a sneak-peek into your life as a Junior Leaguer. For those of you, who are still looking to meet your service shift requirement, this event qualifies for two service credits. Breakfast and lunch will also be served.

Modified Dark and White Brownies

When looking for new and interesting sweets to bake, both Simply Classic and Celebrate the Rain, two cookbooks from the Junior League of Seattle, have a wide range of treats to choose from. The Simply Classic Cookbook has a fantastic recipe for Dark and White Chocolate Brownies. If you’re not a fan of white chocolate, it is easy to adapt this recipe to suit a variety of taste buds!

Instead of white chocolate, try swapping peanut butter chips or peanut butter M&Ms for the white chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter?


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips, M&Ms, or other favorite candy


Preheat oven to 350.

Butter bottom and sides of 8″ square pan.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; add half semi-sweet chips and do not stir.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until mixture is thickened (about 6 minutes). Add chocolate mixture, flour, vanilla, and salt. Mix until just combined.

Stir in remaining semi-sweet chips and peanut butter chips.

Spoon mixture into pan, smooth top with spatula.

Bake until tester inserted in center comes out almost clean, about 30 minutes.

Cool brownies in a pan on a wire rack; cut into squares when cool.

These brownies will have much more chocolate flavor than the original recipe, so be prepared!

TRAINING: Online Learning with AJLI

The AJLI is continuing our work on our robust new online learning curriculum, which is designed for all members of the Association. Our first self-paced training module, Building Leaders and Blazing Trails: Changing the World with The Junior League, is now online and available to you at your convenience.

It’s a great tool for onboarding new Junior League members and for anyone looking to have a better understanding of our powerful Association. You can find the module in the Online Learning section of the Members’ section of under the Training & Meetings Tab.

Our Webinar Wednesdays have been gaining a lot of traction and we are pleased to present the next installment in the series on March 7: “Boost Your Power-To: A 9 Ways to Power Tool,” featuring teen mother-turned best-selling author and women’s activist Gloria Feldt, who will discuss the disparity in men’s and women’s representation in positions of power and how to harness your own potential as a leader.

In addition, our spring Webinar schedule is packed with speakers who will address some compelling topics, including, among many others:

April 18: “To Lead Is to Serve, How to Attract Volunteers and Keep Them” Featuring: Shar McBee, author

May 2: “Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential” Featuring: Dan Pallotta, author Webinars begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to register in advance for the

Webinars of your choosing using this link: You can also view past webinars on demand.

To receive credit for the self-paced course, print out the certificate of completion and provide a copy to your active or provisional advisor, or send directly to Kellea Williams. For Webinar Wednesday attendance and another training credit, please let your advisor know which session you attended. We will be able to confirm via the online attendance records. You can take as many courses as you’d like, but you will only receive training credits for one of each. Please contact Kellea Williams, with any questions.

**Note: To access the member side of the AJLI website to register for Webinar Wednesdays you will need to create a log in, using your AJLI member number and an email address. Your AJLI member number is listed under your member profile at For assistance in finding your AJLI member number or logging on the AJLI website email

Done in a Day Events – Impact Day

Please join us for three great Done In A Day Events:

  • Impact Day 2012
  • Impact Day After Party
  • New Shift Opportunities

The DIAD Committee, Community Wing & the Impact Day Provisional Project are excited to present Impact Day March 24th, 2012.

Currently, we have various community service opportunities that require more than 175 volunteers for March 23rd & March 24th. We hope that you can find the time to get out and support our Non Profit Partners for the Junior League of Seattle’s BIG Day of Service! Our goal is to make a HUGE IMPACT! There will be more shifts to come! We need your support and on some of the shifts we would appreciate the support of your family & friends!

IMPACT DAY: Spring Cleaning at YouthCare’s Orion Center
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm Orion Center

IMPACT DAY: Preparation Shift for Rebuild Together
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

IMPACT DAY: Magnuson Park Clean Up
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: IMPACT Day New Beginnings Gardening & Yard Cleanup
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 10:00am – 2:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: Seattle Against Slavery Poster Campaign
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)



Our boots will be dirty and our muscles will be sore, but that just means we need a party even more!
Let’s celebrate a successful Impact Day and spend some time enjoying each others’ company after a great day of serving the community! We have reserved space at FX McRory’s, ordered some appetizers and set up drink specials for you and your guests. Join the Done in a Day committee and your Junior League friends to toast a job well done from 2pm-6pm. Surely, we will all be tired from our hard work, but who is ever too tired for a drink with friends?

Who: Members and Friends of the Junior League of Seattle (even if you weren’t able to volunteer on Impact Day)
What: Celebration of Impact Day and everything we do!
Where: FX McRory’s 419 Occidental Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104 (Street parking or the pay lot at Century Link Field)
When: Saturday, March 24th 2-6pm



DIAD partners with local organizations whose missions align with ours, supporting projects and programs that combat childhood obesity, anti-violence against women & human trafficking, and organizations that support foster care & disenfranchised youth. We plan projects and initiatives for JLS members to participate in to make an immediate impact on our community’s needs and inspire voluntarism. We post the shifts to the JLS website as soon as they are available, so please don’t forget to log in and check for availability and to sign up. Check back for availability if any of the shifts are full at this time! Please cancel at least 3 days in advance if you are unable to attend so another member has the opportunity to sign up.

DIAD: Create Easter Baskets for the YWCA
Mon Apr 2nd 2012, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Life Skills For Women Collaboration Luncheon Celebrates, Looks Forward

WRITER: Gretchen Griffith

On January 25th, the Project Development committee hosted a Collaboration Luncheon for three of the League’s newest community partners: YWCA Young Parent Program, New Beginnings, and Mary’s Place.

Junior League Director Jeanette James led a lively discussion among key League members and partner representatives about their collaborative efforts to provide adult women with a variety of practical skills and education. Focusing on the League’s newly formed Life Skills for Women committee (LFW), the League specifically sought to evaluate its relationships with these partners by looking at current project collaborations and exploring potential areas of expansion and opportunities for advocacy.

Community partners praised their interaction with the League, citing the passion, consideration and professionalism of its members. “Junior League of Seattle volunteers listen and incorporate the actual needs of participants,” remarked Liz McDaniel of Mary’s Place. “Other non-profits come in and say, ‘Here’s what we want to do.’”

Recognizing the LSW committee’s early success, the Project Development committee will offer feedback and make recommendations, likely including:

  • Develop a set of best practices for working with new community partners.
  • Continue to address the high demand by partner clientele for job skills training and financial literacy. Partners enthusiastically responded to a proposed League-branded curriculum that could be implemented with multiple organizations, thus reaching more women.
  • Consider expanding LSW committee offerings via mentorships.
  • Share relevant areas of opportunity with the Done in a Day, ENERGY, and Kids in the Kitchen committees.
  • Continue exploring advocacy opportunities by further understanding the community partner’s needs and issues facing its clientele.

“It’s clear that the Life Skills for Women committee and its community partnerships are off to a great start,” says Charlotte Comer, Project Development chair. “Susan Evani, Allie Switaj, and their team have done a tremendous job laying the foundation for success. We are thrilled to see these relationships thrive and benefit women in need.”

Training Opportunities – 5 Left from March to May.

Junior League of Seattle members: Please don’t forget to fulfill your two training requirements this year. Light food and drinks are provided at every training, and you are sure to learn something new from the fantastic speakers we have lined up. To attend one of the fantastic trainings we have coming up, please RSVP through the member side of our website, under “Shifts & Events” –> “Event Sign Up.”

March 22ndMotherhood is the New MBA: The sustainers are putting on this great training! Shari has an undergraduate degree in speech communications from the University of Washington and earned her MBA from Seattle University.She recently published her first book titled, Motherhood is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to be a Better Boss. (St. Martins Press, hardcover). She has been featured in Time Magazine, Redbook, HybridMom, Body & Soul, Costco Connection, Martha Stewart’s radio program, KING 5 morning news, The Metro News New York, BusinessWeek online, MomLogic website and Working Mother magazine blog.

March 28thCorporate Culture Focus: 2 for 1 night (Get two training credits for coming!) This training will give you two credits for one night of Trainings. Topics will include: The Right People, Right Jobs; The Road to Transformation, and How to Navigate the Corporate Culture. For those of you looking for trainings on the East side, please note this training will take place at  Microsoft (Bellevue) City Center Plaza 555 – 110th Ave. NE Bellevue, WA 98004 City Center Plaza .

April 11thCoaching: Single Night Training: It sounds like something for a sports team, but coaching in the workplace is a powerful tool to help you maximize your potential. Do you have a mentor? Do you have a clear idea of what you would get from a mentor relationship? This training will cover what you should expect from a coaching relationship – from either side – and will give you some insights on how to get one started. Will take place at Seattle’s REI.

April 30thWomen in Finance: Advanced: we will talk about the great opportunities and unique considerations women have when planning for their financial future. During this presentation we will talk not just about women and investing, but retirement opportunities for business owners and college planning for your children’s future.

May 8thTaking it to the Next Level: Advanced Social Media Techniques: There’s more to social media than just socializing! Learn how to take your social media efforts to the next level. Topics include: using social media as an integrated online marketing strategy, managing multiple profiles from a single source, creating viral content, and using social media to increase hits from search engines. Marc Menninger, an online marketing expert who specializes in search engine optimization (SEO) and social media training for small businesses, will share real-world examples of innovative techniques small businesses are using to maximize their social media efforts.