Month: April 2012

Service Shift Opportunities

Energy: Seattle SCORES Spring Jamboree

Approximately 160 elementary school students from under-served communities will be participating in a soccer tournament at the Seattle SCORES Spring Jamboree event at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. Seattle SCORES is part of a national organization with a mission to “inspire youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students and become agents of change in their communities.”

May 25, 2012
2:30 – 6:30pm
Starfire Sports
14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila
Dress code: Casual/Sport

We are partnering with Seattle SCORES for this event and need volunteers to prepare bags of healthy snacks, greet students, and help a team as assistant coach for the day. Sign up online, or contact Gina Hall at hall.gina@comcast.net  for questions.

Mother’s Day Baskets – Deliveries

There are 10 service shifts available to help out with the Mother’s Day Basket provisional project! Help us by picking up bags on May 5, between 1:00 – 3:00pm, from the Junior League of Seattle office and delivering them to local shelters the week of May 7 – 11, 2012. Each shift opportunity is for delivery to a specific shelter and we need one volunteer for each shift. Sign up online.

Upcoming Events – Kentucky Derby Party and Touch-A-Truck!

The Junior League of Seattle invites you to don your best derby attire and come out for a day at the races on May 5, 2012, for our 7th Annual Kentucky Derby Party!

May 5, 2012
10:30am – 4pm
Emerald Downs
Ticket: $65

Start the day at re:public including complementary brunch, drink specials, live entertainment & a professional photographer to capture your derby best. Buses leave promptly at 11:45am for Emerald Downs. Enjoy mint juleps on the way to set the mood for some great races. The buses depart Emerald Downs at 4 pm to return to re:public for an after party you won’t want to miss! All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Seattle.

The Junior League of Seattle presents Touch-A-Truck: an event offering children a hands-on opportunity to explore heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve the Greater Seattle community.

Vehicles on display may include construction trucks, utility vehicles, emergency responders, tractor-trailers, buses, and monster trucks. Children of all ages are allowed to creatively explore the trucks of all sizes with guidance from the respective professionals who explain the equipment and discuss the work they accomplish with such machinery. The event also includes activities such as food vendors, games, crafts, and other local vendors.

Touch-A-Truck
June 3rd, 2012
10:0 am – 1:00pm
Magnuson Park
7400 Sandpoint Way NE, located off the 65th street entrance

The community-at-large is invited to attend. Our event is free, but donations to the Junior League of Seattle are encouraged. If you are interested in being a part of Touch-A-Truck or interested in being a sponsor, please contact Kate King at katepking@gmail.com .

Also, if any Junior League of Seattle member has one of the following we could borrow for the event, please e-mail Bridget Laneuville at bridget.laneuville@gmail.com .

1) a popcorn machine
2) a cotton candy maker
3) small folding card tables
4) pop-up tents/ tailgate tents

Lasagna Cacciatore – Great Potluck Recipe

The easiest way to host a large group of people for dinner is by having a potluck. Making one recipe, while getting to eat several dishes, is a win-win situation. If you’re lucky, you will probably even have leftovers, and if you keep some containers on hand so you can send your friends home with leftovers too!

The main dish for our Junior League of Seattle potluck, Lasagna Cacciatore,  is a delicious combination of lasagna and chicken cacciatore (just in case the name didn’t give it away). The recipe for Lasagna Cacciatore can be found  The Junior League of Seattle Cookbook Celebrate The Rain on pg. 131. If you want to cook something simple, filling, and cozy that can be put in the oven with no last minute finicky components, than this is the perfect recipe for you!

You will find the main recipe instructions in your copy of Celebrate The Rain, but here are some tips, hints, and photos from our personal experience.

TIPS

As you read through and follow the recipe, take note of some of the hints  below. The book also gives good tips, so make sure to read it thoroughly before you get started!

Decide if you want to buy double the quantities so you can freeze some for another time.

This recipe is simple to make, but it is still potentially time consuming. So, make sure you give yourself enough time to put this delicious lasagna puzzle together!

Once the chicken was browned for a couple of minutes on either side, you can put it in the oven on 350 for about 10 minutes. Cooking it in the pan can make it too brown and crispy, and the middle may remain uncooked. Baking it speeds up the cooking and keeps it moist.

Try fitting the lasagna noodles into your pan first so you know how many to use. Even standard sized lasagna pans vary in real dimensions, and no one wants to have too few noodles!

The serving size for this dish is closer to 10 if you are eating it with a side dish. We had a lot left over after eating it with 10 ladies.

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • ¾ pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced (*I used one large onion and chopped it into dice)
  • 10 ounces of button mushrooms, brushed clean, trimmed, and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large bell pepper, cored seeded and cut into ½ inch dice
  • 1 can (28 ounces) of crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basic
  • 1 teaspoon salt (*I used ½ a teaspoon)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cupe freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 cooked lasagna noodles

Viola! The finished product. Enjoy your potluck!

Training – All Training info – JLS, AJLI, and online.

LAST TWO TRAININGS OF THE 2011 – 2012 JLS YEAR

Don’t forget your two training requirements! Light food and drinks are provided and you are sure to learn something new with the fantastic speakers we have lined up! Please RSVP if you can attend one of these great sessions.

April 30th – Women in Finance Advanced

May 8th – Taking it to the Next Level: Advanced Social Media Techniques  – Currently FULL. Please keep checking the website or add yourself to the waiting list if you’d like to attend this event.

TRAINING ONLINE – FIRST MODULE NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW

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. This is a great way to have a better understanding of our powerful Association.

WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS

Learn how local women are impacting our community. Check out AJLI’s Webinar Wednesdays to hear from two amazing Junior League of Seattle sustainers, Colleen Willoughby and Dee Dickinson. Both of these inspiring women have been recognized for their commitment to service by being awarded the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Award as well as being honored by AJLI as Mary Harriman Award winners. You can view both trainings on demand.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities to be inspired!

Other upcoming Webinar topics include:

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. You can also view past webinars on demand.

To receive credit for online trainings, print out the certificate of completion and provide a copy to your Active or Provisional Advisor. Or, you may send your certificate of completion directly to Kellea Williams at kellea@amazon.com. 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, kellea@amazon.com  with any questions.

To access the online training and Webinar Wednesday’s, log-in to the AJLI website, go to the Training & Meetings tab, and choose Online Learning.  If you haven’t set up your AJLI account, you’ll need your AJLI Member # which can be found in your online profile or by contacting administrator@jrleagueseattle.org.

Food Gifts!

Food gifts are a fun way to share the love during the holiday season, special occasions, birthdays, and more. Luckily, the Junior League Cookbooks make this even easier, with several recipes that are perfect for sharing.

The Hazelnut Cinnamon Crisps are a perfect gift for sharing and an easy recipe for the holiday season. Found on page 217 of the Simply Classic cookbook, the recipe makes 80 cookies (which is a great number for splitting up among multiple groups. Furthermore, hazelnuts are the perfect seasonal nut.

The White Chocolate Cheesecake (page 236 of Simply Classic) is a great cake to bring to friends. The red raspberry glaze brings some holiday cheer, and makes for a lovely presentation. While it won’t ship easily, it is a perfect dessert to bring to family and friends.

The Better than Mom’s Oatmeal Cookies are an easy oatmeal cookie recipe (page 218 of Simply Classic) that makes about 4 dozen cookies. Everyone like oatmeal cookies and these look good and ship well!

Lastly, the Bite Size Bourbon Cakes (found on page 246 of the Junior League of Houston’s Peace Meals cookbook) will give you 30 individual cakes, with pecan, bourbon, and gingersnaps to flavor the cake. Easy to share and right for the season!

What other recipes do you like to share and gift during the holidays?

The Styles to Shine Closet – TWCA Girls First Program

One of the initiatives by the Junior League (DIAD) Committee is working on this month is the launch of The Styles To Shine Closet, part of the YWCA Girls First Program, which is geared towards girls aged 14-16. This program gives them job skills and helps them prepare for the job force by helping them with internships and after school jobs.

The Junior League of Seattle is helping them build the boutique with paint and mirrors and clothing racks, but we also need the items to fill the boutique! This is where you can get involved.

We are collecting work appropriate outfits and/or professional accessories for the Styles to Shine Closet.  Please see the list below of the items that are needed! Our goal is to have enough clothes for the girls have a true “Shopping” experience when the Boutique opens in May! So clean out your closets, go shopping, and encourage your co-workers to donate to this great local initiative to prepare young girls for the work force! I thought you might use this opportunity to do some spring cleaning and donate to a wonderful cause. Remember your first job interview? Most likely you had someone from your home to take you shopping for a new outfit or even help you select from your wardrobe and teach you how to dress appropriately. Perhaps your friend loaned you a leather portfolio or bag so your resume copies didn’t get wrinkled. These girls might not have that support at home, but their they’re getting it through Styles to Shine. Your donations will make it possible.

I will collect the items at home & work, or make arrangements to pick them up from you. We are also doing a couple of drop off locations. If you are interested in donating, email me and I’ll send you the drop-off information. We will even take care of the dry cleaning so you don’t have to do that! The collection dates are throughout the month of April. Thank you so much for your consideration- this is one of those times where your donation will make a big impact on a young woman’s life.

(JLS members can get shift credit- see DC for more details)!

Clothing Donation Suggestions:

  • Youthful, work-appropriate clothing and accessories in ALL sizes (including petite + plus size):
  • Button-down shirts Tops/blouses
  • Cardigans
  • Skirts
  • Blazers
  • cardigans
  • Pants
  • Trousers
  • Shoes (sizes 5.5-12)
  • Accessories:
  • Portfolios Shoulder/handbags
  • Jewelry
  • Pantyhose

Thank you so much for thinking of us and these young women.

We are taking collections at the office through April 30th. Bins and Racks will be set up in the next few days. The contacts for this project are Kim Aber, DIAD Member, kimberlyaber@gmail.com, KJ Johnson, DIAD member, kellyannaj@gmail.com , and Farrah Zemke, farrahmotley@hotmail.com

Donors who want credit should inform us of their donations by signing up for the shifts posted below.  If they decide to drop off their donations at the JLS office instead of during a shift, they still need to sign up on one of the shifts but inform us that their donation is at the JLS office and properly bagged/labeled so we know who to assign credit to once their donation is approved.

Sat Apr 14th 2012 10:00am-2:00pm DIAD: YWCA: Styles to Shine Clothing Drive (Donor Drop off)
Tue Apr 17th 2012 5:30am-6:30pm DIAD: YWCA: Styles to Shine Clothing Drive (Donor Drop off)
Wed Apr 25th 2012 6:00pm-8:00pm DIAD: YWCA: Styles to Shine Clothing Drive (Donor Drop off)

April General Meeting & Placement Fair

April 17, 2012
Starts promptly at 6:30pm, so please arrive early.
Placement Fair starts at 7:30 pm. Social time will be held concurrently with the Placement Fair.
MOHAI
Mandatory Voting Meeting

As always, voting is mandatory, so if you are unable to attend the meeting, please reach out to the JLS office at askus@jrleagueseattle.org to get your link to vote online.  Online voting will close at noon on Tuesday, April 17th. Please ensure to vote before then, or attend and vote in person, to avoid the $50 fine.

The voters guide can be found at http://www.jrleagueseattle.org/?nd=apr_vg_2012. Please spend a few minutes to review the motions ahead of the meeting so you are informed about the issues we are voting on. Items on the ballot will include our budget for 2012-2013.

Passing motions and the budget for 2012 – 2013 are not the only issues on the agenda that affects the League’s agenda. After the voting meeting, the Membership Wing will be hosting the annual Placement Fair, during which time all incoming and outgoing Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the League’s committees will be available at various booths to answer questions about their committees and help you make decisions about the future of your League career.

The Placement process will begin after the Placement Fair on April 17, 2012. In the meantime, you may view the catalog of available committees on the website at http://www.jrleagueseattle.org/?nd=placement_descriptions_12_13.  Once Placement begins you will be asked to select five committee choices and submit via the online Placement Tool.

Key dates for 2012-2013 Placement are as follows:

April 17 Placement Fair – Website enabled after the Active Placement Fair.
May 4 – Deadline to fill out web application.
Mid May – All members who have paid their 2012-2013 dues will be notified of their 2012-2013 placement.

The Governor’s Mansion Foundation

In the early 1970’s The Washington State Governor’s Mansion was in such poor condition that some suggested it should be torn down and replaced with an office building.  Instead, in 1971, First Lady Nancy Evans decided the mansion needed a plan and restoration.  In 1972 Mrs. Evans asked Seattle League member, Mrs. Joseph E. Gandy, to chair what was then known as, “The Foundation for the Preservation of the Governor’s Mansion.”

This entirely volunteer organization was launched with the purpose of furnishing the Mansion’s public rooms without using any tax monies.  In 1973 the Legislature appropriated funds for a substantial renovation of the Mansion and the addition of five private rooms.  In 1989, Washington State’s 100th birthday, a group of citizens created a special Centennial gift.  Over $300,000 was raised providing a permanent fund for the preservation and enhancement of the Mansion’s historic public rooms.  In 1988 the name of the organization was changed to the “Governor’s Mansion Foundation.”  Today the Washington State Governor’s Mansion is recognized as one of the finest homes of its kind in the country and the Foundation remains a non-political, volunteer organization dedicated to the support and maintenance of its public rooms, including acquiring Northwest art, books, and period furniture.

From Mrs. Gandy who served as Chair of the founding organization to Founding Trustees Mrs. Bryant Dunn, Miss Patricia Baillargeon, Mrs. Donald Foster, Mrs. Elmer Nordstrom, and Mrs. Sheffield Phelps, the Junior League of Seattle has played a major role in saving and restoring the Mansion. Virginia Kitchell, Diana Neely, and Jane Langlie have served as presidents of the Foundation and other Seattle League members serve as Trustees of the Foundation to this day.

On May 30, 2012, The Governor’s Mansion Foundation will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Those wishing to attend the celebration, representing the Junior League of Seattle’s role in establishing the Foundation, should contact Gale Barre, gmbarre@comcast.net.  For security reasons, attendance is by invitation only.

Modified Greek Quinoa Salad

The Junior League of Seattle is not the only League that produces excellent cookbooks. In fact, cookbooks are a major source of revenue for Junior Leagues throughout the country. Peace Meals, by the Junior League of Houston, is another popular cookbook. Peace Meals was released in September 2008 and is the Junior League of Houston’s fourth cookbook; the organization’s first in over 10 years. This recipe has been adapted from their Greek Quinoa Salad.

Quinoa is the grain du jour lately, but there are a wide variety of protein rich grains. A lesser known, but equally tasty grain, is farro, which has been swapped for quinoa in this recipe in addition to a few other modifications as seen in the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups farro
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup champagne vinegar
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon zested lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pitted and sliced kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine the farro and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the faro is fluffy, or about 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, garlic, lemon juice and rind, oregano, and olive oil.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except s&p. Fold in the farro and dressing, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately at room temperature.

Touch-A-Truck 2012 – Coming June 3rd!

DATE: June 3rd, 2012
TIME: 10:00 am-1:00 pm

The Junior League of Seattle presents Touch-A-Truck an event offering children a hands-on opportunity to explore heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve the Greater Seattle community. Vehicles on display may include construction trucks, utility vehicles, emergency responders, tractor-trailers, buses, and semi trucks. Children of all ages are allowed to creatively explore the trucks of all sizes with guidance from the respective professionals who explain the equipment and discuss the work they accomplish with such machinery. The event also includes activities such as food vendors, games, crafts, and other local vendors.

ATTENDANCE: The community-at-large is invited to attend.

LOCATION: Magnuson Park -7400 Sandpoint Way NE, located off the 65th street entrance

COST: Free, but donations to the Junior League of Seattle are encouraged. If you are interested in being a part of Touch-A-Truck or interested in being a sponsor, please contact Kate King at katepking@gmail.com.

Junior League of Seattle members – if you have them at home, please bring crayons or washable face paints to April’s General Meeting to help us out with supplies.
Also, if any JLS member has one of the following we could borrow for the event, please e-mail Bridget Laneuville at bridget.laneuville@gmail.com.
1) a popcorn machine
2) a cotton candy maker
3) small folding card tables
4) pop-up tents/ tailgate tents