Month: March 2014

Impact Day Is Almost Here!

by Shanna Lisberg

Join the Junior League of Seattle on Saturday, April 5, 2014 by making an impact on the community and promoting volunteerism! Approximately 100 trained volunteers will be providing direct service at over 10 volunteer events across the greater Seattle area, offering much-needed volunteer resources to improve the health, education and welfare of women and children. Volunteers will be participating in a wide variety of projects to serve the following community organizations: YWCA, Boys & Girls Club, Solid Ground, Mary’s Place, Youthcare, Lifewire, Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline.

Formed in 1923, the Junior League of Seattle (JLS) was founded on the idea that the greatest way to make a positive impact on the community is to empower and train female leaders while promoting voluntarism. Over the decades, JLS has made an unprecedented contribution to the welfare of women and children in the Puget Sound area by developing projects that are still making a difference today.

JLS Volunteers at Seattle Tilth's Demonstration Garden.
JLS Volunteers at Seattle Tilth’s Demonstration Garden.

90 Shifts for 90 Years

This year, the Junior League of Seattle celebrates its 90th anniversary as the premier women’s organization in the Puget Sound area. In honor of our anniversary, JLS is committed to completing 90 service shifts to make an enormous impact in the community. 90 Shifts for 90 Years is a memorable way to commemorate our dedication and enthusiasm for community service. Throughout the year, JLS members have been volunteering their time and skills in a wide variety of service shifts. We are close to our goal of 90 shifts and need everyone’s help and support for our Big Day of Service!

League members are invited to save the date and sign up for a volunteer shift. This is a great occasion for committees and provisional groups to join a shift together to celebrate the year’s work. Additionally, this is one of the last opportunities to obtain service shift credit for member obligations.

Shifts are visible on the JLS website and will be located in multiple locations throughout the greater Seattle area. You are welcome to bring friends and family to volunteer, and again, our goal is to have as many volunteers out in the community at the same time. Help JLS reach our goal of 90 service shifts for 90 years, with at least 100 volunteers, and give back to our community.

We need your help to make April 5 the best Impact Day yet!


New Timeline Chronicles 90 Years of JLS History

by Christina Trabant

How do you pack 90 years worth of Junior League of Seattle history into a timeline?  How do you illustrate the changes our League has experienced during those 90 years?  How do you digitally save the information while also creating a physical and movable representation that League members can view and enjoy?  That was the task set before my Provisional Project group, as we took on the JLS Visual History Timeline Project.

The project was conceived by League staff member Courtney Laguio, who spent much of the past two years organizing and cataloguing the archives in the office.  With the blessing of JLS President Rebecca Wilson, Laguio’s brainchild for a Provisional Project was green lit for the 2013-2014 year in advance of the anniversary celebrations.

During our group’s first meeting in September, we discussed a number of ideas for the timeline itself and a reveal party.  We wanted to highlight the important dates as well as the projects and issues the League championed.  We held work parties to pour over the archived photographs and read through the Annual Reports and Greenbooks.  Of course any Junior League of Seattle timeline would be remiss without mentions of the Seattle Day Nursery, Braille Library for the Blind, The Wise Penny Thrift Shop, Puget Soundings, the Cookbooks and Northwest Art as well as our two Mary Harriman award winners, Dee Dickinson and Colleen Willoughby.

During our work parties, the group remarked about learning the smaller details the archives allowed us to uncover.  For example: The amount of money the Wise Penny brought in during its inaugural year; the membership number flux over the past 90 years, particularly during World War II; the year that League members began being recognized by their own names instead of their married names; the evolution of the Madison Park office purchase and opening; and the first year the President-Elect position started.  We also enjoyed viewing the varying member fashion over the years and seeing skinny jeans featured during a 1970s fashion show.  As a Provisional, I was especially interested in the 1976-77 year, when the League began scheduling Provisional gatherings in the evenings to accommodate an increasing number of working women and the 1985-86 year, when Provisional Projects were added.

After gleaning the dates and data we wanted to include, Courtney Laguio used her graphic design skills to create the layout of eight distinct poster drafts.  Each poster represents one decade, from the 1920s through the 1990s.  We chose not to build a poster for the 2000s decade, as we are hoping League members will view the timeline and come forward with more archival information.  Our group members had the opportunity to review and comment on the drafts via the GroupShare function on Digital Cheetah and the final posters were printed.

The timeline reveal party took place during the January edition of Bubbles & Bites, Monday, January 27th at the League office. In addition to showing off the final product of our Provisional Project, the party featured recipes made as part of a service shift from the League cookbooks.  Even if you missed it, keep your eyes peeled at our upcoming 90th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 5th, where the timeline is scheduled to be on display.

To purchase tickets to the 90th Anniversary Celebration, please click the following link. Friends and family are invited!


Junior League February Happenings

February may have been a short month, but that did not stop Junior Leagues around the country from working to develop the potential of women and improving the community. From care packages to proms, here is what Junior League chapters throughout the U.S. have been up to in the past month:

  • The Junior League of Waco, McLennan Community College and the Region 12 Education Service Center sponsored the 9th Annual Teen Suicide Prevention Symposium. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens. The event focused on cyber-bullying and included informative presentations covering prevention strategies, risk assessments, recovery programs as well as how traumatic death affects grief and healing.
  • The Junior League of Lafayette hosted the first ever Families Helping Families Assistive Technology Demonstration. The event was held in conjunction with the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network, a nonprofit organization that aims to connect elderly citizens and those with disabilities with Assistive Technology. The expo focused on devices designed to help people with disabilities to complete everything from day-to-day tasks to staying up to date with technology.
  • The Junior League of Greenwich and the YWCA Greenwich sponsored an anti-bullying event. The event featured a screening of the documentary “Bystanders: Ending Bullying,” which examines bullying in New Mexico schools and efforts to combat it, and a panel discussion. Speakers included the Superintendent of Schools, two Greenwich High School students, and members of the Anti-Defamation League and the nonprofit Family Centers.
  • The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) selected Promise House for its annual Provisional project.  Thirty-two prospective JLD members spent part of their weekend volunteering at the nonprofit that serves at-risk North Texas teens. The members spent the day painting and decorating bedrooms at the shelter. Promise House embraces homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth by providing them with individualized support, skills, encouragement, and hope to live a better life.
  • The Junior League of Central Westchester delivered 150 care packages for mothers-in-need at White Plains Hospital. Through the utilization of its own funds, combined with donations from the Wal-Mart Foundation/Sam’s Club and Sassy, Inc., the Junior League of Central Westchester delivered the packages of newborn essentials, which included onesies, side-snap shirts, sleepers, socks, hats, baby wash, rattles, books, nail files, and thermometers.
  • The Junior League of Houston (JLH) hosted its 66th annual Charity Ball, an event that played out over three consecutive evenings. The design was “Imperial Dragon”. This year, the Junior League of Houston raised over $1 million, a JLH record.
  • The Junior League of Birmingham hosted its 7th annual “Pretty at the Prom”. This event offered an afternoon of primping and pampering to the young women of the Exceptional Foundation. The Exceptional Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with mental and physical handicaps throughout Birmingham.
  • The Junior League of Macon held its 3rd Bookin’ It 5k and Fun Run on February 22. The event featured a 5k course for runners and walkers of all ages and a Bookworm Jog for children 12 and under. The race supports the Junior League of Macon’s fight for literacy.
  • The Junior League of Flint held a human trafficking town hall on February 25. State Representative Joseph Graves co-hosted the event and was joined by State Representative Kurt Heise, co-chair of the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking, and a representative from Michigan’s attorney general.
  • The Junior League of Honolulu partnered with the Honolulu Alumnae Panhellenic Association to hold a workshop to help college seniors gain skills to enter the workforce competitively. Skills included learning how to dress for success, how to give a good interview, and networking skills.
  • The Junior League of Lubbock partnered with United supermarkets to provide snacks for children who suffer from hunger during the weekend. The “Food 2 Kids Poptarts Drive” provides sacks of food each Friday for 1,500 local kids who may not have enough to eat over the weekend. All sacks provided to children contain peanut butter, juice, fruit snacks, pop-top cans of spaghetti, cereal, toaster pop-tarts, shelf-stable milk, nut sacks and other items.
  • The Junior League of York hosted New York Times best-selling author Charles Krauthammer at their “In the Spotlight” Speaker Series event at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York City. Krauthammer joined a prestigious list of past “In the Spotlight” speakers, including Walter Cronkite, Margaret Thatcher, George H.W. Bush and Cal Ripken Jr.

Junior League Takes the Capitol

by Olivia Burley

The JLS Ladies with Senator Joe Fain

On Monday, February 17 – aptly Presidents’ Day, the Junior League of Seattle hosted Capitol Day at the State Capitol in Olympia. Joined by members of the Junior League chapters in Olympia, Tacoma, and Yakima, the event focused on providing an overview of the state legislative process, meeting key players, and learning how we can get involved – as legislators and as advocates of the causes that are important to us.

The JLS Capitol Day Committee organized a jam-packed day for attendees. We kicked off with breakfast and then met with Noah Ullman, Executive Assistant to Senator Joe Fain, who explained how the State legislative process works. It was a busy day on the floors of the House and Senate as bills were being presented.

Senator Joe Fain met with us amid the hustle and bustle in the gallery wings. Fain represents the 47th Legislative District (Auburn, Kent, Covington, and Renton) and is the Senate majority floor leader. He urged JLS members to bring our community activism to Olympia by running for office and shared with us the behind the scenes narrative that colors the legislative process.

From there, we moved to the Senate gallery and observed the action on the floor before taking a tour of the Capitol. Our guide shared the interesting history of the Capitol and Washington State and made each of us feel like a distinguished visitor.


Following our tour, we met in Governor Jay Inslee’s conference room with Kelly Ogilvie, Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor. Ogilvie gave an overview of some of the issues most important on the Governor’s agenda:  education, increasing the minimum wage, and creating jobs. Then, he opened the floor to a discussion with Junior League members. Arts funding, education, and access to nutritional food were some of the topics touched on in the conversation.

Representative Cyrus Habib represents the 48th Legislative District (Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point, and Medina) and met with our group over lunch. He answered questions moderated by JLS member McKinley Smith. Habib shared his focus on issues that affect women in Washington State, namely pay equity and reproductive rights, and answered questions.

McKinley Smith and Representative Cyrus Habib
McKinley Smith and Representative Cyrus Habib

Following the formal agenda of our day, Capitol Day attendees were given time to visit their district representatives. While most were busy on the floor or in meetings when we stopped by, their staff welcomed us and encouraged follow-up conversations.

Capitol Day was a wonderful introduction to the State legislative process. Everyone we met was delighted to have community interest and engagement and encouraged the women of the Junior League to make their voices heard.


The Advocacy Committee will host a screening of the documentary “From Place to Place” followed by a panel discussion on March 18th at Hotel 1000. The film “tells the story of the invisible children who grow up in America’s foster care system”.  Children in Foster Care has been an advocacy focus for the League. Understand how you can make a difference in lives of foster youth; broaden your awareness of how children come into foster care and what the effects can be; look for ways you can advocate, use your voice and make a difference.  Please plan to stay for the panel guests to ask questions and get REAL answers.

Find out more about the movie here: .

Copies of the movie will also be available for purchase with all net proceeds going to JLS.

A pre-show meet up will start at 5:30 pm at BOKA Restaurant + Bar in Hotel 1000, followed by a cash bar on the second floor gathering area from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The screening is free and participants will receive a training credit.

**** We are opening this event up to non-League members, so please invite your friends! Please be sure to enter the total number of people in your group next to ‘Quantity’ when you register- space is limited! ****

Location: Hotel 1000 – Front Room (1000 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104)

Valet Parking will be $12 for League Members for this event



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