Category: Actives

What the Junior League of Seattle Means to Me

By Shanna Lisberg

 Shanna shift photoWhen I lived in Washington DC, sometimes I would walk into Georgetown and I would always see this beautiful 3-story brick building. There was a plaque on the building that read “Junior League of Washington” and it always intrigued me. I didn’t know what the Junior League was but, after some research, I discovered it was a women’s organization devoted to training and volunteering. I always wanted to join but unfortunately never had the opportunity.  

 When I moved to Seattle in 2011, I had pretty much forgotten about the Junior League; I was busy trying to find a job, trying to meet people, and trying to settle in to my new city. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that a friend mentioned the Junior League and I thought it would be a great time to join. I enjoy volunteering and I thought it would be a wonderful way to get out in the community and meet people.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I joined the League. I knew there would be volunteering, I knew there would be meetings, and I knew there would be fundraising.

But the Junior League is so much more.

It’s more than just a group of women in a room talking about their causes. It’s more than just a monthly meeting where service awards are handed out. It’s about advocating and going out into the community to support and help the population. It’s about book clubs and socials, and learning how to become effective leaders. It’s about friendships and knowing that the person sitting next to you cares about the same things that you do.

 The Junior League has afforded me so many opportunities to contribute to my community. I’ve spent my Saturday morning packing bulk food at a food bank, tagged and sorted clothes at the Treehouse Wearhouse store, gotten dirty while gardening, helped set up Christmas parties at Mary’s Place and the annual Harborview Children’s Holiday Party. I’ve mingled with lawmakers and learned about causes important to the Junior League while touring the capitol during Capitol Days. I’ve watched documentaries, engaged in thought-provoking conversations, and listened to panels regarding our foster care system. I’ve gone to trainings to learn about starting a business. And that’s just in the past few years.

 Additionally, I’ve met so many amazing ladies in the League. The Junior League is a wonderful assortment of countless, diverse women who all choose to make a difference. There are women from all walks of life, in all areas of professions, all giving their time to volunteer and fundraise for the same cause.

 Not only am I able to build lasting friendships, but by volunteering in the community, the League allows me to connect so much more to the place where I live. I enjoy giving back to a community who has embraced me so fully and knowing that I’m able to give back to those less fortunate makes my time spent with the League that much more gratifying.

 I’m proud to be a member of the Junior League of Seattle.

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Creating Impact through Affordable Housing

By: Jobie Colton-Gores

JLS Build GroupOn September 20, 2014, the Junior League of Seattle partnered with Habitat for Humanity to work on the Habitat for Humanity La Fortuna site in the Renton Benson Heights neighborhood. The property of the build site was once vacant land within an area of residential homes built from approximately 1960 to 1970. Once complete, it will provide 41 low-income families with both an affordable home and an affordable mortgage in a new housing development in Renton.

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Environmental stewardship and long-term affordability will be ensured by constructing townhomes to achieve or surpass Energy Star and Master Builders “Built Green” 4-Star sustainable building standards. Currently 12 families have already moved into their new homes at La Fortuna.

To help with this build, Junior League provided 49 volunteers consisting of Provisionals, Actives, and Sustainers for a total of 294 hours of service. Two of the leaders for the day were workers from Americorps, an organization which provides Habitat for Humanity new workers every year. Alongside the JLS volunteers were other volunteers who come on a weekly basis, and even some of the future homeowners themselves who were eager to see the progress on their new homes.

JLS Build 1The projects for the day included completing finishing touches on one of the homes, cutting and placing flooring on a stairway, moving rocks to line the drainage system for an unbuilt home, and maintenance of a wetland area to help with the efforts of the Green Build. JLS was blessed to have beautiful weather for this hard and physically exhausting day. Fortunately, the weather and reminder of the important work being accomplished brought a smile to everyone’s face as they worked.

Lunch arrived as some League members were ending their shift and others were just getting started with renewed energy. This was truly an amazing opportunity to sit down and talk with some of the future home owners, Americorps workers, and Habitat for Humanity employees and volunteers.

JLS Build 2Overall, it was a very successful day! JLS is excited to continue to partner with Habitat for Humanity in the future.  Together, Junior League of Seattle and Habitat for Humanity can create powerful change in our community.

 

Tips to Keep Kids Safe and Healthy This Summer

By Shanna Lisberg

Children’s health and wellness has always been a key issue for the Junior League. Programs such as Kids in the Kitchen seek to help reverse childhood obesity and its associated health issues. While living a healthy life involves healthy eating and staying physically fit, a healthy lifestyle should also involve being safe and making healthy lifestyle choices for yourself and your family.

This summer, children will be playing outside and basking in the sunshine, as the warm weather and longer days bring plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Help keep your kids safe and healthy this summer with the following tips:

    1. Keep kids hydrated. Remind children to drink often throughout the day, especially if they are playing. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends drinking about every 20 minutes if kids are active in sports. About five ounces is fine for a kid weighing 88 pounds.
    2. Protect children’s skin from the sun. Everyone should apply a water-resistant sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays every day of the year. Sunscreen should be at least SPF 30 and should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before going outside
    3. Sunglasses are a must. Overexposure to UV rays can be especially harmful for the very young. The lens in a child’s eye cannot filter out as much sun as an adult lens. Some studies suggest that 80 percent of sun damage occurs before age 10.
    4. Inspect playground equipment before letting kids play on it. Before your kids play on the playground, be sure to check it out first. It’s important to make sure that nothing is broken or rusted. Also, keep an eye out for metal equipment and surfaces that can become hot in the sun and can cause burns.
    5. Make sure your children have proper footwear. While flip-flops can keep feet cool, they are not the most appropriate footwear when children are playing. Make sure your children’s feet are covered to protect them from injury.
    6. Follow pool safety. Never leave kids alone near the pool and always swim only in designated swimming areas when a lifeguard is on duty. Teach your children to swim. Air filled or foam toys, such as water wings, noodles, or inner tubes, should never be used in place of life jackets. These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
    7. Bike Safely. Make sure your children know the rules of the road and appropriate hand signals for turning and stopping. Make sure your child always wears a helmet and that it fits properly. Check your child’s bike to make sure the brakes, tires, and reflectors are all working correctly.
    8. Travel with care. Teach your children to buckle up every time they get in the car, no matter how long the drive. If your children are young, make sure they are adequately secured in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats.
    9. Beware of insects. Protect your kinds from insect and mosquito bites by using insect repellent. Choose a repellent with no more than 10% to 30% concentration of DEET. Be watchful when it comes to ticks and check your kids every day.

 

Remember, just because you are being safe, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun this summer!

*Material for this article from How Stuff Works, United Healthcare, the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate, and the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.

January Happenings in the Junior League

by Shanna Lisberg

There are 293 chapters of the Junior League throughout Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States whose mission is to promote volunteerism and develop the potential of women. We all know how the Junior League of Seattle promotes the mission statement, but what about the rest of the League? Here’s what some of those other chapters have been up to in the past month:

  • At the January 14 Lodi Unified School District board meeting, the Junior League of San Joaquin County donated funds to purchase iPads and accessories for a first and third grade class. The Junior League partnered with the Crete Family Foundation, which issued a matching grant, to make this possible.
  • The Junior League of Columbia kicked off its 90th anniversary year by announcing the recipients of its first-ever Community Enrichment Grant program. The JLC awarded $160,000 in onetime enrichment grants to local nonprofits supporting the JLC mission, vision or current focus area of healthy children.
  • The Junior League of Sarasota hosted a night of painting, wine, and fun with their charity event Painting with a Purpose. The event consisted of a two hour painting session, where participants were able to complete a painting to take home.
  • The Huntington Junior League kicked off a month-long food drive in January to benefit the Huntington Area Food Bank. The Junior League and the Huntington Area Food Bank are working together to collect cans of soup to be distributed to Tri-State Area food pantries and soup kitchens.
  • The Junior League of Central Westchester held a Family Game Night to help benefit Heartsong, Inc. in White Plains. Heartsong is a creative arts therapy facility for those with special needs. Families that attended the game night were asked to bring toys, books, and games to be donated to Heartsong.
  • The Junior League of Pueblo hosted a Kids Health Challenge Fit4Fun event at the Pueblo Mall for kids and teens. There were plenty of activities for kids to engage in, including Minute-to-Win-It games, hula hoop and jump rope contests, zumba, and yoga.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Many Junior League chapters focused on raising awareness by taking part in a variety of human trafficking awareness events to combat modern day slavery.

  • Junior League members throughout the state of New Jersey worked with the Junior Leagues of New Jersey State Public Affairs Committee to raise awareness and fight human trafficking in preparation of the Super Bowl.
  • The Junior League of Portland presented a documentary made by the JLP titled Waiting for the Light: Portland’s Sex Trafficking Crisis to a packed theater. The documentary focuses on child sex trafficking in Portland and attendees heard from a distinguished panel of speakers that sought to raise new awareness of the issue and provide tools and ideas about how citizens can help fight sex trafficking.
  • The Junior League of Daytona Beach hosted a public seminar at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University that included guest speakers from The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Orlando Police Department.
  • The Junior League of Birmingham held a Community Round Table Luncheon to discuss the issue of human trafficking in Alabama. Several panelists were present including four representatives from the FBI, the Alabama Fusion Center, the WellHouse and the Alabama State Legislature.
  • The Junior League of Portland is currently holding their Second Annual Delicates Drive to collect new undergarments for survivors of human trafficking. Last year, the Delicates Drive collected approximately 1417 bras and underwear and $1,189 worth of gift cards.

Rebuilding Together Day 2013

On Saturday, April 27th the Junior League of Seattle participated in Rebuilding Together! Over 85 Junior League of Seattle Members, family and friends volunteered to help repair the home of a man in the Rainier View neighborhood. In just one day we were able to: remove an old, unusable deck and build a new safe, sturdy deck; redo the siding on the back of the house; remodel the bathroom, making it more accessible for the homeowner; update the kitchen; clear out the basement creating more usable space; and clear the entire yard surrounding the home!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated day-of or donated items/services. You made it possible for this homeowner to continue to live independently!

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May Celebration

Please join us on May 15th to celebrate the Junior League year as we highlight our accomplishments, recognize our Provisional, Active and Sustainer of the year as well as those members celebrating five and ten years of Active status in the League. We are also thrilled to honor and recognize our Dorothy Stimson Bullitt award recipient, Kathy Randall. Social begins at 6:30pm and our meeting will start promptly at 7:00pm.

Attention Provisionals and Sustainers! You are also invited to attend a champagne toast, hosted by our Sustainers from 5:30-6:30pm.

Lastly, this is your chance to get a photo taken or updated for next year’s Greenbook. The photographer will be available at 5:30pm to take pictures of Sustainers and Provisionals and Actives should arrive at 6pm to have their picture taken before the May Celebration meeting begins.

May Celebration
May 15, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Seattle Golf Club, 210 NW 145th Street, Shoreline, WA 98177
Please note: no jeans allowed at the Seattle Golf Club.

RSVP by May 8th for the Sustainer/Provisional champagne toast.

RSVP on our website for May Celebration.

TEACH AND BE TAUGHT

Written by Alice G. Foreman, NW Art Committee Member:

Some might wonder at the title of this blog entry. For those currently serving on the Junior League of Seattle’s NW Art Committee, or JLS members who have served on the Committee and been privileged to go into one of the Seattle Public Schools (SPS), the meaning will be very clear. It won’t even be an “aha” moment; they will just smile and agree.

I want to provide a little explanation for those readers who have not enjoyed the experience of in-room teaching, being a docent, or being a member of the NW Art Committee (something I hope all Seattle Leaguer’s do at some point during their JLS career), but enough Committee endorsement, just read on and you will understand.

Before you can teach you must be taught. You must learn about art and our artists.  Being a member of the NW Art committee, you will learn under the watchful eyes of the Committee Chair, Vice Chairs and Committee Advisors. The keys and overarching links in the learning process of the NW Art Committee are two-fold:

  • Halinka Wodzicki, JLS’s art educator and the Museum Education Manager of the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery. The Henry is a fine repository of Northwest Art, a jewel of a show place for fine art as well as place to educate the public about art.
  • Committee continuity and knowledge sharing.

First of all, let us start with Halinka, a teaching star. She is knowledgeable and approachable.  She is the person who will give you the tools, knowledge and understanding of art you will need to be a successful docent yourself. Her lesson plans and insight tell you exactly how to use these tools and share them with students and teachers alike. So, if you choose to go into the schools to teach/docent, you will be taught.

Secondly, NW Art committee continuity and the sharing of knowledge and experiences is ever-present and an immeasurable factor in the success of bringing art into the schools.

When you get into the classroom, there are moments and experiences where your students teach you. They find a color you had not seen in an art piece. They see and share information about the placement of lines and shapes. You will find their excitement contagious. They will let you know what they see, and they are eager to try on your explanations and compare their thinking with yours.

The ultimate success is the knowledge that you have shared information that will help expand students’ horizons in all areas of their learning. It was always a great thrill for my docent partner, Minda Brusse, and I to receive a fine report card as well as appreciation from our school’s principal for the lessons we shared.

What did the students I taught and the experience of being a docent teach me? That a student’s eyes and minds are open to the creative wonder of art and its importance in our world, and that the experience of letting them interact with art and seeing their imaginations at work is a joy.

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.
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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.

Impact Day 2012 – Wellspring Baby Boutique Service Shift Recap

JLS volunteers at the Wellspring Baby Boutique on Impact Day 2012.

Bright and early on Impact Day, March 24, 2012, fourteen Junior League of Seattle ladies arrived at the Wellspring Family Services Baby Boutique on Rainier Avenue for a tour of Wellspring and to help sort clothes in their Baby Boutique. The Baby Boutique is a “free store” for homeless families with children. It supports families that are in the cycle of homelessness by providing them with clothing, diapers, infant formula, baby equipment, toys, books and many other essential items.

In 2010 alone, the Baby Boutique served nearly 3,500 homeless children in the greater King County area.

Initially, the shift was supposed to entail sorting through donations, but the efficiency of a Junior League woman should never be underestimated! We soon moved onto stocking the store and helping some of the kids pick out clothes, books and toys.

The highlight of the day was when a little boy picked out some shoes that we had just stocked and looked at us excitedly saying, “this is the best find all year!  Three words for you girls – totally rad!”

OK, it was two words, but it was still the cutest and most rewarding thing we heard all day!

Sorting clothes at the Wellspring Baby Boutique.

Thank you to all the fun, energetic Provisionals and Actives who participated:

Laura Antonenko
Camille Carette
Tracy Smith
Shanna Woo Ganem
Anna Delton
Mary Ellen Jilke
Melissa White
Danielle Castino
Desiree Trister
Fiona Watson
Noelle Nelson
Staci Baldwin
Kellyanna Johnson

The Junior League of Seattle thanks Wellspring Family Services for the privilege of allowing us to work with you this year. Wellspring was established in 1892, and is celebrating 120 of service to our community. If you would like to learn more about Wellspring Family Services, please click on their name to follow a link to their website.

Junior League of Seattle volunteers at the Wellspring Baby Boutique on Impact Day 2012.

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.

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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: nwart@jrleagueseattle.org

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.