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Extraordinary Junior League Members

By Shanna Lisberg

March is National Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. Over the years, the Association of Junior Leagues International has had many remarkable members – from First Ladies to authors, actresses, politicians and more. In honor of National Women’s History Month, here are six extraordinary women who have volunteered with the Junior League.

Shirley Temple Black
Known for her curls and dimples, Shirley Temple Black made her first appearance on the silver screen at the age of 4. In 1959 she joined the Junior League of Palo Alto. She would go on to head the Multiple Sclerosis Society, become a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and serve as the U.S Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Nancy Reagan
Not only was Nancy Reagan a First Lady of the United States, a dazzling movie star in the 1950s, and the spokesperson for the “Just Say No” campaign, she was also a member of the Junior League of Los Angeles. She currently supports the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and advocates for embryonic stem cell research.

Julia Child
Before authoring Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child was a member of The Junior League of Pasadena, where she contributed to the League’s magazine. After joining the League in 1935, Julia Child would go on to become a member of the Office of Strategic Service, author numerous cookbooks and star in various television series.

Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn may have won four Academy Awards for Best Actress, but she was also a member of the Junior League of Hartford. She sought to challenge stereotypes about women and campaigned for women’s issues during her time with the League. An advocate for reproductive rights, she also spoke out against anti-Communism in Hollywood in the 1940s

Eleanor Roosevelt
The longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was a member of the Junior League of the City of New York. After being introduced to the league by her friend, Junior League founder Mary Harriman, Eleanor Roosevelt worked with Junior League volunteers to improve living conditions for immigrants on the Lower East Side. Eleanor Roosevelt was a delegate to the United Nations and served on the UN Commission on Human Rights, where she oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Margaret Hamilton
You may know her best as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, but Margaret Hamilton was also a member of the Junior League of Cleveland. Trained as a teacher, Margaret Hamilton worked with children’s theatre programs and was an advocate of causes to benefit children and animals.

Visit the Junior League of Seattle’s website or The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. to learn more about these and many other amazing Junior League women.

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.

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.

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: http://www.ajli.org/?nd=testwebexondemand.
Don’t miss out on these opportunities to be inspired!

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

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 AJLI.org 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: http://www.ajli.org/?nd=webinarwed 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, kellea@amazon.com 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 http://www.jrleagueseattle.org. For assistance in finding your AJLI member number or logging on the AJLI website email askus@jrleagueseattle.org

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Meditations on the Meaning of Community and Civic Leadership

What does it mean to be a community and civic leader today?

As the foremost thinker on the subject of voluntarism and civic leadership, and as the leading source of civic leadership development and training for women, we are endeavoring to study what it means to be a community and civic leader today. Through these All Member Emails, we are fielding a series of questions that we hope you will ponder as we continue our transformation to preserve our legacy, relevance, and meaning to women around the world. Your answers will enable us to maintain our ability to provide women with the best civic leadership development opportunities available, as well as to solidify our position as a leading authority on the subject.

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We will collect and sort your answers and then distribute the findings in our next All Member Email. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts.

The Kashi/Kids in the Kitchen Success Story: $75,000 to distribute to Leagues for local KITK initiatives!

As many of you know, The Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) initiative to fight childhood obesity and promote good nutrition got its start in 2006 with inspiration from The Junior League of Calgary’s Junior Chefs program. To date, more than 200 Leagues across the Association have implemented programs in partnership with local community organizations, chefs, and nutritionists.

In order to build out the next phase of this successful initiative, AJLI aligned itself with Kashi, the maker of nutritious, all-natural foods, which provided funding for a planning grant and also agreed to make $75,000 available in grants to individual Junior Leagues if the Leagues collectively demonstrated their support for the program through a “Like” button promotion on Facebook.

The exciting news is that we did it! We put our money where our mouths (or our mouses) are. We showed enough love to qualify for the full $75,000 the company allotted to us. This means that AJLI has $75,000 to distribute to Leagues in grants of $2,500 or $5,000 to support their local KITK initiatives. As of our grant application deadline earlier this week, we had received more than 100 applications, which will be vetted by Kashi before Annual Conference where the winning Leagues will be announced. Congratulations on this tremendous effort to mobilize; we have truly demonstrated the power we can bring to bear upon a cause we believe in!

AJLI’s Webinar Wednesdays Resume

Please join us every other Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET for AJLI’s hit series, Webinar Wednesday. Register  for any upcoming webinars.
February 15
Sally Helgesen
Tapping the Power of the Female Vision

Here’s a chance to take advantage of the great online training curriculum, and satisfy your training credits through AJLI’s self-paced modules and Webinar Wednesdays. You can participate in one of each, for a total of two training credits. Log-in to the AJLI website, go to the Training & Meetings tab and choose Online Learning. You will see a place to register for new Webinar Wednesdays or view past webinars On Demand. There are also self-paced courses. To receive training credit for the self-paced course, print out the certificate of completion and provide a copy to your active or provisional advisor. 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.

**Notice: 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 www.jrleagueseattle.org .   For assistance in finding your AJLI member number or logging on the AJLI website email askus@jrleagueseattle.org .

Kashi and the AJLI – Kids in the Kitchen leaguewide fundraiser

Please visit the Kashi Facebook page and click "Like." Every "Like" will raise $10 for Kids in the Kitchen.

Kashi and The Junior League—WE’RE LIVE!!

Please help us earn $75,000 for Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen programs across the Association!

Throughout the year, The Kashi Real Project™ will feature organizations working to solve the Real Food Deficit, the gap that exists between the company’s vision for a healthy community of the future and the real-world food insecurity of today.

The Junior League will be Kashi’s featured partner from January 31st to February 22, 2012. Kashi will donate $10 every time a statistic related to the Real Food Deficit is shared via their Facebook page until the donation total reaches its maximum of $75,000. So please go to Kashi’s “Real Project” Facebook page, which should look like the picture on the right, and click the purple “Like” button in the purple star. Just one click, and you will earn $10 for Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen program!

The money we earn will be awarded to individual Leagues who apply for a grant—there are two levels, $2,500 and $5,000—to support their local KITK program. The grants will be distributed to winning applicants at this year’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The Application is posted online in the Awards section of the AJLI Member website via Survey Monkey on Wednesday, February 1 and must be completed by Wednesday, February 29. Click HERE to access additional information and the application.

Also, if you run a Kids in the Kitchen program and haven’t updated your event/program on the Kids in the Kitchen website please do so TODAY as people will be directed to the site to learn more about local programming…we want to be sure all information is accurate! Click HERE to access Events listing.

With your individual voice, our collective Junior League voice and Kashi’s dollars, we can better help reduce the real food deficit through our local Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen programs across the Association.

Six Month Financial Report (7/1/2011 – 12/31/2011)

The financial report for the first six months of AJLI’s current fiscal year (July 2011 – December 2011) enables you to see the financial position of AJLI. You can download the report HERE.

Should you have any questions or wish to follow up on this document, please contact any member of the AJLI Board of Directors.AJLI Finances WebinarJoin Sandra Thomas, AJLI Treasurer, for a review of AJLI’s first-half 2011-12 financial results, covering the period July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. The webinar will be held on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Click HERE  to register for the webinar.

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