Category: General Meeting

First General Meeting Kicks Off Our 90th Year

By Kelly Glade/ Junior League of Seattle member

On Tuesday, Sept. 17 the Junior League of Seattle held its first general meeting of the year. With a packed, energetic house, this meeting kicked off the League’s 90th year.

Blue Thunder, the entertainment drumline of the Seattle Seahawks, fueled the energy in the room by opening the meeting. In addition to the League members in attendance, several past League presidents and community partners joined us.

Rebecca Wilson, President of the Junior League of Seattle, with members of the Seahawks Blue Thunder drum line.
Rebecca Wilson, President of the Junior League of Seattle, with members of the Seahawks Blue Thunder drum line.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Karen Blair, Professor of History and Department Chair at Central Washington University. Dr. Blair focuses on history of Pacific Northwest women and the history of women’s voluntary associations in America. She shared the history and evolution of women’s volunteer groups.

With our first general meeting in the books, we have many events to look forward to in the upcoming year. These include our Done in A Day Committee’s goal of completing 90 service shifts by April 5 to celebrate our 90th year. Mark your calendars for the Premier Event, “Lights, Camera, Action!” on Feb. 22 and our May Celebration on May 20 where we will fill a time capsule for our 90th year. There is a lot to be excited about and many ways to give to the community!

Junior League members pause for a photo at our first General Meeting of the year.
Junior League members pause for a photo at our first General Meeting of the year.


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.

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.
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 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 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  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.

April General Meeting & Placement Fair

Our final voting meeting of the Junior League year is upon us!

April General Meeting & Placement Fair
April 17, 2012
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Voting Meeting

Please note that the meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm, so please arrive early and find your seats by 6:25pm, so we can start immediately. The social portion of the evening will be held during the Placement Fair, starting at 7:30pm.

As always, voting is mandatory, so if you are unable to attend the meeting, please reach out to the JLS office at  for your link to vote online.  Online voting will be open from Friday, April 6th and will close at noon on Tuesday, April 17th . Please ensure to vote during this timeframe, or attend and vote in person, to avoid the $50 fine.

The voters guide can be found at .   Please spend a few minutes to review the motions ahead of our meeting, which will include our budget for 2012-2013.

Be sure to stop by the Cookbook Committee table at the April General Meeting. Not only will Simply Classic, Seattle Classic and Celebrate the Rain be available for sale, but we will again have cookbooks from Junior Leagues across the country.

Whether buying books for yourself, as Mother’s Day gifts, or to share with friends and family, these gourmet award winners shouldn’t be missed. We will be selling Knoxville’s Dining in the Smokey Mountains, Clearwater-Dunedin’s From Grouper to Grits, Pine Bluff’s Southern Accent: A Second Helping, and Eugene’s Cooking from the Coast to the Cascades.

New books are in from Tulsa, OK (Oil and Vinegar), Madison, WI (Mad About Food) and the star from the Bay Area, San Francisco’s centennial cookbook San Francisco Entertains. Houston’s Peace Meals and Stop and Smell the Rosemary are back by popular demand. For the budding cooks in your family, we have Junior Leagues in the Kitchen with Kids. So ladies, be sure and pick up your books early in the evening. Many sold out in December as soon as the boxes were opened.

San Francisco Entertains is on sale for $35, Peace Meals is on sale for $30.00. All other books are $20.00. These books make great gifts. Don’t miss this opportunity to add a new book or two to your cookbook collection.

March Unit Meetings

March Unit Meetings take place the week of March 17 through March 22. Unit Meetings are a great way to meet women in the Junior League who live in your local neighborhood, as well as discuss ongoing Junior League of Seattle events, announcements and subject matter in a more intimate setting than a General Meeting. Most meetings are potluck, and it’s a wonderful experience to meet other JLS members outside of your committee and participate in lively discussions. We hope that you’ll make the March Unit Meeting taking place in your neighborhood!

Please RSVP if you can attend one of the meetings by signing up via our website: Please see the list of scheduled meetings and their times and locations below:

Sat. Mar 17 2012 9:00am – 11:00am JLS Office
Sat. March 17 2012 12:00pm – 2:00pm JLS Office
Sun. Mar 18 2012 9:00am – 11:00am JLS Office
Sun. Mar 18 2012 12:00pm – 2:00pm Belltown
Mon. Mar 19 2012 2:00pm – 4:00pm Mercer Island
Mon. Mar 19 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm JLS Office
Tues. Mar 20 2012 12:00pm – 1:30pm Redmond/Microsoft Main Campus
Tues. Mar 20 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm Hawthorne Hills/Seattle
Wed. March 21 2012 12:00pm – 1:30pm Downtown Seattle
Wed. Mar 21 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm Kirkland
Wed. Mar 21 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm Belltown
Thurs. Mar 22 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm Madison Park

Voting Results Are In

Thank you to all the Active members who voted as part of the General Membership Meeting. Your participation is essential to governance and growth of the League. Three important motions were up for vote including:

(1) a revised organizational structure within the Management Council,
(2) sunsetting the LIfeBooks Committee and
(3) and an increase to Membership Dues.

The revised organizational structure and sunsetting of our beloved LifeBooks committee motions passed. The motion regarding membership dues did not pass as currently written. Membership dues for the 2012-2013 League year will remain the same at $175 for Active Members, $100 for Sustaining Members, $65 for Sustaining Members over the age of 62 and $0 for Emeritus Members over the age of 79.

Active Members, your input through the voting process is a vital part of how Junior League of Seattle Leadership plan for the long-term success of the League. Your feedback is equally important. We would like to hear more from you and will be sending out a short survey to you in the near term. Please stay tuned.

Notice for All Members: Due to the snow storm that delayed the January General Meeting, the Management Council has voted to suspend the rule that Dues Notices shall be sent out the second week of February. Thank you for your understanding. Notices will be mailed shortly.


This General Meeting is a mandatory voting meeting for all Active members. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact Courtney at the JLS office, , to receive an electronic ballot. Electronic ballots are due by noon on Friday, February 3rd.
The fine for not attending this mandatory voting meeting, or obtaining your absentee ballot and voting prior to noon on February, is $50.  (This is for Active members only.)

Where: Triple Door Downtown Seattle
216 Union St, Seattle, WA

When:  Monday, February 6th @
6:00 pm – Social
7:00 pm – Meeting

Parking: Valet parking is available on Union St. during dinner hours for $10.90 (this includes tax) – there are also various parking garages in the area.

January 2012 General Meeting

January 2012 General Meeting

The Triple Door

216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101

January 17, 2012

Social Hour: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Leadership is putting forward several motions at our mandatory January Voting meeting at the Triple Door, January 17, 2012. If you are unable to attend this meeting, you will need to obtain an absentee ballot and submit it to the Junior League of Seattle office before January 17th. The Voter’s Guide has been posted on the website under Communications > Meeting Materials > January Voting Guide. To review talking points for the dues increase and proposed changes to our management council organizational chart brought forward during our November Unit Meetings, please review items posted at Communications > Meeting Materials > 11/11 Unit Meeting Materials.

Social in Musicquarium (lounge inside of the Triple Door) from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Light appetizers will be served at the social and cash bar will be available.

Parking available in the Triple Door Garage on the corner of Union Street and 2nd Avenue for $9.00 per car (must enter garage after 5:00 pm for this rate). Parking is also available in adjacent garages (Benaroya Hall at corner of Union and 2nd and Russell Investments Garage on Union between First and 2nd Aves) and also on the street. Carpooling is encouraged.

Congratulations to President-Elect Nominee, Rebecca Wilson.

President-Elect Nominee and Past Presidents: Rhonda Neben, Joanne Petitto, Joanne Jones, Rebecca Wilson, Natalie Bow, Marilyn Leck, Renee Hartnett, Ashley Baerwaldt, Elizabeth Reilly.

During a packed General Meeting at Nordstrom’s flagship store on Sunday, December 4, the Junior League of Seattle’s Nominating Committee was thrilled to announce that Rebecca Wilson is our new President Elect Nominee.

Rebecca’s experience spans diverse roles within and outside of the Junior League of Seattle. Outside of the League, she has been actively involved in the University Family YMCA, serving on their Board of Directors and leading their annual campaign. She has also served on the Board of the Ruby Room and been involved in  Seattle Works. Within the Junior League of Seattle her broad experience has been felt in areas such as Project Development, Lifebooks, and Fundraising Manager. She is currently serving on the Junior League of Seattle on our Board of Directors.

Professionally, Rebecca is the Dean of Students at Forest Ridge School for the past five years. She serves on the Diversity Committee and was instrumental in creating a Women in Leadership Speaker series for students and faculty alike. A 2010 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow, Rebecca’s community involvement has and will continue to focus on youth development, education and healthy living.

Congratulations Rebecca! We value your leadership and commitment to serving as our leader and helping us all support the Junior League of Seattle mission!

December General Meeting at Nordstrom!

Sunday, December 4th, 4:00-6:00 pm

John W. Nordstrom Room, 5th Floor
Nordstrom Downtown, 500 Pine Street

Please join us at Nordstrom Downtown to celebrate the season as we announce the Junior League of Seattle President-Elect Nominee for 2012-13.

Holiday desserts and cocktails will be served and Santa will be available for photos until 5:00 pm! Please remember to RSVP to the Nordstrom concierge to meet Santa at 206.628.1690 by December 1. Guests and children are welcome to attend.

More information:


Calling all wine lovers! The Premier Event Wall of Wine Committee would love your help. Please bring a bottle of wine valued $25 or above to the December General Meeting at Nordstrom and you’ll be entered to win a fabulous prize! You’ll receive a raffle ticket for every bottle you bring so the more the merrier.

If you have any wine connections (maybe through your favorite wine store, winery or a wine club that you might be a part of) please remember that wine experiences are always a wonderful auction item. We thank you in advance for your help in making this year’s Premier Event a success!