Category: Membership

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.

Non-profit Partners: Youth Care

Most of us take for granted that we know where we’re going to get our next meal- lunch at our favorite café, pick up some groceries at QFC or meet friends for a dinner out. Hundreds of teens and young people in Seattle- and as many as a thousand- are not this lucky. They wake up each day not knowing where or if they’re going to eat. That’s where Youth Care comes in.

YouthCare is one of the League’s nonprofit partners. It helps homeless young people between 12 and 24 find a place to stay, get a hot meal and continue their education. The center provides 20 futon beds a night for those who would likely otherwise be on the streets or in an unsafe home environment. Teens and young people can also work on a GED, get training as a barista and get help with resume writing; and these are just a few of the opportunities YouthCare provides. Lunch and dinner are served Monday-Friday- and that’s where the Junior League helps out.

In October I joined a great group of ladies and spent part of the afternoon fixing and serving lunch at the Orion Center. First, we went on a quick tour of the facility and learned about the amazing work their staff does as well as the many opportunities and services provided. Then we went to work- chopping onions, slicing tomatoes, and grilling burgers. We even washed dishes and scrubbed the grill! Everyone pitched in right away and in no time we had lunch ready. Homeless teens were elated with a lunch of cheeseburgers with all the fixings, mac and cheese, brownies and satsumas. We started serving promptly at 12:30. I’d say about 20-25 kids came through, although we had prepared for as many as 75. Earlier that week the JLS prepared lunch for near 75, so we needed to be prepared. They were all so appreciative of what we’d done- most thanked us several times. It was such a simple way to really impact a group of people. I think we all left feeling pretty great about or efforts and glad to have been able to provide a meal.

Be sure to look for more opportunities to participate in a nonprofit meeting. I highly recommend it!
If you’d like to learn more about YouthCare, check out the website: http://www.youthcare.org/

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Letter from Renee

Dear Junior League of Seattle Members,

The 2011-12 Board of Directors has watched over an extraordinary year in the Junior League of Seattle.  From voting in a new organizational structure to seeing our newest community projects, Kids in the Kitchen and Lifeskills for Women flourish, to overhauling and improving our communication and social media efforts, to serving hundreds and in some cases, thousands of children with our projects and services, we have accomplished a great deal.  We have much to be proud of, not the least of which is the simple fact that voluntarism lives in our hearts and continues to be the foundation of our amazing organization.

Thank you to the 2011-12 Board of Directors.  I have trouble finding words that adequately express my admiration for your thoughtfulness, passion and stewardship.  To all the women who accepted leadership roles, whether chairing a committee, working as an advisor, I am so grateful.  To every Active, Sustainer and New Member who stopped me at an event, picked up the phone or sent an email with a new idea or words of advice, I thank you.

My one regret this year is that I have not had the opportunity to get to know each and everyone of you as well as I would have liked, the year did go by amazingly fast.  Yet on a very real level I do know you.

You are the women who lead and who gladly follow other leaders.  Voluntarism is vital to your lives.  You can be found fitting your personal life around your Junior League life.  You rejoice in the daily victories of the women and children who you serve.  You send emails in the wee hours of the morning.  You work like mad.  You challenge yourself to ask for the dollars that keep our community projects running.  You are positive forces in this community.  You are problem solvers. You are hand-holders.  You have families and friends that are very proud of you.

You are the women of the Junior League of Seattle and I have been so honored to lead you.

Ashley Baerwaldt takes the gavel and I am delighted to pass this on to an incredibly gifted and talented woman, someone I can also call a very dear friend.  Ashley is an outstanding leader and the League is in very good hands.

With my thanks, admiration, respect and love,

Renee

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.
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.

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

Mother’s Day Baskets – Please donate!

CALLING ALL MEMBERS TO DONATE ITEMS FOR THE MOTHER’S DAY PROJECT!

The Mother’s Day Project is a provisional project that assembles and delivers a bag of goodies to women in shelters throughout the Seattle area. Our goal is to assemble 800 bags this year, with 10-12 items per bag. We would appreciate it if you could donate the following items:

  • Deodorant (travel size)
  • Fun items such as perfume samples
  • Razors
  • Nail polish
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Combs
  • Make-up
  • Hair scrunchies/bands

Please keep in mind that due to the bags’ size restrictions, these items should be sample or travel size.  How You Can Help:  Bring the above items to the April GM for collection. You may also drop off the items at the JLS Office.

JLS Contact: Hallie Desautel: 425-770-5824 or hdilloway@gmail.com

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
MOHAI
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 askus@jrleagueseattle.com  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 http://www.jrleagueseattle.org/?nd=apr_vg_2012 .   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.

Done in a Day Events – Impact Day

Please join us for three great Done In A Day Events:

  • Impact Day 2012
  • Impact Day After Party
  • New Shift Opportunities
IMPACT DAY 2012

The DIAD Committee, Community Wing & the Impact Day Provisional Project are excited to present Impact Day March 24th, 2012.

Currently, we have various community service opportunities that require more than 175 volunteers for March 23rd & March 24th. We hope that you can find the time to get out and support our Non Profit Partners for the Junior League of Seattle’s BIG Day of Service! Our goal is to make a HUGE IMPACT! There will be more shifts to come! We need your support and on some of the shifts we would appreciate the support of your family & friends!

IMPACT DAY: Spring Cleaning at YouthCare’s Orion Center
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm Orion Center

IMPACT DAY: Preparation Shift for Rebuild Together
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

IMPACT DAY: Magnuson Park Clean Up
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 9:00am – 12:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: IMPACT Day New Beginnings Gardening & Yard Cleanup
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 10:00am – 2:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

DIAD: Seattle Against Slavery Poster Campaign
Sat Mar 24th 2012, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
(open to non JLS member family and friends)

 

IMPACT DAY AFTER PARTY

Our boots will be dirty and our muscles will be sore, but that just means we need a party even more!
Let’s celebrate a successful Impact Day and spend some time enjoying each others’ company after a great day of serving the community! We have reserved space at FX McRory’s, ordered some appetizers and set up drink specials for you and your guests. Join the Done in a Day committee and your Junior League friends to toast a job well done from 2pm-6pm. Surely, we will all be tired from our hard work, but who is ever too tired for a drink with friends?

Who: Members and Friends of the Junior League of Seattle (even if you weren’t able to volunteer on Impact Day)
What: Celebration of Impact Day and everything we do!
Where: FX McRory’s 419 Occidental Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104 (Street parking or the pay lot at Century Link Field)
When: Saturday, March 24th 2-6pm
RSVP Here: IMPACT DAY AFTER PARTY

 

DONE IN A DAY SHIFT OPPORTUNITIES

DIAD partners with local organizations whose missions align with ours, supporting projects and programs that combat childhood obesity, anti-violence against women & human trafficking, and organizations that support foster care & disenfranchised youth. We plan projects and initiatives for JLS members to participate in to make an immediate impact on our community’s needs and inspire voluntarism. We post the shifts to the JLS website as soon as they are available, so please don’t forget to log in and check for availability and to sign up. Check back for availability if any of the shifts are full at this time! Please cancel at least 3 days in advance if you are unable to attend so another member has the opportunity to sign up.


DIAD: Create Easter Baskets for the YWCA
Mon Apr 2nd 2012, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Life Skills For Women Collaboration Luncheon Celebrates, Looks Forward

WRITER: Gretchen Griffith

On January 25th, the Project Development committee hosted a Collaboration Luncheon for three of the League’s newest community partners: YWCA Young Parent Program, New Beginnings, and Mary’s Place.

Junior League Director Jeanette James led a lively discussion among key League members and partner representatives about their collaborative efforts to provide adult women with a variety of practical skills and education. Focusing on the League’s newly formed Life Skills for Women committee (LFW), the League specifically sought to evaluate its relationships with these partners by looking at current project collaborations and exploring potential areas of expansion and opportunities for advocacy.

Community partners praised their interaction with the League, citing the passion, consideration and professionalism of its members. “Junior League of Seattle volunteers listen and incorporate the actual needs of participants,” remarked Liz McDaniel of Mary’s Place. “Other non-profits come in and say, ‘Here’s what we want to do.’”

Recognizing the LSW committee’s early success, the Project Development committee will offer feedback and make recommendations, likely including:

  • Develop a set of best practices for working with new community partners.
  • Continue to address the high demand by partner clientele for job skills training and financial literacy. Partners enthusiastically responded to a proposed League-branded curriculum that could be implemented with multiple organizations, thus reaching more women.
  • Consider expanding LSW committee offerings via mentorships.
  • Share relevant areas of opportunity with the Done in a Day, ENERGY, and Kids in the Kitchen committees.
  • Continue exploring advocacy opportunities by further understanding the community partner’s needs and issues facing its clientele.

“It’s clear that the Life Skills for Women committee and its community partnerships are off to a great start,” says Charlotte Comer, Project Development chair. “Susan Evani, Allie Switaj, and their team have done a tremendous job laying the foundation for success. We are thrilled to see these relationships thrive and benefit women in need.”