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Impact Day 2014: Northwest Harvest Service Shift Recap

by Shanna Lisberg

On Saturday, April 5, seven Junior League of Seattle volunteers gathered at Northwest Harvest’s main warehouse in Kent, Wash. to help sort and re-package bulk food for distribution to food banks throughout the state. Northwest Harvest is a nonprofit food bank distributor that has been fighting hunger since 1967. Northwest Harvest has a network of more than 360 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools and provides more than 1.7 million meals every month.

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Joining us on Saturday morning were a wide variety of volunteers including the Girl Scouts, families, other organizations and high school students. After hearing more about Northwest Harvest and general safety instructions, we learned that our task for the day was to sort and package rice into family-sized portions. Wearing our health-code required and oh-so-fashionable hairnets and plastic gloves, we got to work on this important task.

To make the work more efficient, Northwest Harvest has implemented quite the assembly line process. First, 50 pound bags of rice were brought in on pallets and the bags were emptied into a large bin. Volunteers then filled smaller bags with 1 large cup of rice each. These bags were then transferred to other volunteers who were tasked with taping the bags closed. The bags were then packed into boxes, which were sealed, labeled, and ready to be shipped to the food bank.

When we were finished, we had sorted and packaged 9,950 pounds of rice into 420 boxes. This amounted to 7,653 meals for hungry people.

Rice is not the only food distributed by Northwest Harvest. Volunteers might find themselves sorting fresh fruit, vegetables, beans or grains. Bulk items are repackaged into family sized portions to make distribution at the food banks quicker and easier. Each bag of rice that we packed on Saturday contained enough food to feed a family of four.

It was very inspiring to see all the other individuals who had chosen to spend their Saturday morning volunteering at Northwest Harvest. It was especially inspiring to see the families and younger children. It was clear that the kids were having a lot of fun while becoming aware of meaningful social issues. This service shift was a fantastic way to give back to the community and make a difference, all the while promoting the Junior League mission on Impact Day.

To find out more about Northwest Harvest visit http://www.northwestharvest.org/

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!

https://www.jrleagueseattle.org/nd=90th_anniversary

 

Junior League Takes the Capitol

by Olivia Burley

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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.

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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.

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.

New Office Staff – Laura Burke!

We are excited to welcome Laura Burke as the new JLS Office Coordinator! Laura brings with her a wealth of knowledge from previous marketing and account management roles. She is the mother of two young children and brings with her a tremendous passion for the non-profit world. The new Junior League of Seattle office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-5pm . Should you have specific requests, please attempt to get them in during office hours. Requests made when the office is closed will be tended to on the next day the office is open. You can reach her directly at laura.burke@jrleasgueseattle.org or by calling into the League office, during office hours. Please stop by the office to give Laura a warm welcome!

Also important to note is that Courtney Laguio has transitioned into her new part time role as our Marketing Associate for the League. We are thrilled to have Courtney focusing on true marketing efforts including driving brand awareness and helping further our work with the strategic fundraising plan. Moving forward, please transition your requests for office assistance from Courtney to Laura.

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.

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.”