Category: Provisionals

President-Elect Log Q1 (June – August 2016)

President-Elect Log Q1 (June – August 2016)

President-Elect Log Q1 (June – August 2016)

Many of you have seen Candice’s President’s Log in the weekly e-blast about what she’s focused on for that week or something interesting that is happening in the League. I have decided on a more modest goal, a quarterly blog post about the role of President-Elect. I hope this regular post will give you some more insight into the role of President-Elect and answer the question, ‘What exactly does the President-Elect do?’

June: 

Leadership Retreat – Retreat planning begins in the Winter. The content and messages are owned by the President but the President-Elect also attends the planning meetings, collaborates on messages and content, and assists with the operational aspects of the program. This year, after hearing feedback from committees that they wanted more direction from leadership, Candice and I developed annual plans for every committee and included metrics for committees tied to our new Strategic Plan.

CityClub Luncheon – JLS members had a key role in the formation of the Seattle CityClub (link to their website). Every year, we host a table at their fundraising event including JLS Board Members, Managers, staff and key committee leaders.

Annual Campaign Donor Event – For the past several years, we’ve hosted an event for people who donate over $100 to our Annual Campaign. It’s a nice way to say thank you to those members and non-members that have supported us and a great way to connect with Active and Sustainer members.

Sustainer Cocktail Party – Our Sustainer members host an annual cocktail party. I had a great time connecting with Past Presidents and meeting Sustainers. I always learn something new about the League when I attend a Sustainer event.

I also spent time this month meeting with Managers. We were able to get to know each other better and talk about goals for the year.

July :

Management Council – The JLS Management Council is made up of the wing managers, Treasurer-Elect, Sustainer Manager and Management Council Secretary and is responsible for overseeing day to day operations of the League. We spend time reviewing information submitted by Committee chairs/ vice chairs from the Leadership Reporting Form, addressing issues that affect individual committees or the entire League. Management Council meets year round and meetings are open for members to attend through our Pathway to Boards program. You can register to attend through the JLS website.

In July, Managers had a chance to provide feedback on a draft version of the strategic plan.

Provisional Retreat – I attended my first JLS Provisional Retreat and it was awesome! As a transfer, I completed my Provisional year at another League so I loved having an opportunity to see how the JLS welcomes our newest members. I presented a brief history of JLS, got a chance to meet new members and even caught a few Pokémon.

Bellevue Art Museum (BAM) Kids Fair – Completed my first service shift of the year! We’ve partnered with BAM to do our Northwest Art Program for the last several years. They are a great partner and this is a super fun art-tastic event. I enjoyed working with both Active and Provisional members.

I spent some time visiting wing meetings so that I could meet more members and address any questions or concerns that Managers and Chairs may have.

August:

Transfer Social – Did you know that the Membership Committee assigns two Active Advisors to welcome/support members that transfer to our League? Women that transfer to the JLS bring a wealth of experience and great ideas from other Leagues. (I’m not just saying that because I’m a transfer, I swear!)

Board Meeting – The Board of Directors also meets monthly and is focused on the strategic direction of the League. As the President-Elect, I get to attend both the Management Council and Board Meeting. I got to run the August Board meeting as Candice was out of town. Like Management Council meetings, Board meetings are open for members to attend through our Pathway to Boards program. You can register to attend through the website.

Premier Event Meeting – Candice and I meet monthly with Kate Gonsalves (Premier Event Chair), Ali Gilson (Fundraising Events Manager), and Minda Brusse (Director at Large, Raise the Paddle Board Project). The Premier Event is our largest fundraiser and there are some great things already planned for the February 2017 event.

JLS 100th Anniversary Ad Hoc Committee Meeting – There has been an ad hoc committee made up of Actives and Sustainers that has been meeting during the past two years to begin planning for our 100th anniversary. This ad hoc committee is scheduled to become a regular committee in 2017-2018 (my presidential year).

WHEW!!That was a lot more than I thought I had to talk about. Maybe this should be a monthly post…I’ll think about it.

Before, I close I just want to point out a couple of things that are not in this post. I have not included details about answering JLS emails and phone calls but rest assured that those things are happening.

In fact, Candice and I have a weekly call (and usually lots of text messages) to touch base and keep each other informed.

I hope that you found something interesting in this post. I welcome your questions and comments. My email is jlsjenna.boitano@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you at a JLS event soon!

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Leadership Retreat
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BAM Kids Fair

 

Being a Provisional

Guest Blogger & 2015-2016 Provisional: Sarah Ledbetter

Eastside Baby Service Shift 2

Women join Junior League for many reasons – networking, training, and leadership, to name just a few.  For me, one of the main drivers was the opportunity to give back to the community.  As part of the Junior League of Seattle (JLS), where part of the mission is to promote voluntarism, I knew that I’d have a chance to incorporate service back into my life.  And so far, it’s been great – shifts organized by our Done in a Day committee allow our members to participate in a variety of activities, and through our work, the League is able to make a huge impact!

Provisional members of the JLS have a requirement of four service shifts during their first year, and I’ve had the opportunity to participate in three.  The first was through Treehouse Seattle, which provides support to foster children in the area.  A group of ten of us spent an evening after work sorting, tagging, and stocking clothing items that would become available to the foster children who shop in their store, which usually sees 2,000 visitors annually.  I’m sure that you could imagine how proud we were when the Treehouse representative working with us said that Junior League groups were her favorite to work with!  It was such a fun evening getting to know other JLS members while supporting youth in foster care.

My second service shift was quite different:  it was arts and crafts at Harborview’s annual Holiday Party, whose attendees were underprivileged youth who had once been patients there.  It was Harborview’s 30th year organizing the event, and it showed:  the festivities were incredibly well-run and enjoyed by nearly 600 children.  Many of those kids wouldn’t have another holiday party throughout the season, but this was a great one to attend – the kids got to meet their favorite characters, such as Batman, Winnie the Pooh, and Snow White!  The Sea Gals were also in attendance with the Mariners mascot, Moose.  Kids got to play games, do arts and crafts with us, and even received gifts at the end of the day.  What a fulfilling day and incredible feeling to take part in such a special event. 

Holiday Service Shift

Most recently, I spent a morning over in Issaquah at Eastside Baby Corner with 13 members helping to sort and stock donated items, such as diapers, clothing, and toys.  EBC provides these items to 500 families in need – per week! – through local social service agencies.  I absolutely loved spending my time in this way while getting to know other Junior Leaguers, one of whom had even brought her husband to participate with us.  It was clear that the work we were doing made a big difference. 

There’s a lot of power in numbers, and I think that’s one of the strengths of the Junior League.  Together, we can accomplish a great amount, and I can already tell that our community partners – who are changing lives across the community – are so appreciative.  For me, the difference we’re making together is the most rewarding part of being in this organization.

Ten with a Provisional Member

The Junior League of Seattle is an organization of nearly 1,300 women who are committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Membership in the Junior League of Seattle is divided into 3 levels of membership status: Provisional, Active and Sustainer. Provisional status is reserved for members in their first year of membership, which is dedicated to training. Provisional status is followed by Active membership, then Sustainer status.

One of our current Provisional members, Taylor Coughlen, graciously volunteered her time to answer a few questions about why she joined the Junior League and what the Junior League means to her:

What provisional group are you in?

I am in the Panteleoni Provisional group! Most of our group lives in West Seattle: I am one of the outliers residing near Columbia City.

What is your provisional project?

I chose to go with Northwest Art. I have always been interested in learning about art and the motivations behind certain pieces.  I was lucky enough to take art classes all through elementary and junior high school and then to go on to Studio Art in high school. My art teachers were the most inspiring teachers I had growing up, and I can’t imagine missing out on that kind of instruction like some of the kids in this city do. I am excited to get started on the project this spring!

What prompted you to join the Junior League this year?  

I had looked in to different volunteer opportunities when I first moved to the area, but it seemed difficult to get an “in” just as an individual. When I looked into Junior League in Seattle it seemed like the organization provided a lot of structure and contacts within the community that would allow me to volunteer in a variety of roles. Also, as a recent college graduate and transplant from Texas, I missed the group of female friends I met as a member of a service sorority. I wanted to find a group of like-minded women in my new home, and the League seemed like a good place to start.

How did you first hear about the Junior League?

I first heard about Junior League growing up from my grandma when she used a life-changing sourdough bread recipe from the chapter cookbook in Wichita Falls, TX. I looked in to actually joining last year when one of my sorority sisters joined the League in Houston and raved about how much fun she was having.

What are you most excited about for the 2014-2015 year?

Becoming an active!

What most interests you about the Junior League?

I love that the Junior League has such a strong and important history nationally and in Seattle, especially in regards to service to women and children. It feels very cool to be a part of such a network of impressive women and to have the opportunity to continue service to this community that has been happening for over 90 years.

How long have you lived in Seattle?

I have been up here for a year and a half.

What is your favorite Seattle restaurant?

That’s a hard question in a city like Seattle. I love Intermezzo Carmine in Pioneer Square for a fancy date night with nice cocktails, but if I’m really hungry I go for the movie-themed sandwiches and the drink specials at HoneyHole in Capitol Hill.

What is your favorite touristy thing to do in Seattle?

I love going to the market, but especially so when the weather is really bad so that there isn’t such a crowd. I am always up for a Piroshky and tea samples from Market Spice!

What has surprised you the most about the Junior League?

It was surprising that there are so many women who are new to Seattle like I am. I expected JL to be full of native Seattleites.

 

Membership in the Junior League of Seattle is open to women ages 18 and older who express an interest in voluntarism. If you are interested in becoming a member, join us for a Meet & Greet this spring. Send an email to newmemberinfo@jrleagueseattle.org to find out the orientation schedule.

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.

 

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.

YWCA Easter Baskets

On the evening of April 2nd, a group of Junior League ladies showed up at Allie Okner’s house in Wallingford to create 50 spring baskets for kids living in shelters around the Seattle area. The YWCA, whose homeless shelters are a safe haven to families coming off the street or fleeing domestic violence, sponsored this event and delivered the baskets to the happy kids later that week. We know that these baskets (which were actually beach buckets that they can re-use) put smiles on many kids’ faces as they opened them up to find coloring books and pens, Rubik’s cubes, books, and candy!

After arriving at the shift, the ladies got straight to work, unpacking mountains of goodies, dividing them up into proper age groups, packing up the baskets, and wrapping them all up with ribbon. It was a casual and fun shift and gave the ladies time to chat with other JLS members, have a glass of wine, enjoy some sushi and, of course, do something positive for the Seattle community!

Here’s a note from the volunteer coordinator at the YWCA:

Dear Wonderful Donors,

Hop Hop Hop went the Easter Bunny all through the shelters, delivering over 550 baskets! You helped put smiles on kids’ faces here and there, no need to find anyone, as the kids came from all over to pick up their special Spring Basket!

The happiness you helped make happen not only makes a difference to the kids, the families, the case managers and staff, but also from all the volunteers and I that saw your generosity first hand, it was truly amazing and I thank you for it!

I hope your holidays were all as wonderful as you made theirs, and I wish you the best spring ever! Thank you all for your help and ongoing support; I have the best donors in the world!

Thanks! Nichelle Hilton YWCA

Thank you to all of our volunteers who participated!

YWCA Easter Baskets assembled by the JLS.

Mother’s Day Baskets – Call for Donations

The Mother’s Day Baskets Provisional project team is seeking donations of small toiletries to include in baskets for women in local shelters this Mother’s Day. Please drop off items to the bin at the Junior League of Seattle Office between February 14th and April 27th.

We request the following sample-sized items:

  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Small combs
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss
  • Soap or body wash
  • Perfume, eye cream, etc.

Hotel toiletries, magazine samples and like items are wonderful additions. Our goal is to gather over 800 baskets, so every item you can donate is appreciated.

JANUARY GENERAL MEETING – RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 6th

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, askus@jrleagueseattle.org , 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.

Congratulations to the Georgia O’Keefe Provisional Group!

Their winning package for the Junior League of Seattle Premier Event, “A Vintage Affair,” is the “The College Prep Experience”:

Make college preparation for your child a more enjoyable experience for both you and your child! First, an enrollment to a Kaplan preparatory SAT or ACT class will put your high schooler in excellent hands in preparation for the test. A $25 gift certificate to Panera Bread bakery-cafe will give your child the motivation – with energizing beverages and great noshes – to further prepare themselves for the test.

After the test, reward your child with downtime on his/her new Nintendo 3DS gaming system. The senior portrait (or family portrait) by photographer Anya Hartshorn of Anya Kathryn Photography will capture this very exciting time in your family’s life. Finally, what do you get out of all of this? … a consultation with a Certified Financial Planner to help you plan your own finances through the college years and beyond!

Bid on it at “A Vintage Affair“!

Thanks for all of your thoughtful submissions, Provisionals!