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Sign Up Now for the JLS Bocce Ball Tournament!

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Looking for a good excuse to get out and be with friends, meet new people, and most importantly, have a dose of healthy competition? Join us at the Junior League of Seattle’s Bocce Ball tournament and social on May 17. There is room for 24 teams of four to participate. You’ll be guaranteed three games in round robin play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Single elimination tournament for the top teams will be from 1-2:30 p.m.. Open play from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1-2:30. Come, join in on the fun!

  • Where: Sandbox Sports Seattle, 5955 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
    (206) 624-2899
  • When: Sunday May 17
    • Registration at 10 a.m. Play starts at 11 a.m.
  • Cost: (Partially tax deductible)
    • Players: $45 per person (Register as a team or individual)
    • Spectators: $25 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 12 and under, babes in arms are free. (Spectators can participate in open play non-tournament games, play other games, participate in raffle and eat the food.)
  • Who: ANYBODY!!!!
  • Extras:
    • Over seven raffle baskets with prizes including a GoPro Camera, Mariners tickets, wine tastings and more! Prizes for the top two teams! (Handed out at 2:30)
    • Food and drink provided and other beverages can be purchased at the bar.
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Give BIG on May 5, 2015

By Shanna Lisberg

On May 5, The Seattle Foundation holds its fifth annual charitable giving event, GiveBIG. GiveBIG is a day of online giving to inspire people to donate generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

For a 24-hour period, from midnight to midnight, you can go to The Seattle Foundation’s website to make a donation. More than 1,600 nonprofit organizations – including The Junior League – are profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website and are participating in GiveBIG.

Donations made to nonprofits through The Seattle Foundation’s website will be stretched further thanks to The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors, who will match a share of every contribution. Many of the nonprofit organizations that The Junior League of Seattle works with are also available to receive donations.

Last year, over $12.8 million was generated in online contributions for nonprofits, exceeding the 2013 total of $11.1 million by 15 percent. This year, help us surpass the 2014 amount by making an online donation. Your gift will help to support the champions behind these organizations that work to improve the lives of everyone in Seattle.

If you have been thinking about giving, this is a great time to make a gift, large or small. Visit The Seattle Foundation website to learn more about GiveBIG and to see a complete list of nonprofits.

Junior League Screening of “The Mask You Live In” – Tuesday, May 12

By Kate Killpack

“Act like a man!” “Don’t be a sissy!” “Grow some balls!” “Man up!” Millions of boys hear these commands every single day. These common phrases says a lot about how we, as a society, train men to view themselves and interact with others. In her newest film, The Mask You Live In, Jennifer Siebel Newsom (the maker of the film Miss Representation) confronts the narrow definition of masculinity within our culture and illustrates how our society can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Additionally, the film features experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media who weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

Join the Advocacy Committee of the Junior League of Seattle for a special screening of this important film:

“Man Up” for The Mask You Live In: For this special Film Screen & Chat, we are encouraging each member to “man up,” by inviting a man in your life to join us for a screening of The Mask You Live In. Stay after and begin the conversation.

Tuesday, May 12th, 6-9pm
SIFF Cinema Uptown Theatre 511
Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

We hope you can join this important conversation, which will also include the opportunity to connect with community partners who are addressing these important issues. If you are a nonprofit organization working with young boys in the community, contact Grace Schouten (grace.schouten@gmail.com) for ticket availability.

This event is open to all Junior League members and we encourage you to bring a guest. Members will receive a training credit. Reserve your spot now on the JLS website. See you then!

JLS Provisional Project: Volunteering at Ryther

During her first year in the Junior League of Seattle, a Provisional member is assigned a project that gets her involved in the community in a variety of ways. One of the Provisional project opportunities is working with the League’s Done-in-a-Day (DIAD) committee. DIAD focuses on hands-on, short-term projects that are planned and implemented on a monthly basis to benefit organizations in the greater Seattle area in need of assistance. Ryther, a Seattle-area facility that provides behavioral health services for children and their families, is one of the organizations with which DIAD works. Two JLS Provisional members shared their experiences working with Ryther on this committee. See their thoughts below:

“I’ve known about Ryther for many years. Having received my master’s in psychology, I had the privilege of knowing someone who worked at Ryther’s clinic during their graduate internship. Ryther’s reputation is strong for providing care to children and families in need. I’m so grateful for organizations like this that exist. Even more so, I’m excited to be a part of an organization like the Junior League of Seattle that partners with facilities like Ryther. It was a fantastic merge of two phenomenal organizations and I really enjoyed my time volunteering.

My Provisional project group led a hat painting activity for the children who were currently staying at the group home. The kids came one by one, sometimes in small groups of two or three. It was a cold and rainy day and as they walked timidly into the room, I hoped that our excited greetings wouldn’t scare them away. As the children sat and painted their hats, I began to think about the work we were doing that day and as a larger organization. As a group, JLS is involved in supporting many organizations across the Seattle area. In my provisional year alone, I came in contact with six organizations that were new to me: Mary’s Place, the YWCA, Ryther, Westside Baby, Seattle Urban Academy, and Washington DECA. I have learned so much about the organizations and services that are available to the Seattle community through these volunteer activities. This was one of the reasons why I joined JLS last year. I’ve been an active volunteer both through my church and my community since I was a pre-teen. I’ve loved being involved in promoting social justice, giving humanitarian aid to those in need and participating in philanthropic work. I’ve been a part of some amazing things. However, I’ve also witnessed how short-term volunteer opportunities can get a bad reputation. Critics will often say that short-term volunteer opportunities are not able to address the deep, longstanding issues that plague so many communities. In some ways, I agree.

As I sat and watched the young children come in one by one, I realized how organizations like JLS fit into the larger puzzle of social services. The Junior League of Seattle comes alongside many wonderful organizations and provides much needed assistance. When an urban school needs to feed its students, JLS sends women to cover those shifts, cook the food, and serve the meals. When the holidays are near and homeless women are without the means to provide for their families, JLS stands along the organizations that supply these families with gifts and food. And when an in-patient program could use an afternoon activity for their kids to participate in, JLS is available to fill the gap and provide the fun.Ryther 2

As the children painted their hats that afternoon, I wondered what they would be doing if our group wasn’t providing this extra activity for them. I didn’t know the stories of these children but I do know that in some ways, their childhoods have been difficult ones to bear. If painting a hat gave them some sense of normalcy, a moment of creativity, or a chance to take a short detour from their normal Sunday afternoon plans, then I was proud to be there for those few short minutes.  

Places like Ryther, the YWCA, and Mary’s Place are able to continue providing long-term services because of short-term volunteers like the women in JLS. We partner with those organizations to help them continue to do the deeper work in our community. As I left Ryther that afternoon, I felt a renewed sense of excitement for the work we were doing as an organization. By helping places like Ryther, we are participating in the deeper work. Even if it’s for a few hours on a rainy Sunday, we are adding to the overall work that is being done in that child’s life by sitting with them and painting a hat or showing them a moment of kindness.

 Be proud of what you do, women of Junior League.  We are doing great things.”

 -Catherine Golden (JLS Provisional 2014-15)

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Ryther was established in 1885 based on the principal “The essential thing is to love children and understand them.” Ryther provides programs and solutions for families with children who have challenges stemming from trauma, mental illness, substance abuse, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or adjustment issues with school, peers or parents. Ryther is dedicated to providing comprehensive services and innovative treatments. It guides, coaches and teaches so that every child and family it works with may experience new ways of thinking, develop positive relationships and realize a better life.

“Having the opportunity to volunteer here and witness the children interact and participate in projects was so rewarding! You can really see and feel that the children only want to be around people that love them and care about them. There were a few children that didn’t seem to necessarily love the idea of the project we had planned for them (tie-dying t-shirts). But, they loved participating and really got into creating something of their own to keep and enjoyed being around their peers, staff and volunteers! Everyone seemed to have a genuinely great time. The children were so excited and helped each other a lot. The children also provided a lot of encouraging words to their fellow peers, which was really rewarding to witness. Seeing what a positive impact Ryther has had on all of the children we interacted with was amazing to see first-hand. This was by far one of the best places I have ever volunteered!”

 -Amber Cuffel JLS Provisional 2014-15

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7 Reasons to Join the Junior League of Seattle

By Shanna Lisberg

The Junior League of Seattle is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

If you’re thinking about joining the JLS, here are 7 compelling reasons to do so:

To meet new people. Are you new to the area or looking to make some new friends? The Junior League of Seattle has over 1,200 members. With those numbers, you’re bound to meet someone who lives in your neighborhood or works in your office.

To be a leader. The Junior League of Seattle trains its members to become valuable leaders in the community. The JLS provides the tools and training to prepare women to be effective collaborators, poised negotiators, and committed volunteers, so that they may go out and serve their communities and change the lives of those who live in their neighborhoods for the better.

To make a difference and become directly involved in the community. The Junior League of Seattle works with a variety of organizations to help women and children. Not only do we volunteer at Mary’s Place, Northwest Harvest, Treehouse, and Westside Baby, to name a few, but our committees such as Northwest Art, Kids in the Kitchen, and Life Skills: Women help make a positive impact in the community. You, too, can help children discover and appreciate the beauty of art or help a teen learn how to shop for and cook a healthy meal.

To learn new things. Have you ever wanted to learn how to start your own business? Are you looking to learn more about diet and nutrition or financial stability? The JLS offers its members a training curriculum that covers a wide variety of topics, including leadership and fundraising skills, advocacy efforts related to human trafficking, work/life transition, and more.

To put the fun in fundraisers. It’s not just volunteering and learning. You could bid on a fabulous vacation package at the JLS’ Premier Event gala or dance and play boardwalk-style games at its Boardwalk Empire Game Night. Help cheer on the Mariners at Mariners Night or dance the night away at the JLS Halloween party. The Junior League of Seattle has many opportunities to mingle with fellow members and have fun.

To get healthy. Did you know that volunteering can improve your health?  Volunteering has been associated with lower depression and increased happiness. Plus, studies have shown that having a large network of friends may help you live longer.

To join a great organization of women. There are 293 chapters of Junior Leagues spread over four  countries. For over 100 years, Junior Leagues have been at the forefront of social reform, confronting critical issues, to help improve society. From funding a tuberculosis clinic and treatment center during the Depression, to promoting live weekly television shows featuring panel discussions with teenagers, to advocating for the enactment of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Junior League is one of the largest and most dedicated volunteer organizations in the world. And you can be a part of it!

If you’d like to join the Junior League of Seattle, email the Provisional Chair at newmemberinfo@jrleagueseattle.org and visit our website to sign up for one of our Meet and Greets where you can learn more information about our organization. You will meet and mingle with current JLS members and leadership as well as watch a few short presentations. Meet and Greets run through the month of April.

High Stakes Fun with Boardwalk Empire Game Night

Boardwalk Empire Game NightBelieve it or not we are less than four weeks away from the 2015 JLS Boardwalk Empire: Game Night!  Come support the Junior League’s commitment to its mission — including community initiatives and volunteer training efforts — at one of the most popular fundraising events on the JLS calendar.  Get dressed in your Jersey shore or Atlantic City best and be part of hotsy-totsy high stakes fun: test your architectural skills with a game of life-sized Jenga, perfect your toss with a round of cornhole, and try your luck with other boardwalk-style games.   The evening will also feature a DJ, live entertainers, silent auction, raffle and wine toss – everyone is sure to walk away a winner!  

Over $7K in prizes have already been secured for Boardwalk Empire Night including a $400 gift card to Skoah, Sounders tickets, $300 in products and services from Ann Fisher Hair, EMP tickets, and great items from Matthews Winery, Desert Sun Tanning, Starbucks, Ethan Stowell restaurants, Pepper Bridge/Amavi Winery and more.  Whoop it up and don’t miss your chance to win some awesome prizes!  Join the Facebook event page for updates on prizes, entertainment and more.  


Who: You!  And all of your friends and family (League members or not).  Anyone 21+ looking for a fun way to spend a Friday night and support the JLS.

What: JLS Game Night: Boardwalk Empire

When: Friday, April 10, 2015 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm.  

Where: 415 Westlake – 415 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets:  $35 advance purchase on the JLS website – Includes complimentary beverage, hors d’eouvres, and a ticket to the best game night in Seattle! Tickets will be sold at the door for $50 on an as-available basis.

The Spirit of Giving

By Katharine Dunn Evans

G1The holiday season is quite possibly the most magical time of the year. Holiday parties, beautiful light displays, cozy evenings by the fire with family and friends and shopping for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. With all that, it is easy to get wrapped up in the excess of the holidays and forget what makes the season so special. It is a time to GIVE, and get joy from your generosity. It is a time to remember the people who are not as fortunate as you. And most importantly, it is a time to be with people, whether they are friends or family, and enjoy the moment.  G2

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back, be with the people you care about and help those who are less fortunate. The Junior League of Seattle is a group of like-minded women who enjoy getting together to volunteer their time; this season in particular is a time for the ladies of the League to shine.

G3The holiday season should be a fun, festive and warm time. Sadly, there are many children in our area that don’t get the opportunity to create happy memories during the holidays. Circumstances could vary; perhaps they or a family member are sick, or their family can’t afford to buy gifts, or even worse they have no family at all. Earlier this month a group of Junior League of Seattle members got together to set up and work at the Harborview Holiday Party for Kids. The Healthy Futures Art Project committee organized a snowman snow-globe craft project that the attendees were able to create and customize. A little over 400 children from the area showed up and participated in the holiday fun! The kids loved the interactive art project and the ladies of the League had a blast helping and watching all the smiles and hearing the laughter.

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G6Another aspect of the holidays that we all love is the food. Even if we go overboard, food is something that brings us together and puts a smile on our faces. Not having enough to eat is a very big problem for a lot of families in our area. The Junior League regularly helps out at Food Lifeline, an organization that provides 82,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs with food that might otherwise go to waste. It is a fun way to get a group of people together to do something that really helps. Much of the work that gets done at Food Lifeline is through volunteer hours! A shift could be filled with sorting donations, uncrating and then re-packaging produce, cleaning, weighing, etc. This past week, a group of Junior League members got together to do just that, and had a blast doing it. G5

Volunteering doesn’t need to happen just during the holiday season; but doing it with a group of friends right now is such a great way to bring things in perspective when it’s so easy to lose sight of what is important. Not to mention, there is such a huge need. So gather up some pals and go help out an organization that is important to you. Helping those in need this year will only make your holidays all that more special.

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Hula Hooping Through an ENERGY Field Day

By Sara Muckler

Last month, I had the privilege of participating in Field Day with the Junior League of Seattle ENERGY Committee at the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club. The goal of ENERGY committee is to educate and help children (and their parents) to improve ENERGY 1their health and wellness. The children’s smiles and laughter at this event were certainly the highlight. They are a reminder that the long days at work or challenges we all face can melt with the smiling face of a child.

The event was truly an enjoyment. After speeding off from work, I walked into a packed gymnasium with lots of eager energy and fitness stations. We had over 36 Junior League members and 4 community volunteers. Numerous stations were set up including jump rope, corn hole, 4square, relays, hula hoops, power challenge, soccer, basketball, and decorating superhero masks. I was on hula hoops and despite the skills I may have had as a child, my hula hoop skills have gone downhill. The kids, however, were so creative in their approach and it was fun to give them the option of coming up with ideas as they taught me a few things!

Moving here from Florida, I am always looking to new activities for my kids to burn off inside during those rainy cold days. Field Day certainly gave me some great ideas for my own kids so I hope we were able to achieve the same goal for the kids at the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club. The staff at the club was amazing and you could see the warmth they have for the ENERGY 2kids that attend their program. It was truly heartwarming.

During my first year at Junior League I was part of the Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen committee and learned quite a bit about food in the US and children’s access to healthy food. According to CDC studies, it’s suggested that some areas and households have easier access to fast food restaurants and convenience stores but limited access to supermarkets. Limited access to nutritious food and relatively easier access to less nutritious food may be linked to poor diets and, ultimately, to obesity and diet-related diseases. So it was fantastic to have the Kids in the Kitchen committee in attendance at Field day to give pointers and reminders about the amount of sugar in popular drinks.

It is such a great experience to be part of the Junior League and its days like Field Day that take you to a place of wanting to give and help as many children as you can. And so after a wonderful time of being with the children, I rushed out to pick up my two kids and taught them a few new hula hoop tricks of my own.

Spotlight on Emerging Leader Brea Burkholz

By Minda Brusse, Community Programs Manager

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As a member of the Northwest Art League & Community Outreach committee, Brea Burkholz ended the 2013-14 League year with a substantial project in the works. When her committee discussed the idea of using the League’s artpiece Yellow No Same with a Bellevue middle school, Brea jumped in and took the lead.

The art piece, by Roger Shimomura, focuses on the Japanese-American internment experience and is new to our 80+ piece Northwest Art Collection. Middle school students in Bellevue study this history topic in the eighth grade, and we thought this particular piece would be a new lens through which to learn about the experience. League member and middle school teacher Susie Challancin connected us with teachers at Chinook Middle School where she teaches.

Students did small group breakout activities focusing on the 12 panels of the piece
Students did small group breakout activities focusing on the 12 panels of the piece

Historically, Northwest Art committees work with kids ages 6-12, but increasingly we are testing the waters with teens. Small project events in the past few years at the Ryther Center (with the League’s Done in a Day committee) and at Treehouse (with the League’s Life Skills:Teens committee) have been successful.

Even though it was already April and the docenting would not occur until June (the next League year), Brea forged ahead gathering other volunteers from around the NW Art committees, as well as provisionals and sustainers.  Her enthusiasm, organization, and determination were catching.

NW Art Member, Domenica Lovaglia, docents for the first time
NW Art Member, Domenica Lovaglia, docents for the first time

Brea used the resources of the League to grow as a community leader and demonstrated League President Megan Isenhower’s theme for the year, What We Are. The attributes she demonstrated were:

Ambition

– Facilitating, docenting, and supporting new docents during seven class periods.

– We covered art and cultural stereotypes on a Friday in June, the day before the eighth graders were graduating. Brea kept them participating and in line with a great presence. No small feat!

Organization

– Developing the draft of a new curriculum with our Art & Education Curator.

– Meeting with middle school teachers to review the curriculum and plan events for the day to fully pilot the curriculum.

– Training the docents and assigning clear roles.

– Evaluating teacher feedback and working with the Art & Education Curator to finalize a draft curriculum to be leveraged in the years ahead.

Inclusiveness

– Recruiting four weekday volunteer docents from within the League.  Some were (barely) first year actives. One first-year active had her first docenting experience that Friday.

– Training and communicating with the docents, teachers and our Art & Education Curator about facilitating seven class periods with 271 eighth grade students.

 

Brea showed the best attributes of What We Are.  She’s the 2014-2015 Chair of Northwest Art League and Community Outreach and the League is lucky to have such a phenomenal leader guiding Northwest Art’s outreach!

Give BIG on May 6, 2014

By Shanna Lisberg

On May 6, The Seattle Foundation holds its fourth annual charitable giving event, GiveBIG. GiveBIG is a day of online giving to inspire people to donate generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

For a 24-hour period, from midnight to midnight, you can go to The Seattle Foundation’s website to make a donation. More than 1,600 nonprofit organizations – including The Junior League – are profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website and are participating in GiveBIG.

Donations made to nonprofits through The Seattle Foundation’s website will be stretched further thanks to The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors, who will match a share of every contribution. Many of the nonprofit organizations that The Junior League of Seattle works with are also available to receive donations.

If you have been thinking about giving, this is a great time to make a gift, large or small. Visit The Seattle Foundation website to learn more about BigGIVE and to see a complete list of nonprofits.