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Ten with Nominating

What is Nominating and what do they do?

Nominating is a committee comprised of members with significant leadership experience within the Junior League of Seattle who place interested members into leadership positions. Nominating also seeks to foster leadership skills and potential in their fellow League members.

Nominating’s slating process allows consideration of each member who is qualified for a specific position. Slating involves choosing the right person for the right job at the right time. Leaders will be slated and/or placed based on experience, interest, skills and availability.

The Nominating committee’s ongoing objectives are to:

a. Contribute to leadership development by educating the membership about the Nominating process and volunteer career planning: b. Slate: The Board of Directors, Management Council and the Nominating Committee Members; c. Appoint: Committee Chairs, Vice-chairs, Long Term Financial Planning, President’s Assistant’s, President-Elect Assistants, Provisional and Active Advisors, and other positions deemed sensitive by the Board of Directors; d. Select delegates for overnight conferences; e. Cooperate with the Area VI and AJLI regarding candidates for Area VI and AJLI positions.

Who serves on this year’s Nominating Committee? What are the members of Nominating’s favorite placements?

Jennifer Porto, Nominating Director – Active Advisor for Transfers

Martha Abatecola, Nominating Manager – Provisional Advisor

Heidi Paige – Nominating

Renee Hartnett – President

Meaghan Corbett – Nominating/Provisional Advisor

Rebecca Wilson – President/Project Development Chair

Carey Page – Technology & Social Media Chair

Emily George – Treasurer

Kate King – Annual Event Chair

Hailey Towne – Active Advisor to Northwest Art

Marion Holder – Project Development Chair

Nicole Kupchik – Northwest Art League & Community Outreach Vice-Chair

Kim Callahan – Treasurer

What’s the best way to show my interest in Leadership to the members of Nominating?

Complete a leadership application through our website, and attend a Leadership Information Session this month.   Additionally, should you have any questions about leadership opportunities or would like to discuss your Junior League career please reach out to any member of Nominating.

What are the Leadership Information Sessions?

A Leadership Information Session is an opportunity for you to spend 30 minutes with two members of Nominating to discuss your interest in future Leadership in the JLS. It is a great opportunity to learn more about leadership, your future options, or to discuss specific placements.

Attending a Leadership Information Session should be considered mandatory for any Active member interested in applying for President-Elect Nominee or the Board of Directors. Leadership Information Sessions are strongly recommended for anyone interested in a slated position. Anyone interested in learning more about leadership opportunities is welcome and highly encouraged to attend.

What is the difference between a slated and non-slated position?

The Slate is comprised of the following: Board of Directors, Management Council, and Nominating. The Non-Slate is comprised of all other leadership roles.

What steps should I follow if I am interested in applying for President?

  • Review Nominating’s Guidelines for the President-Elect on pages 75-76 of the Governing Documents.
  • Attend a Leadership Information Session.
  • Seek out advice from former Presidents. There are two past Presidents serving on Nominating currently.
  • Familiarize yourself with all aspects of the League.
  • Download the President-Elect Application form from the website, complete it, and email it to the Nominating Director by the due date, October 27th.
  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to the Nominating Director, Jennifer Porto.

What is the timeline for placements?

Applications for the President-Elect are due on October 27, 2014

Applications for all other leadership roles are due on January 5, 2014.


Where are the applications located?

Leadership applications are found on the Member area of our website, under “Leadership” – Nominating.

Why does Nominating have a “code of silence” regarding placements until the leadership roster is full?

Applications are confidential and read only by the Nominating Committee and discussed only among the members of Nominating. Out of respect for league members, all placements are confidential until all members have been notified of their placements.

What are some important things for incoming leaders to know?

  • The League Year runs from June 1st to May 31st.
  • The Annual Leadership Retreat, which is mandatory for all incoming leaders is tentatively scheduled for June 2015.
  • Leaders shall be available for outgoing and incoming transitions between leadership positions; this means that both incoming and outgoing leaders are responsible for meeting in late May or early June to ensure a smooth transition.
  • A budget planning meeting is mandatory for managers, committee chairs, and committee vice-chairs and will take place toward the end of January 2016.
  • All leaders are expected to be in good standing.

Halloween Harvest Fare

Not only has one of the best seasons arrived, fall, but so has one of the best holidays, Halloween!  Whether you are hosting a party or want to fill your little trick-or-treaters tummies with a warm meal before their long night of candy collecting, we have paired a few delicious fall-inspired recipes we think you should try!

Northwest Autumn Salad


1 head red leaf lettuce

1 head Bibb lettuce

1 cup watercress leaves

2 Red Delicious applies

¾ cup Glazed Pecans chopped

¾ cup blue cheese, crumbled


½ cup walnut or vegetable oil

¼ cup cider vinegar

2 tablespoons shallot, minced

2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1 tablespoon maple syrup

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  • Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces and place in a large salad bowl.  Add watercress leaves.
  • Cut apples into very thin wedges and place on top of greens.  Sprinkle pecans and blue cheese evenly over salad.
  • For Dressing: place oil, vinegar, shallot, lemon juice, maple syrup in a small jar with tight-fitting lid. Shake until evenly combined.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad.  Toss gently and serve immediately.

Grammy’s Chicken Pot Pie


1 ¼ cups flour

½ cup butter or margarine

3 ounces cream cheese

1 large egg


1 3-pound chicken, cut into pieces

4 tablespoons butter

1 cup onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

6 teaspoons flour

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

2 ½ cups chicken stock

1 ½ cups carrots, thinly sliced

1 10-ounce package frozen peas, defrosted

1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled


  • Chilling time 2 hours.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • For Pastry: combine flour, butter and cream cheese in food processor.  Pulse on/off several times to form coarse crumbs.  Add egg and process until dough forms a ball. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  (Pastry dough may be made up to three days in advance and kept in the refrigerator, or it may be frozen until ready to use.)
  • For Filling: place chicken in large stock pot.  Cover with water and bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer.  Cook until chicken tender, about 1 hour.  Remove chicken from water, cool, remove skin and bones.  Cut meat into bite-sized pieces and set aside.  Strain the cooking liquid, measure out 2 ½ cups, and discard the remainder.  (Canned chicken stock may be substituted).
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter; add onion and celery.  Sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes.  Add flour, salt and pepper.  Cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly to make a roux.  Slowly pour in reserved cooking liquid, stirring to make a smooth gravy.  Cook until thickened, about 8 minutes.  Add chicken, carrots, peas and thyme.  Pour into deep pie dish or round casserole, about 9 inches in diameter.
  • On a highly floured board, roll pastry into a 10-inch round.  Using a decorative cookie cutter, cut a shape from the center of the pastry round.  Lay pastry over the filling, fold edges, under and crimp firmly against rim of dish.  For decoration, moisten the bottom of the pastry cut-out and place it next to space from which it was cut.
  • Place pie on baking sheet and bank on the lowest rack of preheated oven for 45 minutes, until pastry is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before serving.


Halloween candy of course!













Both recipes can be found in Simply Classic: The Junior League of Seattle on pages 82 and 166.