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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,



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.

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

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)



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



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

Training Opportunities – 5 Left from March to May.

Junior League of Seattle members: Please don’t forget to fulfill your two training requirements this year. Light food and drinks are provided at every training, and you are sure to learn something new from the fantastic speakers we have lined up. To attend one of the fantastic trainings we have coming up, please RSVP through the member side of our website, under “Shifts & Events” –> “Event Sign Up.”

March 22ndMotherhood is the New MBA: The sustainers are putting on this great training! Shari has an undergraduate degree in speech communications from the University of Washington and earned her MBA from Seattle University.She recently published her first book titled, Motherhood is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to be a Better Boss. (St. Martins Press, hardcover). She has been featured in Time Magazine, Redbook, HybridMom, Body & Soul, Costco Connection, Martha Stewart’s radio program, KING 5 morning news, The Metro News New York, BusinessWeek online, MomLogic website and Working Mother magazine blog.

March 28thCorporate Culture Focus: 2 for 1 night (Get two training credits for coming!) This training will give you two credits for one night of Trainings. Topics will include: The Right People, Right Jobs; The Road to Transformation, and How to Navigate the Corporate Culture. For those of you looking for trainings on the East side, please note this training will take place at  Microsoft (Bellevue) City Center Plaza 555 – 110th Ave. NE Bellevue, WA 98004 City Center Plaza .

April 11thCoaching: Single Night Training: It sounds like something for a sports team, but coaching in the workplace is a powerful tool to help you maximize your potential. Do you have a mentor? Do you have a clear idea of what you would get from a mentor relationship? This training will cover what you should expect from a coaching relationship – from either side – and will give you some insights on how to get one started. Will take place at Seattle’s REI.

April 30thWomen in Finance: Advanced: we will talk about the great opportunities and unique considerations women have when planning for their financial future. During this presentation we will talk not just about women and investing, but retirement opportunities for business owners and college planning for your children’s future.

May 8thTaking it to the Next Level: Advanced Social Media Techniques: There’s more to social media than just socializing! Learn how to take your social media efforts to the next level. Topics include: using social media as an integrated online marketing strategy, managing multiple profiles from a single source, creating viral content, and using social media to increase hits from search engines. Marc Menninger, an online marketing expert who specializes in search engine optimization (SEO) and social media training for small businesses, will share real-world examples of innovative techniques small businesses are using to maximize their social media efforts.

Calling All Members To Donate to the Ruby Room

The Ruby Room is a nonprofit organization that provides formal gowns to Seattle area high school girls who are unable to purchase their own dance attire. Dresses and accessories are collected throughout the year and made available at boutiques in the spring. Each girl is paired with a personal shopper volunteer who assists her in picking out the perfect gown.

Ruby Room Needs:

Gently used, 2-3 year old gowns, sizes 14 and above needed in particular. (Gowns DO NOT have to be dry cleaned when donated.)

Accessories of all types – Jewelry, Wraps, Handbags, Dress Shoes – All styles and colors

How You Can Help:

Members, please bring your donations to the March Unit Meetings for collection. If you are not planning to attend a Unit Meeting this year, you may also drop off the items at the Junior League of Seattle Office in Madison Park starting Friday.

We will happily accept donations of dresses, accessories, hand bags, shoes, jewelry and other prom appropriate items from the community at large. Please call ahead to coordinate a time you can drop off items at the Junior League of Seattle office:

The Junior League of Seattle
4119 E. Madison
Seattle, WA 98112

Junior League of Seattle contact: Jen Gill – 206.399.9237 or eberenzjen@hotmail.com. If you have any questions, please get in contact with Jen and she will be happy to help you.

Call to Action – Impact Day – Volunteer & Celebrate

Impact Day is March 24! One of the greatest gifts we, as leaders in our community, can give is service to to the betterment and health of that community. In keeping with our mission statement, Impact Day is also a time we can promote voluntarism by inviting our friends and family to participate in our service shifts.

As of today there are 6 shifts with open slots:

  • Spring Cleaning at Youthcare
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Magnuson Park Cleanup
  • YWCA Breakfast
  • New Beginnings Gardening & Yard Cleanup
  • Seattle Against Slavery Poster Hanging

I would like to encourage each of you to sign up to make an impact this year.

Impact Day Celebration – FX McRorys:

Join the Done in a Day committee and your Junior League friends to toast a job well done from 2 pm – 6 pm.  After a day of hard work, celebrate our accomplishments with 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)
When:  Saturday, March 24th  2 pm – 6 pm
Where:  FX McRory’s
419 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
(Street parking or the pay lot at Century Link Field)

Thanks so much for your support!!
Chris Lewis
2011-2012 Outreach Manager

March Unit Meetings

March Unit Meetings take place the week of March 17 through March 22. Unit Meetings are a great way to meet women in the Junior League who live in your local neighborhood, as well as discuss ongoing Junior League of Seattle events, announcements and subject matter in a more intimate setting than a General Meeting. Most meetings are potluck, and it’s a wonderful experience to meet other JLS members outside of your committee and participate in lively discussions. We hope that you’ll make the March Unit Meeting taking place in your neighborhood!

Please RSVP if you can attend one of the meetings by signing up via our website: http://www.jrleagueseattle.org. Please see the list of scheduled meetings and their times and locations below:

Sat. Mar 17 2012 9:00am – 11:00am JLS Office
Sat. March 17 2012 12:00pm – 2:00pm JLS Office
Sun. Mar 18 2012 9:00am – 11:00am JLS Office
Sun. Mar 18 2012 12:00pm – 2:00pm Belltown
Mon. Mar 19 2012 2:00pm – 4:00pm Mercer Island
Mon. Mar 19 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm JLS Office
Tues. Mar 20 2012 12:00pm – 1:30pm Redmond/Microsoft Main Campus
Tues. Mar 20 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm Hawthorne Hills/Seattle
Wed. March 21 2012 12:00pm – 1:30pm Downtown Seattle
Wed. Mar 21 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm Kirkland
Wed. Mar 21 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm Belltown
Thurs. Mar 22 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm Madison Park

In Memoriam – Kathi Effenberger


It is with great sadness that we announce that Kathi Effenberger passed away on March 6th. As you are aware, Kathi served as the JLS book keeper for the past decade plus. Many of us were lucky enough to work very closely with her during our time in the League and she became a trusted friend and confidant. Kathi displayed tremendous tenacity and spirit in her fight of terminal cancer over the past two years, her doctors often shook their heads as she consistently defied the odds and statistics of her disease. Luckily her family, friends and many JLS members had an opportunity to be by her side during her last few days, she passed away at home surrounded by her wonderful husband, Dave, and her family. The JLS is incredibly grateful for the service she has provided to us over the years. Her family is still working out the details of a memorial but believe that there will be a service to celebrate Kathi near what would have been her 65th birthday on June 8th. As we receive more details, we will keep the membership updated.

We have sent flowers on behalf of the JLS, but recognize that Dave would greatly appreciate your cards, memories and condolences.

You can send those to Dave at:
Dave Effenberger
20343 14th Ave NE #3
Shoreline, WA 98155

The JLS has set up a meal delivery service for the Effenberger family with the generosity of many of our members. If you wish to make a donation for meals, please contact Jill Jackson at jillajackson@hotmail.com. Please keep the Effenberger family in your thoughts and prayers.

Voting Results Are In

Thank you to all the Active members who voted as part of the General Membership Meeting. Your participation is essential to governance and growth of the League. Three important motions were up for vote including:

(1) a revised organizational structure within the Management Council,
(2) sunsetting the LIfeBooks Committee and
(3) and an increase to Membership Dues.

The revised organizational structure and sunsetting of our beloved LifeBooks committee motions passed. The motion regarding membership dues did not pass as currently written. Membership dues for the 2012-2013 League year will remain the same at $175 for Active Members, $100 for Sustaining Members, $65 for Sustaining Members over the age of 62 and $0 for Emeritus Members over the age of 79.

Active Members, your input through the voting process is a vital part of how Junior League of Seattle Leadership plan for the long-term success of the League. Your feedback is equally important. We would like to hear more from you and will be sending out a short survey to you in the near term. Please stay tuned.

Notice for All Members: Due to the snow storm that delayed the January General Meeting, the Management Council has voted to suspend the rule that Dues Notices shall be sent out the second week of February. Thank you for your understanding. Notices will be mailed shortly.

Don Quixote – JLS Behind the Scenes Peek

Don Quixote courtsey of the Dutch National Ballet

The Pacific Northwest Ballet is proud to present the American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s full-length Don Quixote this February, and they are offering Junior League members a peek behind the scenes! Who wouldn’t want to watch a rehearsal of  “the best version of this classical ballet…a display of exciting and hot-blooded dance?”

Junior League members in all membership categories, please mark your calendars for January 25th and come to the Pacific Northwest Ballet studios for an excerpt of the ballet and see the dancers polish the performance. In addition to watching the rehearsal, you can rotate and take a tour of the costume shop where the excellent tailors are working on costumes for Apollo and Carmina Burana. Please allow 30 minutes for the rehearsal preview and another 30 minutes for the tour of the costumes.

Following the Pacific Northwest Ballet activities, join fellow members for a no-host Happy Hour at Toulouse Petit.

Last year this combo rehearsal and costume shop tour was a big hit and space is filling up fast, so click the link above to visit our website to find the event details and RSVP. We hope you’ll join us in taking advantage of the hospitality and generosity of Pacific Northwest Ballet. See you in January!