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Volume 84, Number 4 • 2011 Project CON:CERN • President’s Receptions • Holiday in the Community Building Connections junior league of chicago • Women Building Better communities Interiors Limited Design For Your Family Interior Design - Distinctive Furniture - Fine Accessories Store Hours: Weekdays 9 - 4 Saturdays 10 - 2 506 N Western Ave Lake Forest, IL (847)295-3800 2010-2011 topics Staff Editor-in-Chief Hillary Deck contents T O P I C S V O L U M E 8 4 , N U M B E R 4 • 2 011 jlc mission: The Junior League of Chicago, Inc. is a metropolitan organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Chicago, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. Editor-Elect Jada Black Staff Writers Stephanie Drake Heather Grayson Jackie Keenan Christie Maliyackel Alexandra Moore Jamie Muehlhauser Katherine Silvey General Features 7 Calendar Hillary Deck Advertising Sales Jada Black Holiday in the Community Designer Jeffrey Link, Pheta Design Link, Inc. Building Connections: 8 Printer Original Smith Publishing Making the Most of League Life 2010–2011 JLC Board of Directors Regina Wootton, President Mindi Kaploe, Executive Vice President JLC President Regina Sarah Korf Dill, Recording Secretary Wootton addressed Erin Callahan, Treasurer JLC members at a Michelle Miller Burns and Beth Kost, President’s Reception. Centennial Steering Committee More on page 9. Directors: Linda Beck, Advisory Council Liaison Caroline Beaird, Member-at-Large Joan Callan, Strategic Planning Director Melissa Engram, Diversification Director Sara Lippold, Current Issues Director Lindsay Nero, Current Issues Director Molly Riley, Fundraising Director Laura Southwick, Current Issues Director Jennifer Truong, External Advocacy Director Karen Williamson, Current Issues Director 2010–2011 JLC Advisory Council Phyllis Barker, Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Walt Bledsoe, Non-Profit Consultant Michael Frantz, Fidelity Investments Raymond Hall, Raymond V. Hall Training and Consultant Services James Harisiades, Children’s Memorial Hospital Departments Cynthia Hunt, Management Consulting 4 Community Connections Nettie Leon Lasko, Attorney General’s Office 8 League Life Jennifer Newhouse, United Healthcare Phil Ravid, Ravid & Bernstein LLP 9 Members About Town Beth Reissenweber, Aurora University 11 Philanthropy Focus Libbet Richter, The Richter Group Brooke Wiseman, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago 15 President’s Letter 15 EVP’s Letter A Publication of the Junior League of Chicago 1447 North Astor Street • Chicago, IL 60610 16 Bulletin Board 312–664–4462 • 312–664–1963 (fax) Read about DIAD adventures on page 4-5. www.jlchicago.org topics | 84/4 • 2011 3 community c o n n e c A Focus on Project CON:CERN By Alex Moore I f the holiday season is the time for giving, rewarding for everyone involved. Working break-out sessions aid with networking the ladies of the Project CON:CERN with up to three non-profit groups each among attendees. committee have gotten a head start. In year, Project CON: CER N committee Interested in using your JLC experience keeping with the spirit of the season, they members first work on assessing each to help other organizations? Consider a are focusing on heart and home through organization’s specific strengths, as well placement on Project CON:CERN. The work their work with the Evanston History Center as their current and future goals. For the is extremely rewarding for others as well as (EHC) and its mission to preserve the rich EHC, the focus is on increasing visitor for your own professional growth. You’ll history of the City of Evanston and its people. attendance and community engagement have the chance to develop your project Project CON:CERN, led by Susan Miller through marketing, with an ultimate management, research, and business skills, and Jackie Babb, is a unique committee goal of impacting its upcoming capital and receive thorough training to help you within the structure of the Junior League of campaign. In addition, Project CON:CERN with all aspects of the project. Chicago (JLC). They are specifically charged recommends initiatives geared to help Know a non-profit in need of a little help? with providing other Chicago-area non-profits the EHC redefine and firmly establish its While the committee looks for organizations with networking opportunities, management identity within the community. At years’ that fit with the JLC, they also take into assistance, and consulting services in order to end, the committee’s goal is to have physical consideration the interest and commitment strengthen their organizational capabilities. documentation of deliverables and to meet of the applicants, the manageability of the The committee centers its efforts on one all objectives agreed upon at the outset. project, and what the anticipated impact of of five areas chosen by the partner agency: Project CON: CER N also of fers its Project CON:CERN will be. As such, all area marketing, strategy, board development, members, as well as all of the JLC, a chance to agencies are invited to apply in the spring of fundraising, or volunteer management. A network. Each year, a Breakfast Networking each year, and applications are available on work plan and implementation timeline for Forum is held which JLC members are the JLC website www.jlchicago.org. the goals to be met and services to be provided invited to attend. Topics of discussion For more information, please contact are then created and approved by both the include anything from volunteerism to Susan Miller (susanartemismiller@gmail. agency and the JLC. day-of-service organization. A panel of com) or Jacqueline Berk Babb (jacbabb@ The process is both challenging and speakers helps to direct the forum, while gmail.com). Done-In-A-Day: Lincoln Park Spooky Zoo JLC Members dressed in costume to help educate kids on the Zoo’s wild life: Megan Hirshey (Wolf), Ashley Conrad (Polar Bear), Sherry Sharrard (Brown Bear), and Suzanne Alton (Lion). 4 topics | 84/4 • 2011 t i o n s Barbara Flynn Currie Reflections on 30 Years in the Illinois Legislature By Stephanie H. Drake, Staff Writer S tate Representative Barbara Flynn concentrated on her experience as a woman Currie believes we need to somehow increase Currie visited the Chicago Women’s in politics and some of the changes in the revenue, and there is some hope, but we need Alliance, an alumni group of the 30 years since her first election. She also to have patience. University of Chicago, to discuss her tackled questions from the audience about During her tenure Representative Currie platform and the financial problems Illinois the media’s role in politics and society, has been a strong proponent of the statewide faces. Representative of the 25th District, the state budget situation, and tips for assault weapons ban and is a strong supporter Currie is a strong collaborator of the Junior advocating on behalf of non-profits and of expanding drug treatment programs. She League of Chicago’s Advocacy Council. community organizations. supports expunging non-violent criminal Representative Currie’s address discussed Representative Currie is a strong advocate offenses for people who change their ways. the serious fiscal difficulties many face for working families and children. She She has also led the charge for a higher state and what her platform can do to transform initiated the state program that funds pre- minimum wage, supports tax incentives that these issues, along with her experiences in school services for disadvantaged children. She make housing more affordable, and helped politics over the last 30 years. has sponsored legislation to protect nursing pass caps on property tax increases. Rep. Currie’s district includes portions home residents from abuse, and has focused In addition to the insights provided by of the Chicago communities of Woodlawn, on improving child-support enforcement. Representative Currie, the Chicago Women’s South Shore, Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Currie feels that even though Illinois Alliance event provided an opportunity to Chicago. The conviction in her beliefs is one of has attempted to make budget cuts, the network with a more experienced group of the assets that make Barbara Flynn Currie so state is still facing difficulties. Illinois is women leaders in a variety of community valuable in Springfield. Representative Currie faced with continual cuts, but according to ser vice organizations. Representative was the first woman Majority Leader in the Representative Currie, we cannot rely on Barbara Flynn Currie’s platform, in short, history of the Illinois General Assembly, first cuts alone. We also have responsibilities to aligns directly with the mission of the JLC elected in 1979. the poor, to the schools for our children, by serving at-risk women and children and During her address Representative Currie and to our communities. Representative our community at-large. Done-In-A-Day: Community Health JLC members Kate Rebmann, Kim Yaman, Rachel Hasselle, Brittany Thornton and Susan Sinclair made healthy snacks at a DIAD for Community Health. topics | 84/4 • 2011 5 | communityconnections | Sustainer Spotlight: Jenny Hay By Jada Black, Editor-Elect J enny Hay lives in Evanston with her husband Board Members are Just Like Me Tom. Her son Alex is a freshman at Elon University and her daughter Abbey is a sophomore at Loyola Academy. She serves on the By Heather Grayson Women’s Board of Children’s Home and Aid, the Women of Wisdom committee at Loyola Academy and Co-Vice-President of the Junior League of Sara Lippold Chicago Sustainers. Current Issue: Board Fellows Program– What does being a Sustainer mean to you? Junior League of Chicago members will Being a trained volunteer who has the knowledge/ have opportunities to intern on the expertise and ability to see out of the box on what Boards of Directors of other non-profits the JLC and other community groups can and have in the greater Chicago area. done in the past to promote voluntarism in the city and suburbs of Chicago. Being a Sustainer also lets “A board fellows training program is a me support the efforts of the Actives and enjoy great example of how members can help seeing life-long friends made in my Active years. fulfill our mission by developing their own What is the importance of Sustainers to the JLC? potential and utilizing their training to Sustainers offer a very extensive look into how/why improve our community by serving other the JLC has been so successful for so long. Many non-profit organizations.” Sustainers have worked on the fundraisers and can offer information into what has worked before and also project knowledge and administrative Lindsay Nero knowledge. They can save reinventing the wheel, Current Issue: Analyzing JLC’s current so to speak. recruitment structure versus former What was your favorite JLC project? sponsorship program. Some of my favorite JLC projects were chairing “Not only did she [my sponsor] teach Gazebo and setting up the Kohl museum project. I me about the league, she taught me what it also enjoyed serving as Area Chair and Membership took to be an outstanding member, volunteer Vice-President. and mentor. To this day she is still one of How does/did the League help you discover your potential as a volunteer? my dearest friends. If I did not have such an I was amazed at how much the JLC fosters amazing JLC sponsor and mentor, I would potential to move on to other volunteer boards. not be the member I am today, nor do I think I left knowing how to set up and run meetings no I would be as involved. To have someone matter the group. I had the ability to be a leader who you connect with and can ask all those and delegate jobs to others. questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask You’re involved with Children’s Home and Aid others gets you through those tough times.” Society. What does this organization do? I am on the Women’s Board of Children’s Home and Aid Society, which is a leading child and family Laura Southwick Hendricks service agency in Illinois. It protects, educates, Current Issue: Member Re-engagement and counsels more than 40,000 children, youth, in relation to the Centennial year. and families to help improve their lives. It was “We are nothing as a League without started in 1883 and works to shape public policy in child welfare and early childhood and juvenile our amazing and engaged volunteers. justice. We have several facilities in Englewood, The more engaged our volunteers are, the Evanston, Schaumburg and throughout Illinois stronger we are as a League, and the more which offer Head Start programs and adoptive we accomplish and do for the women and foster family services. children of the Chicago community.” You have a business and were a vendor at Gazebo. What do you do? Karen Williamson I have a business called My Sister & Me with my sister Mary Ann Lillie. We focus primarily on Current Issue: Project CON:CERN antiques and have a space at the Heritage Trail Mall (Communit y Outreach Net work: in Wilmette. We do consignment and also a holiday Consulting and Educational Resources mart or two in the fall months. We were pleased for Nonprofits). to return to Gazebo this year where we had been “Project CON:CERN provides consulting a vendor previously. services for other non-profits. To put it What advice would you give to someone just simply, the core issue is to know how to starting out with JLC? My advice to a new JLC member is to try everything share our deep story. 100 years of serving from projects to development to fundraising. The our community is amazing and complex, life-long friends made along the way and the just like the JLC ladies.” experiences together will be remembered always. 6 topics | 84/4 • 2011 | generalfeature | Holiday in the Community By Katherine R. Silvey W e are all aware of what a busy time the holidays are. Between the shopping, baking, working, and socializing, who has time to volunteer? Actually, the answer to that question is: the exceptional women of the Junior League of Chicago. Despite everyone’s hectic schedules, it is remarkable how many women took the time to remain committed to their volunteer efforts by participating in one of the JLC’s many wonderful community projects. Of particular interest to the JLC is the Healthy Lifestyles Initiative, focusing on making the Chicago community healthier. One committee dedicated to that task is November, the Mad Hatters performed for Health Train. While Health Train did to the delight of the children. not have any holiday-specific events this Connecting Kids to the Arts (CKTA) year, they were certainly busy during the hosted a holiday party at Mary Lou’s, a season nonetheless. In early December, domestic violence shelter for women and the committee hosted a Health Train event their children in Evanston. at Westhaven Park. The Park is part of Over the holidays, the committee for the Chicago’s “Plan for Transformation” project Women’s Treatment Center worked nearly to create new mixed-income communities. around the clock to put together several The Health Train ladies were also featured amazing outings and events. They organized at a reception in late October to demonstrate a trip to the Brookfield Zoo where the women how major gifts to the Junior League impact and their children were treated to a personal our community. breakfast with Santa. They also organized a Another community project with a healthy trip to Navy Pier for the Winter Wonderland living focus is Kids In the Kitchen, a fun Festival so the women and children could way to show Chicago youth how to prepare enjoy the sights, the festive spirit of the snacks that are both tasty and nutritious. In holidays, and sounds of carols. In addition preparation for those turkey dinners around to these two trips, the committee also hosted Thanksgiving, our JLC volunteers taught the a holiday party at the Center that included children of Gilda’s Club how to create healthy activities for the children, food, and holiday options out of Thanksgiving leftovers. gift bags. And finally, the committee sought These treats included multigrain turkey and successfully received a grant from Price and stuffing wraps, sweet potato fries, and Waterhouse Coopers to purchase winter coats apples with a low-fat sweet dip for dessert. for the women and children at the center. This culinary lesson was followed up with These were handed out on January 18, 2011. fun exercises in the form of “Pilgrim” relay Congratulations on this wonderful grant. races, complete with costume, and “Junk in Together, and with the particular help of the Trunk” ping-pong ball relay races. these wonderful projects, we are living up One of the League’s most well-known to our mission to “develop the potential community projects is the Mad Hatters. of women and improve the community As shoppers drifted the aisles of the St. through effective action…” Let’s see what Chrysostom’s annual craft fair in early we can accomplish in the New Year…! topics | 84/4 • 2011 7 League Building Connections LIFE Making the Most of the JLC Experience By Heather Grayson was ready to pass on her experiences. ministers of education and trade, in addition “To me internationalism, like life and the to their educational workshops. They Junior League, is about connections. It’s about traveled throughout the Balkans and really how people can best utilize and empower got to know the Kosovars who were in the themselves. I really saw as my goal in life to program and had gone to Chicago earlier in help maximize what skills we all have.” the year for similar training. After seeing Josey’s potential, Dr. While there, Josey’s eyes were really open Gruber recommended that Josey apply for to the suffering and opportunities in Kosovo. a fellowship she heard about through her “This is a country where 11 years ago Circumnavigators Club. Sponsored by the these people suffered injustices and crimes American Councils working in partnership against humanity. It brings tears to your with the Rotary Club in Winnetka, Illinois, eyes. To come out of something like that, Nekesa Josey with Minister of Education Enver the program sounded like the perfect have no bitterness, and want to build their Hoxhaj, who oversees all education policies in opportunity for Josey. country up really makes you appreciate your Kosovo. Photo taken at a private party, welcoming T he Ko s ovo -A me r ic a E me r g i ng own experience”. the U.S. delegation. Professionals Program, funded by the U.S. Since the program, Josey has been given T his fall, 15 young Americans traveled Department of State’s Bureau of Educational the opportunity to apply for one of five to Prishtina, Kosovo for three weeks and Cultural Affairs, helps develop young grants offered to program participants to for the opportunity of a lifetime. leaders through workshops given by develop a business in Kosovo. She has teamed These Americans learned the cultural, top international businesses such as J.P. up with a lead engineer, Fatos Gacaferri, in analytical and promotional skills to become Morgan Chase, meetings with governmental Kosovo who sees potential for developing more effective in global business and were leaders and creating an appreciation and technology in the country through creating given the opportunity at the end of their time understanding of a new culture and country. web applications. Gacaferri has implemented to apply for a grant to launch a business in Kosovo has been trying to rebuild their projects involving major telecoms in the past Kosovo to help rebuild its economy. country after military and religious conflicts and really wants to do even more to help One of these young Americans was Junior in the 1990s, the Kosovo War, which America his country. Josey hopes to hear soon if she League of Chicago member Nekesa Josey, took a main role helping to fight. They received the grant. who heard about the program through her are still trying to rebuild their business The relat ionship bet ween Nekesa JLC mentor, sustainer Dr. Linda Gruber. infrastructure, and the country holds a lot Josey and Linda Gruber shows what one After their first encounter at a JLC Book of potential to improve. can get out of the JLC when she takes Author Series, the two developed a connection After months of interviews, essays and advantage of the women around her. The and a relationship. Dr. Gruber was struck anxiousness, Josey received the news that JLC is more than just an opportunity to by Josey’s drive and saw the promise in her she was accepted into the program. She flew help the community; it’s about building young acquaintance. She knew that their to Washington, D.C., for a few days to be relationships. One of the values of the JLC connection went beyond the JLC. briefed on Kosovo’s current situation and is mentorship in order to “share experiences Dr. Gruber has always been active in the culture. Then she and her fellow peers in and expertise with one another”. international arena, from studying abroad in the program flew to Kosovo to begin their “This wouldn’t have happened without China and France in her youth to serving on adventure. They stayed with host families that connection,” Josey says. “I was looking the state board for the Illinois Consortium during their time in the country and visited at the League’s mission where it says to take for International Studies and Programs. She many prestigious officials including the action. Linda took action.” 8 topics | 84/4 • 2011 President’s Receptions By Alex Moore T his fall, President Regina Wootton to mingle and get to know more about Callan was also in attendance to discuss the h e l d a s e r i e s o f P r e s i d e n t ’s our new president. Regina discussed her new Strategic Plan, its goals, and how it is Receptions throughout the League career, as well as Junior League of important to the success of the League. The Chicago area. Entitled “Past, Present, and Chicago hot topics, and upcoming plans Active Membership voted to approve the Future,” the receptions and accompanying for the Centennial and the future of the Strategic Plan at the Fall General Meeting presentations were a chance for members League. Strategic Planning Director Joan held on November 20th. JLC Book Author Series Hosts Nancy Brinker P romise Me is a deeply moving story of family and sisterhood, the dramatic “30,000-foot view” of the democratization of a disease, and a soaring affirmative to the question: Can one person truly make a difference? Nancy’s mission to change the way the world talked about and treated breast cancer took on added urgency when she was herself diagnosed with the disease. Unlike her sister, Nancy survived and went on to make Susan G. Komen for the Cure into the most influential health charity in the country. A pioneering force in cause-related marketing, SGK turned the pink ribbon into a symbol of hope everywhere. Each year, millions of people worldwide take part in SGK Race for the Cure events. And thanks to the more than $1.5 billion spent by SGK for cutting-edge research and community programs, a breast cancer diagnosis today is no longer a death sentence. In fact, in the time since Suzy’s death, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer has risen from 74 percent to 98 percent. –Promise Me book synopsis. topics | 84/4 • 2011 9 | leaguelife | Gazebo 2010: JLC Members Shopped Till They Dropped 10 topics | 84/4 • 2011 | Philanthropyfocus | Ask For It: JLCU Tackles Negotiating By Christie Maliyackel, Staff Writer I f you don’t ask for something, you can’t get it!” Adam Galinsky, Kellogg School of Management, repeated constantly during the Junior League of Chicago University session on negotiation skills. Women are strong negotiators when acting as an agent for someone else or when they have power in the negotiations. Galinsky explained the difference between positions and interests, the steps of any negotiation, and avoiding common negotiation pitfalls. Positions are the public claims of the negotiator while interests are the private needs, desires, or concerns of the negotiator. The six steps 6: Role play and visualize - Imagine the negotiation. What questions of negotiation involve the following: will you ask to get information? What will you say if they offer X 1: Establish your interests - Think about what you truly want. For or Y? How will you respond if they use Z tactic? your core interest, there usually exist several possible positions and This JLCU provided a very detailed, step-by-step approach to combination of issues that could satisfy it; you want multiple core navigating the murky waters of various types of negotiations. Not interests in order to generate multiple issues. Generating multiple only did Galinsky provide significant information regarding different issues from a single issue allows for trade-offs. For example, with scenarios in which these approaches can be used, but he also reiterated a job offer, you might consider salary, vacation time, retirement the importance of developing a scoring system and pretending you contributions, and other benefits. are negotiating for someone else if you are particularly anxious. 2: Develop a scoring system - Developing a scoring system helps Following such steps will only help prepare you for the negotiation you define issues and quantify all issues in terms of a common and get what you asked for. metric (e.g. points, dollars, some unit of value). Developing a scoring system helps avoid the pitfall of only focusing on the single most important issue (price, salary, etc). The scoring system will help when comparing package deals, multiple offers, and alternatives. The more variables, the more important it is to develop a scoring system. 3: Establish your bargaining points - Knowing alternatives is the single biggest source of power. Therefore, you should establish your best alternatives to a negotiated agreement. It is also important to manage the other side’s perception of their alternatives. During this step, you should also establish your reservation price, or the walk-away point. Your reservation price should never change unless your alternatives change or the terms of the deal change. Never reveal your reservation price. The target price is the most preferred outcome. Focus on achieving the At Stella & Dot, we adore the notion target price as opposed to avoiding the reservation price, or of wordly style and adventures. walk-away point. You and your girlfriends will love 4: Consider the other side’s interests and bargaining position - having your very own private trunk Information is your second greatest source of power. The biggest show and your own personal question to answer in this step is WHY? Truly appreciating the shopping experience. If you are other side’s interests will increase your power. 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An effective first offer and counteroffer should be based on the target price. topics | 84/4 • 2011 11 | Philanthropyfocus | JLC Announces Automated Placement Process By Jackie Keenan, Staff Writer F or the typical Junior League of Chicago On April 2, this process becomes been in the works for years, but the budget member, requesting a placement is automated. JLC members will now log onto finally allows the JLC to take the plunge a fairly simple job. After sending an the JLC website, not their email, to request into implementing the new system. Many email with your top choices the second the their placements. Leagues across the country have the same clock strikes 9:00 a.m., the average member’s “While the Placement Committees and system and it has worked well. placement process is complete. But for the HQ have done a great job with the manual The JLC keeps growing, which has prompted JLC member receiving that email, their job placement process in the past, it was very the urgency for the new system, Holtz says. has just begun. labor and time intensive,” says Denise Holtz, But the new system will only work for Assigning placements has been a laborious Chairman of the Placement committee. “The those JLC members who are in good standing process for years. It takes countless hours for change will allow members to login to the and have paid their 2011-2012 dues. Holtz the committee to read the hundreds of emails website, just like they would to check their says to stay tuned for communications on from JLC members, assign the placement, then credits or look someone up in the directory how this new system will work. email that member back with their placement and select a placement that way.” “The system is a great technological for the year. The plan for a software upgrade has advancement for the JLC,” Holtz said. | historycorner | The Whys and Wise of Parenthood By Heather Grayson, Staff Writer and Laurie Toth, JLC Historian T hrough most of the 1950’s, the Junior League of Chicago’s activities were very child and family centered: the demystif ying mental health and behavioral issues afflicting young people and presenting tips and techniques to Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young help parents create a healthy, happy People’s Concerts and Receptions, home environment. The show was the Ensemble Project for Chicago eventually picked up by WTTW, the local school children and children’s theater PBS affiliate. programming. Hard work and persistence paid off The emerging medium of television and in 1958, the JLC made its debut provided a unique opportunity to reach on Channel 11 with a series of four a large number of parents throughout programs entitled, “The Whys of the Chicagoland area and the League Wise Parenthood,” a forum of parents embraced the oppor tunit y with discussing the unique roles mothers, characteristic enthusiasm. Members of fathers and children played in building the day felt strongly that they had a duty a family. The goal of the series? to carry a constructive message to a local Modern parents, “were besieged by television audience and over the course an over abundance of advice from of several years, there were multiple many different and differing voices on participated in a facilitated discussion effor ts to develop programming how to raise their children.” Instead led by Dr. Herbert Ratner, Public Health exemplifying the League’s philosophy of introducing yet another expert, the Director of Oak Park IL and an Associate toward community service and to secure League sought to help parents regain Clinical Professor of Preventative sponsors for these media projects. A their confidence in their own expertise Medicine and Public Health at the program focused on children seemed as parents. Stritch School of Medicine. Throughout a natural fit! Hosted over the course of four t h e c i t y, m e m b e r s r e i n f o r c e d By 1956, a new format was developed Mondays in May, the program proved the importance of the family message with a series of half-hour shows an overwhelming success! A group with in-home viewing parties and focused on the topic of child guidance, of approximately twenty parents discussion groups. 12 topics | 84/4 • 2011 | getcooking | Stuffed Mushrooms from Peeling the Wild Onion 1 1/2 pounds mushrooms Lemon juice for washing 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs 1/4 cup grated onion 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbs dried parsley 2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper 1/2 tsp oregano 2/3 cup olive oil Wash mushrooms in water and a little lemon juice; dry the caps and remove stems. Combine the stems, crumbs, cheese, onion, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and oregano in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Spoon mixture into caps. 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The work is very much in the blueprint stage, of that working on League projects or using their training with other so expect a lot of details and big announcements between now and organizations. Part of the celebration is sharing our history with the 2012 – and don’t be surprised if you are asked to join in the work! community at large. The events may lead to funding or new members, The plans are looking both internally and externally. The or they may just lead to a shared spirit of good will. Either way, they celebration will bring together Sustainers, Actives, and Associates; will help the JLC improve its visibility in Northern Illinois. city, suburban, and non-resident members; leaders and volunteers Some of the Centennial events being considered are training to reflect on the JLC’s accomplishments and savor our part in 100 sessions and service projects. And some will be just for fun, to help years of success. The goal is to make the celebration relevant to all us savor our accomplishments and our camaraderie. There will be members of the League, no matter how many years or how involved JLCU sessions, Done in a Day events, parties, receptions, and other they have been. After all, membership in the Junior League should activities over the 2011-2012 Centennial Year. be a lifetime proposition, and the Centennial should reflect that. Watch for announcements, and get ready for a good time! H J J. HILBURN MEN’S CLOTHIER J. Hilburn, Men's Custom Clothier, welcomes you into the world of luxuriously tailored clothing at boldly lower prices. We source our fabrics directly from the mills used by brands such as Brioni, Incotex, Oxxford, Ralph Lauren, and Zegna. Contact Chicago personal style advisor, Myra Gammon firstname.lastname@example.org 312-867-8896 • www.jhilburn.com The Wine Tasting Members Like Me Group had their first event at House of Glunz on December 2nd. Members enjoyed sparkling wine, champagne and snacks while mingling and making new friends. top photo: Natalie Kuys, Angie Gladieux, Genevieve Jeanty. Bottom photo: Dana Krueger, Erika Vandam, Summer Craig and Karin Koetes. 14 topics | 84/4 • 2011 | JLCHeadquarters | | President’sLetter | H 1447 N. Astor Street appy New Year, Junior League of Chicago! Chicago, IL 60610 Many people enter a new year with plans 312-664-4462 to accomplish bigger and better things in www.jlchicago.org the upcoming year and the Junior League of Chicago is no different. Plans are currently underway for an Headquarters Hours exciting Winter General Meeting you won’t want to monday through miss. In keeping with our theme of Past, Present, Wednesday: Future, we will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. of Mad Hatters, we will hear from the Chief Service thursday and friday: Officer of the City of Chicago, Jenne Myers and the 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Centennial Steering Committee will be providing open the third and fourth an exciting update on Centennial activities. Also in the planning stages, saturdays of the month. the talented women of Windy City Nights are hard at work preparing for our third big fundraiser of the year - I hope you will join me on March 26, 2011 at the Germania Place for an evening of fun and gambling! In this edition of Topics, you will find the Annual Report for 2009-2010. This report shows the financial records for the Junior League of Chicago. Office Services & Supplies What this document does not reflect is the amazing number of hours Headquarters staff is here to support your committee and our volunteers are contributing towards improving the community and meeting needs. Office supplies and equipment are available developing the potential of women. Currently, we have nearly 300 women for member use. Additionally, staff is available to make copies, who are volunteering on community projects across the Chicago area, we arrange materials for mailings, coordinate and set up equipment have another 160 women working to raise funds to operate our projects and for meetings and much more. To request office support, call Interim Director, Ellen Baker Jurewicz at 312-664-4462 x104. 55 members working to create training programs to develop our skills as volunteers. I hope that you will also focus on the time and talents that our Deliveries members contribute to improving Chicago. If you are scheduling a delivery to Headquarters (e.g., packages, I am deeply grateful to all of our members for their ongoing commitment food for meetings, etc.), please notify Ellen Baker Jurewicz at least to the Junior League of Chicago and our mission, I hope that you have a 24 hours in advance. All deliveries must be left inside the building. wonderful 2011! COD deliveries are not accepted unless prior arrangements have Warmly, Regina Wootton been made. Reserve Meeting Space at Headquarters | EVP’sLetter | Submit your request online at http://www.jlchicago.org/. In order T to best accommodate meeting requests, please submit your his holiday, I was reminded of the phenomenal reservation form at least two weeks in advance of your meeting. group of women that lead and volunteer to make the Junior League of Chicago thrive as Staff Directory we move into our 100th year. To review the last few Ellen Baker Jurewicz, Interim Director months, our league enjoyed a warm holiday season ebakerjurewicz@ jlchicago.org • 312-664-4462 x104 and celebrated in the following ways: Regina brought Laurie Respass, Development Coordinator back the President’s receptions and was met with lrespass@ jlchicago.org • 312-664-4462 x101 excitement while attendees listened to highlights Betty Miller, Finance Coordinator from our Strategic Plan and Centennial road map. bmiller@ jlchicago.org • 312-664-4462 x106 The JLC hosted another successful Gazebo Holiday Laura McDougal, Membership & Marketing Coordinator Market; don’t forget 2011 marks our 40th year for lmcdougal@ jlchicago.org • 312-664-4462 x108 this event! Education & Training Council has paved Damian Franklin, Doorman/Facilities the way for a diverse training experience by including a Leadership Series Lupe Villegas, Housekeeping within the Junior League of Chicago University offerings. Chicago Area Committee continues to improve member satisfaction by planning events Parking & Public Transportation that offer outings for a variety of interests and ages. Community continued Garage Parking is available at 1445 N. State Parkway for $11 to support our projects and decorated this holiday with the opportunity (cash only) for 2 hours. The entrance to the garage is on Burton to participate in events like “Winter Wonderland” and “Breakfast with between State and Astor. JLC Headquarters is accessible by city bus (#22, #36, #156, #151) and the el train (Clark/Division stop Santa”. Our Advocacy Council continues to ensure that our outreach on the Red Line). aligns directly with the mission of the JLC. The JLC really appreciates our Sustainer Community and to celebrate their lifetime membership we offered a luncheon during Gazebo and an annual holiday party. I am so proud to be a member of the Junior League of Chicago and all we do to support the community, our signature issue and our incredible members. Kind Regards, Mindi A. Kaploe topics | 84/4 • 2011 15 periodical A member of the Association of Junior Leagues international, inc. the Junior League of chicago reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. 1447 North Astor Street Chicago, IL 60610 (USPS) 805-280 | bulletinboard | JLC Calendar Support the JLC TOPICS February Fall in love with SoLUXE, the topics (USPS 805-280) is published quarterly by February 17 JLC's stationery partner and the Junior League of Chicago, Inc. Publications Book Author Series with Martha Grimes favorite indulgence! This line of customizable stationery, and editorial offices: 1447 North Astor Street, February 23 luggage tags, plates, and many Chicago, IL 60610, 312–664–4462. 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