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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.
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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.
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
James Harisiades, Children’s Memorial Hospital
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
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community c o n n e c
A Focus on Project CON:CERN
By Alex Moore
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).
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t i o n s
Barbara Flynn Currie
Reflections on 30 Years in the Illinois Legislature
By Stephanie H. Drake, Staff Writer
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
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| communityconnections | Sustainer Spotlight:
By Jada Black, Editor-Elect
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.
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| generalfeature |
Holiday in the Community
By Katherine R. Silvey
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…!
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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
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.”
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By Alex Moore
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
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.
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| leaguelife |
JLC Members Shopped Till They Dropped
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| Philanthropyfocus |
Ask For It: JLCU Tackles Negotiating
By Christie Maliyackel, Staff Writer
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
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| Philanthropyfocus |
JLC Announces Automated Placement Process
By Jackie Keenan, Staff Writer
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.
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| getcooking |
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. Pour a little of the olive oil into a
baking pan, spreading to cover the bottom of
the pan. Arrange mushrooms in the pan and
drizzle with remaining olive oil. Bake for 25
minutes at 350 degrees.
Yields 6-8 servings.
Tip: avoid prepping too early as the mushrooms darken over time.
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| generalfeature |
Centennial Sneak Peek
By Annie Logue, Contributing Writer
lanning for the Junior League of Chicago Centennial Celebration Externally, the committee is coming up with ways to remind people
is underway, with Michelle Miller Burns and Beth Kost leading in Chicago of who we are and what we do. The city has changed so
a growing steering committee of enthusiastic women from much in the last century, and the women of the JLC have been part
throughout the League. 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!
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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
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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,
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
Reserve Meeting Space at Headquarters
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Submit your request online at http://www.jlchicago.org/. In order
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
Kind Regards, Mindi A. Kaploe
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