Junior League of Savannah, Inc.
Message from the 2007-08 President
As an organiza- Our 2007-08 accomplishments are in the Kitchen program educated children on
tion of women with keeping with our 82-year history. The first proper nutritional choices. To promote vol-
a mission to promote two elements of our mission, promoting untarism outside of our membership, we
voluntarism, devel- voluntarism and developing the potential were pleased to award five $1000 scholar-
op the potential of of women, are directed primarily to our ships to outstanding high school seniors
women and improve 1000 members. We promote voluntarism for excellence in community service. And
communities, the Junior League of Savannah by requiring that every member volunteer finally, our members in the Brunswick and
is not only celebrating the end of a successful for about 50 hours each year for a particular Hilton Head areas worked on various edu-
year, but also two milestones regarding our placement, either for our community proj- cation-related projects in those locations.
contributions to the community. Since our ects or for the internal operation of the orga- These endeavors are possible due
inception in 1926, we have donated approxi- nization. We develop the potential of women to two fund raisers that have become
mately $2.5 million and more than 500,000 by offering training opportunities for general fixtures in the community. Thrift Sale,
volunteer hours to the Savannah, Brunswick leadership skills and for the placements to which commemorated its 60th anniver-
and Hilton Head areas. We’re always proud which we are assigned. The League provides sary last October, is a highly-anticipated
of the work we do, but we’re particularly a safe environment for learning unfamiliar event that has shoppers lined up long
pleased with this achievement, which repre- responsibilities. If you’re an accountant, you before the doors are open. The two-day
sents tireless efforts of thousands of women don’t necessarily have to work with numbers sale generates more than $100,000. Our
through the years. – you can be the newsletter editor! three cookbooks have become local favor-
The third element of the mission, im- ites and sales earned more than $56,000
2007-08 proving communities, is the emphasis of this year. Savannah Style is the League’s
this publication. The League selects a focus first cookbook, was published in 1980
Annual Report area for a three- to five-year period and com- and has sold more than 170,000 cop-
Junior League of Savannah, Inc. pletes projects within that focus area each ies. The cover features “Oyster Roast,” a
year. Community agencies are selected to painting we commissioned by artist Ray
1926-2008 ~ 82 Years be our partners and as such, receive funding Ellis. Downtown Savannah Style was in-
and volunteers from the League. This is the troduced in 1997. Best of the Best was
EDITOR: end of five-year commitment to a focus area compiled in 2002 from both cookbooks.
Jamie Lane of education. During 2007-08, we donated We are grateful to several businesses
more than $106,000 and 17,000 volunteer that provide financial support to the
hours to the community. Our main efforts League. Levy Jewelers, Publix Supermar-
Katie Joyner were with our community partners – Frank ket Charities and SunTrust are our plati-
The Annual Report is published by Callen Boys and Girls Club, Massie Heri- num sponsors. BB&T, Callen Trust, Me-
The Junior League of Savannah, Inc. tage Center, Local Outreach Volunteer Ed- morial Health and The Savannah Bank
P.O. Box 23545 ucators, Oatland Island Education Center are our silver sponsors. Chatham Steel is
Savannah, GA 31403 and Union Mission. But we also had many also a sponsor.
Phone: (912) 790-1002 other partnerships throughout the year. Our members are dedicated to our
Fax: (912) 790-1084 For our Done in a Day projects, we offered mission and they have worked hard this
Cookbook Office: (912) 790-0222 funding and volunteers on a smaller scale, year to make a difference. I hope you
Headquarters@jrleaguesavannah.org for one-day projects. Our Community As- enjoy reading some of the highlights fea-
sistance Funds provided financial support to tured on these pages. It’s been a pleasure
Cover: Junior League members
additional organizations, and our Commu- and a privilege to be President of this or-
volunteered with the educational
nity Emergency Funds gave money where ganization of outstanding women who
art program for the Arts Center of
we thought it was needed most. A Kids in are building a better community.
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2007-08 Junior League of Savannah Board of Directors
Tammy Ray, President
Lynn Brennan, President-Elect
Bettie Bohannon, Finance Council Vice President
Jamie Lane, Communications Council Vice President
Donna Abbott, Membership Council Vice President
Tori Chandler, Community Council Vice President
Lane Lynch, Nominating Chair
Jan Johnson, Strategic Planning Chair
Tanya McCormick, Treasurer
Jessica McClellan, Parliamentarian
Patti Lyons, Sustaining Board Advisor
Pictured left to right, Top Row: Donna Abbott, Tori Chandler, Bettie Bohannon and Lynn Brennan; Middle Row: Jamie Lane, Jan
Johnson and Tanya McCormick; Bottom Row: Jessica McClellan, Tammy Ray and Lane Lynch. Not pictured: Patti Lyons.
Annual Fund Chair: Stephanie Ritzert Information Technology Editor: South Carolina Lowcountry Liaison:
Auction Solicitations Chair: Ruth Weeks Marianna Barbrey
Laura Lane Smith Kids in the Kitchen Chair: South Carolina Lowcountry Projects
Auction Solicitations Chair-Elect: Erin Chadwick Chair: Heather Rath &
Angela Ritzert Legislative Affairs Chair: Jill Henle Rall Ashley Rhodes
Bulk Mail Chair: Melissa Wardlaw Local Outreach Volunteer Educators Special Publications Editor:
Community Assistance Coordinating Chair: Heather Slamenick Harmon Rebecca Hawkins
Chair: Jennifer Mafera Massie Heritage Center Chair: Special Publications Assistant Editor:
Community Program Development Annie Laurie Guerard Kate Freeman
Chair: Nelle Bordeaux Membership Development Chair: Special Events Chair: Christine Freeman
Cookbook Chair: Beverly Prickett Lisa Pinyan Sponsorship Development Chair:
Cookbook Chair-Elect: Jennifer Self Newsletter Editor: Katie Joyner Jennifer Fanning
Cookbook Marketing Chair: Newsletter Assistant Editor: Sustainer Activities Chair:
Mary Kerdasha Amy Henderson Debbie Hornsby
Done in a Day Projects Chair: Oatland Island Chair: Andrea Johnson Thrift Sale Chair: Allison Marrero
Alison Walmsley Placement Chair: Lynn Stover Thrift Sale Chair-Elect: Kris Edenfield
Endowment Fund Chair: Maria Sayers Placement Chair-Elect: Katherine Sills Training and Education Chair:
Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club Programs and Arrangements Chair: Sarah Copeland
Chair: Jen Campbell Emily Jones Transfers Chair: Leah Colby
Golden Isles Liaison: Karen Parks Provisional Chair: Karen Ruchalski Union Mission Chair: Laura Mattocks
Golden Isles Projects Chair: Provisional Chair-Elect: Kay Thigpen
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JLS Focuses on Education Kids in the Kitchen
By Tori Chandler, Community Council Vice President By Erin Chadwick, Kids in the Kitchen Chair
Every year, the Junior League of Savan- Hilton Head areas have once again made an Kids in the Kitchen whipped up
nah commits tens of thousands of dollars enormous impact on the face of education a great learning experience for the
and hundreds of volunteer hours to commu- in their communities. students at Notre Dame Academy
nity programs around the Savannah, South Our work with the community does for a week in March. The program
Carolina Lowcountry and Golden Isles area. not end with our community projects. is an initiative of the Association of
This year was no exception. In the final year Over the course of the year, our organi- Junior Leagues International to edu-
of our education focus area, the women of zation provided additional support in a cate children on proper nutritional
the Junior League invested $106,670.50 variety of ways. Whether it was to provide and heath choices.
directly into our community. This fund- emergency funding to repair the vandalism Learning was the focus and incor-
ing, along with countless volunteer hours, at Frank Callen or to award scholarships porated art, music and physical fitness.
supported the much-needed education pro- to students for excellence in community The program included food pyramid
grams in our area. Our community partners service, the Junior League was there! activities, a door decorating contest
in Savannah included Frank Callen Boys Education has been the League’s fo- and an interactive assembly. Healthy
and Girls Club, Local Outreach Volunteer cus area for five years and it is now time snacks were provided for the students
Educators, Massie Heritage Center, Oat- to direct our efforts to another segment each day. The week ended with a Kids
land Island Education Center and Union of our community. The 2008-09 year in the Kitchen celebration in which
Mission. JLS completed one-day projects will begin the “Women and Children’s students had an opportunity to make
with several organizations and implemented Advocacy” focus area. Over the next three healthy snacks and participate in fun
a Kids in the Kitchen program to educate years, our direct community funding and fitness activities.
children on proper nutritional choices. volunteer hours will be channeled to the
However, our work does not stop in Savan- women and children most at risk in our
nah. Our members in the Brunswick and community.
Local Outreach Volunteer Educators
By Heather Slamenick Harmon, Local Outreach Volunteer Educators Chair
The goal of Local Outreach Volun- further help their students.
teer Educators (L.O.V.E.) is to provide JLS funds were used for administra- Students from Notre Dame Academy partic-
ipated in the Kids in the Kitchen program.
funds to place mentors in participating tive needs, since L.O.V.E. does not have
schools to teach students who have a a central office. L.O.V.E. offered train-
difficult time in the classroom. Stu- ing to JLS volunteers who then chose a
dents are chosen by their teachers after school and were placed with a student
the school year begins and are then to begin the mentoring process for that
placed with a mentor to be taken out of school year. Throughout the school
that classroom at least once a week for year, committee members met with the
a one-on-one session. The children feel matched students and mentored them
special and not embarrassed by being at least once a week. They are called
singled out for what they consider to mentors (rather than tutors) because the The students from the Kids in the Kitchen pro-
be a privilege. L.O.V.E. also provides special sessions with the children go be- gram learned about proper health choices.
materials for parents to use at home to yond general classroom information.
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Done In A Day
By Allison Walmsley, Done In A Day Projects Chair
The Done in a Day committee camp facility; Old Savannah City Mis- two authors and assisted with staffing
spent the 2007-08 year planning nine sion – provided a Thanksgiving meal the event; Savannah Needlepoint So-
one-day events to benefit seven local for 30 people, organized the Thrift ciety – cross-stitched kissing pillows
non-profits. The committee consisted Shop storage room, purchased shelving for soldiers to give to family members
of approximately 20 members who units for the storage room and col- when deployed; Savannah Tree Foun-
organized and participated in various lected toiletries for the shelter; Hodge dation – sponsored a lecture to increase
activities throughout the year. Ap- Memorial Daycare – built tables and awareness about the importance of tree
proximately $17,000 was spent on the chairs, painted classrooms and assisted preservation, and Tybee Island Ma-
following projects: Girl Scout Coun- with landscaping improvements; Sa- rine Science Center – repainted walls
cil – built fire circle and benches at its vannah Book Festival – sponsored and painted and installed furniture.
Landscape improvements were made at Hodge Memorial Daycare.
The storage room at Old Savannah City Mission’s thrift store was
Classrooms were painted at Hodge Memorial Daycare. organized.
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The Ultimate Journey -
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club
By Jennifer Campbell, Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club Chair
The goal of Ultimate Journey is behavior at a live performance, they the League sponsored Sheep to Shawl
to reward children who participate also were able to enjoy singing along Festival at Oatland Island.
in the Frank Callen Boys and Girls to Christmas songs and eating a pizza In April, members of the Ultimate
Club for their good behavior through dinner afterwards. Journey experienced The Dolphin
educational field trips. These field In January, students took an eti- Magic Dolphin Tour followed by
trips are designed to expose children quette class at Savannah State. The lunch on River Street. It was a treat
to educational activities that they goal of this class was for the children to witness the kids seeing dolphins for
would not otherwise have the oppor- to learn how to behave when out to the first time. The quote of the day
tunity to experience. This year, the dinner or as a guest at a house. The was from one girl who flung her arms
children participated in seven field children were served a five course open, put her face to the sun and said
trips and learned about art, nature meal and learned appropriate table “I feel so alive!”
and etiquette. manners. In May, Disney World was ob-
In September, Ultimate Journey In February, Ultimate Journey viously the highlight of the year. It
took the children to the Georgia members enjoyed Children’s Day was well worth the long drive to see
Aquarium in Atlanta so they could at the Telfair Jepson Center for the the children experience Disney for
learn more about wildlife. The chil- Arts. Not only were the children able the first time. Their excitement was
dren enjoyed seeing the marine life to view the art on display, they were contagious!
up close. able to create their own art in the The 10 committee members who
In December, the children were craft room. Afterwards, the children chaperoned the Ultimate Journey
treated to the musical ‘A Christmas were able to practice their etiquette Program are thankful for the oppor-
Tradition’ at Savannah Theater. Not skills at Loco’s Grill & Pub. tunity to have a positive impact on
only did the children learn proper In March, the children attended these children’s lives.
Ultimate Journey program participants pose after lunch on a field Members of the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club enjoyed seeing
trip. marine wildlife while on their dolphin tour in April.
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By Andrea Johnson, Oatland Island Chair
The Junior League of Savannah’s that not all toys have batteries. League and candles, created wool weavings and
partnership with the Oatland Island members volunteered baking cornbread much more.
Wildlife Center had another successful as well as assisting with crafts and con- In addition to volunteering at Oat-
year. This year, the League sponsored cessions. land Island’s annual festivals, committee
the opening of the new Wolf Wilderness Sheep to Shawl in April completed members completed two Done in a Day
exhibit, which will allow visitors to get our participation with the Center. Dolly projects. These beautification projects
“nose to nose” with the pack! Several in- and Hershey, the local sheep, received included planting new flowerbeds, weed-
teractive and interpretive elements will their annual shearing. The wool was ing and mulching the existing beds and
allow guests to learn more about wolves then woven on an 1800s spinning wheel working on general grounds mainte-
in the wild as well as conservation efforts at the Heritage home site. League mem- nance. All in all, League members logged
currently underway to save them. The bers volunteered at the crafts booths, more than 475 volunteer hours at Oat-
exhibit will bring several new species to where children made old-fashioned toys land Island!
The Medieval Festival held in Sep-
tember was once again a record-breaker
with more than 3,000 people attending
this one-day event. League members
volunteered 105 hours helping visitors
with crafts, games, concessions and trail
The Halloween Hike held in Oc-
tober was frightfully fantastic! Children
came dressed in their costumes and were
led through the trails, where they were
greeted by friendly, costumed creatures
that taught them about animals while League members assisted with face painting at the Cane Grinding Festival.
giving out candy. Once again, League
members helped the children make
crafts, assisted with the fossil hunt and
ran concessions. Some of our volunteers
even dressed in costume!
The Cane Grinding and Harvest
Festival in November wrapped up the
2007 event calendar. This event was held
on the grounds of the Heritage home
site. Visitors were taken back in time to
the 1800s, where cornbread was baked
on the hearth of the fireplace and sugar
cane was ground in a press powered by
a horse. Children learned to make but-
ter the old fashioned way and found out Games were a big hit at the Medieval Festival.
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Massie Heritage Center
By Annie Laurie Guerard, Massie Heritage Center Chair
Junior League members had a very the events. ated corn husk dolls, Victorian wreaths
rewarding year working in partnership A Harvest Celebration was held in and streamers and Maypole centerpieces.
with Massie Heritage Center on the October. Visitors enjoyed carriage rides, Story telling was much in demand once
Through the Eyes of a Child: Victorian tours of Massie, Victorian games and sto- again, as were the carriage rides.
Savannah program. It was a year-long ry telling. Crafts included button swirls,
effort that offered children and their corn husk dolls, face/hair/nail painting
families an opportunity to celebrate Sa- and pumpkin decorating.
vannah’s rich Victorian history through The second event, a Victorian
three planned Saturday events. Christmas, was held in December. Visi-
League members contributed ap- tors lined up to take carriage rides and
proximately 300 volunteer hours from to feed the horses. Story telling and the
its 14-member committee and about cake walk were popular activities. This
$5000 was donated to the events. Com- time, crafts included festive garlands,
mittee members attended trainings prior birdfeeders, Christmas sachets and holi- In December, the Victorian Christmas
to the events and worked the days of the day cookie decorating. event allowed visitors to listen to story
events from setup to take down. In addi- The final event, Springtime at telling as well as participate in many
tion, they distributed posters promoting Massie, was held in April. Visitors cre- other activities.
By Laura Mattocks, Union Mission Chair
The main focus of the 14-member several large watermelon vines. Committee a café table and chairs so residents could
Union Mission committee was to create and members began by harvesting the watermel- enjoy the garden. As spring planting sea-
maintain a garden at the site of the Union ons, slicing them and serving them to the son approached, the women and children
Mission’s women & children’s shelter, the children. After harvesting, the vines were cut residents of Magdalene were encouraged
Magdalene Project. The goal was to cre- back and the work of preparing the garden to join the planting of flowers, herbs and
ate a space that could be used by residents for another planting season was begun. In vegetables.
for relaxation, education and eventually a the winter months, most of the committee’s The committee also played a role in
source of fresh foods. At the beginning of time was spent assisting in the general main- organizing Union Mission’s AIDS Walk. In
the League year, the space was overtaken by tenance of the grounds. This often included addition, they staffed a dinner and seminar
trash pickup, weeding and in honor of Women and Children’s HIV/
removal of old structures AIDS Awareness Day and assisted in mak-
from the area. ing peace tiles for the Savannah Peace Tiles
Members also assisted Project designed to show the impact of
in art projects with the HIV/AIDS in our community.
children, such as making Lastly, the League assisted Union Mis-
stepping stones for the sion’s Education and Training Center by
garden. Before the on- purchasing a laptop computer to run spe-
set of spring, the League cific GED preparation software as well as
League members offered fruit and water to participants at purchased two new iron 200 pocket dictionaries for clients prepar-
the Union Mission AIDS Walk for Life. benches, a birdbath and ing for the GED.
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Golden Isles Projects
By Beth Respess, Golden Isles Projects Chair
The Junior League members of the annual birthday dinner for the residents music. The residents finished the night
Golden Isles participated in a variety of featured a lecture by a local pharma- dancing with committee members.
events this year. cist about the dangers of mixing over Grade 8.5 was created by the Glynn
The year opened with activities at St. the counter medicines with prescription County School System to provide an in-
Mark’s Towers, a government-subsidized medicines. The annual Christmas party tense curriculum for students experiencing
facility for senior citizens. In August, the featured high fashion, good food and great difficulty with the CRCT. This year’s test
results demonstrated a great improvement.
League members provided an opportunity
for the students to learn about creating a
scrapbook of this year’s events. Addition-
ally, the committee created a joint venture
with Glynn Arts Association and the Geor-
gia Coastal Artists Guild to expose the
students to local art galleries.
At the end of the year, the League
partnered with Harmony Kids Learning
Center for the Kids in the Kitchen program
for good nutrition and healthy food habits.
“Fruit Fest” gave children an opportunity
Activities for students in Grade 8.5 included a visit to an art gallery. to eat and make fruit snacks.
South Carolina Lowcountry Projects
By Ashley Rhodes, South Carolina Lowcountry Projects Chair
The South Carolina Lowcountry in July with a gift giving to Deep Well, Head Island.
Projects committee served seven agencies which provides the underserved popula- Finally, the League funded an educa-
this year. tion of the Lowcountry with services and tional art program for the Arts Center of
The “Getting to Know a Gator” goods all year round. Coastal Carolina.
program with the Coastal Discovery In November, League members
Museum gave children a personal experi- planned a kayak tour for children of the
ence with live alligator exhibits. YMCA.
Kids in the Kitchen was included The annual Habitat for Humanity
in Hilton Head Island’s largest festival, community holiday party provided din-
Food Fest. The committee planned the ner, educational Bingo and gifts from
program with a global perspective on Santa of books, journals and board games
healthy food choices. More than 150 for more than 100 children and parents.
children participated in this interactive Committee members rolled up their More than 150 children participated in
culinary environment. sleeves to deep clean The Sandbox, an the Kids in the Kitchen event included in
The committee organized Christmas interactive children’s museum on Hilton Hilton Head’s Food Fest.
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By Nelle Bordeaux, Community Program Development Chair
COaSTal CHIlDreN’S that allows our volunteers to assist uNION MISSION
aDvOCaCy CeNTer in smaller, time constrained projects
Jazzy’s Place serves the homeless
with a wide variety of community
The Coastal Children’s Advocacy children and youth living with single
agencies over the course of the League
Center (CCAC) advocates for vic- parents at the Magdalene Project,
year. This year, DIAD will include
tims of physical and sexual violence, Union Mission’s emergency homeless
Kids in the Kitchen Project(s).
and offers training and community shelter. Enrollment at Jazzy’s Place
Time: Evenings (planning) and
education. provides activities for children and
Part 1 (Media/Special Events): JLS youth.
will be partnering with CCAC on its JLS volunteers will organize and
inaugural public relations campaign to facilitate advocacy events designed to
fight domestic violence against wom- help meet the needs of homeless chil-
HaBITaT FOr dren and youth. Volunteers will work
en and children. Most of the funding
will be used to produce a public ser- HuMaNITy with staff on a Back to School event,
vice announcement, purchase media League members will assist with a New Year event, Spring Break activ-
spots and hold a campaign kickoff building three homes for low-income ities and a Summer Kick Off event.
event in the early fall. Chatham County families with pri- Time: Evenings and Weekends
Part 2 (Safe Shelter/School Liaison): ority given to single mothers with volunteers: 12-17
Volunteers will work on their own children. Funding: $5,000
schedule reviewing family violence Time: Weekends
police reports at the SAFE Shelter volunteers: 15-20 GOlDeN ISleS
outreach office looking for names of Funding: $10,000 PrOjeCTS
children present during incidents. Funding: $3,000
Volunteers will then contact school OaTlaND ISlaND
counselors and other agencies as eDuCaTION CeNTer SOuTH CarOlINa
identified for services to child wit-
Financial support and volunteers lOwCOuNTry
for Halloween Hike, Cane Grinding PrOjeCTS
Time: Evenings and Weekends (plan-
Festival, Sheep to Shawl and Medi-
ning) Funding: $3,000
Time: Evenings (planning) and
Funding: $35,000 Total Proposed
DONe IN a Day Funding: $3,000
The Done in a Day (DIAD) Total Proposed
program is an ongoing commitment volunteers: 72-97
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Community Assistance Funds
By Jennifer Mafera, Community Assistance Coordinating Chair
Community Assistance Funds America’s Second Harvest of severe developmental disabilities.
(CAF) allow the League to respond to Coastal Georgia was awarded $1,300 The Kicklighter Resource Cen-
the financial needs of non-profit or- to purchase textbooks for Community ter was awarded $2,758 to purchase
ganizations. More than $12,000 was Kitchen Culinary Arts program that books and supplies for a one-on-one
presented to the following organiza- provides job training, GED classes program for children with autism and
tions: and life skills. other developmental disabilities.
All Walks of Life was awarded The Association of Retarded Lutheran Services of Georgia,
$3,000 to provide program supplies, Citizens of Effingham County was Inc. was awarded $2,500 to support
equipment, after school snacks and a awarded $2,500 to pay enrollment childcare, education and parenting
computer for a nighttime arts-based ju- fees for 50 families who cannot afford sessions for parents with children who
venile delinquency prevention project a summer camp offered by the orga- are at risk of child abuse, neglect, sub-
that uses poetry, hip hop and theater. nization for children and adults with stance abuse and domestic violence.
Each year, the Junior League of Savannah dedicates funds to a Community Emergency Fund to support our community
in disaster relief and emergency assistance. This year, the Junior League donated $3,000.
From left, Jennifer Mafera, Community Assistance Fund
Chair, and President Tammy Ray present a check on behalf of
The Board approved a $500 donation to assist community part- the League to Gregg Schroeder, President & CEO of United
ner Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club after the facility was van- Way. The $2500 check was donated to the Sugar Refinery
dalized last summer. JLS President Tammy Ray is pictured with Family Support Fund for families of the victims of the Impe-
Vince DelMonte, Director of Frank Callen. rial Sugar explosion.
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JLS Awards Kids Who Care Scholarships
By Tammy Ray, President
Each year, five high school seniors are and he’s helped build four oyster reefs in
selected to receive a Kids Who Care scholar- the area. He volunteers for the UGA Ma-
ship in the amount of $1000 for excellence can sit around and cry or get up and try rine Extension Service, and is a certified
in community service. This year, the schol- to make a difference.” Faith has Lupus water analyst with the Coastal Georgia
arships were sponsored by International and she chose the latter by being one Adopt-A-Wetlands program, conducting
Paper. The recipients were recognized at of the founders of TEAM Lupus and a monthly water analysis of the Ogeechee
the Annual Meeting in May: visits and encourages newly-diagnosed River for the last four years.
Amanda Boerger, a student at Effing- patients, plans and sponsors health fairs, Derek Kauhane, a student at Cal-
ham County High School. She has been and speaks at forums around the state. In vary Day School. In his interview, he
active on the Youth Advisory Council, addition, she’s worked with the Ronald said that since he’s been given so much,
where she focused on promoting the drug- McDonald House to monitor the house he feels he has an obligation to help oth-
free motto in first through fifth grades; and family playroom, and served as Pres- ers. He is an avid history enthusiast and
the Interact Club, where she promoted ident of the Backus Children’s Hospital volunteers as a living history re-enactor
literacy by reading to children; assisted the Teen Board, among other activities. at Fort McAllister, Fort Pulaski & Fort
American Red Cross with blood drives; Alex Fay, a student at Richmond Hill Jackson. He is passionate about his work
volunteered for the Special Olympics, High School. He has dedicated his volun- with the Memory Walk for the Alzheim-
and promoted the healthcare field with teer efforts for the last four years to one er’s Association since a great uncle has the
Health Occupation Students of America. area: the environment. He is the founder disease. He’s volunteered for the Special
Her most rewarding volunteer experience and president of the Ogeechee Citizens Olympics, Spinal Muscular Atrophy As-
has been mentoring special education Brigade Riverwatch Group and makes re- sociation, and the Muscular Dystrophy
children at Ebenezer Elementary School. ports for oil spills, buffer zone violations, Association. In addition, he is a volunteer
As a side note, she mentioned in her essay illegal alligator poaching and manatee tutor two to three afternoons each week.
that she is being raised solely by her father, sightings, all of which earned him the And though the scholarship is not based
who has taught her that she shouldn’t rely Georgia Department of Natural Resourc- on academics, it’s worth mentioning that
on others to achieve success. es’ Red Flag Award for activism last year. he has maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Av-
Faith Douglas, a student at Bible He established an annual neighborhood erage throughout his high school career.
Baptist School. She wrote in her applica- cleanup of the Ogeechee River for the Marta Michalska, a student at States-
tion essay that “When you are sick, you Adopt-A-Stream program for Rivers Alive boro High School. For four years, she has
been a board member of Understanding
Needs in Teens and Youth, a group of stu-
dents from different schools that organizes
activities to educate and foster a sense of
community among the youth throughout
Bulloch County. She volunteered in the
nursery at East Georgia Regional Medical
Center as well as assisted with a week-
long camp for autistic children. She has
worked in soup and sandwich kitchens,
and has been active with the Silver Lining
Kids Who Care scholarships were presented to (from left) Amanda Boerger, Faith Douglas, Club, which provides memory-enhancing
Alex Fay, Derek Kauhane and Marta Michalska. activities to Alzheimer’s patients.
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Member of the Year Awards
By Lisa Pinyan, Membership Development Chair
Members of the Year are nomi- annual report and has agreed to do our community partners.
nated by the general membership and the same this year. erin Chadwick, Chair of the
voted on by the Board of Directors for Stephanie ritzert managed to Kids in the Kitchen, an Associa-
consistently going above and beyond squeeze three placements into her tion of Junior Leagues International
their commitment to the League. The schedule this year. She was slated as a initiative for all Junior Leagues to
recipients are as follows: Provisional Advisor, then generously educate children on healthy nutri-
volunteered to be Annual Fund Chair tional choices. This is typically a
In-league volunteers when she knew we needed to fill the one-day activity, but Erin planned
of the year position. In addition to these place- a week-long event at Notre Dame
The In-League Volunteer of the ments, she worked more than her Academy that included a door deco-
Year award is presented to a member required shifts at Thrift Sale. rating contest with a healthy food
who has done an exceptional job in jennifer Self, a recent transfer theme, a guest speaker on fitness and
an In-League placement to benefit from Alabama. She jumped right a fun day of physical activities and
the operation of our organization. in and accepted the position of games that featured healthy snacks.
This year, three members received Cookbook Chair-Elect. Then her
this honor. responsibilities increased when the Sustainer of the year
Katie joyner, Newsletter Editor. Cookbook Chair had a baby and soon The Sustainer of the Year award
Usually this position coordinates moved away. Jennifer has managed is presented to a Sustainer for out-
the layout of information with a the cookbook operation and delivery standing service to the League.
paid graphic designer. However, schedule with a skeleton crew – and Barbie lientz is a Sustainer Ad-
since she is a graphic designer in always maintained a great attitude. visor to the Community Program
her professional life, she has gen- Development Committee. As a Past
erously shared her talents with Community volunteer President, Barbie knows the im-
the League this year by designing of the year portance of this committee. As a
the newsletter, creating additional The Community Volunteer of the dedicated Sustainer, she took her
work for herself at a considerable Year award is presented to a member role very seriously and attended CPD
savings to the League. In addition, who has done an exceptional job in meetings and actively guided the
she designed last year’s community her community placement to benefit CPD process.
Pictured from left to right: Katie Joyner, In-League Volunteer of the Year; Stephanie Ritzert, In-League Volunteer of the Year; Jennifer Self, In-
League Volunteer of the Year; Erin Chadwick, Community Volunteer of the Year; and Barbie Lientz, Sustainer of the Year.
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Financial Management Reflects Organization’s Mission
By Bettie Bohannon, Finance Council Vice President
The Board of Directors strives to works with the membership to ad- and Thrift Sale revenues.
manage the finances of the League dress two concerns. First, to raise Hancock Askew & Co., LLP, com-
by its mission of promoting volun- funds internally to prevent increasing pleted an annual audit in October of
tarism, developing the potential of overhead expenses from resulting in 2007. The financial position of the
women and improving communities. burdensome membership dues that Junior League of Savannah shows con-
The Active and Sustaining members might decrease the number of mem- tinuing strength in its ratio of assets to
pay annual dues that cover most of bers necessary to do our community liabilities. Cookbook sales increased
the overhead necessary to run an work. One way this is accomplished this past year and Thrift Sale and Auc-
exclusively educational and chari- is from Annual Fund’s merchandise tion proceeds remained strong.
table non-profit corporation. This sales and shopping events. Second, The League continues to recruit
financial strength of membership al- to develop more profitable and new new members, as strength in numbers
lows the organization’s mission to be fund-raising activities to keep up provides the financial foundation to
fulfilled by ensuring that the funds with increased requests for commu- run the organization, new ideas to
raised for local communities are re- nity project support and Community keep pace with growing needs, and a
turned to them. Assistance Funds. This is achieved multitude of hands to serve others in
Each year, the Finance Council through sponsorships, cookbook sales the community.
Cash and Cash Equivalents $323,515
Certificates of Deposit $ 34,095
Investments in Securities $213,072
Accounts Receivable $ 60,733
Inventory $ 50,345
Prepaid Expenses $ 1,323
Property & Equipment $ 43,817
Total assets $726,900
Accounts Payable $ 1,664
Deferred Dues Revenue $ 97,760
Total liabilities $ 99,424
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By Stephanie Ritzert, Annual Fund Chair
The Annual Fund committee devel- annual Chic Boutique shopping event Cherub
ops and organizes fundraising activities to in which retailers along the Broughton Chroma Gallery
help support the operation of the League. Street area donate 10 percent of sales DC2 Design
The JLS Marketplace sells League made by League members and friends, Gaucho
merchandise to members and introduced was extended to an all-day affair. A to- Globe Shoe Company
several new items this year. Also, the tal of 18 merchants participated and the Go Fish
James Gunn, Inc.
League continued its partnership with the League received almost $2,000 as a result!
J. Parker, Ltd.
Junior League Shopping Mall, in which Jazz’d Tapas Bar generously provided hors
Kitchens on the Square
members and the general public click a d’oeuvres for the social afterward and we
link on the Junior League of Savannah thank the following merchants for their Nourish
website to shop online and the League re- participation: Paris Market and Brocante
ceives a portion of the sale. In addition, @ Home Satchel
the League sold tickets to the Belk Char- Bleu Belle Terra Cotta
ity Day sale and raised $200. Finally, the Carriage Jewelers Zia Boutique
2007-08 Community Advisory Board
The Community Advisory Board is comprised of individuals from the community who assist the League in various capacities throughout the
year. Seated, left to right, are Sue Ruby, community volunteer; Tanya Milton, Savannah Tribune and Diana Morrison, Advertising Specialty
Services. Standing, left to right, are Morgan Derst, Derst Baking Company; Dicky Mopper, Mopper-Stapen Realtors; Joe Usher, Hancock Askew
& Company; Joe Driggers, Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire and Kenny Hill, Savannah Waterfront Association. Not pictured are Jen-
nifer Abshire, Abshire Public Relations and Reid Williamson, Hunter, Maclean, Exley and Dunn.
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Endowment Fund Sets Fundraising Record
By Maria Sayers, Endowment Fund Chair
What an amazing and record- Victoria Chandler Andrea Johnson Melissa Peters
breaking year for the Endowment Leah Colby Deanne Johnson Shana Pinkston
Fund! Through the support of our Beth Concepcion Jan Johnson Lisa Pinyan
Provisional, Active and Sustaining Electa Culver Linda Johnson Tammy Ray
members, as well as two matching gifts Lisa Dean Emily Jones Susan Reid
courtesy of Wachovia, a total of $8,560 Mildred Derst Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Beth Respess
was raised this year. This is the most Emily Dixon Jones Angela Ritzert
lucrative fundraising year that the En- Elizabeth Dubose Katie Joyner Stephanie Ritzert
dowment Fund has achieved since its Christine Durrence Allison Kelly Ann Rockwell
inception. Carol Dusek Mary Kerdasha Elizabeth D. Rogers
The Junior League of Savannah Ann Early Barbara Knapp Bebe Rose
Endowment Fund provides a phil- Kris Edenfield Chris Kreide Coren Ross
anthropic avenue to help ensure the Lynne Einloth Terry Kreissi Gail Rountree
vitality of the League and our pro- Linda Ellis Jamie Lane Elizabeth Sams
grams for years to come. In addition Claudia Emmert Kathy Ledvina Leslie Samuel
to numerous anonymous donors, the Jane Espy Trish Lorenz Maria Sayers
following individuals made a financial Jennifer Fanning Rebecca Lott Harriet Schaper
contribution to the Endowment Fund Christi Forbes Lane Lynch Jennifer Self
during the 2007-08 League year: Ruth B. Fraser Patti Lyons Katherine Sills
Donna Abbott Kate Freeman Jennifer Mafera Catherine Simmons
Emma Adler Leonora A. Fulenwider Karen Mahoney Gaye Smith
Sally Akins Wendy Furey Allison Marrero Mary Sprague
Mary Stuart Alderman Marie Gilmore Laura Mattocks Lynn Stover
Barbara Ames Catherine Gilpin Mary Mayle Joy Strait
Kathi Anderson Tanya Glaize Emily McCarthy Margie Stringer
Leslie Backus Julie Goodman Jessica McClellan Jenni Swan
Heather Baker Jodi Hagan Tanya McCormick Beth Taylor
Elaine Barrow Mary Jo Halligan Monica McGoldrick Marjorie Taylor
Bettie Bohannon Andrea Harris Laura McKenzie Kay Thigpen
Nelle Bordeaux Laura Haslam Jennifer Meyer Brandy Wall
Lynn Brennan Laura Hassell Lisa Middleton Julie Walsh-Elliott
Nancy Bush Rebecca Hawkins Joan Miner Ruth Weeks
Kelley Cale Thelma Hawkins DeAnne Mitchell Nancy Wellard
Jen Campbell Nancy Hays Johnnie Morris Mandy White
Heather Capallo Amy Henderson Jo Ann Taylor Morrison Barbara Whitman
Kat Carroll Jill Henle-Rall Suzanne Moseley Jenna Wilkinson
Beverly Carson Michelle Holland Lisa Muller Connie Williams
Paige Binns Case Julia Holliday Jessica Murphey Kori Williams
Rita Chabot Debbie Hornsby Laura Nottingham- Mary Williams
Erin Chadwick Tricia Howard Gotwalt Phillis Zaffaroni
Kim Chambless Tiffany Hughes Paige Peck Linda Zoller
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Legislative Affairs Celebrating a Milestone
A reception was held in May to celebrate the League’s contribu-
tion of more than $2.5 million and 500,000 volunteer hours to
the Savannah, Brunswick and Hilton Head areas and to honor
the League’s Sustaining members for their efforts in achieving
State Representative Buddy Carter, right, poses with Legislative this milestone. Pictured above, left to right, are DeAnne Mitch-
Affairs Chair Jill Henle-Rall at the Georgia Legislative Event ell, Debbie Hornsby, Susan Hancock, Tracy O’Connell, Kathy
in February organized by the 12 Georgia Leagues. Bousquet and Patti Lyons.
Cookbook Has Another Successful Year
By Jennifer Self, Cookbook Chair-Elect
The Cookbook committee had an- With the help of many volunteers, sam-
other busy and successful year raising ples of Savannah Sin were provided to
more than $56,000. bring in the customers.
For the third year, Cookbook Com- This year “Savannah Style” was
mittee had a booth at Christmas Made in reprinted, which now places it in its
the South and made more than $8,000. ninth printing since the original in
The committee also attended Springtime 1980. Selling swap cookbooks from
Made in the South for the first time and other Junior Leagues was very success-
grossed more than $3500 at that event. ful this year.
Members volunteered to staff the booth and serve samples at Christmas Made in the
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The Junior League of Savannah thanks our 2007-08 sponsors.
Their support allowed us to better serve our community partners.
Publix Supermarket Charities
The Savannah Bank
Other Sponsors: Kids who Care Scholarship
Chatham Steel Sponsor:
General Membership annual Meeting Sponsors:
Meeting Sponsors: Lyn Bonham Photography
First City Club Trends & Traditions
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60th Annual Thrift Sale
By Allison Marrero, Thrift Sale Chair
The Thrift Sale celebrated its 60th tribute a minimum of $200 in thrift to blankets, bath accessories and more were
anniversary in October, and the two-day the sale and work with a committee of extremely popular and in good supply.
event raised more than $110,000 that 34 women to create the League’s largest Other items included children’s clothes
will directly benefit community pro- fundraiser. and toys, DVD’s, books, and luggage.
grams. Items for sale varied widely, includ- Two very popular spots, the New Bou-
For one week, League members sort- ing antique furniture, jewelry, exercise tique and Gift Shop, had hundreds of
ed, priced and organized the thousands equipment and live plants. Household new and unique items available for shop-
of donated items. League members con- items such as linens, dishes, pillows, pers to purchase.
Early bird shoppers stand in line before the
annual Thrift Sale is open for business on
Hundreds of community members searched for treasures at the 60th annual Thrift Sale. the first Sale Day.
Before set up for Thrift Sale began… …after all merchandise was on the floor.
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The Junior League of Savannah is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of
women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational
The Junior League of Savannah 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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