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					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             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.
               Coastal Carolina.

2                                                                                      Annual Report
   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.

                                         2007-08 Leadership
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
    Beth Respess

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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 Center.
     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.

                                                     Union Mission
    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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                                            Community Projects
  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
                                            Weekends (events)
    Part 1 (Media/Special Events): JLS                                               youth.
                                            volunteers: 20-25
will be partnering with CCAC on its                                                       JLS volunteers will organize and
                                            Funding: $25,000
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
                                            eval Fest.
volunteers: 10-15
                                            Time: Evenings (planning) and
Funding: $35,000                                                                             Total Proposed
                                            Weekends (events)
                                                                                            Funding: $84,000
                                            volunteers: 15-20
        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.

                                               Emergency Funds

     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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                                               JLS Presents
                                          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.

                                                                                           Statements of
                                                                                         Financial Position

                                                                                    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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                                                      Annual Fund
  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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                               JLS Sponsors

            The Junior League of Savannah thanks our 2007-08 sponsors.
           Their support allowed us to better serve our community partners.

                      Platinum Sponsors:
                          Levy Jewelers
                  Publix Supermarket Charities
                         SunTrust Bank

                           Silver Sponsors:
                             Callen Trust
                           Memorial Health
                          The Savannah Bank

       Other Sponsors:                          Kids who Care Scholarship
        Chatham Steel                                    Sponsor:
                                                    International Paper

     General Membership                          annual Meeting Sponsors:
      Meeting Sponsors:                          Lyn Bonham Photography
       First City Club                              Trends & Traditions
      WeekDay Gourmet

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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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                                                 Mission Statement
        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
and charitable.

         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.
         The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the Junior League of Savannah, Inc.

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