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                                                                                                                                                        22     The Junior League: Then & Now

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                                                                                                                                                                                   Now in its 88th year of service in the Minneapolis community, the Junior League
                         Editor-in-Chief                                                                                                                                           of Minneapolis is in a remarkable position because of the hundreds of past and
                         Nadia Elnagdy                                                                                                                                             current members who have led it to its current place as an institution among
                                                                                                                                                                                   Minneapolis nonprofits. It is fitting then that we dedicate this issue of GIVE to
                                                                                                                                                                                   honoring the Junior League of Minneapolis’ history and celebrating the future of

                                                         Board of Directors
                                                                                                                                                                                   the organization. As we focus on the “Then and Now” of the JLM, it is important

                         Erienne Andvik
                                                                                                                                                                                   to note that while our mission has not changed in the past 88 years, the way we

                                                           2011-12 JLM
                         Laurie Durkin
                         Emily Howald                                                                                                                                              fulfill it is continually evolving.
                         Alex Koeppler
                         Molly Anderson
                                                                                                                                                                                   At the core of the JLM’s mission is a focus on developing women as community
                                                                                                                                                                                   and civic leaders. There are seven core elements that the Junior League is
                                                                                                                                                                                   uniquely positioned to foster in a woman’s development as a leader in her
                         Laura Culbertson
                         Tessie Reinsch
                                                                                                                                                                                   Collaboration: JLM members not only collaborate with each other to run the
                         Contributing Members
                                                                                                                                                                                   organization but we collaborate with organizations that align with our services
                         Laura Ginsburg
                                                                                                                                                                                   and mission as well. The JLM is fortunate to have partnerships with Andersen
                         Mary Malphurs
                                                                                                                                                                                   Open Elementary and Second Harvest Heartland that foster our Backpack
                                                                                                                                                                                   Buddies program highlighted on page 12.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Inclusive Communication: With over 800 members, it is important for the JLM
                                                                                                                                                                                   to foster a sense of belonging for its members. Inclusive communication builds
                         President                                                                                                                                                 engagement, and it is this communication that helps to develop our organization
                         Suzie Wilmot                                                                                                                                              and each other.
                         President-Elect                 Vision                                                                                                                    Global & Community Awareness, Action & Advocacy: As the Junior League
                         Maggie Kirchoff                 The Junior League of Minneapolis is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organi-                                                 develops its issue-based community service model, League members will not only
                                                         zation. It was established in 1923, and is a member of The Association of                                                 expand their global and community awareness, but all will have the opportunity to
                         Vice President Administration                                                                                                                             become advocates for our organization and the Minneapolis community.
                         Diane Douglas                   Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI).
                                                         It is a diverse group of dedicated women working to make Minneapolis a                                                    Operational Expertise: The volunteer experience with the Junior League of

                         Vice President Community                                                                                                                                  Minneapolis is unique as theorganization operates and manages itself with
                         Sarah Curfman                   better place for all its citizens. With over 800 members, the Junior League
                                                                                                                                                                                   trained volunteers. The JLM is currently reviewing ways to more effectively utilize
                                                         of Minneapolis makes a measurable, positive impact on the community.                                                      the League’s resources and volunteer time. Read about how an AchieveMpls Step-
                         Vice President Finance/CFO                                                                                                                                Up intern helped the League operate more efficiently while developing her own
                         Michelle Thomas                                                                                                                                           opportunities on page 13.
                                                         Mission Statement                                                             Each year, the Junior League of
                         Vice President Fundraising                                                                                                                                Social & Cultural Inclusion: Today’s member is socially and culturally aware of
                                                                                                                                       Minneapolis President selects a theme
                         Stephanie Ruppert               The Junior League of Minneapolis is an organization of women committed                                                    not only her impact but that of her global community.
                                                         to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improv-       upon which her year is based. This year’s
                         Vice President Marketing                                                                                      theme is Live it, Learn it and Share it.    Strategic Thinking: The Junior League of Minneapolis is in the first year of its
                                                         ing the community through the effective action and leadership of trained
                         Laura Ginsburg                                                                                                                                            current three-year Strategic Plan. Strategic leaders were not only involved in the
                                                         volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
                                                                                                                                       “The JLM is in the first year of a three    process of creating the plan, but in developing the plan itself. Each and every
                         Vice President Membership       The Junior League of Minneapolis reaches out to women of all races, reli-                                                 day we ask our members to make certain their volunteer efforts are in support of
                         Elizabeth Kau                                                                                                 year strategic plan,” explained Suzie
                                                         gions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment                                                  that objective. Additionally, the vision is continually evolving, so we question all
                                                                                                                                       Wilmot, 2011-12 Junior League of            members to strategically think how to make the organization better.
                         Vice President Projects         to voluntarism.                                                               Minneapolis President, “and with so
                         Michelle Fettig
                                                                                                                                       many long term initiatives for JLM to       Volunteer Development: We foster advances in volunteer skills and knowledge to
                                                                                                                                                                                   benefit the community. Our community has continually gained from the countless
                         Recording Secretary             Publication Disclaimer                                                        consider, it seemed important for us        trained JLM volunteers serving on the boards of Minneapolis nonprofits. This
                         Elizabeth Broich                                                                                              all to learn, live and share together in    year, we will launch a formal Get On Board training to build JLM members’
                                                         GIVE, the magazine of the Junior League of Minneapolis, is published bian-    envisioning the future of the JLM.”         nonprofit boardroom skills.
                         Sustainer Representative        nually. Contents of GIVE may not be reprinted without permission from the
                         Emily Wagner                    Junior League of Minneapolis.                                                                                             This framework of effective leadership for community impact helps us all fulfill
                                                                                                                                                                                   the Junior League of Minneapolis’ mission. Please enjoy this issue of GIVE and
                         Legal Advisor                   Inquiries may be sent to                                                                learn more about the Then and Now of the JLM. Thank you for all you do and for
                         Jennifer Hobbs                                                                                                                                            learning, living and sharing in the mission of The Junior
                                                         Advertising requests can be sent to                                                        League of Minneapolis.

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                                                                                   Past: May 25th, 2007, was
                                                                                   proclaimed by Mayor Ryback as            membership will continue to grow
                                                                                   “Books 4 Kids Day” in Minneapolis.       and be a significant player in the Twin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Past: Seeing how projects the JLM has

                                                                                   I was the Reading Program Director       Cities.
                                                                                   on the committee and we had an                                                                                                  initiated have grown, flourished and
                                                                                   incredible year which culminated in                                                                                             been turned over to the community.
                                                                                   that proclamation and a powerful                                                                                                Additionally, in those days, the new
                                                                                   reading event at one of our partner                                                                                             member class met weekly (and
                                                                                   schools. It was so uplifting to watch                                                                                           we had a day and an evening
                                                                                   the children’s faces and their pure                                                                                             class!), because it was possible.
                                                                                   excitement as we presented them                                                                                                 I still remember visiting locations
                                                                                   with their very own books!                                                                                                      such as the back room of the Guthrie
                                                                                                                                                                              Patty Murphy, Sustainer              and the Children’s Theater as well as
                                                                                   Future: I envision a League that is                                                                                             the Hennepin County jail. For some
                                                                                                                                                                        Past: Most recent and most
                                            Past: As a past President of           an icon in the community. When a                                                                                                reason, that made quite an impact on
                                                                                                                                                                        memorable, the LeagueAire’s
                                            the League, I was able to be its       person hears the words “The Junior                                                                                              me!
                                                                                                                                                                        exhilarating musical tribute to
                                            spokesperson. It was very humbling     League of Minneapolis,” they don’t
                   What is                                                                                                                                              our beloved ‘yankee Doodle Sue’            Future: We will continue to grow, be
                                            but thrilling to represent the         even have to ask what it is because
                                                                                                                                   Carol Smith, Sustainer               (Suzanne Holmes Hodder) at her
                  your most                 passion, talent and compassion         they already know based on our
                                                                                                                                                                        memorial service this past July.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   responsive to membership needs and

                  memorable                 of our members to our community.       accomplishments!                                                                                                                interests and make a phenomenal
                  experience                                                                                                                                            Future: A growing Junior League
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   impact on our community
                   with the                 Future: We have so much potential.                                                                                          that continues to empower women
                   League?                  Our membership is growing strong                                                                                            to become well-respected leaders
                                            and our leadership for both Actives                                                                                         who are not only dedicated to
                                            and Sustainers is phenomenal.                                                                                               community service, but to one another
                                            Our impact on our community                                                                                                 as well.
                 What do you                is boundless; more importantly,                                                                   Emily Clausman,
                 envision for               we are a group of women                                                                                Active
                 the future of              who respect and support one
                   the JLM?                 another. We can be role models
                                            for young girls and help build the                                                                                                                                          Sandy Warner, Sustainer
                                                                                                                                                                        Past: Setting up for the American Girl
                                            foundation for their bright futures.                                                                                        fashion show last year with two good
          No matter how many years                                                         Rachel Smith, Active                                                         JLM friends who were also new moms.
       they’ve been with the League,                                                                                                                                    We lined up our three daughters
    every member has a story to tell.                                                                                       Past: Meeting such wonderfully              (all under the age of 12 weeks at the
     This fall, GIVE asked members                                    Walker,
                                                                                                                            talented women and making a                 time) in their car seats on the stage as
                                                                                   Past: It was such an honor and           lasting impact in the community.
      to reflect on their past and                                    Sustainer
                                                                                   privilege to serve as the President
                                                                                                                                                                        we worked on the show!
                                                                                                                            More specifically, it would probably
         their future in the JLM.                                                  of the Junior League with a year         be serving on the Between the Lines         Future: I see the JLM becoming a
             Compiled by Laurie Durkin                                             full of incredible memories. The         Committee – such a rewarding and            “go-to” organization in the Twin
                                                                                   experiences that I have particularly     eye-opening experience!                     Cities for our new issue.
           image Courtesy of graur codrin
                                                                                   cherished over the years are where
                                                                                   my volunteerism has impacted my          Future: I envision our list of
                                                                                   family. One such memory was on           accomplishments to continue to grow
                                                                                   a Christmas Eve when our family          with an even quicker response to                                      Megan
                                                                                   delivered gifts to my CARE family at     community needs and for women                                         Ruwe,
                                                                                   the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit –        to continue to work together for a                                    Active
                                                                                   certainly a life lesson for all of us.   great cause. The future is bright for the
                                                                                   Future: the League has a rich
                                                                                   history of community success
                                                                                   and I am confident that the

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            Behind                                                                                                                       JLM to Welcome a New Member
                   the                                                                                                                         Class in November
                    Choosing our leaders. Electing our Board. Appointing our Chairs.
                          How does the Nominating Committee do it?
                                                                                                                                     This fall, the Junior League of Minneapolis
                                                   Written by Emily Howald                                                                                        1
                                                                                                                                     opened its doors to the 201 New Member Class.
                                                                                                                                     These women were welcomed into the JLM with
    Our future may be in their hands, but for many, what          Positions are announced at three points throughout the             a kick-off and orientation event on November 10.
    happens behind the doors of the Nominating Committee’s        year: the President-Elect and the Board of Directors are           “Our committee hit the ground running with
    meeting has always seemed like a secretive process. Now       announced at the December General Meeting and the                  planning Informational Sessions and the first
    they want to make certain everyone knows how it works.        committee Chairs are selected and announced in March.              JLM Expo Event. We’ve met some amazing women!
    This year’s Chair, Meta Lano, said her main goal is to        Incoming Chairs place their committees’ Director positions         We have no doubt that many of these women will
    educate members about the entire procedure and show           in April.
                                                                                                                                     sit among our future leaders and are very excited
    everyone why filling out those standard forms is important.
    “We always say that we’re a confidential committee, but       While Meta and her team of discerning women set out to             to usher them into our League,” New Member Chair
    we’re not secretive,” Meta said.                              select the future of our League’s leadership, she’s made           Jen Abel said.
                                                                  it clear that in addition to opening up the process to the         In addition to attending General Membership Meetings, New Members will attend monthly   Learn It,
    The process starts every October when each member
    receives three documents: a skills self-assessment, which
                                                                  League, her eye is still on the job at hand. “Our hope is to
                                                                  pick strong leaders for the coming year, and that starts by
                                                                                                                                     meetings and trainings where they will learn more about the League and the many ways     Live it
    helps determine interests and strengths; a personal           picking a Board of Directors who have a cohesive set of
                                                                                                                                     that they can become involved as Active members and beyond.                               and
    application, where each member can state her interests;
    and a straw ballot that allows members to nominate peers
                                                                  goals and work well together,” she says.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Share it
    who fit specific positions. The seven-person Nominating       And after all that, Meta wants to be sure to make it fun.
    Committee then goes to work placing each member in an         “It’s time consuming and a lot of work, but I want to keep it
    appropriate position that compliments her skill-set and       enjoyable.” That’s one secret worth sharing.
    honors the opinion of the League’s members.

                             2011-12 Nominating Committee: (from left to right) Jen Trujillo, Katie
                             Hollerman, Megan Foley, Sarah Borchers, Karin Abel and Meta Lano

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                                         Maximizing                                                                                 artiCle reprinted With permission from The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc.
                               the Membership Experience
                                           Written by Laura Ginsburg and Alex Koeppler                                            Thanks to the passage of nearly five decades and society’s       As a result of this work, The Junior League—and the
                                                                                                                                  ever-evolving outlook on diversity and race relations, The       more than 155,000 women in 292 chapters in the United
                                                                                                                                  Junior League portrayed in the motion picture The Help           States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico who
    Retaining passionate, trained volunteers is a necessity for    Placement Advisors to give more one-on-one attention and       (based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel by the same name)             comprise its ranks—have amassed an archive of irrefutable
    any nonprofit organization and the JLM is no different. As     the creation of a Membership Experience Committee.             seems a distant memory to the organization we know today.        results and an indisputable reputation as thoughtful
    the community and League evolve, so too do the needs of its                                                                   More than 50 years later, like the communities it serves,        and influential change agents for the public good. They
    members. Understanding this, the JLM has created many         “I am so excited to be a part of the Membership Experience      The Junior League and its individual Leagues have made           have been instrumental in building into our daily lives
    training and enrichment programs over the years, and          Committee in its first year!” said Anna Lee Wahls,              significant and substantial changes on many fronts that          many of the privileges we now take for granted - like free
    worked hard to develop projects and services that motivate    committee Chair. “There was so much great energy                collectively offer up a stark contrast to the organization       school lunches, literacy programs, children’s theaters and
    members and serve the community.                              coming out of the ad hoc committee around enhancing             depicted in the film. That said, it’s unacceptable to think      museums and accesible clean water - and have shifted
                                                                  the experience for all of our members wherever they are in      that we can’t do better as The Junior League, as a nation        societal issues such as domestic violence and alcohol abuse
    Recognizing the changing landscape of                                             their League careers.” The Membership       and as a world when it comes to addressing these critical        to the forefront.
                                                    “There was so much great                                                      issues.
    membership, a Membership Retention Ad                                             Experience Committee is off to a big
                                                     energy that came out of
    Hoc Committee was called to address the                                           start in the 2011-12 League year. So far,
                                                       the Retention Ad Hoc                                                       It’s worth noting that the Mississippi League used in the
    reasons a member of the JLM might choose                                          the committee has created “Did You
                                                  Committee around enhancing                                                      plot of the movie and the book is fictionalized. However,
    to leave the organization and what we could                                       Know?” blurbs in the League Link to
                                                   the experience for all of our                                                  we also realize that societal norms on diversity and race
    do to enable her to stay.                                                         help members learn tidbits about the
                                                      members wherever they                                                       relations have changed tremendously, and for the better,
                                                                                      League and its history, started looking
    “There will always be reasons out of our        are in their League careers.                                                  since the early 1960s. While each of our 292 Leagues is an
                                                                                      at past membership survey data to get a
    reach—job relocation, a change in family        Our enthusiastic committee                                                    independent, 501(c)3 group (or its equivalent in Canada,
                                                                                      holistic view of what members’ feedback
    situation—that cause a member to leave           members are committed                                                        Mexico and the United Kingdom), they share with us a
                                                                                      has been over the past few years and
    the JLM,” said Meleah Follen, Membership        to keeping this momentum                                                      commitment to diversity, community service and the
                                                                                      scoped Affinity Groups which aim to
    Retention Ad Hoc Committee Co-Chair.                       going!”                                                            highest standards of voluntarism.
                                                                                      uncover new ways to help members
    “What’s more important is that we’re                          connect beyond neighborhoods and membership year.
    listening to the members that want to stay involved in                                                                        The Junior League, one of the oldest, largest and most
    the League and figuring out how we can make the JLM a         Although it’s off and running, suggestions and comments         effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world,
    rewarding experience for them.”                               are welcome. “The only way to know if we’re successful is       has matured and evolved since it was founded by social
                                                                  to hear from members that we’re helping improve their           activism pioneer Mary Harriman in 1901. Our mandate,
    Several key recommendations came from the ad hoc, which       League experience,” said Anna Lee. The committee can be         however, remains unwavering: to develop exceptionally
    ended in 2009-10, including creating a value proposition      reached at              qualified civic leaders who can identify a community’s
    about League membership (see below), adding additional                                                                        most urgent and pressing needs and address them with
                                                                                                                                  meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that
                                                                                                                                  not only improve lives, but also change the way people
                                                                                                                                  think. This type of work has won us dedicated community
                                                                                                                                  partners and loyal supporters for more than 110 years.
                                                 THE VALUE PROPOSITION OF
                                                                                                                                  As it did in 1901 and in the 1960s, The Junior League
                                           THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MINNEAPOLIS                                                       continues to inspire countless women to reach within
                                                                                                                                  themselves to find their inner leaders by offering
             The value of membership in the Junior League of Minneapolis (JLM) is its legacy of service                           unparalleled opportunities in civic leadership training that
             and its network of involved women. The League provides a supportive environment for                                  equips them to go out into the world and apply their skills
             women to become trained volunteers and leaders by offering multiple opportunities for                                for the betterment of society.
             service and development. The collective action of the JLM creates programs that have
                                                                                                                                  True to their legacy, today’s League members are at the
             lasting impact in the Minneapolis community. Members agree that the hallmark of JLM                                  forefront of tackling society’s thorniest issues—addressing
             involvement is lifelong friendships and extensive reach through community leadership.                                and acting as advocates on an array of critical issues,
                                                                                                                                  including among others: human trafficking, foster care,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JLM screening of The Help at
                                                                                                                                  juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and
                                                                                                                                  the environment—for the purpose of enhancing the social,                           the Edina Landmark Theater
                                                                                                                                  cultural and political fabric of our civil society.

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                                                                        JLM training Opportunities                                                                                       Backpack Buddies
                                                                                   are                                                                                                   Program
                                                                                Really Good                                                                                              Thriving and Growing
                                                                                       and                                                                                               Written by Erienne Andvik

                                                                                      Getting Better                                                     When was the last time you were able to positively impact       backpacks the first week in September,” Sarah said.
                                                                              Written by Erienne Andvik                                                  275 people? Can’t think of anything? Junior League              Parents’ Night was a success, and with the addition of
                                                                                                                                                         members ensure 275 Minneapolis children don’t go hungry         translators to help break down communication barriers,
     Have you been to a Leadership & Lattes event in the past                              this year), a session on Being Financially Fabulous and a     over the weekend while school is in session. Every week,        many students were enrolled in the program before the
     year and thought it was fabulous? The Association of                                  session on how to maximize your personal potential and        JLM members fill backpacks with two breakfasts, two             first bell rang, allowing more children to start the year on a
     Junior Leagues International Inc. thought so and awarded a                            become the best possible version of yourself. The Training,   lunchs, three dinners and three snacks, enough food to          positive note.
     $10,000 grant to the Junior League of Minneapolis to help                             Leadership and Development Committee (TLD) plans the          feed the student and often much of his or her
     take this already successful program to new heights.                                  Leadership & Lattes calendar with a variety of topics to      family.                                                                       To kick off fall 2011, Backpack Buddies is
                                                                                           appeal to all JLM members and they are always looking for                                                          Since Backpack           expanding its partnership with Ameriprise,
     Leadership & Lattes began in 2009 by providing training                               inspiration from you. Submit your ideas or comments to        The success is tangible—since Backpack                    Buddies             whose employees are taking an active interest
     opportunities on subjects that matter to JLM members in                      for consideration.                 Buddies began, reading comprehension scores           began, reading          in the project. This is the first year Ameriprise
     a small-group setting. And yes, java enthusiasts, caffeine                                                                                          among participants have steadily improved.            comprehension           employees will staff backpack-stuffing
     is encouraged. This year, participation is limited to 30                              In addition to L&L programming, the TLD Committee is
     members per session to maintain an intimate atmosphere,                               launching an exciting new pilot program in January of 2012
                                                                                                                                                         “Our leadership team and entire committee              scores among           shifts—nine to be exact—which equates to 270
                                                                                                                                                         were ecstatic to see these results. Being able to                             community service hours dedicated to our
     but there’s no limit to the number of sessions a member can                           called Get on Board, an extensive training program that       measure and quantify our success will enable        participants have         program from an outside organization.
     attend. Free training on subjects applicable and of interest                          will prepare select members to be effective members of a      us to grow this program,” said Backpack             steadily improved.
     to Junior League of Minneapolis members is just another                               nonprofit board of directors. The goal of the program are     Buddies Chair Sarah Jackson.                                                  Discussions with the school’s principal
     benefit of membership in the organization.                                            to develop leaders who not only lead, but also understand                                                                                   and volunteer coordinator uncovered an
                                                                                           the value of being an effective team member. The program      Participation is growing; this year, third graders have         opportunity to shift the focus of Backpack Buddies’ large-
     The first big training of fall 2011, Leaving a Lasting                                was originally started in New Orleans, and the JLM began      been added to first and second graders as participants in       scale event efforts to winter break instead of Thanksgiving.
     Impression, focused on how to put your proverbial best                                working on its curriculum this past summer. Get on Board      the program. “The Backpack Buddies program got off to           There may also be opportunities to participate in monthly
     foot forward during a first meeting or when sponsoring an                             is another example of the JLM’s dedication to investing in    an early start this year. Parents’ Night was held before the    family nights. It’s clear the program is successful, and they
     event—whether in a personal or professional setting. The                              its members, which ultimately helps the JLM further its       beginning of school, so we started enrolling children in        relish the prospect of positively impacting more children.
     new year will usher in the return of the ever-popular Brave                           core goal of impacting the greater Twin Cities community.     August, which enabled us to start packing and delivering
     New Workshop training (exclusively for New Members
                         Speakers at a Leaadership & Lattes training.

                                                                                                                                                                                    League and community members at a recent Backpack Buddies packing shift.

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Post-Decree modification                                                                                                                 the Junior League Gives youth
 and enforcement
                                                                                                                                             a Step uP in the Nonprofit World
                                                                                                                                                 Written by Laurie Durkin

                                                                                                                               Daphine Branscomb came to the Junior League of Minneapolis through STEP-UP, a summer job program for
                                                                                                                               Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. The City of Minneapolis ‘Employment and Training Program, along with numerous
                                 OGG LAW OFFICE                                                                                partners, provides opportunities to connect STEP-UP participants with the experience and training required to become
Named Minnesota Super Lawyer ®   2915 Wayzata Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55405                                                      tomorrow’s skilled workforce. Daphine completed a competitive application process and work-readiness training,
                                                                                                                               including academic enrichment classes, financial literacy training and business mentor relationship
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                                                                                                                                                                      instruction, to be considered for
                                                                                                                                                                                                    an internship position with a   going to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    local business or nonprofit.    continue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my goal
                                                                                                                                                                                                 She was pleased to be matched      of helping
                                                                                                                                                                                                 with the JLM. As a highly          people
                                                                                                                                                                                                 motivated young woman and          and giving
                                                                                                                                                                                                 a single mother, Daphine was       knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                                 drawn to the JLM’s mission         to my
                                                                                                                                                                                                 of helping women build their       peers.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 community. She has found
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the most valuable part of her experience to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                 learning about all of the projects and services the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 JLM sponsors to fulfill its mission of improving

                                                                                                           Daphine Branscomb
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the community. “Many people are not aware of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 resources available to them in their community,” she
                                                                                                                                                                                                 stated. “I want to help people find resources. This has
                                                                                                                                                                                                 been a great job for me.” Daphine plans to continue to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 build on the experience she gained this summer and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 hopes to work for more nonprofit organizations in
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the future. “I’m going to continue my goal of helping
                                                                                                                                                                                                 people and giving knowledge to my peers.”

                                                                                                                                             On September 21, 2011, the Star Tribune recognized the
                                                                                                                                           Junior League of Minneapolis for its involvement in the City
                                                                                                                                                of Minneapolis’ STEP-UP summer jobs program.
                                                                                                                                            The JLM is proud to be one of 211 Minneapolis-Saint Paul
                                                                                                                                           employers that helped more than 2,000 young people
                                                                                                                                                 build a foundation for success in the workplace.

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                                              Advocacy Committee: Giving the Junior League of Minneapolis a Stronger Voice in the Community
                                                                                                                       Written by Molly Andersen       and Alex Koeppler

     You can ask any member of the Junior League of             JLM needed to be better educated on the issues the League                                   leadership of Sarah, the Advocacy Committee is working
     Minneapolis and they will tell you, they love their        stands for. That’s when she and Carissa began laying the                                    hard this year to educate the League and the community
     community. That’s why dozens of new members join           groundwork for what an Advocacy Committee would look                                        about the achievement gap. Minnesota has the second
     the JLM every year. They want to empower women and         like. They took their findings to the JLM Board, and the                                    widest achievement gap in the United States. Minneapolis
     children and help them do great things and Angela Coenen   League voted to form the committee in May, 2010.                                            has the widest achievement gap among white and non-
     and Carissa Kell are no different. Yet, after joining the                                                                                              white students in the state. Research suggests both in-
     League in 2009, they quickly                                                    This fall signified a turning point                                    school factors and home and community factors impact
     discovered they had a much bigger       “The achievement gap is                 for the JLM, as it further defined                                     how a student performs in school.
     passion: advocacy.                      large and persistent; whether its issue-based community service
                                             measured by kindergarten                model. Through the guidance of                                         In January, the Advocacy Committee will hold a roundtable
     The JLM has a rich history in                                                   the Association of Junior League                                       discussion with community members and leaders to
     the Minneapolis area and is             readiness, the number of                International Inc. the JLM began                                       identify areas where they can collaborate to reduce the
     responsible for the development         students who are reading by             researching the needs in the community                                 achievement gap. The committee is also starting an
     of strong organizations in the city,    third grade or the number of            a few years ago. JLM members talked                                    awareness campaign in the monthly General Memberships
     like the Greater Minneapolis Crisis     students who graduate from              to other nonprofits in the Minneapolis                                 Packets and the League Link, which goes out to members
     Nursery and Free Arts Minnesota.                                                area as well as government and                                         once a week. “We want every member to feel comfortable
                                             high school.”                           educational entities. There have also                                  talking about the achievement gap in Minneapolis,” said
     These projects were started                                                     been several surveys and various                                       Sarah.
     because the JLM saw a need in the community. According     activities to determine what issue or need JLM members
     to Angela, she and Carissa wanted to help give the League  want to focus on. In November, JLM members voted to                                         The Advocacy Committee is also educating League
     a stronger voice again: “We felt more attention needed to  adopt the achievement gap as its issue.                                                     members and the community about ongoing projects
     be dedicated to the issues that the League supports,” said                                                                                             already impacting the achievement gap. For example,
     Angela. From there, Angela and Carissa began researching.  “Becoming a single-issue League gives us a clear, concise                                   Backpack Buddies. The JLM project provides more than
     They looked at Leagues around the nation and talked to     voice within the League and gives us confidence in that we                                  200 meals every weekend to students at Andersen Open
     other League members to see how they advocate their        are making an impact on a larger scale issue,” said Sarah                                   Elementary in Minneapolis. The food helps students be
     projects and fundraisers. Angela says it became clear the  Dubois, Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Through the                                        more prepared for learning and has already increased          Stephanie Ruppert, Carissa Kell, Sarah Borchers and Angela Coenen
                                                                                                                                                            attendance rates. “It’s all about getting the League a seat
                                                                                                                                                            at the table and painting the picture the League should
                                                                                                                                                            be looked to as a resource in the community,” said Sarah.
                                                                                                                                                            Sarah says she and her committee are excited for the year            Statistics representing the challenge
                                                                                                                                                            ahead as the League works to define what it wants to be and
                                                                 Prepare Your                                                                               how it can better serve our community.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Basic demographics of Minneapolis Public Schools:
                                                                 Child’s Heart                                                                              You can thank Angela and Carissa for their assistance in       • 34,000 students
                                                                 and Mind                                                                                   making it happen. Their passion to improve the League’s        • 70% children of color (40% are African
                                                                 for a Lifetime.                                                                            voice through advocacy is what the JLM is all about. It           American, including east African) and 17% are
                                                                                                                                                            builds women who build our community. No surprise here,
                                                                                                                                                            but both women won the Active Member Volunteer of the
                                                                                                                                                            Year Award in 2010. They also formed a life-long friendship    • 16% of the children are special needs
                                                                                                                                                            out of their commitment to bring the Advocacy Committee        • 23% are English language learners
                                                                                                                                                            to life.                                                       • 65% live in poverty
                                                                                                                                                            “We’re grateful to the League for empowering us to see our
                                                                                                                                                            vision come to life,” said Angela.
                                                                 Infant, toddler, preschool,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Homelessness in Minneapolis Public Schools:
                                                                 and kindergarten programs                                                                                                                                 • 8% are homeless or highly mobile
                                                                   Challenging Montessori Curriculum
                                                                   including music and foreign languages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • The overwhelming number of those are African
                                                                   Dance & Computer Classes                                                                                                                                  American
                                                                   6:30 am to 6:00 pm
                                                                   12 month programs
                                                                   Full and Part Time Schedules

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     duets Finds its
     in 2012!
     Written by Laurie Durkin

     Black and White, Beauty     start securing items
                                                                                                                                                        The 2011 Shop, Save, Share Card:
     and the Beast, Rock and     for the live and silent                                                                                           The Perfect Pick Me Up for a Fall Wardrobe!
     Roll. The Junior League     auctions. The seven
     of Minneapolis is           amazing women                                                                                                                              Written by Alex Koeppler
     preparing for its annual    who make up this
     One Night Fundraiser        subcommittee have
     and reviving last year’s    been working nonstop                                                                           The 2011 Shop, Save, Share Card was available for          The committee set its goals high this year and
     successful theme: An        to put together auction                                                                        purchase in October, just in time for that pair of         surpassed them thanks to the hard work of all the
     Evening of Perfect          packages. “We are
     Pairings. Save the date     very excited to offer                                                                          fabulous fall boots you’d been eyeing for the past         committee members. With a fantastic array of
     for Duets: January 28,      an Exclusive Resorts                                                                           several weeks. Sold for $40, cardholders enjoyed           businesses participating, the committee sold more
     2012.                       Vacation Package this                                                                          up to 20 percent off at participating retailers. The       than 150 cards! The two mall sponsors, Ridgedale
                                 year at our live auction.
     In 2012, Duets will         We have also been                                                                              Shop, Save, Share Card was truly an opportunity            Center and Eden Prairie Center, were ecstatic with the
     feature top-tier            able to secure local                                                                           to both give and receive with 100 percent of the           results.
     restaurant tastings         sporting event tickets,                                                                        proceeds dedicated to supporting the Junior League
     perfectly paired with       gym memberships
     spirits, as well as live                                                                                                   of Minneapolis’ Mission.
                                 and gift cards from
     and silent auctions. The    fabulous local stores
     evening will also feature   and restaurants,”
     live music, a dessert bar   reported subcommittee
     and hors d’oeuvres by       member Allison Berres.
     Fabulous Catering.          “Last year’s event was a
                                 huge success (grossing                                                                                     THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR 2011 PARTICIPATING VENDORS!
     The event will be held      $90,000 in revenue) so
     at the newly opened         we have our work cut
     BMW dealership in                                                                                                               A. Michelle Boutique ∞ Arafina ∞ Aveda - New Reflections Spa & Salon ∞ BLINK for Beauty
                                 out for us to meet our
     Minnetonka. “It’s a truly   fundraising goal.”                                                                                       Blooma Yoga & Wellness ∞ Bluebird Boutique Brugen Jewelers ∞ Bumbershute
     beautiful space,” said                                                                                                    Captain Cosmic’s Coffee ∞ Cheeky Monkey ∞ Coldwater Creek ∞ The Container Store ∞ Corset Boutique
     One Night Committee         With such great details
     member Jordan Barnes.       coming together,                                                                                 & Personal Styling ∞ Country Cupboard ∞ D’Amico Restaurants ∞ Down Home Massage ∞ Dugo
     “Envision white and         don’t miss out on your                                                                                      ECOMAIDS ∞ Edelweiss Baby ∞ Envy Skin Clinic ∞ European Wax Center
     pewter linens, soft         opportunity to purchase
     lighting and birch                                                                                                               The Fringe Salon ∞ The Foursome ∞ GAP ∞ Gap Kids ∞ Gifts Galore ∞ Goodnight Moon
                                 a ticket!
     tree centerpieces                                                                                                              Good Things ∞ Granite City Food & Brewery ∞ Happy Days ∞ Henrich + Shultz ∞ Hot Mama
     surrounded by green         For event details, to                                                                                       Il Vostro Boutique ∞ Initially Yours Monogramming & Gifts ∞
     floral accents.” The        purchase tickets and
     committee plans to          a list of participating     Auction items and delicious eats from One Night Fundraiser 2011     Ivy Spa ∞ J. Jill ∞ Julia Bretey Salon ∞ Kiddywampus ∞ KOKOON ∞ Lady Slipper Boutique ∞ Lily
     enrich the dealership’s     vendors visit:                                                                                    The Loop Bar & Restaurant ∞ Melly ∞ Metro Dogs ∞ Mitre Box ∞ OPM ∞ Pandolf ∞ Paperista
     simplistic design by                                                                        Pink Champagne ∞ Partouf’s Personalized Chocolates & Gifts ∞ Patina ∞ Pink Champagne ∞ Posh Love
     highlighting the existing
     fireplaces, bringing in                                                                                                         Prime Culture ∞ Rosetta Stone Ridgedale ∞ Russell + Hazel ∞ Santorini ∞ Shop in the City
     warmth and vitality.                                          Do you have a great idea for auction items, an amazing          Solo Vino ∞ Sports Hut ∞ Tennis on Selby ∞ Tiger Sushi Travel Style ∞ Truffle Hill Chocolates
                                                                      restaurant contact or in-kind donation contact? The                                   Urban Traveler ∞ Vinaigrette ∞ Whymsy ∞ Zelaz
     The One Night                                                 One Night Fundraiser Committee is always looking for
     Fundraiser procurement                                         suggestions! Email them at
     team is off to a great                                                                                                                                                            ∞
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                                                                                                                                              honor the Past
                        There’s Something for Everyone with                                                                                    Secure the Future
                                                                                                                                         through an Annual Fund Donation
                                              Special Events
                                                     Written by Erienne Andvik
                                                                                                                                                Written by Erienne Andvik

                                                                                                                                  As the end of the year approaches, take a moment to reflect        For JLM member Ulonda Crawford Eurey, donating to the
                                                                                                                                  on what the Junior League has given you over the past 12           Annual Fund is essential: “I believe in our mission and
                                                                                                                                  months: friendship, volunteer opportunities, the chance to         I want to make sure I am doing my part to ensure
                                                                                                                                  develop new skills and so much more.                               its perpetuity. I believe you cannot ask someone to
     What do Dinner Club, Bunny Brunch and the Crush               born. It was a smashing success for little overhead and over
                                                                                                                                                                                                     make a monetary donation to your organization if
     Party have in common? They are fundraisers hosted by          the past few years many JLM members outside the original       Dues are important, but the JLM relies on Annual Fund              you are not doing so yourself.”
     the Special Events Committee to satisfy the interests of a    target demographic have had their share of the fun.            donations to help support its Mission, our projects and our
     constantly growing League.                                                                                                   services. Things like Backpack Buddies, Helping Hands and          Your donation doesn’t have to be much. Our hope this year
                                                                   This year, Special Events is bringing back some old
                                                                                                                                  Leadership & Lattes are all paid for in part by the Annual         is that everyone gives something, whether it’s one dollar
     Special Events are smaller fundraisers that require less      favorites—like Breakfast with Santa and the Crush Party—
                                                                                                                                  Fund.                                                              or one thousand dollars. Some employers will even match
     lead-time and a smaller capital investment than major         and explored new territory with a wine tasting event
                                                                                                                                                                                                     your contribution! If you’re unsure of your company’s
     fundraisers. This structure allows the committee to try       this past fall. Dinner Club is also a part of the Special      A donation to the Annual Fund is a way to honor the history        match policy, the Donor Relations Committee can help you
     out new ideas that League members might love. Events          Events Committee, and it has cultivated a loyal following      of the JLM; but perhaps more importantly, it’s a way to            find out.
     vary from year to year and committee members have the         of members who enjoy cooking and still more who enjoy          preserve its future.
     freedom to be creative. A great example of a successful       eating out.
     Special Event is the Crush Party. A few years ago, the
     Special Events Committee saw a need for an event              The holiday season provides ample opportunity for playing
     geared toward single Leaguers looking for more social         hostess but forget stressing about menu planning. We’ve
     opportunities. Not long after that, the Crush Party was       done half the job for you and compiled easy appetizer and
                                                                   dessert recipes below, all you need to find is a main dish!

                                                                                                                                                  thank you for continuing to support the Junior League of Minneapolis.

           Rosemary Pine Nut Bruschetta                                                                                             Bavarian Apple torte
           From the JLM’s Always Superb cookbook                                                                                    Printed with permission from “Mad About Food”. Thanks to our friends at the Junior League of Madison for sharing this recipe!
           Serves 24                                                                                                               Serves 8
           ingredients:                                                                                                              Crust                                       Filling                                      topping
           •   1 pkg Italian herb bread machine mix                                                                                • 1/3 cup sugar                               •    8 ounces cream cheese                   • 1/3 cup sugar
                                                                                                                                   • 1 cup flour                                 • ¼ cup sugar                                • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
           •   1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
                                                                                                                                   • ½ cup butter                                • 1 egg                                      • ½ teaspoon almond extract
           •   3 tablespoons pesto                                                                                                                                                                                            • 6 small baking apples, peeled and
                                                                                                                                   • ¼ teaspoon almond extract                   • ½ teaspoon almond extract
           •   Grated mozzarella cheese                                                                                                                                                                                          sliced
           •   Fresh rosemary leaves                                                                                                                                                                                          • ¼ cup almonds, sliced
           •   Pine nuts                                                                                                           Directions:
                                                                                                                                   Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
           Directions:                                                                                                             Crust:
                                                                                                                                   In a medium bowl, combine sugar with flour. Cut in butter; use a fork to mix until moist dough clumps form. Add almond
           Prepare the bread mix according to directions for making pizza dough in a bread machine. After
                                                                                                                                   extract and mix well. Press crust mixture into a 9-inch spring form pan.
           the first rising of the dough, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2-inch round                     Filling:
           cutter. Place rounds on an oiled baking sheet.                                                                          In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, sugar, egg and almond extract. Pour over crust.
           Combine the tomato paste and pesto in a bowl and mix well. Spread over the dough rounds.                                topping:
           Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, rosemary and pine nuts.                                                                In a large bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon and almond extract. Add apples and toss to coat. Pour over cheese mixture.
           Note: You may prepare the bruschetta up to this point and store in the freezer.                                         For a nice presentation, layer apples in a circle on top of the torte.
                                                                                                                                   Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400 degrees. Bake an additional 20 minutes.
           Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes

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                                                                                                                                                                                 < Mary harriman Rumsey: Founder of the Junior League (City of
                                                      From the debutantes                                                                                                        New York)

                                                             of its past
                                                     to the working women                                                                                                        Katharine hepburn: Actress, women’s issues activist
                                                           of its future,
                                                            the spirit of
                                                        the Junior League                                                                                                                Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady, social reformer,
                                                                                                                                                                                              humanitarian, author (City of New York) >
                                                      remains unchanged.
                                                    Where did it come from?
                                                                                                                                                                                 Sandra Day O’Connor: First female U.S. Supreme
                                                         And how has this                                                                                                        Court Justice (Phoenix)
                                                    venerable organization
                                                            of women                                                                                                             Barbara Bush: First Lady, literacy activist (Houston)
                                                                                                                                                                                  Laura Bush: First Lady, literacy activist
                                            The Junior League:

                            THEN & NOW
                                                                                                                                                 Betty Ford: First Lady, substance abuse prevention activist (Grand Rapids)

                                                                                                                                              Nancy Reagan: First Lady, substance abuse prevention activist (Los Angeles)

                                                                                                                                          Julia McWilliams Child: Chef, author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking
                                 Written by Emily Howald         photographs Courtesy of    the AJLI                                      (Pasadena)
                                                                                                                                                          Oveta Culp hobby: First Commander of Women’s Army Corps, >
                                                                                                                                                                   first U.S. Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare (Houston)

     Despite its frequent association with pearls and white-          said Carol Truesdell, President of the Junior League of
     gloved socials, The Junior League of today is one of the         Minneapolis from 1971–73. “When I was in the Junior                 Eudora Welty: Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Optimist’s Daughter (Jackson)
     most respected and influential charitable organizations in       League, all the members were women who weren’t working
     the world.                                                       for money. We had volunteer careers and there were only a
                                                                      handful who had paid careers—basically a teacher, a nurse
     Established in 1901 by 19 year-old Mary Harriman in New                                                                              Shirley temple Black: Child actress, delegate to the United Nations, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Czech and
                                                                      or a secretary. To think about where it is today—it’s just like     Slovak Republics (Palo Alto)
     York City, the mission of The Junior League was clear: to        flipping the whole program upside down.”
     improve child health, nutrition and literacy among at-risk
     populations. Mary, the debutante daughter of a railroad          Leaguers today are different. “The women of this
     magnate, recruited 80 of her young female friends to help        generation’s League are constant participants in all kinds of                                         Margaret hamilton: Actress best known for her role as the Wicked Witch of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the West in The Wizard of Oz (Cleveland)
     achieve her goal. It didn’t take long for Mary to realize that   professional development through their work,” said Patty
     the best recipe for success would be to create a community       Murphy, a JLM member since 1975. “Community service
     of women trained as skilled volunteers. She went to              and giving back is already in their DNA, so this is a way of                                           Sarah Palfrey Cook Danzig: Two-time Wimbledon champion
     work cultivating an organization where women could               life for them.”                                                                                        (City of New York)
     volunteer, develop their professional skills and improve
     their community without forsaking any of their familial          But it wasn’t always this way. Mary Harriman founded the                                                 Marilyn Carlson Nelson: Chairman and CEO of Carlson Companies
     responsibilities.                                                Junior League to offer women responsibilities outside of                                                                        (Minneapolis)
                                                                      the home through an organization that addressed social,
     One hundred and ten years later, The Association of Junior       health and educational issues effecting the community at
     Leagues International Inc. is still the embodiment of that       large. To keep the organization female-run, Mary devised                                                   Margaret Chase Smith: First woman to be elected to the U.S. House of
     mission—but now there’s a fresh new face representing the        the infrastructure which is still in place today and which                                                                       Representatives and the U.S. Senate (Bangor)
     typical Junior Leaguer. “This huge shift has happened,”          enables members to govern and lead the League.
                                                                                                         (Article continued on page 24)
                                                                                                                                                                           < Katharine Phelps: First President of the Junior League of Minneapolis

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hallmarks in JLM History
                            (continued from page 22)                                           first of five Leaguers to become First    offer—whether it be hands on or more                       The Junior League of Minneapolis holds its first meeting on November 9.
                                                                                               Lady and eventually became the            formulaic—are still very substantial,”    The 60 members elect Katharine Phelps as President. Requirements are three business meetings per year, three
                            In the early twentieth century,                                    U.S. Delegate to the United Nations.      said Suzie. “We’ve evolved, but we’re                                      hours of work each week and $6 in dues.
                            the obvious appeal of a female-                                    In 1981, Junior League of Phoenix         still successful.” That continued                                                                1925:
                            led charitable organization spread                                 member Sandra Day O’Conner became         evolution is part of what makes the              The Children’s Theatre project is established. It will bring JLM-produced and performed plays into
                            quickly across the country. By 1921,                               the first woman to be appointed a         JLM stand out amongst the hundreds                                                   schools for almost 45 years.
                            approximately 30 Junior Leagues                                    Supreme Court Justice.                    of Leagues around the world.
                            joined together to create The                                                                                According to Carol, who has national                                                         1925-26:
                            Association of Junior Leagues of                                   Though each member’s success was                                                      The JLM begins to finance the training and salary of a physiotherapist to care for polio survivors at General
                                                                                                                                         experience within the League, “[T]he                               Hospital. Six years later the Curative Workshop is founded.
                            America, which provided professional                               not dependent upon the League, there      Minneapolis League is not one of the
                            support to each League. In 1923, the                               is a correlation between the essential    largest Leagues, but it has always been                                                     1943:
                            JLM was established with 60 members                                training that Mary Harriman set as        one of the more progressive.” “We’ve           A JLM cookbook with handwritten favorites from members is published. It raises more than $3,000.
                            paying a mere $6 in annual dues. By                                a core component years ago. The           had women who were savvy and smart
                            1939, there were 144 Junior Leagues                                League equips women with the skills       and spoke out on a national level,”                                                       1950-2005:
                            in existence around the world.                                     necessary to identify problems and        added Nancy.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Clothes Line Thrift Shop raises money for the League and gives back by providing gently used clothing at
                                                                                               develop solutions – whether at home,                                                                                              affordable prices.
                            With its growing population, one thing                             professionally, or for the League as      In the 1970s, Carol was instrumental
                            about the Junior League remained
                                                                                               a whole. Case in point: former JLM        in eliminating the practice of voting       The JLM joins in the formation of a Children’s Hospital and pledges $21,000 to the Free Bed Fund, payable
                            constant—its mission to serve.                                     President Nancy Lindahl. Nancy            on an applicant for membership into               over three years. By December 1954, Follies raises almost the entire amount and JLM pledges
                            Throughout history, members have                                   joined the League in 1980, served as      the League, advocating instead for                                          an additional $20,000 for two playrooms.
                            found unique ways to provide aid                                   President from 1990–91 and has since      an open enrollment into the League.
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Puppetry Committee is established to perform shows in hospitals, schools and via TV.
A group of female poliots

                                                                                                                                                                                      The JLM starts a chorus group, LeagueAires, which is still active today. For decades this group of women
                                                                                                                                                                                                    has performed inspirational and rousing numbers in local nursing homes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       The JLM opens the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery as a safe shelter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    where parents can turn in times of need.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Twenty students participate in Teen Outreach (a national project), which is a collaboration with the Minneapolis
                            wherever there was a need. During                                  served on 26 community boards across      Minneapolis member and recent              Public Schools and the Sheltering Arms Foundation to increase the number of high school graduates. By1989-
                            the Depression, the League opened                                  the Twin Cities. ¬“The training is what   Katharine Phelps award winner                  90, more than 200 teens have been involved and it becomes a part of Family and Children’s Services.
                            nutrition centers and milk stations;                               opened the doors for me. I had lots       Marilyn Carlson Nelson recommended
                            during World War II, women chaired                                 of practice in the trenches,” she said.   the first African American woman into                                                       1991:
                                                                                                                                                                                   The JLM establishes the motto “Working gloves, not white gloves” for the new Helping Hands service, which is
                            war-related organizations across                                   “Those doors never would have been        the League—a relevant milestone even            designed to support community agencies and JLM projects with doing “done-in-a-day” projects.
                            the nation; and by the 1960s, the                                  opened if I hadn’t learned how to be      today.
                            majority of the Leagues offered health                             an effective board member.”
                            and welfare projects such as alcohol                                                                         Although to some the name Junior                                                             1994:
                                                                                               Fortunately, much of the core training    League may conjure up images of           Free Arts for Abused Children of Minnesota is established to bring creative arts activities such as music, dance
                            programs, adoption services, clinics                                                                                                                                           and painting to the victims and families of childhood abuse.
                            and convalescent care and hospital                                 that was available throughout the         society soirees and debutante balls,
                            services.                                                          Junior League’s past remains as           Junior League members recognize                                                                 1997:
                                                                                               available today as it was in 1901.        that it runs deeper than fundraising       The JLM launches the Jeremiah Project, a life skills program that helps single mothers and their children learn
                            The Leagues’ good deeds were never                                 “The training programs that we            luncheons and charity events. “I have                                                   and grow together.
                            far from the public eye, thanks in                                                                           always said we are not a white-glove
                            part to the popularity of some                                                                               organization, we are a rubber-glove                                                         2001:
                            of its members. Junior League                                                                                League,” said Nancy. “We roll up our
                                                                                                                                                                                      The American Girl Fashion Show fundraiser proves so popular it becomes its own annual event. Local girls
                                                                                                                                                                                                   aged 5-12 showcase past and present styles from the American Girl collection.
                                                                 St. Louis Leaguers Marching

                            of Hartford member Katherine                                                                                 shirt sleeves and really dig into the
                            Hepburn emerged as a four-time                                                                               issues.” And those who have been                                                            2004:
                            Academy Award winning starlet,                                                                               a part of it, either past or present,       Books 4 Kids works with agencies and public schools to collect books and donate them to children of lower-
                            while Eleanor Roosevelt, a Leaguer                                                                           understand that the Junior League                                                       income families.
                            since 1903, assumed her role as                                                                              means women with a mission. It                                                               2008:
                            First Lady in 1933. She was the                                                                              always has and it always will.               The JLM launches Kids in the Kitchen after piloting it via Helping Hands. An ALJI project undertaken by
                                                                                                                                                                                                    many other Leagues, the project focuses on children and healthy eating.

                                                                                                                                                                                     The JLM launches Between the Lines, a program which strengthens the bond between incarcerated mothers
                                                                                                                                                                                    and their children through a literary experience. In each of its first two years, the committee worked with over
                                                                                                                                                                                                           80 mothers and provided new books for more than 170 children.
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homes and health care. And another which is poor and
challenged. These two realities play out every day in the
Minneapolis Public Schools

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                                                                organizations can claim such a rich and lasting
               - Pam Costain, CAB member
                                                               legacy. Whenever people come together to be of
            President and CEO of AchieveMpls.
                                                              service to others, our community is enriched and
       From her speech on the achievement gap at the
                                                                               made stronger.”
       September 2011 General Membership Meeting
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Members and guests at the July Presidential Social

 Emily Wagner, Brandi Hagen and a prospective member at
                 the July Presidential Social

                                                                   Whitney Frykman, Jen Abel and Mallary Barr at the exclusive
                                                                    JLM screening of The Help at the Edina Landmark Theater

and guest
at the May                                                                                                                                                           May 2011
2011 General                                                                                                                                                         General
Membership                                                                                                                                                           Membership                           Sharon Richardson, Tody Pillsbury, Margie Dines, Marilyn Frees,
Meeting                                                                                                                                                              Meeting                                Jane Truckenbrod, Jennifer Shinners and others at the July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Presidential Social

                                                                                                                                 Amy DeSutter, Jordan Wolf and Bri Agan
                                                                                                                                     at August Presidential Social

                                                                                                                                                                                                 2011-12 JLM President Suzie Wilmot, Laura Ginsburg
                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Diane Douglas at the August Presidential Social

                                                                             Angela Coenan, Carissa Kell, Jenny Kahkr
                                                                              and Kelly Jorgensen at the May General
                                                                                       Membership Meeting

Anna Lyon, Jen Trujillo and Lorie Gardner
   at the August Presidential Social

                                                          August           Jessica Putman
                                                          Presidential     and guest at
                                                          Social           Boots & Bling
                                                                                                                                                        Guests at the July Presidential Social                                                   Wayzata Yacht Club

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