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MEEt thE LEttER FROM thE
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
to note that while our mission has not changed in the past 88 years, the way we
Emily Howald fulfill it is continually evolving.
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
Collaboration: JLM members not only collaborate with each other to run the
organization but we collaborate with organizations that align with our services
and mission as well. The JLM is fortunate to have partnerships with Andersen
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
BOARD OF DiRECtORS
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. League of Minneapolis.
Cover Art Sincerely,
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2 Junior League of Minneapolis GIVE
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
4 Junior League of Minneapolis GIVE 5
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.
For more information regarding membership, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
6 Junior League of Minneapolis GIVE 7
MEMBERShiP the MEMBERShiP
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 email@example.com. 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.
8 Junior League of Minneapolis GIVE 9
JLM training Opportunities Backpack Buddies
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
10 Junior League of Minneapolis GIVE 11
PAULA SMOOT OGG
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Post-Decree modification the Junior League Gives youth
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
JLM Sustainer Phone: 612-767-1800 Fax: !"#$%!%$"&'!
www.ogglawoffice.com instruction, to be considered for
an internship position with a going to
local business or nonprofit. continue
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
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
14 Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, Corcoran, Wayzata, Edina, Chaska, St. Anthony GIVE 15
duets Finds its
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
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 ∞ IseeMe.com
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 www.jlminneapolis.org. 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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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) >
Where did it come from?
Sandra Day O’Connor: First female U.S. Supreme
And how has this Court Justice (Phoenix)
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
22 Junior League of Minneapolis GIVE 23
A League of our own:
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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