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   Collaborative Luncheon


   Pike Place Market
   Cookbook Event

   Winter 2012
A Letter from the President                                                                                       Junior League of Seattle

                                                                                                                     Mission Statement
                                        Some of the most impressive          By the end of both luncheons,
                                        instances of collaboration           we had a better understanding           The Junior League of Seattle is an organization of women
                                        this year occurred with the          of each of the partners, the work       committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential
                                        two collaboration luncheons,         they are currently doing, the           of women and to improving the community through the effective
                                                                                                                     action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is        The Junior League of Seattle, Inc.
                                        appropriately named, that Project    gaps they face in their programs
                                                                                                                     exclusively educational and charitable.                            4119 E Madison St.
                                        Development spearheaded. The         and most importantly, how the
                                                                                                                                                                                        Seattle, WA 98112
                                        first, held in December, was with    JLS can further partner with
                                        various partners focused on          them to fill in those gaps. It was      Vision Statement                                                   TEL (206) 324-3638
                                                                                                                                                                                        FAX (206) 324-0811
                                        combatting human trafficking         truly the essence of collaboration
                                                                                                                     The Junior League: Women Around the World as Catalysts for
                                        in Seattle. We hosted individuals    between our organization and our
                                                                                                                     Lasting Community Change.                                
                                        from the Asian & Pacific Islander    partners and a very exciting time
                                        Women and Family Safety Center,      to be a JLS member. We are not
                                        New Horizons Ministries, Not for     only talking about furthering our
                                                                                                                  BOARD OF DIRECTORS        MANAGEMENT COUNCIL        EDITOR-IN-CHIEF             SUSTAINER COUNCIL
                                        Sale Campaign, Seattle Against       impact in the community, we are
                                        Slavery, Washington Engage,          figuring out exactly where           PRESIDENT                 PRESIDENT-ELECT           Neha Reddy                  DIRECTOR
Hello League Members!                   Washington Anti-Trafficking          the needs are and going after        Renee Hartnett            Ashley Baerwaldt                                      Laura Garcia Pendergrast
                                                                                                                                                                      Brooke Hannaford
                                        Response Network (WARN)              them directly.                                                                                                       MANAGER
Collaboration, as defined in                                                                                      PRESIDENT-ELECT           TRESURER-ELECT
                                        and Youthcare. The luncheon                                               Ashley Baerwaldt          Emily George              INTERNAL PUBLICATIONS       Laura Fowler
the dictionary, is the action of                                             I would like to thank and                                                                COMMITTEE
                                        was facilitated by Community                                                                                                                              SECRETARY
working together with one or                                                 congratulate the women of the
                                                                                                                  TREASURER                 SECRETARY
                                        Outreach Manager, Chris Lewis.                                                                                                                            Judy Lynn Rice
more people in order to achieve                                                                                   Megan Isenhower           Chris Lewis               Neha Reddy, Chair
                                                                             Project Development committee
something. In the League, we                                                                                                                                          Molly Campbell
                                        Similarly at the end of January,     for their efforts in coordinating    SECRETARY                 NOMINATING MANAGER                                    Electa Anderson
                                                                                                                  Rebecca Wilson            Bonnie Marshall           Megan Durham
collaborate with each other every       we held a second luncheon, this      both of these extremely successful                                                                                   Elizabeth Arganian
                                                                                                                                                                      Myra Lavilla
day on our committees, while                                                                                                                                                                      Beth Cosker
                                        time focusing our efforts on the     events. These are the kinds of       SUSTAINER DIRECTOR        MEMBERSHIP MANAGER        Phoebe Nguyen
putting on service shifts, while                                                                                                                                                                  Donna Dornes
                                        partners we work with on the         conversations we need to have in     Laura Garcia              Kelley Garrett            Vanessa Quiroz Hotz
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Patty Flynn
creating various fundraising            Lifeskills for Women committee.                                           Pendergrast                                         Ineke van Waardenburg
                                                                             order to increase our impact and                               COMMUNITY MANAGER                                     Cindy Forest
opportunities, and while running        This committee, in its first         truly make a difference. I have      NOMINATING DIRECTOR       Marion Holder             Kathryn Weber               Amy Fortier
the operations of the League,           year in existence, already has       always been proud of our League      Elissa Puckett                                      CONTRIBUTORS                Susan Georgulas
                                                                                                                                            COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
whether it be as an Active Advisor      partnerships with Mary’s Place,      and am even more so when I                                                               Caitlin Echelbarger         Janet Grimley
                                                                                                                  Michelle Cahill           Brooke Hannaford
or as a member of the Internal                                                                                                                                        Susan Evani                 Mary Herche
                                        New Beginnings and the YWCA          see us making these kinds of         Linnea Fichter
Communications team.                                                                                                                        OUTREACH MANAGER                                      JoAnne Jones
                                        in place. All three partners were    strides forward.                                                                         Laura Fowler
                                                                                                                  Jeanette James            Chris Lewis                                           Jill Keto
                                        hosted at our second collaboration                                                                                            Michelle Haines
We also collaborate with our                                                                                      Jennifer Krapf                                                                  Jennifer Loy
                                        luncheon for what turned out to      All of my best,                                                FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT     Beck Hallmann               Sue Minahan
community partners in an                                                                                          Jennifer Metsker          MANAGER
                                                                                                                                                                      Anisa Ishida                Rhonda Neben
                                        be another exciting afternoon,                                            Kate Piacent King         Tricia Thompson
effort to increase the impact we                                                                                                                                      Taryn Kristof               Sally Onetto
                                        facilitated by JLS Director at
are making in our community.                                                                                                                SUSTAINER MANAGER         Anbrit Long                 Joanne Petitto
                                        Large, Jeanette James.               Renee Hartnett                                                 Laura Fowler
Collaboration is truly at the heart                                                                                                                                   Mary Meredith               Judy Lynn Rice
of everything we do.                                                                                                                        FUNDRAISING MANAGER       Carey Page                  Heidi Sadler
                                                                                                                                            Celeste Donahoe           Elissa Ballard Puckett      Stephanie Selin
                                                                                                                                                                      Vanessa Quiroz              Faith Sheridan
                                                                                                                                            TRAINING MANAGER
                                                                                                                                                                      Sarah Rose
                                                                                                                                            Kellea Williams
                                                                                                                                                                      Allie Switaj
                                                                                                                                                                      Kathryn Weber

                                                                                                                  Please send birth, wedding and other announcements to
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Contents & News                                                                                 Sustainer News

                                                                                                                 Wow—time flies! I cannot believe        The calendar on the Junior League
A Letter from the President             2     Save the Date                          11                          2012 is already upon us! I just         of Seattle website has a complete
Junior League Info                      3     Advocacy Corner                        12                          returned from our first Sustainer       list of events and activities. As
                                                                                                                 Council meeting of the year where       always, if you have additional ideas
Contents & News                         4     Human Trafficking                      14
                                                                                                                 we shared some of our New Year’s        or want to
Sustainer News                          5     Halloween Bash                         16                          resolutions. By the time you read       get involved please let me know!
Calendar                                6     Kids in the Kitchen                    17                          this, I have probably already hit       Before I sign off, I want to share
                                                                                                                 the snooze alarm (much to my            some of the inspirational
Applause                                7     Northwest Art                          18
                                                                                                                 husband’s chagrin) and started          resolutions shared at our meeting:
Member Profiles                         8     Capitol Days                           20
                                                                                                                 drinking coffee again, but one
                                                                                                                                                         Find balance, simplify and enjoy
In Memoriam                             9     Premier Event                          22                          thing I resolve every year is to stay
                                                                                                                                                         yourself more!
President-Elect                         10    Community Awareness                    24                          connected with my friends and to
                                                                                                                 surround myself with people who         Seize the moment!
LifeSkills                              11    Personal Story                         26
                                                                                                                 inspire me to be a better person.
                                                                                                                                                         Say “yes.”
                                                                                                                 That is why I was drawn to joining
                                                                                                                 the Junior League in the first          Cultivate laughter.
Member News                                                                                                      place—an amazing group of women
                                                                                                                 who place a priority on helping         Best,
BIRTHS                                        WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS                                           those in our community and being a      Laura Fowler
                                                                                                                 catalyst for change.                    Sustainer Manager
Elissa Puckett and Chris Puckett welcomed     Jen Porto is engaged to Dean Fasnacht Kim
                                                                                                                 While our Active years are behind
Connor Puckett, born February 22nd.           Bonnie Marshall got engaged to Thomas Winkler                      us, we have taken our Junior
Courtney Fuller and Harry Fuller welcomed                                                                        League of Seattle training out
                                              Laureen Hoo got engaged to Bryant Ng
                                                                                                                 into the community in which we
Josephine Fuller on January 16th              Kim Callahan married Nick Steier on October 4th                    live and have made significant
Laura Marchbanks and Billy Boucock welcomed                                                                      contributions. We are also excited
                                                                                                                 about the impact our Active
Brady William Boucock born February 7th
                                                                                                                 members are making—from the
Nancy Buller welcomed Zoe Delevoye,                                                                              legacy of Northwest Art to our new
born February 29th.                                                                                              focus areas—and connecting with
                                                                                                                 each other.


Michelle Haines got a new job at Redfin

Marion Holder got a new job at Amazon

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Calendar                                                                                                              Applause

Calendar                                                                                                              Thanks to the following individuals who went above and beyond the call of duty.
                                                                                                                      Much gratitude and applause to you!
Management Council Meeting                                 Training 2 for 1 night focusing on Corporate Culture
MARCH 6, 2012 | 6:30pm
                                                                                                                      • Faith Sheridan for her endless energy—thank you for          • Heidi Paige is an amazing at managing the transfer
                                                           MARCH 28, 2012 | 6:00pm
                                                                                                                        arranging wonderful events for Sustainers and Actives          group this year! Thank you, Heidi, for your hard work
NW Art Training                                            Management Council Meeting                                   including the Design Center Tour and Pacific Northwest         and commitment to the league.
MARCH 8, 2012 | 5:00pm                                     APRIL 3, 2012 | 6:30pm                                       Ballet Rehearsal and Costume Shop Tour.
                                                                                                                                                                                     • Thank you Ginger Carter and Kim Callahan for being
An Evening of Art and Conversation about                   April Board Meeting                                        • Beth Cosker for her continued leadership—thanks for            our NW Exchange Delegates.
Northwest Art and Artists                                  APRIL 10, 2012 | 6:00pm                                      always thinking of fun new events to help us connect
MARCH 8, 2012 | 6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                                                          • Thank you to Celeste Donahoe for managing the
                                                           Training- Coaching                                           with one another. Looking forward to spending an
                                                                                                                                                                                       Management Council Premier Event Package.
Northwest Art Presents Kids’ Art Studio                    APRIL 11, 2012 | 6:30–8:30pm                                 afternoon of pampering at Spa Scotta.
MARCH 10, 2012 | 1:00–3:00pm                                                                                                                                                         • A HUGE thank you to Neha Nariya and Carey Page for
                                                           Voting Meeting and Placement Fair                          • Barbara Huenink, your passion for the League
                                                                                                                                                                                       all of the work they consistently do for the League.
March Board Meeting,                                       APRIL 17, 2012 | 5:30 pm                                     is contagious. Thanks for all of your ideas and for
                                                                                                                                                                                       Both Neha and Carey work dilgently to ensure that
MARCH 13, 2012 | 6:00pm                                                                                                 connecting us with Tina Orr-Cahall, our Annual
                                                           Sustainer Sip Afternoon                                                                                                     members are aware of League news and events.
                                                                                                                        Sustainer Luncheon speaker.
Sustainer Council Meeting                                  APRIL 19, 2012 | 12:00pm                                                                                                    Thank you ladies for your commitment and support!
MARCH 14, 2012 | 10:00am–12:00pm                                                                                      • Thank you to Andrea Mann and Stacy Chalfont for
                                                           Rebuilding Together                                                                                                       • To the amazing Active Advisors this year: Ginger
                                                                                                                        hosting our Fall Sustainer Sips!
Sustainer Sip Evening                                      APRIL 28, 2012 | 9:00am onward                                                                                              Carter, Angela Brunhaver, Anne Delaney, Christine
MARCH 15, 2012 | 6:30–8:30pm                               May Celebration                                            • Thanks for Megan for her amazing work with                     Wickland, Julie Glade, Samantha Holert, Amanda
March Unit Meetings                                        MAY 15, 2012 | 5:30pm                                        Impact and Greenbook!                                          House, Lori Hurl, Daveleen McHenry, Kristin Mowat,
                                                                                                                                                                                       Heidi Paige, Jennifer Port, Hailey Towne, Eva Turella
MARCH 17–22, 2012 | times vary                             Sustainer Project-Seattle Urban Academy Lunch              • Thanks to Dani Carson, for her consistent and
                                                                                                                                                                                       and Bernadette Merikle! Thank you for your
Impact Day REWA                                            MAY 16, 2012 | 10:30am                                       capable work, quick response times, and joyous,
                                                                                                                                                                                       exceptional efforts and fabulous support this year!
                                                                                                                        positive attitude. She has been a delight to work with,
MARCH 23, 2012 | 8:30am onward                             Touch a Truck                                                                                                               Keep up the great work as we power through the rest
                                                                                                                        and her contribution to the Junior League this year is
Impact Day                                                 JUNE 3, 2012 | 9:00am onward                                                                                                of the year! It has been a pleasure working with
                                                                                                                        immeasurable. I am grateful each and every day to
MARCH 24, 2012 | 9:00am onward                                                                                                                                                         you all.
                                                                                                                        have her as a member of my committee.
                                                                                                                                                                                     • Congratulations to Caitlin, Kim, Anisa, and Tina
                                                                                                                      • Thanks to Brooke Hannaford, for her leadership,
                                                                                                                                                                                       as well as their committee and volunteers for a
                                                                                                                        guidance, quick-wit and humor as Communications
                                                                                                                                                                                       top-notch Premier Event! We thank you ladies for all
                                                                                                                        Manager. The work she does keeps the entire League
                                                                                                                                                                                       of your time, dedication, passion and leadership with
Kathi Effenberger, Our Long Term Bookkeeper                                                                             functioning smoothly.
                                                                                                                                                                                       the outstanding Premier Event. We are so proud of
                                                                                                                      • Thank you to Theresa Glatstein for leading the grant           you! The JLS appreciates the funds you helped us
On March 6, 2012, Kathi Effenberger lost her courageous battle with cancer. Kathi served as the JLS bookkeeper          writing and application pursuit to obtain more funding         raise for our community projects. Way to go!
for the past decade plus and was much more than our bookkeeper – she was a friend to all of us. She displayed           for our Kids in the Kitchen program. Her timeliness
                                                                                                                                                                                     • Thank you to Megan Isenhower for stepping in as
tremendous tenacity and spirit in everything she did, including her fight against the terrible disease that             and critical writing skills are an invaluable asset to the
                                                                                                                                                                                       our Treasurer Extraordinaire! You are a tremendous
ultimately took her life. We are incredibly grateful for the service she has provided to the JLS over the years.        Planned Giving Committee.
                                                                                                                                                                                       resource and asset!
                                                                                                                      • Congratulations to Jen Metsker, Junior Leagues of
A service and celebration is expected to be held on or about June 8th, which would have been Kathi’s 65th birthday.                                                                  • Thank you to all of our Managers—Kellea, Kelley, Julie,
                                                                                                                        Washington State (JLWS) Chair, on another
In the meantime, flowers were sent on behalf of the JLS.                                                                                                                               Marion, Chris, Bonnie, Laura, Celeste, Tricia, Emily,
                                                                                                                        successful Capitol Days. Jen has been involved in
                                                                                                                                                                                       and Brooke for their continued enthusiasm and
                                                                                                                        Advocacy and JLWS for 5 years and the trainings have
                                                                                                                                                                                       leadership! You ladies are awesome.
We have also set up set up a meal delivery service for The Effenbergers with the generosity of many of our              been better and better each year.
members. If you wish to make a donation for meals, please contact Jill Jackson at
                                                                                                                      • Heather Herrod graciously opened up her home and
You may also reach out to Kathi’s husband, Dave at keep The Effenberger
                                                                                                                        hosted the Transfer ‘All You Need Is Love’ cocktail
family in your thoughts and prayers.
                                                                                                                        party. Thank you Heather, for your hard work in
                                                                                                                        planning and executing such a fun event.

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Member Profiles                                                                                                         In Memoriam– Alexis Grim Phelps

                                        JEANETTE JAMES                                                                                                 It is with heavy hearts    “I first met Alexis in 1984 when I was Transfer
                                                                                                                                                       that we remember           Chairman for the League. We bonded quickly and
                                        Having joined the Junior League of Seattle in 2006, Janette James is                                           Junior League of           she became one of my most treasured friends. We
                                        excited to be spending her sixth year in the League serving on the Board                                       Seattle member Alexis      worked on many projects together. I knew that if I
                                        of Directors. “I feel especially lucky to serve on the Board this year as we                                   Grim Phelps, who           recruited Alexis for a job she would give more than
                                                                                                                                                       passed peacefully on       one hundred percent. She was a tireless and selfless
                                        just completed a Strategic Planning process and will be taking the next
                                                                                                                                                       February 16th. Alexis      volunteer; she made me look like a star time and time
                                        few months to operationalize the plan. I will continue to play a role in this
                                                                                                                                                       was a Sustainer with       again. Alexis viewed the world through rose colored,
                                        important process as ultimately our planning and careful thinking now
                                                                                                                                                       the Junior League of       or should I say hot pink, glasses and approached life’s
                                        will guide the direction of the league for many years to come.”                                                Seattle and passionate     challenges with a cheerful and optimistic attitude.
                                                                                                                                                       supporter of the Pacific   Needless to say we had a lot of fun over the course
                                        Jeanette credits her good friend, and long-time league member, April Savoy                                     Northwest Ballet. Her      of our 28 year friendship. I cherish every moment I
                                        (who has since relocated to Atlanta) with her decision to join the league.                                     visionary leadership,      spent with this incredible woman and will miss her
                                        One day April was sharing with her about a very compelling JLS Training         spirit, artistic talent and devotion to the community     every day,” shares Patricia Wallace.
                                        event she had attended and Jeanette found herself immediately interested        was felt in the JLS and the Seattle community, as she
                                        as she had been feeling “stuck” in terms of her own leadership development      was a founding member of our Planned Giving Legacy        Beyond the JLS, she was the co-chair of the Pilchuck
                                        and was looking for a place to learn, share and grow. Jeanette was fortunate    Circle as well as a founder of the Pacific Northwest      Glass School Auction and a member of Seattle
                                        to spend her first active year as the Management Council Secretary              Ballet STARS (a fund raising and educational group        Art Museum Supporters since 1991. She was also
                                        which helped her to see the “big picture” of JLS and further solidified her     for the ballet) and loyal PNB Trustee.                    involved with the Goodwill Games and worked with
                                        commitment to the organization as a life-long member.                                                                                     the Women’s Cancer Center. She has held numerous
                                                                                                                        Her passion for the arts began at Whitman College,        volunteer jobs with her children’s schools: The
                                        Jeanette describes herself as “a life-long teacher and learner.” Her first      where she majored in Studio Art and was elected           Lakeside School and The Bush School.
                                        long-term job was working in a day care in her early 20’s, and she has          homecoming queen. Alexis used her education and
                                        since been an instructor and administrator at the university level. She         experiences to further the art world in Seattle. Past     “I’m one of the MANY people who loved Alexis and
                                        has now “landed in the middle literally” as the Director of Admission           JLS President, Cathi Hatch, fondly shares, “Alexis        will miss her terribly. She was a passionate and
                                        and Advancement at Seattle Girls’ School. Originally from the Midwest,          was a collaborator and masterful at bringing together     effective supporter of the Junior League, Pacific
                                        Jeanette describes herself as “a West Coast girl at heart.” Four years ago      friends whose talents she could help orchestrate          Northwest Ballet, Whitman College, Pilchuck Glass
                                        she “had an urge to be completely unencumbered ” and sold her townhouse,        into a “better committee” or a “better party.” I          School, the Seattle Art Museum, and many other
                                                                                                                        always loved having her on a committee or agreeing        organizations. She was warm, kind, unfailingly
                                        gave away half of her belongings and then landed in Seattle’s South Lake
                                                                                                                        to head a fundraiser, whether for PNB or Junior           supportive, fun – and she had tremendous sparkle.
                                        Union area. Jeanette loves the natural beauty of Lake Union living, as well
                                                                                                                        League. Once she agreed to get involved, I knew that      Alexis was a mentor to me from the first time I met
                                        as the quick access to the many fun things the area has to offer.
                                                                                                                        every detail would be thought through and that the        her, and was always generous with her time and her
                                                                                                                        event would be spectacular. She was someone that I        spirit. Think of her in bright pink, with a smile that
                                        When asked about her favorite part of JLS, Jeanette says, “I love the           personally could totally count on, always dependable      lit up the room!” said Maria Mackey Gunn, past JLS
                                        members and the genuine passion that each member has to serve the               and she made everything she worked on FUN.”               President.
                                        community. Additionally, I appreciate that we are an organization of
                                        thinkers and leaders—there is genuine engagement and discussion about           Alexis joined the Junior League of Spokane in 1981,
                                        what we hope to accomplish as a League and how we want to get there.            transferring to Seattle in 1984. Her efforts on behalf    Her presence and passion for Junior League of
                                        Beyond our fantastic members, I always enjoy the service opportunities          of the Arts continued in her League career with such      Seattle and the greater community will be deeply
                                        and the trainings.”                                                             placements as Northwest Art 50th Anniversary              missed. Ms. Phelps’ heart and soul was her family,
                                                                                                                        Preview Event Honorary Co-Chair, Northwest Art            which she cherished and showered with gifts and
                                                                                                                        30th Anniversary Celebration Chair, Assistant             love. She leaves behind her loving husband, Stewart,
                                                                                                                        Transfer Chair, Solicitations Chair for the Finance       as well as her two children Natalie and Gavin, her
                                                                                                                        Committee, Publicity and Printing Chair for               parents Keith and Naomi Grim, and her sisters
                                                                                                                        Kaleidoscope, and “Celebrate the Stars” Chair.            Gwendolyn Johnson and Natalie Stephens.

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President Elect Announcement                                                                                             LifeSkills for Youth                                        Save The Date!

                                                                                                                         by Taryn Kristof                                            3RD ANNUAL JLS IMPACT DAY—MARCH 24TH

                                                                                                                         The LifeSkills for Youth committee is expanding!            The Community Wing, Done in a Day (DIAD), and
                                                                                                                         Traditionally the Life Skills committee has worked          Provisional Project presents Impact Day 2012! The
                                                                                                                         with girls at Treehouse in the age ranges of 12 to 18       goal is to have at least 100 people volunteer on the
                                                                                                                         in one large group, conducting sessions once a month        weekend of March 24th. Friday and Saturday shifts
                                                                                                                         that teach skills the girls can use as they learn and       will be available, and there will be a celebration at the
                                                                                                                                                                                     end of the day on Saturday (location TBD) to show
                                                                                                                         grow. While these sessions have always been popular
                                                                                                                                                                                     appreciation for the JLS volunteers! Please save the
                                                                                                                         at Treehouse, the committee realized it included two
                                                                                                                                                                                     date and plan on signing up for a volunteer shift on one
                                                                                                                         distinct age groups which have somewhat differing
                                                                                                                                                                                     of the days. Shifts will be appearing on the JLS website
                                                                                                                         interests and needs.                                        and will be located in multiple locations throughout
                                                                                                                                                                                     the greater Seattle area. You are welcome to bring
                                                                                                                         After discussion between JLS leaders and Treehouse,         friends and family to volunteer, and again, our goal is
                                                                                                                         the decision was made to split the girls into two groups:   to have as many volunteers out in the community at
                                                                                                                         middle school-aged girls and high school-aged girls.        the same time. Help JLS reach our goal of at least 100
                                                                                                                         Sessions will still be led once a month and the groups      volunteers, giving at least 200 hours of service to the
                                                                                                                         will cover similar topics, however the presentations        community. Let’s do it!
                                                                                                                         and activities will be geared more appropriately for the
                                                                                                                         specific ages of the girls. When applicable, the groups     The Done in a Day Committee Serves up Exciting
                                                                                                                         may be combined to allow bonding between the high           Volunteer Opportunities in the Community!
           Carrie Brand, Jessica Schneller, Renee Hartnett, Ashley Baerwaldt, Rebecca Wilson, Elissa Puckett,
                     Bonnie Marshall, Kelly Souder (Front) Kelley McLaughlin, Shanna Woo Ganem                           school girls and middle school girls.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Done in a Day (DIAD) is a committee that develops
                                                                                                                                                                                     inspiring and motivating projects that enable the JLS
                                                                                                                         To help increase the number of girls who enroll in
                                                                                                                                                                                     membership to get directly involved with volunteer

Congratulations to President-Elect Nominee                                                                               the program, Treehouse has agreed to proactively
                                                                                                                         market this change to the schools they work with. The
                                                                                                                                                                                     opportunities in the community. DIAD partners
                                                                                                                                                                                     with local organizations whose mission aligns with
Rebecca Wilson                                                                                                           LifeSkills for Youth committee is very excited about
                                                                                                                         this new expansion and is looking forward to reaching
                                                                                                                                                                                     ours—supporting projects and programs that combat
                                                                                                                                                                                     childhood obesity, anti-violence against women and
                                                                                                                         even more young girls than in the past.                     human trafficking, and organizations that support
The Nominating Committee is thrilled to share                  Professionally, Rebecca has been the Dean of Students                                                                 foster care and disenfranchised youth. This year,
that Rebecca Wilson is the recently announced                  at Forest Ridge School, a position she has held for the                                                               several new partnerships have been formed with the
President-Elect Nominee! The news was shared during            past five years. She serves on the Diversity Committee                                                                community, and DIAD has provided over 25 volunteer
a packed General Meeting at the Nordstrom Flagship             and was instrumental in creating a Women in                                                                           shifts to date.
store in Seattle on Sunday, December 4th.                      Leadership Speaker series for students and faculty
                                                               alike. A 2010 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow,                                                                        A new community partner that DIAD is excited to have
Rebecca's experience spans diverse roles within                Rebecca's community involvement has and will                                                                          formed a relationship with this year, is the Refugee
and outside of the Junior League of Seattle. Outside           continue to focus on youth development, education and                                                                 Women’s Alliance (REWA). Their mission aligns with
of the League, she has been actively involved in the           healthy living.                                                                                                       the JLS focus area of Violence Against Women, and
University Family YMCA as a member of their Board                                                                                                                                    monthly volunteer shifts have become very successful.
and through leading their Annual Campaign.                     Congratulations Rebecca! We value your leadership                                                                     JLS members are able to work directly with refugee
                                                               and commitment to serving as our leader and helping                                                                   women, and help them build resumes. Many of the
She has also served on the Board of the Ruby Room              us all support the Junior League of Seattle mission!                                                                  women at REWA have never worked outside their
and been involved in SeattleWorks. Within the Junior                                                                                                                                 homes, so JLS members are able to encourage the
League of Seattle her influence and experience have                                                                                                                                  women to think beyond housekeeping as a potential
been felt on such committees as Project Development                                                                                                                                  career path, and help them to identify skills and
and LifeBooks. Rebecca has also served the League as                                                                                                                                 experiences they have that could be useful in other
Fundraising Manager, and she is currently serving on                                                                                                                                 roles. Check out REWA service shifts in 2012!
the Board of Directors.

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Advocacy Corner

Call+Response                                                                                                        Modern Day Slavery
                                                                                                                     By Kathryn Weber
Snowmageddon can’t stop us! The Advocacy                 The issue of Human Trafficking can be overwhelming                                                                       It is important that individuals and organizations, like
Committee was thrilled that over 70 people came out      especially for those new to the subject. However, the                                                                    JLS, mobilize to fight for trafficking support. Currently
                                                                                                                     In honor of January as Human Trafficking Awareness
on January 22, 2012, to Hillel-UW for the screening      panel did a great job of responding truthfully to the                                                                    the biggest challenge Bincy sees in our area is the lack
                                                                                                                     Month, the January General Meeting was scheduled
of Call+Response. Advocacy committee members             questions thrown at them. Below is a synopsis of what                                                                    of housing options for survivors of human trafficking.
                                                                                                                     to highlight the League’s commitment to combating
Angela Allen and Marisa Jenkins worked closely with      was learned.                                                                                                             While support exists for survivors of domestic violence
                                                                                                                     human trafficking. Despite having to reschedule the
Alex Sum, Co-Founder of Seattle Against Slavery and                                                                                                                               and sexual assault, there aren’t housing options for
                                                                                                                     GM due to a winter storm, members convened in early
Founder/Chairman of Hope for Seattle, to arrange the     • It is imperative to start talking about this subject to                                                                survivors of trafficking. Presently we lack laws to
                                                                                                                     February at the Triple Door to learn more about
movie screening and the panel discussion                   children as early as middle school when teens are at                                                                   protect victims of trafficking, so strengthening laws
                                                                                                                     the cause.
which followed.                                            their most vulnerable.                                                                                                 to afford such protection is a crucial step to enable
                                                         • Insist on Fair Trade products. “Fair Trade” describes                                                                  survivors to begin a path of recovery.
                                                                                                                     The night started out with recognition of some JLS
Call+Response is a combination documentary and             a system of commerce that promotes a sustainable
                                                                                                                     women who’ve went above and beyond this year. The
musical performance film that brings to light the          environment, labor rights, a good wage and healthy                                                                     What has JLS done in support this past year?
                                                                                                                     Leadership Award was given to Charlette Comer
awful fact that there are more slaves today than ever      working conditions for laborers as well as their
                                                                                                                     and Alissa Rooks and the Diamond Tiara Award was
before in human history. The movie makes the point         families and communities. The panelists are hopeful                                                                    • Leadership met with Maria Cantwell regarding the
                                                                                                                     presented to Emily Streutker for her efforts managing
that the business of human trafficking is just that, a     that it won’t be too far into the future when Fair                                                                       Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
                                                                                                                     the YWCA Adopt a Family Program for 2011. Three
business in which slave traders make an enormous           Trade practices will become as commonplace as                                                                          • Board and Management Council attended a training
                                                                                                                     cheers to these ladies and all their hard work!
amount of money off of the exploitation of women and       recycling and organic gardening. Visit this link to                                                                      with Youthcare on the exploitation of children.
children. The Director, Justin Dillon, used music as       find out more information and to download a fair                                                                       • Members were challenged to read Half the Sky by
                                                                                                                     So why is JLS committed to fighting human
an instrument in the movie to demonstrate that music       trade finder app.                                                                              Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
                                                                                                                     trafficking? Member Chris Lewis opened by educating
can be part of the movement against human slavery.       • Want to learn how your buying habits and                  members on the subject and how it fits into the JLS          • Membership participated in an advocacy drive.
                                                           consumption are linked to modern day slavery?             focus areas. Human trafficking is modern day slavery         • Many DIAD service shifts have supported Youthcare
The Panelists for the discussion and Q&A were:             Take a survey on and find         and affects 12-27 million slaves world-wide today. It          and REWA.
Sarah Collins—Mother of missing young woman and            out how many slaves work for you.                         is the third most profitable industry, behind arms           • Capitol Days will feature anti-trafficking legislation
   former victim, Kelsey Collins                         • Download an app at and find          and drugs. Women and youth are especially prone to             and support.
Mar Smith —Washington Engaged                              out information on forced and child labor for brands      become victims of traffickers. As a League, our
Marie Hoffmann—Washington Anti-Trafficking                 and products you love.                                    anti-trafficking efforts fit into our two key focus areas;   What should you do now?
   Response Network (WARN)                               • Below are additional websites where you can learn         Violence Against Women and Disenfranchised Youth.
Peter Qualliotine—YouthCare                                more information about human trafficking and                                                                           All Members are challenged to:
Robert Beiser—Seattle Against Slavery and Hillel-UW        forced labor:                                             The evening’s keynote speaker was Bincy Jacobs,              1. Become educated about human trafficking
                                                             •                                     Executive Director of the Asian and Pacific Islander         2. Educate your friends, family and own personal
                                                             •                              Safety Center. Bincy explained how individuals                   network about the subject
                                                             •                                      often become trapped in human trafficking. Initially,        3. Call to Action for the Evening.
                                                             •                         victims often enter a country through domestic labor
                                                             •                                industries, but then once there, they are forced into
                                                                                                                     sex slavery through debt bondage. They are trapped
                                                         Thank you to everyone who came out to see the               in a world of coercion and shame, and are afraid and
                                                         showing and listen to the panel. If you were unable         embarrassed to discuss their situation with anyone.
                                                         to attend learn more and view the trailer at                Bincy reminded us, victims, or “survivors” as they
                                                                                   refer to those they work with, have dreams and
                                                                                                                     hopes just like us. Trafficking should not be viewed
                                                                                                                     as something “extreme” or happening in far away
                                                                                                                     countries, but something that affects countless people
                                                                                                                     locally; people just like us.

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Human Trafficking

                                                                                       To achieve these objectives, the Committee created
                                                                                       a “heat map” which listed potential focus areas
                                                                                       around the subject of human trafficking, ranging from
                                                                                       legislative advocacy, to law enforcement, prevention,
                                                                                       and a variety of specific support services. Each
                                                                                       organization “tagged” any focus area supported by
                                                                                       its organization. Outreach Manager, Chris Lewis,
                                                                                       then used this information to facilitate an active
                                                                                       conversation with participants with the goal of
                                                                                       identifying potential areas where JLS may be able to
                                                                                       further work towards the broad goal of eradicating
                                                                                       human trafficking.

                                                                                       The event was very well received by participating
                                                                                       organizations. Some had partnered with JLS in the
                                                                                       past, but others were not familiar with JLS and its
                                                                                       long history of successful and impactful community
                                                                                       partnerships. In the next month, the Committee will
                                                                                       be making specific recommendations on how we may
                                                                                       work with these organizations in the future. This will
                          Seattle Organizational Representatives attend
                            Collaboration Luncheon on December 9th                     likely include the following:

                                                                                       • Working with organizations to provide further
                                                                                         training for JLS members on how each member             Chris Lewis, Outreach Manager addresses the
                                                                                                                                                            Collaboration Luncheon

Human Trafficking
                                                                                         can work at a grassroots, individual level, to combat
                                                                                         human trafficking by making informed decisions on

Collaboration: Creating a better                                                         what businesses to support, and potentially working
                                                                                         with local employers to work on providing job

community together                                                                       training or opportunities for victims; and
                                                                                       • Partnering with organizations to provide service
                                                                                         shifts through Done in a Day and/or LifeSkills
                                                                                         for Women.
On December 9th, Project Development hosted the Junior League of Seattle’s first
Human Trafficking Collaboration Luncheon. Representatives from seven different
                                                                                       Overall, the event contributed to the education about
local human trafficking organizations participated in the event. The purpose of
                                                                                       eradication of human trafficking. We learned more
the luncheon was for JLS to learn more about the issue of human trafficking by
                                                                                       about local organizations working on the issue of
better understanding the focus areas of each of the participating organizations, and
                                                                                       human trafficking, and identified new ways in which
identifying any gaps in support for victims and legislation. Specifically, our goals
                                                                                       JLS may work on this very important issue.
were to:

• Identify what services are currently being offered by the participating
  organizations and where any gaps may exist;
• Discuss opportunities for JLS to potentially partner with the participating
  organizations; and
• Understand how the participating organizations and JLS can best collaborate.

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Kids in the Kitchen

Halloween Pumpkin Bash                                                                                            A Cooking Adventure                                      From “For The Artist at the Start of Day”

                                                                                                                  at Pike Place Market                                     John O’Donohue

The Junior League Kids in the Kitchen committee                                                                                                                            May your imagination know
                                                                                                                  Partnering with Diane’s Market Kitchen and               The grace of perfect danger,
partnered with the Woodland Park Zoo on
                                                                                                                  Treehouse, the Kids In the Kitchen committee
Saturday, October 29th & Sunday, October 30th from
                                                                                                                  hosted, “A Cooking Adventure at Pike Place Market”
9:30am—2:00pm for the Halloween Pumpkin Bash                                                                                                                               To reach beyond imitation,
                                                                                                                  on October 26th. With a Pike Place Market tour
event. This was part of the Woodland Park Zoo’s                                                                                                                            And the wheel of repetition,
                                                                                                                  followed by a cooking class, the event was designed to
Autumn Festival, which included festive themes and                                                                expose children to the process of shopping for fresh
decorations around the zoo from October 15–30.                                                                    ingredients (fruits and vegetables) and how to cook a    Deep into the call of all
                                                                                                                  healthy, well-balanced meal.                             The unfinished and unsolved
Visitors enjoyed watching hippos, bears, elephants,
monkeys, and other animals crunch, smash or stomp                                                                 After meeting at “Rachel the Pig,” Diane led the group   Until the veil of the unknown yields
on pumpkins! The pumpkins were a part of the                                                                      on a wonderful market tour where she stopped and         And to something original begins
zookeepers’ ongoing efforts to help enrich the lives of                                                           introduced the kids to all of her favorite vendors,      To stir towards your senses
the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior,                                                               taught a lesson at each stop and even secured            And grow stronger in your heart.
                                                                                                                  samples—including a cheese tasting from Beecher’s        In order to come to birth
keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and
                                                                                                                  and gourmet sausage from Uli’s Famous Sausage! After     In a clean line of form
engage zoo visitors.
                                                           Fiona Watson and Laura Cyran hand out healthy snacks   the trip through the market, the group ventured down
                                                                                                                                                                           That claims from time
                                                                                                                  Post Alley to Diane’s Kitchen Market where Diane
Approximately 1700 kids dressed up in their favorite                                                                                                                       A rhythm not yet heard,
                                                                                                                  led a wonderful hands-on cooking class. The students
Halloween costumes to trick-or-treat in the West                                                                                                                           That calls space to
                                                                                                                  learned how to prepare the following menu:
Entrance Plaza. Children 12 years and under in                                                                                                                             A different shape.
costume received free admission with each paid adult.                                                             • Italian Meatballs on De Cecco Spaghetti with
                                                                                                                    Alvarez Farms Summer Squash and Tomato Sauce.          May it be its own force field
The JLS volunteers handed out healthy snacks and                                                                  • Taste of Washington Salad with Alm Hill Spinach,       And dwell uniquely
a food pyramid activity to the trick-or-treaters. The                                                               Sungold Tomatoes, Pancetta, and Skagit River           Between the heart and the light.
parents appreciated a healthy snack versus candy and                                                                Ranch Hard-Boiled Eggs.
most kids loved the string cheese, with the exception of                                                          • Jerzey Boyz Apple Crisp with Crème Fraiche.            To surprise the hungry eye
one child in particular that said, “Oh man, we have that                                                                                                                   By how deftly it fits
snack at home, where’s the candy?”                                                                                The day was a wonderful success; all the kids            About its secret loss.
                                                                                                                  had a great time and left with full tummies and
                                                                                                                  great memories!

Overall this was a fantastic community
event for the League to promote healthy
eating and teach children the importance                        Katie Dunn, Kathy Thurston, Sandy McNees,
of good nutrition.                                              Laura Cyran, Fiona Watson and Lisa Barlow

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Northwest Art

Experiencing Northwest Art
By Amy Cunningham
To learn something that is not always taught in school,     I’ve been through two trainings to prepare me as a          piloting a teacher in-service workshop this year to help   The most important facet of this program is the
to learn in a way that focuses on my senses and not         docent—a person who leads guided tours especially           support educators and schools to better incorporate        children that feel the deep sense of understanding and
my skills, to truly experience art—for me, my sixth         through a museum or art gallery.                            the collection (and art education) into their curricula.   learning that comes through experiencing the art we
active year’s placement is Northwest Art, but I’m still                                                                 Maple Elementary, our first Seattle docent school of       bring to them. So many of the children in our public
wondering, why did it take me this long to volunteer        The Junior League of Seattle has its own collection of      the 2011-2012 year, hosted the event. I walked into        schools (and private for that matter) are not learning
with this committee?                                        over 80 art pieces that have been collected over the last   the classroom to help set up our ‘in-service’ day and      through numbers or letters. As an organization we
                                                            51 years for the purposes of teaching. At any give time,    across the back wall of the art room were pictures         must recognize and advocate for the almost 40%
I’d seen and heard the momentum building behind             about 30% of the collection is accessible to members on     the kids had created in response to our pieces across      of children that are struggling to learn because of
the committee that took it first through its 50th year      the walls of the League office.                             the back wall from years prior. And they were really       dyslexia (impaired word-reading and spelling),
celebration and then the recently published book, The                                                                   quite good artworks. While I knew that all the schools     dysgraphia (impaired handwriting), and dyscalculia
Art of Discovery. I’d shared it with my children and        The first training I had was at the Henry Art Gallery by    who host an exhibit from the NW Art collection             (impaired math calculation). There are avenues to
their art teacher at school and I felt the pride of being   the very competent and thoughtful Halinka Wodzicki,         use the art during the two week period it is in the        learning that can reach these children more effectively
a part of an organization that recognizes the arts. I       who modeled for us the best teaching methods when           school, I found myself unexpectedly staring at the         and bring about an understanding that reaches far
even went to a fundraiser and met some of the artists       introducing a group to a piece of art work. As an           evidence of our program from years past. The moment        beyond the concept of “no child left behind.” Art is a
and heard Dee Dickinson speak about the history of          icebreaker, we were asked to talk about our favorite        reminded me that the NW Art program has been in            visual and textural method of learning that integrates
the committee. I learned that Dee Dickinson founded         museum and why. I can tell you this is a JLS icebreaker     the Seattle Public Schools for more than 50 years, and     the mind, body and spirit. When we lose art programs,
Northwest Art 51 years ago, and it continues to impact      that has become a personal challenge. I now seek out        the persevering value of developing critical thinking      we cut off a piece of essential learning that reaches
schoolchildren to this day. Still, it was just not the      museums (the more obscure the better) when traveling        skills by looking at original works of art has and will    so many.
same as being a part of the Northwest Art experience.       to see what treasures can be discovered there.              continue to reach far beyond this volunteer day.”
                                                                                                                                                                                   There will be many more adventures to come as I look
According to Anbrit Long, Northwest Art Committee           My second training was as a member of the Seattle            To talk about the art or even perhaps show images         forward to my first teaching experience this spring!
Chair, “Women are typically drawn to the committee          Public Schools team member. Our committee is                would not do it the kind of justice I would like to
for a diverse set of reasons, but all of them help          divided up into three subcommittees: Seattle Public         impart, so as a challenge that I am issuing to you is to   Want to learn more about art and education in advance
students read different narratives in art and develop       Schools, Bellevue Public Schools (through Bellevue          experience the art for yourself as a committee member      of joining the Northwest Art Committee?
critical thinking skills, which is a lifelong skill set.”   Arts Museum), and League/Community Outreach.                or even to look a little more closely at those gorgeous
                                                            During this training, I was exposed to the art that         pieces hanging in our JLS office. I will leave you a       Recommended resources:
With very little prior knowledge of art, I wanted to be     we will be sharing with the kids for the first time. We     teaser of Anbrit’s favorite piece, described in her own    • Linda Campbell, Bruce Campbell and
a part of this team to learn and grow in ways I had not     were taught its background, interesting features that       words. “My favorite is Paul Horiuchi’s Fantasy at Night      Dee Dickinson, Teaching and Learning Through
yet even imagined.                                          we could point out, and a little about the artist. We       from 1962, which is a collage of rice and mulberry           Multiple Intelligences.
                                                            also brainstormed ideas for additional learning art         paper. The Horiuchi reminds me of the old wooden           • Edward B. Fiske, The Impact of the Arts on Learning.
It all started this summer when our committee chairs        activities we could do with the kids for appropriate age    electrical poles in my neighborhood, bulleted with         • Harvey Silver, Richard Strong, and Matthew Perini,
reached out to us and talked up many of the cool art        levels and did an overview of a few lesson plans. We’ve     raggedy staples and corners of ripped-off music fliers.      So Each May Learn.
happenings in town. Among the list was a chance to          had meetings where we’ve made artful thank you notes        My assumption in the sense of place makes me               • James Zull, The Art of Changing the Brain.
volunteer at the Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair at our       and even visited a local artist’s studio for one of our     feel like I am out—too late—on a warm summer night,
own table at the event! At the very first meeting, the      committee meetings.                                         walking on a Capitol Hill street, dodging cars and hot     Thanks to Dee Dickinson for proving these resources at
committee made “touch me” panels for the kids to feel                                                                   dog steam. And then I look again, and remember that        one of our recent committee meetings.
the texture of different paints. I learned that many        Something that I love about this committee, in              many children see a peaceful landscape with a dark
children are tactile learners and this is an effective      addition to its many great people and fun events, is        river and an animal in the distance in the bits of torn    Links:
method for teaching children more about art.                that while it is completely a Junior League of Seattle      paper. And then I look again and remember it is only       • CARTS: Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers
This committee offers a diversity of JLS members            committee, it’s extent and reach goes far beyond            mulberry and rice paper, meaningless shapes.”                and Students:
in every stage, age and background. At this point,          our Madison Park office.When recently talking with                                                                     • Arts Edge:
                                                            Anbrit Long she mentioned “The NW Art committee is                                                                     • Association for the Advancement of the Arts in

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Capitol Days

Beneath the shaded skies and the stately dome of the                                                A special thank you to our incredible non-profit          Foster Care:
Capitol, over 50 Junior League members from around                                                  partners who presented for their individual               HB 2254—The educational success for youth and alumni
the state gathered on President’s Day weekend to                                                    focus areas!                                              of foster care act. This legislation removes bureaucratic
celebrate Capitol Days, a two day workshop to                                                                                                                 barriers and improves policy framework to better
learn how to advocate on our four focus areas: foster                                               • Nancy Amedei – Civic Engagement Project                 progress education outcomes for foster youth.
care, childhood nutrition, homelessness and                                                         • Melinda A. Giovengo Ph. D – YouthCare
human trafficking.                                                                                                                 HB 2263—Reinvesting savings resulting from improved
                                                                                                    • Deanna Berg – Washington Engage                         outcomes in the child welfare system. This bill
The two day event started off with a bang on Sunday,                                                                                    requires that any savings be reinvested back into the
with Junior Leagues of Washington State Chair, Jen                                                  • Lucy Culp – American Heart Association                  child welfare system for innovative preventions and
Metsker, providing the introduction and welcome                                                                              reunification services.
to everyone in the Columbia Room. Then, attendees                                                   • Janice Avery – Tree House
divided into smaller groups rotating around the room                                                                         Human Trafficking:
receiving a brief introduction and education from our             JLS members attend Capitol Days   • Jen Estroff – Children’s Alliance
                                                                                                                                                              Enables Washington-based businesses to recognize and
focus area non-profit partners. These sessions gave                                         
                                                                                                                                                              prevent trafficking within their operations and spheres
the attendees a more in-depth look at these issues and
                                                                                                                                                              of influence.
a quick overview of pending legislation. Afterwards,                                                Below is a sample of Key Issues in each focus area:
Nancy Amedi, of Civic Engagement Project, trained
                                                          A huge thank you to all the Advocacy
                                                          Committee Members and Provisionals                                                                  Promote research-based anti-trafficking legislation and
attendees on how to write a one-page summary of the                                                 Childhood Nutrition:
                                                                                                                                                              policies in Washington State.
bills most important to them in order to approach         who worked so hard on Capitol Days.       This is the first generation of children that are not
legislators the following day as well as in their
advocacy future. Finally, attendees chose their focus
                                                          Over 35 women from the Junior League      expected to outlive their parents!                        Homelessness:

areas and penned their one page summaries.                of Seattle and over 50 women from         HB 2370—Including health in state transportation
                                                                                                                                                              HB 2048—Documents Recording Bill concerning low
                                                                                                                                                              income and homeless housing assistance surcharge. This
The evening was capped off by a social at Mercato         across the State of Washington attended   system’s goals. This bill will support an active
in Olympia.                                                                                                                                                   bill gives assistance to struggling low income families
                                                          the two day training event. A special     awareness in transportation infrastructure by
                                                                                                                                                              that can become homeless due to rental and utilities
                                                                                                    building more sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and creating
Monday started off with a tour of TVW, the cable-only     thanks to Katie Herche, Courtney Gill     more physically assessable communities.
channel of the Washington State Legislature. Next,        and Stacie Farrell who lead the Human
members went to the Capitol Campus and visited with                                                                                                           HB 6315—Fair Tenant Screening Act. This bill helps
legislators, implementing what they had learned in
                                                          Trafficking, Childhood Nutrition and      SB 5967—Preserve Farmers Market Nutrition
                                                                                                                                                              ensure tenant screenings are accurate, low cost and
                                                                                                    Programs (FMNP) for WIC and Seniors. This program
the previous day’s workshops. It was a very busy day at   Foster Care focus area projects. Jen      uses state funding to draw down federal dollars for low
                                                                                                                                                              uniformed to all.
the Capitol and that made it even more exciting to see    DeLong stepped in at the last minute      income seniors and families for WIC to purchase only
Democracy in Action. The two day event was wrapped                                                                                                            Interested in being an advocate? Find your legislator at
up in the late morning with presentations at the Coach
                                                          to help with the Homelessness focus       healthy, locally grown produce at WA farmers markets.
                                                                                                                                                     and get started on your one
House by Courtney A. Parker, Regional Employment          area. Julie Waston did an amazing job                                                               page summary!
Coordinator, Veteran Affairs and Janelle Guthrie,         procuring and assembling gift bags
Deputy Chief of Staff for Rob McKenna and an Olympia
Junior League Sustainer.
                                                          items. Dylan McLeod was a Twitter
                                                          Queen during the two days in Olympia
Both Active and Provisional Members thought Capitol       reporting in at all the workshops and
Days was a wonderful project to be a part of, and one
that lets you actively take part in the Democratic
                                                          as we visited the Legislature. Capitol
process by contributing to a brighter future for all.     Days would not have been so successful
                                                          without everyone pitching in and
                                                          working hard.

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Premier Event

Here’s Looking at You, JLS!
The Junior League of Seattle brought in over $235,000        As guests were seated at tables adorned with gorgeous
on February 25th at our annual auction and gala, “A          centerpieces donated (who saw the Casablanca
Vintage Affair.” Over 350 people attended the gala           quotes?) by Curtsy Bella, President Renee Hartnett
held at the Four Seasons Seattle. Guests enjoyed             warmly welcomed the lively crowd and announced
cocktails from Maker’s Mark and Effen Vodka while            the sold out Best of Live raffle winner. Then, the Live
perusing the items for sale, as well as reserve wines        Auction got off to a strong start with the Dessert Dash.
poured by Vin du Lac. During the silent auctions, the
Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra provided the                Midway through the Live Auction, LifeSkills: Women
beautiful music. Honorary Chairs, Sustainers Eileen          Chair Susan Evani introduced the Raise the Paddle
Baird Askew and JoAnne Jones, got into the theme             campaign, “Committed to Our Community,” and
with their fabulous outfits. Chair Caitlin Echelbarger       challenged guests to follow the lead of not only the JLS
and Vice Chairs Tina Quinn, Anisa Ishida, and Kim            Board who had pledged “100% participation,” but many
Jones welcomed guests to bid often, and bid high, and        Sustainers, Actives and Provisionals who made pledges
bid they did! Guests flocked to the Ben Bridge Jeweler       in advance of the big night. This encouragement
Diamond and Champagne Raffle, the Wall of Wine, and          led the crowd to raise over $41,000 in Raise the
the Best of Live Raffle. Both the silent and live auctions   Paddle funds.
captured the guests’ imaginations by offering items                                                                                                            JLS ladies at the “Wanted” afterparty
that were out of the ordinary, ranging from a Texas          President-Elect Ashley Baerwaldt announced the
Gator Hunt experience to a Culinary Trip to Paris.           Diamond and Champagne winner as women around
                                                             the room held their breath, pining for the lovely Ben
                                                                                                                        “This year’s Premier Event was a huge success. The
                                                             Bridge Jeweler piece.
                                                                                                                        monies raised will go a long way towards helping
                                                                                                                        the Junior League of Seattle expand its endeavors to
                                                             Over 100 guests attended a Casablanca-themed after
                                                                                                                        positively impact the lives of children and women,”
                                                             party where all the usual suspects were rounded up
                                                                                                                        said Caitlin Echelbarger, Chair, “I would like to thank
                                                             and treated to belly dancing, drinks, and a photo booth
                                                                                                                        the 57 outstanding women on my committee who
                                                             complete with fezzes. Money raised from the Premier
                                                                                                                        helped make this fabulous event possible, as well
                                                             Event and the Round Up the Usual Suspects After
                                                                                                                        as the many other members of the Junior League
                                                             Party will help the Junior League of Seattle continue
                                                                                                                        who supported us through the year. This truly was a
                                                             in its mission as a training and volunteer organization,
                                                                                                                        League-wide project.”
                                                             including Advocacy, LifeSkills, Done in a Day,
                                                             LifeSkills: Women, E.N.E.R.G.Y., Northwest Art, Kids
                                                                                                                        The Junior League of Seattle would like to thank our
                                                             in the Kitchen, and Project Development.
                                                                                                                        fantastic sponsors, Acura of Seattle, Jameson Babbitt
                                                                                                                        Stites and Lombard, Barrier of Seattle, The Triple
                                                                                                                        Door, Report Footwear, Calidora Skin Clinic, Maker’s
                                                                                                                        Mark, Vin du Lac, Ben Bridge Jeweler; our partners,                            The wine wall in Action
                                                                                                                        our volunteers, and our generous guests for their
 Josh and Renee Hartnett, Joanne Petitto and Greg Ritts,                                                                continued support. Also, we would like to thank those
                 Jennifer and John Loy                                                                                  who could not attend but pledged to our Raise the
                                                                                                                        Paddle effort, your donations contributed greatly to the
                                                                                                                        success of the campaign.

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Community Awareness and Fundraising Efforts

                                                                                                                               Children enjoy crafts at Jingle Bell-evue            JLS member helps children into snowflake costumes

                                                                                                                       The picture station was just one way the team              The event was part of a strategic overhaul to the Pilot
                                                                                                                       incorporated non-denominational activities into            Projects team. This year, members are looking to
            Members at the Jingle Bell-evue event. Krista Calderon, Liz Nixon, Patrice Drew, Kristen Davis,
                                                                                                                       the event. By highlighting seasonality rather than a       organize fewer but more impactful events. The team
        Lauren Suarez, Stephanie Roupe, Trina Kuntz, Amelia Guess, Whitney Pauley, Betsy Weadlock, Jennifer
                   Kahl, Hilary Doherty, Amy Rosenfield, Jennifer Peyree, Janet Kelly, Maud Lucero                     specific religious holiday, Jingle Bell-evue appealed to   is also looking to diversify revenue by attracting
                                                                                                                       a wide demographic. Children were able to visit several    corporate sponsors and donors. Already the efforts
                                                                                                                       craft stations manned by JLS volunteers. Each station      are paying off. In total, the team earned over $13K in

Jingle Bell-evue Event Raises Community                                                                                was developed to enhance motor skills and dexterity.
                                                                                                                       Maud Lucero, Chair of Pilot Projects enjoyed teaching
                                                                                                                                                                                  corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations. Lucero
                                                                                                                                                                                  said she is looking forward to the rest of the year.

Awareness and Fundraising Efforts                                                                                      the children new skills. “The kids were so cute,” she
                                                                                                                       said. “There were three sisters who helped me learn to
                                                                                                                                                                                  “Seeing our members grow is pretty awesome. I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                  seeing new members step up and become leaders. Not
                                                                                                                       facepaint. Thankfully their parents didn’t mind letting    to mention the mentorship we’ve received from the
Teaching children about art is an important part of         Sessions featured performances by the Bellevue Youth
                                                                                                                       me practice!”                                              FMT. I’m so proud of everyone.”
the Junior League of Seattle’s commitment to the            Symphony, International Ballet Theatre and the
community. This December, Pilot Projects teamed up          Horace Mann Elementary School choir. Each evening
                                                                                                                       Maud wasn’t the only person learning. Pilot Projects
with Bellevue Arts Museum to continue this legacy           ended with a private performance by the Snowflake
                                                                                                                       members participated in a day-long procurement             For more information about this year’s events, email
while fundraising for the League. The team organized        Lane drummers. Special guests included the Snow
                                                                                                                       training before the event. Led by Vice Chair Janet
“Jingle Bell-evue Blvd” to attract families visiting        Queen and King, special characters and stilt walkers.
                                                                                                                       Kelly, the team learned how to approach local
Snowflake Lane in Bellevue. The event featured crafts,
                                                                                                                       businesses for raffle prizes, sponsorships and
music, dance performances and more. It was initially        Each event had plenty of activities to keep parents and
                                                                                                                       corporate sponsors. By teaming up with more
planned to be a one-day fundraiser but the team was         kids busy. Volunteers spent time wrapping gifts, selling
                                                                                                                       experienced members, new actives were able to
able to procure a venue, photographers and craft            raffle boxes, and teaching crafts. While it may have
                                                                                                                       learn important procurement skills. “We know it can
supplies to host three separate events.                     been a lot of work, the women had fun interacting with
                                                                                                                       be intimidating to walk into a business and ask for a
                                                            community members. “One parent kept telling me that
                                                                                                                       donation,” Kelly said. “So we wanted to make sure our
                                                            we have to do this every year,” said Janet Kelly, Vice
                                                                                                                       members had hands-on training.”
                                                            Chair of Pilot Projects. “The kids were so cute dressing
                                                            up in the photo booth,” which included a variety of
                                                            dress up costumes, props and changeable backdrops.

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A Personal Story

                                                                                                                 Before the arrival of my first child, I had decided        Most of us in the League have other things going on
                                                                                                                 that I wanted to remain in the League throughout           in our lives beyond volunteerism, requiring us to do
                                                                                                                 my career as a mother so that my children could            a little creative juggling to “fit it all in”. I think it’s
                                                                                                                 always see their mother actively involved and giving       wonderful that the Junior League provides options
                                                                                                                 back to the community; I wanted to set a good              that might resolve the commitment conflicts
                                                                                                                 example for them. But during most events that I’m          and/or challenges of many of its constituents,
                                                                                                                 required to attend, such as meetings and trainings,        which is so vital to attracting and retaining a
                                                                                                                 their bedtimes often conflict with the events’             strong membership.
                                                                                                                 schedules. I find myself having to leave my children
                                                                                                                 behind, more often than not, upset by my having to         But the reality is that each volunteer organization
                                                                                                                 part with them.                                            can’t always be a universal fit for everyone. The
                                                                                                                                                                            honest truth is, even with all these fantastic
                                                                                                                 So here I am, in my second Active year, and where          options at my disposal through the Junior League,
                                                                                                                 I find myself right now is in a place contemplating        perhaps there is a better organizational fit for me
                                                                                                                 the possibility of leaving JLS, weighing the pros and      out there at this time in my life. Perhaps there is an
                                                                                                                 cons. After contacting my Active Advisor with my           organization closer to my home; or perhaps there
                                                                                                                 dilemma, she informed me that there were several           is an organization that doesn’t necessarily aim
                                                                                                                 options that I could choose from, aside from simply        to further train its members thereby eliminating
                                                                                                                 resigning that I didn’t realize were available to me.      required hours of commitment from my plate.

                                                                                                                 Aside from just Resigning in Good Standing, there is       In any case, my original goal to lead my children
                                                                                                                 the short-term Leave of Absence option, as well as a       by example, to provide a foundation for my kids
                                                                                                                 longer, up to 12-month Sabbatical Leave option. And        as to how they might lead civically active lives,
                                                                                                                 beyond these routes, there are the Member Plus and         still remains high on my priority list. But even if

When Voluntarism & Increasing Work,                                                                              Advisory Status alternatives for Active members
                                                                                                                 with 5 and 7 years of active service, respectively.
                                                                                                                                                                            JLS isn’t the organization that best suits my life
                                                                                                                                                                            circumstances for the time being, I know that

Home or Family Commitments Clash
                                                                                                                 If you were someone who is considering resigning           JLS would certainly support my personal journey
                                                                                                                 from the League due to your life circumstances,            towards finding the one that does.
                                                                                                                 whatever they may be I would encourage you to
By Phoebe Nguyen                                                                                                 contact your Active Advisor to discuss the options
                                                                                                                 that would best suit your needs.
I remember the life I lead when I first joined Junior   And I don’t commute to Seattle anymore for work,
League as a Provisional, only three years ago, but      but I do from time to time travel into the city to
how different it seems to the one I live now. Three     attend a training or General meeting or to volunteer
years ago, I was a married woman with no kids,          for a service shift. And even with the daily help that   A note from your Membership Manager, Kelley Garrett
and I commuted by train to my office in downtown        I get from my mother’s helper/nanny, I have been         Your Active/Provisional Advisor is there to help! She is your advocate and resource as you navigate the JLS year.
Seattle every day from Mukilteo. Today, I still have    discovering more and more in this past year, how         Just ask! We have all been overwhelmed at different points in our JLS careers. Look to other members or JLS
the same home 20 miles outside of the “Big City”        challenged I feel trying to juggle my commitment         leaders for advice on balancing work, life and JLS.
and I’m still married to the same wonderful man,        to the League whilst having these two little people
but I now have two amazing children who recently        who rely on me to be their daily provider of comfort,    · Get creative! Use one online training at to fulfill a training requirement.
turned 1 and 2 years of age, with birthdays 2 ½         nutritious meals, stimulation and learning.                Host a unit meeting to get a shift and a meeting credit.
weeks apart. I no longer work outside of the home,      Somehow, the journey into the city seems a greater       · Need a shift? Organize a shift with your small group or committee. Up to one shift credit per year
but boy, am I busy!                                     distance than it once did.                                 can be out of league!
                                                                                                                 · Life happens! New babies and new jobs are exciting and should not derail your JLS experience.
                                                                                                                   Talk with your advisor about a leave of absence.
                                                                                                                 · Plan ahead! The more you can plan ahead around JLS obligations the better. You will thank yourself for it!

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The Junior League of Seattle, Inc.
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Cover Art
Leopard’s Soul, by Jose Orantes, Acrylic on canvas, 1990

Channel Meadows by Storm, by Guy Anderson,
Oil on canvas, 1959

Images are from the Junior League of Seattle’s newest
publication: The Art of Discovery. This colorful,
engaging, and instructive book’s purpose is to educate,
stimulate, and inspire young minds through the vivid
image of art created by significant artists represented
in the Junior League of Seattle’s Northwest Art Project
and its Collection. It is available for $19.95 online at

Photography by iocolor.

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