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President’s Letter

I am thrilled to have been chosen from an outstanding group of women to serve as the Junior League of Mobile’s 89th President. When I received the call asking me to serve, I immediately knew my answer! Yes! It is an honor to follow in my mother, Lucy Bowman Brady’s footsteps. My mother served as the 67th President in 1997-1998. We are the third mother daughter duo in the history of Junior League of Mobile (JLM). The first was Jean Faulk Radcliff (1964-1965) and Carolyn Radcliff Akers (1991-1992), who served as the 34th and 61st presidents. The second duo was Sarah Long Damson (1985-1986) and Mary Stewart Damson Nelson (20102011), and they served as the 55th and 80th presidents. JLM has been a part of hundreds of families in the Mobile area. It is my hope that we will all continue to pass on the legacy. The questions I am asked most frequently are: “How and why does the Junior League of Mobile do all that it does?” The answers are simple! Junior League of Mobile has a three-part mission: to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities. We strive every day to reach our members and our community through our mission.

Lucy Pryor Slaton JLM President 2019-20

We have hundreds of dedicated volunteers that take time away from their families and friends to improve our community, raise funds for our mission, research new projects, and train our members on both a personal and professional level. Why do they do all of this, you ask? Our members are a part of JLM because they believe and stand behind our mission. Since 1931, JLM has been and will continue to make an impactful impression on Mobile and Baldwin Counties. We have founded the The Carlen House Museum, The Child Advocacy Center, The Preschool for the Sensory Impaired, Volunteer Mobile, Mobile Arts Council, The Gulf Coast Exploreum Hands-On Science Learning Center, The Drug Education Council, Mobile Public Library’s Bookmobile Program, Mobile Area Education Foundation, the Visiting Nurse’s Association, United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile, and the Child Daycare Association, in addition to others. Last year alone, JLM provided more than 51,000 meals to hungry children, spent countless hours working with the children at Dumas Wesley’s After School Care Program, provided milk and fruit to more than 500 families through Prodisee Pantry, and served hundreds of families and distributed more than 38,000 diapers through the Joseph Project. We do all these things by showing L.O.V. E (Living Our Values Everyday). It is my goal for all our membersProvisionals, Actives, and Sustainers- to L.O.V.E. this year. If we all take a little time to L.O.V.E., we will continue to be able to provide amazing improvements to Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of such a fantastic organization?

Love always, Lucy Pryor Brady Slaton President 2019-20 4 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE FOLIO MAGAZINE - FALL 2019


FOLIO A community publication of Junior League of Mobile

EDITOR Allison Bradley CONTRIBUTORS Allie Boller, Catherine Cochran, Leanne Jackson, Sara McGough, Tabitha Olzinski PRODUCER A partnership project of Alabama Coasting. Danny Calametti, David Calametti GRAPHIC DESIGNER Randy Jennings MISSION STATEMENT Junior League of Mobile Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. FOLIO is published twice a year. All rights are reserved. Reproduction without permission, except by other Junior League publications, is prohibited. The office is located at 57 N. Sage Ave., Mobile AL 36607, (251) 471-3348. Learn more at: www.juniorleaguemobile.org ................................................................. HOW TO ADVERTISE IN NEXT FOLIO Please address all advertising space and rate inquiries to: FOLIO Magazine 57 N. Sage Ave. • Mobile, AL 36607 P: (251) 471-3348 • F: (251) 471-3340 E: headquarters@juniorleaguemobile.org For more information or to download an advertising rate sheet, visit us at: www.juniorleaguemobile.org

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Letter from the Editor Dear reader, Boxing legend Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” I believe we all have a responsibility to contribute in some way, especially to our neighbors who find themselves in difficult life situations. That desire to give- but not quite knowing how- is what drew me to join Junior League of Mobile in the first place. Nearly three years later, volunteering with JLM has taught me that separately we can help a little, but as one force we can do the most! From making sure children have healthy food, to providing diapers to families and mentoring our youth, Junior League of Mobile volunteers are putting in the work and producing tangible results. I never imagined how many truly inspiring women I would meet in JLM- a collection of leaders, visionaries, professionals, mothers, sisters and activists from all walks of life, coming together with one goal of service in mind.

Allison Bradley FOLIO Editor 2019-20

It’s been a pleasure to highlight the hard work of these dedicated women and the amazing impact JLM has on our community every day. In this issue of FOLIO, you’ll get a glimpse of some of our passion projects, including the new Adopt-A-School program and our diaper bank, which continues to grow in year two. You’ll also learn about big changes coming to BluePass and Christmas Jubilee- two of our biggest fundraising events of the year. Other features include a special exhibit highlighting JLM at the Mobile Carnival Museum, and an event that lets you sip wine from around the world and support our service projects at the same time! None of our efforts would be possible without our friends, supporters, partner agencies and sponsors. We appreciate you more than you know. We hope during this season and throughout the new year, our community will continue to support Junior League of Mobile and join our volunteers in doing the most! Sincerely, Allison Bradley Folio Editor 2019-2020

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NEXT ISSUE OF FOLIO

6. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR 9. ADVERTISERS INDEX 10. CONTRIBUTORS TO FOLIO 23. DONATING TO JUNIOR

IMPROVING COMMUNITIES

PROMOTING VOLUNTARISM

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Chapel Farm Collection............................. 50

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Designer Collection................................... 39

McGill-Toolen Catholic School.................. 51

Elliotts Jewelry........................................... 39

The Orthopedic Group................................ 3

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FOLIO Contributors Allie Boller

Allie is an attorney with Thomas R. Boller, P.C., where she practices law with her father. She has been a Junior League of Mobile member for 6 years, and her favorite placement was serving as the Family Promise of Coastal Alabama‘s Healthy Promises Chair. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law. Allie loves spending time with friends and family.

Allie says:

“I am proud to be in Junior League of Mobile because of the positive impact the league has across our community.” Catherine Cochran

Catherine works as a speech instructor at Bishop State Community College. She just completed her provisional year and is serving as a FOLIO writer for her first active year in JLM. She graduated from Troy University and the University of South Alabama. Catherine is married to her husband, Brian. They have two children; Lee (4) and Louise (2).

Catherine says:

“I joined Junior League of Mobile to share the experience with my sister!”

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Leanne Jackson

Leanne is a practicing attorney in Mobile with Shane A. Taylor & Associates, P.C. She moved to Mobile in 2018, and this is her second year as an active member of JLM. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Alabama with a major in Philosophy and a double minor in Psychology and Journalism. She received her law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 2012. She enjoys reading, travel and listening to true crime podcasts.

Leanne says:

“I joined Junior League of Mobile to feel more invested in my new community, to make friends, and to volunteer locally in areas of need.” Sara McGough

Sara is the manager of the Ben May Main Library of Mobile Public Library. She is starting her second active year with JLM. Sara met her husband, Daniel, in the Auburn University Marching Band during their freshman year. After living in Asheville, NC for more than 10 years, they moved back to Mobile in 2016 to be closer to family. She is mom to Sydney (8) and Lucy (5) and spends her spare time driving to soccer practice, being at church, and building (or cleaning up) Legos.

Sara says:

“I joined JLM to meet strong women and be a servant to our community.” Tabitha Olzinski

Tabitha has been a JLM member for 7, or maybe 8 years; like most JLM members she cannot remember! She has a Doctorate in Social Work and sits on several nonprofit boards in the area. She has three cats, two children and one amazing husband. She is a serial volunteer, and this is one of the reasons she joined JLM in the first place. Her favorite placements are anything related to the community and is excited to be a part of the FOLIO team!

Tabitha says:

“I love seeing the impact JLM has on the community in the numbers presented every year.” JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE FOLIO MAGAZINE - FALL 2019 11


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Promoting Healthy Children through JLM’s Diaper Bank By Sara McGough

“Diaper need”. What does that mean? According to the National Diaper Bank Network, diaper need “is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or child clean, dry, and healthy.” While promoting and working in the current focus area, “Healthy Children: Hunger, Nutrition, and Fitness”, the Junior League of Mobile (JLM) discovered that diaper need is widespread in our community, and the League had the ability and desire to help. The Junior League of Mobile Diaper Bank grew out of the 2018-2019 Provisional Class project and is now an ongoing project for JLM. The diapers collected, supplies needed, and the packaging area now have a permanent location at Junior League of Mobile headquarters, and the Board of Directors is looking into more space for the bank as it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The formation of the JLM Diaper Bank could not come at a better time for many parents and caregivers. Families in our own community make daily decisions to go without diapers when the other choice is to go without food or other necessities. Diapers that have been on a baby too long lead to rashes, infections, and irritability, all of which are painful to the child and stressful for the caregiver. In the first year, the JLM Diaper Bank estimates it distributed more than 38,000 diapers. That is 38,000 times a child or adult in our community did not get a rash or infection due to a soiled diaper being on for too long. That is 38,000 times a parent or caregiver did not have to choose between the health of a loved one and another necessity for the family. “Clean diapers are the foundation for having a healthy child,” says JLM President Lucy Pryor Slaton. “A child cannot attend daycare without clean disposable diapers. If a child cannot attend daycare, a parent cannot go to work to make a living,” Slaton reminds us, and thus a parent or caregiver cannot provide for the family. The Provisional Class of 2019-2020 will continue to define and find support for the newly formed Diaper Bank. At the class’s first large group meeting on September 26th, committees will be formed, fundraisers discussed, and marketing will take shape. The work our provisionals do this year will be vital to growing the Diaper

Bank and creating avenues for its future success as a sustainable and worthwhile project for JLM. Chesley Etheridge, Provisional Project Chair, says, “We’re wanting the 2019-2020 Provisional class to be responsible for creating inventive ways to supply the bank … to work together over the next few months, preparing drives and raising money”. Chesley also mentions that we can all look forward to partnering again with The Joseph Project at Dumas Wesley Community Center while also expanding efforts to work with new community partners. “Distribution agencies are very grateful for this partnership,” says JLM President Elect Amanda Gonzales. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE FOLIO MAGAZINE - FALL 2019 13


Former Provisional Project Chair Brynne Mixon says, “I would like to see this bank grow into something bigger than we ever thought… to serve the need in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.” Brynne knows the need is great. The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) says that 1 in 3 American families need assistance with diapers, because infants need as many as 12 diapers a day, while toddlers need about 8. NDBN estimates that diapers can cost $70-$80 per month, per baby. Lucy Pryor Slaton and Amanda Gonzales emphasize the hope that the JLM diaper bank will become a National Diaper Bank Network member and thus be eligible for grants and national awareness. The 2019-2020 Provisional class will be exploring and creating ways to fill the JLM Diaper Bank this year and for years to come. However, we all - provisional, active, sustainer or non-member - can support the Diaper Bank in simple, even fun ways.

HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN HELP THE DIAPER BANK STAY FULLY STOCKED: 1. Buy some diapers the next time you are running errands and

drop them at JLM headquarters.

2. Bring your friends together with purpose by hosting a

diaper shower.

3. Ask friends and family to bring diapers to your next supper

club, book club or family dinner.

4. Participate in one of the packing shifts at headquarters. 5. Go to JLM’s Amazon Wishlist and purchase diapers with just

a few clicks. From the JLM website, find “Support Us” and click

on “Junior League of Mobile Diaper Bank”, then select

“Shop Our Amazon WishList”.

6. Become a Sponsor. Anyone can sponsor diapers for a child for

one week, one month, six months or even one year.

7. Donate money directly to the Diaper Bank through a

contribution to JLM.

“Spread the news about the good work that JLM is doing to help the diaper need in our community,” Lucy Pryor Slaton reminds us.

Brynne Mixon agrees, with the simple closing message:

“Promote, promote, promote!” 14 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE FOLIO MAGAZINE - FALL 2019


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Active & Provisional of the Year

Shellie Teague, 2019 JLM Active of the Year

Jordan DuBose, 2019 JLM Provisional of the Year

Shellie is recognized for going far beyond the call of duty in her first year as

Jordan is recognized for diving into her provisional year head first, attending many

an active member of Junior League of Mobile. Along with serving as BluePass

more provisional events than required. She was always the first to volunteer and is

Marketing Chair, Shellie also selflessly helped with marketing for Christmas Jubilee

described as having “the heart of a servant”. Jordan has gone on to serve as Small

and Jubilee Bargains, graphic design, JLM’s website, and our social media sites.

Group Liaison to train JLM’s newest Provisional Class!

With her social media savvy, it’s no surprise Shelly has gone on to become JLM’S Social Media Chair!

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2019-20 Leadership Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Left to Right: Mary Stewart Nelson- Sustaining Advisor; Dorothy “Dot” Havard- Planning Director; Jennifer Denson- Governance Director; LaDonna James- Recording Secretary; Amanda Gonzales- President Elect; Lucy Pryor Slaton- President; Amy Groves- Nominating Director; Rebekah Baker- Public Relations Director; Catherine Wynn- Treasurer; Katie Sullivan- Sustaining Advisor

MANAGEMENT TEAM: Front Row Left to Right: Chenele Chapman, Research Manager; Krystle Hinton, Community Manager; Amanda Gonzales, President Elect; Kelly Barrett, Training Manager Back Row Left to Right: Sabrina Alexander, Fund Development Manager; Tiffany Slater, Membership Manager; Krista Harrell, Governance Director Elect; Hilary Gunn, Treasurer Elect; Racheal Banks, Nominating Director Elect. Not Pictured: Stephanie Woods-Crawford, Communications Manager

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Sustainer Spotlight: Faye Olensky After 10 years at the active level in Junior League of Mobile, members can choose to become sustainers. This means fewer monthly requirements, but just as vital a role in ensuring the league’s success. This issue’s Sustainer Spotlight highlights Faye Olensky, a prime example of a sustainer who has never stopped contributing her talents to the league. Faye is celebrating 20 years as a member of JLM, joining in 1999. Over the years, Faye has dedicated much of her time to making Christmas Jubilee the successful fundraiser it is today. After chairing several CJ committees, including Publicity, Printing and Merchants, Faye eventually served as Christmas Jubilee Chair. Today, JLM is fortunate to have Faye as a Sustaining Advisor on the Fund Development Council.

WE ASKED FAYE A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HER YEARS SERVING WITH JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE What drew you to join Junior League of Mobile in the first place, and why have you stuck with it? I am not originally from Mobile, so I joined JLM originally to meet new friends. I also wanted to find a group of women who loved helping the community in which they lived as much as I did. And what I found was a group of strong, successful women who work hard for their community and who I’m proud to call my friends today, even though we may not see each other often. What has been your all-time favorite placement in Junior League of Mobile? Anyone who knows me knows that Christmas Jubilee is my all-time favorite placement. I worked on the committee for many years before chairing the event in 2009 and have served as the Sustainer Advisor a couple of years since. Building the event from the ground up, year after year, and seeing the community come out and support JLM, our mission and all we do in the community is worth all the hard work! Why do you choose to stay involved as a sustaining advisor? I choose to stay involved as a sustaining advisor because I love what JLM stands for and all the good we do in our community! What is the most important thing you’ve learned or gained personally from being in JLM? From serving on committees and chairing committees to serving on the Board of Directors, JLM has taught me to be a better volunteer and a stronger leader. And in the early years, before we all became connected electronically, JLM taught me how to keep good notes/files in order to pass along a great notebook for those who served behind me. What are your hopes for JLM moving forward? I hope that JLM continues promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving our community for many years to come! Any advice for new or future JLM members/leaders? Really take time to learn all that Junior League of Mobile has done in the Mobile community and build upon these great projects. Together, we ALL do make a difference!

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Shop Local and Save with

By Allison Bradley Two full weeks of discounts at awesome local stores and restaurants? Yes, please! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with Junior League of Mobile’s BluePass! BluePass provides you with a 20% discount at over 200 merchants throughout Mobile and Baldwin Counties. When you purchase a $40 BluePass, you can use your discount at a wide variety of local spots- we’re talking women’s, men’s & kids’ clothing; home décor; outdoors stores; gift shops; great local restaurants and more!

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This year’s BluePass has undergone big changes to make the pass more beneficial to both users and merchants. First, you’ll be able to use your pass longerfor 15 days instead of 10! The BluePass discount is now good from October 1-15, which will become the standard dates each year moving forward. The BluePass committee is also providing promotional window decals to participating merchants. That way, it’s easy to spot which businesses are supporting BluePass and where you can use your discount. This is the second year BluePass will be all-digital; you access it through an app on your smartphone. The new app will be powered by Zurly, a community fundraising platform that’s utilized by several other

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Junior Leagues across the country. Buying a BluePass is about more than just getting great deals, you’ll also be helping Junior League of Mobile build better communities. BluePass is one of JLM’s major fundraisers of the year. Proceeds help the league focus on improving the lives of children in our communities through our impact area- Healthy Children: Hunger, Nutrition & Fitness. When you buy a $40 BluePass, that money goes straight back to the community by helping fund JLM projects

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throughout the year, such as feeding hungry children through our Adopt-A-School program. Jenny Humphreys is this year’s BluePass chair, leading a committee of 30 hardworking women. The committee’s goal is a net profit of $17,000 this year through the sale of 550 passes and support from additional sponsors. Now in its 11th year, Humphreys says the fundraiser is still thriving and growing. “Junior League of Mobile is blessed with a large number of businesses in our community that continue to support BluePass year after year,” she says. “We are grateful for their continued participation and for the new merchants who sign up each year!”

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Not only does BluePass help JLM, it also shines a spotlight on local merchants.

“One of my favorite things about BluePass is discovering new-to-me businesses around town,”

says Humphreys. BluePass is on sale now at

JuniorLeagueMobile.org, so go ahead and knock out some of that holiday shopping, while saving money and supporting your community through Junior League of Mobile!

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Adopt-A-School Program By Catherine

Cochran

In 2015, Junior League of Mobile (JLM) kicked off the impact area of Healthy Children, Hunger, Nutrition and Fitness. Since then, JLM has supported community projects that address the objectives of hunger, nutrition and fitness by funding them with both time and money. JLM is dedicated to addressing its impact area of hunger in school-aged children in Mobile County. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 13 percent of Americans suffer from food insecurity. In Mobile County, the number is higher at approximately 19 percent. Most school-aged children are provided meals while at school through free or reduced lunch programs. However, many students are without food on weekends and long holidays. In addition, these children are in need of other basic necessity items such as clothing, hygiene supplies and school supplies. In order to provide a bigger impact and support both the nutrition and fitness objective, in addition to the hunger objective, the league will focus on one elementary school in Mobile County through its new Adopt-A-School program this year. In partnering with the school, JLM will provide financial assistance and offer volunteer and program support for enrichment programs and special activities. The funds will support a backpack nutrition program, snack pantry, supply pantry, uniform closet, fitness and P.E. equipment, providing a playground work day and additional financial assistance. To support the hunger objective, Junior League of Mobile will continue to purchase and collect food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items, as part of the backpack nutrition program. The school will send the food home with students they consider chronically hungry each Friday, ensuring the children have enough to eat over the weekend and long holidays.

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JLM will also purchase and collect donated food items for a snack pantry that will be maintained at the school site. Snacks will consist of individually wrapped, shelf-stable food items such as granola bars, applesauce, fruit cups and crackers. In addition, JLM will collect new or excellent condition uniforms and clothing items to match the school’s uniform items, including new socks, underwear and belts. To support the fitness objective, Junior League of Mobile will organize a drive to collect fitness items and P.E. equipment that the school contact says are needed. The items collected will be donated to the school for use in their fitness program. JLM will also organize a playground work day for simple ground maintenance and playground upkeep. Finally, as funds are available within the Adopt-A-School operational budget, JLM will consider matching funds raised for financial requests for classroom projects through the website DonorsChoose. org. Junior League of Mobile will partner with the selected school for three years with an annual review process. The league is excited about the positive changes this new program will make in the lives of our children, from having enough to eat, to getting proper school supplies, uniforms and playground equipment to stay active and fit. We hope you’ll join JLM in supporting this new Adopt-A-School initiative, just one of the ways Junior League of Mobile is building better communities!

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Be Your Best Self Day 2019 Female Leaders of Tomorrow Learn the Value of Service

“As we huddled up before a third round, I gladly joined the team

service June 20, 2019. Be Your Best Self Day was created in 2005 to

chant, ‘One, two, three--family!’ Junior League of Mobile gave me the

share JLM’s mission of promoting voluntarism, improving communities

opportunity to join not just a dodgeball team for a day, but a team of

and developing the potential of women.

service,” says Dora Guo of Illinois, the Distinguished Young Woman of America 2019. The recent high school graduate reflects on her experience playing a spirited game of dodgeball and bonding with the kids at Dumas Wesley Community Center.

Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience, culminating each year in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. The Be Your Best Self

This was just one of the memorable activities on tap during “Be Your

program allows Distinguished Young Women participants to reach

Best Self Day”. Junior League of Mobile hosted ‘Distinguished Young

out and encourage young people nationwide to make a commitment

Women’ contestants from all 50 states for the annual day of community

to being their best selves in areas such as: academics, physical fitness, morality, character and social and civic participation.

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Each year, JLM partners with DYW to host the ladies from each state and connect them with community groups Junior League of Mobile members work with throughout the year. JLM volunteers devote numerous hours to planning Be Your Best Self Day, beginning the process weeks in advance. Aqualyn Kennedy, the DYW ‘Be Your Best Self ’ Chair, coordinated this year’s event, handling everything from securing the volunteer sites to making sure the young ladies had meals throughout the day. Kennedy says she never could have imagined the profound impact she received from heading this project. “Leading the ‘Be Your Best Self Day’ effort to help our amazing Distinguished Young Women engage in Mobile’s community, with the help of an amazing team of league sisters, was one of the highlights of my JLM experience,” she said. On “Be Your Best Self Day” 2019, DYW delegates kicked off the day bright and early, arriving at JLM headquarters at 8:00 a.m. These young ladies were full of energy and excitement, setting the tone for an impactful and memorable day. JLM sisters were on hand to welcome the young leaders with open arms, sharing information about Junior League of Mobile and the community partners they were about to meet. During the day, JLM members accompanied DYW participants to the four community groups on the schedule: Dumas Wesley Community Center, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, The Joseph Project and United Cerebral Palsy.

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During their day of service, the Distinguished Young Women bonded with these members of our community in ways they hadn’t anticipated, as detailed during their feedback session during lunch. Their memorable experiences ranged from playing games with the children, to simply listening to their stories, to learning new ways to communicate with our differently-abled children. In a thank you note to JLM, Hanna Pohlmann, DYW of Nebraska, said “Serving at the United Cerebral Palsy Preschool was my favorite event of the entire trip! Thank you for supporting the Distinguished Young Women program and making my time in Mobile so memorable!” The DYW candidates were also able to serve families at the food pantry and plant a garden to demonstrate ways to nurture the community with nutritious foods. All these experiences not only benefited our

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community agencies, they also gave the Distinguished Young Women a firsthand lesson in volunteer work, along with touching memories to last a lifetime. Dora Guo says as her fellow DYW sisters returned from their service projects, she learned tremendously from their stories and experiences. “Our reflections afterward truly inspired me to rededicate myself to my community and to empower others to do the same,” she said. As for her main takeaway of the day? The Distinguished Young Woman of America sums it up perfectly:

“Service can make ordinary experiences extraordinary.”

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“Traditions and Transitions” Celebrating 35 Years of By Leanne Jackson

Glitter, sparkle and shine your way into the 35th

communities by providing much needed funding to

Making this year even more special, Christmas Jubilee

annual Christmas Jubilee fundraiser. Handcrafted

Junior League of Mobile’s programs, such as Adopt-

is celebrating 35 years! To honor both the past and

paper magnolias, classic gold and silver decorations,

A-School, the JLM diaper bank and local after-school

present, previous Christmas Jubilee committee chairs

and white-lit Christmas trees will line the main floor

programs. The money raised also helps support local

will mix and mingle with present chairs to open

of this year’s event, creating an inviting and cozy

partner agencies and provides funding for Junior

the 2019 market with flair. A beautifully decorated

holiday spirit. It’s the perfect inspiration to find

League of Mobile’s volunteer training.

Christmas tree will highlight photographs from past

unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list, while enjoying all the fun festivities the market has to offer, along with some exciting changes this year!

This year’s market will combine traditions of the past with several new and exciting additions, including a

Christmas Jubilee markets, commemorating 35 years of traditions and transitions.

transition from two to three full weekend market days.

As Christmas Jubilee Chair, Julia Hatley is leading

Thousands of shoppers are set to descend on the

This change will give shoppers more time to browse

more than 40 volunteers. Hatley says, the entire

Mobile Convention Center November 15-17, 2019,

the more than 100 merchant booths during the peak

committee is dedicated to making the 35th annual

to enjoy the yearly Christmas Jubilee market. This

weekend shopping days. Attendees will have plenty to

holiday market a big success. “I have been truly

holiday fundraiser makes up a substantial part of

enjoy throughout Christmas Jubilee, including holiday

overwhelmed by the support of so many, and I am

Junior League of Mobile’s yearly budget and generates

music, special events, a food court, and shopping for

lucky to have such an amazing team working with me

more than $200,000 in revenue. The funds raised

everything from clothing and monogrammed items to

on this year’s Christmas Jubilee,” she says.

directly contribute to Mobile and Baldwin County

Christmas decorations and artisan wares.

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One of the major changes this year is in ticketing. The market will have a digital ticketing program for tickets purchased in advance. Now, shoppers can receive their tickets immediately via email, and those tickets will be accessible with one click. The upcoming Christmas Jubilee will also feature more time with Santa! Santa’s Workshop will be available ALL market long, and it’s included with the price of general admission. You’ll no longer have to worry about scoring tickets to the coveted Breakfast with Santa event of years past. What families loved most about Breakfast with Santa, including getting to meet Santa, creating crafts, and enjoying story time in Santa’s Workshop, will be incorporated throughout each magical day of Christmas Jubilee. Do you hate lugging heavy packages around while you shop? The 2019 market will include a package check to make the shopping experience easier! With the new curbside package pickup, you can check your large, bulky purchases and they’ll be delivered right to your car at the front of the convention center. As you can see, shoppers can expect to find plenty of their favorite aspects of Christmas Jubilees past, while enjoying a market filled with exciting new additions. We hope everyone will join us November 15-17 to kick off a happy and festive season filled with all the best Christmas traditions!

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SPECIAL EVENTS VIP SHOPPING

Friday, November 15 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This event is a 21 and over event for shoppers to enjoy crowd-free, strollerfree shopping. The ticket price will be $30.00 and includes morning cocktails, breakfast treats, sweets provided by ellenJAY, Stylish+ Events, and a silent auction with exclusive items.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT

Saturday, November 16 Attendees can expect the same great Girl’s Night out from years prior, but for a general admission price. This event will offer complimentary cocktails while supplies last and a cash bar. There will be a silent auction with exclusive items available for bidding and other surprises you will have to wait to find out!

CATT’S SUNDAY BRUNCH Sunday, November 17

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 92 Zew Radio Show host Catt Sirten will be on site broadcasting his jazzy Sunday Brunch live for all attendees to enjoy while shopping.

SANTA’S WORKSHOP Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17

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Attendees and their families will enjoy meeting Santa, creating crafts, and specially scheduled guest readers throughout the Market located in Santa’s Workshop on the Main Floor of the Convention Center.


TICKETS! TICKETS! TICKETS! Advance General Admission $10 • General Admission at the Door: $12 College Students, Senior Citizens, and Military with ID: $10 Children ages 6-12: $5 • Children under age 5: FREE

Christmas Jubilee tickets are available at JuniorLeagueMobile.org

Market Day Schedule: General Admission Dates & Time Friday November 15 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday November 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sunday November 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Santa Claus will be available during all general admission hours

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Bright Beginnings: Welcome JLM’s 2019-20 Provisional Class By Allison Bradley

“The best part so far is definitely meeting so many diverse women! We are from different backgrounds and have children of all ages, but the mission of JLM binds us together,”

says Danielle Booth, an education specialist for

how the league operates. The provisional experience

Mobile County Public School System. Booth is one

includes: small group meetings, completing a service

of more than 50 women who make up the 2019-2020

project, leadership training, and league-wide events

Provisional Class, the newest group of volunteers eager

like general membership meetings and volunteering at

to begin their journey of service and leadership with

the Christmas Jubilee fundraiser.

Junior League of Mobile.

Megan Finnigan Grimes, Provisional Committee

The first year in JLM involves some extra time

Coordinator, says “The goal is for each provisional

commitments, but it can also be one of the most

to know they are a valued member of the JLM

exciting and rewarding times for a member. During

community,” she says. “We want them to see how

the provisional year, new members complete a training

JLM can help develop their potential while opening

program that allows them to cultivate friendships,

the door of volunteerism. You will get out what you

volunteer with our community agencies, and learn

put in.”

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One of the ways new members contribute is through a group-wide provisional project. The current class project is JLM’s diaper bank, which distributed more than 38,000 diapers last year. Grimes says she hopes to see provisionals setting up supply drives, raising money, and creating inventive ways to stock the diaper bank. Projects like the diaper bank help new members develop a strong foundation for service, which is why many women become part of Junior League of Mobile in the first place, including Hannah Brown, a Registered Nurse. “I hope to learn more about the communities and people in Mobile and be more aware of the needs of others around me, as well as how to implement these needs,” Hannah says. New members are also engaged throughout the year through socials and fun orientation events, such as Provisional Super Saturday, which invites provisionals to travel around Mobile and see JLM’s impact on the

first-year member Kelly Anderson, who works in

If you’re looking for ways to support the Provisional

Mobile’s growing aerospace industry. “Since I first

Class and Junior League of Mobile’s diaper bank,

walked into the doors at open house, I immediately

please consider becoming a diaper sponsor. By

felt like part of the group,” she says.

becoming a diaper sponsor, you can choose to supply

city. A large group of enthusiastic women showed up

Junior League of Mobile is always looking to welcome

for this year’s tour in August, which included stops

new members from all walks of life! Provisionals are

at the Gulf Coast Exploreum, the Mobile Carnival

recruited in many ways, such as through community

Museum and more. It’s just one way the Provisional

events, league fundraisers, and an annual Open

Committee fosters a sense of sisterhood among

House. Admissions opens each year in January.

new members. “I have never met such a warm and

diapers for one week, one month, three months or one year. For information on sponsorships, please visit JuniorLeagueMobile.org. You can also find details on becoming a member of JLM and continuing our mission of serving the Gulf Coast community that we love!

welcoming group of women as those of JLM!” says

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A Reason to Celebrate: “Give Day” Success By Mary Allie Boller In celebration of its 89th birthday, Junior League of Mobile held its first-ever

talent, and treasure, and they want to create lasting, sustainable programs

“Give Day” on September 10. The goal was to encourage JLM members, as

that will enhance the community. Your donations to JLM will not only help

well as members of the community, to give as little or as much as they could

us provide these things, but an investment in JLM is an investment in your

to support all of the amazing projects the league has in constant motion.

community.”

JLM’s first Give Day was successful, and the gifts received will have a positive

One of Junior League of Mobile’s key initiatives to better the community

impact on this year’s service projects. Donations through events like Give Day,

this year is the “Adopt-A-School” program. DeAnna Ferguson, Chair of

and contributions throughout the year, are the sole reason Junior League of

Adopt-A-School, reiterates JLM’s need for community contributions, noting,

Mobile is able to provide weekend meals and school supplies to local students,

“We depend heavily on donations to make this program successful. We need

teach thousands of kids about growing food at the Exploreum’s Garden of

monetary donations to help purchase needed items. Also, this year we will

Growing, and help feed hungry families through Prodisee Pantry, among

be collecting donated food items, school uniforms, and school/classroom

many other community projects.

supplies. Together we can make a difference in the lives of these students.”

This year for JLM’s birthday, there is certainly reason to celebrate, as the

The Adopt-A-School program is not the only way Junior League of Mobile

league is making more positive contributions to the community than ever

is benefitting our community with help from our community partners and

before. The league’s community involvement and the plethora of benefits

contributors. “Funding allows JLM to provide plants and art supplies at

stemming from it would not be possible without donations from its volunteers

the Exploreum’s Garden of Growing and Wharf of Wonder, diapers to the

and members of this community.

Joseph Project, and food to hungry children via the backpack program,” says

Junior League of Mobile strives to contribute positively to the community through its members’ time, energy, and creativity. “Junior League of Mobile has three prongs that hit our mission: promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community. We do this by training our volunteers to take effective action and leadership in the greater Mobile

Sarah Schrenk, Community Council Chair. “In addition, our members have opportunities to volunteer with them and other community partners to see the direct impact our funds have on the programs,” she says. With the help of the community, Junior League of Mobile really can make a difference, which is certainly something worth celebrating!

area,” says Amanda Gonzales, JLM President Elect. In return, JLM asks

If you were unable to celebrate JLM’s birthday this year by participating in

the community to contribute to help keep these initiatives going. Gonzales

Give Day, your contributions are always welcome and appreciated! Keep the

goes on to say, “Our members have said they want leadership and volunteer

momentum going and invest in your community by giving to Junior League

training, they want to be able to give back to our community with time,

of Mobile today!

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Speaks at JLM’S General Membership Meeting on

Give Day Photo by Jessica Neff

L to R: Amanda Parker Gonzales, JLM President Elect; Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson; Lucy Pryor Slaton, JLM President

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WINE ON THE RIVER 2019 Junior League of Mobile Chosen as This Year’s Charity Recipient By Allison Bradley

Don’t miss the chance to taste wines from across the

JLM President Lucy Pryor Slaton says she couldn’t

globe, set against the beauty of Downtown Mobile’s

be more thrilled that Junior League of Mobile will

riverfront! The 3rd Annual Wine on the River,

benefit from this year’s Wine on the River. “Through

sponsored by Joe Bullard, is coming up November 2,

our partnership, we’ll be able to continue to fund our

2019, at Cooper Riverside Park. Whether you’re into

mission, which is to develop the potential of women,

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says. Amanda Gonzales, JLM President Elect, says the proceeds from this fundraiser will go a long way toward helping hungry children in our area. “Last year, because of our supporters, we were able to produce more than 50,000 meals for children in need right here in our community,” she explains. At Wine on the River, you can enjoy wine samples from national and international vineyards. The event has an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions. Ticket prices include a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beverage samples and delicious food from area restaurants and chefs. There will also be live music throughout the afternoon to keep the fun going! This is the third year iHeartMEDIA has brought this amazing festival to the Port City. Rebecca Arbour with iHeartMEDIA says after working alongside JLM for the past few years, choosing the league as this year’s charity recipient was an easy decision. “It’s an incredible thing when a group of determined women can come together, work together, and produce something that makes our community a better place. That’s what Junior League of Mobile is about – and that is what we are about, too,” she says. General admission tickets are on sale for $44 plus taxes and fees at WineOnTheRiverMobile.com. The price will increase to $54 the day of the event, if tickets haven’t sold out. This is a rain or shine event, and festival-goers must be 21 years old to attend. As Arbour says, “From watching the sun set over the water to trying new wines and great food from local chefs, this event IS Mobile.” And yes, there will be screens for watching football. So get your group together, mark your calendars for November 2, and join us for an afternoon to remember!

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Hands On Volunteer Work Through The

Ready Hands Program By Tabitha Olzinski

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After listening to member feedback wanting more flexibility in volunteering, the Ready Hands program was developed. The Ready Hands program was introduced to Junior League of Mobile in 2018 and replaced the Done in a Day placement option. The Ready Hands placement allows members to experience a wide range of community and in-league volunteer opportunities that better fit their schedule and interests. All Ready Hands opportunities are open to all members, not just those who have it as a current placement. It’s also a great way for Provisionals to learn about various placements and make a more informed decision about choosing how they want to serve in JLM. Ready Hands volunteers must do 20 hours of volunteer work during the year to complete their placement. Shifts include a wide range of projects, like playing games with kids at Dumas Wesley Community Center, packing food for families at Prodisee Pantry and working in the Garden of Growing at the Exploreum. It’s truly a hands-on way for JLM members to give back in a tangible way, enforcing our mission of improving communities through trained volunteers. Susan Wright, a ninth year active, says she was invited to join Ready Hands by another member. Susan said, “The member explained that you can pick and choose different projects that spark your interest. With a constantly changing schedule, that fit my needs perfectly.” Susan also says she liked having various placement experiences in one year, connecting you more with the community.

Schrenk does give one word of advice; she encourages members to check the JLM

Fourth year active, Sarah Schrenk, is the Coordinator of Ready Hands for the

calendar often for opportunities, instead of waiting until the end of the year and

2019 Placement Year. “After placing with the Exploreum Science Center for the

trying to fit in their required hours over a short period of time. This gives them

past three years, I thought being Ready Hands Chair would be a great way to learn

a better experience and better chance to find placements that fit their interests

about other JLM community partnerships,” she says. With almost 70 members

and schedule. Schrenk tries to facilitate this by sending a monthly email to Ready

placed as Ready Hands volunteers and reporting to her, Schrenk currently has

Hands volunteers, letting them know of all the options and keeping them on

JLM’s largest member placement under one chair.

track.

Besides groups such as Prodisee Pantry, Dumas Wesley Community Center and

For members who want to participate in a Ready Hands opportunity, volunteer

the Backpack Program that use Ready Hands volunteers regularly, there are also

shifts are shown on the JLM member homepage under League Events or on the

“pop-up” opportunities. This summer, Schrenk helped place volunteer ushers for

Registration Calendar. Members can see how many spots are available and register

the four nights of the Distinguished Young Women Program and Be Your Best Self

for what they want to do. Members should check back often, as opportunities

Day.

and needs will be continuously added throughout the year with a variety of JLM

For those who enjoy more in-league placements, those are available, too. For

projects and partnerships.

example, the Arrangements Committee recently called and needed help with Super

Ready Hands is just one way Junior League of Mobile gets volunteers out on the

Saturday, an orientation day for Provisionals. With Christmas Jubilee coming

streets, in our neighborhoods and connecting with members of our community

up, the Ready Hands program will have more pop-up opportunities, ranging in

who need us most. To really make a difference, you need to be equipped with the

everything from decorations to vendor support and ticket sales. There are so many

right tools. Thanks to Ready Hands opportunities, JLM members are gathering

opportunities for all interests, it won’t be hard to get the required 20 hours needed

the experience and insight they need to become better volunteers, leaders and

to complete a Ready Hands placement.

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“Emily Staples Hearin:

Grand Dame of Mobile and Carnival” By Allison Bradley The Mobile Carnival Museum celebrates Mardi Gras all year long, but in August and September, the museum also celebrated Junior League of Mobile’s lasting legacy in the Port City! The Carnival Museum featured the exhibit “Emily Staples Hearin: Grand Dame of Mobile and Carnival”. The showing was fourth in a series of quarterly exhibits exploring Mardi Gras monarchs and the effect they have on their community- not only during- but also before and after their reign. Emily Staples (1914-2005) reigned as Queen of Carnival in 1934, but her contributions to Mobile lasted far beyond her reign. Staples was a founding member of several institutions, an appointee on numerous boards and a historical commentator and author. As part of that legacy, she was an early member of Junior League of Mobile. The “Grand Dame of Mardi Gras” exhibit explored the life of this local legend through her beautiful and intricate

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Mardi Gras regalia, oil portraits, historic photographs and other works associated with her life. This was the first women-focused exhibit featured at the Carnival Museum, and also celebrated the careers of female artists and designers who were part of Hearin’s circle. When Emily Staples was crowned the 1934 Queen of Carnival, the Great Depression was at its worst point. Staples’ reign provided a bright spot for a community hit hard by the economic collapse. However, her time as royalty was only the beginning of a lifelong dedication to her native city of Mobile. While raising four children, Emily Staples Hearin became a leader and agent for change in her community. In addition to various other boards and organizations, Staples Hearin was an active early member of Junior League of Mobile. JLM was founded in 1925 as the Mobile Charity League. In 1931, the Charity League was incorporated into the Association of Junior Leagues International and officially adopted the Junior League name, which JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE FOLIO MAGAZINE - FALL 2019 47


is now known and respected. Over the course of almost a century, the exhibit explains, Junior League of Mobile has “been a pivotal player in the destiny of the Port City. Art, education, health and industry have all been focuses of the organization’s proactive efforts and positively shaped the trajectory of the Port City.” In addition to Junior League of Mobile, Staples Hearin was an early member of the Maids of Mirth, one of the oldest women’s Mardi Gras organizations. These are just two examples of how Hearin greatly expanded the roles of women in both Carnival and Mobile as a whole. Hearin served on a huge roster of boards for various causes, including the Mobile Carnival Association,

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becoming the first female board

The “Grand Dame of Mobile &

member. Hearin was also passionate

Carnival” exhibit ended in September,

about preserving local history, serving as

but the Mobile Carnival Museum is

a charter board member for the Alabama

constantly featuring new exhibitions and

Historical Commission and president of

displays. Visit the museum to experience

the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. the rich history and traditions of Emily Staples Hearin passed away in 2005, but her values, causes and strides for women and her community will still live on. In the exhibit, she’s described as a “mother, trailblazer, philanthropist, foundress and scholar.” Many would say, these are titles her fellow Junior League of Mobile sisters still embody today!

Carnival in Mobile, the birthplace of Mardi Gras. The museum is open 4 days a week (5 days during select weeks) at 355 Government Street in Downtown Mobile.

Five Fast Facts: 1 Years after her reign as Queen, Hearin went on to marry her Carnival King, Dr. Sidney Van Antwerp. 2 Both of Hearin’s daughters became Queens of Carnival, in 1960 and 1969. 3 Hearin authored 6 books on Mobile’s history. 4 In 1992 former Mayor Mike Dow named April 14 “Emily Staples Hearin Day” 5 The William & Emily Hearin Mobile Carnival Museum opened just months after her death.

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NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID MOBILE, AL Permit No. 217


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