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President’s Letter From the President… It is with great pleasure that I serve as the President for Junior League of Mobile during the 2018-19 year. Since this organization was founded, membership has grown to more than 1,400 women who continue the important work and legacies passed down by the founding members. Junior League of Mobile’s mission remains strong – to develop the potential of women, improve the community through the effective action of trained volunteers, and promote voluntarism. JLM is an organization of women united by our interest in community impact and cultivating a generation of women to be leaders. Our organization thrives thanks to the membership’s diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences. We remain committed to providing leadership to make a lasting impact.

Meagan Barnett JLM President 2018-19

Since 1931, Junior League of Mobile has served as an agent for change in the Mobile & Baldwin County communities. Whether it was the founding of the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center or the Mobile Arts Council, Junior League of Mobile continues to be a leader of change for the most pressing community issues. This can be seen through the current focus area of improving the health and well-being of children in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Our volunteers continue to provide nutritious food to children and families, host fun, after-school fitness activities, and are now addressing the diaper need through our newest community placement. I have been humbled and honored to serve as the 2018-19 President of JLM. As I reflect back on my 10 years as a member of Junior League of Mobile, my desire to pursue leadership within this organization comes from the women that have shared their talents, their ideas, and their passions. Without their encouragement and mentoring, I would not have gained the ability or confidence to lead this amazing organization. I am grateful for your support and am excited to see where we will be going next! Meagan Barnett President 2018-19

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FOLIO A community publication of Junior League of Mobile

EDITOR Valynda Jerome-Williams CONTRIBUTORS Johnnie Williams, Rena Philips, Stephanie Bondora, Chandra Brown Stewart, Sharee Broussard, Penny Hatcher, Ann Sirmon, Christy Reid 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 offcie 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 When I was a child, I wondered why my mother did the things she did. I wondered why she helped the people she helped. Were we not just as needy? Couldn’t those people just help themselves? Years later, I reflect on the countless times I saw my mother give clothes to single moms, make extra plates of food for my school friends to take home, give neighbors -we did not even know - a ride to work and share words of wisdom with strangers in crisis. Now, I realize my mother had patience, a heart of gold and a commitment to service. I say thank you to my mother, sisters and the many other altruistic sheroes in my life, who taught me compassion and selfless giving.

Valynda Jerome-Williams FOLIO Editor 2018-19

Junior League of Mobile (JLM) concludes another year of service in our current impact area, Healthy Children: Hunger, Nutrition and Fitness. We continue to serve because we can effect change. We serve because we are empowered. We serve because we are limitless. We serve because we value humanity. Laura Bush offers inspirational leadership, (pg. 16). Lisa Davis accepts the Sustainer of the Year Award, (pg. 20). Dima Ghawi challenges usto ignite the leader within, (pg. 24). Little Leaguers take action, (pg. 26). Ready Hands volunteers serve the community, (pg. 28). The Downtown Walking Tour expands its horizons, (pg. 36). Provisional members help meet diaper needs in our community, (pg. 31). Sustainer Davis provides food to seniors and children, (pg. 42). Parents and children stay healthy and active on the go, (pg. 43). JLM names top accomplishments of 2017-18, (pg. 50). As the year ends, we reflect on the opportunities to serve others with a sense of gratitude. We would like to extend a much deserving “thank you!” to volunteers, sponsors, community partners and supporters of JLM. It is because of your continued support and commitment to voluntarism and leadership that JLM continues 88 years of service to Mobile and Baldwin County communities. Respectfully, Valynda Jerome-Williams FOLIO Editor 2018-19

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LAURA BUSH: INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP

IN EVERY ISSUE 4. LETTER FROM PRESIDENT 5. HOW TO ADVERTISE IN THE

NEXT ISSUE OF FOLIO

6. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR 9. ADVERTISERS INDEX 10. CONTRIBUTORS TO FOLIO 19. DONATING TO JUNIOR

LEAGUE OF MOBILE

IMPROVING COMMUNITIES

PROMOTING VOLUNTARISM

26. LITTLE LEAGUERS IN ACTION

14. THE DIGITAL ERA -

30. CONTINUING OUR MISSION

20. SUSTAINER OF THE YEAR-

FOR HEALTHY CHILDREN

BLUEPASS 2018

35. BULLYING PREVENTION WEEK

36. DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR

28. READY HANDS PROGRAM

40. CHRISTMAS JUBILEE 2018

34. JUBILEE BARGAINS

RECAP

42. PROVIDING FOOD TO ALL

43. STAYING HEALTHY & ACTIVE

GENERATIONS

47. JLM SPONSORS

44. Q&A WITH JLM

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READY HANDS PROGRAM

JUBILEE BARGAINS

DEVELOPING WOMEN

ADVERTISERS INDEX

12. REAL TALK FOR REAL WOMEN

ADHD Medical Clinic.................................. 5

Mobile Ballet, Inc................................. 22-23

16. LAURA BUSH INSPIRATIONAL

Chapel Farm Collection............................. 51

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce... 33

LEADERSHIP

Corpus Christi Catholic School................... 3

Premier Medical........................................ 15

Designer Collection................................... 37

Somerby Senior Living - Mobile.................. 7

Downtown Mobile Alliance......................... 3

St. Mary Catholic School.......................... 49

Elliotts Jewelry........................................... 27

The Center for Reproductive Medicine..... 41

Felix’s Fish Camp Grill ................................. 2

The Maids.................................................. 39

High Cotton Consignments...................... 33

The Orthopedic Group.............................. 41

IBERIABANK............................................. 13

Window World........................................... 39

24. IGNITE THE LEADER WITHIN 38. LIVING THE MISSION

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FOLIO Contributors Johnnie O. Williams

Education: Master of Education, Master of Arts, University of South Alabama. Bachelor of Arts, Spring Hill College Junior League of Mobile (JLM) Provisional Year: 2010 Best JLM Placement: Goodwill Easter Seals Literacy/Read to Me Committee Hobbies: Reading, writing, learning to play the violin, spending time with friends & family Family/Pets: Maxwell Diesel (the greatest dog ever!)

“I joined to be a part of a dynamic group of women who work diligently and effectively to change the lives of children for the better.”

Rena Philips Education: Bachelors degree in journalism, University of Alabama; Master’s degree in journalism, Northwestern University Junior League of Mobile (JLM) Provisional Year: 2010-11 Best JLM Placement: Family Promise  Hobbies: Camping and riding bikes with my boys, traveling Family/Pets: Married to Brad Philips. We have two boys: Logan, 9; and Garrett, 7, both students at Mary B. Austin Elementary; and a rescued dog the boys named Chase

“I joined to meet new people and to serve the community.”

Stephanie Bondora Education:  I am attending Bishop State this fall and will ultimately transfer to University of South Alabama to pursue a degree in Secondary Education Junior League of Mobile (JLM) Provisional Year:  2017 Best JLM Placement:  I’m a first year active and have doubled placed in Folio and Jubilee Bargains for the 2018-19 year Hobbies:  Reading and Exercising Family/Pets:  I live with my husband, Tony Bondora, our two sons, Connor, 12; Liam, 11; and our 2 year old Chihuahua Terrier mix, Coco

“I joined Junior League for continued personal growth, volunteer opportunities, and to meet individuals who also enjoy making a positive difference in our community.” Not Pictured: Christy Reid - “special contributor” 10 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE FOLIO MAGAZINE - SPRING 2019


Penny Hatcher Education: M.A. Corporate & Public Communications - B.A. Communications - University of South Alabama. Junior League of Mobile (JLM) Provisional Year: 2007 Best JLM Placement: Provisional Small Group Leader Hobbies: Crafting, trying new recipes, playing games with my kids, exercising. Family/Pets: Two children Garrison (10) and Abigail (7). Fiancé Chris Boulton. And our newest addition, a black cat named Shadow.

“I was drawn to JLM for the collaborative volunteer opportunities.”

Chandra Brown Stewart Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Xavier University. Master of Science in Community Counseling University of South Alabama Junior League of Mobile (JLM) Provisional Year: 2001 Best JLM Placement: JLM President Guilty Pleasures: Chocolate and Wine Family/Pets: Husband (Leonard Stewart, Jr), Red Dawg and Dad

“ I joined on a challenge from Barbara Brewster to help change our community.”

Sharee Broussard Education: Ph.D. Mass Communication Junior League of Mobile (JLM) Provisional Year: 1998 Best JLM Placement: VP Membership Development Hobbies: Cooking Family/Pets: Husband of 30 years (Karl), three young adult sons, cats and a dog

“The mission resonates with me and JLM has helped me connect to my community.”

Ann Sirmon Education: University of South Alabama, Bachelors in Hospitality Management Junior League of Mobile (JLM) Provisional Year: 1997 Best JLM Placement: Done in a Day Chair and Communications Vice President Hobbies: I love to run, fish, bake (carrot cake), play the piano and travel Family: Spouse (Danny) of 30 years and a son (Forbes)

“ I joined JLM to meet new people and serve the community.”

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By Penny Hatcher

BACK ROW- Dr. Kathryn E. Dempsey, Dr. Amy McCoy, Dr. Dusty Smith, Jessica Bhathal, MD, Dr. Brooke Lenz, Nancy O. Wood, M.D FRONT ROW- Haley H. Ballard, M.D., FACP, V.Sumana Kumarappa, M.D, Dr. Sera Cox, Jill F. Ringold, M.D.

The sold-out crowd for Junior League of Mobile’s Real

enjoyed but also throw in that we are addressing

from across the women’s health spectrum. Over 200

Talk for Real Women was a sure sign of what women

serious health issues and it really is a good thing,”

attendees enjoyed a relaxed environment where they

want – girl time! But not just for the social aspect

noted event moderator, ACCESS magazine editor,

were provided with valuable health information and

of it (although that never hurts.) The overwhelming

Hayley Hill.

were able to receive free health screenings. The event

turnout for this event was in response to the health dialogue at the center of it all. “Any time you can gather women together to have a good time it’s

Held on January 16 at JLM headquarters, Real Talk for Real Women proved to be a unique social event showcasing an impressive lineup of female doctors

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was topped off with delectable treats by Clark Lyon of Clark’s Kitchen & Catering that was sponsored by Spring Hill Medical Center.


The all-women panel featured Dr. Amy McCoy and

backburner and yet that is what so many, if not most

that they normally ignore and aren’t thinking about,”

Dr. Brooke Lenz from the OBGYN arena, Dr. Jill

women, do without even realizing it.”

added McCoy.

Prior to the event, McCoy placed emphasis on the

“We are thrilled with the success of this event,” shared

panel being all women. Event organizers wanted

JLM President, Meagan Barnett. “JLM recognizes

attendees to “be comfortable and to hear from

the importance of women’s health and saw this as an

doctors who can relate to them on a very personal

ideal fit with the organizations’ mission of promoting

level.” Getting personal didn’t seem to be a problem

volunteerism, developing the potential of women,

for those in attendance. The event setup allowed for

and improving communities. We are an organization

Event chair, JLM member, and physician panelist,

attendees to ask questions anonymously by writing

of women and wanted to offer our members and

Dr. Amy McCoy ignited the idea for this event in

their question on an index card that was used by the

the community an opportunity to focus on their

response to what she sees in her practice at Bay Area

moderator to keep the panel dialogue going however

wellbeing. We have a wealth of resources available to

OBGYN every day – women putting the health of

the questions from the floor proved to be plentiful.

us through our members and we saw this as a perfect

others above their own. “So often women are too

Panel moderator Hill worked seamlessly through

way to provide a beneficial and often overlooked

busy looking after others – their children, spouse,

audience questions from the floor peppering in the

service that includes our target demographic,”

parents – that they don’t take the time to take care of

pre-submitted questions. “All of the questions were

added Megan Barnett. “Now that we see what a

their own health,” McCoy noted. “You really have to

stuff most of the room wanted to know but not all are

great response the event received, we are excited to

find creative ways to flip the script and make women

willing to ask,” Hill remarked. “This really showed

look for ways to offer similar programs for different

put the priority on themselves. You can’t fully take care

that if you can get women in the mindset and make

demographics. We are definitely planning a repeat of

of others if you are constantly putting yourself on the

them comfortable, they can and will ask those things

the Real Talk for Real Women!”

Ringold, Medicine & Pediatrics and Aesthetics, Dr. Kathryn Dempsey representing Dermatology, Dr. Sera Cox covering Psychiatry, Dr. Dusty Smith on Bariatric and General Surgery, Pediatrician Dr. Nancy Wood, Dr. Sumana Kumarappa for Gastroenterology, and Dr. Hayley Ballard covering Internal Medicine.

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The Digital Era: BluePass 2018 By Rena Philips

BluePass went digital this fall, and that transition proved to be a success. As a major fundraiser for Junior League of Mobile (JLM), BluePass 2018 generated $21,830 to help JLM fulfill its mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. About 500 BluePasses were sold to shoppers who received discounts at 224 merchants over 10 days in October. “The best part about BluePass is that 100 percent of the proceeds from each sale helps funds JLM’s community projects throughout the entire year,” Whitley Norman Yarbrough said. “Junior League gives time and money to support 24 programs with 12 charitable agencies in the Mobile Area with a focus on the impact area of Healthy Children: Hunger, Nutrition, and Fitness. For example, $40 (the price of one BluePass) feeds 10 children over the weekend through the Backpack Program with partner Feeding the Gulf Coast,” said Yarbrough. Thirty-Four Junior Leaguers participated on the committee with tasks ranging from recruiting merchants to marketing the pass to selling them. The BluePass Committee kicked things off at the October General Membership Meeting with a fashion truck, two food trucks and 12 participating merchants selling their wares. It was a well-attended event that got JLM members excited about the upcoming shopping season.

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“I thoroughly

enjoyed working

with the talented

“From the ease of purchasing the digital pass, to

said. And it will continue to improve in the coming

viewing the merchants and their exclusions with a

years to help JLM provide service in the Mobile and

mapping feature, implementing the app has taken

Baldwin County communities,” she added.

the BluePass fundraiser to new heights,” Yarbrough

group of ladies

on our committee

during all phases of

this fundraiser, from start to finish,”

BluePass Chair Whitley Norman Yarbrough The BluePass committee worked hard and recruited 50 new merchants under the leadership of Whitley Norman Yarbrough. “I cannot say enough about all of their work and dedication to make Blue Pass a success,” Yarbrough continued. BluePass went digital this year through a partnership with Planet Fundraiser. For just $40, BluePass holders could download an app onto their cell phone and use the app to locate participating BluePass merchants. While checking out with their purchases, users could pull up the app and get a discount. With so many popular merchants participating, it was easy to rack up at least $40 in savings, providing a great return on investment. Several shoppers used the BluePass for early holiday shopping and reported savings of $500 and $600.

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Now in its tenth year, the BluePass fundraiser began as a JLM pilot project in 2009. It was known then as the JLM Shopping Pass – A Pass with a Purpose. BluePass continues to serve a purpose. Over the years, BluePass has generated about $170,000 that has gone back into the community.

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Laura Bush: Inspirational Leadership

By Christy Reid

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Junior League of Mobile (JLM) Board of Directors focused on expanding member training events this year. The Board explored the possibility of adding a significant training event that could bring in a well known public figure who could inspire our members and educate our community about JLM’s mission. A committee of JLM members formed a speaker research committee. The committee discovered Mrs. Laura Bush is a member of Junior League of Dallas, so she understands and shares the mission of Junior League of Mobile. The committee and Board were ecstatic when Mrs. Bush agreed to come to Mobile to speak to our members and community. Tickets for the event sold out in just a few days! On Thursday, March 14, 2019, to a sold-out crowd of more than 800 guests in the ballroom of the Mobile Convention Center, Mrs. Bush acknowledged all of the generous acts of the Junior League and expressed her sincere appreciation for the impact these acts have had in communities across the world. Mrs. Bush reflected on losing former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara last year. “They led with love and grace, and in Barb’s case, quick wit,” said Mrs. Bush. The senior Bushes encouraged their family to “enjoy life to the fullest and savor the present because all you have is now.” President Bush and Laura are happy to be back in Texas, enjoying “the afterlife” and adjusting to their new life after leaving the White House. Mr. Bush spends his days painting and golfing. He has also learned there is “no one to pick up his wet towels from the floor.” Mr. Bush has focused on his collection of oil paintings and stories called “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief ’s Tribute to America’s Warriors” in which he honors military veterans.

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The former first couple has also devoted their time to

Mrs. Bush also reflected on her time as First Lady and

a new exhibit at the Bush library called “Presidential

the days her family spent in the White House. When

Retreats: Away from the White House.” The exhibit

she first came into the spotlight, reporters kept asking

gives an inside look into presidential retreats such as

her who she wanted to be. “I just want to be Laura

Camp David, Prairie Chapel Ranch, LBJ Ranch, and

Bush,” she would tell them. Mrs. Bush said she felt

Walker’s Point. The Bushes are also busy with the

people associated her identity with a 1950s housewife:

George W. Bush Institute which is “advancing policies

a pleasant, dutiful wife who kept opinions to herself.

that promote economic growth and strengthen our

But she did have a few things to share. “I believe every

competitiveness in the global economy.”

child should enjoy a quality education and safe and

Mrs. Bush said the best thing that has happened to them since leaving the White House is becoming grandparents. Mrs. Bush was full of pride as to discussed her adoration for her granddaughters, Mila and Poppy. She likened choosing a grandparent name to “choosing a name for your cat.” Her granddaughters call her “Mimi Maxwell” and President Bush is known as “Jefe,” which means chief or boss in Spanish. Mrs. Bush discussed her daughters, Jenna and Barbara. Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent for the Today show and Editor-at-large for Southern Living. “George says she’s continuing the Bush family tradition of warm relations with the media,” says Mrs. Bush. Barbara Pierce Bush Coyne is enjoying life as a newlywed. She co-founded and serves as a board chair for Global Health Corps, a leadership development organization working towards

happy childhood,” Mrs. Bush said. She emphasized literacy is essential to democracy and that her passion for children and education was with her long before her time as First Lady. Mrs. Bush taught at an innercity school but was not prepared for the difficulties her students faced every day. She saw children come to school hungry and many of their families were battling an uphill fight. She said the struggles children are continuing to face as the “greatest challenges of our time.” She said the challenges children are facing today are different: drugs, gangs, internet predators, dropout rates, single parents, parents in prison and they have fewer people to turn to for help. She emphasized young people need us in their lives and they need to know they are valued to be successful. “The problem is great, but greater still is our love for children,” Mrs. Bush said.

health equity. Mrs. Bush concluded her remarks by encouraging all attendees to continue to do what good they can in their community because “even little acts go a long way towards making our country great.” Junior League of Mobile was beyond honored to have Mrs. Laura W. Bush, First Lady of the United States, speak to our members and our community. “Mrs. Bush was delightful. We hope our community has been inspired to join, partner and donate to the Junior League of Mobile, “ said Sarah Bumgarner, JLM Public Relations Director. JLM members are already exploring potential speakers and excited to host this new annual event next spring. We hope you will join us for our next Community Luncheon in 2020! 18 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE FOLIO MAGAZINE - SPRING 2019


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Sustainer of the Year: Lisa Davis By Chandra Brown Stewart

After working in the nonprofit arena for several years, Lisa realized something was missing . . . it was followthrough. Even though there were many wonderful programs to assist those in need, there were not many that provide assistance on a regular basis. In addition, there were no programs that specifically focused on the nutritional needs of senior citizens with a focus on education and follow up assessments. ASL’s primary program is its Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program (SNWP). SNWP serves more than 200 income-challenged Senior Citizens every month. Program participants must be 60 years of age or older and qualify for services based on income. When helping someone in need, Lisa aims to treat everyone with respect and dignity. SNWP participants receive an average of 30 - 40 pounds of nutritious foods (non-perishables, fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meats), paper products and nutritional/educational information. Through the assistance of 11 volunteer sites and 5075 volunteers every month, SNWP provided several thousand pounds of nutritious foods to incomechallenged seniors in 2018.   Sustainer of the Year Lisa Davis accepts her award. Sustainer of the year, Lisa Davis exemplifies our

Lisa and her husband say, “They are Servants of

mission through civic and community leadership.

God and created ASL to help those in need.” When

Davis, with the support of her husband Rod, founded A Servant’s Love, Inc. (ASL) in 2007. A Servant’s Love, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to serve income-challenged individuals and families, teach self-sufficiency through education

helping someone in need, Lisa and Rod try to

Since its inception, Davis has guided ASL with the assistance of community partners and numerous volunteers to reduce food insecurity and promote healthy living.

remember: Most people will only ask for help if they

Davis began Junior League of Mobile (JLM) in 2003.

have no other option; Treat everyone with respect and

She completed in-league and community placements,

dignity; and Realize that at the blink of an eye, “This

such as arrangements, leadership development,

could be me!”

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Community Garden.


Davis has an undergraduate degree in Retail Merchandising with a minor in Business from the University of Montevallo, and a second degree in Gerontological Services Administration from the University of South Alabama. Davis is a 2016 Graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI). Davis received the 2017 Inaugural Agape Citizen of the Year Award from the Order of AHEPA Chapter 310. ASL is a founding member of the Gulf States Health Policy Coalition (GSHPC), led by Dr. Regina Benjamin (the 18th Surgeon General of the United States). All photos by Sabrina Alexander.

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Developing Women: Ignite the Leader Within Q&A with Dima Ghawi

By Stephanie Bondora

As a young girl in Jordan, Dima Ghawi was confronted with the circumstances designed to hold her back. Her traditional Middle Eastern family believed a woman should remain in the home. Determined to defy the odds, Ghawi created her own destiny when she moved to the United States to further her education and climb the corporate ladder. Ghawi, a renowned motivational speaker, leadership coach, corporate executive and author recently spoke to Junior League of Mobile (JLM) members. Ghawi encouraged JLM members to ignite the leader within. “Dima Ghawi was a dynamic speaker with a great voice for what JLM tries to accomplish as a diverse group of women,” Leadership Development Chair Kelly Barrett said. “She encouraged us to step outside our comfort zone.” We recently sat down with Ghawi for a Q&A interview following her live speech. What did it mean to you speaking to our

What is the change you would like to see

my life. One of my favorite mentors is someone I talk

Junior League - a group of diverse women

in the community and do you think we can

about in my TedX and in my speeches, my professor

with varying ages, cultures and jobs?

accomplish this?

at the University of San Diego, Dr. Starling. He is the

I loved it! I love the Junior League of Mobile in

My experience with the word community is from

first person who recognized my leadership potential,

general. This is the perfect audience and I connected

a global perspective. The challenges that face the

and I will always be grateful for him.

with them. It was so meaningful to be there and to

community where I currently live, especially the

What one word best sums up you and

present and know, or hope, that my message is going

way women are perceived, is not too different from

your vision?

to reach each one of them so they can improve their

a community in Jordan or Germany or in India. I

Daring. This is exactly the message I want to share

lives. Women sitting in the audience can understand

would like to see women recognizing their potential,

with the world: Dare. Just keep daring. Dare to

what I’m talking about. They can laugh and they can

discovering their voices, continuing education,

believe in yourself. Dare to take risks. Dare to

cry because they realize the truth behind the message,

achieving higher leadership roles, and learning how

educate yourself. Dare to speak up. Dare to find the

how it applies in their lives, and how they are going

to invest in themselves. We are on the right track

confidence.

to empower each other and continue to volunteer and

and have seen progress, but we can accelerate it

When did you realize you wanted to

empower their community.

by expanding our skills, securing leadership roles,

pursue a journey as a leadership coach

What is the fire you hope to ignite in our

encouraging other women, and developing our

and motivational speaker?

Junior League of Mobile members?

community, which is exactly what the Junior League

The “aha” moment came in 2014 when I gave my

I want everyone to realize the power within her and

is doing. I hope my work is a parallel path to support

first TedX, the one about breaking vases. It wasn’t a

continue to drive positive change. Many times our

these efforts.

moment but a period of time when I started receiving

fire weakens, figuratively, because we give so much

Who has inspired you? Who are your

communication from people around the world

of ourselves and put our dreams aside. I want to fuel

mentors, your heroes?

telling me how they connected with the message.

their fire and for them to know they can live the life

I’m inspired by the character of a person that

That gave me the confidence and assurance I was

they want regardless of what’s expected of them and

challenges the unfairness in the world and focuses on

on the right path. In 2009, I was in a leadership

regardless of what they’re telling themselves. It’s a

creating a better life for themselves and others. I have

role with IBM managing a global team. I had done

matter of shifting and creating a new story.

so many wonderful mentors who have shown up in

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everything I thought was required of an individual to be considered successful, but inside I felt empty. I hired an executive coach and over the next two years I discovered who I am and the value I bring to the world. Through my coach I learned my passion is inspiring others, developing them in leadership, coaching and presenting. Although I lacked the basic skills needed for such a path, I gained experience through volunteering whether through an individual in need of mentorship or a university or school in need of a speaker. I did all of this in spite of my fear of public speaking. I would cry before speeches, but I would keep pushing myself. As terrifying as it was, I felt a high that encouraged me to commit to future opportunities. This was the beginning of the journey for me to recognize this is what I was meant to do: to influence, inspire and help people discover their overall potential. What challenges do you face and how do you overcome these? I expect a lot of myself and I want to accomplish so much in a short period of time. What I’m trying to do right now is set expectations and be more realistic with myself. How can we all take steps to realizing our goals and dreams? The first step is to have a goal. Many people are busy taking care of others that they don’t even have a goal. What is this big goal that terrifies you, but gives you so much energy just thinking about it? Next, start thinking about the small steps you can take today to get closer to that goal. Don’t let the goal intimidate you or overwhelm you so that you give up on it. Remember, the timeline may differ from your original plan, but what matters is you are working toward the

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Sarah Bumgarner, Courtney Walker, Dima Ghawi, Meagan Barnett, Amanda Gonzalez. Photo by: Jamie Roberts.

“I don’t believe any woman left that meeting

without personal or professional development, following Ghawi’s message. She was

inspirational and encouraging. She left us

with a call to action: to go out and be great in

all that we do. We are a better, more equipped and undoubtedly more empowered group of

women who can walk out JLM’s message in our community.” Kelly Barnett

goal. Is there a last message you would like to share? We are the heroes of our lives, and we need to recognize it. When we see ourselves as heroes, we start

To learn more about Dima Ghawi visit

www.dimaghawi.com

talking, acting and making decisions like heroes.

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Little Leaguers in Action By Valynda Jerome-Williams

Some children wonder what it really means when

not only want to know what Junior League of Mobile

“Little Leaguers is not a set club that you sign up for,”

their mothers, aunts and grandmothers tell them in

(JLM) is about, they want a seat at the service table.

Little Leaguers Chair Ann Marie Russell said. “It is

a hurried voice, “I am going off to a Junior League meeting.” Children are inquisitive and ready to take action. They

That is where Little Leaguers, JLM’s service vehicle for children and grandchildren of JLM active and sustainer members, can help.

events throughout the year that children are invited to attend mostly through the Ready Hands Program.” In October, Little Leaguers packed 148 backpacks. Little

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Photo by: Jessica Neff. Leaguers filled the backpacks with nutritious foods needy children receive through JLM’s backpack program. “By assisting with our backpack program, Little Leaguers are learning what it may be like to not have enough food to eat,” Russell said. JLM’s Ready Hands program provides Little Leaguers exposure to several volunteer opportunities. Through Ready Hands, JLM members volunteer around their busy schedule at community agencies. “Ready Hands offers good exposure to people to learn what Junior League of Mobile is about,” JLM volunteer Melissa Safin said. With Little Leaguers service opportunities, JLM members and their children can volunteer together. JLM Active Melody Zeidan and her children joined our Little Leaguers at the Exploreum’s Garden of Growing workday. “Little Leaguers helped with planting and weeding,” Russell said. “They also participated in games and activities about nutrition.” The Little Leaguers placement brings a sense of joy to children of JLM members. “I love the enthusiasm of our Little Leaguers because they are so excited to be making a difference in the community,” Russell said.

“Little Leaguers volunteer opportunities help children to become aware of the

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Voluntarism in Action: Ready Hands Program By Johnnie Williams

As Junior League of Mobile (JLM) enters its 88th

Ready Hands program because you work in the

“It can be challenging to fulfill your commitment to

year of service, a new program called Ready Hands

community and see the impact you are making,” JLM

JLM” said Active JLM member Katrice Cunningham,

facilitates a historic commitment to community

Member Jennifer Cashman said. “More hands make

Director of Discipline and Student Placement for

service while acknowledging the changing

light work. So, I was able to volunteer at Prodisee

Mobile County Public Schools. Like many JLM

demographic of dynamic women who choose to serve.

Pantry and other placements.”

members, Cunningham balances a demanding full-

JLM members needed more flexibility so they could

Members are required to complete 20 volunteer hours

volunteer as their hectic schedules allowed. So JLM

during the year. While the community programs

President Meagan Barnett and Past President Amy

such as Garden of Growing, the Backpack Program

Cunningham’s enthusiasm increased not only with the

Carpenter proposed the Ready Hands project to the

(in Mobile and Baldwin counties), Prodisee Pantry,

option to work with more than one placement but

Board of Directors last year.

and Dumas Wesley frequent the calendar, looking

also by the flexibility to create an experience she can

closely at the calendar may reveal opportunities such

tailor around her schedule. She welcomes the change.

as a photography volunteer to serve an immediate in-

Cunningham has the opportunity to work toward her

league need for JLM.

20-hour commitment by supporting a placement in

With Ready Hands in its first year as a placement, members can pick and choose the volunteer opportunities that work best for them. “I like the

time job and a family. “Through Ready Hands, I can help where I am needed most,” Cunningham said.

which she is familiar, such as the Backpack Program, and explore a less familiar option of interest, such as Garden of Growing. With nearly 80 percent of Junior League of Mobile’s volunteers working outside of their homes, JLM must offer a volunteer model that addresses the changing population of members. Barnett is passionate about sustaining a league that continues to promote voluntarism. She looks forward to an increase in volunteer hours with each year Ready Hands is implemented. Barnett hopes that by giving members more choices, this year will be the first of many in which Ready Hands serves as a vehicle for today’s modern woman to balance work and family. “Ready hands is a wonderful experience,” JLM member Melissa Safin said. “I love the many

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wonderful experiences to serve the community because it makes me feel happy knowing I can help the community.”


With a diverse group of more than 1,400 women, the change that the Ready Hands program offers will widen the path to voluntarism into the next decade. Allowing members to have more flexibility and variety when selecting their shifts assists members in maintaining JLM’s core values. The core values of leadership, sustainability, collaboration, and compassionate service hinge on JLM members being actively engaged in community and in-league projects. Providing an efficient system of getting information and ease when registering to assist are key components. Junior League of Mobile members do not have to serve on the Ready Hands committee to volunteer. Any member-- active, sustainer, or provisional -- may

Ready Hands Volunteer Nisha Amtha and Spencer-Westlawn employee Karen (Candy) Henton unload bags for backpack program. Photo by: Jessica Neff.

choose to search the calendar located on the member

start date/time, end date/time, hours, description of

JLM transitions from the Done in a Day program to

homepage and select from a community or in-league

the task and program, location, arrival directions,

the more flexible model of Ready Hands, Henson is

volunteer opportunity.

coordinator contact information, and more. The

optimistic that the change will allow more members

detailed information allows members to be confident

to “get a taste” of what JLM has to offer since her own

while preparing for a shift whether they have or have

experiences have allowed her to grow in areas she had

not worked with a particular program.

not previously imagined.

JLM’s Planning Director, is encouraged not only by

Along with Jessica Henson, the Ready Hands Project

Henson and Barnett note that in the past many

the number of active members who have signed up for

Coordinator, chairs for each placement coordinate all

JLM members were exposed to only 10 placements

Ready Hands but also by the number of Provisionals

the necessary information from the community service

before becoming sustainers. Ready Hands allows

who have chosen to extend their reach beyond the

agency to members who are selecting multiple shifts

members to sample additional areas within JLM

2018-19 Provisional Project.

and placements. Members should note that additional

including all community service projects and some

volunteer shifts for a variety of projects will be added

JLM fundraisers. Armed with up-to-date agency

throughout the year.

information, Henson works diligently to make sure

Ready Hands, with over 70 members actively participating, will have a strong first year. Its strength resides in an active membership. Sabrina Alexander,

Alexander reflects on how having varied experiences in JLM has helped her to become a better member

members “have what they need in order to get the job

and has assisted in her professional career. Now

As with most programs, the first year of development

Provisionals, along with all active members, have an

and implementation is critical. Board members

opportunity to preview different community projects

are looking at the collected data frequently to see

Junior League of Mobile’s commitment to developing

before committing to a year-long placement. Members

connections between what members have reported in

the potential of women and voluntarism is steeped in

may want to coordinate shifts with one another or

surveys and how the patterns of shift choice, hours

a strong tradition of capable women coming together

select a shift that is closer to work. The options open

worked, and placements selected actually unfold in the

to meet the needs of their communities. While the

more pathways to service with shifts that vary in hours

day-to-day operations within JLM.

day-to-day activities of JLM members may have

on the weekends, mornings, and evenings.

The Ready Hands structure will serve as a powerful

Once a member clicks on a specific shift, the

tool for JLM. Jessica Henson, the Ready Hands

registration opens to reveal all the information a

Project Coordinator, focuses her attention on the

member would need to know prior to her shift:

getting the Ready Hands information to members. As

done.”

changed, the mission remains the same. Ready Hands allows this strong tradition to continue as women with myriad stories surrounding work and family are unified in making the choice to impact their communities in a meaningful way.

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Community Impact: Continuing Our Mission for Healthy Children By Johnnie Williams

In our community mothers and fathers make the tough decision to go without, a decision that may harm their children’s health. When faced with the choice between having food or diapers, people often choose food and babies stay in diapers longer. Supplying clean diapers for babies is a necessity. Junior League of Mobile (JLM) recognizes the need for clean diapers as essential to our mission, Health Children: Hunger, Nutrition and Fitness. This year, JLM’s Provisional class has worked to establish a Diaper Bank with hopes to distribute thousands of diapers monthly to Mobile and Baldwin County non-profit organizations through a partnership with local agencies. Volunteer coordinators at the agencies are assessing the need. “JLM reached out to Leigh Faircloth with the Joseph Project to be out pilot project site, “Brynne Mixon Provisional Project Chair said. “Faircloth is assessing the need for adult and children’s diapers.” Although food banks, school breakfast and lunch programs, backpack programs and nutrition assistance programs assist some individuals living at or below the federal poverty level with food, recipients receive no subsidies for diapers. JLM wants to help fill the gap. Each JLM provisional small group contacted potential project sponsors. Another group helped develop solicitation letters to companies to gauge community interest. Provisional members also worked on logistics to count donations and package diapers into brown bags. Soon the 2018-19 Provisionals will order, sort and store diapers in preparation for the first delivery to the Joseph Project at Dumas Wesley. “We have collected over a thousand diapers from diaper showers,” Mixon said. “JLM also has an Amazon Wish List where people can buy diapers or sponsor a week, month or yearlong subscription of diapers.” Diaper costs are high. Single parents, college students and those on fixed incomes share the practice of extreme sacrifices in order to provide adequate supplies for their household. Mixon knows the struggle all too well. Mixon was a single mother who struggled to care for her young son. “The costs of diapers can greatly impact finances,” Mixon said. “We hope this project will be a legacy project much like the

Carlen House Museum, the Child Advocacy Center, and the Mobile Public Library Bookmobile Program to last for years, so people will not have to choose between food and diapers.” Recently Junior League of Mobile participated in the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 24 – 30). NDBN’s mission is to raise awareness of the need for diapers. According to NDBN’s 2017 report, 176,133 children under age 3 in Alabama need diapers. Children in low-income families suffer more because financial constraints limit diaper purchases. In January 2019, JLM members distributed 5,990 diapers and served 78 families at partner agencies and also delivered 8,160 diapers to Coast Guard families suffering from the government shutdown. A 2013 Journal of Pediatrics article revealed 8% of 877 mothers stretched diapers, a practice associated with child infections and increased doctor visits.

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Discovered Treasures:

JUBILEE BARGAINS By Valynda Jerome-Williams

Last year, Junior League of Mobile (JLM) member

outdoor items. Volunteers placed easily identifiable

Kelly Solano thought she was having an ordinary

displays throughout the building, making for an

weekend, that is until she discovered a gem at Jubilee

organized shopping experience.

Bargains - - her grandmother’s cookbook. Solano excitedly flipped through the book, which featured the 30 most often requested recipes from Montgomery, Alabama’s renowned Blue Moon Inn. Then, Solano held the cookbook close to her heart. A committee of 40 JLM volunteers worked 500 community service hours to make Jubilee Bargains a huge success last year. Jubilee Bargains, JLM’s annual rummage sale held each spring for the past eight years, took place March 15, 17-18 at the Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery. “We are probably one of the largest rummage sales in Mobile,” said Jubilee Bargains 2017-18 Chair Johanna Thompson. “We raise money to help our mission, but we also help people afford items they otherwise could not purchase.” The sale featured numerous items at bargain prices including, year-round clothing for the whole family, books, shoes, toys and houseware. JLM members partitioned the shopping area into themed-rooms. Each room had a theme with coordinating sale items, for instance, shabby chic furniture and accessories. There were sections for holiday, games, electronics and

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“We even had a boutique area with higher-end items with wedding dresses and handbags, and we draped the books section like you would see in Home Goods” said Thompson. “People came in looking for secondhand items for all needs: kids going off to college, office supplies, clothing for themselves and children.” Jubilee Bargains anticipated a huge success this year to reach its goals. “Jubilee Bargains planned for an awesome year!” Jubilee Bargains 2018-19 Chair Tiffany Slater said. “We secured record donations and a completely donated storage unit. The donations greatly helped us reach our goals.” Ongoing donations received from JLM members has kept the rummage sale running in the past. This year marked the last year for Jubilee Bargains. “We have heavily depended on member’s donations to make the sale possible. Without their generosity and community donations Jubilee Bargains would not have been possible,” said Thompson. “All of the proceeds fund our JLM community projects.”


Mobile County Coalition Against Bullying

Bullying Prevention Week By Ann Sirmon, Past Co-Chair of Mobile County Coalition Against Bullying and Bullying Prevention Week Teach it and they will learn was the hope and mindset

Bullying Prevention Week has continued to grow,

of the members of the Mobile County Coalition

some 5 years later. MCPSS, private and parochial

Against Bullying in developing Bullying Prevention

schools participate in the prevention campaign. CAB

Week.

continues to promote school-wide activities and sell

The Mobile County Coalition Against Bullying (CAB) is made up of area non-profits working with youth, law enforcement agencies, Mobile County District

t-shirts. CAB also provides schools with posters with daily activities and a list of books to read to bring awareness to the different aspects of bullying.

Attorney’s Office, educators and parents to bring

It has been great to see school use creativity to

awareness and provide educational opportunities

promote Bully Prevention Week to their students.

about bullying behaviors to Mobile County. CAB has

Some schools have had a rally and bring in guest

been in existence for about 9 years. The first couple

speakers. Other schools have had parades with

of years, the Coalition would have a walk to bring

students participating, and one school even had

awareness to bullying in the community. The walk

students make a bullying prevention quilt.

would have participation, but not many students would attend. The Coalition wanted to reach the students to make an impact.

Last year, CAB added a kick-off event at the West Regional Library with face painting, bullying prevention activities and free books. The kids and

CAB started Bullying Prevention Week 5 years ago

parents had a great time. This year, CAB held a

within the schools. The Coalition took the concept

t-shirt design contest for MCPSS third- through fifth-

from national bullying organizations such as Pacer’s

graders with the theme, “Be Kind. Be Cool”. CAB

National Bullying Prevention Center, that recognized

will put the winner’s design on the 2019 Bullying

November as Bullying Prevention Month. CAB felt

Prevention Week t-shirts.

it would be best for our schools to have a Bullying Prevention Week in late September or early October.

CAB has made an impact and brought more awareness to bullying. Is there more work to do? Absolutely!

The inaugural Bullying Prevention Week started

The culture within a school changes every year as the

off very small. CAB sent all schools within MCPSS

student population changes each year. Bullying has

bullying prevention activities and t-shirts with a

been around since the beginning of time.

bullying prevention slogan. The t-shirts were sold at a low price to get the message out. Proceeds from the t-shirts helped CAB provide an educational workshop on bullying prevention for social workers, counselors and anyone working with youth in our community.

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Downtown Walking Tour By Stephanie Bondora On a cool, Friday morning in November fourth graders from Booth Elementary School in Irvington, Alabama eagerly await the start of a special field trip. These students are one of the first schools of the 20182019 year to embark on a walk-through of Mobile’s history, learning the narrative behind a number of artifacts and architecture over a century old. This two hour tour is the Downtown Walking Tour, a Junior League of Mobile legacy placement that has been in existence for roughly 30 years. Lenore Pierce first participated in this placement when her oldest child was in 4th grade; her daughter is now 17. Pierce currently serves as Downtown Walking Tour Chair and plays an important role by creating awareness of the tour and coordinating tour dates with teachers planning their curriculum for the upcoming school year. New JLM volunteer tour guides are trained during a summer session where a practice tour is conducted to familiarize volunteers with the historical stops and relevant facts. The positive community impact is evident. As Pierce affirms of the tour, “it makes the history come alive for the kids... when you can actually get to see the cannons they fired” referring to cannons located at The Fort of Colonial Mobile. “One of the cool facts is the cannon on the tops of the fort could shoot a cannon ball all the way to Spanish Fort... it is so different from seeing a picture in a book”. The children meet inside the Fort where classes divide into two groups, each pairing with a team of Junior League of Mobile tour guides, beginning their journey of either the walking portion of the tour or exploration of the Fort.

The walking segment of the tour is nearly one mile,

number of pipes that make music from the organ or

round trip, and proceeds down Church Street where,

how the tiles were laid in the floor of the cathedral.

located on the south side of Mardi Gras Park, children

She even points out one of the stained glass windows

see their first piece of history: a pile of bricks from the

that displays a scene of puppies and shares the special

original Fort, discovered during the construction of

story behind it.

the Bankhead Tunnel. The students learn that the Fort they see today is a recreation of the original Fort.

Joanna Bugoski, a 3 year veteran of the Downtown Walking Tour, shared her favorite part of the tour

Just a few blocks away is Christ Church Cathedral,

as “meeting the children and trying to excite them

the oldest Episcopal church in Alabama dating back

about the city, the church and the fire station. They

to 1822. Upon entering the Cathedral, a bystander

enjoy being outside and walking from place to place.

can hear the collective gasps and children’s whispers

Some are interested in the material, some are wanting

of “ooh” and “wow” as they make their way into the

attention, they want to hold my hand or tell me

historic building. JLM Volunteer, Amy Fesperman,

something or answer my questions, and some are just

actively engages the young minds, as they sit quietly

glad to be out of the classroom.”

in the pews, asking thoughtful questions about the

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One of the valuable aspects of the tour is how it turns a potentially abstract lesson into a tangible experience for these fourth grade students studying their state’s history. The walking tour is a new placement for Deidre Cooper this year and, as a native Mobilian, she stresses, “The school systems should not miss the opportunity to let these students put themselves in history. You have to know where you come from, to know where you’re living and really know the history and make the connection of what all these things mean”. JLM volunteers guide the children out of the cathedral and down the sidewalk to the corner of Church Street and Conception Street to the group’s next stop at Government Plaza. Here they learn the government building was designed to look like the bow of a large ship highlighting the significance of Mobile as a working port city, constantly importing and exporting goods. Fesperman ties in elements from the students’ classroom learning to the tour’s narrative and touches on how the government building is used today by city and county government officials. She also references the previous site of the old courthouse once located in the large open field, now Mardi Gras Park. Misty Hellman, also a first year tour guide, agrees to the health benefits of the tour and remarks “to get out of the classroom and be outside in the fresh air... it opens up their creative mind. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to learn the history of an area that most people never learn”. When asked about her favorite part of the tour, Hellman, without hesitation, named the Phoenix Fire Museum and the Dog and Pony Fountain.

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The children were particularly excited to hear more about this leg of the tour. The Dog and Pony Fountain was located in the original southern market, now the History Museum of Mobile, where Mobilians would park their horses while they bought and sold fish, pigs, cows, and chickens. The southern market also served as a social place too. After the Fort was used to defend the city of Mobile, very little was wasted from the Fort remnants, as bricks, nails and wood were reused to build homes and streets. The JLM tour guide emphasizes this resourcefulness when pointing out the unique bricks surrounding the base of the Dog & Pony Fountain. Before returning to the Fort, guides make their next stop at the Phoenix Fire Museum where students see fire equipment very different from today, illustrating how technology has improved over the years. The Downtown Walking Tour will soon be modernized. Premiering in the 20192020 school year, Junior League of Mobile website will feature a virtual tour accessible to everyone, free of charge.

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Living The Mission By Sharee Broussard

Almost as a visible demonstration of its mission

Of the approximately 175 people in attendance, at

Effective nonprofit governance, operations and

to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of

least 35 attendees were affiliated with JLM at multiple

sustainability are crucial to JLM and the entire

women and improve our communities through the

levels: board, management team, chairs, volunteers,

nonprofit sector. Community needs are great and

effective action and leadership of trained volunteers,

sustainers, provisionals or former members. Multiple

resources are limited, so it’s important to understand

JLM members and former members were engaged

JLM members or sustainers were presenters in either

current best practices. Event attendees participated in

in professional development and had a substantial

full sessions or panels, including sustainers Sharee

12 sessions; three each in four tracks: Board Member,

presence at the June 27, 2018 South Alabama

Broussard, Jill Chenoweth and Marcelle Naman.

Finance/Fund Development, Communications and

Nonprofit Summit.

Members Dorothy Dorton, Tonie Ann Torrans and Jill

Advanced Issues. There was also a lunchtime “Funders

Chenoweth also served on the Steering Committee.

Forum” panel discussion with audience Q&A.

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HERE ARE THE SESSIONS: A: BOARD MEMBER TRACK Basic Board Responsibilities & the Chief Legal Officer Doctrine - Valerie James, Founder, VisionSpot Consulting Group Understanding and Executing a Resource Development Plan - Marcelle Naman, Development Director, St. Mary’s Church & School Before Strategy you Need Clarity of Purpose - Shannon Ammons, President and CEO, Alabama Association of Nonprofits B: FINANCE/FUND DEVELOPMENT TRACK Understanding and Building a Healthy Budget –Tay Knight, Executive Director, Family Sunshine Center New Types of Fundraising - Glenn Harger, President and CEO, United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile & Kobi Bell, Director of WOW, Fuse Project Planned Giving and Major Donors - Erin Fleming, Stone, Granada, & Crosby & Jill Chenoweth, President and CEO, United Way of Southwest Alabama

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Let It Snow: Christmas Jubilee Re-Cap By Valynda Jerome-Williams

Christmas Jubilee is Junior League of Mobile’s (JLM)

They directed shoppers where to go. They made sure

largest fundraiser. Over ten thousand shoppers kicked

merchants had snacks and they tended to all market

off their holiday shopping at Christmas Jubilee held

operational needs.

Nov. 15-17 at the Mobile Convention Center.

JLM placements depend on fundraisers. Funds raise

The event filled the market halls with good cheer and

from Christmas Jubilee help fund Prodisee Pantry and

lavish decorations highlighting the event’s cozy, snowy

other service projects. “We put hundreds of thousands

holiday theme. JLM members volunteered thousands

of dollars back into the community from profits made

of hours to make Christmas Jubilee 2018 a huge

at Christmas Jubilee,” Fox said. The market helps JLM

success.

make a direct impact on the Mobile and Baldwin

“Christmas Jubilee has been a tradition in Mobile

County communities.

for over thirty years,” Christmas Jubilee 2018-19

“Christmas Jubilee means a lot. We give of our time

Chair Mylenda Fox said. Since 1931, JLM has had a

because we know exactly what we will do with the

tradition of improving the lives of people in Mobile

money we raise,” Christmas Jubilee Chair Elect Julia

and Baldwin County communities. JLM could not

Hatley said. “The event is not possible without the

have sustained its commitment to service without

help of JLM volunteers.”

various fundraising activities. Over 100 merchants from around the country participated in the event, including 50 new merchants.

For information about Christmas Jubilee 2019 visit

www.juniorleagueofmobile.org

Photo by: Meredith Toflinski.

There was an author’s corner with diverse books from local authors, including books of JLM Sustainer Margaret Peggy Cunningham and Active member Debbie R. Smith. Shoppers enjoyed a hall of wreaths of varying styles up for bid, food and live entertainment. This year, Santa’s Breakfast returned to the market. The breakfast featured story-time, crafts and photos for the little ones with Santa. At Christmas Jubilee, JLM members transformed into holiday helpers. They helped collect admission tickets, decorate the market, stock merchandize and

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Julia Hatley, Lucy Pryor Slaton, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson,

facilitate purchases. JLM helpers were market guides.

Melynda Fox, and Meagan Barnett. Photo by: Meredith Toflinski.

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Providing Food To All Generations By Valynda Jerome-Williams

Nearly 5 years ago, Junior League of Mobile (JLM) kicked off the first year of our current focus area, Healthy Children: Hunger, Nutrition and Fitness. JLM and 12 community agencies partnered together in supporting 24 service programs in the Mobile and Baldwin County communities. Lisa Davis, JLM Sustainer and founder of A Servant’s Love, Inc. (ASL) incorporated JLMs focus area into her daily service mission. “When I founded A Servant’s Love, Inc. I sought out to provide elderly persons with nutritious food,” Davis said. “I see now that I actually help children too because after hurricane Katrina, many households merged into one where kids, their moms and grandparents all live together.” A Servant’s Love is a Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program which focuses on providing senior citizens with hunger relief and healthy food choices. “Some seniors are primary caretakers for their grandchildren,” Davis said. “Those children need healthy nutritious food too.” Sometimes Davis offers nutritious foods children love, such as apples and broccoli. “We put kid-friendly

Since its inception in 2007, ASL has provided food security to 200 seniors every month in our community. The non-profit works with volunteer sites and 50-75 volunteers. “As the cost of food escalates, the challenge to eat healthy becomes a difficult choice,” Davis said. “Seniors, especially those who are raising grandchildren, grand-nieces and nephews or who live in multigenerational households have to decide between having food and other necessities.” ASL helps our seniors and the children in their homes. Davis lives JLM’s mission in her service to the community.

foods in the boxes to help kids eat healthier. Davis said. “We know it costs more to eat fresh healthy food,” Davis continued. “The decision to eat healthy is purely based on the dollar.” On average, ASL provides seniors in Mobile County with 30-40 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, nonperishable goods, nutritious information, simple recipes and paper products. 42 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MOBILE FOLIO MAGAZINE - SPRING 2019


The Trick To Staying Healthy & Active on the Go! By Valynda Jerome-Williams

Junior League of Mobile (JLM) members practice our focus area throughout their daily lives and while on the go with their children. With spring break and summer around the corner families are finalizing upcoming travel plans. Whether near or far, overnight, staycation or a relaxing day trip, one thing is for certain - meal planning is essential to a healthy diet. We asked JLM volunteers how they incorporate JLM’s focus area of Health Children: Hunger, Nutrition and Fitness into their personal lives while on the go. JLM 2018-19 Grant Writer Chair, Chenele Chapman

Kelsey Moody and Family.

is the mother of two boys, ages 12 and 13. The Chapmans recently visited Sandestin, Florida and Birmingham, Alabama. To stay healthy while on vacation, the Chapmans’ kids stay active and eat a balanced meal. “My kids play basketball, swim and walk on the beach,” Chapman said. “They eat cheese sticks and grapes and we try to cook our meals most of the time.” Healthy eating with kids can require some creativity. “We do a super easy and healthy snack with our kids,” JLM Donor Development: Corporate Sponsors Chair Kasee Heisterhagan said. “It’s called ‘tiny things’. We each pick one item to include on a plate and arrange it like a little tiny buffet (for example, grape tomato slices hummus, berries, and cheese). The kids obsess over it.”

The Chapman Kids, Matthew and Manny on vacation in New Orleans. “Sometimes we do not travel away. We stay home and go to the beach,” Admissions & Recruitment Volunteer, Suntrease Williams-Maynard said. Maynard is a mother of two. She believes healthy eating, nutrition and fitness is a lifestyle. “I want my children kids perform better in school and behave better while

Kelsey Moody insists on keeping the Moody kids

on vacation when they are healthy,” Maynard said.

healthy. “I insist on feeding my kids healthy snacks.

“While on vacation my kids drink lots of water, take

This is mostly because of food allergies and additives,”

naps and do lots of walking.”

ingredients and the boys help plant and pick the foods in our garden.”

at the Beach.

to have a long, healthy, and fulfilled life. I feel that my

While on the go, Sustainer Committee Volunteer,

Moody said. “We grow a good portion of our

The Maynard Kids, Dareon and Destiny

JLM volunteers incorporate our focus area throughout their lives with year-round service to their families. How do you eat healthy and stay active?

Maynard family vacation in Orlando.

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Q&A

WITH

JLM

Meagan Barnett What would you want prospective members to know about JLM membership? Possibilities are endless in an organization with 88 years of history and 1,400 members. Volunteer and leadership opportunities allow each member to determine how much time, energy, and resources they are able to give each year.

Amanda Gonzalez What Gives you Inspiration in your role on the Leadership Team? Each time I hear of a backpack being delivered, a member sharing a rewarding experience, or a community partner thanking us for all we do, I’m inspired.

Sabrina Alexander How has volunteering through JLM enriched your life? JLM has brought some amazing women into my life, many I consider my closest friends and confidants.

Renie Kennemer How has volunteering through JLM enriched your life? JLM has enriched my life by introducing me to smart, compassionate women who share their time and skills with other women so that we can all play a role in improving our community.

Lucy Pryor Slaton How has volunteering through JLM enriched your life? JLM has a place for everyone! We all have different types of involvement levels in all sorts of areas of interest.

Alison Herlihey What would you want prospective members to know about JLM membership? JLM provides a great opportunity to meet and make friends with all kinds of women that are fulfilling amazing roles in our community, and who you may not otherwise have the opportunity to know.

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Q&A

WITH

JLM

Krista Harrell How has volunteering through JLM enriched your life? Through my placements, in and out of JLM, I have been able to better understand the needs of Mobile and the amazing people and partner groups who work tirelessly to improve the place where we live, work, and play.

Sarah Bumgarner How has volunteering through JLM enriched your life? Before I joined I had a narrow view of our community. Through the work of our volunteers helping non-profits, I am able to see the greatest needs in our community that are not being met and how important having nonprofit organizations in this community are.

Jennifer Denson What do you hope to see changed in our community through JLM? JLM can change lives. JLM cannot fulfill fundamental needs for every child in our community. But we can fundamentally change a child’s life by helping one learn to read, providing food for a hungry child, teaching nutrition and healthy living to a whole family and so much more

Kelly Barrett What has been the most fulfilling moment in your JLM membership so far? The creation of a Training Council and subsequently being given the opportunity to facilitate membership training has been the most fulfilling moment in my membership experience.

Amy Groves What has been the most fulfilling moment in your JLM membership so far? I had the pleasure of sitting on the Board of Directors last year as Governance Director. It was really so fulfilling to see how the Board and Management Team work together to make the complicated spokes and wheels that are JLM operate so efficiently!

Rebekah Baker What is Your hope for the future of JLM? I hope we continue to nurture our members and invite floods of new women to join our mission. The power of many will change our city for the best.

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Q&A

WITH

JLM

Gayle Shoultz What would you want prospective members to know about JLM membership? I encourage women of all ages to join JLM. It is a phenomenal organization that works together to improve the lives of so many in our community, especially the needs of our children throughout Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

Rachel Beebe What gives you Inspiration in your role on the Leadership Team? I’m inspired by the creative perseverance each woman has demonstrated in her current leadership position on the community council.

Kayla Mowdy What is Your hope for the future of JLM? To continue to grow in number and impact for both our individual members in their personal and professional lives and those in our community, especially the children.

Megan Finnigan Grimes How has volunteering through JLM enriched your life? Volunteering with JLM has given me fulfillment in my need to serve my community and it has helped to develop me as a servant-leader.

Meredith Toflinski What has been the most fulfilling moment in your JLM membership so far? Having my sister join as a provisional. My 5 years in JLT and JLM combined have enriched my life beyond what I thought was possible. I’m excited that my sister has the opportunity to have the same experience

Catherine Wynn What Gives you Inspiration in your role on the Leadership Team? ​ It is inspiring to see intelligent women with a variety of experience and perspectives, all come together to make the best decisions possible.

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Junior League of Mobile Sponsors ENDOWMENT FUND Stein Investments, Inc. Clara Smith Allison Beard Casey Whiting Kathy Ward Ann Sirmon Lynn Clapper Mildred Hobbs Mary Jane Cobb David Marks III Margaret Ann Waldrop Lee D.M. Pittman, III Louise Battiste Barbara Baughman, In Memory of Fran Aldridge Danley Winkie Greer Elizabeth Coleman Ginny Russell Patty Howell Cele Cameron Sarah Damson Stephanie Alexander BCS Dental Beth Morrissette Amy Powell Kathy Thurber Teresa Smith Virginia Snider Susan Leach Stella Jackson Karen Atchison Kay Ladd Julie Bagwell Deborah Gross Janee Bonner Frances Yance Suzanne Ashurst Sharee Broussard Suzanne Damrich Carol Suffich Rhonda Davis Betsy Otts Lucy Brady Katherine Inge Miriam Morrow Fran Morrissette Porter Sue Simpson Michon Trent

Juli Chambliss Winks Floyd-Jones Windy Bitzer Susan Smith Sandra Finkbohner Linyer Zieman Lee Brady Lynn Davidson Mary Lynne Schatzman Susan Carley Jane Conkin Kathy Webster Kim Jardine Madeleine McPhillips Sallye Irvine Kay Davis Anne Irvine Becki Connally Ceil McGehee Carol Suffich Carolyn Jeffers Terri Gray Bonnie Norton Margherita Riggall Laura Meisler Valerie Vick Debbie White Kathy Miller Joan Marie Stewart Katherine Ogburn Sandra G. Holcombe Tiny Spottswood Julie Castle Patricia Hooks Shelly LaGroue Carmen Kearley Elizabeth Weinacker LeAnne Tamblyn University of South Alabama Carmelita Millsap Nancy Kline Hughes Tiffany Ginn Eve Doherty Belinda Peace Jennifer Denson Sue Mcgahagin GRACIOUS GIVING Meagan Barnett Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Elizabeth Burgess Sabrina Alexander Frances Williams Mena Morgan Telagen LLC Alison Baxter Herlihy PC Rebecca Satterwhite University of South Alabama Austill Lott Larson & McGowin, Inc. Amanda Gonzales Renie Baya Sarah Bumgarner Thompson Engineering Inc. Emma Mayhall Allison Beard The US Charitable Gift Trust Ann Sirmon Sabrina Alexander Kristin Pfeffle Kate Seawell Shannon Kmak Caroline Etherton Christopher L. George, PC April Sells Susan Leach Lucy Pryor Slaton Barbara Baughman, In Memory of Fran Aldridge Danley Joan Holland Maria Williams Gretchen Cooper Elizabeth Coleman Katherine Inge Betty Stone Gillette Muller Stephanie Alexander BCS Dental Kathy Thurber Maria Williams Deborah Gross Suzanne Ashurst Sharee Broussard Zelma Frederick Amy Hurt Mary Beth Nesser Melissa Hughes Allison Prillaman Elizabeth B. Brevard

Suzanne Silva David Marks III Suzanne Damrich Junior League of Mobile Catherine Wynn Lucy Brady Miriam Morrow Celeste Peebles Porter Sue Simpson Michon Trent Bradley Smith Mary E. Murchison Perry Stewart Sandra Finkbohner Lee Brady Prissy Wilson Joan Paine Elise Partridge Susan Carley Jane Conkin Penny Hatcher Virginia Snider Rebecca Cummings Charlotte Crockett Kim Jardine Sallye Irvine Mary Ellen Ferguson Maiben Haas Kay Davis Margaret Platt Terri Gray Bonnie Norton Sara Phillips Lulie Rutledge Laura Meisler Mary Broughton Ava Barbour Valerie Vick Debbie White Missy Benton Janet Lyon Kathy Miller Sandra G. Holcombe Laura Jane Rogers Pam Bostick Tiny Spottswood Julie Castle Shelly LaGroue Weezie Larson

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Meredith Saer Susan Miller Elizabeth Weinacker Amy Groves Carmelita Millsap Nancy Kline Hughes Mary Jane Cobb Tiffany Ginn Amy Groves Belinda Peace Jennifer Denson Sue Mcgahagin 2019 COMMUNITY LUNCHEON Gale Slaton Regions Bank Felder Services Hancock Whitney Bank Southern Cancer Center PRACT Kelly Williamson Oakworth Capital Bank Infirmary Health Systems, Inc. Curry Adams Stephanie Alexander Speech/Language Pathologist - Private Laura Clark Elizabeth Diehl Sandra Finkbohner Terri Gray Beth Rouse Virginia Snider Allison Beard Mary Stewart Crane Andrea Moore Barnett Millworks Kate Irvine Alison Baxter Herlihy, P.C. Caroline E. Chapman Romola Barnett Kelly Williamson MilliMedia JWRE Drug Education Council Ruland & Ruland CPAs, LLC Classical Ballet of Mobile, Inc. Armbrecht Jackson LLP Garner Consulting Serivices Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC Pediatric Associates of Mobile PA Zue Farmer ALFA Mutual Insurance Company Eve Doherty Barnett Millworks Barnett Millworks Moe’s Southwest Grill Marguerita C. Riggall Moe’s Southwest Grill CEFCO National Claims Services, Inc.

Romola Barnett Janee Bonner Elizabeth Morrissette Mary Hunter Slaton Gayle Shoultz Anders, Boyett & Brady, P.C. S. Alexander Consulting Kelly Barrett Renasant Bank Carmen Elena Bosch Pamela Bousquet Dorothy Bousquet Jessica Rockhill Faye Anderson Barclay Barclay Elizabeth Morrissette Faye Anderson Suzanne Ashurst Ruth Austill Jeannie Austin Julie Bagwell Mary Anne C. Ball Judy Binion Sage Bolt Janee Bonner Pam Bostick Angie Bowman Faye Hughes Lee Lee Brady Lucy Brady Anne Blake Brooks Glynn Case Laura Clark LALA Portraits Lynn Cummings Suzanne Damrich Sarah Davis Madeleine Downing Leigh Faircloth Leigh Faircloth Jeaneane Fountain Joy Grodnick Pamela Hall Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Anne Irvine Sallye Irvine Carolyn Jeffers Alice Jones Susan Kangal Janet Lyon Lucy Harrison Catherine W McGowin Debbie McManus Barbara Mitchell Elizabeth Morrissette Vaughan Morrissette

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Audrey Patterson Mary Lynne Schatzman Mary Sharp Nancy Sledge Connie S. Martin Teresa Smith Margaret Sullivan Carolyn Thomas Ann Torbert Jean Tucker Jean Tucker Ruth Wilbanks Jeanie Wilkins Amy Carpenter Amy Powell Lynn Davidson Talma Carstarphen Andrea Moore Lane, Lyons, Burton & Bullock, Inc. Mobile City Council Julie Flotte Bay Area Physicians for Women Wellborn Strategies Judge Robert H. Smith Nancy Erwin Michon Trent Terri Shelton Amy Fesperman Hargrove Engineers + Constructors obile City Council Mary Broughton Becky Tate Jennifer Denson Institute for Medical and Nursing Education Kate Irvine Barbara Brousseau Vicki Rooks St. Ignatius St. Ignatius Melanie Elliott Sarah Bumgarner Sullivan Appraisal, Inc. Dana Terry Virginia Behlen Ashley Self Jennifer Cashman MCPSS Julia McClelland Lee Martin Yeager Realty Corporation Mobile Instrument Century Bank Jen Ekman Mary Epps Ellingwood Chenele Chapman Bottles Up Mobile April Henderson

Sara Hall Mary Ann LaFleur Edith Terreson Lynne Chronister Janet Courtney Kate Lavelle Amelia Lyons Bell Jamie Sullivan Susan McGowin Eugenia Inge Susan Helmsing Marjorie Campbell Doss Mary Hartley Lang Joan M. Glisson Catherine Majure Catherine Majure Mabry Spottswood Foose Catherine V. Hamilton Lynne H. Davis Elizabeth Stokes Terry Sylvia Atchison Katherine L. Clapp Sharon Freeman Paine Elizabeth L. Otts Anne Hawkins Luce Stacy Wright Newman Kirsten Rand Janie Johnson Christy Raymond Shirley Well Faye Anderson Shantrell Nicks Monique Henley Jane Glennon Feagin VONA Gennifer Taloney Angel Smith Catherine Burch Virginia Sherrell Donna Greene Jody Donald Jo Linder Harrell Arlene F. Mitchell Karen Whatley Price Catherine McAleer Sarah T Immel Naomi Y. Adams Largay T. Douglas Renae Fowler Laurie L. Glover Traci C. Fusaiotti Julie S. Moore Jamie M. Quina Christopher L. George, PC Ann Hartwell Deborah D Turberville Bay Area Community Medicine, P.C.


Shelley Crooms Olds Enterprises LLC Lisa J Young Michelle K Glaze Irvine Company, Inc. DIAPER BANK Mobile County Public School System Tabitha Olzinski Amelia Pate The American Equity Underwriters Linda Lou Parsons Lisa Kavanagh Gayle Shoultz UltraTANZ Virginia Dawn Wilson Sheridan Kersh Melissa Hughes Tanekkya King Melisa Anderson Wanda Jones Cortney Stanfield Terri Shelton Melody Zeidan BACKPACK PROGRAM Walmart Mary Jane Cobb Pediatric Associates of Mobile, P.A.

Tabitha Olzinski Linda Lou Parsons Catherine Burkel Maria Payne Mobile County Health Department Janet Delaney Alabama Kidney Foundation Susan Devine S. Alexander Consulting Gardberg & Kemmerly PC Laura Davison Mobile Lumber & Millwork Mary Angela Griffith Nicole Arthur Barbara Baughman Gayle Shoultz Rebecca Satterwhite Jaquel Taylor Melisa Anderson Yvette Stevens Emily Hayden Southern Eye Group of Alabama TruBridge Stefanie Toler Sally Pehler Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Cortney Stanfield

Gayle Shoultz Taylor Jones-Martin Distinguished Young Women Jaquel Taylor Missouri Shortridge Johnnie Williams Wanda Jones Laura Gibson Wilma Tyler Results Physiotherapy Melody Zeidan Mobile County Health Dept Sherwin-Williams CHRISTMAS JUBILEE Joe Bullard Acura LaZBoy Furniture Gallery Urgent Care by the Bay Ivy Thompson Ashley Noblet The Container Yard, LLC BLUEPASS Adrenaline Alabama Outdoors Ashland Pub Ballins LTD Barre3 Brown Eyed Girl

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JLM’s Top Accomplishments of 2017-18 By Rena Philips

With the theme “Power of One,” Junior League of Mobile (JLM) had a successful 2017-18 year. An emphasis was placed on how as one, JLM truly is making a difference in Mobile and Baldwin counties: one member, one placement, one team, one mission and one community. “For 87 years, JLM members have volunteered their time and talents to make our community a better place,” said Amy Carpenter, who was the president of JLM for 2017-18.

“When the membership comes together, we exhibit what one organization can do, and it is powerful.”

Among the most public accomplishments is that JLM hosted three successful fundraisers led by three amazing chairs: Christmas Jubilee (Stacy Wellborn), Jubilee Bargains (Johanna Thompson) and BluePass (Jessica James). JLM volunteers made a huge impact in placements with community agencies including: Dumas Wesley’s after-school program, The Joseph Project, Family Promise, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Leadership Mobile, Youth Leadership Mobile, Prodisee Pantry, United Cerebral Palsy, St. Mary’s Home, Girl Scouts and more. In one of the more popular placements, JLM members packed more than 150 backpacks weekly for children who otherwise might not have much to eat over the weekends in Mobile and Baldwin counties through a partnership with Feeding the Gulf Coast. On a more behind-the-scenes level, JLM operated under its second year of a split leadership team structure that includes a Board of Directors and a Management Team, rewriting and updating policies, bylaws and procedures as needed to reflect that new structure. And it updated JLM’s Strategic Plan for the first time since 2014. “Our members are busier than ever before and JLM must evolve with our membership,” Carpenter said. “Our Strategic Plan now reflects our top priorities while focusing on our mission.” Carpenter worked with Folio to come up with a list of JLM’s accomplishments last year. The list of accomplishments, in no particular order, are: 

FOCUS What better way to focus on the difference women are making in the community than to host a conference so aptly called the FOCUS Women’s Conference? JLM partnered with FOCUS organizers to provide best-selling author Rachel Stafford as the keynote speaker. The conference was held at the Mobile Convention Center on Sept. 22. Ready Hands Recognizing that today’s members have hectic schedules, JLM researched and implemented a new placement model called Ready Hands. Members assigned to this placement can pick and choose volunteer activities in a more flexible manner, based on their interests, time available and urgent needs in the community. Member Events JLM planned several fun events to allow members to get to know each other. That included the first-ever Shoppes at Bel Air meeting/social, a membership appreciation event at FIVE, a Gulf Coast Ducks tour, a decorating lesson at LUSH, and post-General Membership Meeting socials at local restaurants. Hurricane Relief After Category 4 Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas, members of JLM sprung into action. Focusing on diapers, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, new undergarments and socks, JLM filled an entire 18-wheeler from top to bottom with donations and delivered them. Provisional Projects Ladies in the Provisional Class were so motivated that they completed not one but two Provisional Projects. They made over a girls’ common room at St. Mary’s Home. And they upgraded the United Cerebral Palsy Preschool’s sensory room that JLM had donated 10 years ago. More than 100 women strong, the Provisional Class was led by members Talma Carstarphen and Jennifer Green.

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NAPPIE Christmas Jubilee won the Nappie Award for being the best local fundraiser. The Nappies are presented by Lagniappe each year. Speaking of Christmas Jubilee, JLM worked with the city to negotiate a three-year contract to keep the holiday fundraiser at the Mobile Convention Center. And speaking of fundraisers, the 2017-18 team negotiated a deal with Planet Fundraiser for BluePass to go digitial, which it did this past fall.

Leadership With a mission of developing the potential of women, JLM is known for offering high-quality leadership training programs. That reputation was well matched as JLM provided eight different Leadership Academy events that were organized and chaired by Ashley McKeithan. JLM also provided training to community partners via Community Collaboration events with speakers Mimi Hull and Vicki Clark thanks to Community Collaborations chair Amanda Gonzalez. Diaper Bank Always evolving and coming up with new ideas to help the community, JLM in 2017-18 researched and created a roadmap for a new project that is sure to make a difference: a diaper bank. Stay tuned for information on how members can help new moms get the diapers and supplies they need to keep their babies dry and happy. Celebrations It would not be Junior League of Mobile, or Mobile without some great celebrations. During 2017-18, JLM hosted several, including a spectacular Sustainer cocktail party at the home of Julie Flotte in March. And JLM celebrated along with Mobile Infirmary, which received the JLM Chamber Award for Community Service.


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Junior League of Mobile - FOLIO Magazine - Spring 2019  

Serving as the voice of Junior League of Mobile, FOLIO - through feature stories, interviews and profiles - reports on the organization’s ac...

Junior League of Mobile - FOLIO Magazine - Spring 2019  

Serving as the voice of Junior League of Mobile, FOLIO - through feature stories, interviews and profiles - reports on the organization’s ac...