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Tropica l Topics OCTOBER 2012

From the Presiden t Welcome October, and this absolutely gorgeous weather! I hope everyone is taking time out of their busy schedules to get outside, relax, and enjoy the cooler temperatures and lower humidity. The arrival of Fall means the Sponsor Party and Holiday Ball are right around the corner as we Escape to Casablanca. In order to receive recognition on the Ball invitation, please submit your sponsorship pledge by October 15th. Each year, the Association of Junior Leagues International hosts leadership and governance meetings including the Annual Conference, Fall Leadership, and Winter Leadership. It also provides training through Organizational Development Institute Conferences (ODI). In September, I attended AJLI’s Fall Conference in Chicago. This Conference was a jam-packed two days of motivational speakers, training sessions, panelists, and networking with Leagues from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. My agenda included breakout sessions on Strategic Planning, Working for the Good of the League, How Member Giving Strengthens the Fund Development Picture, and, lastly, a session by the ever-so-inspiring Vicki Clark … Engage, Excite, & Motivate! I encourage all of you to visit our Association website, at The Member Area contains a wealth of information and resources, such as an assortment of online learning opportunities including interactive online training, self-paced learning modules, webinars, and member benefits, as well as an on-demand Help Desk.

Amanda Gaido 2012-2013 President

In April of this year, our League’s Kids in the Kitchen program was the recipient of a $2,500. grant from Kashi as part of The Kashi REAL Project, an initiative designed to raise awareness of the Real Food Deficit and amplify the work of nonprofit organizations. A total of $80,000. was distributed at the Annual Conference to 29 Leagues to help expand local KITK initiatives. The Kids in the Kitchen initiative will appear on 1.8 million boxes of Cinnamon Harvest cereal from October through January, so keep an eye out on your store shelves and support our wonderful sponsor! Do you know an amazing woman or committee that deserves to be recognized for going above and beyond the call of voluntarism? Help celebrate our membership recognition program and nominate her. The Member of the Month award will recognize those members that demonstrate the Code of Conduct / Core Values and Standards of Behavior. Those members nominated two or more times throughout the year will automatically be considered for annual volunteer awards (Chair, Volunteer, and Active of the Year). The criteria and nomination form follow. Nominations should be sent to me, at, by the second Friday of the month, or can be submitted at the General Meeting for the following month. I look forward to seeing each of you at our October 8th General Meeting at the Elks Lodge, 1518 Tremont Street, in Galveston. Amanda Gaido 2012-2013 President - Junior League of Galveston County, Inc.

MISSION STATEMENT The Junior League of Galveston County, 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 education and charitable. JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GALVESTON COUNTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012-2013 President - Amanda Gaido President Elect - Jocelyn Sullivan Secretary - Elizabeth McCarty Communications Vice President - Sarah Sullivan Community Vice President - Jennifer Caffey

Finance Vice President - Amy Lilly Fundraising Vice President - Holly Pelletier Membership Vice President - Kristen Lepo Past President - Yvette Schulz Sustainer President- Marjorie Kusnerik

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship...and we can’t wait to thank our wonderful sponsors at this year’s Sponsor Appreciation Event. Sponsor Party will be held Thursday, November 8, 2012 At Moody Gardens in the Garden Cay Room From 7:00-9:00pm It will be a grand evening of hors d’oeuvres, and libations that is sure to get you in the mood for your “Escape to Casablanca.” Live music will be provided by Moodafaruka. Don’t miss this intriguing event - Turn in your sponsorship commitment today! Admittance to this exclusive event is included as part of the following sponsor levels: Here’s looking at You - $25,000 |As Time Goes By - $10,000 A Kiss is Still a Kiss - $7,500 | Beautiful Friendship - $5,000 Café American - $2,500 | Moroccan Adventure - $1,500 Fall into an Oasis - $1,000 | Rock the Casbah (In-League Sponsorship) - $600 Fall Sponsor - $500 | Fall Friend - $400


ConfiFIdential Many of us are rejoicing as the one thing we have been waiting for since last January has happened – Football season has returned. Others are probably revolted at the weekend rituals that are now followed. At the Brown house, the return of football means lots of grilling and trying new recipes. Whether you are a football fan or not, you are sure to have an opportunity in the coming months to attend a party. Why not try something from the Any Given Sunday menu featured in our book?

An y Given Sun da y

Appetizers Creamy Bacon Blue Cheese Dip (49) Hot Jalapeno Crab Meat Dip (48) Salad Black Bean Salad (65) Bread Jalapeno Muffin (74) Entrees Cheesy Chicken Chili (95) Garlic Mustard Beef Skewers (109) Desserts Lemon Bars (185) Cream Cheese Bars (185) Kudos to the following ladies for establishing new wholesale accounts this month: Nicole Cleboski, Amanda Hall, Hayley Harcastle, Emily Lindberg, & Sara Salinas! All of these ladies have been entered into our contest! If you need books or have a lead for a new wholesale account, please contact Amy Brown ( At October’s General Meeting… Tips for making the sell!

MEMBER OF THE MONTH NOMINATION PURPOSE This award is for members to recognize each other for professional behavior, demonstrating the Core Values and Standards of Behavior, and for going above and beyond the call of duty as a volunteer for the Junior League of Galveston County, Inc. RECOGNITION Most of us have observed other members that often exceed the responsibility of a volunteer that deserves recognition. Perhaps there is a member that excels within their committee/project and goes above and beyond to help other members and the community. CRITERIA Attended meetings, demonstrates professional behavior, core values and standards of behavior. C ore Values: Teamwork: Respectfully caring for each other and those we serve Respect: Humility in our successes and grace in our challenges Integrity: Honesty and integrity in all our interactions Generosity: Being thankful for and sharing our opportunities and blessings Learning: Passionately pursuing making a difference in JLGC by being a lifelong learner

Standards of Behavior: Commitment to Members  Conduct ourselves with the idea that the result of great teamwork is success for our organization  If serving on a team, hold yourself trustworthy and accountable  Be flexible and supportive – set an example of cooperation  Always greet each other with a smile and verbal acknowledgment  Recognize the value of each individual  Be respectful of our members privacy  Respect diversity, treat each other with fairness and equality  Be honest in dealing with others  Always keep your word, others are depending on you Commitment to the Public  Maintain integrity with fiduciary duties  Strive to ensure safety for ourselves and others Professional Conduct/Attitude  Be tolerant of each other and offer professional courtesy to members  Create and participate in a team environment where honest feedback is seen as valuable and not criticism  Respect each other’s time by being on time for all meetings  Be honest and kind during all interactions  Use appropriate language at all times when you are speaking or sending emails. Never use profanity  Never interrupt a presentation, demonstrate respect for all speakers, regardless of situation  Display a professional and positive attitude at all times  Be friendly and helpful to all members  Do the right thing – even when no one is watching  Conduct yourself with compassion for everyone you come in contact with  Use positive body language and present yourself professionally: make eye contact  Always comply with all JLGC policies including the (Risk Management and Safety Policy, Sexual Abuse and Molestation, Whistle blower, Equipment, Gift Acceptance,

Communication  Do not send excessive emails– please place only those who are directly related to the issue or those you  would like a response from in the ―To line. If you would like to inform someone of the issue and do not  want a response, please ―cc them. Send your response emails within 24 hours only to the person sending  the note unless it is necessary or asked for all to read your response    Use adult conversations to resolve issues – go directly to the member involved    Confront and manage conflict while maintaining dignity and respect for others    Recognize different communication styles – compromise when needed. Look for ways to communicate  effectively with each other   Mentoring    Welcome, mentor and receive new members with energy and spirit―What can I do for you?    Teach and role model the characteristics of excellent adult learners    When presentations are occurring:    Be totally present; engage    Listen as if you were going to teach it    Take notes write/draw/diagram    Relate vs. compare    Own it    Share information learned with your committees/placements. Allow others to benefit from your expertise,  listen to others and determine best practices    Gather feedback from others, have a mentor, be a mentor 


Nominee: Month:  Reason for nomination (required to count):                           Please return to Amanda Gaido via email at or turn in to the nomination box at the general  meeting.  Entries must be received by the second Friday of each month.  

Nomina tin g Placem en t

In 2010, I was lucky to be selected to attend AJLI’s Organizational Development Institute in Houston. What an inspiring and enlightening experience! I attended a session with Anne Dalton that dealt with the “New Nominating Paradigm”. I returned from that training filled with new knowledge and ideas. As this year’s Membership Vice President, I am excited to be able to use that knowledge to complete an action that is part of our League’s Strategic Plan. The Membership Council has been charged with creating an application and interview process to use when choosing the Board Slate. The idea behind this process is to gain knowledge of a potential candidate’s competencies as they relate to leadership positions. Knowledge the Nominating/Placement Committee may not have had before. While our previous process of using the “Interest Form” has yielded great leaders, it has possibly excluded candidates who possess the competencies necessary for leadership positions. The new process puts power in the hands of the applicant who will be able to give the committee information on the experience she has gained from employment and other volunteer activities. Using this information, the committee will be able to make a more informed decision when choosing the future leaders of our League. I encourage all members to look at the application in the member section of our website and become familiar with the process. Job descriptions and a list of competencies for each position are also included in the packet. We are all potential leaders of our League.You all possess the competencies of at least one of these positions. Please read these and think about your future with the Junior League of Galveston County. If you are ready to hold a Board position next year, please complete this application before October 12 and return it to me electronically at or to the TA Building in a sealed envelope with my name on the front. If your application is accepted, you will be contacted to participate in an interview with 4-5 members of the Nominating/Placement Committee. If you are chosen for a position, your name will appear on the Board slate to be voted on by membership at the December General Membership Meeting. I am happy to be a part of this change and am excited for the future of JLGC. I would love to hear from any member who has interest in a position but would like more information about a position or the application process. Kristen Lepo Membership Vice President

*To see the application, please log in to the Member area of our website at and look under “General Information”.

It’s T-Shirt Tim e! We have three t-shirts to choose from this year and they are all super cute! 1. The STANDARD RED “must have”: $8.68 Short sleeve red JLGC volunteer shirt with white letters. All members need one of these as a staple. 2. The CUTE FITTED BASEBALL TEE: $20.57 3/4 white with gray sleeves. Red swooping “Junior League of Galveston” on the front. ***THESE RUN VERY SMALL. They go up to a 4XL. Please don’t worry about size...they are a junior fit. Please order 1-2 sizes up. 3. HOLIDAY BALL 2012 shirt: $20.02 White long sleeve with our Holiday Ball “Escape to Casablanca” logo on the back. Order forms will be available at the October meeting Please make checks payable to “Junior League of Galveston County Inc”. Contact Sarah Sullivan for more information:

Kids in the Kitchen:

We had our first Kids In The Kitchen committee meeting and we are set to start off on October 13th with Spooktacular treats at the Rosenberg Library from 10 AM to noon on the 3rd floor. We plan to have our events the 2nd Saturday of every month, so please join us for some healthy snack ideas! Questions please e-mail me.If you have any ideas please e-mail Sheyanne at More information about volunteer opportunities to come at a later date. Information will also be provided in the Wednesday Weekly Notes.

Membership Developm en t

The Membership Development team is so excited about the fantastic Provisional class that has come together this year! After the paperwork and payment deadline, we ended up with 41 energetic and dedicated women. In fact, several of the Provisional members secured wholesale accounts and earned their entire 10 Cookbook points before the first Provisional meeting! Way to go, ladies! This year we have organized a full social calendar for the Provisional class to give them more opportunities to become friends and come together as a cohesive group. Each Provisional member is required to attend at least one “Get to Know You” event. These are small, social evenings with no more than 10 Provisional members at a time. They are designed so the women can talk more easily and so our committee can learn their names and faces and a little about each one. Small groups have gotten together at Bacchus Wine Bar, MOD Coffeehouse, La Brisa Mexican Restaurant, Float, and Chelsea Wine Bar. Two more are planned – one at the Beach Hut and one at Starbucks. In addition, we have one optional social event per month that is open to everyone in the Provisional class. The first one will be at Paint This/Pour That on October 19, where we will be painting a specially-commissioned picture of the Trueheart-Adriance Building! In November we have a team participating in the Gritty Goddess 5K, a noncompetitive obstacle course through mud, sand, water and foam for women only. Our team is called “Not Your Mama’s Junior League” and will be starting in the 10:30 and 10:45 heats – come out and cheer us on! Angie Brown, Membership Development Chair Stephanie Stathakos, Membership Development Co-Chair Anna Andrews – First Year Active

JLGC Ca len da r of Even ts OCTOBER 8th - GENERAL MEETING Location: Elks Lodge - Galveston 12th - Leadership Application Due 15th - Provisional Meeting - Spring Creek BBQ 20th - Tropical Topics Due 25th - 26th - Leadership Interviews 29th - Board Report Due NOVEMBER 6th - Board Meeting 8th - SPONSOR PARTY - Location: Moody Gardens - Galveston 12th - GENERAL MEETING - Location: MINI of Clear Lake 20th - Tropical Topics Due 26th - Board Report Due 26th - Provisional Meeting - TA Building DECEMBER 1st - 2nd - Dickens on the Strand 3rd - GENERAL MEETING - Location: Ashton Villa - Galveston 7th - Holiday Ball Workshop - 6:30-8:30 PM - TA Building 8th - Holiday Ball - 7 - 11 pm - Tremont House 17th - Provisional Meeting - La Brisa Restaurant 20th - Tropical Topics Due 31st - Board Report Due

BOARD MEETING DATES November 6: Mainland November 27: Island DECEMBER 3: GM January 8: Mainland February 5: Island March 6: Mainland April 2: Island May 7: Island

2012-2013 PROVISIONAL CALENDAR Meeting Attendance: • Attend at least 6 of the 8 General Membership meetings • Attend at least 6 of the 8 Provisional meetings • Attend at least 1 of the 6 Get to Know You events • Attend at least 3 of the 6 fundraising workshops • Attend Annual Dinner General Membership meetings are typically held the second Monday of every month between September and April. Provisional meetings are usually held the third Monday of each month. For both, the social begins at 6:00 PM and the meeting starts at 6:30 PM. Please note that several meeting dates are adjusted due to holidays. Attendance is optional at all events listed in blue. Attendance is mandatory at one of the six Get to Know You events listed in red. Attendance is mandatory at three of the six of the workshops listed in green. October 8 General Meeting Elk’s Lodge, Galveston Island October 8 Get To Know You Beach Hut, Galveston, After General Mtg October 15 Provisional Meeting Spring Creek BBQ, League City October 19, 6:00 Provisional Social Paint This/Pour That, League City (This event will cost $35/person for the cost of canvas and paint supplies. BYOB and food to share!) November 3, 10:30 AM Gritty Goddess 5K Moody Gardens, Galveston Island (This is a non-competitive 5K obstacle course through mud, sand, water, and foam for women only! Registration costs $70, which will get you a Gritty Goddess custom designed shirt, the great gritty course, Temptation Island, and the “Sisterhood of the Soil” Soiree with food, drink and live music. Anyone who is interested should register ASAP under the team name “Not Your Mama’s Junior League.”) November 12 General Meeting MINI of Clear Lake November 15, 7:00-9:00 Holiday Ball Sponsor Party Moody Gardens, Galveston Island November 26 Provisional Meeting Trueheart-Adriance Building, Galveston (delayed due to Thanksgiving holiday) Nov 30 - December 2 Dickens on the Strand Trueheart-Adriance Building December 3 General Meeting Ashton Villa, Galveston Island (moved up due to Holiday Ball prep) December 7, 6:30 – 8:30 Décor Workshop TBA December 8 Holiday Ball Tremont House Hotel, Galveston December 14, 6:00 Provisional Social Bacchus Wine Bar, League City December 17 Provisional Meeting La Brisa Restaurant, League City January 10, 6:30 – 8:30 Thank You Letters/Wrap Up Spring Creek BBQ, League City January 14 General Meeting TBA January 19, 6:00 Provisional Social Game Night, Trueheart-Adriance Bldg January 28 Provisional Meeting Trueheart-Adriance Building, Galveston (delayed due to Martin Luther King Day) February 11 General Meeting Elk’s Lodge, Galveston Island February 16, 1:00 Provisional Social Tour of Haak Winery, Santa Fe February 25 Provisional Meeting Panera Bread, League City (delayed due to President’s Day) March 18 General Meeting TBA (delayed due to Spring Break) March 22 Spring Market Preview Party San Luis Resort, Galveston Island March 23 Spring Market Setup San Luis Resort, Galveston Island March 23 Sunrise Soiree San Luis Resort, Galveston Island March 25 Provisional Meeting and Social The Spot, Galveston Island (delayed due to Spring Break) Mid-March Placement Interviews Scheduled with your advisor April 8 General Meeting Elk’s Lodge, Galveston Island April 13, 6:00 Provisional Social AMF Star Lanes Bowling, Texas City April 15 Provisional Meeting Trueheart-Adriance Building, Galveston May 13 Annual Dinner TBA May 18, 6:00 End of year Provisional Party Garden House, Galveston Island

It is going to be a fabulous year of Fundraising! Please fill out your commitment card at the next General Meeting. We have sponsorship levels for everyone. Can’t wait to be whisked away to an exclusive Moroccan Sponsor Party before your “Escape to Casablanca”? Consider the “Fall Sponsor” or “Fall into an Oasis” level. Craving an Evening at the Oasis or want to start your day full of shopping at the Sunrise Soiree? Maybe the “Paris in Spring” would be the perfect fit for you! Do you want to do it all? Enjoy a year of unbelievable JLGC fundraisers? Sign up for the Moroccan Adventure or Cafe American levels. Fundraising has opportunities for or personal. Please email Liz Henson at with any ideas for new sponsors. She would love to get a Sponsorship Packet to them. If you have a connection or idea for Silent or Live Auction please contact Bernadette Barbee at or Ashley Group at

Tropical Topics - October 2012  

Tropical Topics - October 2012

Tropical Topics - October 2012  

Tropical Topics - October 2012