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LeagueLines The Newsletter of The Junior League of Austin

November/December 2009

Getting the Message and Staying Connected: The New JLA Communications Council By Julie Shields We all know that communication is key, especially when you are The Junior League of Austin (JLA) and you have multiple audiences including active members, sustainers, provisionals, the community, donors, leadership…and the list goes on and on. The goal of the JLA Communications Council is to reach each of these audiences with relevant information in a format that makes sense for them. The JLA Communications Council, formerly called the Marketing Council, serves as a central hub for all the League communications. While public relations, LeagueLines, Yearbook and Cookbook all fall under the communications umbrella, the council also reviews all the League materials before they are forwarded to the President for final approval.“We want to make sure we are providing high quality information, and using the right tools and resources for our members, donors and the community,” said Amber Brabham, the JLA Communications Vice President and Chair of the Communications Council. “This helps ensure that the League is polished and professional in all communications.” From a tin can to multiple online tools, Jacquelyn Noack, JLA PR Chair, and Amber Brabham, JLA Communications VP, show how JLA communications continues to evolve!

Whether the goal is to educate the community about the JLA or inform the members, the council utilizes multiple tools to communicate. The updated JLA website serves as a great source for information. In addition, the JLA is taking a cue from its members and engaging in online social networking sites as a way to build relationships, step-up outreach efforts and keep members informed. You can now “friend” and “follow” the JLA on Facebook and Twitter. What began as a way for the ACA team to keep in touch, the JLA Facebook page has evolved into a tool where members can interact, post activities and stay connected. Not only is Facebook great for members, but it also provides an avenue to publicize the JLA events and activities to the community. As Special Events Co-Chair, Lindsay Gustafson is hoping to use Facebook to drum up interest outside of the League for A Christmas Affair and Radko ornament sales. “The best news is the marketing costs are free but the potential is huge!” While Facebook is known as a website to build a network of friends, Twitter is a micro-blogging service in which members can get quick updates regarding the League events. The JLA Public Relations Committee is responsible for the page and Tweets. “We’re going to where people are already communicating,” said Brabham. “Instead of making them go to the website, we are meeting them in their preferred communication vehicles.” The JLA continues to utilize new tools – like the online JLA Yearbook – to communicate and inform. “We are a forward-thinking League and our focus is initiatives that make the JLA more effective and efficient,” said the JLA President Kathi Haralson. “We know some of the changes will take getting used to, but with an organization of our size, these tools are invaluable to stay informed and reach our audiences.”


BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2009-2010 Kathi Haralson President Sandy Segura AlcalĂĄ President-Elect JenĂŠ Bearse Treasurer Erika Herndon Recording Secretary Alicia Russell Community Vice President Beth Atherton Sustaining President Julie Monday Ballard Amber Brabham Kelly Breeden Dawn Breyfogle Abigail Bird Donovan Beth Ann Dranguet Holly Mace Massingill Gregory Noack Stacey Thompson Casie Wenmohs Kristin Weatherspoon Wilson


PR Corner...The JLA PR Committee wants you to PASS ON THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT FIT! The FIT Program stands for Food In Tummies. It is a new project of the JLA and will be staffed by the 2009-2010 Provisional Class. In its pilot year, this new Provisional-staffed program will deliver packs of healthy food, along with bilingual recipe cards and nutrition tips, for 31 weeks to every child of Baty Elementary within the Del Valle ISD (which currently enrolls more than 700 students). Baty Elementary reports approximately 97% of enrolled students are considered economically disadvantaged and are currently enrolled in the NSLP (National School Lunch Program which provides free and reduced meals).

To learn more about our exciting new project, visit

Why the FIT Program? Children are Hungry - According to a report published by the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, the state of Texas ranks #1 among the other 50 states in terms of percentage of hungry families; 1 in every 4 children in Texas is hungry. In Central Texas alone, more than 41,000 children (under the age of 18) face food insecurity every day. Research shows children who are hungry do not excel in school. The NSLP addresses the issue of hunger during the week, but not on the weekend. Children who go hungry over the weekend have higher rates of absenteeism, and difficulty with concentration and classroom behavior. In most cases, it takes a child who has gone hungry through the weekend until Wednesday to recover, only to start the cycle again each Friday. By feeding an entire student population that is currently experiencing food insecurity, we expect to see improved school attendance (especially on Mondays and Fridays), improved BMIs, and decreased mobility of families whose children take part in the FIT program.

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Erin Johnston, Editor Sarah Miller, Copy Editor Heather Gossard, Photography Editor Kristen Indriago, Literary Editor Kinnison Bryan, Design Editor Writers: Krystin Johnson, Mandy Niles, Julie Shields, Tillery Stout Graphic Designers: Kelsey Friedman, Julie Payne, Diane Rodriquez, Marcia Sawan

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Back to Basics: Getting Balance Back Into Your Life! Coming Spring 2010 The Junior League of Austin Training and Education Program

A Note From Our President... The Power of Giving The very fabric of our community depends on the efforts of individual citizens to voluntarily reach out to those in need and lend a helping hand. This is especially true during difficult economic times such as we are experiencing now. The fabric of our organization is weaved with many stories of amazing women who have committed themselves to making our home a better place for everyone. Ernest Hemingway once said, “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” Every one of us has the ability to make a difference. This year, the League will contribute approximately 1.2 million dollars of direct financial support and over 100,000 Junior League volunteer hours to support more than 50 local nonprofit agencies, 10 League programs and two significant community endeavors: the Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The impact that the League makes in our community is possible because of the dedication of our members! Each and every year, the League continues to strive to meet the needs of its members and those in the community, but to do so we need your help. I encourage you to take advantage of one of the great perks of the JLA membership and attend this year’s A Christmas Affair Gala, Sunset on the Serengeti, slated for Wednesday, November 18, 2009. This year we have reduced gala ticket prices for the black-tie optional event from $150 per person to $125 per person or $250 per couple. That’s a $50 savings per couple for the JLA members! It’s an excellent opportunity to feel good about giving back to the community, mingle with friends, and get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Speaking of gifts, when would you honor someone or something that has made a difference in your life? Whether you are thinking about honoring someone inside the League or someone within your own family, you can do that while making a meaningful difference in the community through our upcoming annual tribute campaign. You can designate your gift to benefit your favorite League project while making a gift in honor of or in memory of someone who has had a lasting impact on your life. Look for the brochures in the mail and at A Christmas Affair, and remember that every gift matters. Together, we can make a difference through the power of giving! Kathi

Mark Your Calendar November 3, 2009 General Meeting, 7:00 p.m. JLA Auditorium November 18-22, 2009 A Christmas Affair Palmer Events Center November 25-27, 2009 JLA Office Closed November 30- December 4, 2009 Coats for Kids Sorting Week Palmer Events Center

December 5, 2009 Coats for Kids Distribution Day Palmer Events Center December 24, 2009 January 1, 2010 JLA Office Closed January 5, 2010 General Meeting, 7:00 p.m. JLA Auditorium

JLA NOTES Email birth and marriage announcements, condolences and notices about illness of members or their immediate family to Diana Coston, JLA Office Database Manager, at Did you Know? The Junior League of Austin’s handle on Twitter is Page 3

Austin Area Families Need You To Support Coats for Kids Donate Your Coats •

Collect coats (starting Monday, November 9) at your schools, businesses, community groups, churches, and other clubs. Drop off your gently used or new coats at any local Jack Brown Cleaners through Wednesday, December 2.

Register your schools or businesses to participate in the coat drive competition where the winning schools and business receive congratulatory banners, plaques, and on-air recognition by KASE 101! Online registration begins September 14, and all the information about the competition is on our website. The competition starts Monday, November 9, and donations for the competition are accepted at any Jack Brown cleaners through Friday, November 20.

Donate Your Time •

Come with your friends, family, colleagues, and/or other League members and volunteer for Sorting Week, Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4.  Shifts are generally available from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.  Sorting Week volunteers must be at least 15 years of age and be accompanied by an adult if between the ages of 15 and 19.

Junior League members may register to volunteer via the Junior League website starting on Monday, October 5. Community volunteer registration begins on our website that Friday, October 9.  • Youth Sorting Night is back! Bring your children, boy scouts, girl scouts, teams, etc., who are 8 and older to volunteer with an adult on Monday, November 30, between 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. One adult must attend per child. • Provisional Sorting Night is Tuesday, December 1, between 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Transfer and Sustainer Sorting Night is Wednesday, December 2 between 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Please come see the fruits of all your hard work and volunteer on Distribution Day, Saturday, December 5. Three hour shifts run from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Distribution Day volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Leslie Wolfe (right), President and CEO of MAXIMUS, Inc., delivering the MAXIMUS, Inc. sponsorship to Karey Nalle Oddo, Coats for Kids Chair.

Donate Your Dollars • •

Consider an individual or corporate sponsorship of Coats for Kids this year. Donations are accepted online and benefits are listed there as well. Remember that just $15 can buy a needy child a new coat this winter! What a great way to honor those you love - give $15 to Coats for Kids in their name.

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Sustainer Corner – What’s in the Mirror? By Beth Atherton, Sustaining President For those of you who were unable to attend the September General Meeting, you missed out on something special. Bev Kearney, an extraordinary woman and the jewel of the University of Texas’ Women’s Track and Field coaching staff, gave one of the most entertaining and inspiring talks ever heard at a JLA meeting. Standing at the podium, her picture projected larger-than-life on the wall behind her, she talked about what makes her proud. It is not, she confessed, the many championships and individual accolades. What makes her proud, she said, pointing at her picture, is that she still, at age 51, resembles the 40-year-old in the picture and when she looks in the mirror, she likes what she sees. Since that evening, I have given a great deal of thought to the meaning behind her humor and its significance to us as Sustainers. We should all consider the question: When I look in the mirror, do I like what I see? Does that mirror show you a woman still active in her community, still giving of herself, and still learning and growing from her experiences? I consider the inspirational example of former Sustainer Board Member Linda Jacoby. Linda’s first placement with the Junior League of Austin was the launching of the Austin Children’s Museum. Years have passed, and Linda made the transition from Active to Sustainer, yet she still devotes her time and considerable talents to the children of Austin by volunteering as a clown at Dell Children’s Hospital. “Being a Sustainer is good for me,” Linda says. “It gets me out into the community and involved.” In 2010, I would like Sustainers to ask themselves how they might best contribute to the organization which has given them so much. It can be as simple as participating in A Christmas Affair, as pleasant as doing your holiday shopping at ACA in order to ensure the success of that event during a difficult economic time. It can mean renewing your ties with a community service provider you came to know during your time as an Active JLA member. It is time to look in the mirror, dear friends. Let’s find something wonderful there.

Beyond the Textbook: JLA Supports Teachers in the Classroom By Mandy Niles “Exploding into the Age of Hydrogen!”, “Learning Through Lyrics”, “Hands on Humanities”, “Music and Revolution Podcasts”, “Literature in the Garden”…don’t these titles inspire you to learn? Twenty-five teachers who created these programs and more are the recipients of the 2009-2010 ABC Grants. The Junior League of Austin, along with AMD and 3M, awarded over $11,000 to these unique projects that are innovative, have real world application, enhance current school curriculum and have a direct impact on students in the participating school districts. The ABC Grants program began in 1991 using community funds to provide supplemental funding for classroom teachers offering innovative instruction to Austin area school children. In 1994, the program was expanded to include additional school districts. This year, recipients of the ABC Grants represent seven area school districts – Austin, Cedar Park, Del Valle, Eanes, Georgetown, Leander and Round Rock – and include elementary, middle, and high schools as well as alternative education centers. Any classroom teacher in a Travis or Williamson County school district that has a student population of at least 5,000 may apply for a grant. Funds are available for new projects or for the expansion of existing innovative projects, not for the continuation or maintenance of existing projects. The maximum grant amount for each project is $500. Since its inception, the ABC Grants program has awarded more than $150,000 in funding to Austin area teachers. Members of The Junior League of Austin are not eligible to receive a grant, but you can help us seek out and recognize other pioneering teachers by sharing information about this funding opportunity. The process will begin again this March and more information can be found at

Congratulations 2009-2010 ABC Grant Winners! TEACHER Sherry Glidewell Sue Borel Sam De Santo Patrick Lantzy Cherie Daniel Melissa Pepper Emily Farnsworth Amber Gaudet-Marlin Hema Raja Pat Pugh Denise Berry, Ellen Strong Denise Berry,Ellen Strong Barbara Murdock, Cara Shipp Barbara Murdock,Cara Shipp Renata Geurtz Jayne Crawford Delia “Sandy” Crump Kevin Owens Jennifer Atkinson Jennifer Moody Cate Fox-Lent Tim Mercer Pamela Calabrese Sally Duncan

SCHOOL Gullett Elementary Odom Elementary Brooke Elementary Ann Richards School Del Valle Opportunity Center Copper Elementary Summitt Elementary Wiley Middle School Hillcrest Elementary Travis Heights Elementary Hornsby Elementary Hornsby Elementary Cedar Valley Middle School Cedar Valley Middle School John B. Connally High School Gullett Elementary Cedar Creek Elementary Martin Middle School Metz Elementary Metz Elementary Anderson High School Metz Elementary Oak Hill Elementary Sanchez Elementary

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Sunset on the Serengeti

Black-Tie Optional Preview Party Presented by South Texas Money Management, Ltd. Wednesday, November 18th, 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Preview Shopping, Open Bar, Entertainment by Kelly Willis Catering by Sterling Affairs Reservations Required - $150 per guest NEW THIS YEAR! $125 per ticket for JLA members & a guest.

Jungle Brunch!

The Rainforest Café The Junior League of Austin Tearoom Catering by Whole Foods Market Culinary Center Thursday, November 19th, Noon - 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 20th, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21st, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22nd, Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Photos with Santa Friday, November 20th, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21st, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22nd, Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Pick a Package! All Proceeds benefiting FIT! Food in Tummies!

Brunch & Private Shopping Presented by State Farm Insurance, Steve Vinklarek Thursday, November 19th, 9:00 a.m. - Noon Preview Shopping, Cash Bar, Catering by Sterling Affairs Reservations Required - $50 per guest

Wild Nights!

It’s Girls Night Out! Presented by Austin Plastic Surgery Institute and Skin Care Clinic Thursday, November 19th, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Cash Bar, Market Shopping until 9:00 p.m. Entertainment by RadioStar, Catering by Sterling Affairs Reservations Required - $60 per guest* *Ticket to Girls Night Out will allow entry to Market Day Shopping starting at noon on Thursday.

Santa on Safari

Breakfast with Santa Presented by Randalls Food Markets Live Music, Crafts, Breakfast, Photos with Santa Crafts by Barbara Beery, Batter up Kids! Friday, November 20th, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Biscuit Brothers Saturday, November 21st, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Joe McDermott Saturday, November 21st, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Joe McDermott Sunday, November 22nd, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Biscuit Brothers Reservations Required - $20 per guest* *Children 1 year and older require a ticket.

It’s a Zoo!

Family Night Out & Carnival Benefiting Coats for Kids Saturday, November 21st, 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Games, Prizes, Entertainers, Performers, Face Painting, Cash Bar Entertainment by Stoosh, Catering by Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Bring a coat and get a chance to win great prizes! Reservations Required $25 per guest* *Children 1 year and older require a ticket. To learn more about our exciting new project, visit

Purchase a package for $20 and see what’s inside. You can win up to $100 dollars in gift certificates to one of our ACA Merchants. Gift certificates must be used by end of show, Sunday, November 23rd.

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Thank you to the Long Center and the Austin Symphony Orchestra for providing cross promotional marketing in partnership with A Christmas Affair 2009!

On behalf of The Junior League of Austin, we would like to thank our table designers for participating in the Second Annual “Table Toppers” exhibit. Each designer is challenged to create a table decor that reflects their vision of Africa and the theme, It’s a Wild Holiday! for A Christmas Affair 2009. Every table in the tearoom will reflect this theme, but every table will be as unique as our designers! Apron Allure • Austin Shutter Company • Back Home Furniture • Bless Your Heart Boutique • Bodacious Buckles • Bourdage Pearls • Brush Strokes Pottery • Cake Please! • Caplan Miller Events • clink • coco paloma Desserts • Copper Ridge Antiques • Dagar’s Catering • Design Associates • Friends of Uganda • HB Starfield • InCourage • Jessica Nixon Interior Design • KidsGive, LLC • Kinda Krazy Kids & Company • Marquee Event Group • Material Kidz • Mesquite Wood Gallery • Pandora de Balthazar • Parkcrest Floral Design • PizzazzingYou • Prive Floral • Queen B. Boutique • Sam Jones IV • Sanctuary Home.Bath.Garden • Scents of Kalm • Sportsman’s Finest • Verbena Floral Design •Whole Foods Market Culinary Center • Wild About Music • Zhi Tea

You can view these magnificent toppers during A Christmas Affair at The Rainforest Café, The Junior League of Austin Tearoom located at Palmer Events Center on the second floor. We look forward to seeing you there!

ACA Raffle 2009 Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Available for purchase online at or by the main tree next to Pick a Package during ACA. Winner of any raffle prize must fill out a W9 form before taking possession of prize. Wild Fun! An adorable custom playhouse donated by Sixth River Architects and DCA Construction. Need a Little Bling? Custom Green Beryl Earrings graciously designed and donated by Calvin’s Fine Jewelry, Inc. Capture the moment! Customized Photo Session can take place at your home or a nearby park with Beaubabyfounder, Jenn Lindberg! Ultimate Girls’ Day Out! Donated by Neiman Marcus, you and three guests will enjoy a fashion presentation and lunch with $100 dollar gift certificate. Next enjoy a massage and anti aging facial by Spa Réveil in The Domain Shopping Center and arrive in style in a limousine donated by Concord Limousine.

Parking Parking for all events will be available for a $7 fee in the Palmer Parking Garage. Park for free after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends at One Texas Center. Shuttles from Barton Creek Mall will run continuously from 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after market day hours for a $3 round trip fee. JLA Volunteers, ACA Merchants and children under 5 ride for free.

Decorations Resale Friday, December 4th - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 5th - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6th - Noon to 4:00 p.m. The Junior League of Austin Headquarters 5416 Parkcrest, Suite 100 (512) 467-8982 The Junior League of Austin sincerely appreciates IBC Bank’s premiere gift of a $20,000 shopping bag sponsorship for A Christmas Affair. IBC means it when they say “We Do More.”

For more information visit our JLA Sales booth during ACA, located on the Grand Aisle.

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What’s Happening in Our Projects The Settlement Home for Children: 2009 Charity Garage Sale Preview Party November 5, Charity Garage Sale November 6 – 8, 2009 At this year’s Garage Sale, The Settlement Home for Children is celebrating its 34th anniversary. The Garage Sale starts with the Preview Party on Thursday evening, November 5. Preview Party parking is available in the garage adjacent to Palmer Events Center for $7. The Charity Garage Sale then runs November 6 – 8. Monetary sponsorships for the Garage Sale are available at many levels and include opportunities for a variety of publicity opportunities and tickets to all events associated with the annual sale. Donations are accepted from November 20 through October 10 each year. To donate merchandise to the Garage Sale or to schedule for a donation pick up, email: or call 512-448-5302. For more information, visit

Austin Children’s Shelter: Annual Gala – “A Season of Celebration” November 14, 2009 at the Four Seasons Hotel At this year’s gala Austin Children’s Shelter commemorates 25 years of service to the abused and neglected children of the Austin community. Events include honoring the top 25 Shining Stars who have helped build a foundation of hope for children at the Austin Children’s Shelter, uplifting remarks by former clients of the Shelter, nostalgic visual presentations of ACS’s past and future, and one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items. Chef Elmar Prambs of Trio prepares the menu while Trish Murphy and Skyrocket provide incredible music. For more information, visit

Center for Child Protection: Dancing With the Stars – Austin December 6, 2009 at the Hilton Austin The Third Annual Dancing with the Stars – Austin, presented by Lexus of Austin, is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, 2009 at the Hilton Austin from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The event features Austin celebrities paired with professional dancers for performances to be enjoyed by all! The festivities include silent auctions, semi-live auctions, live auctions, a raffle drawing for a Lexus vehicle, and a dance. For more information, visit

The JLA Website Gets a Full Lift By Tillery Stout Early 2008 brought a new and challenging task for a team of Junior Leaguers. The Team: Kathi Haralson, Sandy Alcalá, Tria Brindley, Dawn Breyfolge and Kelle Masters. Their Mission: to revise the existing The Junior League of Austin website. With no updates for several years, leadership felt that it was time for the website to receive a fresh, clean look that represents who the League is today. They also wanted to make it more user-friendly so members and the general public could easily navigate through the information. The team started meeting with Digital Cheetah, the JLA website contractor, in March 2008 where they reviewed some of Digital Cheetah’s favorite websites, identified new features desired for the JLA website and catalogued preferred colors and designs. They kept in mind that the JLA website is for the membership and it serves as the membership’s gateway to find out information regarding the League, the upcoming events and updates from committees and councils. Digital Cheetah took all of the team’s ideas and produced a mock-up revised website. The mock-up was further discussed and revised, with meetings and revisions continuing until June 2009 when a final design was reached. Digital Cheetah made the final changes in a test environment, the JLA team reviewed it, and then gave the go ahead to ‘flip the switch’ on the new live site. Along with the revise, the League also added a content manager tasked with reviewing all website content to ensure that it both meets the League’s mission and truly communicates the message of the League. The Content Manager is a new placement within the Communications Council. The website redesign team is very excited about the finished product, as evidenced by Tria Brindley. “I love the colors and overall design of the new site. It is both feminine and professional. One of my favorite features is the Community Impact area. We can highlight a few of our projects and get the word out there about what we are doing in the Austin community. It was so much fun to see it come to life.” The team encourages you to check out the redesigned site at and provide any feedback.

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InLeague Portfolio: Available December 8, 2009 Do the faces and stories from Coats for Kids Distribution Day tug at your heart? Do you plan your November schedule around A Christmas Affair and have babysitters lined up months in advance for the event? Do you wonder what a Council Meeting is like? Are you a closet journalist or photographer itching to submit an item or a photo to LeagueLines? Starting at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, current Active members will be able to review the InLeague Placement Portfolio and make selections. You will be able to choose from ACA, Coats for Kids, Capitalines, LeagueLines, Cookbook, Public Relations Committees and many more. The prior year’s InLeague Portfolio is available under the Placement tab at www.jlaustin. org if you want to see what types of placements will be available. Placements selected in the InLeague Portfolio are not first come, first served. So take your time and carefully consider what jobs may be right for you. The Portfolio will close on January 6, 2010.

Wild About Cookbooks! We are pleased to announce the addition of our newest add-ons for Austin Entertains and Necessities & Temptations. For limited time only, we are offering a set of 4 beaded animal print coasters and cheetah print reusable shopping bags. These great new add-ons make the Junior League Cookbooks fantastic gifts for the holidays! Order online at or place your order by phone at 512.467.8982 ext 213.

Hot News Are you curious where you will find the “Official Cookbook of the City of Austin” at ACA? Right up front in the lobby of course! Be sure to stop by the Cookbook table located in the entry foyer of the Palmer Event Center.

DO LIFE CHANGES HAVE YOU CONSIDERING A LEAVE? **Deadline for requesting a Leave is December 31** Have you taken a new job recently? Are you expecting a baby or have you had a new addition to your family? If so, maybe a Placement Leave is right for you. If you are curious about the requirements for a Leave, here is a summary: • PERSONAL LEAVE: One semester only and you must have at least 3 semesters between each personal leave. • MATERNITY LEAVE: One semester only and immediately precedes or follows the birth or adoption of your child. Members on Leave are exempt from general meetings and placement obligations but must meet all financial obligations, including dues. Members must be in good standing to take a Leave. We ask that Provisionals and Transfers wait until completing one full Active year before taking a Leave. Also, if you are a Lead Sponsor for a Provisional, please find a replacement Lead prior to requesting your Leave. Questions? Contact the InLeague Placement Coordinator at or the Placement Chair at

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Mari Robinson, Active Current Placement: ACA – Merchants Committee

Leila Banse, Active Occupation: Mommy Dearest

Bonnie Melham, Transfer Occupation: BS, Accounting/Controller

Family: My incredible husband, Mark and Family: Husband, Sam and son, Sami (5) our three children: Isabella, Emma, and I am a transfer from: San Diego and San Luke Jose Family: Husband (best in the world) Current Placement: Maternity leave - fall My favorite book is: Charlie and the Community Activities: Worked with Pets: Isabella wants a poodle when she Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl Young Lawyers Association; currently turns 5! My favorite movie is: Anything by Alfred looking for a new project Community Activities: Sadly, no time for Hitchcock or Woody Allen I wish I knew how to: Speak Spanish and that right now! Three accomplishments that I am time travel Favorite thing about Austin: It’s quaint proud of: If I could, I would: Be a highly paid food and beautiful, and its people are the best! • Paying for my own education critic My favorite book is: Don Quixote de la • Having my “miracle” child I regret: Nothing! Mancha • Maintaining a very happy marriage Favorite thing about Austin: The laid My favorite movie is: Coming to America I wish someone had told me earlier: back attitude of the city My favorite junk food is: Shortbread Work really hard in high school in order to My favorite book is: A Little Princess cookies dipped in coffee get into a good college My favorite quote is: “Never doubt that I’m tired of: Breastfeeding When I look in the mirror, what do I a small group of thoughtful, committed My worst habit is: Currently, running late see: A sexy redhead who still turns a few citizens can change the world.” Margaret heads! wherever we go. Mead My life philosophy on a bumper sticker: What experience has changed you My favorite movie is: Better Off Dead the most: Having a child. Mothers make Love life and life will love you back! My favorite junk food is: McDonald’s many sacrifices, but the rewards are Three accomplishments I am proud of: french fries immeasurable. Isabella, Emma, and Luke!!! I’m tired of: Trying to sell my house One thing people wouldn’t know about What experience has changed me the me: I am very gullible The possession I am most attached to: most: Motherhood A black pearl that my husband gave me Favorite JLA placement: Chair for the What possession am I attached to: Resale Booth of Mistletoe Mercado with Favorite JLA placement: So far, my My cell phone the Junior League of San Diego current one tops the list! One thing people wouldn’t know about The best lesson I’ve learned from my Favorite JLA memory or experience: me: I speak four languages JLA experiences is: The act of giving is a Taste testing all of the merchant samples My advice to the provisional class: reward in and of itself Make the most of it! Enjoy the My advice to the provisional class would be: Take time to make some good experiences that you’re lucky to have and Did you Know? the friendships you’re blessed to make! friends. The JLA website had Favorite JLA placement: Done-in-a-Day Occupation: Attorney - Executive Director of Medical Board

Favorite JLA memory or experience: Too many to mention!

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Beth Harwood, Provisional Education/Occupation: University of Texas at Austin and I work in Business Development for Vinson & Elkins LLP

Kristen Vanderveen Riebock, Provisional

Julie Chase, Sustainer Current Placement: Sustainer

Occupation: Nancy Whitworth Photography, Studio Manager

Occupation: Director of Texas Tourism for the Office of Governor Rick Perry

Family: Most of my family lives in Ft. Worth (and the greatest small town of Albany). My sister, Kate, lives here in Austin.

Family: Husband, Josh Riebock, and my wonderful parents and three brothers

Family: Husband, Coby and daughter, Sydney (7)

Pets: Shiba Inu (dog) named Ditka

I wish I knew how to: Play the guitar

If I could, I would: Selectively read minds

Community Activities: Austin Stone Community Church and volunteer with Reagan volleyball camps

My favorite movie is: Office Space, because my husband was a featured extra

I wish I knew how to: Salsa dance, play the piano, and design clothing

My favorite junk food is: French fries

Favorite thing about Austin: The food and the casual, laid back vibe

My favorite book is: The tween in me is If I could, I would: Save endangered and currently enjoying Twilight abused animals My favorite movie is: Love Actually, My favorite book is: Eat, Pray, Love (And as Motorcycle Diaries, To Catch a Thief, Roman Holiday (as you can see, my list is of October 1st, my husband’s first book, My Generation) not limited to any specific genre) My favorite quote is: “Resentment My favorite junk food is: French fries (unforgiveness) is like drinking poison My favorite quote: “Changes can come and then hoping it will kill your enemies” from the power of many but only when Nelson Mandela the many come together will there be I regret: Having a gluten and dairy allergy the power of one.” I wish someone had told me earlier: To My worst habit is: Obsessive compulsive travel/study abroad before I entered the cleaning Three accomplishments I am proud of: My education, playing college volleyball, My life philosophy on a bumper and working for one of the most talented sticker: Take it easy and gracious women in Austin - Nancy I wish I knew how to: paint my toenails Whitworh without bubbles appearing I wish someone had told me earlier: SPF What possession am I attached to: 30 doesn’t always cut it for fair skin My music/iTunes collection The experience that has changed me The experience that has changed most: The death of my in-laws the first year me the most: Getting to know my and a half of our marriage grandparents When I look in the mirror, I see: A Chicago girl who’s completely lost her One thing people know about me: That I love to sleep in - like REALLY love accent to sleep in real world

I wish someone had told me earlier: To stop eating french fries I’m tired of: People not paying attention while they drive One thing people wouldn’t know about me: I can read three full-length novels in a week and often do. What possession I am most attached to: I have become an iPhone junkie. Favorite JLA placement: Fan drive for Eldercare. It was a hot summer, and we met lots of thankful families. My advice to the provisional class would be: Stick with it. You can always find the time, and the years ahead are very rewarding. The best lesson I’ve learned from my JLA experiences is: We are all busy, but a little time spent volunteering each week can make a big difference.

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The Junior League of Austin


5416 Parkcrest Suite 100 Austin, Texas 78731

LeagueLines Who we are ... The JLA Environmental Quality Committee Says... Make it a (Green) Habit Christmas trees are 100% recyclable as long as they don’t end up in the landfill. Don’t forget City of Austin customers can leave trees curbside for recycling or you can drop it off at Zilker Park. You can even treat your garden to the free mulch made from the trees!

The Junior League of Austin is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Where are we going ... The Junior League of Austin will strengthen our community through creative solutions to current and future challenges.

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newsletter of The Junior League of Austin


newsletter of The Junior League of Austin