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1973-1974 Mrs. Thomas Walter Blanchard 1974-1975 Mrs. Thomas W. Goodwin, Jr. 1975-1976 Mrs. Montague Miller 1925-1926 Miss Louise Hankinson (Mrs. Stewart Phinizy) 1976-1977 Mrs. Richard I. Manning 1977-1978 Mrs. Thomas R. Burnside, Jr. 1926-1927 Mrs. John Mobley 1978-1979 Mrs. Cobbs G. Nixon 1927-1928 Mrs. Joseph Cumming 1979-1980 Mrs. Patrick J. Rice 1928-1929 Miss Helen May (Mrs. George Wright) 1980-1981 Mrs. J. Maxwell Vallotton March 15-June 15, 1929 Mrs. Julian Space 1981-1982 Mrs. Wycliffe A. Knox 1929-1930 Mrs. Reginald Maxwell 1982-1983 Mrs. Paul H. Dunbar, III 1930-1931 Mrs. Henry Coelome 1983-1984 Mrs. Stewart Phinizy, III April 28-June 9, 1931 Mrs. Thomas Goodwin 1984-1985 Mrs. David Fenstermacher 1931-1932 Mrs. Paul Weinges 1985-1986 Mrs. Charles R. Marks 1932-1933 Mrs. Reginald Maxwell 1986-1987 Mrs. Ronald T. Peacock 1933-1934 Miss Louise Mustin 1987-1988 Mrs. Charles S. Holley 1934-1936 Mrs. Colden Battey 1988-1989 Mrs. David E. Hudson 1936-1938 Mrs. Edwin Fulcher 1989-1990 Mrs. Thomas H. Robertson, Jr. 1938-1940 Mrs. M. Ellis Strauss 1990-1991 Miss Janet M. Sapp 1940-1942 Mrs. Owen Cheatham 1991-1992 Mrs. Raymond L. Walters, Jr. 1942-1944 Mrs. William Fulcher 1992-1993 Mrs. Robert Wright 1944-1946 Mrs. James Mason 1993-1994 Mrs. C. Ralph Kitchens, Jr. 1946-1948 Mrs. Eugene Howerdd 1994-1995 Mrs. G. Pat Williams 1948-1950 Mrs. Eugene Avery 1995-1996 Debbie Bates, M.D. 1950-1952 Mrs. Dudley Bowen 1996-1997 Mrs. Gail Stebbins 1952-1953 Mrs. George Claussen, Jr. 1997-1998 Mrs. William Gould Long 1953-1954 Mrs. John Hall, Jr. 1998-1999 Kathryn Nixon 1954-1955 Mrs. Thomas Richards 1999-2000 B.J. Blackwood 1955-1956 Mrs. Walter F. Creson 2000-2001 Mrs. George A. Rush (Sabrina) 1956-1957 Mrs. William Bush 2001-2002 Mrs. James T. Plunkett 1957-1958 Mrs. John Stevenson 2001-2003 Ms. Laura Frantz 1958-1959 Mrs. George Sancken, Jr. 2003-2004 Mrs. T. Bond Calloway, Jr. 1959-1960 Mrs. Henry B. Garrett, Jr. 2004-2005 Mrs. Charles T. Huggins, Jr. (Beth) 1960-1961 Mrs. W. Ross Snellings 2005-2006 Mrs. W. Cameron Nixon (Tricia) 1961-1962 Mrs. William C. Calhoun 2006-2007 Mrs. Troy Allen Lanier 1962-1963 Mrs. George F. McInnes 2007-2008 Mrs. Charles Edward Whatley, Sr. 1963-1964 Mrs. Paul Bailey 2008-2009 Ms. Ann Beth Strelec 1964-1965 Mrs. Alfred Martin 2009-2010 Ms. April King 1965-1966 Mrs. Hugh Connolly 2010-2011 Mrs. Paula Jackson Herz 1966-1967 Mrs. L.D. Murray 2011-2012 Mrs. Elizabeth Donald Donsbach 1967-1968 Mrs. Arnold Barrett 2012-2014 Mrs. Kari Baker 1968-1969 Mrs. Pierce G. Blitch 2014-2015 Mrs. Susan MacEwen 1969-1970 Mrs. James L. Lester 2015-2016 Mrs. Valorie Hock 1970-1971 Mrs. William P. Robison 2016-2017 Miss Julie Kneuker 1971-1972 Mrs. Phil S. Harison 2017-2018 Mrs. Allyn Dyer 1972-1973 Mrs. W. Lawrence McCrary, II 2018-2019 Mrs. Dagni Frederick

PAST PRESIDENTS

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A Look Back at our Past Presidents Letter from the President Welcome New Members & Sponsors Meet the 2018-19 Board of Directors Meet the 2018-19 Management Team Community Impact A Look at 90 Years of Service Community Impact Fundraising Impact Member Spotlight Sustainer Impact Tea-Time Featured Recipe

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LETTER FROM

THE PRESIDENT “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”-Dolly Parton. This year we have celebrated 90 years of serving the Augusta community and the legacy of the Junior League of Augusta and its members. Oftentimes in Junior League we get caught up in the logistics, we forget to reflect and measure just how our organization is improving the community, its members and programs. As I look through this issue, I am truly amazed at the measurable impact our League has had the past 11 months. Our mission remains strong and strengthens as we continue to develop the potential of women, improve our community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers and promote voluntarism into our ninth decade. This year we incorporated a new membership model where members could craft their membership experience and define their commitment to the League in ways that were flexible and meaningful to them. We offered more trainings to hone their leadership skills that could in-turn be transferred into their personal and professional lives, as well as, opportunities to meet like-minded women. In addition to improving membership experience, the League had a tremendous impact upon the community. We not only gifted $37,813.59 to area Title 1 schools and nonprofit agencies, but provided a lot of hands-on volunteering in the community with our Done In A Day shifts. Throughout the year we have provided volunteers several times a month to ReStart Augusta to assist them in building beds for families without furniture to sleep. Our Fall League Wide Service Day was with Golden Harvest Food Bank and the “It’s Spooky to Be Hungry” food drive. We also worked with them each month in serving hot lunches at the Masters Soup Kitchen, sorting food donations at the Faith Food Factory and constructing their new Master’s Table Garden. Our Spring League Wide Service Day was just a couple of weeks ago with Turn Back The Block where we lent a helping hand in tearing down an abandoned structure and completing the landscaping for a newly constructed home. As we move into the next year, I am pleased to announce the Foundations program has recently partnered with the Richmond County School System and Textron Specialized Vehicles (E-Z-GO) to provide students in the RPM (Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing) program with life skills workshops beginning in August 2019. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of League Links. A special thank you to the Communications Council, under the leadership of our Communications VP, Andrea Bird, for telling our League story and making it look so beautiful. I want to thank our members for their talent and time given to JLA. The League is made up of truly exceptional women. This year and my past four years in leadership have given me a unique perspective on our mission and a special opportunity to watch other like-minded women develop their skills to become highly effective leaders and volunteers. Thank you to the 2018-19 Board of Directors for joining me on this journey. I look forward to your future accomplishments and the opportunity to see JLA grow in the coming years. With that said, it’s now time for me to leave my legacy and say goodbye to you as this year’s President. It has been a year I won’t forget. But more importantly, it has been a true honor serving the Junior League of Augusta-an organization that will forever leave a lasting impression upon my heart. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your President. Sincerely, Dagni B. Frederick 2018-19 President

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WELCOME TO THE

2018-2019 NEW MEMBER CLASS

Listed in Alphabetical Order: Roberta Avery, Lauren Berl, Brooke Bickley, Katherine Bonner, Holly Chapman, Kali Cox, Taylor Edwards, Kayla Elam, Kristal Holmes, Aimee James, Grace Jolly, Katy Jones, Tammy Kelly, Britt Key, Ashley Knox, Gabi Lees, Tori Lineberry, Joanna Mastny, Amanda Moon, Ashley Osborne, Amanda Pennington, Rachael Rockwell, Shelby Ryder, Alexis Shaefer, Sonya Smith, Lindsey Somos, Tara Swinson, Amy Tapley, LaWanda Thornton, Angela Threeths, Autumn Turner, Susan Waskavitz, Libby Watkins, Megan Welch, Lauren Wilson, Stephanie Yazzie

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS HOLIDAY MARKET SPONSORS AND DONORS OPTUM WEALTH STRATEGIES GATE 5 SELF STORAGE BE STILL DISPLAYS BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM CHICKEN SALAD CHICK EARTH FARE ZAXBYS KEVIN JIMENEZ PHOTOGRAPHY VINTAGE RENTALS COCACOLA SHANES RIB SHACK LAWN LETTERS WHICHWICH

ED TURNER CONCERT SPONSORS AND DONORS AUGUSTA SYMPHONY AUGUSTA VASCULAR CENTER BRANDON K. DIAL ATTORNEY COCA-COLA COMPANY FRENCH MARKET GRILLE WEST GATE 5 SELF STORAGE GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART HAWK LAW GROUP HCCU JORDAN TROTTER COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE MEGAN BYRNE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC NICHOLSON REVELL, LLP RACHEL BARNETT SILVER WELLNESS ADVOCATE WITH DOTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS STROTHER’S PRINTING THE SWANK TREY KEENAN UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

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MEET THE 2018-2019

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dagni Frederick President

Mary Deer President-Elect

HOMETOWN: Lonoke, Arkansas

HOMETOWN: Augusta, Georgia

EDUCATION: University of Central Arkansas; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

EDUCATION: Augusta State University, Bachelor of Business in Finance

OCCUPATION or FULLTIME COMMITMENT: Keeper of the Frederick Household YEARS IN THE JLA: 7 Active years FAVORITE EVENT OR PROJECT TO BE A PART OF: Attic Sale

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OCCUPATION or FULLTIME COMMITMENT: SRP Federal Credit Union, Mortgage Loan Officer YEARS IN THE JLA 8 Active years FAVORITE EVENT OR PROJECT TO BE A PART OF: Inaugural Holiday Market Event

Wendy Brown Executive Vice President HOMETOWN: Augusta, Georgia EDUCATION: Georgia Institute of Technology, Industrial Engineering OCCUPATION or FULL-TIME COMMITMENT: Construction Project Manager at Augusta University YEARS IN THE JLA: 6 Active Years FAVORITE EVENT OR PROJECT TO BE A PART OF: Done In A Day, but super excited about Foundations

Allyn Dyer Past President HOMETOWN: Military Brat, but Augusta for a bit EDUCATION: Augusta State University, Bachelors of Art in History and Women’s Studies OCCUPATION or FULLTIME COMMITMENT: Part Time Client Manager at Optum Wealth Strategies and Mom to 2 active boys YEARS IN THE JLA: 8 Active Years FAVORITE EVENT OR PROJECT TO BE A PART OF:I love looking back at our history and impact and moving forward.


| leaguelinks Laurie Mallon | Secretary HOMETOWN: Boston, Massachusetts EDUCATION: Merrimack College, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science OCCUPATION or FULL-TIME COMMITMENT; Personal Health Coach YEARS IN THE JLA: 3 Active years

Rachel Barnett | Treasurer HOMETOWN: Lincolnton, Georgia EDUCATION: Augusta State University, Georgia Southern University, Masters of Accounting OCCUPATION or FULL-TIME COMMITMENT: Audit Manager at Cherry Bekart, LLP. YEARS IN THE JLA: 6 Active Years FAVORITE EVENT OR PROJECT TO BE A PART OF: Turn Back the Block Community Service Day Taylor Carter | Strategic Planning Director HOMETOWN: Aiken, South Carolina EDUCATION: Auburn University, Bachelor Degree, Elementary Education; Georgia Southern Unviersity, Masters of Education Curriculum and Instruction OCCUPATION or FULL-TIME COMMITMENT:First Grade Teacher, Columbia County Schools YEARS IN THE JLA: 7 Active Years FAVORITE EVENT OR PROJECT TO BE A PART OF: Attic Sale Amy Hagler | Director at Large HOMETOWN: Augusta, Georgia EDUCATION:Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Communication OCCUPATION or FULL-TIME COMMITMENT: YEARS IN THE JLA: 6 Active Years FAVORITE EVENT OR PROJECT TO BE A PART OF: Attic Sale Cassie Mercer | Nominating Chair HOMETOWN: Berlin, Georgia EDUCATION: Valdosta State University, Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters of Education with a Major in Communication Disorders OCCUPATION or FULL-TIME COMMITMENT: Speech Language Pathologist for Columbia County Schools YEARS IN THE JLA: 8 Active Years FAVORITE EVENT OR PROJECT TO BE A PART OF: Inaugural Holiday Market Event

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MEET THE 2018-2019

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Andrea Bird Communications VP

Genevieve Balogh Membership VP

Julie Kneuker Finance VP

Regina Pyles Community VP

HOMETOWN: Evans, Georgia

HOMETOWN: Born in Omaha, NE, Raised in Augusta, GA

HOMETOWN: St. Petersburg, Florida

HOMETOWN: Walterboro, South Carolina

EDUCATION: University of Georgia, Bachelors of Fine Art in Interior Design

EDUCATION: Savannah College of Art and Design, Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, minor in Fiber Arts

EDUCATION: Florida State University, Bachelor of Science Family and Child Services

OCCUPATION or FULL-TIME COMMITMENT: Account Executive for CWC Office Furniture

OCCUPATION or FULLTIME COMMITMENT: Lead Interior Designer for a High End Custom Home builder in Aiken, South Carolina, Designer Builders Inc.

EDUCATION: Clemson University, Bachelors of Arts in Architecture, University of Virginia, Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning and Certificate in Historic Preservation

YEARS IN THE JLA: 5 Active Years

YEARS IN THE JLA: 8 Active Years

FAVORITE MEMORY OR EXPERIENCE: The doors opening the Saturday Morning of Attic Sale.

FAVORITE MEMORY OR EXPERIENCE: LOVED Girls on the Run when it was still in Augusta

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OCCUPATION or FULLTIME COMMITMENT: Volunteer Coordinator for Augusta University YEARS IN THE JLA: 16 Active Years FAVORITE MEMORY OR EXPERIENCE: Forever will be Attic Sale, especially the year I was chair. Hardest but most rewarding and beneficial project I had the privilege of leading!

OCCUPATION or FULLTIME COMMITMENT: Director of Planning at the CSRA Regional Commission YEARS IN THE JLA: 4 Active Years FAVORITE EVENT OR PROJECT TO BE A PART OF: Building raised bed gardens at resident’s homes with Icebox Ministries


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COMMUNITY IMPACT

DONE IN A DAY IMPACT REFLECTION

League Wide Day of Service participants at Turn Back the Block

By: Meredith Guedry As the end of the 2018-2019 League year approaches, I took advantage of this opportunity to reflect on the impact Done In A Day imparted within our community this year. My committee and I began the year by streamlining the volunteer process in an effort to deepen the relationships with our partners and to track our service hours. Our goal was to provide a quantifiable, measurable impact as it is one of the leading indicators for member fulfillment and engagement. We chose to hone in on Golden Harvest, Turn Back the Block and ReStart. I am happy to report our members have volunteered over 310 hours within seven months – that’s over 89 shifts! The League Wide Service Days with Golden Harvest and TBTB moved the needle significantly and were a lot of fun at the same time. Looking towards the upcoming 2019-2020 league year, we would like to add two additional community partners to our volunteer docket. Deploying a consistent, stable stream of skilled volunteers to these key partners goes a long way to building trust and increasing our brand recognition within the CSRA. My call to action for our members is to stay engaged and utilize every opportunity presented to voice your opinion and feedback.

“Please tell your Junior League members that they are consistently PHENOMENAL workers! We love having JLA members volunteer at any of our locations and look forward to partnering for many years to come.” -Ann Malay, Golden Harvest “It was a joy having the Junior League volunteer with us on their day of service. They worked diligently and we hope they got a good look into why our work is so important to the Harrisburg neighborhood. We’d love to have the group volunteer with us again!” -Lauren Dallas, Turn Back the Block

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JLA THROUGH THE DECADES

The Junior League of Augusta purchased the Murphey House at 432 Telfair Street in July of 1954; they restored the original title to the “Old Government House” in Oct. 1954.

A LOOK AT 90 YEARS OF SERVICE On February 26, 1929, during the Presidency of Miss Helen May (Mrs. George Wright), the Junior Workers were notified that they had been accepted into the Association of Junior Leagues of America. Sponsors were Columbia, proposer, and Charleston, second. Thus, with a membership of 73, the Junior Workers became the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia, and we can look back with pride upon the wonderful spirit of these first members of the League who won and established a real place in our community.

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1930s During the ‘30s, the JLA membership was busy volunteering at the Milk Clinics and Children’s Hospital.

1940 One of the many highlights of the 1940s was the publication of the oldest AJLI cookbook, titled Old Southern Recipes.

In 1951, the Junior League of Augusta became one of the charter members of the Friends of the Augusta Library.

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1962 In 1962, the League debuted their latest project, one that is still with us today. We know it by the name “Tea-Time”, but in 1962 it was known as the “Gourmet Touch” cookbook.

1949 1935 In ‘35, The Follies were started with great financial success.

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The Junior League of Augusta entered the 1950s having recently established the Augusta School for Speech Correction in September 1949.

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In 1967, our League founded the Greater Augusta Arts Council in conjunction with the Junior Woman’s Club and Chamber of Commerce.


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In 2010, the League implemented a new nominating system comprised of a candidate-initiated self-submission application that is still being used today.

1971 The Discovery Center and Kidscape at the National Science Center, and the Child Life Program (therapeutic play for children hospitalized at MCG) were voted in as new projects.

2010

The Junior League topped off the decade by celebrating our 60th anniversary with a gift of $40,000 to the city of Augusta and the Richmond County Museum for the Oglethorpe Room. Second Round: Tea-Time at the Masters®, was released in 1988.

2015

In 2012, the Junior League of Augusta as it embraced its legislative arm by hosting the 12th District Congressional Forum.

In 2019, the Junior League of Augusta celebrated their 90th Anniversary, by a Gala Event and fifting Communities in Schools a $9,000 grant.

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In 2015, Junior League of Augusta collaborated with other Georgia Junior League Presidents to launch the Little Black Dress Initiative.

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We introduced Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen and the Done in a Day program to replace Service Weekends and Weeknights.

In 2013, the Junior League of Augusta celebrated its 85th Anniversary and continued mastering the possibilities by hosting the AJLI Area III Conference.

2005 Two new playgrounds were built and sponsored by the Junior League at Pendleton King Park. This year also marked the launch of Par 3, Tea-Time at the Masters® and our annual golf tournament.

2016 During the 2016, the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia is to focus on the generational poverty of women and children throughout the Central Savannah River Area

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JLA THROUGH THE DECADES

A LOOK AT 90 YEARS OF SERVICE Photos By: Ivey Gibb Photography

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COMMUNITY IMPACT

JLA GIFTS $9,000 TO COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS AUGUSTA/RICHMOND COUNTY

In honor of its 90th Anniversary, The Junior League of Augusta (JLA) awarded $9,000 to Communities In Schools Augusta/Richmond County on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Junior League’s 90th Anniversary Gala. The award will allow Communities In Schools Augusta/Richmond County to expand its existing services and programs supporting at-risk students to stay in school and on the path to a bright future. A large portion of the money will be used to establish and maintain “Essentials Closets” for RPM (Reaching Potential Thru Manufacturing), Hornsby Elementary, and Glenn Hills Elementary. CIS Augusta/Richmond County is a local nonprofit organization serving as a bridge between schools, businesses, and local organizations, identifying and mobilizing local resources to provide a range of services to students who need them. Services and programs include case management, tutoring, after-school programs, job shadowing, and basic needs. “It was an honor to present Communities In Schools Augusta/Richmond County with the anniversary grant. This gift is a celebration of the League’s rich history of women serving Augusta to build a better community and cultivating positive change year after year. We are excited to support this wonderful organization in offering them the opportunity to expand their programming and services to impact thousands of local students,” said JLA president, Dagni Frederick. “Collaborating together we can do more to assist those in need.” The Junior League of Augusta 90th Anniversary Gala was held at the Snelling Center. Barclay Bishop served as Emcee. The guest speaker was Vicki Floyd Clark of Memphis, TN. Clark has devoted the past 30 years building capacity in organizations and inspiring community and business leaders. She is a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource. “The anniversary gala was a memorable evening. Not only did we award Communities In Schools, but attendees had the pleasure to listen to Vicki Clark deliver an inspiring presentation. She has a special way to move an audience everywhere she goes,” said Frederick. “It was also a special time for all of our volunteers, as we received an honor from the city.” To round out the celebratory evening, JLA was honored with a proclamation from the City of Augusta declaring December 1, 2018, the beginning of “The Junior League of Augusta, Georgia, INC. Day” in Augusta, Georgia. The League was recognized for its 90 years of service to women and children in the Augusta community. For more information about Communities In Schools Augusta/Richmond County visit www.cisaugusta.org.

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FUNDRAISING IMPACT

HOLIDAY MARKET TIMELINE OF A TRANSER By: Rebekah Latham Around this time last year, I was in the process of moving to Augusta from Portland, Oregon. I had joined the Junior League in Portland and was transferring to the Augusta League. I was born in Wilmington, NC and grew up mostly in Atlanta – I was so excited to be returning home to the South. Transferring to the Junior League of Augusta was even more exciting – I would be a member of a “Southern League” bring on the cookbooks and the sweet tea! This is my “ship’s log” of my first year with the Junior League of Augusta as a member of the Holiday Market Committee. May 29 – Our first Holiday Market meeting for the 2018 Committee. I was impressed, overwhelmed, excited and nervous. What had I gotten into? Is this really possible? These crazy people do this every year? But apparently these crazy league women had been doing this for the past 7 years. Recruiting vendors and sponsors, arranging special events, and even dreaming up new Christmas tree décor all year long. August 22 - My first official Holiday Market assignment! I was going to help recruit and follow up with Sponsors. Our sponsors not only help fund the event, but our “in kind” sponsors will provide catered lunches for the vendors, goodies for the merchant bags, and treats for the merchant room. Sponsors help keep the cost down for the League, so this was a big deal – time to start asking people for money! October 1 – Tickets are live! It’s really happening. Santa Room tickets apparently sell out the quickest, so I made sure to purchase one right away. I even got a coveted morning spot. October 3 – Show time (or the General Member Meeting to talk up Holiday Market) To get League members excited about Holiday Market we created a skit mimicking the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; however, this was the GMM Show with Junior League Jenny. Much like Jimmy we had a bit of fun before interviewing the big star of the night, the Holiday Market Chair. It was over the top and silly! We also ended the night with a musical guest singing a special version of Jingle Bell Rock, “The Holiday Market Shop”. November 3 – Decorations Organization and Staging. I learned quickly that the decorations were a big deal and we had a ton of them – two storage units to be exact. We moved all the decorations out of the storage units and pre-staged them at a member’s house. It was a beautiful day of decorating trees and untangling lights – this really was going to be a magical set up. November 8 – Vendor Check In. It was a chilly grey morning in November. Thankfully winter hadn’t arrived yet in Augusta so I dutifully set out my check in table outside right by the load in door. I had my mission – I was “Official Vendor Check In” – the gatekeeper for our Holiday Market Vendors. Inside the convention center is where the true magic was going on. Each year the Augusta League transforms a generic exhibition center into a Holiday wonderland. A huge tree welcomes you into the market followed by fully decorated trees in almost every free corner of the 15,000 square foot space. The “Santa Room” was decorated in a vintage Christmas style with a large plush velvet chair, tasteful Norman Rockwell-esque tree, and antique toys sprinkled throughout the room. November 8, 9:00pm - The final ornament is hung on the final tree. The vendor booths are packed with holiday goods and treasures. To say it in Christmas terms “All the stockings were hung on the chimney with care, in hopes that shoppers soon would be there”. November 9 _ Day One of the Market – We’re Open! After hours of setting up, working with vendors to make sure they were “customer ready”, we were officially open to the public. I had volunteered to be the Emcee for the event – it gave me the chance to dress up, get on a microphone, and have an excuse to shop the event so I would have all the talking points

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I needed. And boy shop I did! With over 50 vendors, some just down the road and others from as far away as New York City, there really was something for everyone and every budget. November 10th – Day Two of the Market. The whole committee seemed to settle into a groove and assignments were running smoothly. I had booked pictures with Santa for my daughter, Scarlett, at 10:30A so I snuck away from my Emcee duties to watch her with Santa. Scarlett was very shy at first but Santa was so kind to her and she quickly warmed up to him. Throughout the Market we had such talented performers and special events; such as Jesse Norman Kids, Augusta University Jazz Ensemble, Augusta Players, AR Workshop, Carolina Ale House sponsored social hour, and our very own Kids in the Kitchen! November 11– Final Market day- It’s my birthday (no joke it really was) so I did a little birthday shopping in addition to my Christmas shopping! For my birthday presents to myself I went with jewelry – several earrings from Shoppe 3130 and a beautiful necklace from Village to the World. November 11th, 4:00PM – Market Closes. Clean-up time. I had major clean up anxiety for the Market clean up. But you have never seen a more efficient and harder working group of women. Breakdown and load out was done in a flash. November 11th, 7:30PM A margarita toast to all the hard work at the Market and, of course, the birthday girl! By now the committee had spent so much time together that we were fast friends – each sharing stories from the weekend and our favorite purchases from the market. I went home tired (logging a gillion steps!) but full of holiday joy.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Roberta C. Avery, New Member Q: Where are you from? A: Augusta, GA Q: Where do you currently reside (city/state)? A: Augusta, GA Q: How would you describe JLA? A: I would describe The Junior League of Augusta as an organization that encompasses the beauty of volunteerism through education, training and charity. Q: Tell me how did you first get involved with JLA? A: My first experience with JLA was through an invitation for the summer drop-in, in July. Candice Hillman was so gracious to invite me to the event to learn more about The Junior League of Augusta. Q: What surprised you the most about JLA? A: The thing that surprised me the most was how visible the junior league is in the community. I was not aware of how involved the organization is in advocacy and volunteerism. I enjoy being a part of an organization that is heavily involved in the community. Q: What advice would you give to someone thinking about joining JLA? A: JLA is an organization that empowers women through advocacy to support other women, children and community partners in the CSRA area. The outpour of community support in all aspects of education, the arts, fundraising, community programs, and community partnerships is astonishing. The city of Augusta is very fortunate to have an organization of this caliber located in our area. Becoming a member of the Junior League of Augusta will allow you the opportunity to continue this advocacy work within the community and around the CSRA. Q: What do you do when you aren’t serving the community through JLA? A: When I am not serving the community with Junior League, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. Q: What is one thing that others would find surprising about you? A: One thing that may surprise others about me is, that I enjoy painting.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Luneta Louis, Member Portal and Obligations Manager Q: Where are you from? A: Houston, TX Q: Where do you currently reside (city/state)? A: Grovetown, GA Q: How would you describe JLA? A: JLA is great way to build bonds with professional women and make a positive impact on the community. Q: Tell me how did you first get involved with JLA? A: A friend invited me to an open house where I was able to meet other women with values similar to my own. The positive vibes and warmness of the members I met that night gave me the feeling of this is where I need to be. Q: What surprised you the most about JLA? A: I was surprised at the level of funding JLA provides through grants and the diversity of the types of organizations receiving the funding. Q: What advice would you give to someone thinking about joining JLA? A: Erase every stereotype that you have heard about the Junior League and come visit us for an open house of community event. If you are looking for an opportunity to become engaged with the community and develop lasting friendships, then this is the place for you. Q: What do you do when you aren’t serving the community through JLA? A: When not serving through JLA, I very involved with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) where I am a STEM activist who loves introducing kids to the wonderful world of Engineering. Outside of community involvement, I spend hours in the gym training for weightlifting competitions. Q: What is one thing that others would find surprising about you? A: I am terrified of public speaking! Luckily my involvement with JLA is helping me slowly master this fear.

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SUSTAINER IMPACT

SUSTAINERS CONTINUING TRADITION By: Allyn Dyer As an organization for our community, our responsibility is to continually look forward and improve without forgetting who brought us to this point. On March 8, 2019 the Junior League of Augusta hosted a brunch for our Sustainers at the home of Amy Hagler. It was a wonderful brunch with 16 of our sustaining members coming together. The topics ranged from current and upcoming Junior League projects, to past projects. A fun topic related to the production of Tea-Time was that all recipes were tested three different times to insure that all the details were correct. We also talked about the reach the Junior League has made through these women and the other organizations they have been apart of, including the Judith C Hickey Alzheimer Center and the Ronald McDonald House. Many commented on the brunch and made known they are looking forward to doing more in the future to continue their support of the Junior League of Augusta and our endeavors. It was wonderful to see the ladies who brought us to where we are as an active League and what a great group of women the Junior League of Augusta has brought forward in our community.

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TEA-TIME FEATURED RECIPE

PEACH ICE CREAM 12 peaches 2 cups of sugar 1 14 or 15-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 2 quarts milk 1 8-ounce carton sour cream 2 teaspoons vanilla Mix peaches and sugar together in blender. Add peach and sugar mixture to other ingredients and churn until frozen. Yields approximately 4 quarts.

DID YOU KNOW

About Tea-Time at the Masters®: Tea-Time at the Masters® is a three-book series published by the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia.

The first cookbook of the golf-themed series, Tea-Time at the Masters®, was first released in October 1977 and is now in its 18th printing selling over 400,000 copies. Recipes in the cookbook include Crab Casserole from Mrs. Jack Nicklaus, Zucchini Bread from Mrs. Arnold Palmer and Three-Bean Casserole from Mrs. Tommy Aaron. Two-time Masters® Champion Byron Nelson also contributed, with recipes for Spanish Pork Chops and a Mustard Ring. The second series, Second Round: Tea-Time at the Masters®, was released in 1988. It not only offers outstanding recipes, but also a nostalgic look at the world’s most prestigious golf tournament, the Masters®. Read about the colorful history of the tournament while creating recipes from Mrs. Raymond Floyd, Mrs. Fuzzy Zoeller, Mrs. Bob Goalby, Mrs. Jack Nicklaus and a host of Augusta chefs and restaurant owners. Par 3, Tea-Time at the Masters® is the final installment of the cookbook series. Published in 2005, it tees off with a foreword from Mrs. Jack Nicklaus, reflecting on her times spent in Augusta and at the Masters® Tournament. The cookbook features 18 themed menus providing unique party themes and a final chapter, dubbed the 19th Hole, showcasing sought-after recipes from Augusta restaurants and professional golfers. Notable recipes include cheesy shrimp and grits casserole from Augusta native Charles Howell III and the lobster ravioli recipe served at the Champions Dinner for 2004 Masters® Champion Phil Mickelson. As golf legend and Augusta National co-founder Bobby Jones instructed, “par 3 should be a test of precision, not of strength.” Par 3, Tea-Time at the Masters® menus and recipes allow one to “play with precision” when they cook and entertain.

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