JUNIOR LEAGUE OF CHARLOTTE
2016-2017 Slate Reveal Meet the leadership team preparing for new roles for 2016-2017
AdaCooks! A look at one of our new partnerships and placements for this year
AJLI Connections Get to know the Junior League of St. Petersburg, Florida
Family Support The JLC continues to support our community family-focused placements
Engaging Leadership Get to know the 2015-2016 JLC Leadership
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Letter from Our President, Lisa L. Johnson
‘the beauty of the season’ Elf on the Shelf, trimming the tree, baking and decorating cookies, attending holiday parties, sending and receiving holiday cards and making countless trips to various retail stores are just a few of the things that I enjoy about this time of the year. I also enjoy seeing pictures on Facebook and Instagram of people coming together to serve those less fortunate. I smile at the pictures and think to myself how blessed I am to be a member of the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC), for I know that as a member of the JLC, we not only serve our community during the holiday season, but we serve our community all year long. During the holiday season come thoughts of giftgiving to many. I am no different - during this time of the year, I am thinking not only about the gifts I will give to my family members and friends but also about the gifts the JLC has given and will continue to give to our community. As an organization, our nearly 2,000 members have given the gift of improved mental, physical and dental health to the children in our community. Through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and its Backpack Program, our volunteers have given the gift of food to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students who would have gone hungry over the weekend without this resource. Our volunteers have given the gift of literacy to children throughout Charlotte by providing them with books and letters to encourage reading. The JLC’s Training and Development Committee has provided our members with the gift of education by providing trainings focusing on everything from fundraising to governance, advocacy to the prevention of domestic violence, even money management for personal and business success. Through our partnership with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and
area medical providers, the JLC has provided local students with the gift of good health by providing access to immunizations and health screenings.
When thinking about the gifts our organization has provided to our community, my list could go on for days. Throughout our 90 year history, the JLC has left many seen and unseen gifts throughout Charlotte and surrounding areas. Helen Keller once said “the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” While serving as the JLC’s President, I feel in my heart the love and dedication each of the members of our organization has for our community. On behalf of the JLC, I wish you a joyous holiday season. As you celebrate this time of the year, embrace the beauty of the season and enjoy the gifts that you can see, but also celebrate the joy from the gifts that cannot be seen and are instead felt within your heart. To learn more about becoming a member of the Junior League of Charlotte and giving the gift of volunteer services, please visit our website at www. jlcharlotte.org. Should you wish to also give a financial gift to the JLC, you may do so by accessing the Support Us section on our website. And, as always, stay connected to the JLC and the many things we are doing in the Charlotte community by following us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Happy Holidays,
Lisa L. Johnson 2015-2016 President
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Letter from Our Editor, Michelle Grose
‘season of service’ Like many people I love the holidays. The air is just a little bit different from Thanksgiving through Christmas. It is easy to get lost or even frustrated by the hustle and bustle of shopping, running from party to party, and trying to make every choir performance of the season. However, I try my best to slow down and focus on the true spirit of the season, sharing love and peace with others. During the holiday season there are a lot of opportunities to give a bit more or serve those who need a little extra help through your place of worship or outreach organizations. One thing I love about being in the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) is that I have another avenue to give and serve the community all year long. Our December issue focuses on a number of the ways the JLC serves the community during the holidays, as well as throughout the year. One focus in this issue features the new partnership between the JLC and the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. Read to learn about how our members are teaming up to offer nutritional and cooking information to families who visit their food pantry, with AdaCooks! Plus, don’t miss our tasty “No-Bean Turkey Chili” recipe!
Another feature focuses on the many different areas that our Family Support partnerships touch, including our work with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and all of the organizations assisted by our Done In a Day placement. Plus, learn about the awareness our Advocacy and Public Awareness Committee is bringing on “Food Deserts” in Mecklenburg County, as well as get information on a special documentary screening on January 20. As you can see there is a lot going on this year in the Junior League of Charlotte. I hope you enjoy reading about the work our members are doing in the community. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I look forward to sharing more stories in 2016 about the JLC as we head into our 90th year! All the best,
Michelle Grose 2015-2016 CRIER Editor
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Contents WINTER EDITION 2015-2016
LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT
LOOKING BACK THROUGH THE YEARS
6 LETTER FROM OUR EDITOR
16 MEET OUR SUSTAINERS
18 FROM THE ARCHIVES
BOARD AND MANAGEMENT TEAM SPOTLIGHT
22 FAMILY SUPPORT PARTNERSHIPS
HOLIDAY PARTY AND SLATE REVEAL
24 HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY
30-33 MEET THE CRIER AND JUNIOR LEAGUE OF CHARLOTTE FACT SHEET INDEX TO ADVERTISERS 2...........MCGUIRE WOODS 5...........JLC WEARHOUSE 13.........MICHAEL & SON SERVICES 15.........ELEMENTS MASSAGE 19.........JAMI MASTERS SCHOOL OF DANCE 25.........CORPORATE SPONSORS 34.........KNIGHT RESIDENTIAL GROUP AND JLC ANNUAL FUND 36.........MARCH MONEY MADNESS
Board and Management Team
Spotlight By Chemere Davis
Lisa Johnson knew from the start that the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) was a perfect
the road. This group has some amazing ideas and
match. The ideals and values of the JLC were aligned closely with the values instilled by her own
you’ll start to see some of that as we are working
family, and the JLC’s goal to improve the lives of Charlotte families mirrored her own desire to
on our strategic plan for the coming year,” says
provide meaningful experiences for her friends and community. What she may not have known
Lisa. Additionally, the team is looking at ways to
was that her desire to simply lend a helping hand and to live out her ideals would bring her
celebrate all that the JLC has done and what is to
immense opportunities for leadership and change.
Lisa moved from St. Louis, Mo. in the 1990s to attend school at Johnson C. Smith University. While
How can the JLC grow membership?
her roots may not be native, she considers Charlotte her home. She was drawn to the JLC in 2003
A primary focus for this year’s Board and
after being invited by her sponsor, JLC Sustaining Member Lisa Vaughan, to attend a meeting to get
Management Team both in the Charlotte chapter
to know other members. Recalling her initial response, Lisa says, “I fell in love with all the amazing
and nationally is on maintaining and building upon
things they were doing in the League. Even not having a complete picture of what the Junior
current membership numbers. Lisa says, “Women
League truly was, I knew I wanted to be involved in anything that these ladies were connected to.”
have so many options to choose from whether they volunteer with their sororities, other non-profits,
When asked about her leadership story, Lisa said she was never one to seek out leadership roles
or if they continue the legacy of volunteering
– lending a helpful hand and making things happen was far more important to her. Lisa would
with the JLC.” Lisa suggests that being sincere and
frequently step up to the table if there was a task to be done; her commitment to voluntarism was
open about who we are and what we do helps to
noticed, and this led to offers for positions in leadership. As the JLC President, Lisa is surrounded by
encourage members to engage with others and will
other talented and knowledgeable women to aid in achieving League goals. According to Lisa, “We
attract talented women to the JLC.
have an amazing Board; we have a judge, attorneys, finance experts. The Nominating Committee did a standout job in making sure that the areas that I’m strong in, we shine, and the areas in which I’m
A few ways all JLC members can engage:
not as strong, I have the proper support team. Then we can go out into the community and share
•Attend events like Third Thursday Socials to
our story and encourage other members to make an impact.” Additionally, she says, “Delegation
engage and build networks within the League.
is something in which I truly believe. I don’t feel as though I have to do all the work when I have a
•Attend Coffee chats with the Board to share your
thoughts and ideas (held on the first Saturday of every month (locations vary).
As the 2015-2016 President of the JLC, Lisa Johnson oversees the Board of Directors. Lisa and
•Get the word out! Know how to talk about the JLC
her team set and revise governing policies and ensure alignment of the mission and vision at all
to new members and non-members – our history,
levels of the organization through policy administration, financial management, strategic planning,
what we do, who we help. You never know when
operational continuity and public relations. “The Board is thinking three, four, or five years down
you’ll get to share!
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BONDING AT THE MANAGEMENT TEAM RETREAT Comments, feedback, phone calls are welcome and encouraged. Members should reach out to their
What are the 2015 – 2016 goals for each
chairs, leaders and Board members with questions, ideas or opportunities to share. Lisa believes
Management Team Council?
that when the League focuses on the things that we naturally do well, members remain interested
While the Board of Directors is focused on strategic
and invite their friends to join, as well. Of her experiences influencing her current philosophy, Lisa
and long-term vision, the Management Team is
says “from the first provisional meeting I was immediately sold on the League. Since joining the
involved in the day-to-day operations to carry out
League, that’s been my goal, to give that same experience to any person, whether I’m sponsoring
the JLC mission through our members. According to
them or not. I want them to come to the first meeting and feel at home, and to say that this is where
Shannon Vandiver, 2015 – 2016 President – Elect,
they want to volunteer and give their time.”
member engagement is high on the agenda for the Management Team. The team strives to celebrate
One of the other major goals for this year is to reconnect with the community. The Board would like
our members, our partnerships, our history, and
to reintroduce the JLC to community agencies to share the wonderful programs and opportunities
the legacy that we have in the community. That
that the League provides. In addition to being volunteers, the League trains other women, both
is accomplished through the councils of the
members and those in the community, through the Education, Training and Advocacy Council. Lisa
Management Team. The Community Impact Council
says, “Yes, we are 2,000 members strong, but if we can tell our story to someone else, then they can
celebrates what we currently do and have done
help keep the community connected to what we are doing.”
historically. The Fund Development Council raises funding to develop and execute programming. The
What should members be proud of in terms of JLC accomplishments?
Communications Council tells the JLC story, and the
The JLC is frequently the organization to recognize community issues affecting the mental, physical
Human Resources Council ensures members are
and/or dental health of Charlotte-based children and families. These issues are addressed by
engaged and focused on our mission: developing
providing volunteers, financial assistance, and public support as necessary. In addition to ongoing
the potential of women, volunteering and
outreach efforts, the JLC also engages in focused Cornerstone Projects that make a concentrated
improving the community. The Education, Training
impact in the local community. Cornerstone Projects are often planned in collaboration with other
and Advocacy Council plans and executes trainings,
community groups and/or the public sector. The JLC designs and launches a program to directly
meetings and education events for our members
establish a sustainable iniative for a program in order for the organization to manage in the future.
and the community and also advocates for issues important to the JLC’s initiatives.
A perfect example of this model is the current Cornerstone Initiative at Reid Park Academy. It
“One of our biggest goals is to take a big League
was recognized that Reid Park Academy was in need. Less than 50 percent of the students were
and make it feel more like a community of servant
performing at grade level, and greater than 95 percent of the students received free and reduced
leaders,” says Shannon. “Through engaging with
lunch, an indicator of low household income. To address the issue, the JLC worked directly with
social media, members can see what teams across
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Mecklenburg County and The Council for Children’s Rights, to build
the League are doing and can keep up with all
a wrap-around Community School Model featuring a “System of Care” model that provides holistic
of our many volunteer and community impact
services for students and their families. For the last three years, the JLC has supported the Reid
activities. Members are encouraged to visit the new
Park Academy Cornerstone Project both financially and with volunteer hours. Although the major
JLC members-only Facebook page and everyone
financial commitment ends at the end of 2015, there will still be volunteer support there for at least
can follow us on social media through the hashtag
two additional years. Additionally, as a result of the stellar work completed using the “System of
#JLCharlotte.” An exciting development coming in
Care” model developed for the school, Mecklenburg County has agreed to continue to support and
the future is the creation of a registration system
replicate the System of Care model for other areas within the County.
for members to volunteer on a one-time basis with other committees.
Highlights Around the Management Team
Community Impact Council (CIC)
Education, Training and Advocacy
GOALS: Effectively market what CIC committees are doing through increased
Mary Sherrill Ware (Education, Training and Advocacy Council Manager)
social media presence, as well as enhance the evaluation metrics for
GOALS: To make members aware of benefits available for training and
development as a part of their membership including trainings and programs like
EXCITED ABOUT: Strengthening our community partnerships!
Ashley Lowery (Community Impact Manager)
Leadership Development Institute (LDI), Get on Board, the Public Policy Institute, and the Mentor program and to enhance the awareness of advocacy issues.
Fund Development Council (FDC)
EXCITED ABOUT: Three Wine and Wisdom events planned for 2015 - 2016.
Tonya Bruce (Fund Development Council Manager)
“We would love to increase training and programming programming attendance
GOALS: Continue to raise additional funds for League initiatives and
since they are such a value-add to membership.” - Mary Sherrill Ware
strengthen FDC committees to maximize fundraising as well as increase awareness of the JLC fund development model.
EXCITED ABOUT: The return of Lights! Camera! Fashion! with Belk and the
Nantasha Chryst (WearHouse Chair)
continued growth of the Annual Fund.
GOALS: Increase member engagement with the WearHouse and launch the newly created logo and tagline for the WearHouse.
EXCITED ABOUT: The partnership with Green Jeans Consignment pop up sales
Tricia Magee (Communications Council Manager)
that have been very beneficial for the WearHouse. Three sales occurred in the
GOALS: Ensuring JLC members know what’s going on through Marketing and
fall with 3 more planned for the spring.
PR Committees and increasing League wide use of all JLC communication
“The WearHouse is so important to the success of the JLC and we are always
platforms including Social media, The CRIER, The Happenings, JLC Blog and
encouraging members to donate quality items to support the WearHouse and, in
turn, the JLC mission.” - Nantasha Chryst
EXCITED ABOUT: The new digital CRIER!
JLC story.” - Tricia Magee
“We want to make sure our JLC message is cohesive and powerfully tells the Malone Lockaby (Nominating Vice Chair) GOALS: To create a pipeline of women who have been identified as interested
in leadership roles throughout the League year and to align JLC processes with
Molly Schugel (Risk Manager, Chair of the Contracts Committee)
the new AJLI processes that include an application for each executive leadership
GOALS: Ensure risk is evaluated appropriately across the JLC and consult AJLI
best practices for risk governance.
EXCITED ABOUT: Working with HRC to create an internal project evaluation.
EXCITED ABOUT: Working together with all departments.
“Our leaders are the future of our organization and Nominating is honored to work with our members to identify and place emerging leaders.” - Malone
Kamila McDonnough (Finance Manager) GOALS: Effectively manage the JLC’s balanced budget and increase awareness
Human Resources Council
for JLC membership regarding monetary contributions and support of JLC
Charlitta Hatch, Human Resources Council Manager
GOALS: Increase our membership retention by ensuring members are engaged
EXCITED ABOUT: Developing a balanced budget.
in meaningful placements and able to connect with like-minded women in Charlotte.
In addition to the many things planned by the individual councils, members
EXCITED ABOUT: Our members whether they are new members, 1st year actives,
have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming 90th anniversary celebration
transfers, or been in the JLC for years by way of Active or Sustainers. Our
membership allow us to do great things in the Charlotte community and have fun while we are doing it.
“We had our retreat in May before the League year began and we started to look at how to tell a story that is 90 years long,” says Lisa Johnson. Members should be excited about celebrating our history. After all, how many people can say they have been a part of an organization that has been around for 90 years?
JLC MEMBERS CELEBRATE THE SEASON AT THE HOLIDAY PARTY AND SLATE REVEAL 10
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JLC Holiday Slate Reveal Party By Sara Sprague What do “Aurora Blaise”,” Kayla Possible” and “BrownSugar Ryder” have in common with the Junior League of Charlotte? They, along with 34 other Bond Agents, represent the incoming 2016-2017 Board of Directors, Management
and sustaining members, Provisionals, JLC past Presidents and Sustainer
Team and Nominating Committee!
Presidents”, said President-Elect Shannon Vandiver. “It was the perfect kickoff to the Holiday season and a great way to celebrate our League and toast a
On December 2, the JLC’s Social and Nominating Committees co-hosted this
stellar slate of JLC leaders.”
year’s combination Holiday Social and Slate Reveal Party at Bubble Charlotte. More than 100 attendees donned their favorite holiday apparel to enjoy a
Without further ado, congratulations to our 2016-2017 Junior League of
spirited evening at the swanky and seasonally-decorated champagne lounge.
Among them were current President Lisa Johnson, President-Elect Shannon Vandiver and past Presidents Whitni Wilson-Wertz, Beverley Shull, Katherine Fuller, Elizabeth Kovacs, Beth Gregg and Kelley Cobb, as well as many members of the Sustainer Board, including Suzy Garvey and past Sustainer President
Board of Directors President: Shannon Vandiver President-Elect (PE): Arina Kirk (M)
Nominating Chair: Malone Lockaby Chief Financial Officer: Casey Liadis
The event featured a fabulous spread of appetizers, a cash bar and parting
Board of Directors (BOD) Secretary: Caitlin Helgeson
giveaways. Guests were encouraged to mingle for the first hour of the event,
BOD - Members-At-Large:
most enjoying a glass of champagne or wine and sharing stories from the League, while the anticipation and excitement for this year’s Slate Reveal built.
Tonya Bruce Helen King Molly Ward
The big reveal had a James Bond theme – emcee Beth Bechhold, Nominating
Committee Member, introduced each incoming member by their self-selected
Bond girl name, car, and most desirable co-host, while their favorite Bond theme song played in the background. One by one, announced Slate members walked, strutted and danced to the front stage where they were adorned with
Susan Branch* Kim Best-Staton* Kellie Lofton*
gold bead necklaces and embraced in congratulatory hugs from their fellow
BOD - Member-At-Large (Sustaining Member): Valerie Patterson*
team members, supporters and friends. “I’m looking forward to working with this outstanding team to continue our legacy of service,” said slated incoming
President-Elect, Arina Kirk. “It was so fun to share this event with the holiday
President-Elect (PE): Arina Kirk (M)
party and to celebrate leadership with so many members.”
Sustainer Advisor: Katherine Fuller Nominating Vice Chair: Charlitta Hatch
In addition to of the excitement of the Slate reveal, the Holiday party was a great
Vice President of Finance: Kamila McDonnough
place for members to set aside their civic responsibilities and enjoy each other’s
Communication Council Manager: Sara Sprague
company in a more relaxed and informal setting. It was also an opportunity to
Community Impact Council Manager: Anastasia Speer
foster new relationships and share our collective pride in the Junior League’s
Education, Training and Advocacy Council Manager: Chrissy Fischer
accomplishments. Transfer Ashley Hansen captured this sentiment: “The JLC
Human Resource Council Manager: Jessica Walker
Holiday Social and Slate Party was a blast! As a new transfer, this was my first
Fund Development Manager: Kate Stewart
event I could attend in the Charlotte League so I was nervous about not knowing
Risk Manager: Tricia Magee
anyone. However, as soon as I walked in, I was greeted with warm smiles and left
Management Team Secretary: Emily Reichs
the event having made a few new friends! I learned so much about the League in such a short amount of time and the Slate reveal was so fun and exciting. It was a great introduction to the League and I can’t wait to jump right in moving forward!” Special thanks to a well-orchestrated evening to Amy Rhyne, Social Committee Chair, Taleayah Johnson, Nominating Chair, and their respective committees,
Nominating Committee Nominating Chair: Malone Lockaby* Nominating Vice Chair: Charlitta Hatch Committee Members: Anna Portal Julie Spahn
and to Sherri Johnson, Nominating Committee member, for her incredible
photography talent. “The Social Committee, led by Amy Rhyne and Caitlin
Debbie Hull* Sherri Johnson*
Smith, and the Nominating team, led by TaLeayah Johnson and Malone
Lockaby, put on a spectacular event attended by over a hundred of our active
AdaCooks! Up Healthy Options! By Samantha Hall Earlier this fall, the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc (JLC) began an annual
of nutrition. Both women have previous leadership experience within the
effort to reassess the ways we could help meet needs in our ever-widening
League and feel their backgrounds have helped them develop the placement,
community. The addition of new placements allows us to stretch our reach to
quickly learn from mistakes and find ways to add value for AdaCooks! Early in
new areas, while also developing long-lasting partnerships with community
the year, after one particular event, the committee received branded Junior
League aprons from a generous sustainer, and since then their intentions may have become even more evident. During monthly meetings, the committee
One of the new placements for 2015-2016 is AdaCooks!. The 13 person
determines the next month’s schedule and cooking demonstration order of
committee is a partnership with the Ada Jenkins Center of Davidson, N.C. They
have been working tirelessly to develop “good-for-you-and-your-family” cooking demonstrations for food pantry clients. But before there was the
On-site, while waiting for their turn in the pantry/mini-grocery store,
placement, there was the center.
AdaCooks! members conduct a cooking demonstration using items easily found within the pantry. For four hours, the committee informs clients about
Founded in 1937, The Ada Jenkins Center initially began as a school house.
the benefits of using better fats or simply switching a vegetable out for picky
Eventually it identified as a place for child development, after-school program,
eaters. For each demonstration, eight to 15 families are usually represented.
food co-op, and even a dance studio. All of its missions focused on the betterment of the local population. By 1994, it became a center of community
Each family leaves with all the ingredients and the recipe card to make the
gatherings, offering 21 different programs and services to in-need clients.
day’s dish for their family, all provided by the Junior League of Charlotte. Their time and efforts are not in vain. The Ada Jenkins Center has received
One of the services, the Loaves & Fishes Pantry, currently partners with
feedback from clients and families on how much they like the demonstrations
AdaCooks!. In conjunction with AdaCooks!, the JLC provides nutritional
and how it has increased the sense of community along with the emphasis
information and cooking guidance for center partners based on grocery
of simple nutritious cooking when visiting the pantry. Speaking to one of
staples currently available in the pantry.
the committee members, its easy to see they believe in the importance of AdaCooks! mission.
The center is similar in appearance to a neighborhood elementary school. There is a jungle gym, a green field ripe for dodge-ball, and multiple buildings
Before their more recent successful events, The committee had to evaluate
attached by breezeways. Just like the schools of our younger years, all who
the needs of The Ada Jenkins Center. As a convergence of multiple services to
grace its hallways are demonstrated mutual respect and understanding.
those in acute crisis, the JLC sought to address a community of people in a way
Referrals are required for any person visiting the pantry, and they are
that would enhance, improve and provide a tangible benefit.
thenceforth considered clients. Based on the size of their family unit, a designated family member will shop the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry based
There are ways to help The Ada Jenkins Center outside of the work the
on their needs.
AdaCooks! committee does from week to week. •
The pantry is set up to resemble a supermarket with a canned food section, cheese and dairy section, vegetable section, and a dry goods section. The
Donate canned goods and dry shelf-stable items AFTER the holidays that were not used at Christmas dinner.
clients that visit are in crisis. They need some type of support for themselves
Relieve your suitcase and toiletry bag of all those travel size sanitary items you may have picked up at a hotel. They are the just the right size
or their family, and between one challenge or another, nutritional eating for
healthy living can fall by the wayside.
Nancy Tedder Combs and Amber Shannon lead a committee of 13 women, who
Donate toilet paper. This item that cannot be purchased with WIC and government assistance.
possess a wide-range of cooking skills, but all are focused on the importance
Donate cleaning supplies.
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No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili! Calories: 235 Fat: 8 g Carb: 14 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 23 g Sugar: 4 g Cholesterol: 81 mg Sodium: 578 mg (without salt)
20 oz 93% lean ground turkey 1/2 cup onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 10 oz can Rotel mild tomatoes with green chilies 8 oz can tomato sauce 1/2 tsp cumin, or to taste 1/4 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp paprika 1 bayleaf 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes Optional: One 15 oz can of beansâ€”your choice! Optional toppings: cheese, sour cream, fresh cilantro
In a large skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces and season with salt and cumin. When meat is browned and cooked through (no longer pink), add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, sweet potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaf (and beans if using). Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup more water if needed. Remove bay leaf and serve.
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Get to know the Junior League of St. Petersburg By Alexandra Samsell
One of the benefits of being a member in the Association of Junior Leagues
What makes your league unique?
International, Inc. (AJLI) is that we are everywhere. There are 293 Leagues in
St. Petersburg is really a “big” small town. Many of our members have been
four different countries. If a member moves to a new city, chances are that
born and raised in our city, so it’s always fun to hear about them making
there will be a Junior League nearby and the transfer process is quite simple.
new friends (or reconnecting with old ones) through the Junior League! I love seeing friendships grow that are rooted in a common connection of
Alexandra Samsell has been involved in three different Junior Leagues in
wanting to make a difference in our community. It’s amazing to witness
Tennessee and North Carolina, and each one has welcomed her with open arms.
what a determined and passionate group of like-minded women can do to
It is a wonderful to experience how each Junior League is unique, while sharing
shape our community for the better!
similarities. The CRIER reached out to the Gentry Adams, the president of the Junior League of St. Petersburg, Florida, to learn about the differences this
Do you have any unique fundraisers or events specific to the Junior
League is making in their community.
League of St. Pete? We have two signature fundraisers currently: Fall into Fashion and Whale
Facts about the Junior League of St. Petersburg:
of a Sale. Fall into Fashion is the perfect afternoon event to attend with
President: Gentry Adams Headquarters: St. Petersburg, Florida Founded: March 4, 1931 Current Membership: 150 Actives, 250 Sustainers, and 50 Provisionals Website: www.jlstpete.org How does your league make an impact in the community? About five years ago, our League transitioned to the Issue-Based Community Impact model and decided to take on the issue of “school readiness” under the umbrella of healthcare, nutrition, and literacy. Our signature event is the Back to School Care Fair (we just celebrated our 19th year!), in which we give out over 1,500 backpacks full of school supplies to school-aged children. Additionally, we provide free physicals and medical, dental, vision and diabetes screenings so that the kids in our community have everything they need for a successful year. It’s always one of my favorite events; there is nothing like seeing the joy on a child’s face when they pick out a backpack in their favorite color and walk away proudly! This year we are beginning the Kids in the Kitchen program so that we can bring nutrition education to low-income students. We will be working with local afterschool programs to teach children about the importance of fiber and protein, and will be whipping up simple recipes with five ingredients or less that they can take home. We’ve got an exciting vision of how this program can grow in conjunction with our city’s initiative on food access and education, Healthy St. Pete.
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your girlfriends, sisters, moms, and daughters. Guests
some of the best views in the city. You’ll also want to stop by the Dali Museum, where you can see
are treated to a yummy lunch, attend a fabulous fashion
amazing paintings by Salvador Dali. I’m obsessed with the “Pink Palace,” aka the Loews Don CeSar
show from local retailers and play purse bingo for
Hotel. Even if you don’t stay there, make sure you grab dinner, drinks and visit the beach! It’s the
the chance to win a designer bag! This year, we also
perfect spot to spend an afternoon. St. Pete Beach is continually one of the top-ranked beaches in
added pop-up shops so attendees could shop the looks
the country, so pack your swimsuit for a fun day in the surf and sand!
straight off of the runway. It’s such a fun girls’ afternoon out and has become a beloved event for our members. Paying homage to our roots of running a thrift shop, we now host a one-day rummage sale, Whale of a Sale, with a “Sip and Sea” preview party the night before. Guests can shop high-end bargains in the Repeat Boutique or find their next treasure on our main floor. This event truly takes a League-wide effort to host, but it is so
“Almost instantaneously, the ladies of the Junior League took me in and made me feel like family. ”
rewarding seeing our shoppers find pieces that they absolutely adore. We look at this event as a way to serve our community, and after the shopping is done, we work with several local organizations to donate any remaining merchandise. For instance, we give boys’
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clothing to Clothes to Kids, which provides children who cannot afford clothing the chance to “shop” for a week’s worth of clothing free of charge. We love that this event is not only a fundraiser, but also a chance to continue to support our community! Why do you love being in the Junior League of St. Petersburg?
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Meet Our Sustainers A leagacy of service By Shemeka Johnson
Andrea Bierce joined the Junior League in 1974 just after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and moving to New York. She was an active member in the New York Junior League for more than 25 years. Andrea worked full-time, but her early volunteer work was focused on teaching English as a second language to a variety of people. She also sang in a group that visited hospitals and senior citizen housing facilities. Andrea and her husband have two daughters, Cameron and Jenny, who came out at the New York Junior League Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotel, respectively. Their son, Alex escorted them. Almost 10 years ago, Andrea de-activated in good standing, but reactivated and transferred to the Charlotte Sustainers Group upon relocation to Charlotte. In addition to teaching and singing, in the New York League Andrea helped with a variety of fundraisers such as the Designer Show house. She was involved with other initiatives such as the New Member Welcome Committee, Children’s Book Drives, the Debutante Ball, and many others. Andrea stated, “Teaching English as
Andrea Bierce, Sustainer
a second language had the most immediate impact for many who really did not know or understand English. We worked on practical experiences such as going to the grocery store, making an appointment with doctor or a child’s teacher. The singing brought a lot of joy as well even though we were a bit flat at times!” Andrea stated she feels like she grew up with the Junior League. Her mother, who was also an active member, instilled in her what an extraordinary organization the Junior League is and how participation makes a real difference. “Part of her legacy had always been to give back and for each of her daughters (I am one of three) that meant being an active member of the Junior League. The JLC is very active and a strong contributor to the city, so I am grateful to be here and a part of it even though I continue to work full-time. It is also a wonderful way to meet outstanding people who want to make a difference,” Andrea said.
Jane Grosse joined the Junior League in Winston-Salem and later transferred to the Junior League of Charlotte. Much of her time in the league has been focused on communications, marketing, and fund development. Jane served as the Editor of The CRIER one year, which was a placement she enjoyed. She also served as the Follies Chair one year, which was a big fundraiser for the JLC. As Chair of The Follies, Jane was able to raise more than a million dollars that year. Jane stated she recalled a conversation among some of the attendees at The Follies, and they were talking about donating to the JLC simply because they were giving to the JLC. The Follies was an entertaining event, but it also helped to support and fund many JLC projects. Jane said, “I have been so fortunate to have wonderful mentors during my time in the JLC. I have met some of the smartest, most caring individuals I have ever known.” Jane also stated each of the JLC Presidents she has known have been absolutely amazing and to see how they all lead with such grace and passion is inspirational.
Jane Grosse, Sustainer
“I am proud that the JLC is always doing something for the good of the community. The friendships I have gained have been among the best of my life,” Jane said.
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• When were you an active member of the Junior League? • What placements did you serve in during your time as an active member? • What do you feel is your most impactful placement and why? • What are you most proud of as it relates to your experience in the Junior League?
Suzy Garvey joined the Junior League in 1974 in South Bend, IN, and she later transferred to the Junior League of Charlotte in 1981. Suzy spent several years as an active member of the Junior League of South Bend, IN where she focused on foster care placements. Once she transferred to the JLC she served on the Guardian ad Litem and Cookbook placements. She has also been a Sustainer Advisor. Suzy stated she also had the pleasure of mentoring two past JLC Presidents. “It was a pleasure to spend time with each of these ladies and be a part of their journey as JLC Presidents,” Suzy said. Suzy has been a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children since 1981. A Guardian ad Litem serves as an advocate for children who have been abused and neglected and speaks up for their best interests in court or other legal situations. Suzy said, “I would have never been a part of it had it not been for the Junior League.
Suzy Garvey, Sustainer
We have saved the lives of many children and it’s rewarding to hear their success stories.” Suzy said, “I am proud of the contributions the JLC has made and continues to make to the community. I am also thankful for lifelong friends I have made since joining the JLC.”
Dianne Cates joined the Junior League of Charlotte in 1974, shortly after relocating to the city. All Provisionals served at the WearHouse for their first placement. For Dianne, working in the WearHouse was fun because she had been raised in a family involved in the clothing business. Her next placement focused on researching and visiting elderly care facilities throughout Charlotte. Dianne also served as Public Relations Chair of the JLC, participated in The Follies, and finally chaired LeaguePrint, a major fundraiser for the JLC. Stationary, including engraved items, embossed napkins and other items could be purchased through home sales. The LeaguePrint shop, located at the JLC Building, opened each day for additional sales opportunities. This shop was staffed by JLC volunteers. In 2012, Dianne became the JLC Sustainer President. Her goal was to reconnect many who had been inactive and provide them with opportunities for fellowship. The first Sustainer Showcase was launched and the third has just occurred. Each one has been successful.
Dianne Cates, Sustainer
The JLC has members who have so much to give and Dianne said, “I’m happy to play a small part with such an outstanding group of women.”
From the Archives
0s estones “A Real Learning Experience”
A 1964 article looks at new projects from
that year that are still as important today.
Above: 1956 - Charlotte Nature museum at Freedom Park
By Sara Sprague and Amy Ford
This 1964 article from The CRIER highlights successful projects that the women
Left: 1956 - Children getting acquainted with a reptile at the Charlotte Nature Museum $28 million 5-year expansion project as it approaches its 70th birthday of The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) carried out. The JLC’s impact on the Nature Museum is especially notable in light of the recent announcement of a in 2016.
M. Covington writes: “It was eighteen years ago when the Charlotte Junior League was instrumental in arousing the city’s interest in the need for and benefits of
a Children’s Nature Museum. As a demonstration we contributed $5,000 over a three-year period and, in 1948, voted to adopt the Museum as our project. We
assumed the $8,000 existing budget and agreed to pay $8,000 more over a twoyear period. However, the Museum was fast outgrowing its tiny quarters in Cecil
Ann McNinch, Marilyn Ransom, Kay Weatherspoon, Jan Stedman, and Doris
Street, and in 1950 the plans for the new $69,000 building at Freedom Park were
Hartman, have the thrilling experience of being the first to work on the
approved by the League. An ambitious project, but in two and a half short years
Planetarium Project designed to develop  educational programs which will
the League was able to burn the mortgage.
help prepare Charlotte-Mecklenburg school children for Planetarium visits, the aim of which is to augment the students’ classroom experience by serving
The following year, 1953, the League again voted to contribute to the museum
as a laboratory experience in astronomy beyond the normal classroom work.
in the amount of $13,000 for specified additions to the building. With the
The main function of our committee is to assist the teachers in preparing their
installation of the Planetarium two years later, the League concluded its two-fold
students for their planetarium visit through an educational program which will
program of building and volunteer services at the Nature Museum. Made possible
include developing and preparing a Curriculum Guide for Teachers, a series
by income from the THRIFT SHOP, two Follies, a Benefit Tea and Fashion Show, a
of small traveling school-loan exhibits on astronomy, and an automated-slide
“Parade of Quartets,” and a Charity Ball, the League’s contribution to the museum
program on astronomy.
Ground was broken for the Charlotte Nature The Planetarium Curriculum Guide for Teachers will provide classroom Museum. “Last year the League voted to meet a challenge donation of $20,000 to build a preparation in such areas as a basic vocabulary of terms used in astronomy, at this time totaled $103,500 and many volunteer hours.
larger and permanent Planetarium, the heart of which is the Spitz A-3-P Projector,
the location of celestial bodies in space, and seasonal changes. The Guide
which is one of the most versatile space-science teaching machines available. No
will also include follow-up activities which will reinforce the Planetarium
instrument, even the largest available, is more capable of producing the illusion
visit as a learning experience. The school-loan exhibits will be simple and
of the night sky and solar system. It will reproduce the sky from any point on
informative and will help provide a background in basic astronomy and a
Final payment was made for With the official opening of the Planetarium in October, the Charlotte Junior The automated-slide program will include an introduction to astronomy, the Charlotte Nature Museum Clockwise: League realized the fulfillment of another dream and Bottom the beginningLeft of a providing the students with basic concepts and principles of the universe by fascinating placement opportunity for willing League volunteers. means of slides and a synchronized tape recorder which a League girlFinding will Project Mrs. Lassiter, take Jr.to the schoolbuilding. Ann Sturges and her committee, which consists of Ann Norton,Robert Martha Carmichael, classroom and monitor. The primary work of the committee (Elizabeth Fitton) Committee organized. earth and show an entire night’s progression of stars.
better understanding of certain basic astronomical principles.
1954-1955 President 18 Mrs. John Cunningham
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in this part of the program will center around preparing the contents, selecting the visuals which are to be photographed, and writing the script for the text of the sound tape. Although the Planetarium is for all ages, with school programs
Reach for the Stars.. .
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Sturges and her committee in implementing this tremendous undertaking.â€? By the end of the 20th century, the JLC had donated almost longer stands, it provided rich educational opportunities League has invested in Charlotteâ€™s children for almost ninety years and continues to today.
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$166,000 to the Nature Museum. While the Planetarium no to children for many years. The JLC is be proud of how the
TUMBLE TOTS ACROBATICS
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1. Christine Sperow’s pumpkin carving talents honor the JLC’s almost 90 history 2. On October 8, the Center for Prevention Services celebrated almost 45 years and honored the JLC for its role in helping to start the organization. 3. Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region’s Chameleon’s Journey hosted 30 JLC volunteers who served as camp counselors to 100 campers! 4. Kristian Cruise, Director of Promising Pages, presentation toduring a Provisionals. 5.Give Kids a Smile committee and Charlotte dentist Dr. Polite screened 80 kids at the Colgate van at Billingsville Elementary in November.
6. The Alexander Youth Network committeemade holiday cards for AYN kids. 7. Members help cut material for the KinderMourn Blanket Project. 8. Shannon Vandiver and Nantasha Chryst drop off JLC donations for flood victims to the Junior League of Columbia. 9. Members visited participant booths to learn about food deserts and food insecurity. 10. Provisional Advisor Audrey Horne and her small group showed off their art skills.
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Standing By Olga Kearns Billups
Tall in Service Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Since the inception of the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) in 1926,
Each year the League continues to sow its seeds in the community
members have prided themselves on standing tall in community service.
through programs like Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM).
A major iniative of the Junior League is an emphasis on family support. In past years, the JLC partnered with community agencies, such as The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte and Thompson Child and Family Focus. Not only did the JLC donate financially, but League volunteers donated thousands of hours to planned events and the daily operations of these facilities. Partnerships of this kind keep the JLC deeply rooted in the community. Two current family support programs provide further example of how the JLC continues to help families:
The SHFBM committee focuses on three major volunteer programs that address hunger – the Mobile Food Pantry, the Backpack Program and Holiday Food Drive. With the help of its volunteers, the committee is able to achieve its goals while strengthening and enriching the lives of families
“Partnerships of this kind keep the JLC deeply rooted in the community. ”
Second Harvest and Done in A Day.
in the community. This year, the Second Harvest committee is led by Alana Lopez, Chair, and Elizabeth Grymes, Vice-chair. There are a total of 18 committee members, including seven returning from the 2014-15 JLC year. “The fact that over half the members returned this year reflects how much the volunteers enjoy this partnership,”
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE HARD AT WORK
Left to right : Adelaide Spizer, Lauren Huddock , Heather Kelly, Elizabeth Grymes, Alana Lopez and Colleen Hickman
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“The committee has set long and short term goals this year. The short term goals are to maximize current funding to feed the maximum number of children possible and to engage as many JLC associates as possible throughout the
• The Relatives Youth Shelter - The group hosts several events during the year at the Relatives Youth Shelter, a program that offers a safe haven for kids and their families. Events include game night, where they played Apples to
school year to assist SHFBM with the Backpack Program at Reid Park Academy
Apples, as well as served dinner. A sundae ice cream bar was also a big hit!
and at several school mobile pantries held during the school year. The long term goal is to continue to work together to distribute healthier food to hungry children through growth of the Backpack and Mobile School Pantry programs or other new programs that we create together.”
• Family HealthLink - In September, committee members staff the JLC’s Family HealthLink event. This event is open to the public, and children can receive health assessments, including vision, dental and hearing screenings.
Each year, the Mobile Pantry Program puts more than 400 mobile pantries in
• Autumn in the Park Festival – In October, JLC members served as arts and
place, each of which carries an average of nine pounds of food per trip into the
crafts volunteers at the Arts for Life booth during the”Autumn in the Park”
most rural areas. The JLC Second Harvest committee significantly assists with
this effort by providing 50,000 pounds of nutritious food and household items to 200 families in need. During each of the four mobile food pantries at Reid
• JLC WearHouse Craft Project – The group created Thanksgiving-inspired art
Park, volunteers help set up tables of food to distribute to the children and
projects, including turkeys made out of construction paper and feathers, with
families of Reid Park.
children while their parents shopped at the JLC WearHouse.
Additionally, the SHFBM backpack program provides a weekly backpack of
• KinderMourn – Committee members made blankets in a variety of colors to
nutritious food to 50-100 students each week for the entire school year.
distribute to children when they have their screenings in early 2016.
Committee members pick up these backpacks and deliver them to Reid Park every Friday. Volunteers also stuff backpacks twice a month at the Second
• Second Harvest Warehouse - Members volunteered at the Second Harvest
Harvest Food Bank warehouse. In total, SHFBM operates over 100 Backpack
Warehouse, assisting with the food drive.
Programs in approximately 16 counties that provide children with nutritious foods on weekends and holidays when school meals are not available.
• Alexander Youth Network (AYN) - Throughout December, members of this
This year, the JLC launched a new program: The Holiday Food Drive. The goal was to collect as many canned goods as possible to donate to SHFBM by November 20 for the holiday season. Members dropped off donations at the WearHouse
committee wrapped Angel Tree presents so children living at the AYN facility will have a gift to open on Christmas morning. “I have heard a lot of women talk about how much they like being on the
and JLC Building. While the Second Harvest Committee has made a difference
committee because of the variety of different projects we do. We help a lot
with all three of these programs, the number of children still going hungry on
of other JLC committees with their events, but we also are able to give back
a daily basis is staggering. To learn more about these children and how to help
to smaller organizations who do not currently have a formal partnership with
the League. I think it helps to raise awareness for non-profit organizations and promotes the mission of the JLC,” says Holden.
Done In A Day Done In A Day is an opportunity for league volunteers to get involved in meaningful, specific programs that can be “done in a day!” Members donate their time and energy to a variety of service projects that meet an immediate need for families and community partners. Holden Sours, Done In A Day Committee Chair, said, “Members of the committee meet monthly, usually to debrief on prior events, talk about what is upcoming and brainstorm any ideas members may have. We typically try to make the meeting a social event to thank our committee for all of their hard work.” The committee has much to celebrate this year. It has been busy staffing the events, such as: • Camp Luck of Levine Hospital - In November, the group met to plan Pizza and Pillowcases, a program that will provide pillowcases for children with heart defects at Levine Hospital. An associate from Camp Luck attended the meeting to explain and demonstrate how to make the pillowcases. The pillowcases
VOLUNTEERING AT THE RELATIVES
themselves will be made during a pizza party.
Katrina McLin, Katherine Morgan, Sharon Slider, Anne Skinner, Nicki Bradley, Betsy Buse and Marian Steele serve dinner.
The State of the Charlotte Dinner Plate How the Advocacy and Public Awareness Committee is Addressing Charlotte Food Deserts By Jessica Cook Throughout the nine decades that the Junior League
A recent WBTV production entitled “Inside a
of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) has been in existence,
Charlotte Food Desert” features the story of a
there has been a focus on affecting change in our
Charlotte mother. In order to access healthy food
she must make a 48 minute, one-way journey to the grocery store. Her trip involves a bus, the light
Whether it’s through sitting on a board or
rail and a walk across South Boulevard. Her story
volunteering at a school, the JLC is visible helping
also expresses the ease with which she could feed
individuals, families and organizations. However,
her children fast food, but her desire to provide
there is equally important advocacy work taking
them with a healthier and more delicious life.
place behind the scenes. The JLC Advocacy and Public Awareness Committee The Junior League of Charlotte’s Advocacy and
has and will continue to host “Wine and Wisdom”
Public Awareness Committee plays an active role
events. These events are designed to increase
in both facilitating advocacy and researching areas
awareness on food deserts and the lack of access
of concern relevant to the city of Charlotte. Based
to healthy foods. The upcoming Wine and Wisdom,
on their research, the Board of Directors and the
on January 20, 2016, will be a screening of the
Advocacy and Public Awareness Committee annually
documentary film, A Place at the Table, which
determine an advocacy issue for the Junior League
explores food insecurity in America. According
of Charlotte. Access to Healthy Food in the Charlotte
to Sherri Belfield, Chair of the JLC Advocacy and
Community is the JLC’s latest community impact and
Public Awareness Committee, “Access to healthy
foods results in stronger families which results in stronger communities. We all benefit when our
According to the Food Atlas Research, Mecklenburg
communities are strong.” Junior League members
County has more than 72,000 residents who are
who are interested in increasing their own
living in an area designated as a food desert. The
awareness or learning how they can advocate for
US Department of Agriculture defines a food desert
the issue of access to healthy food in the Charlotte
as an urban neighborhood or rural town without
community are encouraged to attend the following
ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food.
Wine and Wisdom events.
This is significant because the dietary choices available in food deserts are often unhealthy and non-nutritious. Without easy access to grocery stores,
residents living in food deserts have limited produce
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
availability and therefore rarely eat fresh fruits Spring Wine and Wisdom
and vegetables. Residents in these areas are often
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
limited to fast food retailers and convenience stores, full of processed and pre-packaged snacks. When a community lacks access to healthy food many people who may desire to live healthier lifestyles have difficulty doing so.
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Food Deserts in North Carolina
Census Blockgroups Zip Code Boundaries
Counties with Food Deserts Tier 1 Counties with Food Deserts
*Food Access Research Atlas, 2013
*Food Access Research Atlas, 2013
Food Deserts in Mecklenburg County
Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors! The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. would like to thank the Corporate Sponsors listed below for their financial support during the current year (2015-2016). Our community projects could not achieve such great success without their generous sponsorship. These relationships are vital to our continued ability to make a difference throughout Charlotte. Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!
equaled $1,278.87. Charlotte Junior League members were also active on other community boards, such as the Alexander Children’s Home, Thompson Orphanage and the YWCA. The Charlotte Junior League also sent a member delegate to sit on the Cooperative Nurses Association Board. This presence in the community gave the League not only a louder voice, but also increased support.
As We Move Forward,
Support was exactly what the League received, collecting donations from the local newspapers, merchants, drugstores, dairies, laundries and individuals. A fiveroom cottage was also donated rent-free for one year. The Junior League Baby Home became the organization’s first large-scale project in the community on April 24, 1926, with the formal, public opening on May 18. This was the primary commitment of the League during the first two years of its establishment. The CRIER was first published during the 1927-1928 year and was aptly named after the crying babies in the Junior League Baby Home.
In March of that first year, the League took in a provisional class of 18 members and three transfers. Eight volunteer hours were required of both the active and provisional members; however, due to both the importance of the project and their small membership base, the women worked many more easily exceeded the requirement.
By Betsey Dillon
As the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc (JLC) builds up to its 90th year anniversary, take a look back at several major accomplishments since its beginning in 1926.
“The Junior League Committees have functioned splendidly. The responsiveness and enthusiasm of the girls has been very gratifying, and their help and understanding has overcome many tedious moments and has made my service a very great pleasure and privilege,” wrote Cluett.
It is fitting that the first year of the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) was marked with ambitious initiatives. The fortitude and commitment embodied by its first members are the standards by which the JLC is known today.
In January of 1926, 30 philanthropic women formed the JLC out of what was previously known as the Welfare League. The new Junior League joined the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) with $843.41 from the treasury of the Welfare League. Then-President, Catherine Garrett Morehead Cluett, said in her yearly report, “We felt very grateful, very humble and very willing to work and wait to find a real place to fill and call our own in the community.” While most of the funds collected the first year were from public donation, the League also held several fundraisers to establish the Baby Home. Members organized rummage sales and a dance. Members also participated in a fundraiser with the Charlotte Polo Team, from which the League retained the proceeds of all ticket sales from the Charlotte-Harvard Polo game, totaling $154. The funds raised the
The Junior League Baby Home became the organization’s first large-scale project in the community on April 24, 1926, with the formal, public opening held on May 18. This was the primary commitment of the League during the first two years of its establishment. The CRIER was first published during the 1927-1928 year and was aptly named after the crying babies in the Junior League Baby Home.
In March of its first year, the League took in a provisional class of 18 members and three transfers. Eight volunteer hours were required of both active and provisional members; however, due to both the importance of the project and the small membership base, most women easily exceeded the hourly requirement.
In 1935, the Baby Home closed its doors. Adoption cases were being taken over by the welfare department, government aid was given to dependent children and babies were left in their own homes whenever possible or placed in foster homes. In total, the JLC contributed $37,000 to the project. The building was rented for a few years and then sold, with the proceeds being put back into welfare service.
To meet the needs of the League’s fundraising efforts, the Thrift Shop (now the WearHouse) was introduced in 1936 in uptown Charlotte. The Thrift Shop offered the community an affordable place to shop, as well as valuable training opportunities for JLC members. In its first six months of business, the store reported gross receipts of $1,737 and net profits of $640. Today, the WearHouse is League’s longest running fundraiser.
The Old North State Cookbook was first published in 1942. It was sold for $2.06 and was delivered by bicycle to save gas money. In The CRIER, JLC members jest that the James K. Polk Fruit Cake on page 13 weighs 16 pounds when baked. The cookbooks brought in nearly $2,900 for the organization.
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Time to Reflect Back 1940s
In 1948, the League voted to adopt the Charlotte Nature Museum as a project. The JLC was responsible for the entire budget, with the goal of moving the museum from 325 North Cecil Street to a $50,000 building on a 30-acre tract at Freedom Park. In April 1949, the Follies brought in $16,000 for the new Charlotte Nature Museum building, and 1950 marked the groundbreaking for the new location of the museum. In addition to a total contribution of $123,909, the Charlotte Junior League also supplied volunteers who singlehandedly ran the museum until permanent staff came onboard in 1954.
The country was on the path of change by the end of the 1950s, and the JLC responded to those changes by connecting with local leaders to focus on community needs. Myers Park Presbyterian Church donated what was then known as the “White Cottage” as League headquarters in 1960. With the help of Charlotte city leaders, members moved the building to its new location beside Freedom Park.
In 1971, the League sponsored its first pieces of legislation, House Bills #203 and #204 entitled “Advocacy for Children.” In the following years, the JLC, in conjunction with other North Carolina Junior Leagues, successfully passed legislation that provided the state with its first public kindergartens.
The city of Charlotte faced an unexpected challenge in the fall of 1989. Hurricane Hugo made a direct hit on the Queen City on September 21, 1989. “VOLUNTEERS...The Spirit of Charlotte” was a most appropriate theme for this year as members responded with donations of food, clothing, time and funds. Members voted to approve the Board’s motion to donate $8,000 to Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte, as well as $2,500 to the Junior League of Charleston for Hugo relief efforts.
In 2004 and 2005, the League’s focus shifted to the Healthy Child Initiative. Shortly after the focus shifted, the JLC committed to partner with Levine Children’s Hospital to fund the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. Family Resource Center. Over the next few years, more than one million dollars was raised through the Cornerstone campaign, and the center opened in 2007 as an information library for patient’s families. In addition to the JLC Family Resource Center, other new placements were added to support the Healthy Child Initiative.
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Editor Michelle works in marketing, and in her freetime she enjoys making wheel-thrown pottery and baking.
Assistant Editor Morgan is a newlywed from Charleston. She loves seafood, red wine, and her sweet pup, Lola.
Ad Sales Manager Hannah is an engaged native Charlottean. She enjoys traveling, reading, and staying active and healthy.
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Production Manager/Reporter Olga lives with her husband of 17 years, Tyrone, their son Mark, and their dogs.
Copy Editor Amy works in the public health field and lives in Cotswold with her husband, young son and 2 dogs.
Copy Editor Sara is a happily married mom of two, splitting her time between family, consulting, the JLC, play dates and pee wee soccer. She loves wine, grilling and enjoying the outdoors!
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Reporter Chemere enjoys laughing and spending time with her dog Zeus.
Reporter Jessica is working on her masters in Medical Physiology. She loves to ski and hang out with Daisy, her mini schnauzer.
Reporter Samantha is engaged and is from Seneca, South Carolina. You will find her noshing on a homemade dish or reading.
Reporter Betsey lives in Charlotte and graduated from Davidson. She and her husband, Tim, recently had their first child, Charlie.
Reporter Alexandra is a transfer from the Junior League of Greensboro. She lives in Charlotte and is currently a brand strategist for a local marketing firm. She loves animals and cake decorating.
Photography Editor Kristin lives in Huntersville with her husband, currently fixing up their new home, for their first child to arrive in February 2016!
Reporter Shemeka is from Riegelwood, NC and is married to her high school sweetheart. She loves adventurous vacations, good movies, fine dining, and crafts.
JLC 2015 Community Projects 2015-2016 Since June 2013, the JLC has embraced the Healthy Family Initiative (HFI), an expansion of the Healthy Child Initiative, focusing on the physical, dental and mental health needs of Charlotte area children with an emphasis on the importance of family decisions and their impact on children.
The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
JLC Dollars JLC Volunteer Allocated Hours Allocated
Reaching Out Statement
The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. and The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) reach out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. will be a leading force in improving the lives of children and families in this community.
The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. annually reviews project proposals submitted by community agencies and/or League focus area committees. Final decisions are voted upon by the membership and are based on community needs, membership interest, and available League resources.
Leadership Lisa L. Johnson, President Shannon L. Vandiver, President-Elect Woozie Dell, Executive Director
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2016 Fact Sheet The Membership • Almost 2,000 Charlotte-area women are members of the JLC. • More than 700 of our members are Active members who engage in hands-on community and internal volunteer commitments and manage our organization. Most of our Active members also work in a variety of industries across the Charlotte region. • More than 1,000 of our members are Sustaining members who have previously served as Active members of our League but now serve in advisory roles and provide support to the JLC. • Nearly 100 women have entered our Provisional Course this year seeking JLC membership. Training and Education • The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. provides diverse opportunities to our membership and community for training and personal development with programs such as the Leadership Development Institute (LDI), the Public Policy Institute, the JLC Mentor Program and Get on Board and with training seminars on professional, career, leadership and health topics. Advocacy • The JLC engages in advocacy at the local, state and national level through researching and addressing issues relevant to our Health Family Initiative. The current Advocacy focus is on food deserts and the lack of access to healthy foods. The JLC Advocacy and Public Awareness Committee and the State Public Affairs Committee propose public stands for the JLC and educate our members and community stakeholders on JLC advocacy initiatives including by providing information to public officials through the Annual Public Officials Breakfast, held at the JLC headquarters each spring. Points of Interest • Founded in 1926, the JLC has provided more than 1.5 million hours of volunteer service and over $13.5 million dollars to the Charlotte community. • The JLC is a member of the The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), which is comprised of 293 Leagues throughout the U.S., Great Britain, Mexico and Canada, with a collective membership of more than 155,000 women.
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JLC NEWS Upcoming Member Events! January 5, 2016
Training - Learning to Lead in JLC
This training will prepare participants to take on leadership positions within the League. This class will explain what the key leadership roles are and what skills are needed to be successful in these roles. This event is open to JLC members ONLY and is approved for one Membership Credit. Space is limited to 30 attendees. January 9, 2016
Provisional Community Partnership Tour
This is a mandatory Provisional event. Come learn about the JLCâ€™s history and our community partners. Meet at the JLC building. January 11, 2016
January General Membership Meeting
The January General Membership Meeting will be held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, located at 4740 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211. Our special guest speaker is AJLIâ€™s Vicki Clark. January 26, 2016
Training - Poverty Simulation
Poverty simulation is a training designed to make participants aware of the challenges of living as a low income family trying to provide for their family month to month. The simulation will give insight into the sensitive and fragile lives of the communities in which we serve.
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