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Issue No. 5

My father has the amazing ability to tell a story and while doing so, paint a picture in your mind. I vividly remember several years ago listening to him relate a story from a book that he had read, telling the story of a mother who never "spent a dime". My father described this far from stingy mother, who had a thrifty quirk, and whose children grew more and more concerned about their mother's fascination with dimes. The mother ran a tight ship, and she and her husband passed this virtue onto their children. The term "the good ole days" could have originated from the home that my father so vividly described. This mama never ran out of energy or food. Unexpected company, well, that was expected in this home. Little did the children know growing up in this home, that they were growing up in the Depression, because they never felt deprived. Years passed and the children left the family home and began raising families of their own. It was on a visit home, as the girls were out shopping with their mother, that they realized her obsession with dimes had not been shaken. She would break a dollar bill before she would pay for it with a dime, even if the price was one dime. The girls wondered...'What is wrong with our mama?' The family tradition was they gathered for dinner at 4 o'clock, and they were not to be late. Despite everyone's willingness to help their parents prepare for the dinner, the parents refused. Every detail was taken care of and dish after dish came, as if they were at a banquet. After dinner, the girls were helping their mother clean up and they all insisted on sharing the expenses of the meal. Their mother laughed, and told her children not to worry- "I paid for it with a year of dimes that I have saved". The joke was on them! Their mother's thrifty fascination with dimes was actually a gift to them. This savvy mother was modeling and then passing on the giving tradition that her children would then pass onto their own children. As we look back and celebrate our 95 years as the Junior League of Chattanooga, this story resonates within our membership. We are blessed with women that have modeled the gift of volunteerism and giving back. As I have said before, when I look back, I can't help but look forward...opportunities abound for us to continue to pay it forward. The Board of the JLC and I thank you for continuing to be catalysts for lasting community change and appreciate all the "dimes" you continue to give to forward our mission and vision. Karen Leavengood President

2 December Calendar and Member of the Month 3 Sustainer Holiday Luncheon and JLC Garden Club 4 Cookbook 5 Nominating Notes, Tour of Trees, Just for Fun, and Annual Fund 6 Provisional Class Project and November GMM Minutes 7 November GMM Minutes continued 8 Our Journey 9 Advertisers

December 7, 2012 General Membership Meeting Sustainer Holiday Luncheon Chattanooga Golf and Country Club Lunch and Program: 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. See page 3

Board of Directors



President: Karen Leavengood

Jennifer Stone

President-Elect: Tahnika Rodriguez Secretary: Theresa Critchfield

Placement: PR Chair

Treasurer: Shelley McGraw

Provisional Year: 2008


Hometown: Signal Mountain

Community Impact: Amanda Kelley

Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, Traveling (especially to the beach), and drinking wine with friends!

Fund Development: Rebecca Brinkley

Career: Director of Client Advocacy at Cigna Healthcare for 7 yrs.

Membership Development: Annie Hagaman

Family: Married to Patrick for 11 years, two boys: Rylan 8 and Dylan 4, Chester the dog and Clyde the cat.

Communications: Stephanie Devine

* Executive Coordinator: Meredith Rivers Nominating Chair: Laura Ketcham Placement Chair: Christy Fazio Research and Development: Ashley Farless Design and Implementation: Billie Rose

Why she received the award: Jennifer was awarded October's Member of the Month due to her continued diligence promoting League events through the media. She pursued Chatter to promote the Savor event through their magazine and successfully worked with them to write a pre-event article to increase awareness to the event. In addition to the article in Chatter, Times Free Press and have also picked up various press releases written by Jennifer.

Sustainer Advisor: Past President, Sustainer Missy Mckenna


2012–2013 Corporate Sponsors 2

Sustainer Liaison Committee 2 p.m.


Spring Provisional Contract Signing 6 - 8 p.m.


Shopping night at Sophie’s 5-7 p.m.


Holidays at the Hunter Museum 6 - 8 p.m.


Sustainer Holiday Luncheon- See page 3 Doors open at 10:30 for Marketplace and Silent Auction Luncheon and Program 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.


January League Chatt deadline to send articles to your VPs


Fall Provisional meeting 6 p.m. Fund Development 6 p.m. Location: TBD, Placement Committee 6:30 p.m.– Upstairs


Provisional meeting 6 p.m. League house Placement Committee 6:30 p.m. (Upstairs)


Communications Council Noon - 1 p.m.

Visit us on the Website at Facebook JLChattanooga Twitter Editor: Holley Hasting 423.298.7806 The League Chatt, a publication of Junior League of Chattanooga 622 E. 4th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403

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Hello Sustainers!

Please join us for the

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Sustainer Holiday Luncheon December 7 at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.

Forty-Sixth Annual

Sustainer Holiday Luncheon

It's going to be a fun day with a delicious lunch, conversations to catch up, and great silent auction baskets to bid on. We hope you have made plans to join us and fellow Sustainers that day!

Marketplace and Silent Auction 10:30 a.m. Luncheon and Program 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Be on the lookout for upcoming information regarding Sustainer get-togethers taking place in Spring 2013!

Chattanooga Golf and Country Club 1511 Riverview Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Lunch $35 per person Cash Bar

Happy holidays and thanks for all you do for our League.

Please RSVP with payment to the League house by November 30, 2012

Suzanne Maxwell Sustainer Liaison Chair

JLC 2012-2013 GARDEN CLUB OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS The governing Board of the Junior League of Chattanooga Garden Club installed officers for the 2012-2013 year was photographed at the Lookout Mountain home of Fred and Garden Club President Starlet Speakman. Also pictured are a few of the 2011-2012 Leadership: President Joy Irwin, Decorations Susan Cobb, Membership Suzanne Nolan, Telephone Betsy Nichols and Chaplain Joan Heywood. Pictured clockwise from front left: Susan Cobb, PresidentElect Sherry Allison, President Starlet Speakman, Corresponding Secretary Anne Donnovin, Betsy Farrar, Publicity/ Historian Teresa North, Nominating/By-laws Joy Irwin, Horticulture Greta Lindsay, Yearbook Simone Rudge, Joan Heywood, Program Sheryl Leitner, Suzanne Nolan. Center row descending is Programs Catherine Daniels and Treasurer Amy Thomas. Page 3

Not pictured are Secretary Carol Beard, Membership Jean Richardson, Project Susan Kirby, Decorations Sara Fields and Jennie Brockman, and Chaplain Maria Matthews.

I HAVE A DIFFICULT GIFT TO PURCHASE! ...ANY IDEAS? Cookbooks for sale at the League house. Please contact the League house for availability.


JL of Little Rock, AR Big Taste of Little Rock JL of Colorado Springs, CO A Peak at the Springs JL of Emerald Coast, FL Beach Appetit JL of Clearwater/Dunedin, FL from Grouper to Grits JL of Baton Rouge, LA Warm Welcomes JL of Monroe, LA Cooking in High Cotton JL of St. Louis, MO St. Louis Days St. Louis Nights JL of Wilmington, NC Seaboard To Sideboard JL of Eugene, OR A Taste of Oregon JL of Eugene, OR Cooking from the Coast to the Cascades JL of Knoxville, TN Dining in the Smoky Mtn. Mist JL of Galveston County, TX Beachside to Boardwalk JL of Lubbock, TX A Perfect Setting JL of Hampton Roads, VA My Mamma Made That JL of Bristol, VA Start Your Ovens

“Women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.” Jessie Noblett Cookbook Chair

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DECEMBER NOMINATING NOTES Congratulations to Shelley McGraw, our 2013-2014 President-Elect and our 2014-2015 President! Thanks Shelley for your willingness to serve. Active and Provisional members, please continue to prepare for next year by:    

Shelley McGraw

Consider your JLC future and slated positions in which you are willing to serve Ask questions of your advisor and other League members If you are currently in a slated position, help to groom your replacement Look for talent and encourage others to apply for slated positions


Applications for the remaining slated positions for 2013-14 will open January 1, 2013. Slated positions include Board, Chairs and Assistant Chairs, Nominating Committee members, Assistant Treasurer, Jottings and League Chatt Editors, Historian, and Social Media Coordinator. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Ketcham at or 423.802.3620.



Tuesday, December 4, 2012 5 - 7 p.m. Sophie’s Shoppe 401 North Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Thursday, December 6 6 - 8 p.m. Hunter Museum Designers’ Tour of Trees (2 Credits) Free Admission for JLC members and family – Come see the Junior League of Chattanooga’s tree, along with all of the decorated trees and mantles throughout the Billie Rose museum!

Tis the Season’ for holiday shopping at Sophie’s Shoppe. Stop by Sophie’s Shoppe Tuesday, December 4 and enjoy an evening of shopping their holiday merchandise and home goods while mingling with JLC members. Sophie’s Shoppe is offering a 10% discount off of their merchandise plus 10% of all sales from this event will be donated to the annual fund of the Junior League of Chattanooga.

Design/Implementation Chair

THE JLC IS 95 YEARS OLD! LET’S GIVE $95 FOR 95 YEARS! Let’s give $95 for 95 years as a League! It is time to kick off the 2012-2013 JLC Annual Fund. Thank you to all of those that gave at the November GMM. This year, Actives and Provisional will be receiving their letter via email, and Sustainers will receive their letter in the mail. Keep in mind that any donation helps, and will go directly towards our mission. In December, those that have not made a donation will receive a call from one of their fellow Provisional class members. Every member of the JLC Board has pledged to donate this year. Join them in making a tax deductible gift! Remember, you can make a gift for the future. A bequest is one of the simplest ways to support the JLC. These gifts ensure the League can continue its work to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community. Contact Active Leah McDaniel at 423.598.2393 for more information.

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Leah McDaniel Corporate Relations Chair

FALL PROVISIONAL PROJECT UNDERWAY The 2012 Fall Provisional class is excited to announce their Provisional Project has started! The Provisionals will be collecting women's clothing for a local facility called The Next Door. The 30 bed facility houses local women finishing their prison sentence and addresses the mental, physical, and spiritual needs of women who have been incarcerated. The Next Door Barbara Johnson prepares women for leading independent lives after prison. The Next Door strives to help the Co-Project Leader women become productive members of their communities through workforce development, anger management, and substance treatment services.

Sarah Murray Co-Project Leader

The Next Door has an immense need for interview apparel for their residents. The facility has a 'boutique' the residents can 'shop' and borrow an outfit for their job interviews. Currently there are few items in the 'boutique' and the clothes that they do have are tattered and outdate. The Provisional class has been tasked with organizing a clothes drive for The Next Door. They had a brainstorming session at their Provisional meeting and they are well on their way to tackling their project! The Provisional class is starting their project by touring the facility November 27 at 6 p.m. to see how their efforts will help these women.

Stay tuned for project updates. If you would like to donate, please contact Provisional Co-Project Leaders: Barbara Johnson at or Sarah Murray at Natalie Kizziah PDC Chair

NOVEMBER 5, 2012 GMM MINUTES The November General Membership Meeting (GMM) of the Junior League of Chattanooga (JLC), was called to Order at 7:05 p.m. by President Leavengood. President Leavengood thanked Suzanne Maxwell for stepping up into the position of Sustainer Liaison, given Ginger Birnbaum’s necessary leave-of-absence. In the absence of Membership VP, Annie Hagaman, President Leavengood presented the Member of the Month – Jennifer Stone for her hard work preparing press releases that have been picked up by multiple media outlets, and for providing much needed public exposure for the JLC. Thanks for all your help. Treasurer Shelley McGraw gave a presentation regarding the JL auditors’ report. Treasurer McGraw indicated that the auditor’s report balanced with the JLC books; the membership was congratulated for staying within the budget. Announcement was made regarding meeting projected fundraising goals, the importance of same, and how the JL had not met some projected goals. Members were encouraged to continue selling cookbooks. Placement Chair Christy Fazio discussed upcoming opportunities for membership credits. Members were directed to the JL website to review their accumulated credits. Placement Chair Fazio announced that Committee Chairs will be forwarding “rosters” to the Placement Committee for attributing membership credits. Members were instructed to email Placement Chair Fazio if they had questions regarding the credits attributed to them. November GMM Minutes continued on page 7

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NOVEMBER GMM MINUTES CONTINUED Design and Implementation Chair Billie Rose invited members to attend the upcoming Elves Workshop Home Spun crafting party – 3 membership credits will be awarded for 3 volunteer hours. The event will be held at Warehouse Row and will be responsible for making the ornaments for the JLC tree to be on display at the Hunter Art Museum’s Designers’ Tour of Trees. Help was solicited for prep work prior to the Elves Workshop – membership credits will be given for prep work; contact Chair Billie Rose. There is free admission to the Designers’ Tour of Trees for members and family. Membership credits will be given for attendance. Education and Training Chair Angela Ballard spoke regarding prior education and training events that partnered with the Food Coalition and Chattanooga Area Food Bank. The events have been a big success, including the E&T at the Creative Discovery Museum Test Kitchen which taught about preserving harvested food. Visit the JLC website volunteer calendar to register for upcoming events. Fund Development Chair Rebecca Brinkley spoke about the upcoming Family Event (Children’s Gala). Members were advised to “Save the Date” of February 9, 2013 for a Mardi Gras themed event. Attention was directed to a cookbook display and members were advised of the current sales initiative. Through November and December, cookbooks are on sale “3 for 2.” Members were reminded that we need to be pushing sales from now through the end of the League year. An email will be sent to Active members for forwarding to family and friends. Fund Development Chair Brinkley also made an announcement regarding the Annual Fund – requested that members invest in the organization that they commit so much time to; members were reminded that many institutions have a corporate match. Members were asked to stop by Public House or Social following the meeting as these establishments have generously agreed to donate 10% of the evenings’ food sales to the League. Nominating Chair Laura Ketcham presented the Nominating Committee’s recommendation for Presidentelect-elect, current Treasurer, Shelley McGraw. A motion was made to accept the Nominating Committee’s recommendation. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved, no negative votes being cast. An announcement was made that Nominating Committee is accepting applications for the Spring Provisional Development Committee, six members and one Assistant Chair are needed. Further, applications are being accepted for a spring Education and Training Assistant Chair. Depending on your current placement, double placement credits may be available, covering a members’ placement credit for the next League year. Contact Placement Chair Christy Fazio or Nominating Chair Laura Ketcham for details. Applications are due December 9, 2012. Nominating Chair Laura Ketcham advised that members not interested in these openings, should begin considering slated positions for the 2013-2014 League year. Slate applications open January 1, 2013. The Slate includes Board positions, Chairs, Assistant Chairs, Nominating, Assistant Treasurer, Jottings and League Chatt Editors, and more. President Leavengood again announced “double placement” – credit for both placements – which would cover placement credit for the next League year. President Leavengood made an announcement regarding a meeting for the Provisional Class of 2005 at the close of the GMM regarding Active Kathryn Gallaher Campbell. Seeing no further business, President Leavengood adjourned the meeting at 7:55 pm. Respectfully Submitted,

Theresa L. Critchfield Theresa Critchfield

Theresa Critchfield, Secretary


Junior League of Chattanooga

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BOWS Anna and Mathew Barnett welcomed Matthew Johnson ‘Jack’ Barnett August 24. He was 7lbs, 10oz and 20.5 inches long.

Active Laura Cothern Placement: Holiday Tour 2013 Married to Jeremy Family: 1 dog - Charlie (12 weeks old) Transferred from: JL of Murfreesboro, TN

Tahnika Rodriguez writes: “After 10 years of wedded bliss, Armando and I became the proud parents of Chloe Mattison Rodriguez, August 13. She was 6lbs., 7oz and 20 inches long.”

Employment: Nurse at Erlanger in the Trauma ICU Hobbies: Running, cooking, exploring Chattanooga, spending time with friends and family. Tiffany Merritt Advisor/Transfer Chair

Tributes and Memorials 

Thank you to Sustainer Gloria Stewart for her gift in memory of Gayle Gallaher, mother of Active Kathryn Campbell.

Thank you to Actives Ashley Farless, Theresa Critchfield, Tahnika Rodriguez, Amanda Kelley, Kelly Reese, Billie Rose, Stephanie Devine, Karen Leavengood, Shelley McGraw, Rebecca Brinkley, Suzanne Wyche, and Robin Nunley for their gift in memory of Gayle Gallaher, mother of Active Kathryn Campbell.

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS 2 Samantha Lunn 4 Peggy Parks 5 Elizabeth Campbell 6 Carrie Fogleman 8 Sarah Miller 9 Tahnika Rodriguez


To the family of Active Kathryn Campbell for the loss of her mother Gayle Gallaher.

To the family of Active Amy Holland for the loss of her grandfather who resided in Alabama.

12 Kate Morgan, Jennifer Stone 15 Laurie Lynn 17 Emily Maddux, Caitlin Ross 18 Abbie Holt, Rebecca Miller 19 Megan Carnes

Sustainers: Donna Brody and Andee Guthrie Actives: Autumn Boyd, Meredith Rivers, Tahnika Rodriguez, and Senior Active Missy Elliott

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24 Heather Hatfield 25 Natalie Bigger 28 Anne Porcher Flynn 30 Brooke Maedel, Leah McDaniel


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