Autumn 2020 Perspectives

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COVID’s Effects on Non-Profits

Diversity & Inclusion in JLC

How was the pandemic changed the way Greater Cincinnati helps

Nazly Mamedova speaks on this very important topic and where the Junior League of Cincinnati stands.



Festival of Trees Take a step back in time to the Archives and learn about this elegant event.


In this issue 3

President’s Perspective



JLC Members During COVID

10 Diversity and Inclusion in JLC


Non-Profit Response to COVID

11 Archives - Festival of Trees


TOK 10th Anniversary

12 Centennial Campaign: Final Report


New Member Brunch

14 Member Milestones

Autumn in JLC Photo Review

Your Perspectives Team

Managing Editor Andrea Buschmiller

Assistant Editor Carrie M. Starts

Writer Casey Binder

Writer Elizabeth Longaberger

Writer Meggan Thompson

Thank You The Perspectives Committee would like to extend our gratitude to the many women who volunteered their time, knowledge, opinions, and experiences to make this issue possible. Writer Annie Carroll

Contributers: Nazly Mamedova

VP Communications Samantha Bodner Photographers: Rachel Barski and Jill Dickert

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Junior League of Cincinnati, 3500 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226 • 513.871.9339 •

President’s Perspective Dear JLC members and friends,


elcome back and welcome to the 101st year of the Junior League of Cincinnati! I hope you share my enthusiastic excitement for what is to come. As we reflect on the past 100 years, it is exhilarating to see how the League has grown, evolved, and changed over the years, while never losing our unwavering commitment to our members and our community. Each of you are the heart of the JLC, and that is a gift I do not take for granted. While we enter this new year amid a global pandemic alongside an on-going movement for social justice, I first want to assure you while this will be a year of unprecedented challenge, we continue to invest in our members, partners and community. In our first few months this year, we’ve engaged in safe, in-person volunteer opportunities for organizations like St. Francis Seraph, St. Vincent de Paul, La Soupe, Freestore Foodbank, and more, as well as creative remote opportunities for support, such as remote administrative work, as well as a virtual wishlists for members to fulfill for a different nonprofit each month. The training portion of our mission also continues with building member expertise on nonprofit management and operations, as well as a robust New Member curriculum for our incoming class I am also proud to share that our membership voted in the affirmative on our Position Statement on Racial Injustice at our October general membership meeting, and I also want to assure you that our Program Development cycle continues this year, with a request for proposals launched on-time this autumn. Our Membership Council remains busy, from figuring out virtual coffee chats to outdoor recruitment events to ensure, now more than ever, that our members can keep up connections. And of course, a silver lining to such limited in-person interaction means we’ve been able to move forward with some important Columbia Center updates, repairs, and maintenance ahead of schedule, including the repair of the basement stairwell and exterior fencing, and a beautiful refresh of our auditorium including painting and new chairs -- and that’s just so far! Our Columbia Center committee also has plenty planned for the backhalf of the year; they’re currently hard at work designing updated meeting room spaces and more!

It’s certainly true that we have all been stretching and developing in new ways this year -- some of us as mothers, some of us as caregivers, some of us as professionals, some of us as community organizers, and some of us as all of those things at once. And I am so proud that the League continues to be able to grow with women, in these different times. My hope continues to be that we approach this year with open hearts and minds as we delve into hard topics and issues. That we have open dialogue to learn and explore. That we embrace challenges and celebrate successes. It is my commitment to you that the League will continue to meet you where you are, support you when you need, let you soar when you are ready, and give you connection and comraderie along the way. The League’s work has taken many different shapes over the past hundred years, but we’ve always been an organization of women who create, who design, who forge. And it is in this spirit that I offer my wish for all of you this coming year: Be a Builder: of trust. of community. of people. Cheers,

Sarah E. Reiger JLC President

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Lauren Martin Vogelpohl experienced some firm regulations around COVID. When traveling in Tennessee, she found masks were required, even outside, and tickets were issued on the spot for noncompliance. If you couldn’t pay at the time of the issuance of the ticket, you were arrested. In the hotel, Meagan Yee transitioned from a professor at Xavier you could not ride in an elevator with someone not in your University to a first-time mother of triplets. Unfortunately, immediate group. her parents have yet to see or hold their first grandchildren. In addition to those social changes, Lauren expressed Moreover, she missed many of the exciting events that come concern for the impact to the economy and families as well: with being a first-time mom such as pregnancy and newborn “Hearing the despair in my friends’ posts after losing a job photo shoots and a baby shower. Her husband missed out on or not being deemed ‘essential’ was heartbreaking. Hearing the majority of prenatal appointments as well, as visitors the worry my parents expressed while my Mom finished and escorts were banned from medical centers. chemo treatments and was considered highly susceptible his year has been filled with many challenges—with perhaps the most disruptive being COVID. From becoming a first-time mother, to not being there for your own mother as she faces chemo, our members navigated their way though some of life’s major events.

Katie Blank is in her first active year here in Cincinnati. In addition to relocating and being four months into a new job, Katie is also in the process of planning a wedding—but had to move the date from November 2020 to October 2021! Her biggest struggle has been fielding the opinions of others and their general disregard for her emotions. “Many of our vendors were not very flexible when it came to rescheduling. Many shared that ‘we are able to have the wedding based on the state guidelines’, so we had to forfeit our deposits and pay new ones, adding almost $10K in change fees and new deposits.”

Megan Yee’s Triplets- Joshua, Emiko and Adam.

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and at-risk if she was exposed to the virus takes a toll on you mentally and emotionally… My partner is a firefighter. Watching him go to work to be possibly transporting exposed individuals then bringing it home was a real concern.” To keep sane, she depends on a consistent workout routine and lean eating. Her advice, “Take a breath, fill your cup, put your oxygen mask on first and give yourself grace.”

The Effects of COVID on Cincinnati’s Vital Nonprofits By CASEY BINDER


n March of 2020 while the rest of Cincinnati shut itself inside, charitable organizations like Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank and St. Francis Seraph Ministries rolled up their sleeves to prepare for what would become an unprecedented spring and summer due to the spread of COVID-19 across the city.

received some additional grant money that wasn’t available prior to the pandemic so they can continue providing meal support. If you’d like to get involved with either organization, visit their website or check out JLC’s CanDo opportunities.

Megan Fischer, Founder and CEO of Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank (SCDB), said 2020 is not at all what she expected but she is grateful for the community’s response in helping SCDB meet demands for the ever-growing needs of the city. SCDB got its start in 2015 and is now Cincinnati’s only nonprofit diaper bank. Fischer shared that since the pandemic began, SCDB’s distribution is greater than ever. SCDB relies on volunteers to package all diapers—a whopping 52,000 per month! Fischer said that when quarantine started, her three staff members and Board of Directors had to manage all of the packaging and distribution needs as volunteer services completely halted. Even though the chaos of the spring has leveled off, Fischer said volunteers remain their greatest need. On the other side of the city in Over-the-Rhine, St. Francis Seraph Ministries (SFSM) also needs volunteers. Theresa Diersen, Volunteer Services Director, said that up until June 1st, SFSM’s three staff members took on the daunting task of running all of their programs. For forty years, SFSM has provided meals and programming to the community. Their offerings range from cooking and sewing classes to breakfast, lunch and dinner service. “Our dining room seats up to 200 guests and during quarantine, we had to quickly transition our meal services to ‘meals-to-go’ so we could keep supporting those who rely on these services,” Diersen said. SFSM serves around 170 meals per dinner and averages eighty breakfast and lunch meals daily. At the end of September, SFSM opened their dining room again. They developed new processes to ensure both guests and volunteers are safe. This includes plexiglass barriers on the food serving line, temperature checks and mandatory masks for each guest. Still, SFSM needs volunteers more than ever because of the extra protocols. “We had 125 volunteers that served with us regularly. That number dropped to only fifteen because of COVID concerns,” said Diersen. At both Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank and St. Francis Seraph Ministries, while volunteer numbers have been hit hard, both organizations have seen an increase in charitable giving. For SCDB, this means being able to purchase more diapers which costs around $10,000 monthly just to meet their current distribution. At SFSM, Diersen said they’ve

Volunteers at St. Francis Seraph Ministries

Volunteers wrap diapers at Sweet Cheeks

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10 Years of Beautiful Kitchens By ANNIE CARROLL


his year is the 10th anniversary of the Tour of Kitchens. Tour of Kitchens started when the Vice Chair of the Cookbook Committee at the time, Meredith Comin (former Junior League of Cincinnati President) was tasked with selling 5,000 cookbooks. Comin, who had recently transferred from the Atlanta Junior League, decided to bring the Tour of Kitchens to Cincinnati. The Atlanta event is a multi-day event and Comin wanted to bring that to Cincinnati on a smaller scale. She thought this event would be a great way to showcase the beautiful architecture and kitchens in the greater Cincinnati area, as well as showcase recipes from the JLC’s cookbook, Cincinnati Seasoned.

With 2020 being the 10th anniversary of the Tour of Kitchens, what better way to mix it up than to have a virtual Tour of Kitchens! This year the Tour will be a virtual “Take Out Edition”. The event will feature three virtual demonstrations including cooking, mixology and home decorating. The purchase of your ticket will allow you access to all three virtual sessions with raffle items being released with each video. Some vendors will be including shopping list links to purchase ingredients prior to the demonstrations. The session videos will be released on three consecutive Saturdays—November 7, 14, and 21, 2020—and will remain posted for viewing throughout the month.

The first Tour of Kitchens was a self-guided tour, which gave an exclusive look into seven spectacular kitchens throughout greater Cincinnati, primarily Hyde Park and Oakley. The Tour featured a variety of styles ranging from traditional to modern as well as LEED-certified homes. The inaugural Tour of Kitchens lifted ideas from CinSation like the two-bite options from local chefs, a mixologist and bakery delights from local bakers.

This year will be a little different, as it will feature the vendors and demonstrations more than kitchens. Some of this year’s vendors and sponsors you can look forward to are The Rhined, The Spicy Olive, Court Street Lobster Bar, Tablespoon, Couch Family Fixins, Lost & Found, Revel, and Camargo Trading. This year’s event will be one you won’t want to miss!

Another thing Tour of Kitchens wanted to bring more attention to was Kids in the Kitchen. Kids in the Kitchen was the JLC’s program partner at the time to help fight childhood obesity. “In order to continue support for Kids in the Kitchen, it is important to educate and inform as many people as we can,” said Comin. And that is exactly what they did. The goal of Kids in the Kitchen was to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the prevalence of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. The first Tour of Kitchens was a huge success with over 100 attendees, and raised almost $5,000 for Kids in the Kitchen. This was particularly impressive due to the fact that this event came during a year when there were two other fundraisers—a fall 5k run and the CinSation Gala—in the spring. The bar was set high, and the Tour of Kitchens has been a hit ever since—the most recent Tour of Kitchens raised six times what the inaugural Tour of Kitchens did! Comin compares Tour of Kitchens to Homeorama (Homearama is a 9-day single site display of fully furnished and landscaped custom homes that demonstrate the latest in construction, design, furnishings and technological innovations.) but on a much smaller scale with fewer people and more allure. Tour of Kitchens has highlighted both contemporary and traditional architecture in kitchens in a number of neighborhoods including Northern Kentucky, Overthe-Rhine, Hyde Park and Indian Hill. #JLCincy | 6

Tour of Kitchens, 2019

Sample Food for Tour of Kitchens, 2019

Junior League Members Check-In for Tour of Kitchens, 2019

Virtually Welcoming New Members By ELIZABETH LONGABERGER


or many years, the New Member Brunch has been held in-person at Columbia Center in August or September. This year was different. The New Member Committee had planned to follow through with an in-person brunch that would be socially distanced, but just a few weeks before, the League decided it would be best to hold the event online. Luckily, one of the Co-Chairs this year, Catherine Eifrig, had been running events for work since the beginning of the pandemic and felt very comfortable implementing the same tactics to welcome the League’s fifty-eight New Members. The event took place on August 22, 2020 and lasted a little shorter than usual given the circumstances. The Chairs included a fun icebreaker to kick off the event. Following the welcome and introduction by our President, Sarah Rieger, active members spoke about their experiences with the League. Sustainer Member, Cinnamon Polly; Active Member, Leslie Touassi; and First Year Active Member, Sunny King Fisher; all shared their personal experience as League members. This helped the New Members feel more of a connection to the League, even though it was from their homes. For the conclusion of the event, the Committee utilized the Break-Out Room feature on Zoom to gather in small groups to meet with

their Advisors. The Chairs received very positive feedback from many, including New Members. It is a difficult situation to handle and theCommittee nailed it—and the League hopes to meet all the New Members in-person very soon!

Screenshot of New Member Brunch

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Autumn in the Junior League Fall Communications Council Meeting

The Communications Counsel had a successful, socially distanced Fall meeting on September 26, 2020 where plans were discussed for the upcoming year. #CommunicationIsKey

New Member Brunch

For the first time ever, the JLC welcomed it’s new members virtually. The event took place via Zoom on August 22, 2020 and the feedback was very positive from attendees who had a new and unique experience this year. #Socialdistancing

New Member Fall Fun Day

The JLC is committed to planning safe and inclusive events for engaging our new members this year. One such event was the New Member Fall Fun Day which was full of all the outdoor activities that make this season so great in Cincinnati. #FallinCincy

New Member Rooftop Happy Hour

New members met for a rooftop happy hour in September at one of Cincinnati’s premier rooftop locations to engage face to face as they build relationships for the future. #JLCincy

CanDo Our Daily Bread

JLC members gathered safely at the Columbia Center on September 23, 2020 to make sandwiches for Our Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen and social center that provides meals to those in need. #GiveBack

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CanDo St. Vincent de Paul

On October 10, 2020, JLC members volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Ozanam Center to hand art work and décor as well as provide assistance on a kitchen project in memory of Jordan Hoak, a student who attended Ozanam retreat. #St.VincentdePaul

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Wrapping

The CandO Committee continues to provide opportunities for members to volunteer at Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank. Volunteers sorted, counted, and wrapped diapers in preparation for pick-up from the various Sweet Cheeks partner agencies that deliver the diapers and kits to families in need. #SweetCheeks

Email your favorite photos to the Perspectives Committee for inclusion in future issues!

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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion By NAZLY MAMEDOVA


he JLC has a long and storied history as an integral part of our community and has always worked to be a beacon for women of purpose in Cincinnati. Several years ago, we began to dedicate time, talent and resources to improving our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) work, both within the League and in our community. The goal is that our community sees itself in the League and that all our women feel included, no matter their color, background, or socio-economic status. Driven by our incredible membership, our past leaders began at the most basic level, talking. As our conversations increased, we were driven to dig deeper and implement more robust work. We began by embedding our DE&I efforts into the Executive Management Team by creating the VP of Diversity and Inclusion position. We have held deep discussions about microaggressions, how we can create a more welcoming environment and how to have the League look more like the community we live in. We had training sessions led by our own members and speakers such as Janine le Sueur (AJLI’s Vice President of Programs) and Dima Ghawi (author of Breaking Vases: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive - A Middle Eastern Woman’s Story). This past summer we acknowledged the deepest injustice members of our community feel and increased our commitment to fighting racial inequality. Our Board of Directors and Executive Management Team, elected by the membership, voted to support and lend our leadership, led by the YWCA, to the Hamilton County Commissioners’ Resolution on declaring Racial Injustice a Public Health Crisis. As a result, racism was declared a public health crisis in a unanimous vote by Hamilton County commissioners. Additionally, several members joined AJLI in its efforts to combat racism and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion by attending the 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge. This challenge provided participants with materials and tools that we are bringing back to our membership. Having deeply honest conversations with women from other Leagues allowed us to reflect on our own League’s efforts to be more inclusive. As we have dynamic speakers and presenters at our GMMs, offer training to our members and use our collective voice to advocate for our community, we promise to continue to implement DE&I into our work both internally and externally. This month, our League successfully voted to adopt our Racial Injustice Position Statement and our committees are committing on every level to increase our DE&I work. For example, our Columbia Center committee is asking vendors to fill out a survey that captures their commitment #JLCincy | 10

Nazly Mamedova, VP of Diversity & Inclusion, Junior League of Cincinnati

to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. The survey helps in not only choosing a diverse group of vendors, but also shows them JLC’s commitment to equity, in effect encouraging them to think more deeply about their commitment. Our Tour of Kitchens: Takeout Edition is ensuring a more inclusive experience with closed captioning on our three special episodes highlighting community chefs and mixologists. Our Curriculum Development committee has implemented this year the microaggression training into the New Member curriculum. It is very important that the JLC fosters equity and inclusion from the beginning, and this year it starts with our New Members. Our Sustainers have created a DE&I liaison position so we can continue our important work on all levels of our membership. This year, our Members continue to work on ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are reflected in everything we do and we invite each one of you to join us in this effort. We as Junior League women strive to be civic leaders in our communities. As such, we should hold ourselves accountable for our own racism. We must do the work and speak out against injustices we witness in our community. We must be willing to be humbled and vulnerable. We must know when it is time to listen and, equally important, when we must speak up. Our League is here for our amazing women and is ready to provide support, resources, and inspiration. The JLC was established in 1920. For a long time, we have enjoyed seeing ourselves represented in the community. Now it is time for the community to see itself represented in us.

Experience the Glittering Tradition By ELIZABETH LONGABERGER


n 1982, the Junior League of Cincinnati held its first annual fundraiser, Festival of Trees, which provided the League with the funds to be able to support its projects for giving back to the community. Festival of Trees took place for many years at various venues across Cincinnati, including the Pogue building, Duke Energy Convention Center and Union Terminal. Sustainer Marty Humes was Chair of the event in 1985 and fondly shared her memories of hosting the large event at the Convention Center. The Festival of Trees brought together the community to decorate and sell approximately 150 trees to increase donations. Local businesses, including interior designers and various other sponsors, each decorated a tree for the event. Usually there was a decorative theme involved in the presentation of the trees. The businesses would secure donations and transport the trees to the new owners for the holidays. Every year, the Festival of Trees Committee and JLC Marketing Committee worked together to develop a theme for the event. The advertisements were spread across the city with a beautifully designed poster by one of the League members. The Vice Chair in 1985 was Linda Lichtendahl. She described the many hours and dedication to the planning of Festival of Trees and how she “gained all the training, friendships and laughs� during that time. In 1986, four years after the inaugural event, the festival almost did not happen! Linda described how they created a beautifully decorated archway that ran the length of the Convention Center. However, the fire marshal was about to shut down the event the day before opening because the archway was not fireproof. Luckily, he told Linda of a spray that could be used to fireproof the labor of love. The festival proceeded without any issues, and was even more successful thanks to the addition of decorated wreaths for purchase.

Program from Festival of Trees, 1985

For the many years the event took place, countless projects were funded by the generous sponsors, members and attendees.

Festival of Trees

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Centennial Fundraising Campaign: Final Report Dear Friends,

$1,150,314 raised

What a year it has been – both for the Junior League and the world in general. It was about this time last year that the Centennial Campaign committee was moving full steam ahead, charged with raising $1M for the organization, in celebration of our 100th year. We have officially closed the books on the campaign, so wanted to be sure to share the success of this League-wide effort: we are pleased to announce that $1,150,314 has been raised! This is an incredible affirmation of the League’s work, both from its members and from the greater community. But in true Junior League fashion, this campaign was always deeper than fundraising -- from the very beginning, it has always been about about training women on new skills, renewing donor relationships, and strengthening long-term stability for the League to continue its mission for another century. Some highlights include:

against our goal of $1M Funding Four Areas: Training Endowment



Columbia Center

If you have questions about our campaign or your gift, please contact:

Haley B. Elkins, Managing Director • 513.871.9339


• Support from five community organizations and foundations • Heartwarming commitment from Actives and Sustainers alike, with more than 270 total gifts (and many Active members making their first-ever multi-year philanthropic commitment!) • Exciting cross-generational connections through the campaign’s design of pairing Active members with Sustainers • More than 200 in-person meetings and personal phone calls conducted during the early phase, followed by nearly 600 contacts during our “All In!” phone-banking phase. Our goal was not only to raise money, but re-engage with, and educate, members of entire organization on our goals and current organizational priorities. • 20% of campaign donors were “new donors” who had not given to the JLC beyond their membership commitments before. This identification of new donors will help us build and grow our annual fund in future years. • With guidance from professional fundraising counsel, we trained 80 women on campaign management, donor relations, and more - a value to both the JLC and the greater community • Significant investment in the way we maintain donor relationships, including expansion of our donor database and fundraising tools, and the creation of a standing Donor Relations committee to continue stewardship of these reignited relationships. • As campaign funds are to be invested and distributed to our four specific focus areas in an on-going annual cycle, contributions will continue their impact long after our Centennial year. It is important to us to find a time to celebrate these successes with a donor reception and acknowledgement. We are committing to finding a time when we can be together in a safe manner, and we look forward to being able to update you with celebration information in the spring. Thank you for Honoring our Past and Defining our Future; the success of our Centennial Campaign would not have been possible without you. In gratitude,

Digi F. Schueler Campaign Co-Chair

Lauren Bosse Campaign Co-Chair

Katie Hayden Gamber Campaign Co-Chair

Megan Stacey Campaign Co-Chair

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The John Hauck Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, John W. Hauck and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees. in honor of Janet Hauck, Sandy Elliott, and Paula Wharton The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees.

Visionaries Ellie & Jim Berghausen Trish & Rick Bryan Pepper Family Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Digi & Mike Schueler

Community Leaders Missy Byrne Melanie Chavez Barbara J. Fitch Carrie Hayden & Katie Hayden Gamber Marty & Jamie Humes

Champions Lauren Bosse Vicki Marsala Calonge & Allan Calonge Christopher C. & Sheila J. Cole Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation in honor of Kathleen McDonald Jones Lee D. Crooks Amelia Crutcher Sandy Donovan Saralou Durham Linda C. Fath Meredith Edwards Ficks Elizabeth & Richard Findlay Lynn Pulsfort Larson & Don Larson

Valerie L. Newell Marilyn Osborn Mr. & Mrs. Gates T. Richards Nancy R. Gottschalk Charitable Foundation given by Nancy Gottschalk, Buffie Rixey, and Sarah Pharr Susan & Russ Shelton Laura Skidmore Megan Stacey Reba & Al St. Clair Chris & Paul Stubbins Ms. Lauren A. Thaman Anne D. Thomas Priscilla & Les Ungers

Thank you to our donors for honoring our past and defining our future New Century Club Mr. and Rev. James M. Anderson Susan Shelly Anthony Linda Baxter Cheryl & J.P. Brackman Mary Brinkmeyer Adele M. Craft Myrita Craig & Dr. Peter Margolis Judy & Chris Dalambakis Mo Dunne Molly E. Flanagan Carolyn Fovel Mrs. Susan Spindel Gear in honor of her mother Mrs. Gwyneth Pease Spindel Susan Holzapfel Ginny & Anna Kuertz Suzanne & Steve Lakamp Shannon & Kei Lawson Ellen Miller Kate Molinsky Ginny & Chuck Myer Tara & Zac Noland Mr. & Mrs. James L. Pease, III Keke Sansalone Martha & Gary Steier Dionn Tron Michelle J. Vaeth J.J. & Ross Wales Lucy Ward Frank & Rosemary Welsh Ellen Zemke

2020 Society Nancy Reed Aichholz Julie Albright & Brian Haas Kelly Barber Jan Patterson Bartel Stephanie, Megan, & Morgan Busam Alison Bushman Angie & Ed Carl Cathryn Carmichael Elizabeth Armitage Colohan Meredith L. Comin Kathryn G. DeNicola Jane & Igor Dumbadze Mrs. Emily Emeneker Bobbie H. Ford Lisa Hubbard Mary E. Ivers Jane Johnson Richard & Lisa Kagan Danya & Michael Karram Jan Kiefhaber Lori Rosekrans Klinedinst Mrs. John K. Krieg Deb Livingston Nazly Mamedova

Minda Matthews-Smith Jenny & Kevin McManus Tara J. Mosley Cynthia Sheakley Muhlhauser Mr. & Mrs. Bill Poffenberger Lori Poole Karen P. Post RenĂŠ Robers Jen Schuster Kendall & Kyle Shaw Meghan Seitz Lauren Solimine Jamie Williams Abby & Chip Workman

Friends Judy Adams Lee Adams Romola N. Allen Victoria Alpaugh Anonymous Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation in memory of Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Nicole Antonini Cheryl S. Archiable Susan Arnold Melissa Barclay Darci Beattie Nicki Beckett Jane K. Bennett Emily Bergmann Elizabeth Berkowitz Susan Bierer Julie Bodnar Sam Bodner Mykol Bolden Sadie Bonifas Sandra Brady Mary Anne & Thomas Brennan Rebecca L. Bryson Erica Burns Deborah Hoopingarner Cass Stephanie Chapman Kerrie Rose Clark Sarah Clark Susan & Burton Closson Sara Cooperrider Carol H. Conlan Beth Crowl Patricia A. Culp Regina Daily Bonnie Daniel Tiffiny Dawson Stephanie DeFalco Danielle Deja Jeri Duncan Portia Dyrenforth Aileen Eckert

Joany Ellsworth Bridget Fantaci Scott & MaryEllen Farrell Lauren Ferrell Barbara & John Fillion Kate Fortlage Nancy Fuller Nancy Jane Gaffney Brenda Ganulin Lauren Christine Gonzalez Sarah Graber Elizabeth Hahm Kylie Hartman Nancy Hartman Kelly Haseotes Emily J. Haun Lucinda Heekin Andrea Henderson Mary Hensel Sally Heckscher Brooke Hiltz Laura Jane Hinkel Missy Holzman The Barbara and Richard Homlar Charitable Foundation Katie Hooker Katie Hotze Katie Hushebeck-Schneider Judy Imhoff Barbara Jaymont Jane Johnson Sarah Raup Johnson Amy Jo Jones Lois McConnell Jones Junior League Gardeners Amy Kattman Dorian Kern Fran Kohl Janie Koppenhoefer Marilyn & Mike Kremzar Allison Kropp in honor of Melanie Chavez and Keke Sansalone Martine Lamy Peggy H. Landes Mrs. Raymond G. Laubenthal Vicky & Ted Leavitt M. Drue Lehmann Mary D. LeRoy Christine Lewis Whitney Lonnemann Jo Ann Luttenegger Alice Hague Lytle Carol MacGregor Wendy Wilson Mambort Peg Mathile Laura Menge Leslie & Chris Michel Lucy S. Milligan

Meredith Meyer Eleanor & Gary Moffat Jo Moore Emma Morehart Marjorie Motch Joyce Mueller Mary Lou Mueller Jane Muindi Lisa Nolan Kailen Nowik Michael & Brooke Olson Alexandra Ollinger Allison Papathanas Leslie Pennell Anne Petrocelli Carol K. Philpott Lizzie V. Polston Nicole Portal-Velarde & Andres Velarde Jennifer Reed Sarah E. Rieger Erika Robbe Jessica Robinson Lindsay Rorick Cinny & Bruce Roy Emily Ryan Mary Bob Matthews Rubenstein Erin Savage-Weaver Lynda Schilderink Katie Schneider Judy Sheakley Mina Shen Natalie Verkamp Schoeny Deanna Sicking Jennifer Von Deylen Simon Mr. & Mrs. Ian & Allison Smith Linda J. Smith Doreen Spaeth Mrs. Sarah Stem Susan Strick Kelly Snyder Erin Timmerding Cicely N. Tingle Emily Thobe Sally Wood Thomson Leslie Touassi Susan Ferrell Troller Abby Tuke Lauren H. Vogelpohl Lisa Williams Comfort Wendel Erika Wera Katherine Wilkinson Pamela Wise Don & Carol Wuebbling Maggie Wuellner Chelsea Zesch

This listing encompasses confirmed pledges and gifts received by October 1, 2020. If you have questions, please contact us at or 513.871.9339.

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Member Milestones Valarie Newell, Award Winner This fall Barron’s, along with the Wall Street Journal, published America’s top 100 financial advisors (both men and women) ranking and Valerie was ranked #10 in the country. In July, Barron’s, along with the Wall street journal, ranked America’s Top 100 Women financial advisors and Valerie was ranked #4 in the country. In March, Barron’s along with the Wall Street Journal, listed Valerie as the Top Financial advisor in the state of Ohio for the 5th year in a row.

Nichole Clarke

Meredith Comin

Nichole and Doug Clarke welcomed baby boy Sterling Clarke on June 17, 2020. He has already attended a few JLC virtual meetings to learn what his mom does with the League.

Meredith has returned to Empower Media Marketing as Senior Director, Client Operations on the PetSmart and Jack Link’s businesses

Katie Hooker

Marlea Raveling

Katie Hooker and Kyle Foster were married at Losantiville Country Club surrounded by their immediate family.

Marlea Handler and Alan Raveling were married on May 7, 2020 in a private ceremony. They celebrated with friends and family on September 5, 2020.

Charlotte Eichman On June 17, 2020, Charlotte Eichman and her husband, Ryan Xuereb, welcomed their first baby, Theodore “Teddy” Charles Xuereb, who was 20.5 inches long and weighed 9 pounds 1 ounce.

Erika Robbe Schwing Erika Robbe married Brad Schwing in Tennessee on July 10, 2020.

Katie Gamber Katie Gamber and her husband, Cory, welcomed their first child, Jack Joseph Gamber, on September 2, 2020

Anna Wright Anna Gelis and Mike Wright were married on May 30, 2020 at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati.

Submit Your Milestone We love to celebrate you! Share your promotions, retirements, awards & nominations, new babies, engagements, weddings, and other milestones! Submit your milestone by logging into the JLC member site or email the Perspectives Committee -

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