JLC Perspectives Spring 2014

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Spring 2014


A Leading Sustainer Kentucky Senator Katie Stine

Learning to Hit the Curve An Inspirational Journey of a JLC Member

A Great Living Cincinnatian The Influence of Francie Pepper

Contents Executive Board of Directors: President Lisa Hubbard President-Elect Susan Shelton VP Communications Meredith Comin VP Community Impact Sara Cooperrider VP Finance Pam Wise

In this issue... 2

President’s Perspective


JLC Choral Group Celebrates 50 Years of Music

& Magic in 2014


Senator & Sustainer, Katie Stine


RefugeeConnect ACE Strategy at Work

VP Fund Development Sarah Moore


My Perspective: Learning to Hit the Curve

VP Membership Jennifer Reed


Member Milestones

VP Training & Development Tara Bonistall Noland


Going the Extra Mile: Leadership in the JLC


In and Around the JLC: Committee Snapshots

Legal Advisor Tammy Imhoff


Tour of Kitchens 2014...a Sweet Success

Recording Secretary Sara Wildner


Francie Pepper: A Great Living Cincinnatian

Special Projects Kate Fortlage Sustainer Advisor SaraLou Durham

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Sustainer Council: Chair Carol Conlan


Vice-Chair Kelly Lyle Secretary Connie Cussen Treasurer Linda Nitzschke Past Chair Linda Appleby Endowment Representative Sandy Donovan Our Mission

The Junior League of Cincinnati is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Cincinnati is an exclusively educational, charitable organization which reaches out to women of all races, religions, or national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. Perspectives is the magazine of the Junior League of Cincinnati. Publication months are December, May and July. Advertising inquiries and content can be sent to or via the Online Submission Hub at Perspectives Committee: Jamie Humes, Chair, Meghan Abney, Vice-Chair, Meredith Comin, VP Communications, Katharine Morgan Boucher, Gretchen Griffith, Kelly Schomaker, Abby Tuke, Leah Taylor Vensil, Dionn Tron, Sustainer Advisor Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @JLCincy Junior League of Cincinnati, 3500 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, (513) 871-9339, Printed in partnership with Evolutions Creative Solutions, Inc.




Dear Junior Leaguers, We are now nearing the end of this membership year, and what a year it has been already! We have finally made it through the winter of the Polar Vortexes into early spring, but not even the subzero temperatures and ice storms stopped us from continuing to make our impact in the Greater Cincinnati community. Our two new projects, RefugeeConnect and Pediatric Oral Health, have been hard at work throughout the year and have been highly successful in obtaining grants to support their important work. RefugeeConnect’s Events Team hosted a film screening of The Last Survivor, including a panel discussion of area refugees and experts in the field, and is now hosting the St. Leo’s Potluck. The team is also working to plan the Academy of World Languages International Festival scheduled for May and the World Refugee Day Youth Soccer Tournament in June. The Ambassadors Team has been training volunteers and conducting weekly English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. Pediatric Oral Health has begun the branding phase of the oral health campaign with Landor & Associates and is busy planning the exhibit for the Duke Energy Children’s Museum at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The JLC’s partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center has continued to expand this year, even outside of the dental exhibit in the Children’s

Museum. Last fall, the Museum Center honored the JLC as a nominee for the Difference Maker Awards. Most exciting for me, the JLC got to be involved with something near and dear to my heart: The Diana: A Celebration exhibit. The Museum Center invited the JLC to be a partner in the Daughters of the Queen City portion of the exhibit, which features a history of women philanthropists and organizations in Cincinnati, including an exhibit about the JLC’s history and the wedding dress of Carol Ann Haile, a renowned member of the JLC. The exhibit also features the JLC along with other current non-profit organizations in groups of panels where we have the opportunity to highlight our mission and current projects. The New Member Class has even planned its fundraiser around a private tour of the exhibit. As I reflect on our accomplishments over the past seven months, including holding another successful CinSation gala, what comes to my mind is the selfless and tireless work our members have given to this organization, not to benefit themselves, but to benefit the entire JLC and our community. This is what the JLC is all about. Thank you,

A panel segment from the JLC exhibit in The Daughters of the Queen City Project at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Lisa Hubbard Junior League of Cincinnati President 2013- 2014

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Terry Robinson, CeCe Money, Sheila Keys, Jane Bennett, Sheila Jamieson and Lee Merchant.



Bountiful boas. Festooned fascinators. Pastel parasols. These are just a few of the props stored at Pat Matchette’s house on a chilly January afternoon. Neatly organized in boxes, these accessories are waiting for the next performance of the Junior League of Cincinnati’s Choral Group. With an impressive history, the Junior League’s longest-running project is celebrating the “Nifty Fifty Years” in 2014. As Fred Astaire sang in the 1946 musical extravaganza Ziegfeld Follies, “Here’s to the beautiful ladies...” Under Matchette’s leadership for over 40 years, the JLC Choral Group continues to delight Cincinnati audiences, year after year. Primarily focused on performing to nursing homes, retirement communities and senior centers, the Choral Group is truly a unique committee of the Junior League of Cincinnati, with membership comprised of JLC members and community volunteers. A number of women, like Co-Chair Terry Robinson, can claim membership of over 30 years. With 26 shows each year, carefully planned by Matchette, this is one committee that demands a great deal from its members; but the time, Robinson and Co-Chair Sue Brainer would argue, is worth it.

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JLC Choral Group Celebrates 50 Years of Music & Magic in 2014 By Abby Tuke

“This is such an impactful project. Every single week I am touching lives in our community through our performances.”

28 hours – not a small commitment for these volunteers, many of whom juggle work, volunteer and family commitments.

Sue Brainer, Co-Chair

However, it’s in the summer months when Matchette creates the show for the upcoming season and works tirelessly to perfect the score and sort through the aforementioned prop boxes and files of sheet music. To that end, when asked about popular songs performed over the past 40 years, Matchette cites “Summer Wind,” “Someone To Watch Over Me” and “Yesterdays” as personal favorites.

And it’s not just music that is being performed at these concerts. With choreography devised by Sheila Jamieson, the JLC Choral Group shows keep audiences engaged with clever dance routines and colorful props, giving attendees a glimpse into a by-gone era where hits by songwriters like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter topped the charts. Some of the more endearing moments happen when seniors sing along to these standards, showing a real emotional connection to the performance. Brainer and Robison fondly share the story of a husband and wife, both in wheelchairs, holding hands during a rendition of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”. In another touching moment, a World War II veteran in a wheelchair stood and saluted during a patriotic medley. Yet, with all the music and laughs, the amount of work performed by the JLC Choral Group to prepare for a season should not be understated. The year officially kicks off, like it does for most JLC committees, in September when the group immediately launches into rehearsals. The average amount of rehearsal time in the months of September and October is about

Sound like music to your ears? It is – the talent and passion in this committee is something the JLC can, and should, boast of for the next 50 years. To understand the JLC Choral Group is to know the members, the director, and more importantly, to hear the songs and see the dances. The next time you hear a song that reminds you of a particularly delightful place and time, think about how countless seniors in our community have these fond remembrances every time the JLC Choral Group pays a visit. And the next time you hear a Broadway ditty, think of the over 200 women who have participated in the JLC Choral Group over the past 50 years. You represent the very spirit and best of the Junior League of Cincinnati. Bravo ladies!

2014 Choral Group Members 30+ Years 42- Pat Matchette, Director 37- Diane Limbocker 33- Jane Bennett 31- Terri Robinson, Co-Chair The JLC Choral Group poses post-show

Performing the National Anthem at GABP

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10+ Years 17- Lorraine Downing 17- Bev Elson 17- Nancy Gilman 17- Paula Zipfel 16- Nancy Aichholz 15- Barb Trauth 14- Marlin Ach 13- Lynne Deaton 13- Mary Dial 13- Pat Smith 12- Melanie Boylan 12- Sue Brainer, Co-Chair 11- Kathy LeFevre 1-9 Years 9- Cynthia Annett 9- Terri Linz 7- Charlotte Brooks 7- Cindy Huber 7- Linda Silvati 7- Debbie Whittelsey 6- Vivienne Carlson 6- Bev Drapalik 6- Carol Friel 6- Lori Smith 4- Elizabeth Dodd 4- Karen Kruse 2- Kate Mancera

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20+ Years 25- Sheila Jamieson, Choreographer 24- Patti Horne 23- RuthAnn Parchman 23- Pam Schneider 21- Buffie Rixey 21- Debby Welsh 20- Barb Momper

Senator & Sustainer Kentucky Senator & JLC Sustainer, Katie Stine By Gretchen Griffith JLC Sustaining Member Katie Stine has spent nearly two decades in public service representing Kentucky’s 24th Senate District of Bracken, Campbell, and Pendleton counties. During this tenure, she’s served on numerous Committees and received several legislative awards. She holds the distinction of being the Commonwealth’s first female Senate President Pro Tempore, a position she’s held since 2005. As the second-highest ranking Senate member, Senator Stine presides over the Senate when the President is absent or unable to do so. Senator Stine was born in Campbell County, Ky. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and earned her law degree from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law. In addition to the JLC, Senator Stine is involved with Episcopal Church Women, Fort Thomas Garden Club, DAR, Homemakers Club, and Family Promise. She recently received the Professional Achievement Award from the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, was recognized by Kentucky Taxpayers United as Taxpayers Best Friend and Guardian of Small Business by the

National Federation of Independent Businesses. Senator Stine Senator Stine presiding over recently announced the Kentucky Senate. that she will not seek re-election and will take her final Senate bow this December. Perspectives asked for Senator Stine’s reflections on being a trailblazing woman with impact. 1. How has membership in the Junior League influenced your life? It has shown me that I can raise a family and make a difference in my community simultaneously, and that there are many motivated and hard-working women in the Greater Cincinnati area doing the same. 2. The national and regional political landscapes have changed dramatically over the last 20 years. How do you feel the role of the Junior League in the community has changed during the time you’ve been involved? I think the Junior League has always been active in the community and a force for positive change, especially since I joined in the 1990’s. I would,

(Governor Beshear left, Senator Stine center, Speaker Stumbo right) Senator Stine shaking hands with the Governor after presiding over the Governor’s Budget Address. #jlcincy | 5

Senator Stine presiding over the joint session of the House and Senate for the Governor’s Budget Address.


Don’t be afraid or think that you lack the ability to do great things.”

- Senator Katie Stine

however, like to see more relationship building and networking within the Junior League to support women of diverse views and experiences who may come to the JLC without knowing any current members except their sponsor.

3. What has been your proudest accomplishment in the Kentucky Senate to date? While others focus on my making history as the first female to be elected to my position as President Pro Tem, I think working very hard to serve my constituents solve their problems, and voting as they would like me to, is my greatest contribution. Recently, I was honored to be the first woman legislator and Pro Tem to preside over a joint session of the House and Senate for the Governor’s Budget Address. I am also sponsoring anti-heroin legislation (SB 5) that focuses on education, treatment, and interdiction.

SB 5 provides funding to educate citizens about the deadly addictive nature of heroin, requires Medicaid to provide substance abuse treatment for addicts, and empowers law enforcement and prosecutors to hold traffickers responsible for criminal homicides when an overdose death results from their actions. It also lengthens the time large volume traffickers must spend in prison.

4. What advice do you have to share with women looking to make a positive impact in their communities? Don’t be afraid or think that you lack the ability to do great things. Your opinions and views are as important as anyone else’s. Be bold, tenacious, and act out of love for others. Treat others with respect and stand firm on your beliefs. Remember to put God and your family first and look to them both for support in all your endeavors.

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JLC Supply Drive items helped to furnish an apartment for a family of five from Somalia

RefugeeConnect ACE Strategy at Work! Community Unites | by Alicia Kappers At St. Leo’s Catholic Church, RefugeeConnect Ambassadors have been hard at work dedicating many women hours of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutoring with the Burundian population. Currently, there is a four-hour mother’s group on Thursdays lead by an ESOL teacher hired through Tri-Health, and there is a two-hour, volunteerled, adult tutoring class on Saturday mornings. The Ambassadors noticed that there was no continuity between the Thursday and Saturday classes. To unite resources, RefugeeConnect arranged a meeting between the TriHealth ESOL teacher, St. Leo’s volunteers, RefugeeConnect Ambassadors and Community Team leaders.

in order to continue receiving Social Security benefits. The meeting reinforced the importance of focusing classes on the citizenship exam and a more systematic approach of updating students’ progress in a learning log was developed. As a result, when new volunteers begin tutoring, they know where to start the lesson. Upon hearing about the JLC’s efforts, the Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio ESOL coordinator offered to hold a training sessions for the St. Leo’s volunteers and RefugeeConnect Ambassadors in January 2014. The

The meeting was invaluable. Many of the Burundians have been living in the United States for more than five years and are eligible to take their citizenship test. Furthermore, many of the seniors need to take their citizenship test by their seventh year after resettlement

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RefugeeConnect Ambassadors training session at Columbia Center

training offered essential skills and gave the volunteers a confidence boost in their efforts to continue tutoring beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of English to non-native speakers.

Ambassadors Educate | by Erin Rolfes The chance to make a real impact on another person’s life should never be passed up. I’ve found RefugeeConnect’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutoring classes offer me this opportunity on a weekly basis. As a New Member, I was excited take part in an ongoing hands-on experience with one of the Junior League of Cincinnati’s newest projects. Seeing the commitment other members have given to Cincinnati’s refugee community has been a meaningful introduction to the JLC’s mission and values. On Saturday mornings, I meet fellow JLC volunteer ESOL tutors and together we make the drive to St Leo’s Catholic Church. Even though we’ve only been working with the Burundian men and women for a few short months, it is clear we are already making a difference. We’ve helped students complete job applications, review medical bills and prepare for their citizenship

JLC RefugeeConnect volunteers help lead weekly ESOL tutor sessions


tests. Each passing week we are there, the students open up to us and share more of their amazing stories. During my first tutoring session, one woman told me about her experience during the genocide in the Congo, her life at a refugee camp and how she came to America. Her story was incrdibly moving and it helped me realize how valuable this time has been. I cannot begin to imagine what she went through – yet despite those experiences every time I see her, she’s smiling and appreciative of the few hours we spend together. I look forward to tutoring each week and encourage anyone who has the time to join us for a session or two. After meeting these students, I think you will be moved, too.

Events Engage | by Jen Beam Tasked with planning advocacy events for the Greater Cincinnati community and welcoming events for refugees, the Events Team has been hard at work since hosting its first advocacy film event last October at the Columbia Center. In partnership with the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, over 130 community members attended the film screening of “The Last Survivor”. The film was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Lisa Bernard-Kuhn of The Cincinnati Enquirer. The Events Team has co-sponsored a refugee supply drive with CandO. Following the December GMM presentation and call for donations and volunteers, Michelle Langefeld was inspired and challenged her company, Arcadis, to collect canned

Over 130 community members attended “The Last Survivor” film screening at Columbia Center last October.

food for the Burundian refugees at St. Leo’s. Inspired by Michelle, Kelly Birkenhauer then challenged her company to contribute. Over 2,500 canned goods were collected and donated before the holiday season. Jamie Williams has generously donated $1,000 and ten (10) $100 Wal-mart gift cards from her 100 Dollar Club in support of the supply drive. In the past, the 100 Dollar Club has held womenfocused events on Mother’s Day, so RefugeeConnect plans to use the donation for a Mother’s Day event. Many donated Supply Drive items went to furnishing the apartment of a newly arrived family of five from Somalia who is resettling in Florence, Kentucky, with the help of Kentucky Refugee Ministries and a family friend. The Academy of World Language’s International Festival is May 17th, and the annual International World Refugee Day is June 20. Keep an eye out for these events and more in e-blasts, emails and on Facebook.

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e v i t c e p s n e d y a H e i t My Per on Ka Learning to Hit the Curve: A Multi-week, Life-long Journey By Jamie Humes Katie Hayden. Have you met her yet? If not, I highly recommend doing so. For those of you who do know Katie, you already know what a mega-force she is. Let me just tell you- this girl is amazing. Unique. Authentic. A true creative and someone who came to live out loud. And she does. She is energy in action and has a personality that won’t quit. But this girl also has courage and many talents. She is a one of many examples of the dynamic women we have in the Junior League of Cincinnati. About a year ago, Katie needed to shake things up in her life. So, she made an incredible commitment. Inspired by her friend’s project, “The Caroline Project”, which was originally inspired by Karen Gladstone’s, Katie decided to create and embark on her own multi-week adventure. She sent out blank notecards to various people who have been a part of her life, asking them to return them with a dare or task that would mentally and/or physically challenge her. Each week, she selects one challenge to complete and then documents her experiences, insights and lessons learned through her dynamic blog, She documents her ENTIRE experience

Challenge #1: Read The Four Agreements. Post them somewhere visible.

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“I learned the only way for a ballplayer to get better at hitting curveballs is to request a steady stream of them during batting practice. That’s what I’m doing this year. That’s how you prepare for the unexpected.” - Katie Hayden in such an immersive way. Her expressive style is uniquely and authentically Katie, infused with honesty, rich insight, and plentiful humor. Through her words, insights, lessons learned, photos, videos, sidebars and sidetracks...she brings you along on her journey. You root for her. You can’t wait to see what the next week’s challenge will bring. Katie decided to step fully out of her comfort zone. Many of us go on very personal, private journeys to gain further self-awareness and discovery. For Katie, she posted all of it and invited the world along with her. This process she undertook was an ultimate “search in action”, an intensive path of self-discovery. She pushed her boundaries by taking on challenges and doing

Challenge #20: Volunteer at an innercity school. Katie with her kids...on the playground, of course!

Challenge #2: Rock Climbing. Katie takes on her fear of heights

things she normally wouldn’t do, or get the opportunity to do. It stretched her in ways she couldn’t have imagined. She also involved numerous people in her life and many have been touched by her project. Including myself. I challenged Katie to go skydiving. It’s important to note- she has an intense fear of heights. I was certain she would turn me down. However, one of the benefits of her Learning to Hit the Curve project is that Katie says yes to challenges. She has a flair for the dramatic and is

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“I started thinking about my priorities and my passions-what I really want out of life. The result: It's time to test myself by stepping out of my comfort zone." - Katie Hayden Talk about Impact: has been read in over 32 countries. One blog post alone generated readers from 16 countries in a single day!

Challenge #24: Complete The Great Ohio River Swim. Father & daughter dynamic duos- Bill & Liz Keating, Katie & John Hayden

Challenge #22: Skydiving! Jamie Humes & Katie “calmly” anticipate jumping out of a plane.

Blank challenge cards were sent to various people who returned with a dare or task for Katie.

Columbia Center Challenge #22: Skydiving! A thrilled & relieved Katie with her instructor moments after landing.

Challenge #16: Navigate a public place blindfolded. A new understanding for the gift of sight.

Learning to Hit the Curve: A Selection of Katie’s Weekly Challenges #1 Read the Four Agreements and make a written reminder of them and post it somewhere visible. #2 Rock climbing (from Linda Appleby) #4 Write a letter to two of the best, most influential "teachers" you have encountered. (note: former JLC President Melanie Chavez was one of the two recipients) #10 Flying Solo. Go to a live music performance BY YOURSELF. Dance unabashedly. Feel free and confident. (from Tara Noland) #16 Navigate a public space blindfolded. Understand blindness as a disability and the gift of sight. (from Meredith Comin) #18: “Switch-Hit. Switch lives with me and take care of 2 kids…one with special needs awaiting transplant. #20 Ms. Cake, Influencing Bright Young Minds. Volunteer at an inner-city elementary school for a day. (She did this for a week) #21 My very first Bible Study. Read one chapter from Ephesians every day for one week. #22 Cheating Death: Skydiving! (from Jamie Humes) #24 Complete the Great Ohio River Challenge. Swim across the Ohio River.

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Member Milestones promotions • new babies • weddings • achievements 1



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Little Leaguers 1. Traci & Matthew Nestheide celebrated the birth of Sydney Mae on January 2. 2. Sarah & Ryan Lucas welcomed baby William Kenneth on January 7. 3. Stacy & Brad Chuminatto welcomed Jack Bradley on December 21. 4. Heather & Mitch Eberenz celebrated the birth of baby Renae Elaine on December 18. 5. Megan & Drew Stacey welcomed baby Emory Elizabeth on November 30.


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6. Deborah & husband Michael Livingston welcomed Madeline Ashley on December 8. 7. Kristian & Andy Scarpitti welcomed Andrew Joseph on March 15. 8. Natalie & Brian Wais welcomed Miles William on November 7. 9. Emily & Ward Headley welcomed James Miller Ward, Jr. on December 12. 10. Sarah & Alex Castano welcomed baby Christian Daniel on August 29.


Achievements 11. Julie Niesen-Gosdin has been promoted to Senior Manager, Social Media Support, at Pearson North America. 12. Monika Royal-Fischer has taken a position as Career & Training Strategist at Gateway Community & Technical College. 13. Kate Fortlage has joined the Formica Corporation as a Senior Brand Manager.


The JLC CinSation photo gallery in the Enquirer made the list of the Top 10 Most Viewed for 2013!

Contributions Darlene Kamine graciously gave a donation in support & honor of Susan Shelton serving as the next President of the Junior League of Cincinnati.


14. Jamie Humes has been named VP of Marketing at Great Traditions Land & Development Co.

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Leadership in the Junior League of Cincinnati By Kendall Shaw What is the JLC’s biggest strength? Without a doubt, our incredible group of Actives, Sustainers, New Members and their passion for our JLC mission. We are comprised of an amazing group of women who take time out of busy work and family lives to give back to their community, creating change and making a difference. Each and every one of us have followed our own individual path in making our JLC experience a rewarding one. Many of us would say that it was during our leadership roles in the JLC when we really became “Leaguers for Life”. Once we said yes to leadership, a new door opened. Granted, it also meant things like, we no longer had a JLC “summer break” or our husbands may think they have become a single parent. However, the rewards that come with teaming, planning, organizing, fundraising and being a true leader are irreplaceable and everlasting. Leadership in the JLC is certainly a commitment, but with it comes lasting connections, lifelong friendships, and unique experiences. The leadership skills gained in the JLC are skills that you can’t just teach. As each one of us have kicked off our New Member or Provisional year, it’s hard to know what path we will take. Yet, it is important to understand that what you put into the JLC will come back to you times 10. Our JLC provides a wealth of opportunities to grow and develop life skills. We are a training and development organization, and while some of us may have natural leadership skills, others may just need a mentor or some coaching to hone these untapped

leadership skills. There can’t be many organizations that provide the opportunity to work side-by-side with some of our passionate and dedicated Sustainers who have initiated nonprofits like MindPeace, ProKids, Hearing Speech & Deaf Center or Fernside. When it comes to leadership, some of us are born great leaders and some of us become great leaders. Regardless of which one you are, saying “yes” and making the commitment is the first step. It is a decision very few JLC leaders have regretted. Over the years, hundreds of women have devoted their time to the JLC leadership team. Here are some quotes from some of our current leaders... “Serving on the JLC Board of Directors has been a pinnacle of my volunteer experience. I truly felt part of something much bigger than myself – an organization with over 90 years of storied history and tradition that has deep and enduring roots in a community I love.

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shoulder together with Actives and Sustainers and then to have the gift of their friendship.” “Being there at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital at our first General Membership Meeting that year with so many members in attendance to help launch MindPeace and to receive comprehensive training about children’s mental illness is one of my favorite leadership Mission Moments.” “I don’t think I felt like a true part of the JLC until I said “yes” to leadership. It altered my entire JLC experience for the better, actually for the best!”

But most rewarding of all, I left every meeting, whether with the Board, a GMM or a committee, inspired and humbled by the women with whom I was privileged to serve, and that I now call my friends.”

Go the extra mile, take the next step, and make the commitment. Apply for a JLC leadership position. The Nominating Committee accepts leadership applications throughout the year.

“I have been a leader in the Junior League for nine years and a member for 14. It’s what keeps me engaged and has enabled me to work with many brilliant, wonderful women. My leadership roles have helped me grow both personally and professionally.”

Reach out to Kendall Shaw or Vicki Calogne if you are interested or have additional questions. You are also encouraged to recommend an individual you think would be a great JLC leader. Look for our updates and reminders in all JLC communications.

“I have felt so lucky to have the opportunity to work shoulder-to-

Ask yourself, what will be your JLC leadership path or mission?

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In and Around the JLC A snapshot of what’s going on in the JLC committees

CandO Co-Chair: Deborah Livingston

Co-Chair: Camille Richardson

Join CandO for the final volunteer opportunities of the year!

JLC Annual Dinner

May 10 - Girls on the Run Cheer Zone, 9:30 -11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 20

May 10 - Children’s Hospital Spring Party May 11 - Carnegie Center Literacy Event Please sign up on the volunteer calendar. Spots frequently become available the week before the event due to last minute cancellations so please check back for openings.

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Co-Chair: Stacey Chuminatto

Jody’s Network has been very busy providing meals to 16 new moms this year! This has all been made possible by the wonderful volunteers that are oart of the Network. Do you know of someone who is expecting, recently married, celebrated a milestone or needs support? That’s where Jody’s Network comes in to give back to our incredible members. Please contact Stacy Chuminatto at to pass along information or to get involved.

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Congratulations to our Fall 2013 Board Bank Members Sarah Emslander Aly Fernandez Jenna Filipkowski Molly Flanagan Gina Germana Tanja Goldman Samantha Lane #jlcincy | 13

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Coming Next Issue... Full CinSation coverage! Congratulations to the CinSation Comittee on a highly successful event!

Tour of Kitchens JLC’s Third Annual Fall Fundraiser a Sweet Success! By Beth Ciafardini One of the Junior League of Cincinnati’s newest traditions continues to sizzle in Cincinnati. On Saturday, November 9, 2013, the JLC hosted the third annual Tour of Kitchens. During the selfguided tour, attendees had the opportunity to explore some of the most exclusive kitchens across Greater Cincinnati while enjoying sweet treats and savory delights prepared by Cincinnati’s top chefs and caterers. Celebrations kicked off two days prior to the Tour with the Toast of the Tour party at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Attendees enjoyed wine and craft beer along with small bites of select recipes from Cincinnati Seasoned, the JLC’s signature cookbook. The official Tour of Kitchens event began with registration at Whole Foods Market in Rookwood Commons. Nearly 300 tour participants then traveled to 10 featured homes in Hyde Park, Oakley, Glendale and Wyoming. The kitchens showcased ranged from traditional to contemporary, each offering unique details and style.

The weekend’s events raised approximately $14,000, which will be used to support JLC programs and partnerships in the Cincinnati community.

Co-Chairs A mi Hertvik, Sara Hidaka, Stefanie Lanc e h Schuck & Beth Ciafard ini

Tour of Kitchen vendors also contributed to the event’s success. Heartfelt thanks goes out to Nourish, Amy Tobin, Cupcake Crazy, Bronte Bistro, The Spicy Olive, Whole Foods Market, The Cookie Fairy, DeBoras Catering, Haute Chocolate, Madtree Brewing Company, Dutch’s, The Spice & Tea Exchange and Ethan Allen. The Cookbook Committee is already looking forward to growing the Tour of Kitchens next year and welcomes new ideas, vendors, kitchens and volunteers to make this event even more fabulous. If you know of a kitchen you would like to see on the tour, are interested in sponsorship or in being a vendor, please contact Beth Ciafardini at beth. or (419) 651-3432.

From LEED-certified new construction to stunning renovations, each kitchen served up savory culinary inspiration. Each kitchen also featured vendor samples, wine and beer tastings, chef demonstrations, and culinary-related presentations.

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A Great Living Cincinnatian: Sustainer Francie Pepper By Jamie Humes On February 27, Francie Pepper was honored as A Great Living Cincinnatian by the Cincy USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. It is the highest annual honor they bestow and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the region.

In her video interview shown at the awards dinner, Pepper explains “I like to call myself the noise that made it happen. I’ve done almost everything silently. But for domestic violence, I had to make a noise.”

Pepper has long been an admired Sustainer within the Junior League of Cincinnati, representing the high quality leadership, commitment and level of service we as Active Junior Leaguers aspire to emulate.

Charlene Venture, President & CEO of the YWCA, aptly describes Francie “as an advocate. And an advocate speaks to people. She has influence and she uses that influence to help people who can’t help them themselves.”

Pepper began her philanthropic career when she first joined the JLC. It was during this time that she helped create the first Appalachian Festival ever held in Cincinnati.

The Great Living Cincinnatian Award has been presented annually by the Chamber since 1967. Along with Pepper, fellow honorees included Otto M. Budig, Jr., Alvin Crawford, M.D., and George A. Schafer, Jr.

Her community commitment evolved as she discovered the significant need for domestic violence awareness and prevention services. In 1995, Pepper led the YWCA’s capital campaign, helping them raise a groundbreaking $7.5 million. These funds were used to rennovate an old mansion and transform it into a battered women’s shelter. Today, she is recognized as national voice in support of domestic violence awareness.

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Recipients are chosen based on community service efforts, business and civic attainment on a local, state and national level, leadership and distinctive accomplishment that have brought favorable attention to their communities. The JLC warmly warmly congratulates Francie on this well-deserved honor!

Francie Pepper, with Lisa Hubbard & Shannon Glass, served as a keynote speaker for a JLC GMM in 2012.

I tell young women all the time...don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Just put your mind to it and don’t listen to what they say and just do it. And it works. - Francie Pepper

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Leadership in Arts. Healthcare Hero. Former JLC President Melanie Chavez was honored as a Rising Star in the arts and culture community at the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s (CCO) 40th anniversary celebration, FUEGO, in February. An avid arts supporter and advocate, Chavez has previously said a personal goal is to “grow as a true arts leader in the community”. It is clear she is well on her way to achieving this.

JLC President-Elect Susan Shelton was honored as a 2014 Healthcare Hero at the Business Courier’s annual dinner on February 20. Shelton serves as the Executive Director of MindPeace, the transformational organization originally launched by the Junior League of Cincinnati. MindPeace continues to drive impact by advocating for access to high quality mental healthcare for all children in Greater Cincinnati.

Internal Impact. Please join us in congratulating Sara Cooperrider, who is stepping in as our new VP of Community Impact. Sara has a strong history with the JLC, having served on the Kids in the Kitchen Committee, Program Development Committee, and helped lead what was to ultimately become the RefugeeConnect Project. Sara was first appointed to serve on the Board of Directors in 2012-2013 as Legal Advisor.