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The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.






Year at a Glance

Membership Matters

In 2017–18, the Junior League of Lake Charles focused on our most important asset: our members. With “Membership Matters” at the forefront of our year’s mission, we used the year to improve our member experience, listen to our members’ needs, and create an atmosphere that encourages voluntarism. We brought in two noted speakers, consultants, and trainers, Vicki Clark and Naomi Chavez Peters, to speak to our general membership. Karen Henning, Birkman consultant, spoke to Provisional Class and performed the Birkman assessment on each new Provisional Member. Our Headquarters & Hospitality committee worked to create membership events to allow our ladies and their families to connect and bond with each other throughout the year. As a membership-driven organization, our membership’s engagement and commitment to the JLLC allows us to continue to build a better Lake Charles.

Our issue-based community programs focused on three impact areas of Healthy Families, Leadership Development, and Literacy. We introduced our “Thanks & Giving Food Bag” by distributing over 500 bags of food to local school children in low income neighborhoods. Members participated in our newest community program by creating our “Thanks & Giving” bags during a general membership meeting. Members took part in a “Joy Drive” for local foster youth and those in transitional homes through our Angel Tree Project. We also continued our partnership with Family and Youth Counseling Agency by assisting with the NonProfit Development Series for a seventh year. The JLLC continued to fulfill its mission to improve literacy in SWLA through programs like the American Girl Project with the Calcasieu Parish Public Library. This year included a “Read to Your Doll” series, which was held at various locations of the Calcasieu Parish Library. We also established new Reader Feeders throughout the Lake Charles area, providing books to those anyone who visits them.

We tackled our Healthy Families and Leadership Development focuses through our continued efforts with established JLLC programs. Our “Fit Kids” program with Oak Park Elementary students added an additional 43 new 5th grade student participants from College Oaks Elementary School in 2017. Leadership Development expanded its annual holiday market, an entrepreneurial program for gifted students in Calcasieu Parish, to include all SPARK fifth graders in the area, for a total of 60 participants.

The JLLC awards “Branch Out and Grow” grants to area teachers and scholarships to graduating seniors each year. In 2018, we awarded sixteen “Branch Out and Grow” grants to area teachers, totaling over $17,000, and eight scholarships to local graduating high school seniors for a total of $4,000. By financially supporting area students and classrooms with these grants, we are investing in the future of Southwest Louisiana. I invite you to review our 2017-2018 Annual Report to learn about our organization and the impact we’ve made on our community. This is only possible through the support and commitment of our volunteers, donors, and community partners. This was a League year where we made many changes to so many of our committees, and I was so honored to work by so many amazing women’s sides and help our League grow. I can’t thank our members enough for all of their hard work. I will forever remember the passion, hard work, and dedication that I saw from each and every one of our members. Thank you,

Beth Melancon

2017-2018 President

2017-2018 Leadership Governance Board: Beth Melancon (President), Mallory Wall Padgett (President-Elect), Molly LeCronier (Secretary), Jennifer Pugh (Treasurer), Lynsay Fontenot (Assistant Treasurer), Katie Devall (EVP/ Managing Director), Meagan Blanchard (Advisory Planning and Bylaws), Erika Simon (Nominating Director), Yvette Ware (Sustaining Advisor) Management Team: Sarah Caldarera-Moore (Membership Council Director), Julie Este-McDonald (Fund Development Director), Krickett Racca (Communications Council Director), Stephanie Potter (Community Council Director), Ashley Kerns (Sustaining Advisor)


Message from the President

Service Awards

Sustainer of the Year: Sally Garber Fenet

Active of the Year: Hillary Borde Greene President’s Award: Kelly Henderson Hurt Elizabeth “Nealie” Clement Hale Lauren Stout Schiffman

Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award Burton Stigen

Since 1994, the Della Krause Thielen Voluntarism Award has been given to honor an individual’s or organization’s exceptional and sustained contributions through voluntarism. This award, established by Della K. Thielen’s family and administered through the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., embodies Mrs. Thielen’s own outstanding commitment to voluntarism. The 2018 receipient is Burton Stigen, whose lifelong volunteerism includes work within our own community and abroad. As a member of the Vinton’s Mayor’s Armed Forces Committee, Burton sees that flags are put out along Hwy 90 down Veterans’ Memorial Highway for each recognized patriotic holiday. Burton serves as Chaplain at the American Legion Post 208 and Post Commander of VVA Chapter 348 and served on the committee to get the Vietnam Memorial Wall to Vinton. In 1986, he founded the City of Refuge, a Veterans’ Homeless Shelter. He still heads the day-to-day operation of the shelter and assists the veterans. After retiring from Westlake Chemical, he used his pension/401(k) to pay off the mortgage of the shelter. He has also spent many weekends feeding homeless veterans in Houston and bringing some of them back to the shelter. Thank you Burton Stigen for your service to our community and beyond.

Grant Receipients

Branch Out and Grow Grants & Scholarships

$17,000 Awarded through Branch Out and Grow Grants Paulette Campbell, Hackberry High School Paula Bruchhaus, Prien Lake Elementary Emily Williams, Brentwood Elementary Lydia Smith, A.A. Nelson Elementary Mike Wrobel, T.S. Cooley Magnet Elementary Connie Dronette, S.P. Arnett Middle Homer Williams, Vinton Elementary Cathy Richard, St. Louis Catholic High Jeremy Boudreaux, Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School Angela Evans and Megan Musso, Pediatrust Heather Lindsay and Adrienne Link, Our Lady Queen of Heaven School Pamela Dupre, Henry Heights Elementary Gabrielle Miller, DeQuincy Elementary Blair Tadlock, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School

Virginia Kate Jessen, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Jeanne Lejeune, Sulphur High School

Scholarship Receipients $4,000 Awarded in Scholarships

For more information regarding the JLLC Branch Out and Grow Grants and Scholarships, please visit

Jessica Mullican, South Beauregard High Lexi Peck, Westlake High Amelia Landreneau, Sam Houston High Rubi Gill, Sulphur High Malasia Sonnier, Sulphur High Kayleigh Broussard, Lake Arthur High Abbagail Gobert, Elton High Essence Francis, Welsh High 2017-2018 JLLC Annual Report


Community Impact LITERACY


A chance to bring home an American Doll is a unique attraction. The American Girl Doll program remains to be an effective draw for local children to the Calcasieu Parish Public Libraries. The JLLC-sponsored collection of American Girl® dolls maintains a waiting list for checkout. The children who check them out get a taste of American history, told from the perspective of a young girl, in the books that are included in the doll travel bags. The program further supports literacy development with the inclusion of a journal in each kit, so young readers can record their adventures with the doll.


Read for the Record® is a global movement that was launched over a decade ago to address the importance of building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child. It is the world’s largest shared reading experience and the Junior League of Lake Charles is proud to continue its participation. JLLC volunteers read a book chosen by Jumpstart to students across Calcasieu Parish every October. 2017 was a record breaking year for us with the book Quackers by Liz Wong – a charming story about a kitten who grows up believing he is a duck, until he meets another kitten! This delightful book about standing out, fitting in, and how friends can come in all shapes and sizes was heard by 3,355 Calcasieu Parish students.


The Literacy Committee commissioned, installed, and continues to maintain Reader Feeders at locations across the Lake Charles community. The Reader Feeders are shaped like wooden houses and serve as a home for books that area children and their parents can pick up, read, return, or even keep! It is a fun way to promote the love of reading and, in turn, help our community’s youth build vital literacy skills for their future.


The League’s partnership with HeadStart helps meet our mission-driven goals by giving local children access to books and showing them that reading is a shared activity and there are people here to help them learn. At these events we encourage families to read together. The library brings a large selection of books and League volunteers guide children through literacy-based activities. There are several of these events at different HeadStart locations throughout the year.



The JLLC collaborates to develop strong leaders by sponsoring CPSB’s Young Entrepreneur Event. This year the program featured all fifth grade students from the parish’s gifted and talented programs. To be a part of the event, each student must design and manufacture a product, develop a business plan, market the product, and sell the product at this event. The program encourages students to become young entrepreneurs. JLLC uses funds raised throughout the year to sponsor the program at no cost to the community.


Community Impact



This program was initiated to design, create, and distribute personal care packages for children recently removed from their homes or newly placed in foster care. The JLLC provides approximately 200 bags each year, which are distributed by local and regional offices of the Department of Children and Family Services. Each duffel bag, which has a detachable backpack & overnight case, is stuffed with much-needed toiletries plus items that will help kids smile during a tough transition.

JLLC ANGEL TREE In 2017, the Community Outreach Committee created an “Angel Tree” to display at the November general meeting. The tree contained angel ornaments listing a a gift idea for a member to sponsor. The gifts ranged from board games, movies, sporting equipment, journals, and household items, just to name a few. The Angel Tree donations amount to $4,500. These gifts benefitted foster children age 12 and older in the CASA program, as well as youth residing at Harbour House and the Transitional Living Program. This became a true family project with many of our members including their own children in the shopping experience. It was a wonderful way to teach the meaning of giving back to the SWLA community during the holiday season.

FOOD BAGS In our community, 1 in 4 children do not know where their next meal will come from. Many of these children depend solely on the meals they receive at school, meaning they go hungry during the holidays. Through the generous donations of membership and our community, the Community Outreach committee was able to provide 310 Thanks & Giving Food Bags to a local Title I elementary school right before the week-long Thanksgiving break. Each reusable bag contained nonperishable food items such as soup, oatmeal, grits, and peanut crackers.

FIT KIDS The JLLC collaborated with the Partnership for a Healthier SWLA to begin the FIT KIDS program. The program empowers children to reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. Students gain a basic understanding of nutrition, including portion plate, label reading, recipes for healthy snacks, and finding healthy items in a grocery store. They also learn about fitness concepts including warm-up, cool down, cardio endurance, strength, wellness, and workout tips. McNeese State University Athletics has graciously donated their time and enthusiasm to the Fit Kids Program to model and encourage physical fitness and nutrition to our youth in SWLA. Through these impactful moments, we are helping to build a healthier SWLA.


Each year, the Provisionals (New Members) spend a year in training. They also have the opportunity to select a build a project consistent with JLLC’s mission and vision. In the past, they have coordinated a book drive for local schools after a hurricane, partnered with community businesses for a public CPR training day, created an ART SPACE at The Children’s Museum, and conducted an Autism Awareness Day at the mall. The 2017-2018 Provisional Class built two blessing boxes in the Lake Charles area.

2017-2018 JLLC Annual Report



Shoppers are invited to eat, sip, shop, and be merry! The Mistletoe & Moss Holiday Market hosts more than 80 vendors from all over the United States each year. Booths feature items for everyone, including: apparel, jewelry, accessories, specialty foods, seasonal and year-round decorative items, home furnishings, and much more. The market hosts special events over the shopping weekend including private parties, exclusive shopping opportunities, and a chance to meet Santa and his friends. Mistletoe & Moss Holiday Market is held the third weekend in November and draws about 6,000 shoppers each year.


Net Profit: $83,390

For three years, guests have enjoyed JLLC’s spring gala, with themes ranging from an elegant masquerade to a speakeasy soiree. This exciting annual event includes hors d’oeuvres, buffet style dinner, a silent and live auction, music and dancing, and more! Past auction items include a Masters Championship Round Weekend trip, a mountain getaway, and a private shopping experience. The wine pull assures that everyone can be a winner and take home a piece of the evening. The JLLC expects a sell out crowd each year with 200 in attendance.


Net Profit: $10,263

Children love to explore and investigate, and unrestricted play is essential for healthy, cognitive development. At Truck Fest, children and families receive an exceptional hands-on experience, with vehicles of all types- construction, public service, emergency, utility, landscaping, transportation, delivery and more. Children are able to interact with their favorite vehicles, learn about the importance of safety, and meet the men and women who serve and protect our communities. The Silent Hour gives children who are sensitive to noise a chance to enjoy the event in a lower-stress setting. Kid friendly activities, face painting, and delicious food make this event a perfect outing for the entire family!


Net Profit: $9,127

We sell our cookbooks not only to share great recipes, but to enrich the lives of families in Southwest Louisiana. Our first cookbook, Pirate’s Pantry, was published in 1976 and shares the rich heritage and buried treasures of SWLA kitchens. Thirty years later Marshes to Mansions joined Pirate’s Pantry as an instant classic. The new volume includes captivating images of Lake Charles by the region’s late iconic photographer, Victor Monsour. His vision of our area and the delectable tastes featured in this cookbook make it a must for every lake area home.

Net Profit: $2,579


2017-2018 JLLC Annual Report

Financial Report Treasurer’s Report

Liberty Belles Della K. Thielen Award

Leadership Development

ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Investments Prepaid Expenses

$442,338 $5,731 $1,716



LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Accounts payable and payroll withholdings Deferred revenue

$6,726 $41,618







FUNDRAISING REVENUE Annual Fund Cookbook Additional Income


One Ask Campaign Gifts/Memorials

Community Development Training

Literacy Grants and Scholarships

Healthy Families

Grants and Scholarships...................$20,802.49 Healthy Families................................$11,453.42 Literacy..............................................$5,457.76 Community Development Training....$2,000.00 Leadership Development...................$1,392.68 Liberty Belles.....................................$811.83 Della K. Thielen Award.......................$500.00


Truck Fest

Leadership Training

Gala Mistletoe & Moss

Member Training Mistletoe & Moss.............$152,508.00 Gala.................................$35,042.00 Truck Fest.......................$17,900.69 Additional Income...........$5,112.56 Cookbook........................$2,690.79 Annual Fund....................$2,554.11 One Ask Campaign..........$2,100.00 Gifts/Memorials...............$1,615.00


Conferences....................$17,595.34 Member Training.............$13,128.64 Leadership Training........$2,392.07 Financial Report


Thank you To Those Who Make It Possible. Mistletoe & Moss Luna Bar & Grill Center for Orthopaedics, LLC Louisiana Radio Communications Wands and Wimsy, LLC 121 Artisan Bistro AdSource Outdoor Albertsons American Press The Boarding House Catering Cintas Facility Services Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Coyote Blues Digikast, LLC First Federal Bank of Louisiana FOX-CW - KVHP/NVHP Gifts & Grinds Cumulus Broadcasting & KYKZ 96 L’Auberge Casino Resort Martin GMC Solar Supply, Inc. Suddenlink Media Treasures of Marilyn Celebrations Cakes & Catering, LLC Hal McMillin Henderson Implement Lake Charles Country Club Langley, Williams & Company, LLC McDonald’s of SWLA Navarra’s Jewelry Stockwell, Sievert, Viccellio, Clements & Shaddock, LLP Waste Management Zeus Mediterranean Kitchen A Spoonful of Sugar Accessory Zone Blue Dog Cafe Church’s Chicken Gatti’s Pizza Holmes Family Law Group Novrosky’s Papa John’s Pizza Pat’s of Henderson

Peking Garden Rau Financial Group Reeves Uptown Catering Tony’s Pizza Wendy’s Chick-Fil-A - Prien Lake Mall Misse’s Grocery Pappy’s Deli Paul’s Rib Shack Pink & Blue Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen Pronia’s Deli & Bakery Raising Cane’s Street Breads Toga Grill Cormie’s Grocery DermaLogix Salon & Day Spa

Calcasieu Parish Public Library Calcasieu Parish School Board Event Solutions Event Solutions Herc Rentals Hixson Funeral Homes Karate for Kids Lake Charles Fire Department Life Share Blood Centers Louisiana Radio Metalplate Galvanizing Port Aggregates, Inc. Sasol Two Men and a Truck U.S. Coast Guard/Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Lake Charles United Parcel Service (UPS) Tarver Motor Company, Inc. dba Lake Charles Toyota Truck Fest Louisiana Music Studios: Lake Charles Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Young Band Nation CB&I: LACC Westlake Project Business First Bank Chicago Bridge & Iron: LACC Westlake Cayenne Marketing Project Hunt Brothers Pizza Deep South Productions Marshland Jumps Elite Services Recovery and Towing Phillips 66 Henderson Implemet & Marine PJS Coffee of New Orleans Lake Charles Police Department Altitude Trampoline Park Southern Solid Waste Cumulus Broadcasting Home Depot Lake Charles Coca-Cola Bottling Company Hurricane Off Road Lake Charles Cryotherapy Lamar Advertising Lake Charles Yard Greetings Sasol Little Gym SITI Construction Toys “R” Us Baton Rouge Area Foundation: Big Brown Tikiz Gulf Coast Truck/UPS Raising Cane’s Entergy Jason’s Deli Acadian Ambulance Service Louisiana Mortgage Associates Bonjour Travel boutique Paul’s Rib Shack Barbeque Brandt Pederson Construction Pizza Artista Brandt Pederson Construction/BP Disposal Shipleys Donuts Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Sweet Frog Security and Emergency Prepardness (OEP) Trinity Baptist Church re: command center Wands and Whimsy


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO AND SUPPORT OF THE JLLC. Lisa Addison, American Press, Media  Tim Broussard, J&J Exterminating, Business  Father Anthony (Tony) Fontenot, Christ the King Catholic Church, Clergy  Dr. Tricia Guidry, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health SWLA, Health  Melinda Hardy, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Education  Michael Hayes, Sasol, Petrochemicals  Shonda Manuel, Healthy Image Marketing, Arts  Donovan Mulvey, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Finance  Tarek Polite, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Community Service  Mayor Nic Hunter  (Honorary Member) Anne Collette CPA, Accounting  (Ex-Officio) Aubrey White, Attorney-at-Law  (Ex-Officio)

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