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TIDEings - November 2012

JLNVB Mission The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. 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.

President’s Message November has arrived with a sense of anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. Neighborhoods are decorated with the colors of the season and the autumn air is fresh and crisp. The race is on to prepare for the meal we anxiously anticipate each year...on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time for giving thanks – a time to share with family, friends, and loved ones – a time for us all to reflect on life’s many blessings. It’s also (to a lesser extent) a wonderful time to eat great food, watch football, and plan your route of attack to maximize your Black Friday shopping spree. This year, I want us to challenge ourselves to take honest inventory of EVERYTHING we have to be thankful for. Doesn’t it sometimes seem like such a stretch when assigning ourselves the task of listing our blessings; that for which we should be appreciative? Personally, I always have to think really hard, then I feel a sense of embarrassment because I know I’m trying to look for all the “extra special” things, and unintentionally forgetting the “regular” things.


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In drafting this article, I was overwhelmed with all of my blessings. I have a husband who thinks I hung the moon (I am quite smitten for him, too), two healthy, beautiful children, a supportive family, better friends than I could have ever imagined, and I am involved with the BEST women’s organization in Hampton Roads. I have never considered myself to be a lucky person, but I sure am blessed and VERY THANKFUL. I am very humbled and thankful that I get to serve as this year’s president. Daily, I have the opportunity to work with spirited, dedicated women with a can-do attitude and a servant mentality. I am thankful for the unparalleled training I have received. I am grateful that, for the second year in a row, we will be hosting the “Little Hands, Big Difference” event at Pembroke Mall where I can also help teach my children how to “give thanks” and give back to the community. Mostly, I am forever grateful for the friends I have made in my ten years of membership. Thanksgiving is the holiday of thankfulness, warmth, and togetherness. Before you get bogged down with the craziness of the season, I urge you to stop and reflect on ALL of your blessings, as I am confident there are many.

Best Wishes,

Melissa Steadman 2012-2013 President Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc.


Important Dates Date




6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cluster Meeting


Monday, November 5, 2012

Granby Bistro & Deli,

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

“Ladies Who Lunch” Outing


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cluster Meeting

Virginia Beach

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cluster Meeting

Virginia Beach

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cluster Meeting


10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Little Hands, BIg Difference

Pembroke Mall

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cluster Meeting


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cluster Meeting


Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Thursday, November 15, 2012 Saturday, November 17, 2012 Sunday, November 18, 2012 Thursday, November 29, 2012 Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Perked Up, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Coffee Club

Monday, December 10, 2012

Virginia Beach Ghent Village Club

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Provisional Holiday Social

House, Norfolk

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Membership Social


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We would like to give special thanks to the EVMS Office of Development for hosting us for the September and October GMMs. JLNVB truly appreciates the generosity of EVMS in supporting our mission.


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A Season of Thanksgiving: THANK YOU JLNVB MEMBERS FOR YOUR IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY As our 2012-2013 League year progresses, we are proud to share that our work in the Hampton Roads community continues to make an impact in the lives of women, children, and their families every day. Before the League year winds down in May, members of JLNVB will have volunteered hundreds of community hours in our region. Here is a brief snapshot of our community initiatives to date:

YWCA Make & Give During the October GMM, members of the JLNVB made survival kits that included toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, soap, and deodorant for the YWCA Women in Crisis Domestic Violence Program. The program’s mission is to empower and educate survivors of domestic violence and the community through advocacy, intervention, and support. They serve victims of domestic violence and their children with their shelters, local 24-hour Women’s Helpline, legal advocacy services, support groups, and a wide array of other services, including crisis counseling, life skills, art therapy, transitional housing, volunteer placement, internships, children’s programming, and community education services.

Teens with a Purpose Junior League members served as judges to determine 5 finalists for the Teens with a Purpose “Move Maker Award.” This award is intended to honor a young person between the ages of 13 and 18. This person has persevered in spite of adversities that may have held him/her back in the past. This individual has also shown extraordinary, ongoing strides in at least one of the following categories: personal growth, academic/vocational advancement, artistic expression, and/or service to others.


A Season of Thanksgiving Continued CHKD Make & Give Also during the October GMM, the children of JLNVB members made fall bags for 7C floor general surgery patients at CHKD. The bags included bubbles, tattoos, curly straws, and puzzle games.

Ronald McDonald House The JLNVB continues to support the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Norfolk to provide a “home away from home� for families with children facing medical challenges. Throughout the year, League members purchase food items and prepare homemade dinners on site for the families.


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Kids CafĂŠ JLNVB members volunteered to work with children in second through fifth grade. Volunteers shared some of their favorite exercises and the importance of a healthy lifestyle with the children. Every child assisted in making trail mix and received a recipe card to take home. The students also completed an exercise activity composed by committee member Jackie Stephenson who is a physical education teacher.

Park Place Child Life Center The Park Place Child Life Center has grown from an after school homework club to an arts and cultural center where children are made to feel safe and special. In order to support this great organization, JLNVB volunteers interacted with the children and assisted them with homework activities.


The Nominating Committee: ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES The JLNVB Nominating Committee is responsible for presenting the most qualified candidates to the membership for election to the Board of Directors positions. We have a dynamic group of ladies on this committee. 2012-2013 members are: Najwa Knox, Erinn Leary, Shon Johnson, Angie Jones, Denise Deaver, Ellie Thurston, and sustaining advisor, Shelly Gram.

Slating the Board The Nominating Committee will conduct President-Elect-Elect and Board interviews midJanuary 2013. Applications will be due January 4, 2013. Interviews will be conducted for the following positions: • • • • • • • • •

President-Elect-Elect Administrative Vice-President At-Large Director Communications Vice-President Community Vice-President Fund Development Vice-President Membership Vice-President Parliamentarian Treasurer-Elect

The entire slate of JLNVB Officers and the Board of Directors will be presented to the membership at the February 2013 GMM and voted on at the March 2013 GMM. The Board application can be found under the “JLNVB Resources” section of the website. If you have any questions, please contact:

Najwa Knox, Nominating Chair,


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On the Scene with the League On Saturday, October 20, members of the 2012-2013 provisional class and their advisors participated in a ropes course at Triple R Ranch. This fun event was intended to build camaraderie and teamwork amongst members of the class. It looks like a good time was had by all.

DO YOU WANT TO BE ON THE SCENE WITH THE LEAGUE? Don’t forget to sign up for the JLNVB Affinity Groups to connect with other League members! There’s something for everyone whether you’re interested in books, coffee club, dinner parties, doggie dates, lunch outings, networking, play dates, a night out on the town, or simply running around town! Sign up for the affinity groups that interest you by clicking here:


Delightful Thanksgiving Recipes FROM THE JLNVB COOKBOOKS Submitted by Christie Ross, Creator of Confectionary Concoctions & All Things Yummy Buttercream & Sprinkles It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your menu. Toast to Tidewater and Tidewater on the Half Shell offer a variety of wonderful inspirations for your holiday table. Consider a twist on traditional favorites with easy to follow, delicious dishes like Lemon Carrots with Dill, Rosemary Roasted Green Beans, and Asiago Chive Mashed Potatoes from the Toast to Tidewater cookbook or try the Sweet Potato Muffins recipe found in Tidewater on the Half Shell. And no holiday table would be complete without tempting, seasonal desserts like Pumpkin Pecan Pie or Pecan Pie with Khalua. Instead of serving pies in the thin aluminum pans in which pre-made crusts usually arrive, try pre-made pie dough usually found either in the frozen or refrigerated section of your favorite grocery store, and use a seasonal ceramic pie plate for an easy, yet elegant presentation. Of course, every Thanksgiving hostess is always in search of yummy ways to serve leftovers after the big meal, so why not try the Smoked Turkey, Apple & Walnut Salad recipe which can also be found in Toast to Tidewater. Happy Thanksgiving!

Helpful Holiday Hint Hosting a large group for Thanksgiving? No room at the dining room table for everyone and not enough dinnerware? This year, try a buffet-style setup for dinner. Throw a tablecloth over a sideboard, card table, or even a sofa table, then serve the turkey and side dishes on mix-matched platters and dishes along with mix-matched plates and flatware for a vintage holiday feel. Local thrift and antique stores are full of great finds to help make your next gathering a beautiful success!


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Asiago Chive Mashed Potatoes • 12 medium unpeeled red potatoes (approximately 3 lbs) • 8 tablespoons butter, softened • 16 ounces sour cream • 4 ounces Asiago cheese, shredded • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon pepper • 2 tablespoons chopped chives • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 4 tablespoons chopped green onions Place potatoes in a large pot; cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender (approximately 20 minutes). Drain water. Mash potatoes in a deep bowl, add butter and blend until smooth. Add sour cream and blend until smooth. Add Asiago cheese, salt, pepper, chives, garlic powder, and green onions. Blend evenly.

Sweet Potato Muffins • • • • • • • • • • • •

1/4 pound butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 1/4 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes 2 eggs 2 1/4 cups flour 1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 1/4 cups milk 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans 1 1/2 tsp lemon extract

TOPPING • 1/4 cup sugar • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in sweet potatoes. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well. Sift together flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk to sweet potato mixture, stirring well after each addition. Stir in pecans and lemon extract. Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full. Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle evenly on batter. Bake 20-25 minutes.


Delightful Thanksgiving Recipes Continued Pecan Pie PIE FILLING • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 3/4 cup sugar • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves • 2 eggs • 15 ounces canned pumpkin • 2 cups evaporated milk

CRUST • 1 egg • 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar • 1 tablespoon butter, melted • 1 teaspoon maple extract (brandy or rum extract can be substituted) • 1 cup chopped pecans

• 1 9-inch pie crust TO MAKE PIE: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix salt, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; stir in eggs and pumpkin. Add evaporated milk gradually and mix well. Pour into pie crust. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pie from oven and lower temperature to 350 degrees. TO MAKE PECAN TOPPING: Mix egg, corn syrup, brown sugar, maple extract and pecans. Spoon evenly over baked pie. Pie may appear to sink. Return pie to oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes.


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What to Wear for Holiday Gatherings Submitted by Dena Liston As the holiday season approaches, we never seem to have enough hours in the day to complete the endless list of to-dos that comes along with this season of good cheer. Whether it’s shopping or cooking, entertaining or decking the halls, we all have our fair share of checklists. I hope to make your list a little shorter this year by giving you one less thing to think about. I’m offering the following tips on what to wear for holiday gatherings. With the help of our friends at Double Take Consignment Shop in Norfolk and a few of our lovely League members, I have shared a few easy to wear, chic and “thrifty” ensembles that you can wear for whatever holiday affair you are attending this season!

Casual For daytime events (perhaps even outdoor, winter soirees where jeans are acceptable) you can have fun with textures and outerwear. I like to add an unexpected pop of color when dressing in winter/fall neutrals.

Emily Webb

Tiffany Williams


Style Guide Continued Business Casual When the office is having a mid-day gathering, you may want to dress up your regular work day wardrobe. Add some color (red is always fun and festive) and/or opt for a dress if you normally wear a suit or separates. If you have a holiday sweater featuring reindeer or a Christmas tree in your closet…burn it!

Emily Webb

Brooks Lively Semi-Formal I know, I know, you’re going to an evening holiday party and the recommended attire is “cocktail” so you’re taking your LBD (little black dress) to the cleaners. Be prepared to look like everyone else in the room – swathed in black. How about a little gray dress instead? Animal prints are also very “in” right now so take advantage.


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Formal Don’t use your curves as an excuse to wear black (see my note under “semi-formal”). I love metallic tones for a formal event and done in the right material (something stiff, not clingy), it can be flattering and show-stopping.

OUBLE TAKE D for women I II D &

current and contemporary consignment shops for women in the hampton roads area. selling designer wear and high end mall brands for a fraction of original cost. open 7 days a week & accepting high end consignments on tuesdays, thursdays & saturdays no appointment necessary!


each: center virginia b t shopping s e w p o t l l 604 hi norfol 3300 (757) 422517 wes k: t 21st (757) 5 st 33-5352

Tiffany Williams

All clothing and accessories photographed on our models are available at Double Take Consignment on Colley Avenue in the Ghent section of Norfolk.


From Our Leadership Initiative Director Webinar Wednesdays presents‌

Dimensions of Human Trafficking Featuring: Alison Boak Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Modern day slavery, known as human trafficking, is a global problem that not only affects communities around the world but is prevalent in our own backyards across America. Drawing upon her more than 15 years of international experience working to combat human trafficking, Ali will introduce participants to key concepts that define the issue and discuss ways to get involved in the movement to eradicate this human rights scourge. Register online at

CALLING ALL CHEERLEADERS (also known as Committee Chairs) Save the Date for our Mid-Year Pep Rally DATE: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 TIME: 6:00 pm—Location TBD INFO: Be ready for a light dinner and some coaching from past Cheer Captains!


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Kudos to... Our Members of the Month: Thank you to the Communications Team headed by Katie Cullipher, the Communications VP! She organized the video that ran at the September GMM and is now on the website; the “once a week” email; and the three editions of Tideings. I’m sure Katie would agree that she couldn’t do any of these things without her team of Dena Liston, Danielle Musick and Haley Landers. Dena, the TIDEings Manager has been instrumental in collecting the articles for TIDEings and keeping the submissions on a timely basis. Danielle, the Assistant Communications VP and Katie’s right hand woman has distributed all of the pertinent League information weekly so we are not inundated with emails. Haley, the Web Liaison, has worked diligently to clean up the website so all of the data is correct. The JLNVB is more informed and organized thanks to you ladies. We appreciate it!

Thank you Maryann McChesney! Maryann took the initiative to request a grant from Cox Communications which resulted in $2,000 for the JLNVB. Cullen Speckhart on the recent birth of her daughter. Avery Grace Speckhart (6 lbs, 10 oz, 19.25 inches long) was born on September 30, 2012.

GET SOCIAL WITH JLNVB Like us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter @JuniorLeagueNVB If you don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account, don’t worry. The Communications Council wants you to be connected. If you have questions about setting up an account with Facebook or Twitter, please see a member of the Communications Council.


Levels of Giving $500+: White Diamonds – Level III $250 - $499: String of Pearls – Level II $100 - $249: White Gloves – Level I The 1925 Society is an Annual Fund campaign and tribute to the anniversary of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. These financial gifts are an investment in our community and allow JLNVB to continue to train new members and create projects that meet the needs of our community. Thank you to all of our past supporters and we hope you will join us again this year! Your contribution will be recognized in TIDEings, as well as on the website and at the Annual Dinner in May. For more information or to make a contribution, please contact Kristen O’Connor, Ways & Means Director, at

Annual Fund The JLNVB raised $77.89 at the September GMM for our Annual Fund; $50 from our raffle drawing and $27.89 from our spare change banks. Congrats to Ellie Thurston, our raffle winner. We appreciate your support! We will be having our first Thank-a-Thon phone bank on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Participants will receive two fundraising credit hours. Sign up today as hours have been posted for this event.

Shannon Wright JLNVB Fund Development VP


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Our Sponsors THANK YOU TO OUR PAST & PRESENT SUPPORTERS Battlefield Golf Course Chick-fil-A Color Me Mine Crystal Cardenas ZumbAtomic Gymboree Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Norfolk Chapter Mad Science Move With Me Action Adventures Potts ‘N Paints Tae Kwon Do Champions Thalia Lions Club The Bounce House The Felted Pear The Little Gym American Diabetes Association American Red Cross April Sethmann Arlene & Shannon Wright Ashburn Specialty Foods Beach Kids Pediatrics

Boy Scouts of America CHIP CHKD Healthy You for Life Chris Henniker CINCH Conte’s Bicycle and Fitness Cox Communications Dr. Lucy’s Eye Care Optometry Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast Girls on the Run Golf Galaxy Hot House Yoga Jason Bowman Jim O’Neil Kool Smiles Precision Spinal Care Proadjuster Chiropractic PROforma/Angelini & Associates Randy Wright Printing

Stroller Striders Theater for Kids & Teens Virginia Beach Fire & Safety Virginia Beach Police Virginia State Police YMCA 97.3 The Eagle Burtons Grill Cabot Edible Arrangements JASE Group Jason’s Deli Jim White Fitness Kimberly & Ross Thompson Oberweis Dairy Pembroke Mall Richard Harris Virginia Troopers Alliance


join us during the foodbank’s

Mayflower Marathon for a jLNVB kids volunteer day:

“Little Hands, Big difference” Saturday, November 17th 2012 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Target Wing @ Pembroke Mall healthy snacks, crafts, games, sorting and delivery of donated food items to the mayflower marathon food drive Plus: join in the fun of the Santa

parade @ 11:00 am

to DONATE kid-friendly food items,

please contact Aisha Evans at

RSVP via facebook at or email

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