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League Lines 2012/2013

Inside this issue:

April 2013

Volume 3, Issue 7

President’s Perspective

Done in a Day

Spotlight

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The Junior League of Huntington


Executive Board President

Amy Browning

President-Elect

Katina Haught

Community Vice President Corresponding Secretary Recording Secretary

JL of Huntington Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. 617 9th Avenue

Rebecca Crowder

Huntington, WV 25701

Missy McComas

304.523.4165

Ashley Corder

Treasurer

Summer Haynes

Treasurer Elect

Jessica Copeland

www.facebook.com/JLofHuntington @JLofHuntington

Junior League Mission Committee Chairs Arrangements………………………..............Ashley Corder ……………………………………………….Natalie McCormick Character Breakfast………………….…....…Tiffany Clark …………………………………………………………...Leslie Culp Community Center……………………………………..Vacant Cookbook…………………………………………..Maria Aiello

The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively education and charitable.

………………………………………………………..Ashley Kasey Done in a Day ………………………………….Kristi Henson Education……………………………………….Ginny Morgan Kids in the Kitchen…………………………....Darci Barger ………………………………………………………Rachel Messer League Lines……………………...Anna Lafferre (Editor) …………………………...…...Anna von Allmen (Publisher) Membership……………………………….........Erica Deligne …………………………………………………….Denise Landers Mistletoe Market……………………………..Amy Prestera ……………………………………………..……….Allison Subacz Nominating/Placement……………….....Jamie Webster Public Relations…………………………...Meagan Shelton Rummage Sale…………………………………...Maria Aiello ……………………………………………………...Jamie Webster Ways & Means………………………………....Darah Snyder ………………………………………………………Sarah Walling 2

League Lines League Lines staff welcomes any contributions from the members of Junior League Huntington. Please contact Editor-in-Chief Anna Lafferre at anna.lafferre@yahoo.com. Submissions are due by the second Friday of every month.


President’s Perspective · Hello Spring · by Amy Browning Hello Spring...I’ve missed you. I am overjoyed at the sight of budding trees, crocuses blooming and the soft melody of birds singing to wake me up instead of my alarm clock. I don’t even care that we are still having cool mornings or the erratic weather that comes with the changing of seasons. It’s springtime and by that simple fact we shift our focus from what was, to new birth. I’ve been cleaning; dusting stuff off, packing away sweaters and gathering up things that I no longer need. Some of those treasured objects have been allocated for the Rummage Sale and others are being farmed out to any place but my house. Goodbye old and hello new. This is also the time when I start making plans, like where will I travel this summer or what will my garden look like, can I afford to renovate the basement. You know the kind of plans that are designed to add something to my life. I’m a realistic, logical and cautious person, but I have no desire to be stagnant or miss an adventure. I welcome change, new possibilities and new perspectives. This might also be why I love being a member of our League in the spring. We just elected new board members and we will soon be deciding what roles we are interested in for the 20132014 year. (Don’t miss the April GMM, it’s an important one.) Our fundraisers are in full swing. Congratulations to the Character Breakfast committee on a successful event. I’ve been in charge of that one before and can say with confidence that I’ve never known it to run so smooth. The Rummage Sale is just a heartbeat away and our new cookbooks have arrived. I took a peak the other day and they are lovely, far better than I imagined they could be. After our conversation at the March GMM I anticipate a new fundraiser and am inspired by the enthusiasm when talking about possible Community Impact Projects. I can’t what to see what we will do in the coming months….it’ll be great. In my research this week I came across a list of reminders that made me think of you. The Four Qualities of a Resilient Person: focus on solutions, make sure you cultivate supportive relationships, care for yourself and maximize strengths. I know some of our members have been facing challenges this year that involve family, health, relationships, substance abuse, death, birth, education, loss and uncertainty. Although the challenges are great and at times life changing, you are not alone. With these new beginnings come new opportunities to grow and gain perspective. As a board member and as a friend I want you to know that you are loved and respected. I am here if you need me. You add something great to my life, just simply by being in it. I am blessed to be associated with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers as we start this new season. 3


League News and Events 路 March General Membership Meeting Minutes 路 Amy Browning opened the meeting and asked everyone if there were any changes that needed to be made for the February minutes, they were approved as printed. Amy introduced our speaker Kathy Hegg. She went over two new volunteer activities in the area, Girls on the Run and Power of the Purse. She discussed ways that the league can help with both of these projects. Jamie Webster, Nominating and Placement, passed out a ballot to vote for next years slate. Katina Haught discussed the results for the Community Impact Project survey for next year, the ones with the highest results were: The Backpack Program, First Book, Foster Child Program and Domestic Violence. She is going to look into these projects and give us more information about them before we decide. Katina also talked about fund raisers for next year, she announced that we would be having Character Breakfast, and Rummage Sale again next year. She asked for the league to think of more fund raising ideas. Another fund raiser she is going to look into is having a Touch a Truck. Other things that were mentioned were a 5k, Breakfast with Santa and talking to restaurants about having proceeds donated to our organization. Summer Haynes went over the finances for the month of February and so far this year. She reminded everyone that receipts are due 30 days after the event and she needs an itemized receipt for all reimbursements. Maria Aiello stated that 500 cookbooks had been ordered and are expected to be in before the next meeting. Each member is required to sell five and they are $15 a piece. Money is due at the next meeting. April 22, 23 and 30 from 5:00 -7:00 they are going to sell them at the building. Leslie Culp and Tiffany Clark reminded us that they need all outstanding ticket money for Character Breakfast turned in ASAP. They estimated that they made $11,000 and they spent around $5,000. Jamie Webster and Maria Aiello said that the Rummage Sale is April 6th. Everyone is required to work a setup shift or the day of the event. They plan on selling food, but do not plan on having a bake sale. They also reminded everyone to pick up a yard sign. Kristi Henson is still taking donations for Branches and Birth Right for DIAD hours. Coming up in April there are a couple events that need volunteers: Dress for Success Overstock Sale, and a 5K. Missy McComas has agreed to help with DIAD in April and May while Kristi has a baby. Darci Barger and Rachel Messer reminded us that the next KITK event is March 12 at Kenova Elementary from 5:00 -7:00. Ashley Corder and Natalie McCormick stated that the annual dinner is going to be May 16 at Taste of Asia for $20 a person, they are sending out an evite for this in the next few weeks. Also at next month's meeting we are going to be ordering food for $4 a person. A sign up sheet went around, and there will also be an email about this for anyone who wants to order, please bring money to the meeting. Amy Browning read who will be on the board for next year: Summer Haynes- President Elect Sarah Walling- Community Vice President Leslie Culp- Corresponding Secretary Kate Farrell- Treasurer Elect Missy McComas motioned to adjourn, Jamie Webster seconded. Respectfully submitted by Ashley Corder, Recording Secretary 4


League News and Events · Character Breakfast · Once again, we would like to thank everyone for all their hard work with this year’s Character Breakfast. It would not have been such a success without the help of our great committee and league members. As said before, we are proud to be part of such a wonderful group of women. Leslie Culp and Tiffany Clark Character Breakfast Chairs

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League News and Events · Done in a Day Giving · BRANCHES AND BIRTHRIGHT DONATIONS I am still accepting for Branches and Birthright. One bag of donations will be counted as one credit hour. You can bring a bag of donations for one place or both, whichever you prefer. If you bring a bag of items for each place, you can earn two credit hours. **Branches is in need of toiletries, cleaning supplies and ANY baby items since they have a full house of families with many infants/toddlers. **Birthright is in need of crib sheets, but they will take ANYTHING baby related. You can purchase a lot of baby items and cleaning supplies at the Dollar Tree so you aren't spending a fortune for these donations. If you have items at home that are lightly used and you don't need anymore, you can bring those as well. You can drop the items off at the Junior League building if you have a key, bring it to your shift for the rummage sale or bring it to the April General Membership Meeting. You may also drop the items off at the organizations. Just let me know who you dropped it off to and what items so you can earn your hours! HELP THE HIGHLANDERS FOOD PANTRY Stating that “Hunger at HHS is a huge problem, and I can’t overlook it anymore,” Career Specialist Theresa Rapp has asked for community assistance in replenishing the school’s food pantry. Boxed Mac & Cheese, cereal, pop-top cans of ravioli/spaghetti, peanut butter, jelly, tuna or other convenient items that teenagers can fix themselves for morning or evening meals are needed. If you would like to donate a few of these items, it will be greatly appreciated and I will give one credit hour. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me! Kristi Henson Done in a Day Chair 6


League News and Events 路 Kids in the kitchen 路 Junior League Huntington had the last Kids in the Kitchen event of the year Tuesday, March 12 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Kenova Elementary. Kudos to chairs Darci Barger and Rachel Messer on a great year of KITK events. We are looking forward to next year!

路 cookbook 路 Cookbooks have arrived, and they look fantastic! We would like to thank each and every one of you for submitting your recipes. Just as a reminder, each of you is responsible for selling five cookbooks by the April GMM. If you are unable to do so, please let a cookbook co-chair know and we will make other arrangements with you, such as volunteering time, etc. Cookbooks will be distributed at the meeting, but if you need more, let us know and we will be sure you get them! We will be set up at the Junior League building April 22 from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., April 23 from 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. and April 30 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. These dates will be open to the public, so share this information with friends and family. Other means of sales will be available and we will send emails as we know more information about future sale dates. Thank you all again for making the 2013 JL cookbook a success! Maria Aiello and Ashley Kasey Cookbook Co-Chairs 7


League News and Events About Town It was reported that members Missy McComas and Ashley Corder did not make an appearance at The Union two Saturdays ago. Union Bartenders became increasingly concerned as the night went on and neither McComas nor Corder showed up. “We questioned every bouncer and every bar patron to ensure that we hadn’t just overlooked them,” an anonymous source said. “When we realized they never came we didn’t know what to do.” Thankfully, McComas and Corder appeared at their usual time last Saturday. They wouldn’t specify why they missed a week; however, they did bring Becca Hansen with them to make up for missing a week. Jekyll and Hyde League member Jessica Copeland is known for her excessive kindness and positivity. Moreover, she is always willing to help someone out and volunteers for almost every activity. However, her son Everett paints a different picture. “That woman may be nice to you, but I’m not so sure,” Everett said. “She makes me go to bed when I don’t want to and she makes me walk MYSELF in a walker. Sometimes she even pets the dog with one hand while she’s holding me in the other. Can you believe that?” In related news. Copeland is looking for a sitter for the world’s sweetest baby. Timely League members who participated in the last Kids in the Kitchen prep arrived to quite a surprise in the community center kitchen: Sarah Walling was already there. Prep was scheduled from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Members starting arriving around 5:45, except for Walling, who was there at 5:40. “Let’s just say Sarah is not known for being on time for, well, anything,” said a member speaking on condition of anonymity. “She’s the person my mom talks about when she says ‘She’ll be late for her own funeral.’” Walling explains that she thought it started at 5 p.m… so she was really 40 minutes late. News brought to you by April Fools. 8


League News and Events Touch A Truck AMP: To be reviewed, changed and voted on by the Executive Board. With approval it will go to the April 2013 GMM for a vote. Points of interest: We are currently in need of a new fundraiser. The membership has voiced interest in the Touch A Truck fundraiser. Anticipated Timeline: April: Voting meeting. April-August/September: Plan, gather participants and execute Touch A Truck. Touch A Truck Standing Rules There shall be a Touch A Truck Committee appointed by the Executive Board with the assistance form Nominating and Placement. This Committee shall be responsible for organizing the membership and coordinating all activities in the area of planning, gathering and execution. All Active and Provisional Members shall be responsible for the following work requirements : 1. Working a four hour shift the day of the event . 2. Assisting the League in Marketing of the event. Requests for excused absences must be submitted in writing by two weeks prior to the event to the Touch A Truck Chairs. Members will schedule to work the event at the September GMM unless event is prior to GMM. Tickets will be available at the September GMM. The Committee will automatically assign shifts if members have not signed up or submitted an excuse. The co-chairs shall be responsible for submitting an information sheet to all membership including, but not limited to the following: Dates and times of available shift work Roles and responsibilities Dates and deadlines concerning the event Contact information Sponsorship/ticket information

路 Rummage Sale 路 Just a friendly reminder that our LeAnn Litton Memorial Rummage Sale will be held April 6. Each of you is required to donate $40 worth of merchandise. You do not have to price items; the rummage sale committee will price items to ensure consistent pricing. You are also responsible for signing up for one 3.5 hour shift. If you are unable to work a shift, please let the rummage sale co-chairs know as soon as possible! We only have about 10 people that have signed up for a shift. If you are unable to work or unable to submit $40 of acceptable merchandise or both, we will help you make other arrangements. Rummage Sale almost fully funds our Kids in the Kitchen program, so please help us make this event the best it can possibly be! 9


World view · A night for sweethearts… and their dads · Originally published on the Daytona Beach News-Journal website

Fathers and daughters danced the night away in February at the 11th Annual Sweetheart Ball, the largest annual fundraiser for the Junior League of Daytona Beach. The formal dinner dance at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort raised money for a range of community projects supported by the Junior League. The 2013 ball may have been the largest yet, organizers said, with more than 700 attendees registered. The ballroom was transformed by Junior League members into what one called "a watery wonderland" to showcase the night's theme, "Under the Sea." Highlights of the evening included a raffle of items for daughters and their dads, Shirley Temples, ice cream sundaes and more. This year the Junior League, in partnership with the Molto Bella Boutique, also offered a custom sterling silver Trollbead engraved with the date of the event and the little girl's name. Junior League projects include Best Foot Forward, which gives children in need an opportunity to purchase new school clothing; Community Baby Showers, which provide baby items for at-risk new moms; Camp Begin Again, a weekend camp for children dealing with the loss of a family member; Project WARM, a residential facility for recovering mothers in which League members mentor and train; and Kids in the Kitchen, a free healthy eating awareness program for community kids. 10


Spotlight On… ·

Leslie Culp · Character Breakfast Co-Chair

Leslie-at a-Glance Dream Job: Special Agent with the CIA Favorite Book and Movie: Pride and Prejudice Favorite Food: Spaghetti Family: Parents are Tony and Janet Culp who reside in Huntington. One older sister, Corey Culp, who resides in Virginia Beach, Va. Education: B.A. & M.S. in Criminal Justice from Marshall University. Downtime: Enjoys having friends over to her house. Also enjoys going to local plays and traveling whenever she can. 11

League Lines: Why did you join the Junior League? Leslie Culp: I joined the Junior League out of my desire to be more involved with the community. LL: What is your favorite part of the League? LC: My favorite part of being in the League is getting to experience so many events that take place in Huntington. You never realize how much a city has going on until you get involved. LL: What do you see as the b biggest challenge facing the League? LC: As of now, I think the biggest challenge facing the League is our need to gain more public exposure. However, I do feel that the League is strengthening its creative solutions to current and future challenges. LL: What is your job and what do you do there? LC: I’m currently employed as a United States Probation Officer. As a federal probation officer, I conduct criminal investigations and prepare reports for the Court with recommendations for sentencing individuals convicted of federal offenses. As part of my job, I continually receive training in firearms and safety instruction. I also will be attending a six-week training program this year at a federal law enforcement training academy located in Charleston, S.C, and I’m really looking forward to the experience. LL: Why did you decide on your career path? LC: I chose my career path after having taken a criminal justice course at Marshall and enjoying it. I then completed an internship at the Cabell County Probation Department in Huntington and realized that probation was the career course for me. LL: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? LC: I have been lucky enough to go backpacking in Europe. However, I have not been to Ireland and have always wanted to visit there. It just seems like a sweet and tranquil place to vacation…and people there seem to know how to have a good time!


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