League Lines 2012/2013
Inside this issue:
Volume 3, Issue 3
Jenna Told Ya
The Junior League of Huntington
Executive Board President
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
Huntington, WV 25701
Committee Chairs Arrangements………………………..............Ashley Corder ……………………………………………….Natalie McCormick Character BreJWfast……………………....…Tiffany Clark …………………………………………………………...Leslie Culp Community Center……………………………………..Vacant Cookbook…………………………………………..Maria Aiello
Junior League Mission 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 Kacey Done in a Day ………………………………….Kristi Henson Education……………………………………….Ginny Morgan Kids in the Kitchen…………………………....Darci Barger ………………………………………………………Rachel Messer League Lines…………………………………...Anna Lafferre Membership……………………………….........Erica Deligne …………………………………………………….Denise Landers Mistletoe Market……………………………..Amy Prestera ……………………………………………..……….Allison Subacz Nominating/Placement……………….....Jamie Webster Public Relations………………………………Anna Lafferre ……………………………………………………Meagan Shelton 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 email@example.com. Submissions are due by the second Friday of every month.
President’s Perspective Simple Blessings by Amy Browning I pride myself on being like a camp counselor. Professionally I function most days as a resource for others. I have a Mary Poppins type purse filled with Band-Aids, post-it notes, keys, safety pins, some form of money, extra jewelry, my phone (with all of my contacts) and at least two lipstick choices. I strive to wear the appropriate “uniform” where needed. And I think the smell of a campfire is one of the most peaceful scents there is. More often than not I find myself listening to the joys, excitement, sorrows, heartbreJWs, fears and anger of those around me. My role isn’t to interject my opinion, rather function as a sounding board for others. I just attract people that need to talk. In one week I was invited to a baby shower and a wedding, informed of an infidelity and divorce, watched the mourning over a lost job and lost loved one, celebrated a new home and profession, and prayed as a friend’s family was ending. That’s just what was going on with some of my friends, it wasn’t even my life. To be honest in most of those situations it was better I was focusing on listening, because I was at a loss for words, a condition that rarely happens to me. Over and over again I was reminded of my own blessings, as small as they may seem some days. Perhaps I get melancholy when thinking of Thanksgiving or sentimental when the leaves start to fall. Regardless, I am reminded that our roles in each other’s lives are important. As a League we depend on your creativity, passion, thoughtfulness, ingenuity, drive, determination, hospitality and compassion as we venture beyond our doors and into our community. As individuals we approach the world and its challenges in very different ways. We don’t always agree and sometimes we make mistakes. But we can always depend on one another. When Junior League women are around, things just seem to get done. Tickets are sold, volunteers appear and projects are completed. There is always plenty of food (and drink). I see children cooking and exercising. I hear laughter and I know we are blessed. I haven’t seen some of your faces this year. But I invite you home. We have missed you. Maybe you are working on a degree or a bigger family. Maybe work has been demanding or you’ve been traveling. The details don’t matter as much as you do. I wonder about your stories and what blessings have come your way. I announced at the October GMM that we have at least four members who are now expecting little bundles. The challenge was for membership to figure out whom. But don’t worry, I didn’t share any secrets. That’s not my story to tell. I encourage you to listen to one another and “be prepared” (yes, I was a Girl Scout). Because not every day is filled with balloons and presents, but every day is most certainly a blessing. And I count knowing you among mine. 3
League News and Events November Meeting Minutes Amy Browning opened up the meeting by asking everyone to read the minutes from last month that were on the table, minutes were approved. Amy Browning introduced our speaker for the evening, Ellenda Ward from the Cabell County Board of Education Communities in Schools. She spoke to us about dropout rates and what Communities in Schools does in partnership with Cabell County. Katina Haught went over the Redbook by law changes. She presented the changes as a motion and Summer Haynes seconded it, the motion carried. Summer Haynes went over the rent changes for the building. Mistletoe Market committee was not present to discuss, some members had some questions. Amy Browning asked if Ways and Means would send out a survey about Mistletoe Market so we could get everybodyâ€™s feedback. The board will be looking at these results and also discussing what to do about the money for unsold tickets. Cookbook committee was not present. Amy Browning asked what members thought about having a tasting fundraiser in the spring. This will be discussed with the cookbook committee. Leslie Culp talked about Character Breakfast. The date has been set for March 9, 2013 at the Big Sandy Arena. The committee will start meeting next month. McDonalds will supply treat bags, Ronald McDonald and maybe apples for breakfast. There will be a breakfast at 9am and 11am. Tickets are $15. Kristi Henson spoke about DIAD events for November. She passed around sign-up sheets for Christmas tree sales and ringing bells at Wal-Mart. She asked that if anyone knows of a DIAD opportunity to give them her email and phone number to contact her. Amy Browning mentioned than Anna von Allmen is stepping down from chairing the community center and she asked for anyone who is interested in helping to talk to her. Right now Amy is the contact for renting the building. Amy Browning announced that the League has bought paint for the building and the painter will be starting soon. We have a donor that is paying for the paint job. Amy also announced that two bridge players have passed away and they want to donate money to the league to help fix some things around the building. Jamie Webster reminded everyone that in January we will be having our cottage meetings. She is sending out an email to the new girls with their placement groups. Natalie McCormick let the board know about the Christmas Party. It will be at the league building on December 14 from 7-11. The cost is $20/person for food, beer, wine and a DJ. You can RSVP to Ashley Corder preferably at least a week before the event. Erica Deligne introduced the new members that were voted into the league. Amy Browning informed us that League Lines for November and December issues would be combined as one. She reminded everyone that all chairs are required to send in a board report. Ginny Morgan adjourned, Kristi Henson seconded.
League News and Events Kids in the Kitchen "Kids in the Kitchen" is a part of Junior League's international initiative to educate people about nutrition and the effects of childhood obesity and Halloween is well-known for its candy comas... SO for this October event, we decided to partner up with Huntington's Kitchen to host "Healthy Halloween!" This free event held on October 19, 2012, was to give parents and children some fun, healthy alternatives to Halloween treats, as well as, stress the importance of health, nutrition, and exercise. Local children came out and participated in an interactive power point, which included nutrition information. The kids got to shJWe it up with "What Up Warm Up" followed by physical education games and exercises. The children and parents browsed, tasted, and took home recipes from our spooky healthy snack demonstrations brought in by our very own volunteers! The display was outstanding and we could not have been more pleased with the variety and creativity of these snacks- everything from mummy strawberries, spooky jello jigglers, spider fruit snacks, a banana centipede to vegi-Cat's- and so much more! The children and parents got a lesson in portion control and healthy eating as they prepared a healthy chicken salad wrap followed by mJWing their very own spooky spider PB&J. The children each left with a re-usable treat bag filled with great health information, measuring cups, and fun Halloween prizes. The children were able to get their faces painted and pick out their own miniature pumpkin placed throughout the Kitchen. At the end we gave out great prizes, which included Halloween toys, b i k e s, and symphony tickets! This event was so much fun and could not have turned out better thanks to our Junior League volunteers, Huntington's Kitchen for hosting and offering symphony tickets, Krogers and Foodfare for their gift certificates, and Linsey Lewis for face-painting! Special thanks to our JLH Volunteers: Lauren Humphrey, Amanda Perdue, Ashley Corder, Audrey Dean, Ashley Casey, Jessica JWers, Amy Blankenship, Jamie Webster, Summer Haynes, Tiffany Clark, Melissa Dawson, Katie Fowler, Cheryl Sullivan, and the person who brought the rice-crispy treats, we didn't get your name, but thank you! The Junior League's "Kids in the Kitchen" initiative is a response to statistics indicating that nearly one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, and that childhood obesity has been shown to be the leading cause of many health issues, including pediatric hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. This event is really fun for everyone involved and prizes are given at the end, but most of all it is for a great cause. Just a reminder that your KITK hours combine with your DIAD hours to fulfill your yearly requirement, so please don't hesitate to participate! firstname.lastname@example.org. 5
What active JLH members Rachel Messer and Meagan Shelton at ChiliFest.
Missy McCom Landau Murphy and Becca Hansen and Summer Haynes at an M.U. game. 6
s have been up to this fall! Sarah Walling aboard a replication of Christopher Columbusâ€™s Nina.
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Jenna Cremeans and Anna Lafferre dressed up for Halloween.
Spotlight On… Jamie Webster JL’s Nominating and Placement Chair
Jamie-at-a-Glance Education: B.A. in Secondary Education, B.B.A. in Economics, M.B.A. and M.S. in Human Resource Management Early Years: Grew up in Chesapeake with 2 brothers Husband: David — she describes his job as “like Chandler Bing on ’Friends’” Pets: Two cats: Rikki and Lucy Random: Loves “The Wizard of Oz,” once tried out to be on “The Apprentice” and asked directions from deaf people while travelling in Spain. 8
League Lines: What do you do at your job? Jamie Webster: I work in Production Control as a Planner. I review supply and demand and determine what product to schedule to the production floor and where to ship it when it has completed the manufacturing process. LL: Where are you most fulfilled? JW: I am probably most fulfilled at the Elks Lodge. I truly believe in philanthropic activities they support. We support our veterans. The Elks, at the national level, is second to only the federal government in the amount of scholarships they give out each year to graduating high school seniors. We support and promote Americanism in our local schools. We are active participants in the Hoop Shoot and Soccer Shoot programs that provide children the opportunity to hone their skills and compete at the local level all the way through to the national stage. We also have a large active drug awareness program where information is provided to school age children throughout our community. When I am working on behalf of the lodge I feel that I have a vested interested. I am more than happy to volunteer and help out other organization in supporting their cause, but the lodge is my cause. LL: What is your favorite part of the Junior League? JW: By far, I most enjoy playing Princess Fiona for the Character Breakfast LL: What challenges do you see facing the League? JW: I fear that the League could face problems with retaining long term members. I think our dues are a little pricey. It costs me less to be a member of both lodges than it does to belong to the League. I am willing to pay it because I enjoy participating in all the things we do. However, it could be perceived as paying a lot of money to volunteer, which could be done for free, to work on fundraising projects, and to come to meetings. The League requires a lot of money, time and effort, and it isn’t always clear as to why someone would want to make that commitment. We need to tell our story better so that prospective members and the community see the value of our organization and all the good things we do in and for our community. LL: Why do you volunteer for your community? JW: I like staying busy and finding ways to occupy my time with fulfilling activities such as volunteerism. There is a lot of need in our area and I want to do my part to give back and help those less fortunate than myself.
Hall of Fame This section is intended to recognize outstanding accomplishments or exciting news of Junior League members. If you have news to share about yourself or a fellow member, please email League Lines Editor Anna Lafferre at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Jamie Webster on the birth of her granddaughter! Mackenzie Anne Webster was born at 1:26a.m. on Sunday, October 7th in Pittsburgh. Her parents are James and Kim Webster. (James is Jamieâ€™s stepson.) Mac weighed 9 lbs. 5 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are David and Jamie Webster.
Congratulations to Anna von Allmen who is expecting her first child in April.
Weâ€™re proud of Jenna Cremeans who began a new job working as an attorney for Valley Health Systems.
Congratulations to Anna Lafferre who was hired as the managing editor of Huntington Quarterly magazine.
World view This section is dedicated to learning about what other Leagues around the country and world are doing.
“New to You” sale Maintains Focus on Women’s Development By Elbert Starks III of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel
While the name of the event is “New to You,” the goal of Junior League of Fort Wayne remains the same: Helping develop the potential of women through volunteering and charitable efforts.
to see it come together.”
Laura Antil, the president of the board of directors for Junior League, said the organization hopes to raise between $14,000 and $16,000 through the sale. With Saturday's pleasant weather, Antil said that the organization appeared to be on pace to meet that goal, but just as importantly, the group's membership continues to fulfill its mission.
growth,” Antil said. “The friendships I've made, the people I've met, have all helped me to develop the confidence I need to be successful.
Junior League members must commit at least 12 hours of service time for the event, which primarily benefits Hope House and a women's transition The annual “New to You” sale, now program. The importance of those types of in its seventh year, is Junior League's programs and support, as well as Junior primary fundraiser. The format of the sale League's own training, should not be is simple: Donated goods are gathered for understated. resale, at extremely affordable prices, on Members prepare to sit on boards in the second Saturday of November. The sale the community and some are also sent to was held today, as it has been in past professional conferences for further years, at the former Marshall Field's store development. at Glenbrook Square. “Look at it for my own personal
“Volunteering -- it's necessary to give back to your community. It helps those who are in a position of need. It doesn't have to be a huge production every time,” Antil continued. “All things, small “This is a lot of work -- it's a lot of things, add up, and at the end of it, we can time and effort,” Antil said. “It's wonderful say, 'We've helped someone today.'”
Jenna Told Ya Thoughts on life from JL Huntingtonâ€™s funniest gal! Find her on Twitter at @Jenna_ToldYa by Jenna Cremeans I have been blessed with the ability to fall asleep quickly. Rarely do I lie in bed hoping to fall asleep and stressing out because I can't. Before you get too jealous of my narcoleptic capabilities, however, know that I often wake up throughout the night consumed by worry about complete and utter nonsense. About a month ago I woke up with an insatiable thirst for knowledge about the Concorde Jet. I couldn't believe that I knew so little about it, so I got out of bed, retrieved my computer, and consulted Wikipedia. The Concorde cut the flight time from New York to Paris from 8 hours to 3 1/2 hours. The Concorde's only fatal crash occurred in July 2000 in France. This crash coupled with economic concerns (the flights were hella expensive) are thought to have led to the Concorde's demise. Interesting factoid: The Concorde's first post-crash passenger flight occurred on September 11, 2001, landing right before the World Trade Center attacks. But, I digress... Satisfied that I could now hold my own in a conversation about supersonic passenger aviation, I went back to sleep. But my eyes quickly popped back open. Concorde Jets were criticized for the loud noise they make while breaking the sound barrier. But...dare I admit....yes....it's true...I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT SONIC BOOM SOUNDS LIKE! I quickly got back out of bed and this time consulted YouTube. After watching multiple videos of jets breaking the sound barrier, I was finally able to fall asleep. A few nights ago it happened again. I was woken by what can only be described as gut-wrenching regret. I could feel my pulse racing as I realized that I am not... I repeat...not... a Delta SkyMiles member. I know what you're thinking. "Jenna, you've flown Delta quite often, so why had it never crossed your mind to sign up as a frequent flyer?" And you're right. There should be some sort of crime against this level of stupidity. I immediately grabbed my computer at 3 a.m. and signed up for Delta SkyMiles. This, naturally, made me reflect on all of the hotel rewards programs I have not joined. That is how on September 17, 2012, I also became a Hilton HHonors Rewards Member. My point is, the next time you have trouble falling asleep at night, soothe yourself with the thought that it could be worse. You could be completely and indisputably crazy.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. Holiday Coffee at Dixie Wilsonâ€™s home 31 Beuhring Drive Hostess; Mary Hanrahan
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Happy Holidays! December and January events Christmas Party Join the Junior League for our annual Christmas Party Friday, Dec. 14 from 7-11 p.m. at the League building. The cost is $20 per person. Please RSVP to: Ashley Corder AshleyMU6@yahoo.com 304.634.8711 Mail checks by Dec. 7 to: 86 Palm Drive Huntington, WV 25705 12
Donâ€™t forget that cottage meetings take the place of the monthly meeting in January. Check with your placement advisor for details.