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2011-2012 Parishscope Staff Editor Emily Nickelson Assistant Editor Sarah Harris Business Manager Brandi Smyth
Board of Directors Executive Committee President Monica Lawrence President-Elect Shelly Stone Treasurer Elizabeth Pippin Community VP Emily Schaumburg Communications VP Jessica Bretz Membership VP Susie Stinson Ways & Means VP Minou Olsan Secretary Melanie Peacock
Editorâ€™s Note By: Emily Nickelson
In this issue of Parishscope, get to know our 2012-2013 Board Members, who will lead us in celebrating our 80th League year, our new sustaining members, and The Sustainer of the Year Award recipient. Also in this issue, read quotes from a few provisional members about their League experience so far and about one member's experience in leadership through the Provisional Group Project. Learn about the impact our community volunteers are making by getting their hands dirty (literally!) and by educating our children about healthy food and lifestyle choices. Finally, discover the new projects our PR&D committee has planned for the upcoming year. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your editor this year. It has been a privilege.
On the Cover: Meet the 2012-2013 Board
2011-2012 Sustainer of the Year Recipient: Claudia Fritze Oliver
Sustainer Spotlight: Jodi Penn
Placement Chairman Kristen Bernard
Congratulations New Sustaining Members!
Done In A Day
Health Literacy Initiative
Kids in the Kitchen
Thoughts On Leadership
Thanks for a Wonderful Year!
Quotes from our Provisionals!
A Complete Success!
Easter Egg Hunt
Nominating Chairman Lila Knicely
Assistant Treasurer Crystal Williams PR&D Chairman Elba Hamilton Sustainer Advisor Kim FitzGerald
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“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” Jimmy Doolittle
I have been rewarded with personal change and lifelong friendships by serving as
President of the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier. This experience has given me perspective: It may be true that no one person can solve all the world’s problems, but what each of us can do is make that little corner of the world where we live just a little bit better. I look at my life and know I have so much to give back to this community to make it a safe and productive place for all people. It is my duty as a parent to teach my children of their responsibility to make the world—their world—a better place. This experience has also given me potential: Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something new about ourselves and develop new skills. It is never too late to learn. I am continually amazed at what the League teaches me and the gifts I can offer the community because of the training I received during my years of service.
Last year at the May Dinner meeting, I ended with a challenge… Be changed by 2012! I encourage each of you to look back over the year and consider how you have been changed. These are my hopes for your year: • you met a few good friends • you felt connected to this League, its mission and the community and were determined to make a unique, lasting and valuable contribution • you developed a new skill • you changed the community by changing yourself • you tried something you have never done before • you felt appreciated for your service • you committed yourself to the cause and not the requirements • you had fun • and finally, by this date, we repurposed this League into something better While I have not had the opportunity to speak with each one of you this year, I have been fortunate to serve with you in this powerful organization which provides us the opportunity to give and grow under a dynamic and unifying mission of change. I have learned so much from observing you, and I treasure the meaningful relationships I have made. YOU are the most rewarding aspect of my year as President. I will always be inspired by your dedication and strength of heart.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; it’s the only thing that ever has.”
I want to leave you with one last thought… A connection can inspire something bigger than ourselves. Become connected to this organization—this group of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing their potential and improving their community—and endeavor to make a lasting change in your life and the lives of others around you. With sincerest thanks,
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PEE, PE and P with Past P
Lindsey Lewis at Health Literacy Summer Camp--she rocked
My supporters at May Dinner 2011
Jodee doing what she does best-- charming the crowd
Robert, my son, at KIK Revel jlsb.org
Elinor Holtsclaw-- the Market trooper Summer 2012 PARISHSCOPE
Meet the Board For The 2012-2013 League Year
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A Milestone Worth Celebrating
By: Shelly Stone, President
While planning for the year ahead, I have been thinking a lot about our past, present and future.
This coming League year, we will celebrate our 80th anniversary. I can’t help but think how different our city would be without the tireless efforts of the many women who have served and trained with the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier. The threads of our past, present and future are constantly interwoven. The services our membership provides—playing bingo with hospitalized children, reading to school children, or teaching them about nutrition—and the training we receive are the result of the efforts of each volunteer who came before us.
Those ninety-eight young women who in 1930 met in St. Mark’s Parish Hall to form the Junior Service League, which became the Junior League of Shreveport in 1933, had no idea that 80 years later we would be celebrating one awardwinning cookbook (and two others that have sold more than 175,000 copies) or utilizing our website, email, and Facebook to communicate with our members, the community, and across the country. Not to mention that our organization would grow to more than 800 times its 1930 size! I often wonder what the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier will look like when we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2033. Of course, our nostalgia for the past and our hope for the future do not lessen our goals for today. The Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier 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. During our 80th year we will continue the work of the women who paved the trail before us by utilizing our mission to achieve our goals. Goal #1: Make certain that our members not only know our mission, but also know how we implement the mission in every project, fundraiser, program, training, and placement the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier produces. Goal #2: Celebrate our 80th year! In the near future each member will receive information on our 80 x 80 Challenge. In honor of the 80th Anniversary of the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, all members are challenged to give at least 80 hours of community service and $80 to the League during the 2012-2013 year. Goal #3: Help to ensure the viability of the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier for another eighty years. Soon we will announce our 80th Anniversary Project which will raise money for a restricted account; we hope this will be a step to secure the financial viability of the League. In addition, we believe the 80th Anniversary Project will improve our community and make a lasting impact that will be enjoyed for generations to come. I will be honored to celebrate this milestone with the sustaining members, active members, and the 2012-2013 provisional class. The Junior League is fortunate to have a very experienced, capable leadership team which will work hard to achieve the goals of our 80th year. My hope is that during this celebration there will be cause for you to think about your own Junior League experience, what brought you to the League, and why you remain. Most of all I hope you will feel a strong connection with our history and why the efforts of those civic-minded women in 1933 are still relevant today! If you are reading this, it means you are a member, partner, sponsor, or someone who has an interest in the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, and for that, I thank you. Your support has sustained us for 80 years, and propels us toward our centennial which will be here before we know it.
Let the celebration begin!
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Board Members Spouse/kids/Pets: Barrow Peacock / sons: Russell (7), William (6), Henry (4) / Three golden retrievers Webster, Maddie, Caddo Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: I love to play tennis, travel, plan parties, dabble in photography, and so far I am enjoying my new role as a Legislative spouse. And, I do love to make the trip to Baton Rouge...not so much to hang out in the Senate Chamber, but to see the LSU Tigers play in Death Valley! First active year: 2004
Melanie Peacock President Elect
Favorite placement(s): All of my placements have been so meaningful from serving on the board to being a community project volunteer. Serving as Treasurer was the easiest fit since I am a CPA. Chairing the 5th year of the Market was the most challenging and rewarding. I loved serving on Nominating because of the one on one interaction with my Advisees and developing lifelong friendships with the other Advisors. It’s great that the League has such a variety of opportunities that allow development whether the volunteer time you have available is great or small. What you hope to contribute this year: I hope to be able to show every member how very important her talents and service are - no matter what her placement. Everyone’s job is important to fulfilling the mission of the Junior League and every placement offers a growth opportunity. Message to Shelly: I am thrilled to serve as President-Elect with Shelly. The next two years will certainly be the most challenging of my League career, but I look forward to learning from someone I view as a wonderful role model and mentor. Shelly, you are genuine, honest, hard-working, ladylike and thoughtful, and I'm so proud to have the opportunity to learn from you. Spouse/kids/pets: Husband, Charlie / daughters: Alexis (13) and Rebecca (11) son: Charles (5) / dog, Bella Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: I enjoy cooking, traveling, reading and being with my family. First active year: 2008-2009 Favorite placement(s): My favorite placement has been this year as Treasurer. I have learned so much about how the League works and have been able to work with a great group of women to positively impact our community.
What you hope to contribute this year: By serving on the board, I will help make decisions affecting our organization and document our meetings by taking minutes. I look forward to getting to know more people. Message to Shelly: You are a great leader and an inspiration. I look forward to continuing to work with you this year!
Pets: I have a dog, Charlie, who is a 4 month old beagle rescue. Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: I have wanted to be in the Junior League since I was twelve years old. I used to babysit my next door neighbor’s daughter when her mother went to meetings. One time, she came back from a fundraiser with a Cubic Zirconia in a plastic baggie. One person at the party won a real diamond instead of a CZ. I was hooked immediately! First active year: 2009
Crystal Williams Treasurer
Favorite placement(s): My favorite placement so far has been as the Assistant Treasurer. I have enjoyed meeting new people, and seeing what goes on “behind the scenes.” What you hope to contribute this year: This year, I hope to continue meeting new friends, as well as being a good leader for our new Assistant Treasurer. Message to Shelly: Shelly, congratulations on your placement. I am very excited to serve with you this year, and I know that you will do a great job. You are a role model to us all. Thank you for taking on this responsibility.
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2012-2013 Board Spouse/kids/Pets: Single; no kids or pets but I have a wonderful mother (my dad is deceased), 4 siblings, 5 nephews and 2 nieces who are just like my children so to speak. Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: I like to shop, travel and spend time with my family. I’m a very giving person that loves to help others. As a Christian I’m about helping and giving and not expecting anything in return. First active year: 2010
Carolyn Tillman Community VP
Favorite placement(s): I enjoyed my placement as Provisional Director (2010) and Assistant Community VP (2011). As a Provisional Director I had the opportunity to meet new ladies coming into Junior League and get to know them. As a Provisional Director I also enjoyed sharing my experience as a provisional as well as letting them know that I was there to support them in any way. As Assistant Community VP I enjoyed learning more about the Community programs that we had in place. I was familiar with the programs, however, during this placement I gained more knowledge. What you hope to contribute this year: My plan is to contribute time, knowledge and support to my council. I want to be accessible to the ladies who commit their time to our community placements. I also want to be a good leader to the Assistant Community VP because I was once in her shoes. Message to Shelly: Shelly it is an honor to serve on the Board under your leadership. You are an awesome women with a great personality and I know your leadership skills will be a great asset to Junior League. You will be a great President and I look forward to working with you this upcoming League year. I’m excited to see what plans you have for the League in 2012-2013.
Spouse/kids/Pets: None Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: I love playing tennis! First active year: 1999 Favorite placement(s): I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I have done during my tenure in the Junior League. But, if I had to pick one placement, I would say Kids in the Kitchen only because we “rapped” to the group of kids at the school where we hosted the event and they loved it! Who does a rap about vegetables?
What you hope to contribute this year: My time, my talent and my treasure – all that I can to help make this year a great one. Message to Shelly: Keep it light! And remember, as John Wesley said: “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.”
Spouse/kids/Pets: husband, Chris / son: Benjamin (10) / pekingnese, Chang, the laziest dog in Shreveport Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: Running, reading, stalking movie stars in the Shreveport-Bossier area, obsessively painting Blue Dog portraits at Painting With A Twist, and dreaming of having free shopping privileges in every boutique in Shreveport and have a separate walk in closet solely for shoes. First active year: 2006 Favorite placement(s): Anything to do with the Revel. Tot Tent Co-Chair was my first placement, and I've continued to volunteer in any capacity since then.
Words of Wisdom for Shelly: “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” - General Colin Powell. This quote exemplifies one of your amazing leadership skills and a personal attribute that I admire and appreciate in you. Stay true to your characteristics of grace under pressure, integrity, and determination not to accept failure. I hope that some of your “awesomeness” rubs off on me. Can I sit next to you in board meetings?
Communications VP jlsb.org
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2012-2013 Board Spouse/kids: John Hamilton / Isabella Elise (5), Holt Andrews (3) and one on the way…due in May! Hobbies/Interests/something about you: love to travel, cook, spend time with my family – I’m from Panama City, Panama! First active year: 2004-2005
Elba Hamilton Ways and Means VP
Favorite placement(s): I know I say it every year, but there’s nothing like being the Admissions/Provisional Chairman! It’s like having a mini-League within the Junior League. I so enjoyed getting to know the provisionals and directors that year and training them in all the aspects of our organization. However, what I have liked most about it was the opportunity to see those same ladies grow and take leadership roles in the League, and/or other community organizations. You know who you are!!! What you hope to contribute this year: I hope to help Shelly and the new Board by leading the Ways and Means Council. I’m excited to return to this Council after many years away. My goal will be not only to bring funds to the League, but try to come up with ways on how to save the League money! Message to Shelly: I’m so excited to be working with Shelly again! I still remember meeting Shelly while I was the Admissions/Provisional Chairman and she was a Provisional Director. Since then, I don’t think there’s been a year since I have not worked with Shelly. She’s such a gracious lady who knows how to bring people together.
Spouse/kids/pets: Jeff, hubby / Drake (2) / Mateo, 6 year old yellow lab Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: I like to stay busy doing whatever. Before Drake that included lots of DIY crafts. Now, it's boy stuff and birthday parties! First active year: 2005 Favorite placement(s): Anything to do with Market; it’s so much fun!
What you hope to contribute this year: I really just hope to learn more about how the League works from being on the board. Message to Shelly: I’m so excited to serve on your board. I know it’s going to be a great year!
Spouse/kids/pets: Will Maranto, M.D. (We’ve been married for almost 12 years). We have two boys: Ben, age 5 1/2, and James, age 2. We also have a 1-year-old Border Collie named Jack. Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: Reading and traveling. I love spending time with my family more than anything else! First active year: 2008
Molly Maranto Placement Chair
Favorite placement(s): Shopping for a Cause. I co-chaired the last three years, so I have grown really attached to it. I think the Market is a wonderful event that is put together well. It is profitable for us and is a nice way of interfacing with our community. What you hope to contribute this year: As Placement Chair, I hope to bring to the table my organizational skills. I look forward to helping members with placement issues, and I want members to know they should not hesitate to contact me with any problems. I am also looking forward to being on the Board and learning more about how the League leadership operates. Message to Shelly: Shelly, you are already such a strong leader! I look forward to working with you this year and getting to know you better. I’ll do my job to the best of my abilities and will help out with anything you need me to do.
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2012-2013 Board Spouse/kids/pets: Husband, Marshall / daughter, Mollie (6 months) / yellow lab, Cooper Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: After being home with a baby, I’ve found that I do have a domestic side. I’ve mastered making eclairs and now learning to make make a dress for Mollie. First active year: 2010 Favorite placement(s) (and why): Artist for a Day. Love the Revel and it was so much fun doing crafts with the kids.
What you hope to contribute this year: Help the treasury functions run smoothly and learn as much as I can so I can seve the league better. Message to Shelly: Good luck! I'm here to help.
Spouse/kids/pets: Husband, Johnny / pet, Gordo (black and tan dachshund) Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: Reading, writing, and traveling First active year: 2006-2007 Favorite placement(s): Safety Town! I really enjoyed working on a project that has reached so many people in our community.
What you hope to contribute this year: I hope to help develop projects that will be rewarding to our members and the community alike. Message to Shelly: You will be amazing this year! Enjoy your time as president. I am really looking forward to working with you.
Spouse/kids/pets: Married to Keith for almost 26 years, one son, Walker, 19 and a freshman at Centenary. Too many pets to count! Hobbies/Interests/Something about you: I love to read, cook, travel, ski and hike. Last active year in the League: 2002.
What has occupied your time as a Sustaining member of the League? I have served on the Revel board, St. Mark’s school board and Loyola College Prep’s boards. I have retired from my work at the Revel and am starting to enjoy this “empty nest” by traveling more with Keith. Message to Shelly: Shelly, enjoy every minute of this year! It truly does fly by!!!
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2011-2012 Sustainer of the Year Award Recipient Claudia Fritze Oliver
“Claudia’s passion about volunteering was instilled in her by her family, but the League can take credit in knowing it provided her opportunities to develop her leadership, communication and networking skills. Claudia’s personality and laughter are infectious and always make volunteering look fun.” As written in her nomination for Sustainer of the Year, Claudia Fritze Oliver certainly has a passion for volunteering! As an active member of the Junior League of ShreveportBossier, Claudia worked many years in the puppet troupe, served as Chairman of the Red River Revel and Chairman of Bargain Haul. Perhaps her most famous role is as “Rummage Rita” promoting Bargain Haul to League members and the community! Claudia says “the training we get by being involved with the League REALLY does make a difference in the quality of volunteer we become. Ask any League member about starting a new community job, and her first question will be ‘where is the notebook from last time?’ The League trains us how to do a job, how to record the job, and how to evaluate the job and those are important tools for any endeavor.” Claudia certainly learned the lessons of the League well! She is a former Board Member of the Red River Revel, has served as an officer in Delta Delta Delta Alumni Chapter, and has been a volunteer with Community Renewal International for many years. She served as the founding Chairperson of the Women of Community Renewal and their Croquet Tournament. Claudia is an active member of First Presbyterian Church where she has served in many capacities. She has been a recipient of the Community Renewal Bridge Award and the March of Dimes Tiffany Award. In their leisure time, she and her husband, David, love spending time with their family and neighbors. They enjoy their camp on Lake Bistineau and going to the beach. 12 PARISHSCOPE Summer 2012
Sustainers When speaking of her fondest memories of being an active member of the Junior League, Claudia says “I LOVED doing the puppet shows for Caddo and Bossier Parish elementary schools and Shriners and Holy Angels! Did that for LOTS of years! Minou (Fritze) and I were the chairmen of Bargain Haul in 1993 – it SNOWED on the day we moved all the stuff from the warehouse to Expo Hall. Then, after the LONG day of selling and then celebrating at Superior Grill, the TV station called and wanted an interview about the Bargain Haul on Sunday morning – ughhhh!! So, I dressed up as Rummage Rita for the interview! Of course, I LOVED and still love my time with the Revel! And being in the Follies was so much fun! And I have some GREAT friends from all of these years – lifelong friends and buddies!” Claudia’s advice to current League members is to “Have FUN! Be there! And don’t say you will do something if you can’t. It is HARD WORK and LOTS of hours but it is all worth every minute of it!” As to being selected as the Sustainer of the Year, “Very honored, very surprised! To be one of the group of women who have received this award is a GREAT honor! Thank you so much!” Thank you, Claudia, for your years of service to the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier!
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Sustainer Spotlight Favorite Vacation Spot/Destination: any beach with my family What is your biggest pet peeve? Hmmmmm...people who exhibit an inflexible attitude.
Jodi Penn Spouse: Mike Penn Children: stepson, Justin (29 years old and lives in Shreveport); 2 daughters: Taylor (27 years old and lives in Memphis) and Sarah Bracy (19 years old and a freshman at Ole Miss). Where were you born? Shreveport, Louisiana Education/Occupation/Career: B.S. in Accounting from LSUS. I work at Heard, McElroy & Vestal LLC as a CPA in Business Development. Prior to joining HMV, I worked with my husband in our familyowned construction company, Penn Homes. Pets: We just got a brand new West Highland Terrier! Her name is HRH Isabel, Westie of South Highlands, but we call her Izzy. My sister, who is in the Junior League of Wilmington, DE, has the sister of Izzy; her name is Sassafras and goes by Sassy. Hobbies/Interest: reading, traveling, tennis, working in my yard and spending time with my family Favorite Book and/or Movie: the Bible - favorite book, Evita - favorite movie Favorite Restaurant/food: It’s more about the experience than the food for me. It’s about breaking bread with family and friends. A word that best describes you: Maximizer
Person who has influenced your life the most: I can’t really say one person, but a combination of many: Jesus Christ, my mom - she has demonstrated integrity and work ethic, my stepfather - he showed me how to love and laugh, my husband - his wisdom. Then, there are so many women in the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier who have been role models for me—too many to mention, but the ones who first had an impact on me in the League were Susan Wood and Susan Whitelaw. Favorite way to spend the day: My favorite day? If I could do anything I wanted to do? It would be an ‘unscheduled day’ with my husband and one or more of our children...laughing, sharing, exploring, making memories and enjoying each other. Interesting thing about you: I love scuba diving with my family (we are all certified). Tell us about your recent selection to the AJLI Board of Directors: It is a huge honor to serve as Area V Director on the Board of Directors of AJLI. I’ve always believed in the Junior League Mission—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. The one aspect of the mission that I’ve really honed in on is “developing the potential of women.” I believe Junior Leagues around the world serve as catalysts by developing women through training and volunteer opportunities which enable them to continue their education, and the amazing by-product is improved communities. Look around Shreveport-Bossier and see the community organizations which have Junior League-trained women on their Boards and serving on their Committees: the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, The Community Foundation, CABOSA, Providence House, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Red River Revel, Sutton Children’s Women’s Council, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Sci-Port, and the list goes on and on and on. To me, the opportunity to serve on this Board and to continue the work of Junior Leagues is a way for me to give back to an organization that has taught me so much—about myself, about how to be a change agent in our community and our world. What are you thankful for: Each day. It’s a simple answer, but recent experiences have allowed me to fully experience the beauty of Matthew 6:34 (The Message): Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. jlsb.org
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New Sustaining Members! Favorite placement: I spent three years in the River Cities Youth Summit placement as Facilitator Assistant Head Volunteer and Head Volunteer. I love the program as well as helping young people use words and not physical force to solve their problems. My hope is that one day the membership will create a new anti bully program. Favorite League memory: Meeting our governor, Bobby Jindal, Sheriff Prator, and current and past presidents of the League to show off our 75th anniversary present, Sherrif’s Safety Town.
What you learned: How to write a press release, a skill I have used in my professional life many, many times and from my current placement as Headquarters’ Manager, all there is to know about air conditioning from getting quotes and replacing our current system at the office. What you will do with your free time: I have been working on my genealogy and hope to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. I also hope to become a better bridge player now that I have time to play more.
Favorite placement: T & T Chair Favorite League memory: Being a Board Member What you learned: Compromise and Delegation is key What you will do with your free time: Spend more time with my family
Jennifer Frierson Favorite placement: Nominating Chairman. I worked with a wonderful group of ladies who made this position a pure joy. Favorite League memory: There are so many! ODI with Michelle Osborn and Julie Colvin in Houston; revising the bylaws with Kay deBerardinis and Ginger Lukacs, REVEL PEPSI!, my placement as an advisor and learning so much from Ashley Atkins when she was Nominating Chairman.
What you learned: I learned how to deal with all types of situations with grace and a large dose of laughter. I learned what true community service can do for all involved. This community has such respect for the League, and I was proud to be a part of something so important. I also made many real friends who have been there for me during the best and worst times of my life. What makes these friendships so precious is that I would likely have never met some of these amazing women outside of the League. I learned, most importantly, that when women work together, we can accomplish anything. I have the utmost respect for so many women in the League. I also learned that continued training is a must for a successful volunteer. League trainings have taught me things that I now use in my personal and professional life. The most important thing I learned, though, was that we are all more alike than we are different. What you will do with your free time: I have made a complete career switch and I am currently working on my Masters in Library and Information Science at LSU. I have always wanted to do this, and I couldn’t be happier. Of course, being a good Junior Leaguer, when I received my acceptance letter, I immediately went and bought a binder. A good librarian is always organized! I want to say thank you to all the wonderful ladies in the JLSB. You truly changed my life and my heart!
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Sustainers Favorite placement: I loved all my placements, both in-league and in the community, but Paired Reading at Atkins Elementary was definitely my favorite. (I did it twice!) Spending time with the same children each week allowed me to build relationships with them. Helping these students develop their reading skills and their confidence was extremely rewarding!
Favorite Memory: Opening morning at Bargain Haul 2001—what a stampede! (I will never forget it!) Sorting rummage, particularly mismatched shoes. Smashing into a wall on the ropes course at the Provisional retreat. (I still have the scar.) Standing ankle deep in water for four hours during a torrential flood at Revel Pepsi booth #1. I could go on and on, but all these experiences were worth it! I wouldn’t change a thing! What you Learned: Documenting procedures, and passing on “the notebook.” I also learned that the harder you work, the more fun you seem to have! What you plan to do with your free time: I plan to spend my free time enjoying and caring for my newborn twins (expected to arrive May 30)! Favorite placement: Nominating Advisor and Nominating Chairman. I enjoyed the challenge of placing League leaders in slated positions. It was a good opportunity to help influence the leadership culture of the League. Being an Advisor gave me the chance to form bonds with other women as I helped guide them through their year of service to the community. Favorite memory: Great friends, some of my best friends. I am so thankful I joined the League. I probably would have never met these ladies.
What you learned: I have stepped out of my comfort zone many times in my League career. I have learned a lot about myself and about the power of a group of women unified by a mission. I will forever be grateful for the training I received during my 12 years as an Active member. What you will do with your free time: Volunteer at my children’s school, read more often, not look at my calendar for a few months!
Favorite placement: My favorite placement was Headquarters/Interior Design Liaison where I oversaw the remodel of our new building, selected all the finishes, and purchased all the furnishings. Favorite memory: My favorite memory of the League is spending all those hours at Revel Pepsi and Market with my good friend, Karelia Stewart. What you learned: As a member, I learned that the most difficult challenges are certainly the most rewarding!
What you will do with your free time: With my free time, I plan to continue to volunteer at my girls’ school and focus on growing my business.
Favorite placement: League lawyer. It gave me a chance to use my every day skills in a different way & for a great cause. Favorite League memory: Believe it or not, I always really liked working the Revel. The ladies I worked with were always cool & fun, and often it was the one chance I had to go!
What you learned: The League has taught me so much. I’ve met lots of fabulous women who are so impressive. They juggle very busy lives and yet have taken time to create this wonderful organization that really benefits the community. What you plan to do with your free time: Free time?? Huh? ;)
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Sustainers Favorite placement: Public Affairs—I was charged with the task of coordinating and launching the national AJLI Kids in the Kitchen campaign on a local level. Favorite memory: During our first Kids in the Kitchen event, I brought my three children. After an afternoon full of exercising, learning, and cooking, my then 4 year old son asked me, “Mommy, can we come back tomorrow and do this all again?” I knew then that all of our hard work had paid off. What you learned: I learned that regardless of your experience level, with hard work and a good support system, you can accomplish anything successfully.
What you will do with your free time: Spend more time volunteering at my church and my childrens’ schools.
Congratulations also to New Sustainers:
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318-865-8553 Trisha Hogan Ann Nuckolls and Molly Wierick
6505 Line Ave # 20 Shreveport, LA 71106 Located in Pierremont Common 318-861-1616 Children’s Clothing Boutique jlsb.org
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Done I n A Day Volunteers of America By: Melissa Rufty, Head Volunteer to help them get back on their feet. We had the privilege of meeting men who had been with the program for varying lengths of time, including one man who will soon graduate and move on with his life. Each man expressed gratitude to the VOA for helping him cope with the perils of war and for teaching him the necessary skills to be a successful member of our community.
As I reflect back on the events we
have been a part of for Done In A Day (DIAD), I cannot help but smile when I think of our last placement at the Volunteers of America Veterans (VOA) Transitional Living program. The DIAD members were tasked to help the Veterans plant a vegetable garden. These Veterans not only take great pride in serving in the military to protect our freedom, but also in building a self-sustaining supply of food for the members of their program. The VOA Veterans program is a 56bed transitional shelter that provides food and shelter for homeless, single men. For some veterans, the trauma of war makes their transition to civilian life more complicated and they are not prepared for it. Through a structured program and individual goal setting the men are given the tools to successfully reach independence. In addition, families of veterans who are in danger of homelessness can receive temporary assistance and counseling
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stepped up as I am sure he did many times during his service with the United States Navy and said he would plant the okra. With a sigh of relief, I went back to planting tomatoes and cucumbers. In no time at all, we had everything but the okra planted, which, to my delight, would have to wait until another day as a tiller would have to be brought in to get the soil ready. With our dirty garden gloves, muddy tennis shoes, dirty from head So, with my garden gloves in hand and to toe and the humidity creating a little the looming rain clouds above, I set bit of perspiration, we sat down with out on an adventure. (And I use the a cold drink of water and admired our word adventure for this non-gardener!) gardening skills. The Veterans were Leaning up against the cinder block extremely thankful that we gave our gardens were several shovels, bags of time and muscle power to help them dirt, fertilizer and vegetable plants. plant a garden that will feed them for As I took in my surroundings, I had months to come. flashbacks of my childhood when my mother and I helped my aunt plant her garden one summer. I am still waiting for the okra to grow, but after twenty years I do not think it’s going to happen. Each time I return to my aunt’s house she tells me with a smile and a laugh that I will not be planting the okra. So, with a smile and a chuckle, I greeted the Veterans, grabbed a shovel and jumped right into the gardens. With a mighty shove I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Junior League of Shreveportof my foot on the shovel, the earth Bossier and each member of the Done began to move. We tilled the dirt In A Day placement for making this and cleaned out weeds to prepare the year a heartwarming experience. And garden for the awaiting vegetables. I I may just have to do a drive–by to see asked what we were planting and the if the Veterans got the okra to grow Veterans said cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and that dreaded and ask them what their secret is. vegetable―okra. I immediately stated that my luck with okra was non-existent. And just as I expected, the laughter and heads shaking “no” started. Then, one of the Veterans
HealthA Focused Literacy I nitiative Educational Project By: Stacy Eppers, Head Volunteer training I designed at the surface level of health and safety. The training included talking about how our bodies work, snacking while discussing healthy choices and nutrition, making self portraits to take home and share, and playing games for exercise. “Simon Says” was unanimously chosen as their favorite.
The Health Literacy team was charged with the project of educating the kindergarten classes at Mrs. Eddie Jones West Shreveport Elementary School about physical activity, nutrition, safety and dental awareness over the year. Team members Mary Eileen Grant, Rachel Festavan, Kari LaBorde, Megan Poljak, Saige Solomon and I worked with 55 to 65 students at each of the five sessions and had a blast getting to know the kids and see them grow over the school year. The obesity statistics for Louisiana are startling. We have the highest rate of obesity in children in our nation with 33% of our children ranking in this category. Principal Ruby Scroggins “was willing to do anything she could to help educate her students and their families about making healthy choices and being safe,” and welcomed this new project. In September, we met our precious Kindergarteners and completed a
booties, and masks to take home.
In October, we switched gears to talk about dental health. Emily Schaumburg created this session with the help of our very own Sustainer Dr. Maureen Fenton. Dr. Fenton was so awesome with the kids and brought goodie bags in the shape of teeth complete with a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss for each child. Students made tooth puppet and a fun snack, and even experimented with eggs to demonstrate tooth decay and the effects of good dental care in prevention. In January, we taught Stranger Danger designed by Sage Soloman and had Lieutenant Eddie Walker from the Centenary College Police Department as the guest speaker. The kids loved learning about good strangers and bad strangers and especially Lt. Walker’s use of wigs and sunglasses as props. Students practiced telling a stranger “No, I won't go!” and following protocol to find a grown up. They received gold badges and whistles just in case they ran in to a stranger.
In March, we shared Kari LaBorde's Water Safety Lessons. The rotation included making an art project called sink or swim and a snack, goldfish “swimmers” on top of graham crackers with blue whip cream. The children also received packet of safety information to color. After the last session our team could not believe how much fun we had and how much the students had changed over the year. Saige Solomon shared her favorite memory: “When we had Officer Boucher there for Stranger Danger and we played a game with the kids, we finished early and I asked them if anyone had a question for Officer Boucher and a teeny little girl raised her hand and said ‘I love you Officer Boucher!’” Our team is especially thankful for Principal Scroggins and Ms. Donna Duell, the school's lead Kindergarten teacher, for working so closely with us and making sure the program was a success.
In February, we shared a session organized by Rachel Festavan about going to the doctor. Her LSU intern co-workers were guests. Activities included making a fruit pizza, learning medical trivia, measuring and taking blood pressure and “Dr. Dress Up,” which included a kit with gloves, jlsb.org
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Kids in the Kitchen Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices By: Jennifer Varnadore
For a period of two weeks in February, league ladies partnered with local organizations to promote healthy lifestyle
choices for the children and youth of our community. This year, Kids in the Kitchen focused on nutrition and heart health awareness. Participants were educated on the new food plate which included an activity to create their own healthy plate. Children were reminded to fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables! A special yogurt bar was created allowing children to make a snack with several of the food groups—dairy, fruits, and grains. By partnering with organizations such as Volunteers of America, Community Renewal, Providence House, and Barksdale Air Force Base, these ladies were able to reach over 150 children. Each evening, ladies arrived at a designated destination to meet and teach the children attending the after school programs. Along with nutritional education, topics included hand hygiene, dental hygiene, and exercise. All participants were given a 100 Calorie Snack Pack with heart healthy tips attached and a Kids in the Kitchen reusable water bottle!
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C2012-2013 ontinued Service Planned Community Projects
By: Elba Hamilton, PR&D Chairman
The Project Research and Development committee has been working diligently to develop new projects for our membership based on the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier’s focus area, Families and Children at Risk. As a result of all the committee’s hard work, PR&D developed two new proposals, approved by our membership during our February meeting, which will take place beginning in the 2012-2013 League year.
The first project will be a collaborative effort with the Providence House in Shreveport. There will be three parts to the project. First, there will be hands-on, eight hour volunteer opportunities at the beginning of the League year where the committee members will volunteer at Providence House and learn more about how this organization serves our community. Second, the committee will be trained by Providence House staff on different aspects of domestic violence. Third, members will attend monthly events during the year where they will give a presentation on Domestic Violence and act as community educators and teach the program developed by Providence House. The second project is modeled after the Junior League of Portland’s “Between the Lines.” Statistics show that one in forty children in the United States has an incarcerated parent. Despite this fact, there are relatively few agencies or programs designed to address the needs of this unique population. Shreveport-Bossier is not exempt to this reality, so members of JLSB are stepping out of our comfort zone and partnering with the Bossier Sheriff’s Department for the sake of our children. Between the Lines will provide opportunities for children to remain connected with their absent parents through a literacy experience. The program will involve League volunteers visiting Bossier’s Medium Correction Facility in Plain Dealing to digitally record parents reading children’s books. The recordings will then be mailed to the incarcerated individuals’ children in CD or DVD format along with a new, wrapped copy of the book and a personal note from their parent. These materials give each child the opportunity to hear his or her absent parent's voice whenever they wish and share a unique and personal learning experience. PR&D not only developed projects for this coming League year, but also made recommendations to discontinue some projects and change two ongoing projects for 2012-2013. All of these changes were based on member input from surveys distributed at the September General meeting and on member discussions at the November group meetings. Among the projects that will be discontinued for next year are Shriner’s Bingo, Paired Reading at Atkins Elementary, Health Literacy Initiative at West Shreveport Elementary, and River Cities Youth Summit. These projects were such a blessing to our League, but do not meet our community and members’ needs going forward. Among the projects that will continue with changes are Health Literacy Initiative Summer Camp and Done in a Day. The Summer Camp will be expanded to three more schools for a total of four summer camps. For Done in a Day, members will have the option to choose a Fall or Spring session. Members indicated that they would like to see more concentrated placements, and hopefully these two changes will meet that need while serving our community and meeting our focus area. PR&D is very humbled by the trust our members have put in this year’s committee and will continue to work diligently to make sure we are meeting our members’ and community’s needs as we move forward. Stay tuned for a new and exciting year for PR&D as we enter a developing year and revisit projects like Red River Revel’s Artist for a Day. PR&D looks forward to shaping the future for the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier! jlsb.org
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Thoughts on Leadership Family, Fitness, Fun Provisional Project By: Kelly Popino, Provisional Group Leader
I had the honor of being a group leader for the Family,
Fitness, Fun program at Creswell Elementary. It was such positive experience and I would like to encourage the new provisionals to step up into a leadership role! Here is a little advice for the new leaders to help make their provisional project as successful as possible. 1. Communicate - Communicate with everyone involved in the project: all of the members in your group, your Junior League provisional project chairmen, and your contact person for where the project is being held. Keep your group updated on deadlines and also send e-mails of encouragement! I also friended everyone in my group on Facebook so we would have one more line of communication. Don’t ever feel like you might be sending out too much information, especially when it comes to deadlines. You will feel much better knowing that everyone you’re working with is “in the know”! 2. Delegate - Being a leader is a big responsibility but there is great news, you have a whole team under you. I can guarantee you’re not the only person in your group with leadership skills. Ask for help and delegate responsibility. Break your group up into groups within the group, that way tasks are more manageable with a smaller group of ladies. 3. Be Flexible - When the day of your project finally arrives it might not go exactly as you had mapped out in your head or even written on your agenda. Don’t stress! Improvise and be flexible. Remember the most important aspect of your provisional project is that you’re serving those in the community you love. If the people you are serving have smiles on their faces, your project has been a success!
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Thanks for a Wonderful Year!
By: Caroline Fischer, Provisional Chairman
Those of you who know me well know that I am a “memory keeper.” I find a way to attach a memory to just about
anything. Notes from friends…pictures drawn by students…brochures from trips…ticket stubs…clothing...dried flowers… It is difficult to throw things away. I get attached. I never want to forget anything! As I think back over the past year as Provisional Chairman, my heart is filled with countless memories! I think of meeting so many of you for the first time on that hot, June afternoon at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. I remember nervous, yet enthusiastic provisionals scaling the climbing wall and playing Minute to Win It games at the retreat at Camp Forbing. I remember seeing so many of you wearing your red JL aprons for the very first time while selling Pepsis at the Revel! I remember the many festive and VERY tacky Christmas sweaters worn to the Christmas Brunch. I remember women frantically running to the finish line to win the annual Scavenger Hunt. I remember watching you delegate responsibilities, make crafts, hold hands, and show care and concern to needy children during your Provisional Projects. I remember emails and calls received and returned during the wee hours of the night. The list could go on and on… In a few weeks we will close the 2011-2012 Junior League Year. Where did the time go? Two year ago, when I accepted the position as Provisional Chairman, I really under estimated the amount of time this placement required. Today, I can honestly say that every minute has been worth it. Thank you, actives, for putting your faith and trust in me to lead this year’s group of provisionals. I do not think there is a placement in the league that can top this one! Thank you, provisionals, for the time and effort you have put forth this year to meet requirements, change lives, make friends, and have fun through it all. I could not be more thankful for you and your willingness to serve those in need in our community. I hope when you look back over your Provisional year and your first experiences with the Junior League, you are filled with many wonderful memories. You have all helped add so many memories to my own collection.
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A Complete Success! By: Jodee Bruyninckx, Market Chairman
After a year
to raise the funds that support our League throughout the year! My amazing co-chairmen, Molly Maranto, Elizabeth Holtsclaw and Tanya Harville, coordinated our new events this year – the 5k & Fun Run: Running for a Cause, the Sustainer Breakfast at Market and Breakfast with the Bunnies – that brought renewed energy and new life to the Market, not to mention new shoppers!
of planning and hard work, our Junior League Market: Shopping for a Cause 2012 is complete and a complete success that exceeded our fundraising goals! I could not be more proud of our Market Committee, a team that worked tirelessly and joyfully for our League. The group of women I was privileged to serve beside this year was an inspiration to me and were the kind of volunteers who fulfilled their duties fully and brought together another great Market
A special THANK YOU to our Sponsors who made this year’s Market possible!
On a personal note, thank you for the opportunity to serve the League this year. Thank you to my wonderful committee, our Market Exec Committee and our Sustainer Advisors! Your friendship, guidance and selfless service cannot be overstated. Thank you.
Easter Egg Hunt By: Jessica Miller, Arrangements Chair
Clear blue skies and bright sunshine
provided the perfect backdrop for the Junior League’s annual Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday, April 7, 2012. Sustainer Minou Fritze opened up her gorgeous South Highlands home for the festivities. Over 600 eggs were hidden among the beautifully landscaped grounds. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., eager little children of all
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ages lined up holding tight to their baskets in anticipation of what was to come. As soon as they were given the green light, they darted off to fill their baskets to the brim, as parents and grandparents cheered them on. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt has become a favorite of League members for years now. Over 75 actives, sustainers, and family members
enjoyed the mid-morning egg hunt, followed by refreshments including decorated easter cookies, apple walnut and blueberry muffins, pink lemonade and juice for the little ones. It was a wonderful family day for our members and the perfect launch to the Easter Weekend.
Eloise (A) and Sanders Graf are pleased to announce their son Nolen Thomas was born on February 9, 2012. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Michel (A) and Patton Fritze announce the birth of their son, Scott Hawkins. He was born March 3, 2012, weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Anne Marie (A) and Brett Schoonover welcomed Catherine Anne on January 30, 2012. She weighed 9 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.
Jessica (P) and Ben Ray welcomed their daughter Claire Elizabeth on December 2, 2011.
Lecie Alario (P) and Benjamin Lee Israel were married in New Orleans on January 28, 2012.
Kirsten Thomas (P) and Mike DeMoss were married in Jamaica on April 28, 2012.
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Wednesday, June 6th 5:30 p.m. Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
Educational Placement Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
For new 2012-13 Junior League members and their sponsors!
Kitchen & Bath Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
First Baptist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Graf Orthodontics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 La Bambolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Summer Day Camps
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