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SCHENEXUS October 2010 2010-2011 JLSS Officers President: Deneen Palmateer President Elect: Julie White Eklund Treasurer: Sarah Stotz Secretary: Lindsey Fargnoli Committee Chairs Communications: Leesa Perazzo Community: Kathy Ozimek Membership: Jae Tracey Traci Koppenhafer Ways & Means: Lyn Niemeyer Marilyn Gibbons Nominating: Lisa Grieg Supporting Roles Schenexus Editor: Deanna Fox Sustainer Advisor: Joanne Coppola Barbara Piper NYSPAC Delegate: Kathy Van Allen

JLSS Makes Strides to Assist Young Ladies in Our Community The Schenectady County Working Group on Girls, a collaborative community committee, was initiated over five years ago by the League of Women Voters and the AAUW. Its mission is to put the spotlight on girls, facilitate programs on their behalf and educate the community about their needs, challenges, opportunities & successes. Modeled after the International Working Group on Girls (an NGO under UNICEF), it includes representatives from the LWV, AAUW, YWCA, Girls Inc., Safe Inc., Boys & Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Schenectady City School District and other groups & individuals that care about girls. This year, the JLSS is trying to support this wonderful program and learn more about the young women who live in our community. There are several ways that you can help. On November 17th, the WGG will be holding its Second Annual “Girls Day Out,” where the young women come to learn more about themselves and each other through a program titled “Me Today, Me Tomorrow.” Each young girl will receive a goodie bag to take home with them filled with gifts from the community including magnets, chocolates, pens, notepads, hair ties, and books. If you, your company, or someone you know can provide something for the 150 young women, it would be greatly appreciated. The second way to help is to become a “muse” whose purpose is to facilitate the Girls’ Circles. WGG has created the Girls’ Circles to provide followup to the November program, build girls’ self-esteem and help connect the girls with their community. There will be nine one-hour Girls’ Circles at which you and your co-leader would meet with your girls at their middle school (during their lunch break or 3pm-4pm) on dates of your choosing (in collaboration with the school clinicians) for December through April. You will be given a curriculum focusing on: identifying girls’ strengths and creativity; how they want to be seen now, in 5 years or in 10 years, and how they can take responsibility for making this happen; and planning for inviting a mother figure to a Girls’ Celebration Dinner (near Mother’s Day, tentatively May 5th) to recognize and share their experience. If you are interested in either, please feel free to contact Shannon Kelly at 518-377-0591 or .

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A Message from our President Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. – Marjorie Moore This year marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which afforded women the right to vote. In accordance with the history of the Junior League, we know that long before we were given that right, Junior League members were voting to change society and communities through volunteering. Whether or not you choose to run for an elected office, throughout the nation, every day the women of the Junior Leagues vote to support education, we vote to assist the health care community, we vote to help those in need and those less fortunate, we vote to prepare our children for the future, and we VOTE to create a better community around us. In November, we will cast our ballots in yet another election which will determine who will guide us into the future. What is vitally important is that we remember, as those before us have remembered, it takes all of us to create a better community. No one person stands alone, but together we stand united and together we build a better community. To each of the 190 members of this Junior League and to the 160,000 women in the 292 Junior Leagues throughout Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, I sincerely thank you for your commitment, your dedication, and your hard work in making this world a better place. In addition, I challenge you to take a look at your involvement in The League over the past year, two years or more. Have you been making your vote count or is it time to reengage?

And They’re Off! On Sunday, August 15, JLSS members and their guests enjoyed a fabulous day out at the Saratoga Race Track. Although this was our third annual track outing, we moved to the Carousel for the first time. The League ladies enjoyed their own reserved space with a day-long hot and cold buffet and private betting windows and television monitors at the club. But the biggest draw seemed to be the conversation, as members and guests moved from table to table laughing, chatting and sharing tips on the horses. Rose Knauss and Liz Lovejoy arranged for some fun raffle items, and the lucky winners went home with CDs, jewelry, and a Junior League cookbook, among other prizes. Many thanks to Secretary Lindsey Fargnoli for arranging our big day out! A member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

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Operation Back-To-School provides basis for successful Education

This year, JLSS had the opportunity to help two distinct groups with Operation Back-to-School. First, we collaborated with Schenectady County Community College’s Smart Scholar program. This program, in its first year, gives 120 9th graders the chance to participate in a learning program that provides a minimum of 20 college credits upon high school graduation. JLSS is committed to providing each student with the necessary school supplies to start the year right, including backpacks, day planners, pads, pens, and other items. The backpacks were distributed at an assembly for the students, parents and educators on August 9th. A special thanks to our sponsors: Fenimore Asset Management, Stewart’s, WGY, and the Schenectady Museum. Students from the Smart Scholars program kindly wrote letters of appreciation to our League. One snippet from these letters read, “Thank you for my school supplies, it means a lot. Now my mom doesn’t have to buy school supplies for me, she can save money to pay her bills. P.S. – I really respect you for this.” Another says, “It was a pleasure receiving the supplies knowing that we have others who care about us and our future.” As in other years, JLSS also assisted Hamilton Hill Elementary with school supplies. Members of the League were on-hand to fill backpacks, and Susan Savage (League member and Schenectady County Legislature Chair) handed out the supplies to students. Many thanks to all volunteers, as well as WTEN for press coverage, Schenectady County employees and PYX 106 for supplies, and Fidelis Care for the backpacks and additional support. Both events were a success!

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SCHENEXUS JLSS ~ October 2010 Happy Birthday! October

Betty Kay Cullen Karen D’Ascoli Mary DeMasi Marilyn Gibbons Ashley Harper Susan Renna Miriam Peters Joanne Coppola Patricia Kramer Sally Ferguson Cristina Harter Mary Jo Pierpont BJ Pierce


May Your Wishes

Becky Norton M.Constance Hayner Mary Olsen Kelsey Bovee Lindsey Fargnoli Margaret Buhrmaster Cristine Cioffi Joan Spencer Leesa Perazzo Christy Potratz Jessica DeCrosta Gina Ricci Martha Lupe Maria Greskovich Rose Marie Knauss

Come True!

October GMM and Fall Dinner Our GMM for October is scheduled for Thursday, October 14th at SCCC (Thank you Denise!!!). Dr. Quintin Bullock will be welcoming us and discussing the future of the college. Hopefully our scholarship winner will also be joining us that evening to discuss her award and SCCC. We will be presenting the Past Presidents Volunteer Awards to two community organizations. The cost of dinner is $25 and includes spinach salad (fresh spinach tossed with sun-dried cranberries, caramelized pears, toasted hazelnuts, and champagne vinaigrette), one entree (Breast of Chicken Chasseur (sautéed boneless breast of chicken finished with a rich wine and mushroom sauce and served with roasted acorn squash and sautéed zucchini) OR Terriyaki Glazed Salmon-Fresh filet of salmon broiled with teriyaki sauce and accompanied by jasmine rice and sesame broccoli) and fall fruit crumble (apples, pears, and cranberries baked with brown sugar and oatmeal topping and finished with cinnamon whipped cream). A vegetarian option is also available. Please contact Deneen Palmateer for more information or to RSVP at deneen.palmateer@ or 518-421-9680.

Tri-League Meeting The Tri-League meeting will be on Tuesday, the 9th of November at the Crossings of Colonie (580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY). The social will be from 6:30 pm 7:00 pm and then we will be having a speaker talk about how women should be investing for their future at 7:00 pm.

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Spotlight On: Shannon Kelly JLSS is proud of our members and is dedicated to highlighting the efforts and achievements of the ladies that make our chapter great. This issue, we turn our focus to Shannon Kelly. Ms. Kelly is also involved with Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, Working Group on Girls, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County. Has your volunteer experience with the League helped to enrich your personal life? I would say my volunteer experience has enriched my personal life in many ways. I've met some amazing people through the Junior League: Susan Savage, chair of Schenectady County Legislature; Deneen Palmateer, Junior Leaguer extraordinaire; and Deanna Fox, mother of two and business owner. There are numerous others but these are some of the highlights. Besides the people in the League, I've met amazing people in the organizations we serve. Most of all the volunteer experience through the League has given me the feeling of paying it forward. By helping the community [through] buiding new homes for people who can’t afford them without Habitat for Humanity, by playing bingo with the elderly at Ellis Hospital, or by serving on a committee to plan the Working Group on Girls second day out, I’m having an impact on peoples’ lives both directly and indirectly. I also appreciate the fact that although I don’t have tons of money to donate to the causes, I can give my time which to me [is] much more [valuable]. I can learn about the organizations and who they serve by being one of their volunteers. Has your volunteer experience with the League helped strengthen your professional life? Tell us a little bit about your current position. I am currently a product development chemist working for a company called Von Roll out of Rotterdam. I spend most of my days working with chemicals and very few people. Needless to say, the League allows me the opportunity to work on projects with children at the Schenectady Museum under the age of 5 to elderly at Ellis in their 90’s. It has also given me an opportunity to work with people who can barely read to people with PhD’s. Most of all it has given me networks in case I may want to change career paths. As an active member for several years, why would you suggest that women join The League? First, I would say that you have the opportunity to meet amazing women from all career paths. Second, you get to learn about the community in greater depth than your average resident. Just look at our October GMM meeting at Schenectady Community College with Dr. Quintin B. Bullock. Third, you have an opportunity to not only make a change in one person’s life through volunteering but you can change a whole community!!! A member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

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Member News and Opportunities

Rachel Leimbach

Rachel is originally from Illinois and is a huge Bears fan; however, she moved a lot growing up so you’ll probably hear her say “Oh I’ve lived there!” In July. Rachel moved to Halfmoon from Oconomowoc, Wi. She is married and has a 6 month old daughter named Rebekah and a 9 year old golden retriever named Jake. Rachel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wi, and a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Technologies Management from the Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette University. She now works at GE Energy as a Black Belt in the Generator Engineering group. Fun Fact: Rachel is also a C-130 Navigator in the AF Reserves out of Minneapolis.


Kelly Lamp

Kelly Lamp works at GE Corporate as a Benefit Operations Specialist. Prior to her current role with GE, she held various positions within Human Resources. Kelly has her MBA and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Union Graduate College, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Cortland. She is a published author (under maiden name: LeTarte) in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences for her extensive research on ADHD and non-pharmacological approaches to treatment. Kelly is 25 and currently lives in Schenectady with her husband TJ and their dog Reese. In her free time she enjoys being active, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.


Eager-Leaguer Recognition Our Eager Leaguer award this issue goes to Katelyn Galbraith and Johanna Roche. These first year active members were both extremely involved in their provisional project, Planting the Seed, but didn’t pause for breath before becoming integral parts of the Holiday Bazaar and Fashion Show committee. Together with the Ways and Means co-chairs, Lyn Niemeyer and Marilyn Gibbons, these energetic ladies spent their summer finding vendors and advertisers, and attending meetings to go over all of the many details involved in organizing the premier of this exciting fundraiser. Furthermore, both Johanna and Katelyn are regular attendees at other JLSS volunteer and social events and meetings – in fact, you’ll often catch them together, since on top of it all, the two are great friends. Thanks for your dedication and energy, Katelyn and Johanna – it’s inspiring!

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Susan Savage: A Woman with a Mission Susan Savage is a sustaining member of the JLSS. Ms. Savage has taken her dedication to making our community a better place beyond the League and has risen to become the Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. Ms. Savage is currently a candidate for New York State Senate for a district that represents much of our League consituency. Besides her involvement with the Junior League and in politics, Ms. Savage is affliated with the Rosendale Elementary PTO, Catholic Charities of Schenectady, Safe, Inc. Niskayuna Youth Soccer, and St. John the Evangelist Church. Current JLSS President, Deneen Palmateer, was able to interview Ms. Savage about her tenure in our League. The conversation unfolds below. What were the reasons for your decision to originally join the Junior League? The members of the Junior League bring a variety of background and experiences together to undertake projects that truly make a difference in our community. I joined the Junior League because I wanted the opportunity to be part of that and make a contribution to my community. Throughout the years, the Junior League has completed many community projects, was there a particular one that held special meaning to you? While I have enjoyed being a part of several of the projects over the years, an annual project that I have always enjoyed most is Operation Back-to-School. With families struggling in a difficult economy, we need to make sure that children aren't arriving at school unprepared. This is why I asked the Junior League to partner with the county to collect supplies for this year's drive. I was overwhelmed by the response from the community. Our employees and the other organizations that worked with us to make the project a success. To see the look on the faces of those children as we handed them their backpack full of supplies is something I will never forget. How has your volunteer experience with the League helped to enrich your personal life? The members of the Junior League are an amazing group of people who invest a tremendous amount of time to make our community a better place. It is an honor to work alongside them for the betterment of our community. How has your volunteer experience with the League helped strengthen your professional life? My goal as Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature has been to make Schenectady County a great place to live, work and raise a family. The only way to be successful was to work together with people and organizations who share that goal. The friends I have made through the Junior League have given me a network of people who I know share that vision and are willing to help. As a sustaining member, why would you suggest that women join The League? Joining the Junior League gives its members the opportunity to make some great friends and participate in some very rewarding projects that make a significant difference in our community. Membership also gives women the opportunity to expand their professional network and learn from other members who have different backgrounds and experiences. A member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

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Get Involved! Volunteer Lunch - Habitat for Humanity (Sat. October 16) Come help JLSS serve lunch to the Habitat for Humanity Women Build volunteers on Saturday October 16! We will need to make enough for approximately 20+ volunteers. We will need people to make sandwiches, side dishes (salads), desserts as well as bring fruit and beverages (such as water). Let us know what you can contribute by contacting either Shannon Kelly (518) 377-0591 or Kathy Ozimek (518) 424-4452. Lunch is to be dropped off around 11:30 at the site. The location is at 441 Hillside Avenue in Schenectady. If you are unable to make it to the site, you can contact Kathy Ozimek.

Halloween Party - Mt. Pleasant Middle School (Sun. October 31) JLSS will be tabling at the Mt. Pleasant Middle School Halloween Party on October 31 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. The party is being sponsored by SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) and BestBuddies to provide a safe family friendly Halloween. We will be giving away candy/goodies to trick or treaters. We will need people to arrive early to help decorate for the party and people to help give away goodies to the trick or treaters. TimeWarner has donated Halloween bags. This is a family friendly event. Feel free to bring children. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kathy Ozimek at or 518-424-4452. If you have a children’s holiday costume that you would like to donate, Jae Tracey has offered to collect them. Jae’s address is 1169 Parkwood Blvd. Schenectady, NY and her phone is 518-280-4826.

Super Volunteer Saturday (Sat. October 16) The League has adopted a Saturday evey month to provide desserts to the City Mission. Our fabulous Sustainer Advisor, Joanne Coppola, has kindly offered to deliver the desserts. All we need are four volunteers to offer to bake 25 individual items. Items can consist of brownies, cookies, cupcakes, etc. but they must be individually wrapped so that they can be handed to each of those who arrive for a meal that day. Please contact Joanna Coppola at or 346-9019 if you would like to volunteer to bake. During these tough economic times, it is important that we assist other organizations in helping those less fortunate, so please volun-


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Sponsorship Needed for Holiday Bazaar Do you know any businesses or services that would support the league by advertising? Are you looking to help out the league but can’t always make it to meetings or events? We need your help planning our biggest fundraiser for this year; the Holiday Bazaar & Fashion Show. If you know a business owner who would benefit from advertising in our event program you can help by telling us about them. Maybe you are new to the area or have some time during the day to follow up with businesses others have brought to our attention. We need you too! Our premier JLSS Holiday Bazaar and Fashion Show will be held December 4th and 5th of this year. We will have hundreds of shoppers attending the bazaar and we are selling advertising space in the program booklet that will be given to attendees. By advertising in the JLSS Holiday Bazaar & Fashion Show event program business owners will associate their business with the good deeds of our league and show event attendees that they support our community. Businesses that advertise in the program will also have their business logo printed on Holiday Bazaar & Fashion Show posters and posted on our JLSS website providing exceptional value for their advertising dollars. Please let us know of any potential advertisers that you can contact (so that we don’t duplicate) or if you don’t have anyone to contact we can provide you with a list. It’s easy! We have a lot to do for planning the holiday bazaar so whatever you can do to help us is greatly appreciated! Please contact Johanna Roche,, 518-406-5233 to let us know how you can help with lining up an advertiser for us. Every little bit you can offer helps.

Donations Help Provide Solace The JLSS finished its summer project for the Sexual Assualt Nursing Exam (SANE). The women working in the emergency room were overwhelmed at the generosity of our members for the program. We collected 17 tote bags so the victims can have a fresh change of clothes, personal hygiene items, a journal, and something to take everything home with them. There were 5 bags of clothes for women and children including underwear, socks, shirts, and pants. There was a box full of personal hygiene items including tooth brushes, toothpaste, dental floss, combs, brushes, chap stick, dental floss, soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Lastly, a small piece of candy may help take a patients’ mind off the situation. But most of all, a quote from one of our members seems apropos. "I know women who have found themselves in situation where the SANE room would have been a great comfort to them. Knowing that others care can make the healing process a little easier." A special thank you goes out to the members who supported the project: Megan Feuz, Melissa Palmucci, Kathy Ozimek, Deneen Palmateer, Shannon Kelly, Cathy Lewis, Leesa Perazzo, Lyn Niemeyer, Barbara Valenti, Julie White Eklund, and Barbara Landon.

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SCHENEXUS JLSS ~ October 2010 Bellini’s, Clifton Park

Out and About Lunching Ladies changed gears and moved to the nightlife for the summer months. Several mixer events were held at some of JLSS's favorite venues including Bellini's, The Van Dyck and Aperitivo. The ladies had a great time swapping summer vacation stories and catching up with each other. The social committee, Beth Frear, Sarah Fetcho and Megan Fuez, is busy planning many fun events and looks forward to announcing the details of our first Zumba class!

Van Dyck, Schenectady

Aperitivo, Schenectady

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Membership Committee Announces 2010 Fall Class The Membership Committee is pleased to announce that for the 2010-2011 year there will be two separate classes Fall and Spring. The strong recruiting efforts of our membership over the summer months proved successful once again and our Fall class is already well underway. On Sunday, September 26th, the 2010 Provisional Class was welcomed with a Ladies' Tea and Training Retreat held at Ellis Conference Center. The 2010 Fall Class, numbering 14, had already started on their project and we look forward to announcing the details soon. Special thanks to Paula Ohlhous, Beth Frear and Julie White Eklund for their extra efforts in making the training event such a success. We would also like to thank our Board Members as well as Joanne Coppola, Denise Murphy McGraw and Sue Malinowski, Executive Director of CAPTAIN, for their special presentations. The class is energized and excited as a direct result of such a dynamic and informative day. Our Spring class will begin in February. Keep a look out for those special women in your life that would be a good fit for our league and forward their contact information to Traci Koppenhafer at or 518-810-4854. We would love to have them at our next event.

Looking Back From the Schenectady Gazette on May 3 1965: Representing the Junior League of Schenectady at the 43rd annual conference of the Association of Junior Leagues of America are Mrs. Robert D. Vessels, left, vice-president, and Mrs. Frederick G. Bailey, president. The local women are among 500 delegates attending the conference, being held this week at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, Calif. Emphasis will be placed on understanding changes affecting community life in North America today and [the] obligation of Junior Leagues to meet these changes in the programs of community volunteer service.

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Our Mission The Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Get Involved! October 14

JLSS GMM/Fall Dinner Schenectady County Community College

October 16

Super Saturday - See Inside for Details

October 23

Saratoga Bridges Walk/Run Saratoga Spa State Park

October 23

Tabling at the Great Pumpkin Challenge Saratoga State Park, 9:30am

October 24

Project Safe Bowl-A-Thon, 12:30pm Boulevard Bowl, 1315 Erie Blvd, Schenectady

October 31

Halloween Party, 2:00pm-4:00pm Mount Pleasant Middle School

November 9

Tri-League Meeting, 6:30pm Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany-Shaker Road

Have You Created Your Profile? The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) has a terrific web site. If you have yet to visit, please do! Use your member number to create a profile. You can even upload a photo. It’s a great way to stay in touch with Junior League friends, make new connections and keep track of what is going on locally and nationally. In addition, the AJLI web site is full of news, resources and inspirational stories.

JLSS Schenexus October-November 2010  
JLSS Schenexus October-November 2010  

The October-November 2010 Issue of the Schenexus - The Official Newsletter of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties