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April/May 2018 | Issue 5


• Corks and Forks Brews andBrews Chews •Corks, Forks, and Fundraiser • Chews Winter Leadership •Council Updates Conference •Annual • NewDinner Member Class •News to Know


•Congratulations CALENDARS

• Outgoing/incoming President’s Check themessage members’

website for registration and event details.

April 10: April GMM • 6:00 p.m. • Location: CNY Philanthropy Center April 17: Board Meeting • 5:30 p.m. • Location: CNY Philanthropy Center

CORKS AND FORKS BREWS AND CHEWS 2018 The 3rd Annual Corks, Forks, Brews and Chews fundraiser is fast approaching! This year’s event will feature a Kentucky Derby theme as well as NYS wines and beers. It will all take place on May 5th, 2018 from 6-9pm at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards. Admission is $30/person, which includes food and a drink tasting ticket. Other attractions include: live music, cash bar, silent auction, celebrity guest bartenders, wine pull ($10/pull), and raffles ($20/entry). A fun night to be had by all! Our official event page is live on Facebook. Please help to spread the word by marking yourself as “interested” or “going” to the event. You can also easily share the event to your personal Facebook wall newsfeed as well as invite your local friends and family directly. The event page can also be found under the “Events” tab on the official JLS Facebook page. Tickets are available online on the JLS website. This year’s hashtags for social media sharing are #CFBC18 #JLSyracuse. Remember to tell others about the event share and interaction with the event page helps us to get more attention so share and/or comment often!

Whitney Daniels

April 20: Stem Expo • 8:00 a.m. • Location: Danforth Middle School May 5: Corks and Forks Brews and Chews • 6:00 p.m. • Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. | The NOTES | April/May 2018 | 1

WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE I had the privilege of attending AJLI’s Winter Leadership Conference January 25-27 in Long Beach, California, and I’m pleased to share some learnings from this enriching development experience. What is Winter Leadership Conference? Each year, AJLI hosts this leadership training for incoming League leaders to explore topics in governance, management, and leadership in preparation for their future roles. Training. Since Winter Leadership Conference delegates are frequently current Presidents Elect, many sessions were designed for the specific lens of that role. However, other offerings were broadly applicable to any placement inside the JLS, as well as volunteer and/or professional settings outside the Junior League – a common benefit across AJLI conferences. Some of these sessions included effective communication skills and successfully working within teams. In addition, plenary and breakout sessions provided information and allowed for discussion on current Junior League topics of interest, including the Association’s work to promote diversity and inclusion within our organizations and the adoption of a new set of AJLI value statements. Stay tuned in the months ahead for more information on these important initiatives! Connections. As is frequently seen at AJLI training offerings, the conference schedule provided delegates with frequent opportunities to connect with fellow attendees. At the opening reception, members made contacts that would last not only throughout the 2 | The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. | The NOTES | April/May 2018

conference but during the next 18 months (and beyond). Breakfast meetings and breaks between sessions provided time to network and exchange ideas. Conference host Junior League of Long Beach hosted dinner outings for attendees to connect with other delegates. Other connections were made, too. Just as our own individual membership in the JLS is a way we connect to the Syracuse community, AJLI conferences connect members to the Association-wide leadership movement of the Junior League. This year’s Winter Leadership Conference was attended by 337 delegates from 181 Leagues – an incredible representation of Junior Leagues worldwide. Bringing it back. Included in the last plenary session of the conference was information for delegates to take back to our own Leagues. The highlight I was most eager to share is the availability of AJLI development resources and opportunities to all Junior League members. From an extensive resource center to a broad array of online learning offerings, there are so many benefits associated with Junior League membership! Take some time to explore the AJLI members website to see all of the resources available to you, from materials for JLS council and committee work to Junior League member benefits including discounts. Information regarding upcoming AJLI training dates - including the Organizational Development Institute series - is also available, so speak with your nominating advisor if you would like to learn more about or express interest in attending a future ODI opportunity.

Jessica Murray

WELCOME NEW MEMBER CLASS MALISSA E NICOLINI is a CNY native and lives here in Syracuse with her husband and two sons. Malissa is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a focus in history. She has been a strong advocate of empowerment models and this is evident in every area in which she has worked and volunteered. Malissa is currently a Financial Educator & Adviser out of her North Syracuse office where she provides workshops and one on one personalized services. Also, she loves to host game nights, bonfires, and cook-offs. Malissa loves any event where there is food. Food is the second most prominent theme in her life after empowerment. FRANCESCA NEILEY is originally from Long Island, and moved to Syracuse about 10 years ago for work. She is an electrical engineer at C&S Companies. When she’s not tethered to her desk, she enjoys spending time with her two-yearold son, Christopher, and her husband, Nick. She loves conversations over good coffee, hiking Mount Washington, rooting for the Giants, trying new local restaurants, and good science fiction. She is passionate about community. She believes that being involved connects you in more ways than just being a local resident. She is excited to learn even more about the community in her own Central New York backyard!

KAREN FAJTA moved to the Syracuse area from Seattle in May 2017 to be near her daughter Dessa’s family. She has lived all over the country born in New Orleans, college in New York, graduate school in Atlanta, and as an adult in Houston, Sacramento as well as Connecticut, Nashville, Seattle and now Syracuse. She works remotely for an audit firm doing client relationship management for large corporate clients all over the country. So she travels for work quite a bit, and now will be going back to Seattle several times a year to see her son Erick’s new son (so much for moving to Syracuse to avoid having to travel across the country to see her grandchild!) She have a 17 pound cockapoo Amity who is her baby at home. She loves to do art projects in her spare time. MAEVE LANNING has lived in central New York her entire life, growing up in Homer, attending SUNY Cortland, and now living in East Syracuse with her boyfriend and cat. She currently works in manufacturing, doing project management and finance, but carves out time for more fun stuff like gardening, cooking, and traveling. Maeve is a self proclaimed podcast and self help book addict on a continuous quest to try new things. SARAH POTTER resides in Cicero, NY with her husband Mark and two dogs, Stanley and Betty. She’s also a die hard lover of chocolate, books and music. She currently work at SIDEARM Sports. When not working, she’s either taking long walks on the beach , candle light dinners or watching Netflix, not necessarily in that order.

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SYDNEY MILLER is a transplant from Indianapolis, IN. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Germanic Studies, and she speaks three languages (Dutch, German, and English). She had the pleasure of working for Hershey for the past 4 years, and has lived in 4 cities in the past 4 years. She is an avid photographer and mainly shoots in film. She loves to travel whenever she can and has enjoyed exploring upstate NY! NICOLE HURLEY is a life-long native of Syracuse, NY. She graduated from Hilbert College (Hamburg, NY) in 2013 with a B.S. in Forensic Science and a concentration in Psychology. She has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2/2015 and currently holds the role as the Director of Talent Acquisition. In her free time, it’s extremely important to Nicole to stay physically active, engage in new adventures/travel and spend time with loved ones. JALYN BURNETT is originally from Syracuse, NY, Jalyn is a 29 year old HR Director for the Syracuse Housing Authority. When she’s not working or planning her upcoming wedding, she enjoys spending free time with her fiancé, friends, and family. Jalyn loves to spend time outdoors camping by a toasty bonfire, skeet and target shooting at the range, and volunteering. Once the warm weather hits, you can find her cruising around with her fiancé in their 1923 Model T Roadster Hot Rod. 4 | The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. | The NOTES | April/May 2018

DESSA TAMPIO is an avid traveler and met her husband Alex when they were both working as English teachers in Southern China. They moved to Syracuse in 2016, and 15 days after moving into their new house, their son Eli was born. Dessa takes care of Eli full time, but before becoming a mom, she had a 10-year career in communications doing writing, graphic design, publicity, photography, and event planning. Dessa is a proud initiate of Delta Gamma sorority and has served as a alumna volunteer since 2007. She is currently the Advisory Team Chair for the chapter at Syracuse University. Dessa loves really spicy food and Harry Potter. LAUREN KERR is a Syracuse native where she lives with her two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Poppy and Willow. She is a student at Le Moyne College where she’s working on her Bachelors in Accounting. When she’s not in class or studying, she’s working at her internship at Eye Solutions of Syracuse where she has worked for the past 9 years. Her interests include hiking with her dogs, spinning, and pilates. KAREN GELL says her greatest accomplishment and joy is her four children, now ages 20-25. She looks forward to retirement in a few years, so that she can move closer to them! She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Child Development, but is working in a different field at this time. She loves to travel; She has been to more than 40 states and 11 European countries, as well as the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda and Canada. She loves Broadway musicals and enjoy her tap dance lessons.

SEASON SEREFYN is originally from Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania. She has been living in New York for one year now. She has a bachelor's of science in Biology and a bachelor's of science in Crime, Law, and Justice from Penn State University. She earned a master's of science in Forensic Science from Arcadia University. She is currently a DNA Validation Specialist for the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University. She joined Junior League of Syracuse to volunteer in the community and meet others that like to do the same!

SUSTAINER NEWS The Sustainer Cocktail Party is planned for May 31-more information to come. Sustainers, it’s time to start thinking about nominees for the Mary Harriman and Sustainer of the Year awards at annual dinner. Please email or call Jane Roller or Terry Russo with suggtions.

Theresa Russo Call 315-634-1100

Making the best of the time that’s left


Symptom Management, Pain Management, Emotional, Social & Spiritual Health Management Now Serving Onondaga, Madison & Oswego counties

Jack and Linda Webb sit with their five grandchildren at Green Lakes State Park.

Our fund is supporting a variety of arts, healthcare and human service organizations. Making grants is simplified by allocating them electronically. Teaming up with the Community Foundation is making it possible for us to feel that in a small way our contribution helps the Central New York community.

Giving Back: Jack and Linda Webb

since 1927

Read more of the Webbs’ story at CNYCF.org/Webb

cnycf.org (315) 422-9538

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431 E Fayette Street, Suite 225 Syracuse, NY 13202 Office: 315.423.9773 Fax: 315.471.1464


www.jlsyracuse.org MISSION

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


The Junior League of Syracuse will be an organization of diverse women committed to enriching the quality of life for women, children and their families in the Central New York Community.

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