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ISSUE 1 | DECEMBER 2018

IN THIS ISSUE ¥ Fall Leadership Conference ¥ Leadership Conference ¥ Leadership Team ¥ Salt City Summit ¥ Meet the President-Elect ¥ Sustainer News ¥ League Events Recap ¥ Book Club ¥ Condolences and Congratulations ¥ Thank You to our HS Sponsors

December GMM ¥ December 11, 2018 ¥ Holiday Party after GMM ¥ Philanthropy Center Ballroom

Happy New Year! January GMM ¥ January 8, 2019 ¥ Philanthropy Center Ballroom Book Club ¥ January 29, 2019 ¥ Philanthropy Center 3rd Floor Check the member’s website for full registration and event details.

2018-2019: WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE! It has been a busy summer and fall in the Junior League of Syracuse! Members jumped into the new year with energy and enthusiasm at summer activities, including an all-member leadership training in June, the member barbeque in August, committee meetings and planning, and Sustainer R&Rs. At these events, and others, our members engaged in the planning, impact, and camaraderie that’s so important to the JLS. One highlight from this fall was the 2018 Salt City Summit. Our facilitator Vicki Clark spoke to members of the JLS, other regional Leagues, and the Syracuse community about diversity and inclusion and developing the potential of women – both timely and important topics to communities today. You can read more about the Summit on page 4. The fall also encapsulated the work of the JLS: impactful community collaborations, including with our new community partner Chadwick Residence, the development of a fall new member class which we look forward to welcoming as active members in December, robust fund development activities, including exciting grant

development work and the return of Holiday Shoppes, and wonderful Sustainer engagement at activities including November’s road trip to Auburn. As we look ahead to the winter and spring, the JLS will continue our community impact and member development efforts while advancing

strategic initiatives, including in work groups dedicated to diversity and inclusion and dividing our governance and management functions. The Junior League theme for the 2018-2019 year is Unstoppable. As you enjoy the wonders of this holiday season, I thank you for your continued commitment to the JLS and the Syracuse community. For 98 years and counting, our members continue our legacy as an unstoppable volunteer and civic leadership force in central New York.

Jessica Murray President

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FALL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE We were honored to represent the JLS at AJLI’s Fall Leadership Conference September 27-29 in Sugar Land, TX. This year’s Fall Leadership Conference was attended by 260 delegates representing 139 Junior Leagues, and we were excited to be among them for a weekend of developing in our roles

FUTURE FOCUSED

MAKING “SMALL CONNECTIONS”

Most of the trainings that I attended dealt with Governance/Management or Member Retention and Engagement. I learned a lot about the differences between governance and management leadership roles and how nominating can get the right people in the right leadership positions. I also learned about reporting and communications between the Board and the management team. Finally, I learned about the ways in which the Board exercises governance and management leadership that is future focused and why longer terms are key to be more effective.

Many sessions at Fall Leadership Conference were tailored based on League size. I participated in several sessions designed for smaller Leagues – defined by AJLI as less than 125 active members. While every small League is different and has its unique strengths and opportunities, learning about new innovative initiatives or best practices can be particularly helpful for small Leagues to more effectively carry out their mission.

The governance/ management split made so much sense to me. Following Fall Conference I brought the idea to the Board, which voted to move forward with the split. We set up an initial team to work on the split and we would love additional people to join our team. If you are interested please reach out to me. In the membership engagement sessions we talked about how across Junior Leagues members are feeling disconnected to the League. We talked about how being more engaged will increase member satisfaction and lead to retention. The key takeaway is to meet/talk with your membership: find out why they joined the League and what they are looking to get out of their experience, then build mission driven programming that fits those needs.

Audra Mueller

President -Elect

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We also attended a semi-annual meeting of Small Leagues Big Impact, an affinity group for smaller Leagues. Among the items the group discussed was regional trainings, and we were excited to share with the group our recent successes in this area! SLBI and its network of Leagues and members will be a great resource for the JLS. Finally, I participated in a session beneficial to the JLS’ diversity and inclusion (D&I) work. Microaggressions are the everyday verbal and nonverbal slights or insults, intentional or unintentional, that communicate negative messages based on membership in a marginalized group. As the JLS undertakes our D&I work to be a more diverse, inclusive organization, this session reminded me to be aware of all the ways we interact with others within and outside our organization – and will definitely be a useful resource for incorporating into the JLS’ D&I training toolkit for future use.

Jessica Murray President


fall conference cont... BRINGING IT BACK During our two and a half days in Sugar Land, we learned from recognized thought leaders, networked with fellow League delegates from around the world, and connected with each other as we discussed and planned for the months – and years – to come. We look forward to bringing what we’ve learned to the membership in different ways and are grateful to have had the opportunity to represent the Junior League of Syracuse!

Socks...And Then Some Outside of the wonderful training that I attended I learned about a company called We Help Too. We Help Too makes fun patterned socks. The cool part is that for every package of three pairs of socks sold, the company will donate a pair of warm socks. Leagues have been selling socks at their holiday markets as a fundraiser within a fundraiser for their organizations – and the Leagues receive warm socks to donate to community partners! I brought this idea back from Fall Leadership and we introduced We Help Too socks at the 2018 Holiday Shoppes. The fundraiser did great! – but if you are still interested in purchasing a package of socks we have some in the JLS office. They are $15 per package and they make fantastic stocking stuffers and teachers’ gifts!

Audra Mueller

CONDOLENCES Our sympathies to the following members for their losses. • • • •

Molly Loh on the loss of her mother, Ann Chase Jessica Pease on the loss of her niece, Marissa Reilly. Cheryl Ward on the loss of her mother, Carol Pitoniak. Sharon Slater on the loss of her father, Robert Miller and mother Joan Miller • Wendy Carl Isome on the loss of her father, Harry J. Carl, Jr. • Yolanda Mitchell, on the loss of her father-in-law Floyd Mitchell, Jr. • Anne Miller, on the loss of her mother

We remember these JLS members who we lost this fall. • Sustaining member Gay Woronov, on August 26 • Sustaining member Jacqueline Andrews, on October 31 • Sustaining member and past president Charlene Hughes, on November 2

LEADERSHIP TEAM President - Jessica Murray President Elect - Audra Mueller Treasurer - Rachel Ford Ciotti Secretary - Brittany Moen Community VP (2018-2020) Casey Duffy Community Collaborations Chair - Anna O’Neil Membership Development VP (2018-2020) - Amanda Perrine Membership Development & Recruitment Chair Kate Zwecker Education and Training Chair Malissa Nicolini Communications VP (20172019) - Whitney Browne The NOTES Editor - Heather Ford Wallace Public Relations Chair Julie Palmer Social Media Chair - Whitney Daniels Website Administrator - TBD Assistant Website Administrator - Jamie Lingenfelter Fund Development VP (20172019) - Marie Norkett Fund Development Chair Maeve Lanning Holiday Shoppes Co-Chairs Amanda Spence & Melissa Keefer de Jesús Nominating/Placement Chair Liz Lane Assistant Treasurer Julie Garcia Sustainer Co-VPs - Jeanne Jackson and Wendy Carl Isome

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2018 SALT CITY SUMMIT The JLS held the second annual Salt City Summit Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2018 at the CNY Philanthropy Center Ballroom. Our featured guest was Vicki Clark, a renowned speaker, facilitator, and trainer who annually visits hundreds of organizations including AJLI conferences and Junior Leagues around the globe. The theme for this year’s Salt City Summit was diversity and inclusion which was explored during several sessions. On Friday afternoon the JLS hosted a lunch and learn, “A Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion.” Members of the JLS were joined by representatives from over 10 local non-profits, including community partners Chadwick Residence and the Food Bank of CNY, to learn about diversity and inclusion to Leagues and their ability to fulfill the Junior League mission to develop women leaders and healthy communities. Diverse and inclusive organizations support creativity, reflection, and collaboration. Attendees also completed a personal self-assessment to reflect on their own diversity and inclusion views and perspectives.

diversity and inclusion within organizations. Vicki shared practices and insights to assist attendees in their work in serving as effective diversity and inclusion advocates in their organizations. Among the takeaways from the afternoon: diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence in organizations begins with the individual. Saturday continued with Vicki’s presentation, “Junior Saturday began with a special Super Saturday GMM, Leagues Developing the Potential of Women: Pressing “Junior Leagues Taking Action: Moving Toward Diversity, for Progress.” Vicki shared 11 strategies to develop the Inclusion, and Cultural Competence.” Joining the JLS potential of women and presented a history of women’s were members from upstate New York Leagues including advocacy inside and outside the Junior League. Members R o c h e s t e r , also completed a group activity resulting in a word cloud The Junior League Commitment Greater Elmira- of their strengths. During her presentation Vicki shared a quote from humanitarian Christine Kolumba that speaks to Diversity and Inclusion: Corning, and to the Junior League vision of women around the world The Junior League welcomes all Troy. Framed as catalysts for lasting community change: “One woman women who value our Mission. through the can change anything, but many women can change We are committed to inclusive lens of the everything.” environments of diverse individuJunior League, als, organizations, and commuVicki shared the We were delighted that so many active, sustaining, and nities. importance of new members joined in the 2018 Salt City Summit. 4 | The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. • The NOTES • December 2018


MEET THE P R E S I D E N T- E L E CT

Salt city summit cont... The Summit contributed to the JLS mission to develop our members, and this year’s focus of diversity and inclusion was an exciting beginning to the JLS’ work in this area!

The JLS’ Jerri Wilson Fund is a restricted fund in honor of late past president Jerri Wilson. The Jerri Wilson Fund makes the Salt City Summit and other training and education opportunities available to JLS members. Many thanks to those who have contributed to the JLS and designated their contributions to the Jerri Wilson Fund for continued support of JLS member development activities.

Jessica Murray President

To learn more about the JLS’ diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives, please contact Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Chair Amanda Perrine. Many thanks to Original Grain and XO Taco for supporting the Salt City Summit!

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Audra Mueller joined the Junior League of Syracuse in October of 2011. She transferred here from the Junior League of Evansville. Audra is not a native of the Central New York Community. She relocated here after husband accepted a job promotion in the area. Audra was interested in joining the Junior League of Syracuse to grow as leader and meet like minded women that want to make and leave a lasting impact on their community. Since joining the JLS Audra has served on the community collaborations, fund development and new member committees. She has held the roles of Secretary, New Member CoChair, Nominating Advisor and Treasurer. Audra is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and Mitchell Hamline College of Law. She currently works at Morgan Stanley. Audra resides in Baldwinsville, NY with her husband, William and her two children, Colleen and Conor. Outside of work she enjoys training for marathons and triathlons. She also enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family. Audra is excited about serving as the PresidentElect this coming year. She is ready to start implementing our new strategic plan and looks forward to working on the governance/ management split. The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. • The NOTES • December 2018 | 5


SUSTAINER NEWS The Sustainers have started the 2018 - 2019 with a flutter of activities. To date we have had 51 different Sustainers attend events and are hoping for the rest of this JLS year to provide activities that will interest every Sustainer. Thank you to the following who have hosted one of our four R & R’s: • Stephanie Macero and Jennifer Sandorf (School & Vine) • Maria Miller and Lynn Hamilton-Johnson (Brian’s Landing) • Joanna Ferguson and Evonne Pacini (Laci’s Tapas bar)

• Linda Webb and Julie Trop (Scotch ‘N Sirloin) September 17th, Anne Miller and Susan Cronin once again chaired our annual much fun golf and dinner at Drumlins. Those who played were joined by others for dinner, lots of talk and laughter. Margaret Karim hosted a very interesting “Wine and Learn” on September 12th. Patti Giancola Knutsen educated us in the Onondaga Citizens League’s findings on “Community Collaborations”. The 16 Sustainers in attendance bombarded Patti with thoughtful questions. Eighteen Sustainers voyaged to “meet” Michele Jones Galvin’s great great grand Aunt, Harriet Tubman. Harriet not only participated in the underground rail road, but 6 | The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. • The NOTES • December 2018

she lead soldiers into war, was one of the first women to own land and was a instigator in the women’s movement. We invaded Osteria Salina for lunch and then moved on to the Seward House. The perfect match of stops as Harriet Tubman actually knew and worked with William H. Seward. Pie Baking was December 1. Sheila Corbishly once again will be chairing the event and hopes to break our record and have 75 pies for to the Rescue Mission. December 10 our Sustainer Book Club will meet at Jeanne Jackson’s at 7 PM. We will be discussing “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin. If you are interested, please join us and RSVP to Jeanne. Looking to 2019, we presently have the following Sustainer Events planned: February 6 Karen Uplinger has arranged for Judge Limpert to provide information on the current Human Trafficking situation in Syracuse, information will be in a weekly e-mail blast and hopefully by snail mail. We will hold our postponed “Coffee and Learn” with George Chapman leading a discussion on Health Care in Syracuse. We are lucky to have George agree to speak to us as he is often called upon to speak on Syracuse’s Health Care, Medicare and other health areas. Please don’t miss this session and bring questions.

Jeanne Jackson Wendy Carl Isome

Sustainer VPs


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Thank you for a wonderful Holiday Shoppes! A report on 2018 results will be given at the December GMM and available in the next issue of the NOTES. Until then, some preliminary news: • Pre-sale tickets sold through the JLS office and members’ website were the highest number sold since 2015! • Gate sales have surpassed the Holiday Shoppes 2018 budgeted amount by almost $2,000 or 8%. • JLS Socks Store has been a success so far! We sold 180 sets of socks during HS weekend, totaling $1620 in income for the JLS and 180 pairs of warm winter socks to be distributed to our community partners. Sock sales are still ongoing - and will be available at the December GMM. Amanda Spence and Melissa de Jesús Holiday Shoppes Co-Chairs

December GMM and Holiday Party Our December GMM is set to be one to be remembered. This is not your usual pot luck event. It’s a pot luck with a celebratory spirit. Bring a loved one or guest for our brief recap of the year so far and to come, but also to celebrate as well as vote in our new members. We have an accessory filled photo booth for laughs or a fun photo for your Holiday cards, an optional Secret Santa $10 or less, simple table party games with a centerpiece prize to win and the opportunity to dress in your favorite holiday cheer, ugly sweater, jingle bells, or comfy jeans and sweater. Come with the joy of the season to take this opportunity to rejoice.

Malissa Nicolini

Education & Training Chair

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WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO? ANNUAL DINNER RECAP

and office usage, budget and financial guidelines, and communications processes. Membership VP Amanda Perrine provided a preview of the revised new member curriculum to be launched this year. Over lunch members broke out into committees to start planning and scheduling for the new year. The day saw participation by 25 active and sustaining members, and every council and committee was represented. Active member Francesca Neiley shared about her experience, “What a fun and collaborative environment! I learned so much about myself, other members, and how we achieve great things with the right resources.” Stay tuned later this fall for the date of the JLS mid-year training and planning day! All materials shared during the day are available on the JLS members’ website under Resources in the Leadership Training and Planning section. The Social Styles selfassessment and interpretation is also available for members’ use inside and outside the JLS!

The 2017-2018 Annual Dinner took place at Justin’s Grill on June 12, 2018. Actives and Sustainers had a great time socializing and hearing about the League year from president J a c k i e Azbill. The 2018-2019 Board was introduced and the gavel was p a s s e d to incoming president Jessica Murray. We celebrated six members for their hard work and achievements. Congratulations again to: Jessica Pease (New Member Award), Whitney Browne (In League Award), Karen Krogman Daum (Community Impact Award), Jenny Jackson Donahoe (League Cup), Maria Miller (Sustainer of the Year), and Sharon Slater (Spirit of Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award). The meeting was SUMMER BBQ adjourned and we look forward to a wonderful 2018We had a blast this August for our summer member 2019 League year. BBQ at The Barking Gull on the water in Liverpool. We LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND PLANNING had 30+ actives and The JLS held an all-member leadership training and Sustainers and their planning day on Saturday, June 23 to kick off the 2018- guests come out for 2019 League some good company, year. drinks and BBQ! This To start the was a great way to kick mor ning, of the JLS year. We Community VP are looking forward Casey Duffy to continuing this in facilitated a summers to come…. teambuilding activity during which members completed the Social WOMEN’S DAY AT THE FAIR Styles behavioral style assessment. In group and breakout Wednesday, August discussions, members explored strengths of the different 29 was Women’s Day Social Styles and how each contributes to individual and at the State Fair. The group work. Junior League joined President-Elect Audra Mueller, Treasurer Rachel Ford 12 or so other groups Ciotti, and Communications VP Whitney Browne representing women’s reviewed JLS operations essentials including building issues. Each had a table, 8 | The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. • The NOTES • December 2018


in the open shelter in front of the Women’s Building, displaying information about their organization. It was a great chance to share who we are and what we do with a great variety of people as well as network with other organizations dealing with women’s issues.

INNER HARBOR 5K Members volunteered at the Inner Harbor 5K on Sunday, August 26th. We had two volunteer assignments: handing out medals to finishers of the kids run and handing out water in Franklin Square to the 5K participants. In addition to volunteering, we had a table set up to disseminate information to

organization within our community.

HARVEST FESTIVAL We had approximately ten people, including children, attend Harvest Festival. Junior League Members and the residents spent the afternoon painting pumpkins, coloring, and doing crafts. In addition, the residents enjoyed eating donuts and having cider. The JLS Sustainers donated numerous items including bed linens, pillows, blankets, and toiletries for the residents.

NEW MEMBER

We are so pleased to welcome 12 new active members to the JLS this December! These ladies are the first to runners and other attendees. go through our re-vamped New Member Curriculum. SEPTEMBER GMM They have done a great job acclimating to the JLS Our September GMM introduced us to Al- and jumping right in. We enjoyed a great morning of AminMuhammed and Rise Above The Streets, a non- volunteering at the CNY Food Bank on October 28th. profit he has organized to feed the local homeless. We were able to put together approximately 60 boxes However, if you were there, he did so much more. His of food going to needy families in the Cortland Area. passionate story of overcoming challenges and learning Please welcome and look for our New Members who that the respect of others comes from respecting yourself will be active in committee work come January! and giving that gift to others was moving and inspiring. NEW MEMBER RECRUITMENT Many JL members participated with their families and Do you know a woman who is interested in helping have returned to continue with his Sandwich Saturday to move our mission and vision forward? The New efforts. Reach our to Anna O’Neil if you want to know Member and Recruitment Committee is gearing up for our Winter/Spring class. We will be holding two more. recruitment Open Houses this January to welcome those SANDWICH SATURDAY interested in learning more about our organization. Community Collaborations participated in We Rise Above Saturday, January 12 from 10-12 and Thursday, January The Streets Sandwich Saturday on September 15, 2018. 17th from 6-7:30. Both events will be held in the CNY We Rise Above the Streets is a non-profit organization Philanthropy Center. started by Al-amin Muhammad. Al-amin was also our These events will be Open House style so no need guest speaker at the September GMM. He shared is to plan to attend the entire time. Ladies will be given inspirational story of overcoming very difficult personal information about the league, circumstances and starting We Rise Above the Streets. our mission and vision, and The non-profit provides sack lunches, toiletries, and requirements for membership. other donated items to hundreds of Syracuse’s homeless/ The formal class will begin in working poor every Saturday morning. JLS members February and conclude in May. participated in Sandwich Saturday through donation Any questions, please reach out of items, assembling sack lunches, and distributing to Kate Zwecker, New Member items on September 15, 2018. We look forward to and Recruitment Chair, at future collaborations with this wonderful and necessary katezwecker@gmail.com. The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. • The NOTES • December 2018 | 9


BOOK CLUB Book club is changing to the every other month this year! Our meetings will be held the last Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the comfy chairs on the 3rd floor of the Philanthropy Center. Come and chat with about books; this would be a great way to introduce friends to JLS and guests are always welcome. Members often bring food or drinks to share.

Books for this year:

JANUARY 29

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES BY SEANAN MCGUIRE

(Short book due to the holidays; if you have time, check out Every Heart a Doorway, Beneath the Sugar Sky, and/ or In an Absent Dream (out 1/8/19) by this author.) Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter— adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

MARCH 26 EDUCATED

BY TARA WESTOVER

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard. Her father distrusted 10 | The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. • The NOTES • December 2018

the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent. When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

MAY 28

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE BY CELESTE NG

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.


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• Recognizing sponsors of the league at every event • Updating the corporate and restaurant sponsorship packet • Providing regular updates to the membership so they are informed regarding Board activities Separate Governance and Management Goal: Make effective community leaders who impact the community Why: Skills build over time When: This rollout takes 10+ months (1-2 years normally) What: Looking to change term to 2 years & have a chance to change bylaws Term limit (2) Changes: 2 year terms (President, Treasurer and Secretary) New Nominating Framework: Based on skills and competences

CONGRATULATIONS! • Jenna Webb has begun a new job as a grant writer for Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica • Patti Giancola Knutsen has begun a new job as director of major gifts at Syracuse University Athletics • Caeresa Richardson was selected as a winner for this year’s 40 under Forty in Syracuse and was selected to compete as Mrs. Great Lakes in the 2019 Mrs. New York America Pageant • Linzy Frank is president of Northstar Toastmasters in Syracuse • Julie Garcia and husband George welcomed daughter Nina Joyce on August 17 • Tiesha Harper and wife Kendra on the birth of Maeve on September 18 • Dessa Tampio and husband Alex on the birth of baby Maximillian on October 2

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