JLS NOTES Fall 2022 Issue

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Welcome to the 2022-2023 League Year! I am very excited to start year two of my term as president. Ending last year with the wonderful Centennial Celebration was a great way to put a lot of the difficulties of the past two years behind us.

As we now look to the “new normal,” I have a couple goals for this year for the League. First and foremost, I hope to see more members at our inperson events. While hybrid options will still be available and we understand everyone has different comfort levels, the Board has been discussing the importance of coming together as a group for GMMs, community events, and social opportunities. Being together in-person allows discussion and connection in a way hybrid opportunities are not always able to.

Second, I am looking to find ways for us all to remember why we joined the JLS and continue to stay as members. The difficulties of the past couple years cannot be overstated and I think many of us have forgotten how much

the League means to us and why. I joined the League to try to find a place where I belonged and my thoughts and ideas were valid. At the time I was at a job where, to put it in the language of the time, I felt like every time I tried to lean in, I was pushed back out. Becoming part of the Junior League allowed me to feel like my contributions mattered and were valued by others. I was able to move to different positions and got to know a lot of members. I stayed because going to meetings felt like hanging out with friends. These relationships took some time to grow, but I am glad I put in the work. Why did you join? Why do you keep coming back? How do you want to contribute to our continued success?

I continue to be honored and humbled at being the League president. Working with all of you is a continual highlight. I cannot wait to see where the 2022-2023 League year takes us!

The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. • The NOTES • Fall 2022 | 1 IN THIS ISSUE • President’s Welcome • Membership Updates • Sustainer Activities • Boeheim Grant Project Updates • Small Leagues, Big Impact Conference Brief 09/13: September GMM • 6:00pm - NEW START TIME 10/11: October GMM • 6:00pm - Meeting Starts 11/11-11/13 - Holiday Shoppes! 12/3: Sustainer Pie Making Event • 9:00am to Noon • Blessed Sacrament Parish 1Center 2/13: JLS Holiday Party! • Shaughnessy’s Check the member’s website for full registration and event details. MARK CALENDARSYOUR ISSUE 1 | FALL 2022


The Membership committee has been busy and has already had a few meetings to plan for the 2022-23 year. Amanda Richie Terzian is the chair of Education & Training and Tana Heer is our Membership Development and Recruitment Chair.


We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the September GMM, September 13th. Please note the new start time of 6 pm and be sure to register on seeing Spot. We are encouraging everyone to attend in person depending on their comfort level. We also ask that you wear your name tag. If you need one, please reach out and we can get one ordered for you. We look forward to hearing your ideas for the upcoming year. Following the GMMs we are looking forward to meeting up with everyone. The first social will be at Oh my Darling after the September GMM and the October social will be at Meier’s Creek Inner Harbor. Stay tuned for more details!


We are working on some recruiting events and encourage all members to invite a potential new member or two to the October social. At our September GMM we ask that if you have people that you would recommend. Let’s start to build a “to nurture list” and work together to help up recruit new members.


We have secured the Holiday party for December 13th at Shaughnessy’s.

We are very excited about the upcoming year and look forward to working together to support the league and our community.

Michelle McGillivray Membership VP
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The 2022 Small Leagues Big Impact Conference was held August 18-20th in Orlando, Florida. I was excited to attend and learn from other leagues. As the New Member Recruitment & Development chair for this league year, I was excited to network with other leagues and discuss their recruitment strategies.

The conference started on Thursday evening with an opening reception.

On Friday, we heard from Emma Briggs, Assistant Director, Inclusion AJLI on the direction of the league and DEIB. I attended the One Membership Model with Lisa Vaughan, JL Evansville. Lisa introduced a new way of thinking about our league structure and types of membership.

We learned to be more member centric and mission focused. We shared recruitment and retention strategies. I look forward to sharing more about the One Membership Model at our next GMM.

Following One Membership Model, Lisa also led a session on Rolling Admission, where we gained insights on the benefits and process of onboarding members throughout the league year instead of once or twice a year.

Finally, on Saturday we focused on running effective GMMs that focus around our mission to develop women to be civic leaders. How can we energize, inspire and motivate our members during GMMs this year? If you have any

ideas, please share them with me or Amanda Richie Terzian, Education and Training Chair. We are excited to make this an amazing league Iyear!also

had time to have some fun after the conference. I went to dinner on Friday with JL Stark County OH, a league with only 17 members focused on reviving membership after the pandemic. On Saturday, I visited Magic Kingdom with JL Bergen County NJ and JL Cedar Rapids! We managed to hit all the major rides at the park, break for dinner with more sharing of league ideas and of course shop for magic ears!

Tana Dippolito Heer

New Member Recruitment & Development Chair

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The Junior League of Syracuse (JLS) received a Boeheim Foundation grant award for the 2021-2022 league year for a Cooking and Writing Workshop series for children ages 12 and under in the refugee population with three local community organizations. The workshop was a skills-based program that provided children an opportunity to plan, prepare and cook nutritious meals and create a book of their very own to keep. The courses were spread out over 15 weeks: five weeks spent with each community partner. Each week, half of the youth started in the kitchen while the other half worked on their books for about 20 minutes until they switched. After the youth helped prepare a meal and worked on their books, they sat down to enjoy the fruits of their labor (which often included chopping up actual fruit).


The first five-week session was with the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse at their Central Village location. At this location, a total of about 25 youths participated. Volunteers met with youth on Thursday evenings starting in September, 2021 and wrapping up in December, 2021. Meals that the children helped to prepare included: tacos in a bag, vegetable soup and grilled cheese, caramel apples, french toast with fruit, and sugar cookies (decorated as a celebration for the last class). Kids also received take home bags with food after each class.

Twenty books were published, plus a few laminated pages for kids who didn’t finish their books. Youth wrote about living in a jungle, having superpowers, how to ride a bike, going to their grandparents’ house, soccer games, princes and kingdoms, and dreams for the future. Each book included illustrations and the kids could share autobiographical information on an “about the author” page. They could dedicate the books to someone specific, and many dedicated the books to their parents, grandparents, the Boys and Girls Club, and even food.

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The second five-week session was with Northside CYO, a nonprofit that strives to create an environment where New Americans can become a part of the Syracuse community. The program ran weekly from February 28, 2022 through the end of March, 2022, and 18 youth participated. The kids created a book of their favorite things, coming up with things that they liked that started with each letter of their first name. Together, the JLS volunteers and youth made a rice and bean dish, pansheet nachos, french toast, hummus and ranch with dipping vegetables, and pasta salad.

Each week, JLS provided take home bags with food staples for the full family. Items included cereal, pasta and pasta sauces, popcorn, tuna, and macaroni and cheese.


The third and final five week session was with Refugee Immigrant and Self Empowerment (RISE). RISE’s mission is “to advocate and promote selfsufficiency through employment, education, social support, and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga County, NY.”

The program ran from early to mid-May, and included both the northside (3 classes) and southside (2 classes) locations. Combining both sites, a total of about 32 youth participated in the program. The kids prepared meals like: pizza, walking tacos, and french toast. Kids again received take home bags of food, including items such as rice, beans, dried fruit, applesauce, oranges, mac and cheese, and tuna.

For this session, the youth wrote their books about their summer plans. Some examples were bowling with RISE, summer jobs, hanging out with friends, and playing soccer.

Overall, the program was a success, reaching about 70 youth. The youth learned new recipes, and cooking and meal preparation skills. Through writing their books, many were able to practice their literacy skills and English. Junior League volunteers also learned a lot about the cultures of the New American kids, and developed closer partnerships with the three community organizations which will hopefully inspire future collaborations.

Camille Marcotte Community

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Collaborations Chair


Hello Everyone – Welcome to the new year of Sustainer Activities. We had a successful August R&R at BG1 in Baldwinsville. Thank you to our host Cheryl Saidel.

There are more R&Rs planned and they will be in future emails.

One very popular event is the Annual Golf/Dinner outing arranged by Anne Miller and Susan Cronin. This year the gathering was modified to be “Putt & Party.” Putting contests replacing the 9 hole golf competition.

As Vol Opps are passed along to me, I will pass them along to you. I know many of you have participated in some of these and I appreciate your willingness to do important community work.

Get ready, our Pie Baking event is back. Check out the info provided by Sheila Corbishley below.

Finally, I NEED R&R hosts for 2023. Please let me know if you would be willing to take charge of these VERY popular parties. If you have ideas for other events, I would love to hear about them too!


Our annual pie making event will be resuming and held again at Blessed Sacrament Parish Center at 3129 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13206 in Eastwood. We will gather on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 9am-Noon.

Come and enjoy some holiday service to benefit the Rescue Mission and the Samaritan Center and reconnect with your JLS Sustainer friends. Invitations will be emailed this year. Feel free to bring your favorite apron, labeled mixing spoons and peeling/cutting tools if you want to do so.

If anyone would like to help with shopping before the event, or if you would be able to assist with delivery immediately following, please contact Sheila Corbishley at shcorbishley@gmail.com or call/text her cell at 315-727-8979.

June R&R at Meier’s Creek Hosts: Wendy Carl Isome, Lynne Hamilton Johnson
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Our 3-Day holiday shopping extravaganza is coming up soon! Dates are:

Set up:

• Thursday November 10th from 12pm-7pm



• Friday November 11th from 10am-6pm

• Saturday November 12th from 10am-6pm

• Sunday November 13th from 10am-4pm

As of the writing of this column, we have 60+ committed vendors. Our goal is 90 - 100 vendors and 125 booth spaces. If you know any crafters or small businesses that would be a great fit please reach out to our JLS HS Merchant Chair Jennifer Rubin at (315) 730-1654 or email at hs@jlsyracuse.org.

We are looking forward to lots of great merchants and fun raffle items. As you all know, Holiday Shoppes is the JLS’ largest and most important annual fundraiser and it takes a huge group effort to make it successful! That being said, please make every effort to fulfill the accepted requirements of 5 member ticket purchases and 5 hours of volunteer time at the event. We will have tickets available at all GMMs and Sustainer events, or Shannon our new(er) office assistant can mail them from the JLS office if that is preferred. You can reach her or leave a voicemail at (315) 423-9773. Just let us know!!

For Tickets and Staffing: Actives please reach out to Holly Nichols at (315) 857-8324 or email at hollyjolottie44@


connect with Cheryl Ward, Sustainer VP at (315) 450-7520 or email at cjward@twcny.rr.com.

For members seeking alternate assignments, please let us know asap as there will be many volunteer opportunities prior to the actual event (mailing prep, vendor research, etc.)

Our PR/Communications team is hard at work with creating campaigns for digital advertising, social media, radio and television spots! Please share with your friends and families and spread the word.

Thank you in advance to all members of the Junior League of Syracuse for pitching in to make this the best Holiday Shoppes year yet.


Congratulations to Communications VP, Katina Karl, on her marriage to Tyler Zinsmeyer.

Congratulations to Lisa Alford who has joined the board of directors at the CNYCF.

Congratulations to Lilli Cabot on her acceptance into a Psychology PhD Program.

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MISSION: The Junior League of Syracuse, Inc. (JLS) 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.

VISION: The JLS 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.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT: The JLS welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. E Fayette 225 Syracuse, NY 13202 315.423.9773 315.471.1464 JLSyracuse.org links.

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