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March 2014 • Issue 7

In This Issue: • JLS Zazzle Shop • Nominating News • Kudos • Meet the New PE • Parliamentarian Tip • HT Advocacy Update • February GMM • Policy Update • Sustainer News • Book Club • Meeting Briefs


MARK YOUR CALENDARS March 9: Daylight Savings • Spring Forward: Turn clocks ahead

March 11: March GMM • JLS Office • Social: 6 pm; Meeting: 6:30 pm

March 13: Book Club • “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson • Location TBD

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

March 20: First Day of Spring March 30: Membership Renewal Deadline for 2014 – 2015

JLS has opened a Zazzle Shop where we now have the ability to offer members custom JLS gear on a variety of products, including items such as t-shirts and apparel, keychains, tote bags, mugs, bumper stickers, office supplies, and more! Along with the JLS gear, there are Holiday Shoppes, End Human Trafficking, and general public items for sale. It’s a great way for the League to offer products without the need to purchase items upfront in bulk, have limited selections, or offer items that don’t appeal to every member. You get to pick and choose what you want. Even better, the JLS will earn 10% royalities on every item sold, which also makes the shop a great fundraising tool. Zazzle takes care of the orders and production and the JLS just has to upload designs at no cost to us. So, be sure to share and use the full link above (it will also be posted on our Facebook page, website, other social media outlets, and in email blasts for easy copying). It includes a special reference code that earns us additional referral bonuses for purchases made through the use of our link, even if those purchases are from another shop!

Zazzle also offers coupon codes and sales on a regular basis, so feel free to wait until the item you want is on sale before making your purchases, or team up with other members to make a larger purchase and save on shipping. But, as much fun as it is to get JLS gear, we also need YOUR help to make our new shop a success. To maximize our earning potential we need to offer more products with general public appeal. So, if you have any design ideas or designs/artwork that you’d like to contribute please email them to me. Also, if there is another product (there are hundred to choose from) that you’d like with a JLS logo on it, please send me those requests as well, because if you want something chances are other members will too. Happy Shopping! Contact the NOTES Editor: Whitney Daniels:

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Nominating NEWS

MEET THE 2014 – 2015 PresidentElect: Jenny Jackson Donahoe

As announced last month, we are delighted to have Heather Ford Wallace staying on as our President for a 2nd term! Our slate for next year is nearly complete! • President: Heather Ford Wallace

2014 – 2015 President

• PE: Jenny Jackson Donahoe • PEE: Cathy Dotterer

• Treasurer: Sara Peirson

• Secretary: Kelly Gillespie

• Community VP: Megan Husted

• Membership/Development VP: Jackie Azbill • Communications VP: Sarah Shea Dempsey • Fund Development VP: Sarah Weber • Sustainer VP: Amy Sumida • Parliamentarian: Liz Lane

• Nominating Chair: Jill Lawlor

• ALT Representative: Courtney Bintz • Assistant Treasurer: Jill Ellis

• Public Policy Chair: Kerry Buske Dominski

• Community Collaborations Co-Chairs: Beth Edwards & Cheryl Saidel • Placement Chair: Laura Nelson

• Membership & Recruitment Co-Chairs: Amanda Spence & Audra Mueller

• Education, Training & Arrangements Chair: Linda Dombrow • Fundraiser Co-Chairs: Christie Yesersky Novak & Julianna Hebert

• NOTES Editor: Whitney Daniels

• Assistant NOTES Editor: Lauren Zacher

• Public Relations Chair: Kseniya Lifanova Hogan

Jenny Jackson Donahoe joined the Junior League of Syracuse in 2009 and jumped in with two feet. Demonstrating her interest in the recruitment and retention of members, Jenny has held various committee and leadership positions in the Membership Council, including the Membership Development Committee, Recruitment / New Member Development Co-Chair, and most recently, her current role as Membership / Development VP. Jenny has also served as Tickets & Staffing Co-Chair and Chair of the 2010 and 2011 editions of Holiday Shoppes, respectively, and has participated in numerous Community Council initiatives. Growing up in Manlius, Jenny attended F-M High School and received her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and masters degree in Counseling from Syracuse University. Jenny works in human resources at her family’s company, Feldmeier Equipment, alongside her grandparents, mother, aunt, uncle, cousins and husband. She is actively involved in the community outside the JLS, sitting on the Erie Canal Museum Board. Jenny lives on the west side of Syracuse with her husband Kevin, dog Jameson and cat Matilda. When Jenny and Kevin aren’t working, they spend most of their time with family, catching up on their favorite TV shows, going out for drinks and dinner, skiing and traveling - and of course cheering on their favorite hometown basketball team (go ‘Cuse!). Jenny comes from a long line of Junior League members: her mother, Jeanne, is an active Sustainer and member since 1968, and her grandmother, Peggy, is a JLS Past President (1959-1961). We are grateful that Jenny has continued her family’s tradition of serving the JLS and the Syracuse community and welcome her as the 2014-2015 President-Elect nominee.

parliamentarian tip

• Online Engagement Chair: Rea Carver

The JLS utilizes Robert’s Rules of Order in order to ensure that meetings are run effectively, and agenda items accomplished.

One position is left to be filled: 1. Assistant Sustainer VP

Where do Robert’s Rules of Order come from? Henry Martyn Robert developed the well-known Robert’s Rules of Order. He was an engineering officer in the Army asked to lead a church meeting and realized he didn’t know what to do. After reading and seeing how differently and chaotically meetings were conducted in other states, he wrote the Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies in 1876. Now in its tenth edition, Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised has been completely edited and refined for clarity Contact the Parliamentarian: and consistency.

• Fund Development Chair: Jean Kerr

If anyone is interested in this position, please contact Betsy McLane. Contact the Nominating Chair: Betsy Mariotte-McLane:

KUDOS! Courtney Bintz gave birth to a boy, Greyson, on February 3

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Anna O’Neil:

HT Advocacy Update: Darkness to Light Training opportunity As we prepare to roll out our Human Trafficking Advocacy Project it has come to our attention that there is a training that may be beneficial. While meeting with McMahon Ryan on Human Trafficking they suggested our members go through their Darkness to Light training. Our programs raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. -Darkness to Light Our efforts in advocating on the issue of Human Trafficking is focusing on the sex trafficking of women and children. Sex trafficking is child abuse. This training is not a requirement, but just a valuable training opportunity we are offering to all actives, associates, sustainers and provisionals. We have arranged for McMahon Ryan to directly bill The JLS so there is no cost to you. Please see below for times and registration procedures. Workshops are at McMahon-Ryan Child Advocacy Center: • Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm • Thursday, April 24, 3:00 – 5:00 pm • Friday, May 16, 3:00 pm • Tuesday, June 10 10:00 am – 12:30 pm JLS members may chose to attend one of four

SUSTAINER NEWS Recommendations for nominees will be due in March for the Mary Harriman Award. Please take some time to think about a Sus-

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workshops scheduled at varying times of day. To attend: 1) Pick the time that works best on your schedule 2) Register by contacting facilitator Janice Timmons at 701-2985 or Identify yourself as a JLS member when you register.

3) Attend and learn. Be sure to identify yourself as a JLS member when you sign in at the workshop. If, after your register, you find you are unable to attend, please contact Janice as soon as possible in case others are wait-listed to attend.

February GMM

Policy Update:

We had a fantastic training at our February GMM. Our facilitator Wendy Allen was full of energy and excited to explain what each member’s strengths mean to them. She took the time to speak to every member there about their personal strengths. Thank you to all who participated. We discovered what our top 5 strengths mean to us and how we can use those to be effective in our League work as well as outside the League. For those of you unable to participate we would still like you to complete the questionnaire. We would like to use your strengths in nominating and placement. Wendy taught us that the more balance your team is in the 4 areas: INFLUENCING, EXECUTING, STRATEGIC THINKING AND RELATIONSHIP BUILDING the more productive the team could be. Please contact Dawn, Office Administrator,, if you still need code/access information. tainer who exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding leader that has improved the social and economic conditions of others while embracing the mission and vision of the Junior League. The suggestions for nominees (along with the initial paperwork) should come from the Sustainer ranks and not just from the Sustainer VPs. We truly value your input and hope that you will take the time to consider a fellow Sustainer for this prestigious award. Find the Nomination Application online in the “Members Only Files” on the JLS website.

Mary Harriman Award Nominations

Dear JLS Members, We wanted to let you know about a misprint that was discovered in the Policies. As you all know the Policies were reviewed and updated last league year. At some point in that updating there was a mistake under the Associate requirements. It is listed that the GMM requirement is 3 meetings. This is an error. It should still be 2! The Bylaws are still correct with the 2 GMM requirement. Unfortunately, this error was passed on to the red membership standing postcards that were mailed out. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we are sorry for any confusion it has caused. We will update the policies asap and get them posted to the website. Please make any changes in your personal copy of the policies. We will reprint them for the black membership books for the next league year. Sincerely, Heather Ford Wallace

We are also seeking a Sustainer to host our Spring Cocktail Party to be held in April or May. Please contact one of us if you are willing to open your home for an enjoyable evening with Sustainers and spouses. This party will require volunteers to serve on a cocktail party committee. We need your help – Don’t Be Shy!

Contact the Sustainer VP Co-Chairs: (l - r) Lynn Horowitch: Amy Sumida:

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JLS Book Club

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The BC meeting to discuss “I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai was rescheduled, due to the weather, for February 26th at Jenny Jackson’s house. • March Meeting on March 13th, location TBD: “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson • April Meeting: “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn Book copies can be found at your local library or as e-books/audio books online. Members interested in receiving Book Club e-mails should contact us.

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2013 – 2014 Board Members President: Heather Ford Wallace President-Elect: TBA Treasurer: Cathy Dotterer Secretary: Jill Lawlor COMMUNICATIONS VP: Sarah Shea Dempsey Community VP: Linda Dombrow Fund Development VP: Sarah Weber Membership VP: Jennifer Jackson Parliamentarian: Anna O’Neil Sustainer VPS: Lynn Horowitch & Amy Sumida

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Meeting Briefs January GMM: • Representatives of three community organizations discussed their mission and how they help local women and children in need of shelter, advocacy and counseling services. These organizations serve many clients who have been abused; some of the people they serve are at risk of becoming human trafficking victims. League members engaged in a lively discussion with the following guest speakers: • Sheila Cooper, Director of Transitional Apartments and Parenting Center (TAPC), Salvation Army. TAPC is a 24 unit apartment complex providing long-term transitional housing, case management and parenting classes for homeless, pregnant and parenting adolescent girls, ages 16-21 and their children. • Randi Bregman, Executive Director of Vera House. Randi recognized the successful collaborations between JLS and Vera House over the years and discussed Vera House’s three primary services: Emergency Shelter, Advocacy, and Therapeutic Counseling. • Michelle Cunningham, Director of Programs and Services, and Erin Yeager, Human Trafficking Services, McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center. McMahon Ryan just added a formal Human Trafficking component to its services. The initial objective is to educate the community that human trafficking exists in Central New York.

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January Board Meeting: • The board approved moving forward with a league-wide human trafficking awareness project. Teams of members will be given a tool kit to go out into the community a raise awareness at the grassroots level,. There will be a competitive component to incentivize teams to make as many contacts as possible. The project will be announced at the February GMM and launched in March. • The board is in the final stages of editing job descriptions for all leadership positions. • The league has one final payment of $5,000 due next year for building upgrades that were done when JLS moved into the Philanthopy Center. The board approved paying the last $5,000 this year to save the league $600 in interest charges. • Board members were invited to visit St. Joseph’s Hospital on Jan. 28 for a tour of the new patient tower and to hear presentations on Sexual Assault Nurses (SANE) and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).

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JLS March 2014 NOTES  

March 2014 news from the Junior League of Syracuse

JLS March 2014 NOTES  

March 2014 news from the Junior League of Syracuse