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A look at past members and their current works

CHANGEMAKER: Celebrating Gold Rose Award Winner Susan Garlinghouse LADIES WHO READ

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NO ‘BUTTS’ ABOUT IT: DIAPER NEED IS REAL Through its signature project, Diaper Depot, the Junior League of Topeka and its partners distribute over 100,000 diapers to children in need throughout Topeka and Shawnee County.


























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e are thrilled to bring you this inaugural issue of Capital Impact! I hope that you enjoy this as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. In addition to learning about many of the things that Junior League of Topeka does in our community, we hope you also enjoy learning about some of our partner agencies and other nonprofits in the area.

Spring 2017 Featured Contributors Berkshire Hathaway Realtors of Topeka Dan Brungardt Ashley Carson Eric Johnson, DDS Dr. Lyn D. Rantz Dr. Matt Ricks Don Scott

Contributors Erin Aldridge Kasi Brown Lacee Ebert Whitney Freel Gena Hendrickson Jenna Herron Katie Koupal Jo Davis Meitner Lindsey Munson Cassie Norton Lisa Schwarz Erica Sextro Andrea VanDonge Laura Vaughn Jenay Weekly Jane Metzger, Past President Creative Director Bailee Howard

This is our “Spring into Summer” edition, so inside you will find local guest articles on all things renewal: life, home, body, and fashion. Be sure to check out the local private school and summer camp guides as well, to see what is coming up in the area for your kids in the coming months. Look for us again this autumn for our “Fall into Winter” edition, where we will have guest articles tailored to the season of giving

Editorial Board Jennifer Sourk- President Jessica Johnson- Immediate Past President Shana Hubbell- Leadership Council Cassie Norton- Membership Development Council Ashlee Schneider- Funding Development Council Tiffany Strohmeyer-Community Impact Council Tracy Jepson-Vice President Communications Council Sharon Boranyak- Sustainer Amber Carlson- Editor Kelsie Schafer- Assistant Editor Rebecca Corazzin- Marketing Chair


Amber Carlson, Editor

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Vice President Communications Council Tracy Jepson Assistant Editor Kelsie Schafer Editor Amber Carlson



Community is more than our homes, schools, and location. What makes a community is its people and how they come together to unite as one. After my husband and I graduated from Washburn University and welcomed our first child, we had to make a decision as to where we called “home.” It wasn’t too difficult of a decision for us as we had already begun establishing our network in Topeka, but we had to make it official. Once that decision was made, we agreed that if we were going to raise our family in this city, we were going to play an active part in our community. Shortly thereafter I found myself as a member of Junior League of Topeka.


For the last 80 years, the Junior League of Topeka has been serving the needs of our community through outstanding leadership and effective action of our trained volunteers. Throughout our history, community and volunteerism have been the core of Junior League of Topeka’s mission and has led to this inaugural issue of Capital Impact, a publication celebrating leadership and volunteerism in Topeka and Shawnee County. My decision to join this League of women has fulfilled my desire to give our community my all by providing me training and opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise had that will allow me to grow as a leader, serve along with others to impact issues facing our most vulnerable citizens as well as lead by example and provide a lasting legacy for my children.

I truly hope that this magazine shines a light on not only what the Junior League of Topeka does but also the other individuals and organizations that are making a difference in our community. We have enjoyed making an impact over the last 80 years, and we look forward to many more. Best Wishes, Jennifer Sourk Jennifer Sourk, 2016-2018 President



Meet Our 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Jennifer Sourk President “Corn on the cob, hamburgers off the grill and as much time as possible at Lake Wabaunsee with family and friends.”

Heather Scott Treasurer

Angie Haggard Secretary

Tracy Jepson Communications

Amanda Vogelsberg Community Impact

“Summer vacations!”

“Spending time at the ballpark watching our kids”

“I always look forward to our annual Memorial Day float trip to start off summer. Baseball games, lightning bugs and warm nights sitting outside and listening to music with my husband top off my list!”

“...longer daylight hours, feeling the sun warm my skin, hiking, swimming, and kayaking with my family. “


Capital Impact Asked...

What is your favorite thing about Summer?

Ali Wilson Funding Development

Kim Sixkiller Leadership Development

Laine Hash Membership Development

Laurie Niehaus Sustainer Representative

Marsha Sheahan Sustainer Advisor

“Spending time at the lake”

I love the cook-outs and late summer nights with family and friends while our kids chase lightning bugs, play flashlight tag, and enjoy the slowed down pace of the simpler things in life!

“There is just a feeling I get in the summertime. It takes me back to when I was a kid & time seemed to stand still. Time may not stand still anymore, but there seem to be more opportunites to enjoy the sunshine, outdoors and loved ones.”

“My favorite thing about summer is that it stays light later so I can enjoy being outside in the evening with my family!”

“I slow down a bit and enjoy being outdoors working amongst the flowers, visiting with neighbors, and watching the critters that have chosen to live in my yard.”



Looking Back While Changing the Future Lice Kits and Shoes Jenay Weekly “Lice kits and shoes.” This is not exactly what we expected to hear when State Street Elementary Principal Sarah Sharp gave Topeka Junior League sustainers her list of requested items for our annual fall project. Principal Sharp explained that head lice are a constant problem and without the rather pricey kits that include three components, it was difficult to eradicate the lice.

Sustainer: Someone who keeps up or keeps going, as an action or process; Someone who provides for (an institution or the like) by furnishing means or funds. Erin Aldridge

Junior League Sustainer: A woman who is no longer an active member due to years of service or age but has made the decision to financially support the Junior League of Topeka. She continues use the knowledge and connections she gained during her active years to benefit her community. Service to the community is woven into the hearts of Junior League of Topeka sustainers. Through their time as active members in the League these women learned and developed skills that impact our community each day. Here are two of the many projects that the sustaining members of the Junior League of Topeka are involved in. There are many more projects that never receive the kudos that they deserve. Uncountable are the skills and the moments of impact that these women have brought to our community.

Next, the school secretary provided a story about a child who had ONLY rubber flip flops to wear to school. When the weather cooled, her teacher bought her a pair of shoes. Then there was the boy whose only shoes were held together with duct tape. Junior League of Topeka sustainers went into action! In little more than three weeks, we amassed over 70 pairs of shoes in various sizes, and we provided 60 of the precious head lice kits. In addition, we took numerous bags of new socks and underwear for State Street kids. Our parting gift was contact information for the local Topeka philanthropy “Soul to Sole” who continues to provide shoes for deserving students. Junior League sustainers proudly continue to care for Topekans through projects such as our annual school adoption.

Next to New – Then & Now Jane Metzger The year was 1955 and the Junior League of Topeka in an effort to raise funds for community programs and projects started the Next-to-New sale. The sale featuring gently used merchandise quickly grew into the “Biggest Garage Sale West of the Mississippi.” The proceeds from the sale were seed money for programs in our community such as: The Arts Council, Meals on Wheels, Everywoman’s Resource Center, Race Against Breast Cancer, Topeka Community Foundation, Hospice, CASA of Shawnee County and many more. The League began a new funding initiative in 2007. While serving on the East Topeka Senior Center Board, two Junior League sustainers, Jane Metzger and Connie Hubbell, suggested that the Center reignite the sale to benefit the Senior Center which did not have an annual fundraiser and was in need of sustainable funding. Jane and Connie sent an invitation to Junior League sustainers inviting them to a planning meeting to discuss this idea. Because it would provide many League members the opportunity to work together again while benefitting a good cause, the sustainers were enthusiastic about supporting the sale.


In 2012, the first East Topeka Senior Center Next to New Sale was held. During the past six years over 100 League sustainers and active members, community volunteers and many community sponsors have volunteered their time and resources to the sale. Even though the sale has been on a smaller scale than the original, it has provided the Senior Center with lifesaving income. In turn, the Senior Center has provided programs and transportation services for senior citizens in Shawnee County. This summer the sustainers are holding a Next-to-New Garage Sale which will specialize in accessories such as jewelry, scarves, shoes, purses, etc. As stated by Connie Spencer, executive director of the East Topeka Senior Center, “Thank you Junior League actives and sustainers for once again supporting a needed community program with your time and talent.�

Community volunteers process gently used merchandise at Rice Community Center, 432 SE Norwood; just check postings on the NTN Facebook timeline for current schedules. NextToNewLovesEastTopekaSeniorCenter





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Who is the Junior League of Topeka? Sustaining Member Spotlight Lindsey Munson - Lisa Schwarz Georgiana Morrill joined the Junior League of Topeka at the age of 32, after being persuaded by a friend to do so. While an active member, she served as Corresponding Secretary, Provisional Chairman, and President. She tried to hold all Board positions except Treasurer. With pride in her eyes and a full heart, she says, “I really gave it my all.” Georgiana was a part of some of the impactful moments in our history through her League membership. After the Topeka Tornado of 1966, the Junior League of Topeka opened a space downtown and prepared meals to serve the people who were involved in the clean-up and rebuilding of Topeka. She also looks fondly back on her time teaching French at an after school activity for 2nd-4th graders for 6-8 weeks at each of the schools. As President, she was able to attend two National Conferences, one in San Diego, CA, and the other in Miami, FL. She was at the National Conference in 1966 when it was announced that Albuquerque, NM had invited the first African American woman to join League.

Morill with Active members in her home, February 2017

After fulfilling her role as President, Georgiana became a sustaining member. She has continued to volunteer and has been very involved with the KAPPA alumni. She became involved in a French-speaking group that has met every Wednesday for the past 35 years. She has a huge passion for travel, so she and her friend Jeanne Morris, a fellow League member, have traveled all over the world together. Georgiana recently celebrated her 90th birthday with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is still a sustaining member of the Junior League of Topeka, and continues to be involved in the activities of the League. We would like to thank Georgiana for her past and continued involvement and service to our community.


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How’s Your Curb Appeal? Berkshire Hathaway First, REALTORS® Let’s all be honest: we all LIVE in our homes. So what does that mean when you are ready or thinking of selling your home? It’s time to whip it into shape – to make those home repairs that haven’t been crossed off your list. Freshening it up with some updates could help sell your home faster (and faster in the real estate world equals more money). Start by doing a walkthrough of your home. You can do this first on your own, and then call your Realtor to do it alongside you. Sometimes bringing in an objective party can show you things you’ve become blind to, helping you to remedy them or implement easy changes. As you probably have heard, paint and carpet are the two changes that can make the most impact in making a house feel new. That said, your Realtor can lead you in the right direction on what does or does not need to be done. Your list might not be as long as you think. Decluttering and deep cleaning are also a must for making your home stand out in pictures and gleam in person. And don’t forget the outside of your home! Spend time there, too. A buyer’s first impression is critical. Removing leaves, laying new mulch, putting on fresh house numbers and power washing your sidewalk and front entry make a big impact with little cost. Reluctant to spend time and money fixing things when you’re ready to sell your house? Remember, a home is an investment, and investing in it makes the overall product for a buyer more appealing.



The Changemaker and my money to try to make the world a better place. The Junior League helps us all to be changemakers.” In an acceptance speech filled with encouragement and inspiration, Garlinghouse recalled a fable worth remembering when we think about using our voices and actions for change:

The Gold Rose Award honors a Junior League of Topeka sustainer for her ongoing impact in our community. It is the most prestigious award given by the Junior League of Topeka to honor a woman who has used her League training to contribute to the betterment of our community.

The Weight of a Snowflake – a Christmas Parable

Susan Garlinghouse, encompasses the spirit of volunteerism that leads the Women of the Junior League of Topeka through their years as active members as well as years down the road through their work with in the community. She began her service to League in the 1970’s while she was raising five children. It was imperative to her that they understood the importance of making commitments to others.

“In that case I must tell a marvelous story,” the sparrow said. “I sat on a branch of a fir tree, close to its trunk, when it began to snow, not heavily, not a giant blizzard, no, just like in a dream, without any violence. Since I didn’t have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952. When the next snowflake dropped onto the branch - nothing more than nothing, as you say - the branch broke off.”

“Tell me the weight of a snowflake,” a sparrow asked a wild dove. “Nothing more than nothing,” was the answer.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. We vote in elections once or maybe twice a year. But, when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community in which we want to live.” - Susan Garlinghouse Susan usan shared with League members her views on making aking a difference. “I hope to leave the world just a bitt better than when and how I found it. I see myself ass a changemaker because I want the world to be a better place – for everyone. A friend once nicknamed me Rainmaker. I really liked the feel of that. I really do like to make things happen. I’m a change maker because I have identified those issues about which I am most passionate and I find pleasure and happiness from working on them and giving to them. I’m a changemaker because I have found partners and friends in my endeavors. I am a changemaker because I recognize that I can use my brain, my time

Having The dove Ha ving i said sai aid id that, that th att the at, th he sparrow spar sp par arro r w flew flew w away. awa way ay. y. T h d he ove e tthought hought herself: about the story for a while and finally said id d to to he hers rsel rs elf: “Perhaps there is only one voice lacking for peace to come in our world.” “Whenever you think your contributions, acts of charity, work for justice, gifts of love, or your talents are nothing, or are small in comparison to those of others, remember that when one is added to another, and then to another, great things can happen---from ‘nothing more than nothing’.”


Ladies Who Read

The Devil in the Junior League

Selections from the Junior League of Topeka Book Club

by Linda Francis Lee

The League book club that began nearly two years ago and is the first League club to welcome new, active, and sustaining members. The group meets every 4-5 weeks to discuss a chosen book, eat, and socialize. During the busy holiday season, the group hosts a book exchange instead of reading and discussing a book. Books can be either new or used, and everyone shares why they wanted to share their particular book. Club members have read a wide variety of books from suspense and romance to historical fiction. Some books have been loved by all, some not so much. And a couple of books were not even finished by the majority of the club. Get wrapped up in one of our three favorite page turners!

The Junior League of Willow Creek, Texas is one of the most exclusive clubs in the area. If you weren’t born to the right people or married into the right family, there is no need to apply. Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware was fortunate enough to do both and she is a member beyond reproach. That is until her husband steals her money and runs off. Frede would prefer no one find out lest she become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. The only person in town who is able to help her get revenge is her neighbor Howard Grout. He is a tasteless and tacky gold-chain-wearing lawyer who bought his way into her neighborhood. He will help her but only if she gets his equally tacky wife into the Junior League. Linda Francis Lee has written a comical book about what a woman will do to get revenge on her cheating husband.

The Ni Th Nightingale hti l by Kristin Hannah Sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Isabelle is younger but bolder and lives in Paris while Vianne is happy living with her husband Antoine and their daughter in the French countryside. When the Second World War starts, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne feels isolated so Isabelle is sent to help her. While the war continues, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. Vianne and Isabelle will face terrifying situations and bravery will take different forms in each of their actions. Why we loved it: This book gave insight into how and why people reacted differently to situations, and the character development was detailed without bogging the reader down with trivial details. The story was full of action and suspense, and the reader was drawn to even the vilest characters of WWII.


Why we loved it: This book was so fun and quick to read. More than one of us stayed up way too late to finish it. We were also all very relieved that the only real similarity between their Junior League and ours was the good work they did in the community. Continuned on p. 15 900 S Kansas Avenue, Suite 400 • 785-291-0400


Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a member of Junior League of Topeka? As an organization committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community, our membership requirements are geared toward achieving that goal! Our members are asked to attend monthly meetings, log volunteers hours in the community, and invest in the organization through annual membership dues. Each of these requirements are focused on furthering the mission of the Junior League in Topeka. Through these commitments, members receive training in leadership, organizational development, community needs assessment, mentoring, advocacy, communications, funding development, strategic planning, negotiation, networking and more. Training, volunteerism, and social events benefit our members and build life-long friendships with others who share the same passion for community.

If you would like to receive more information about membership in the Junior League of Topeka, please email All women 18 and over are welcome and we are excited to meet you! 14

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Disclaimer by RenÊe Knight Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Although the book claims to be fiction, The Perfect Stranger tells, in unmistakable detail, of the terrible day Catherine has been keeping secret all these years. Only one other person knew - and that person is dead. While Catherine’s world is falling apart, the past is catching up with her. The only hope she has is to confront what really happened to her that day, even if the truth might destroy her. Why we loved it: This book was filled with twists and turns which makes it almost impossible to put down. Even when you think you have it all figured out there is a surprise that none of us saw coming. For a full list of our bookclub selections and information about joining our group, please visit us online at or via email:


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No ‘Butts’ About It: Diaper Need Is Real Diaper Need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.

On a windy day in September of 2012, the very first diaper drive was held for the Junior League’s newest initiative, the Diaper Depot. The organization collected 2,000 diapers and donations of $120.00 at a local restaurant. From the humble start we could never have imagined what the next five years would bring. The support for Diaper Depot grew from collecting just over 7,000 diapers the first year to distributing over 100,000 diapers by year three. Through the help of community and national grants, Diaper Depot became the first diaper bank in Shawnee County and is sustained solely through donations and grants.

A project of the Junior League of Topeka

Donate at one of our permanant drop-off locations or host your own diaper drive!

When the Diaper Depot was founded, over 3,200 children under the age of one were enrolled in the Women, Infant, and Child (WIC) program in Shawnee County. WIC is a program administered through the county that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food, and other services to families in Shawnee County. WIC’s goal is to keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, and kids under age five, healthy. However, WIC does not provide any assistance for diapers, one of the most expensive costs related to infants and toddlers.

Brandon Aldridge State Farm Agency 29th & Croco Rd. Kirk & Cobb Realtors 29th & Gage Blvd. USD 501 Parents as Teachers Quinton Heights Education Center

Host a drive at your business, church, or school. Even play groups are great places to gather diapers! Contact to sign up! Fill out a form, pick a date, spread the word and then collect diapers. It is that easy! Let us help you get your diaper drive started today!

League members with Governor Sam Brownback proclaiming September 26 to October 2, 2016 Diaper Need Awareness Week.


Diapers for one child can cost upwards of $100 each month. For a family of four, living at the poverty level ($24,300 according to 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines), diapers can be up to 5% of monthly income. Children whose caregivers cannot provide an adequate diaper supply may spend an entire day or longer in a single diaper. Families who can’t afford enough diapers risk diaper rash and urinary tract infections that can lead to hospital visits. Research has found that diaper need and the inability to provide them, is a stronger predictor of stress for families than other indicators such as neighborhood crime and food insecurity. In order to assist families in need and ensure the continuing success of Diaper Depot, the Junior League of Topeka continues to actively fundraise and receives diaper donations from many different sources such as grants, diaper drives and direct donations. In addition, permanent year-round collection locations have been established across Topeka which provides an opportunity for the public to donate to the cause.

FAST FACTS 5.3 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families. 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need. Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps. Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month per baby. No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers. Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers. Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES Babies who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks. Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are not accepted at the vast majority of child care centers. Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their babies at child care. Source: National Diaper Bank Network

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Diapers purchased with grant funds await processing at the Diaper Depot warehouse, donated by Prairie Land Foods, Inc.

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Collaboration in Action

In 2015, Junior League of Topeka discovered one of the area’s best kept secrets in service to others: Community Action, Inc. “At Community Action, we fight poverty,” Tawny Stottlemire, the agency’s executive director, explains. “And yet, it’s likely that many people have never heard of us.” Stottlemire says that helping people understand the scope of the nonprofit agency’s work is difficult because, “poverty is a complex issue and the work we do isn’t easily contained into just one area of services or supports.” She adds with a smile that “maybe the best way to describe our multi-faceted organization is that, ‘we are the Swiss Army Knife in the War on Poverty’.”

Community Action is part of a larger, nationwide network of over 1,000 organizations dedicated to addressing the causes and conditions of poverty in America. The organization’s roots are found in President Johnson’s 1964 Economic Opportunity Act. Stottlemire says that while much has changed over the past 52 years, the need for supports, services, and advocacy on behalf of the poor remains pertinent. “Shawnee County’s 15% poverty rate is slightly higher than the rate for the nation as a whole. Our northeast and north central Kansas service area’s poverty rate is over 13%. And that’s just the people living with household incomes that fall at or below the government’s annual definition of ‘poverty’.” Stottlemire adds that the number of low-income Kansans struggling to make ends meet far exceeds the official poverty level thresholds. Community Action responds by examining community assessment data, planning programs and services that will help fill gaps, evaluating the results of their work, and then adjusting service delivery to achieve greater outcomes. “We focus on reducing poverty for families and communities, and on operating a highly accountable, effective, community-based organization.” A 33-member, volunteer governing board directs the agency’s programming on affordable, quality housing, early childhood and youth development, homelessness prevention, senior services, and, work with targeted populations such as Latino immigrants and in-home child care providers. Joining forces, Community Action helps to expand the Diaper Depot initiative, by providing low-income parents of infants and toddlers up to 50 diapers, at no cost, each month. League volunteers in return gathered community assessment data by interviewing 157 people, in a single day, at Community Action’s annual Back-To-School Fair. “That data has been invaluable to our work,” Stottlemire reports. “We’ve used the information in donor requests, in program designing, and, to help policy makers develop informed positions.” In October 2016, Community Action presented the Junior League of Topeka with the agency’s highest partnership honor, the Award for Collaborative Excellence (ACE). “You don’t have to memorize our entire catalogue of programs and services,” says Stottlemire. “Just remember that Community Action is your local partner in fighting poverty, and, when you need help, or you want to provide help, look us up at WeFightPoverty. org.” She adds, “And don’t keep it a secret!” For more information, contact:

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New Dental Practice: Ad Astra Family Dentistry Greg Johnson, D.D.S and Eric Johnson, D.D.S., recently announced their new dental practice, Ad Astra Family Dentistry. They have practiced general dentistry in Topeka for a combined 45 years. Both are members of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association, and Topeka District Dental Society. They also provide dental care for Kansas Mission of Mercy, Donated Dental Services, and Shawnee County Medical Society HealthAccess. Dr. Greg’s wife, Kathy Johnson, is a Junior League of Topeka sustainer. Dr. Eric’s wife, Jessica Johnson, is an active Gold member and a Junior League of Topeka Past President. Both Dr. Greg and Dr. Eric are very supportive of the Junior League of Topeka and its mission and projects.

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Express Care Urish 6725 S.W. 29th St.

Urgent Care, Conveniently Located Cotton O’Neil Express Care With four convenient locations in Topeka, Cotton O’Neil Express Care is a physician-led, walk-in clinic that treats minor illnesses and injuries that don’t require emergency care. X-ray and lab services are available. These urgent care clinics are open to the public. Express Care Croco 2909 S.E. Walnut Drive Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekends: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Express Care NOTO 1130 N. Kansas Ave. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekends: Closed

Express Care North 4505 N.W. Fielding Road Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekends: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Express Care Urish 6725 S.W. 29th St. Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekends: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Express Care Croco 2909 S.E. Walnut Drive



True Impact:

80 Years of Dedication to the Community For the past 80 years, the Junior League of Topeka has made lasting connections and has established over 35 community service projects, some which evolved into noteworthy Topeka organizations. We believe that it is important to highlight these organizations and the relationship they have with the Junior League of Topeka. In each issue we will feature organizations impacted by the work of the League. 1972 Establish Meels On Wheels

1946 Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum

Kansas Action for Children

Volunteer Center of Topeka

1932 Founded as the Junior Charities of Topeka



1955 Next to New Sale Begins

1963 Arts Council of Topeka

1978 $15,000 Gift to Midland Hospice

Florence Crittenton Services of Topeka is a nonprofit agency providing mental and behavioral health services to the community. Rooted in the social justice movement, Florence Crittenton was founded in 1900 with a $100 donation from Charles Crittenton. Throughout its history, Florence Crittenton has served the community in a variety of ways to support marginalized populations. In the 1980s and 1990s, Junior League was a key partner with the Crittenton agency, providing support to the Mother and Infant Program. Junior League women were “Moms in Support� serving as birthing coaches and mentors to the young women in the program. Through these relationships, League volunteers provided emotional and physical assistance when necessary to the mothers to be. As community needs changed, residential programs were no longer needed on the basis of pregnancy alone. As a result, Florence Crittenton ended the Mother and Infant Program in 2005 to focus on their long-standing Troubled Teen program.


Today, Florence Crittenton serves individuals and families who have experienced traumatic events, are victims of crime, facing mental health disorders, living in environments of chronic stress, or going through a life event. Services are provided through four lines of programming: an outpatient mental Florence Crittenton health clinic for all ages and genders, a psychiatric residential treatment program for adolescent girls, Services of Topeka Emergency Shelter services for adolescent girls, and a community-wide health and wellness program called Heat Up Topeka. All four programs are rooted in the mission to empower individuals and families to increase hope, relieve distress, and achieve promising futures. Junior League continues to support Florence Crittenton through special projects, thus increasing their ability to respond to mental and emotional health needs in the community. 20

Since 1983, the Topeka Community Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in our region through an active partnership with donors and others who believe that positive change occurs through effective charitable giving. The foundation connects donors with their interests and community needs, increases charitable giving in our community, provides leadership on key Topeka Community community issues and ensures stewardship and accountability for effective community investment Foundation of donor dollars. Junior League was instrumental in its establishment, providing a $10,000 grant that made it possible for the Foundation to open its doors. The mutual supportive relationship still continues to this day; Junior League has since received grants from Topeka Community Foundation in the years following its inception!


Today, the Community Foundation manages more than 325 charitable funds established by individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Together, these funds represent ordinary people who have made extraordinary commitments to our community. The Topeka Community Foundation offers easy ways to help make a significant difference with charitable giving. By partnering with the Community Foundation, donors receive the simplicity and tax advantages of a public charity combined with the personal recognition, involvement and flexibility of a private foundation. Donors also gain access to the highest level of strategic thinking on ways to meet community challenges. In addition to their charitable funds, the Topeka Community Foundation hosts Topeka Gives, an exciting day of giving; they oversee over 50 scholarship funds, and manage grantmaking to nonprofit organizations, reinvesting more than $2 million each year into our community.

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Everybody Wins! Reading Program In May 1985, a potential need for volunteers to advocate for children involved in the court system was identified. Kansas Action for Children requested that the Junior League of Topeka conduct a survey of the community to determine the extent of the need. The Junior League agreed and appointed a committee of three to conduct the survey. The committee determined that an organization was needed and submitted several grant applications for funding, including a request to the Junior League of Topeka. The request to the Junior League was for $25,750 and volunteers over a three year period. A steering committee, was charged with the task of establishing the organization into what it remains today. CASA, short for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, was incorporated in 1986. Its mission is to utilize volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children and youth involved in the court system. The purpose of this advocacy is to provide a voice for children in an effort to have informed and expedient decisions made about their futures. Only about 35% of children in need of care in Shawnee County have an advocate assigned to their case. There simply are not enough volunteers nor funding to provide the advocacy needed. Of that 35%, there are still over 80 children waiting for an advocate to be assigned to their case. To advocate on behalf of these children or volunteer your your time, visit

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Brighten Your Tastebuds! Spring’s arrival is always a wake-up call in the kitchen. After feasting on every form of comfort food during the cold winter months, spring shows up…and so does our remorse. Luckily, spring begins with a bounty of fresh produce and there’s no better way to get us back on track than dining on a colorful salad dressed with a tangy homemade dressing. Laura Finson’s Blood Orange Vinaigrette

KG’s Basic Salad •

Dan’s Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 C. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

1/4 C. BR Cohn Blood Orange Olive Oil

2 T. Apple Cider Vinegar

Pinch of Salt

Pinch of Pepper

Whisk together and dress salad.

1/4 C. of BR Cohn Olive Oil

Slightly less than 1/4 C. of BR Cohn 15 Year Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt

1/4 tsp. Coarse Ground Pepper

Whisk together until emulsified. Dress salad.

Prepare our basic salad recipe, add a few of your favorite fixings, and then give each of these dressings a try. Post a picture of your favorite combo on Facebook or Instagram and tag Kitchen Gallery and use hashtag #CapitalImpact. We can’t wait to see which one is your favorite!

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5 oz. Your Favorite Greens

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3 T. Pine Nuts, Roasted

1/2 C Cherry Tomatoes, Halved

Cindy’s Homemade Ranch Dressing •

1/2 C. Mayonnaise

1/2 C. Buttermilk

1/4 C. Sour Cream

1/2 tsp. Dried Parsley

1/2 tsp. Dried Dill

1/2 tsp. Onion Powder

1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1/8 tsp. Salt (add more to taste)

1/8 tsp. Pepper

Mix together and enjoy.

Mix In a Pop of Color This Season

Remix— In my kitchen, I have open shelving flanking my cooktop. Each season, I change up what I display on those shelves. For spring, I bring in antique floral china, handpainted by my great grandmother and mix it with mossfilled pots, topiaries, and bunny figurines. I love seeing these family heirlooms mixed into my décor, it always changes my mood!

By Dan Brungardt I absolutely love transitioning into spring. Coming out of the bleak, grey world of winter, the bright greens buds and pastels flowers are like a reward for my patience and the payoff excites me every year. As nature undergoes this shift outside, I turn my attention inside, working to create an equally showy environment in many of my rooms. Here are my Top 5 ways to put a little spring in your rooms.

True Colors— I would like to think that I have painted my last wall, yet I am always plotting and planning which one is next in my home. A fresh coat of paint on even just one wall is the perfect way to dress your home for spring. Imagine dedicating one focal wall in your entry, a back hall, or your powder room that you change when the mood strikes. Every time you walk by that bright green, pink or lavender wall, you’ll smile.

My Floral Romance— Whether you love the scent of fresh cut stems or the longevity of silk posies, you can’t go wrong adding a small arrangement to your kitchen island or cocktail table. The pop of fresh color will change the mood instantly. If you really want to feel spoiled, try adding a bouquet to your bedside table. Real or artificial, you’ll feel like a queen! Pillow Talk— One of the easiest ways to up your game at home is to swap out your sofa pillows on a seasonal basis. I urge my clients to think ahead when buying furniture and stay as neutral as possible so they can make over their rooms three or four times a year with pillows. With a small investment, you can make a mighty change!


Cover Up— Having lived through dreary Portland winters for almost two decades, my next trick was essential to bringing a spirit of renewal into my home. Every year about this time, I swap out my heavier darker bedding for crisp white sheets and a beautiful cotton coverlet and shams. Talk about a game changer!




Home Ready for Spring? Spring is around the corner and most homeowners are looking forward to beautifying their yards for the season. Homeowners would be wise to consider general maintenance for their exterior. Roofs and windows are a major investment and are responsible for protecting the home. Severe weather like high winds and hail can cause considerable damage to roofs and put the structural integrity at risk. Replacing roofs is expensive and most homeowners will only need to do that once or twice in their lifetime. The best way to protect your investment and home is to perform regular maintenance to minimize costly repairs. We asked Don Scott, owner of Assurance Exteriors, to provide essential tips for roof maintenance. How often should we have our roofs inspected? Annual inspections are highly recommended to extend the life of the roof. What should we look for while inspecting our roofs? 

Roofs should be free of debris. Sweep or blow off sticks, leaves and other items that may clog the gutters or start algae to grow.


Look for exposed nails. Replace nails if necessary or simply nail them back down.


Look for loose, missing, damaged, or curling shingles and have those repaired.


Check the box vents and ridge caps to ensure nothing is blocking the heat from the attic to escape.


Make sure to clean gutters, as this will help with rain run-off. Double check the drain spouts as well to ensure they are in good repair, and that they are properly aligned to ensure good drainage away from the foundation.



Check for signs of fungus or algae. You can install zinc or lead control strips to help minimize damage.


Check metal areas for signs of rust. Just wire brush the rust, prime and paint.


Examine the flashings to ensure the caulk is in good condition. If it is not, replace the caulk.


Ensure there are good seals around joints and chimneys.


Trim trees that are close to the roof or hanging over it, as this will prevent damage and keep rodents away.


If there is heavy snow accumulation, be sure to clear it quickly to prevent collapse.

When is it time to replace my roof? Generally, roofs can last up to 30 years depending on the type of shingle installed; however, hail seems to be the primary reason for roof replacement in our area. There are times when homeowners change the color of the house and want to replace the roof with a change in color as well; in that case, there are many options available, all of which can minimize strong distinctions while maximizing colors. Why is my roof discolored? Roofs can become discolored due to trees and excessive debris. These can cause algae to grow. If you choose to power wash your roof, have a trained professional do it. What should I know about gutters? Make sure the gutters are debris free and the right size for the run-off based on the pitch of the roof. All too often, simple roof maintenance is overlooked; however, annual maintenance is an effective way to protect your roof and make it last longer and spring is the perfect time to do this! What about our windows? Many believe windows last forever; however, over time the seals may break down and need replacement. Additionally, the gases that are “inside” the window may diminish allowing more UV rays into the home. Newer windows also have higher efficiency ratings and in some cases can even provide homeowners with tax deductions for upgrading their home to be energy efficient.




Mary Harriman, the founder of The Junior League, was born on November 17, 1881. She was a woman ahead of her time, a New York debutante who at the young age of 19 had more than social teas and dances on her mind. The daughter of Union Pacific Railroad titan and financier E. H. Harriman, she used her life of privilege as a platform for social reform.

As her friend and classmate Nathalie Henderson recalled in 1950, Mary believed that the 85 young women making their debut that year “had the opportunity and the responsibility of making an important contribution to the New York City community . . . [to] do what we could do to improve conditions, and that we should head the way.”

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Mary’s ideas about bettering society began to take shape as a concrete plan while she was studying with Nathalie for her Barnard College entrance examinations. She attended a lecture given by Louise Lockwood about the growing Settlement Movement and the work of Jane Addams at Hull House in Chicago. Mary was impressed with the College Settlement in New York City, where college graduates and students lived

among the immigrant population to learn about their problems and needs, and she determined that the debutantes of her year would produce an “entertainment” to raise funds to benefit the settlement house. In her friends Mary saw an untapped resource, and she seized the opportunity to revolutionize the experience of young women being introduced to society. With the debutante system already in place, Mary recognized a self-perpetuating supply of volunteers who “with organized and combined effort” could “put to good use the opportunities afforded them by the advantages of time and means.” Mary and Nathalie brought together eight additional young women, and that group of 10 composed a Statement of Purpose: that each year’s group of young women would be organized to contribute to the community. Eighty young women joined the first year, eager to enrich their own lives by becoming involved in improving social conditions in their city. continued on p. 36

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Since joining Junior League, Elwell has become more aware of League’s long and proud history in Topeka - particularly the role in getting book mobiles into the community and launching Meals on Wheels. Elwell believes the Junior League of Topeka can be best described in three words: inclusive, engaging and philanthropic.

When asked what she would do if given $25,000 to make a difference in Topeka, Speckart replied she “...would give the money to the most vulnerable in the community – the homeless, those with mental illness, the incarcerated – because Topeka will never be better than those who are struggling to get by.”


Dr. Nadia Cabrilo, MD Pediatrics Stormont Vail Health

Nadia joined League to get involved with helping out in the community. “I was drawn to Diaper Depot and realized, as a pediatrician, diapers were not covered by WIC or other assistance programs. Learning about Diaper Depot made me want to get involved in League.”

Keeping The Legacy Alive Our Mission: The Junior League of Topeka, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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For nearly a century, The Junior League has prepared women to lead and challenge the status quo for the vital purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of our civil society. Our mission and purpose are guided by the underlying needs of the community and our internal drive of building women into active community and business leaders. As The Junior League of Topeka celebrates its 80th year, we have, and continue to, implement programs to fulfill specific areas in the community that need our attention as well as provide training that transcends generations and continues to move our community forward. As The Junior League’s revolutionary founder, Mary Harriman, saw firsthand, radical reform doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen without significant investment in women. It is through the financial support The Junior League of Topeka has received that seecures the future of women’s civic leadership for generations to come and we thank our sponsors for their continued support of our mission and vision. Supporting the Junior League of Topeka is an investment in our community. To join our list of supporters, visit to donate.

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Ready for School? What to Look For

TOPEKA PRIVATE SCHOOL GUIDE Cair Paravel Latin School Grades K-12 Classical Christian Christ the King School Grades K-8 Catholic Hayden High School Grades 9-12 Roman Catholic Heritage Christian School Grades PreK-12 Non-Denominational Holy Family Catholic School Grades PreK-Grade 8 Catholic Mater Dei Catholic School Grades PreK-8 Catholic

Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School Grades K-Grade 8 Catholic Topeka Collegiate School Grades Preschool-8 College Preparatory School Topeka Seventh-day Adventist School Grades K-8 Seventh-day Adventist

St. Matthew Catholic School Grades K-8 Roman Catholic

This list is not exhaustive. Please contact: if you would like your school included in the next spring-summer edition.

By Dr. Lyn D. Rantz Topeka Collegiate Head of School

I’ll never forget the look on my daughter’s face when I picked her up from her first day of preschool. She was so proud and so confident, and bubbled over with excitement during the car ride home. She was more than ready for the challenges ahead. I wasn’t as certain about my other children. One had difficulty separating. The other complained of being too tired or bored. Yet ultimately, they too found inner confidence that carried them through this most important of educational milestones. They just needed different types of motivation to ignite their love of school. Every parent knows each child is different and may demonstrate preschool readiness in different ways, even from their own siblings. The best early childhood programs embrace these differences and support teachers’ efforts to meet each child’s individual needs.


A quality preschool program practically hums with the excitement of its busy learners. You know it when you see and feel it. There is a solid commitment to practices and procedures that guarantee that every student is cared for, loved, and instructed at their developmental level. The curriculum is tailored to students’ individual needs and ensures a seamless transition to kindergarten. The highest quality programs also encourage and facilitate a love of school, learning, and community. Those are all great goals, but what about a concrete “best preschool program for my kid” checkoff list? According to Deborah Stipek, professor and former dean of Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, there are four critical areas to consider during your preschool search: 1. Quality of teaching, 2. Classroom environment, 3. Attention to student performance, 4. Student, staff interactions. Seeing is believing, and I encourage you to block out enough time to schedule visits and tour the facilities in your area. Most parents have a gut check for what feels best for their student. Do the research, but always trust your feelings and intuition as a caregiver.

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Topeka Collegiate Adventure Camps Whether your student loves hands-on science, mind-expanding space exploration, Hogwarts adventures, or active outdoor fun, you’ll find the perfect fit at Topeka Collegiate’s Summer Adventures. First through fourth graders learn the basics of coding. Fourth through eighth grade entrepreneurs create their own businesses. Harry Potter enthusiasts enroll at Hogwarts Academy. First through eighth graders create their own café and serve dishes they make themselves.

Topeka Zoo Summer Camps Do you have a kid or teen who is wild about animals? Do they have a passion to explore the outdoors? Sign up for Topeka Zoo summer camp! We offer 8 week-long camps that are geared for children ages 6-12. There are also two weeks of teen camp that will be held in June that are geared toward 13-17 year olds. During these camps, your child will be busy exploring the animal kingdom through stories, games, interactive play, and lots of live animal encounters.

Check out Click on Summer Adventures or call Summer Adventures Director Briana Jackson at 785 228-0490.

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Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance! Fairytale Dance Camp // June 6-16, Daily Ages 4-8: 6:00-8:00PM Ages 6-10: 1:00-3:00PM

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Daily ballet workshops for ages 3 to Adult beginning June 5th.

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When school is out….CAMP is in! May 30 - June 2, 7:15AM - 5:30 Monday - Friday Shawnee County Parks and Rec offer a variety of fun-filled, interactive and educational summer camps. The days are busy with arts, crafts, exploring nature, field trips, sports, special events, swimming, cooking and more. Campers will learn new skills, develop friendships and have an exciting summer.

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Fairytale Dance Camp June 5th-16th daily Evening camp (6:00-8:00) • 4-8 years old Daytime camp (1:00-3:00) • 6-10 years old

Ballet Workshops June 5th-22nd daily for intermediate & advanced dancers

Evening Classes June 5th-28th • Monday and Wednesday evenings Ages 3-adult • All experience levels welcome

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Spring Cleaning for Your Skincare Routine Expert Skin Tips from Dr. Ricks


s the days begin to lengthen, Topekans dream about spending time outside. The garden needs to be prepared; lawn equipment gets serviced; irrigation systems are readied to usher in the beauty that is Kansas. The body, and to a greater extent the skin, require as much preparation and care to transition to the beauty of spring! Our 5 tips to a healthy Skin Spring Cleaning:

Wear sunscreen and use a good antioxidant! The sun causes more damage to the skin than any other environmental factor, so it is imperative to wear sun protection in the spring and summer! UVA and UVB rays cause discoloration of the skin, and break down collagen, causing skin laxity, lines, and wrinkles. Sunscreen is the first line of defense, and SkinCeuticals has a sunscreen for every skin type, and they all feel lighter than traditional sunscreens! Antioxidants are another important step in any skin regimen, because they protect the skin from sun damage, treat sun damage that has already occurred, and they make the skin look more vibrant. We recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Exfoliate! As we age, the body becomes slower to shed dead skin cells, and they can pile up on the surface of the skin. This can leave the skin looking dull and dry, feeling rough, and can eventually result in excess oil, clogged pores, blemishes, and acne. Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells, and is a very important component of a good skincare routine. Our favorite gentle exfoliators both hydrate and exfoliate your skin at the same time! These products are a great alternative to Retinol for the summer (since Retinol can sensitize the skin to the sun and most of us spend more time outside in the summer months). Monthly HydraFacials are also a fantastic addition to anyone’s skincare routine and are a great way to keep the skin hydrated, exfoliated, and glowing! Lighten up on the moisturizer! As we move toward the summer months and our skin becomes less dry, it is often appropriate to switch from a heavy cream moisturizer to a lighter gel moisturizer. Our current favorites for spring and summer are moisturizers that have Vitamin B5 or cutting edge botanicals (licorice root and Chinese purple rice). Get your yearly skin exam! Regular skin checks are important so that skin cancer can be found and treated as early as possible. Skin checks involve a thorough, full-body skin exam where the dermatologist looks for suspicious moles and pre-cancers. Protection and prevention are vital steps in spring cleaning your skin! Get skin treatments done before the summer months! Now is a good time to get skin treatments done that you may not want to do during the months where you spend more time outdoors. •

Skin Resurfacing – This is an excellent treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and skin tightening. You will want to avoid the sun for a few weeks afterward, so now is the time to get started!

IPL – Intense Pulsed Light is used to treat discoloration of the skin. Start the spring with a clean slate by being treated now!

Laser Hair Removal – Now is the time to start laser hair removal to be hair-free for the summer! Email your skin questions for Dr. Ricks to, they may be answered in the next issue! 33

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Three Jackets to Wear this Spring Hello Spring! It is official, you are here! The only thing consistent with weather in Kansas is that it is always changing! Jackets, jackets, jackets are everywhere and we have three key styles that every woman needs in her wardrobe.

Modern Moto Moto jackets have been a staple item during the fall/winter season the past few years and we love the lighter hue and fabrication for spring! This dusty rose gem for spring is the perfect blend of classic meets cool. Every girl needs a moto jacket. Treat this silhouette and color as a neutral and pair with denim, black, prints and even over dresses!

Classic Trench A trench is a true classic. If you don’t have one in your closet, you need one! This blush beauty (can you see a trend?!) is a shade that can easily be worn with any ensemble, while still being a statement piece. This one is so good! It can be styled casual or classedup. Ugh, we love! A trench for spring is a nobrainer; lightweight, super chic, office appropriate and still warm for those morning temps.

The Denim Jacket

You know her and love her. She’s not new. A popular trend in the 80’s and 90’s, is back again but in updated washes, textures and cuts. Denim jackets will be huge, in any styles, especially slightly distressed, this season. Everybody’s got one, which means styling for this piece might be a little stale. Remix this blue jean baby by mixing textures and colors. We love this look; our light-wash denim jacket paired with a flowy, thermal knit top and black denim. Yes, we encourage pairing denim with denim! Just make sure your denim on top and denim on bottom are different washes! So on-trend. Until next time, Stay Stylish Ashley Carson, Owner Ash Boutique 35


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City, founding Greenwich House in 1902, and serving as its director until 1948.

The young League’s charter was to enrich its members’ lives by improving the living conditions of its city’s poorest neighborhoods.

In 1903, Eleanor Roosevelt, a shy young friend of Mary Harriman’s, joined the New York Junior League. Her involvement in settlement work was her first introduction to public life in New York City.

The Statement of Purpose noted that “the settlement movement is one of the broadest and most efficient of the times, to aid in the solution of a great city,” and they named their group The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements. The New York College Settlement on Rivington Street on New York’s Lower East Side was designated as the beneficiary for the first year, chosen because it served “irrespective of church or creed” and was “one of the most deserving efforts in the city to further the growth of the Settlement movement.”

In her 1947 autobiography, This Is My Story, Eleanor wrote, “I had grown up considerably during the past year and had come to the conclusion that I would not spend another year just doing the social rounds . . . I began to work in the Junior League. “It was in its early stages. Mary Harriman, afterwards Mrs. Charles Cary Rumsey, was the moving spirit. There was no clubhouse; we were just a group of girls anxious to do something helpful in the city in which we lived.”

After the first year’s benefit for the College Settlement, League members wanted to become directly involved in the movement. Mary Harriman called upon Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch, a young woman who, as a student at Boston College and Radcliffe, had become a protégée of Father C. N. Field, the English clergyman of the Tractarian Movement. Father Field had brought to Boston the Tractarians’ philosophy of working in the neighborhoods of the poor to improve living conditions and to promote social and spiritual welfare. Mrs. Simkhovitch continued this work in New York

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invitation to visit the settlement house where she worked as a Junior League volunteer. He recalled that she showed him a side of New York he had never seen before, and he credited Eleanor’s activism as the inspiration that awakened his social consciousness and led to their lifelong partnership and commitment to social change. Eleanor and her friend Jean Reid worked with youngsters at the Rivington Street Settlement House on New York’s Lower East Side. Jean played the piano, and Eleanor kept the children entertained by teaching calisthenics and dancing.

Less than a year later, Mary Harriman, spirited pioneer of compassionate voluntarism, died in a horseback-riding accident, having suffered injuries that today would not have proven fatal for the life-long equestrian. At her memorial service, held a year later at the League’s clubhouse in Manhattan, political, civic, and philanthropic leaders came to pay tribute. Eleanor Roosevelt, a friend of decades and a colleague in the earliest days of The League, said, “She helped all those she came in contact with who needed her assistance.”

By this time, 22 Junior League volunteers were teaching art, calisthenics, dancing, and singing to children in the settlements, and working to improve the literacy, nutrition, and health of their young beneficiaries. Within a few years their efforts expanded to other settlement houses including Greenwich House and Hartley House.

The simple yet brilliant proposal made by Mary and her peers that they would be “aided by as many” volunteers “as may be sufficiently interested” has led to the exponential growth of the League from 10 young society women in 1901 to hundreds of thousands of women who today serve their communities for as much as 20 years or more.

At 29, she married the athlete and sculptor Charles Cary Rumsey with whom she had three children before becoming a widow, at the age of 41, when Charles was killed in a car accident. At 47, defying her family’s political tradition, she joined the 37





THROUGH SEED FUNDS WHY THE TOPEKA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION? The Topeka Community Foundation now offers Seed Funds. These affordable and flexible funds are perfect for young professionals who want to grow their generosity. Seed Funds offer all the benefits and personal service the Foundation extends while you grow your fund. And when you make your first grant, the Foundation will match it (up to $1,000). Contact the Foundation to learn more about growing your generosity through a Seed Fund. 5431 SW 29th Street Suite 300 Topeka, KS 66614 785-272-4804