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Sandspur STAFF 2 011 - 2012 Editor Angier Miller

Assistant Editor Cynthia Valdez

Features Editor Sarah Hall

Photography Editor Hilary Dalton Banks

Advertising Coordinator Lisa Humphrey

Advertising Sales Carmen Beavers Brooke Iarossi

Contributing Writers Ellen Quinlan Ashley Collado Jennifer Simpson-Oliver Megan Ely Sommer Stiles Kathryn Hall Meghan Weddle Brooke Iarossi Brooke Palmer

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Our Community Impact

14 celebrations

personalized birthday

103 gifts for kids

additional birthday

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70,000

to assist over

315 kids

HOURS

contributed by trained JLT volunteers per year worth over $1.5M

E XECUTI VE CO MMITTEE 2011 - 2012 President Allison Barnes Burden

President-Elect Stephanie Wiendl

Communications Vice President Andrea Layne

Community Vice President Lee Lowry

residents empowered with all of the tools they need to be successful when transitioning from the Salvation Army's Hospitality House to independent living through the Getting Ahead curriculum

President’s Perspective.................................... 8

$245,000 invested in the community through our Partnership Projects and Community Assistance opportunities with over $2M invested in the past ten years.

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Secretary Kim Carswell

Letters to the League........................................ 9

18,354 books

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6,609 childeryeear to n

Commemorative Fund Gifts 2011 - 2012......... 18 in kindergarte

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Hillsborough e classrooms CoColumn. in unty Title I sch Vice President’s .................................. 20 ools

Community Impact Statement......................... 21 Our Community Impact.................................... 26

Treasurer Jessica Kendall

President-Elect 2012 - 2013............................. 34 Strategic Plan.................................................... 36

CO M M U NI TY ADVI SORY BOARD 2011 - 2012 Winnie Magnon Marvel Dr. Brian McEwen The Honorable Ashley B. Moody Ronda Parag Amy Petrila Satura Shuman Smith Gayle Sierens Julie Smith Ian Smith Jonathan Stein Bronson Thayer Holly Tomlin Robbie Williams

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aging out of foster care to help with their transition out of their foster homes

the Editor................................................ 7 13 From homeless women Advertisers Index.............................................. 7

Fund Development Vice President Kathleen Thaxton

Sylvia Campbell, M.D. Jane Castor Joseph Clark Hosetta Coleman Sheff Crowder Bobbi Davis, Ph.D. Elizabeth Frazier Ken Gaughan, EdD John Giordano, Esq. Miray Holmes Ernest Hooper Elizabeth (Liz) Kennedy Christopher Lykes Cathy Lynch, M.D.

Hosted EVENTS

in the Heart Gallery Birthday Buddies program

Design and Mechanical Layout Sensory 5 www.sensory5.com

Membership Vice President Lynette Russell

BAGS OF FOOD

distributed at the Wilbert Davis, Sulphur Springs and Nick Capitano Boys and Girls Clubs to feed over 240 children on the weekends and holidays

thrown for children available for adoption and provided

Placement Mentor Tiffany Harrington

Finance Vice President Heather Barrow

3,310

Sustainer of the Year........................................ 40

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Annual Dinner Awards...................................... 43 Annual Dinner Recap........................................ 48 Sustainer News................................................. 51 Cookbook......................................................... 54 Out and About.................................................. 56 The Last Post.................................................... 58

On the Cover

Junior League Active and young boy “connect” at Kids Connect event

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2500 Readers, 695 Annual Giving Donors, 232 Pages, 188 Commemorative Fund Gifts, 100 Ads, 27 Community Board Advisors, 25 Facebook Posts, 22 Recipes, 20 Letters to the League, 15 Sandspur Committee Members, 4 Feature Articles and 1 Very Proud Editor. Our 2011 - 2012 Sandspur goal was to focus on four themes that reflect the League: • Funding Our Mission • Mentoring Our Members • Communicating Our Values • Impacting Our Community Hopefully, The Sandspur captured these themes and presented them in an enjoyable way. The Summer Issue Highlights: VIC E PR ESI DENT ’ S CO L U MN

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Community Impact Statement

he Junior League of Tampa believes women as welltrained volunteers can strengthen and transform communities. We view that one opportunity to engage our 1,800 members in improving the community starts with the prevention and elimination of poverty conditions for our most disadvantaged children and families. Through collaboration and community engagement, we seek to remove the many barriers to success which limit disadvantaged children and families’ ability to improve themselves and their community. The Junior League of Tampa focuses its financial and volunteer resources on ensuring that each individual we serve in Hillsborough County can build a foundation from which to achieve success in life.

The Junior League of Tampa seeks collaborative, strategic partnerships which leverage financial investments with meaningful volunteer engagement opportunities resulting in lasting community impact. We proactively engage with communitybased organizations, governmental entities, businesses and other funders to improve Child Welfare and Education in Hillsborough County. We seek to be a catalyst for community change through our work as a community convener, advocate, expert and leader in our identified issue areas. We mentor and support our members to become outstanding volunteers and community leaders, which improves our community and enhances their own professional and personal experience.

The Junior League of Tampa’s Mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. To carry out our Mission, much of our volunteer and leadership training is actualized through community service. Based on community research, member interests, and internal strategic planning, we have identified two key issues where we focus our community efforts and financial investment in order to maximize our community impact.

Our values guide our efforts. We are dedicated to the service of our community, members, and partners and aspire to the following organizational values:

The Junior League of Tampa’s Key Issue Areas are: Child Welfare - focus on promoting the well-being of children by ensuring safety, establishing permanency, and strengthening families to care for their children successfully Education - focus on providing critical knowledge and tools needed by children and families in our community to help break the cycle of poverty We view the lack of success in these issue areas as critical barriers to individuals making the most of their lives. The JLT directs its efforts toward Child Welfare activities, particularly, in foster care, recognizing that emotionally and physically safe and caring families promote the overall well-being of children leading to greater academic, social, and emotional development. Currently, JLT supports foster care initiatives that ease key transition points and improve the quality of life for foster children and families. The JLT engages in Education initiatives which contribute to greater achievement in school and life. The Junior League of Tampa contributes to emergent literacy awareness, health and nutrition knowledge and life skills as critical tools and knowledge to help prevent or break the conditions of poverty.

Voluntarism - Promoting voluntarism by creating a supportive, safe environment that encourages the continuous development of women to reach their highest potential as civic and community leaders Empowerment - Providing training and mentoring opportunities to develop and empower our members and those we serve to improve their lives and the lives of others Collaboration - Working collaboratively, effectively and strategically with our members and community partners to build a legacy of community impact Advocacy - Acting as catalysts for change in our community and speaking as influencers for those who cannot speak for themselves Stewardship - Achieving organizational excellence to meet our Mission and Vision, by responsibly managing the resources and relationships entrusted to us The Junior League of Tampa is mission-focused and results oriented. The difference we make in the lives of disadvantaged children and families through our community projects will be evidenced by visible improvement and measurable results. In addition, The Junior League of Tampa will be viewed as a collaborative partner, thought-leader and influencer in the community through the development of our members into knowledgeable and skilled community and civic leaders.

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Thank You

I would like to thank The Sandspur Committee for their support and thoughtfulness throughout this year. I would especially like to thank Assistant Editor, Cindy Valdez. Cindy will bring much talent and skill to The Sandspur next year. I would like to thank Communications Vice President, Andrea Layne and President, Allison Burden. Both women consistently and energetically offered their support and guidance. Finally, my biggest thank you is to Denise Glass at Sensory 5. The Sandspur would not exist without her patience, expertise and encouragement. The League is fortunate to have the support of Denise and Sensory 5. Now, enjoy the 2012 Summer issue of The Sandspur. Sincerely,

Thank you for the Leadership efforts of Stacy Carlson, Lee Lowry and Stephanie Wiendl

Our Community Impact

14 celebrations

personalized birthday

103 gifts for kids

3,310

distributed at the Wilbert Davis, Sulphur Springs and Nick Capitano Boys and Girls Clubs to feed over 240 children on the weekends and holidays

BAGS OF FOOD

thrown for children available for adoption and provided

additional birthday

in the Heart Gallery Birthday Buddies program

70,000

Hosted

4EVENTS to assist over

315 kids

HOURS

contributed by trained JLT volunteers per year worth over $1.5M

aging out of foster care to help with their transition out of their foster homes

• The Junior League of Tampa’s Community Impact Statistics (page 26) - Need I say more?

13 homeless women

Angier J. Miller Editor, The Sandspur 2011 - 2012

residents empowered with all of the tools they need to be successful when transitioning from the Salvation Army's Hospitality House to independent living through the Getting Ahead curriculum

$245,000 invested in the community through our Partnership Projects and Community Assistance opportunities with over $2M invested in the past ten years.

18,354 books

dispersed through

fr o m th e edi to r

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ometimes numbers tell an amazing story. When preparing to write my final Editor’s letter, The Junior League of Tampa’s Community Impact Statistics (see page 26) inspired me to compile a few Sandspur statistics from this year:

Our Mission Founded in 1926, The Junior League of Tampa, Inc. is an organization of 1,800 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

the

year to 6,609 children in kindergarte n and first-grade Hillsborough classrooms in County Title I schools

A dvertisers I ndex Bank of Tampa.......................................................... 4 Bella Bridesmaid....................................................... 38 Berkeley Preparatory School.................................... 23 Canterbury Tower.................................................50,53 Carrollwood Day School........................................... 22 Celsius Marketing|Interactive.................................. 32 Cheese Please........................................................... 52 Christ the King Catholic School................................. 50 Crown Automotive Group........................................ 3 Cru Cellars................................................................ 23 D’Lites....................................................................... 47 Dale Mabry Animal Hospital..................................... 50 Dalton Dental........................................................... 52 District Flooring........................................................ 47 Dr. John L. Redd II Dentistry...................................... 22 Exceptional Professionals.....................................24,25 Ferman..................................................................... 6 Hillsborough Community College............................. 10

Lucky Dog................................................................. 17 Medi-Weightloss Clinics..............................Back Cover MG Home................................................................. 33 Myers Real Estate Group ......................................... 33 Nootchie Smith......................................................... 47 Occasions................................................................. 42 Older Lundy & Weisman.......................................... 46 Pink Palm.................................................................. 22 Sensory 5.................................................................. 42 St. John’s Episcopal Parish DaySchool...................... 46 St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital..........Inside Back Cover St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School............................... 42 South Tampa Dermatology..............Inside Front Cover South Tampa Pilates................................................. 39 The Cottage Dorr...................................................... 53 The Italian Club......................................................... 53 Tradewinds............................................................... 52 Wright’s Gourmet House.......................................... 47

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P resident’ s Persp e c tive

Our Values The Junior League of Tampa is dedicated to the service of our community, members and partners and continually aspires to the following organizational values: Voluntarism - Promoting voluntarism by creating a supportive, safe environment that encourages the continuous development of women to reach their highest potential as civic and community leaders Empowerment - Providing training and mentoring opportunities to develop and empower our members and those we serve to improve their lives and the lives of others Collaboration - Working collaboratively, effectively and strategically with our members and community partners to build a legacy of positive community impact Advocacy - Acting as catalysts for change in our community and speaking as influencers for those who cannot speak for themselves Stewardship - Achieving organizational excellence to meet our Mission and Vision, by responsibly managing the resources and relationships entrusted to us

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any holiday seasons, on the Saturday before Christmas, I remember the forced family outings. We would load up the car with canned goods and items purchased from Walmart. These items represented the requested holiday needs for a family being served by our church. My Father always felt the need to supplement these gifts – so each and every year, he would find out how many kids were in the family and would purchase brand new bicycles for the chosen family. I remember watching him spend hours, sometimes assembling as many as five bikes in one afternoon. And I remember us cramming into our family van, piled high with bickering siblings, food bags and bicycles. We drove through rural Alabama dirt roads, past neglected trailers and spent hours looking for unmarked roads and dwellings. Every year he would announce the planned excursion and every year, without fail, I would complain.

And Denise Glass and her team at Sensory 5 have been a pleasure to work with. Our goal this year was to put a unique and creative spin on topics that have not always been covered year to year within the League. Each of these women executed the plan masterfully.

As I reflect on this year as President of The Junior League of Tampa, these annual family outings keep coming to mind. They are my first memories of community service. And, at the time, I had no idea the impact that these memories would have on me, as both a mother and as a community volunteer.

I want to thank my supportive husband, Adam, and my amazing children Abby, Adam Jr. and Anne-Marie, for sharing me with the League for so many years. While they were not always happy I was going to yet another JLT meeting, they understood the importance of the organization in my life. Most recently, my oldest daughter came to me inquiring how old she had to be to join the League. That was the ultimate compliment that she could ever give me. And it made me realize that I, through my efforts in the League, not only assisted many of those who need our help, but, that as a mom, I had passed on the value and importance of voluntarism, leadership development and service.

The impact our organization has on our Tampa community is astounding. When you hear the number of books, bags of food or number of facilitated adoption matches, you cannot help but be impressed. But I would challenge that these outputs are not our greatest accomplishment, but rather the vehicle by which we make our greatest impact. And that our greatest impact is actually the development of future community and civic leaders. As you review this final issue of The Sandspur for the 2011 - 2012 League year, Our Community Impact, I ask you to reflect upon it through a different viewpoint. Our goal, of course, was to highlight many of the wonderful community accomplishments of the League throughout the year. But of equal and perhaps even more importance, is the celebration of the amazing women recognized during our Annual Dinner celebration. The impact that each of these women have made within our community, their families and the League is without boundaries and cannot be measured. And many of them are only beginning in their volunteer careers. And collectively they represent only a handful of our 1,800 members. I have immensely enjoyed my time working on The Sandspur, due to the visionary and creative work of Editor, Angier Miller, and the support of Communications Vice President, Andrea Layne.

And to my Father, Jim Barnes, words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for all the life lessons you taught me throughout the years. Thank you for assembling all of the bicycles for all of those kids that would never have had them otherwise. But most importantly, thank you for making me go along for the ride.

Allison B. Burden President, 2011 - 2012


L ETTE R S TO THE leag ue

Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

their children; and for the butterflies, one of

Thank you for creating a magical and memorable

cheek. Most of all, thank you for being a part

event for our kids. All the kids (and I dare say all the adults, too) had a wonderful time. This event really stood out to us as one of the most successful – and fun! All the thoughtful details did not go unnoticed. Congratulations to you and your team on a job well done. Jesse Miller, Melissa Twomey, Christy Gestiehr Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

which landed gently to caress a grandfather’s of this very meaningful day. If there is ever anything we can do for you and your members, please let us know. Chaplain Molly Garnett, co-chair SJCH Bereavement Committee

Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay Thank you for coordinating the Junior League Community Action Project at the Tampa Ronald McDonald House last week. Our porches

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

are beautiful! Our families, volunteers and

Thank you so very much for your generous grant

staff have been surprised and overjoyed by

in support of our April 21 Memorial Service.

the changes that the new plants make to our

The day exceeded our highest expectations

entrance. Please pass on our warmest thanks to

with the biggest crowd ever, the best reception

all who participated in this project. We enjoyed

and so many grateful comments. Some might

working with everyone. Your ongoing support

think that a day to remember children who

of our mission continues to touch the lives of

died might be too sad. I hope those who came

our families, volunteers and staff. Together we

from the JLT had a positive experience. The

Fund. Since the Fund’s inception at the time of

are able to continue our mission of providing a

time, attention, effort and creativity put into

Hurricane Katrina in 2005, seven Leagues have

warm, caring environment for the families that

the event was not lost on these families. They

been assisted in recovery to their operations

call us The House That Love Built.

were uplifted. They felt loved and supported.

following natural disasters. Each has been

Betsy Wilkinson, House Manager, Tampa RMH Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay

grateful for the assistance, which has always

They realized that they do not have to journey alone. There were tears, yes, but there were

thank you to the Junior League of Tampa for its

also smiles, stories and hugs. On behalf of the families and the hospital staff, thank you for so many things: for providing the lovely candle-holders for families to take home; for the beautiful and delicious refreshments, so artfully presented; for the flowerpot activity, which gave families a creative way to honor

come at a very difficult time for them. Again, willingness to support other Junior Leagues in

The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

times of disaster.

On behalf of the AJLI Board of Directors, I write

The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Martha M. Ferry, Chief Financial Officer

to thank you for the Junior League of Tampa’s recent generous gift of $1,000 to the JL Disaster www.jltampa.org | SUMMER 2012

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Endowment Fund 2011 - 2012 Donors Platinum Legacy Mr. and Mrs. James L. Ferman, Sr. Campbell and Don Burton

The Founders Circle Legacy Founders The Junior League of Tampa Campbell and Don Burton The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

Sustaining Founders Betsy and Drew Graham Drs. Lance and Georgia Kane, In memory of Kenneth Charles Kane

Founders Heather and Bennett Barrow Allison and Adam Burden, In memory of Sandee Simpson Barnes and Jennifer Kay Barnes Laurie Ann Burton Stacy and Bill Carlson Pat and Calvin Carter Mrs. George D. Curtis, Jr. Pamela C. and Brett D. Divers First Citrus Bank, In honor of Jessica Kendall Sally and Lewis H. Hill, III Jenay and Kevin Iurato Helen Kerr Ann Sells and David Miller Jennifer S. Moyer and M. Lance Tavana Terri D. Parnell Mary, David and Abigail Persky Stephanie and Stephen Rumbley Lavinia Witt Touchton, In memory of Willie Carter Witt Blake Donor List as of January 1, 2012 Donations less than $250 are recognized through the Commemorative Fund.

e n d o wmen t fu nd The Junior League of Tampa Endowment Fund Leaving a Legacy...Sustaining our Service

What is the difference between The Junior League of Tampa Endowment Fund and other annual fundraising efforts? Each year, The Junior League of Tampa depends on annual support to fulfill its Mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Annual Campaign, Holiday Gift Market and cookbook sales support our community projects and League programs, while membership dues cover administrative expenses. The Junior League of Tampa Endowment Fund (The Fund) is a permanent endowment fund that was established to ensure that our League is able to maintain fiscal stability and fervently pursue our Mission without being radically affected by changes in the economic climate or decreases in lifelong membership. A strong endowment fund will give us the opportunity to pursue exciting, new opportunities or deal with unforeseen circumstances without creating an additional financial hardship for The Junior League of Tampa or our members. Now that we have closed The Founders Circle, we now have our sights on our “Hike to a Half Million“ goal! We are also proud to announce the new recognition categories for those who donate $5,000 or more each year: Platinum Legacy - $25,000 or more Gold Legacy - $10,000 - $24,999 Silver Legacy - $5,000 - $9,999 Why is our “Hike to a Half Million“ goal so important to The Fund and our League? The Fund was established to support the long-term sustainability of the League and our charitable endeavors. Gifts made to The Fund are not spent, but rather are permanently invested and managed by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Once the principal balance reaches $500,000, a portion of the earnings generated by The Fund will be used to cover future operating needs, which might include funding special community projects, supporting new training initiatives, providing JLT membership scholarships to those in financial need, covering unanticipated expenses or financing capital expenditures. There are many opportunities for giving at all contribution levels with a minimum donation of $250! We recognize that donors may choose to make an immediate gift, a planned gift or a combination of the two. We will work with you to accommodate both types of giving. Whatever your decision, the greatest impact is made the moment you decide to participate! For more information, please visit the donor page located on our website at www.JLTampa.org/support. The Junior League of Tampa considers it an honor to be designated as a beneficiary of an estate or foundation. We highly regard this type of planned giving and recognize donors through membership in The Junior League of Tampa 1926 Society. The 1926 Society enables you to leave your legacy in our community by supporting the future of our League and its members. Thank you to our inaugural member of the 1926 Society, Martha Sale Ferman. www.jltampa.org | SUMMER 2012

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Mr. and Mrs. Toledo, Toledo, PA♦ Lisa and Michael Trentalange / Trentalange and Kelley, PA♦♦♦ Michael Edward Vance Heather and Jay Vermette♦ Nell Ward♦♦♦ Heather Weber ♦ Joe and Stephanie Wiendl♦♦ Alyson and Robert Zamore♦ Susan and Gary Zelenka♦

_______________ Contributors _______________ Andrea and David Augustine♦ Heather and Bennett Barrow♦♦ Gina and Matt Barsema♦♦ Roddy and Ralph Belfatti Jr.♦ Megan Berrigan♦ Wendy and Jonathan Brill ♦♦ Bush Ross, P.A. ♦♦ Christine and Mike Campo♦ Mr. and Mrs. Eric Carl♦♦ Del and Rick Clarke ♦♦♦ Sue and Don Cox ♦♦ Chloe Cullinan♦ Margaret E. Davis♦♦ Danielle Dennis and Michael Beattie♦ Laura and Chris Donaldson♦ Sara Evans♦ Sarah G. and Duncan L. Evans♦ Louise Ferguson♦♦♦ Leigh Keller Fletcher♦ Kimberly and Stephen French♦♦ Garrett and Nicole Garcia♦ Travis and Cristina Godwin♦♦ Rachel and Jason Haman ♦♦ Becky Ho Shellie Huffmaster Katina Markowski♦ Julia N. Martinez♦ Christina and Nick Matassini♦♦ Scott and Elizabeth Meister ♦ Laura and David Osterweil ♦ Marsha Otte ♦♦ Danielle and Kevin Post / Pool Guard of Tampa Bay♦ Kelly and Darrell Smith♦ Sarah Stichter♦♦♦ Tim and Elaine Sweeney ♦♦

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Carolyn Andrews – Children’s Choice Therapy ♦ Anton Castro Law♦ Tee Ann Bailey ♦


Laurie and Tripp Barlow♦♦ Blair and Travis Bode♦ Elaine and Russell Bogue♦♦ Jane and Rick Bourkard♦ Jamie and Christopher Brewer♦ Shannon and Stuart Brown♦ Louise Burnett ♦♦ Paula and Mike Cardoso♦♦ Casey Carefoot♦ Jane and Haynes Carswell♦ Becky and Ray Charles♦♦ Karen Clarke♦♦♦ Coberly Plastic Surgery and Med Spa ♦ Cindy and Tony Coney♦♦♦ Rosann and Tom Creed♦♦♦ Stanton Cronin Law Group♦ Colleen and Rees G. Crosby II♦ Pat Daley♦♦♦ Virginia Daniel♦ Melissa Dempsey Mr. and Mrs. Miller Detrick ♦♦ Kealoha and Justin Deutsch♦ Krista Dietrich and Dietrich and Associates, Inc. ♦ Vicky Ellingson Laura Everitt♦ Johanna Friedlander♦ Tony and Christine Garrido Mr. and Mrs. John M. Garrity II♦ Joyce and Michael Gerwe♦♦ Deborah L. Giglio♦ Laura Lee and Matthew Glass♦♦ Mary Catherine and Don Gould♦♦♦ Ansley and Jamie Graff♦ Kellie and Mike Haber♦ Stacy and Jeff Hahn♦♦ Lauren G Hanley Sally and Jim Hardee♦♦♦ Lon and Lou Hatton♦ Sally and Lewis H. Hill, III ♦♦ Michelle Hogan♦♦♦ Jennifer and BG Holmberg♦ Michelle Huffmaster Mary and Ron Hulse♦♦ Mary Beth Hunt♦ Jeff and Ellen James♦ Julie Johnston Whitney and Jason Jones♦ Jana and T. Michael Kaney♦ Lynn and Scott Kelyman - The Write Stuff♦♦ Sarah and Ben Kodadek ♦♦ Kelly Scaglione Lastra ♦♦ Lagretta and Mark Lenker♦♦♦ MarketingDirection.com / Christy Atlas-Vogel ♦♦♦ Marlene Sundquist Maseman♦ Wendi and Jeff McAleese♦♦ Erika and Mike McCandless ♦♦ Shantell and Dan McLean♦ Jennifer Moyer and Lance Tavana♦

Mindy Murphy♦♦♦ Lyris Newman♦♦♦ Ms. Tiffiny Newton Angel Novikov-Jank Melissa and Patrick O’Connor♦ Jenifer and T.J. Ownby♦♦ Paige and Larry Paine ♦ Sadie and Rob Pariseau♦ Aly and Edward Peterson♦ Marie H. Preston♦♦ Heather Quinn Joan and Larry Rayburn ♦♦♦ Steve, Clara, and Corey Reynolds♦♦ Jodi Rivera♦ Joellyn and Robert Rocha♦♦ Jenna Rowe Gwyn and Mark Schabacker♦♦♦ Sheri and Paul Schobert♦♦ Caterina Showalter/JC’s Boutique Erin Sotiaux Mike and Caroline Smith♦ Melissa Snively♦ Stanton Law Group, Sean and Abby Cronin Jennifer and Marc Stauffer♦ Jenness Steele and Scott Bostic Kathleen and David Thaxton♦♦ Leila and Matthew Tooley♦ Lynda M. Vawter♦♦ Ginny Vickers♦♦ Shannon Walsh♦ Marni Weaver Lauren and Shamus Warren ♦♦ Sally M. Wiley ♦ Stacy and Chris Williams♦ Teneille Williams Whitney and Kevin Woods♦ Gwynne A. Young ♦ Kathryn Zahn♦

_____________ supportors _____________ Angela M. Adamo♦ Kelly Addison Lindsay Albright Krista and Brian Allred♦ Ansley L. Alvarez Nina McGucken Alvarez Rosemary and Tim Anderson♦ Nicole Andriso♦ Melissa Arment♦ Barbara B. Armstrong Stefanie Astrab Catie Baker♦ Courtney Baker Laura Baker♦ Joanne M. Baldy♦ Sarah Balmer Alexis Bankowski Dr. Hilary Dalton Banks

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2 0 11 - 2012 annual c ampaign Laura and Mark Campbell Katie Cappy Kimberly Carberry Laura Carmen♦ Ms. Anne Marie Carr Caroline Carson♦ Margaret Cashill♦ Denise and Thomas Cassedy♦ Erin Cassidy Kelly Catoe♦ Lauren Catoe♦ Rachel Cear Marlo Cervi♦ Joanna and Robert Chapman♦ Jeni and Frank Chatraw♦ Casey Christopher♦ Dr. and Mrs. David Ciesla♦ Natalie and James Clark♦ Carla Clarke♦ Tracy and Mitch Clouser♦♦ Jennifer Coleman Rachel Coleman♦ Ashley Collado♦ Mary Ellen Collins♦ Erin Corcoran♦ Stephanie Coren Carla Cornett Sara Cooper♦ Caroline Craig Lynn Cristina Amber and Jeremy Crosby Monica and Brad Culpepper♦♦ Mr. And Mrs. Phillip Cusmano♦ Cori Cuttler♦ Laurie and Scott Daigle♦♦ Tina Ann Dampf and Pietro Monfreda♦ Stephanie and Ryan Daniels♦ Todd Davis and Kimberly / Kimberly Davis - Arbonne International♦♦ Annika DeCesare Tammy B. Denbo Katelyn Dervay Hannah Dewar♦ Isabel and John Dewey♦ Avery Dickey♦ Stacie Dickey♦ Kendall Dillon Allison Domino Jule Doran♦ Nicole and Kevin Dorr♦ Lindsay Dorrance♦ Allison Doucette Trina Doussan Taylor Dowdell 14

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Shawnna Doyle Lisa and Bryan Dreisbach♦♦ Patricia C. Dwyer♦♦ Erin Eckhouse♦ Beth and Bart Edwards Tanya Egger♦ Jennifer Esposito♦ Jennifer N. Everett Jennifer Faggion Jessica Felix Laura Fender♦ Lauren Fernandez♦ Karen Ferguson♦♦ Dana Flescher♦ Renee Figga Joanna Finks Staci and Graeme Fraser♦ Katherine Frazier♦♦♦ The Fogarty Family Meghan Fonte Lindsey Formosa Jamie L. Forsyth Caroline Foss Renee Friesz♦ Laura and Mike Frost♦♦ Cindi Klein Funk Dawn Gabriele Meghan Gallagher Courtney Geoghegan Melissa and Joey Gelwix♦ Morgan Gibbons April Gibson♦ Trixy and Mark Gillespie♦ Melissa Giunta♦ Amanda Gilmer♦ Jessica Gilmore♦ Anna and Mike Glover/Bee Chic♦♦ Amy Gomez Ashley Gonzales Brynne Johnson and Mike Gowens Alexandra Gracen♦ Erin Grady Jennifer Granger♦ Kristina Granger Shannon and Lockwood Gray♦ Erin Greco Shelby Gregory♦ Jennifer Grimsley Jessica Grimsley♦ Danielle Groenen Kristi Grooms♦ Hannah D. Gross Paola Gruner♦ Ana Grygo

Nora Gunn♦ Meghan Hacas Kathy Hall Sarah Hall Heather Hamilton Kimberly Hannah Caroline Harnden Stan and Frankie Harrell♦ Tiffany A. Harrington♦ Chris and Katie Hart Nicole Hasselbach♦ Jessica Hawley♦ Courtney Haygood♦ Marie and David Hebbler Monica Helenek Elizabeth Helmer Heather Hernandez Megan Hernandez Vanessa G. Herrmann Francine Hewes♦ Kirsten Higgins Lisa Hodgdon♦ Lindsey Hodges Leslie Hodz♦ Kelly Holbrook♦ Marissa Holdorf♦ Bridgette and Chris Howell♦ Kelly Hughes Jenn and Jeff Hunt♦♦ Kelly Moore Hunt Brooke Iarossi Elise and Ian Ippolito♦ Betsy Issak Alison Jameson Stacy Jarrard Krisden and Pat Jernigan♦ Jess and Katie Johnson♦ Mary Johnson LaShune Jordan / Organo Gold Coffee♦ Brooke Juan♦ Bonnie H. Judy Cathy and Grayson Kamm♦


2 0 1 1 - 2 0 1 2 a n n ual campaig n Nichole Katulich Tanya Siddiqui Kayani KiKi Kelatia♦ Ashley Kerns Dayton Kilburn Jane King Dr. Jasmine King Katherine King Lauri Kleman♦ Elizabeth Knieriem Melissa Knight♦ Jillian Koepke Meg Forehand Korakis♦ Megan Koval Karri Kovaric♦ Kristin Kraemer Trista Krone♦ Erin and Jared Krukar♦ Heather and Dan Kutina Malloy and Nathaniel Lacktman♦ Jordan Land Allie LaLonde Mercelline Lanoue Catherine Larkin♦ Jamie LaRussa ♦ Deborah and Marcus Lawrence♦ Jenifer and Robert LeBeau♦ Erika and Scott Lee Hallie Lee♦ Kelly Lee♦ Rachel Martin Lee Laurel Moore Lee♦ Lisa-Marie and Nick Leihy♦ Ellis Lester Mary Hall Lester♦ Stephanie Smith Leuthauser Lauren Lewis♦ Mrs. Erika Lindsey Courtney Loebel Ashley Looney♦ Liana Lopez♦ Suzy Lopez♦ Fe Luttrell Allison and Tom Luzier♦♦ Read Maclay Marla Madan Krista and Clint Maddox and CA Technologies♦♦♦ Christine Malpartida♦ Marcelite Manuel♦ Margaret Mariani Marissa Martin♦ Danielle Marone Kayleigh Mataluni Christen Mayer

Michelle Mayo♦ Lisa Johnson McCarthy♦ Denise McCaskill♦ Elizabeth McCollum Beth and Mac McCraw♦ Amber Schonbrun McDonnell Kristen McDowell♦ Deborah DeWeese McElfatrick Cindy and Brenden McGinness♦ Amy McClary McGucken♦ Meghan McGuire♦ Nicole McNally♦ Shannon McQuown Lawrence and Tara McLaughlin♦ Lauren McQueen♦ Jacqueline Medina Michelle Mendez Nicole Melendez♦♦♦ Gail Messamore♦ Annette Messina Alison and Chris Meyer♦ Haley Miller♦ Marjory Miller Megan Miller♦ Michael Miller Jenn and Greg Millman♦ Michelle Mobley Cherie Monarch Leah and JR Morell Jessica M. Morgan Kristen and Todd Morris♦ Merritt Mosley♦ Laurel Moynihan Anne Myers Elise Nelson Angela Nidaso Corinne Nikitas♦ Brad and Angela Norbom Kate Novinski♦ Lisa Nugent♦♦ Elizabeth Obendorfer♦ Sarah and Matt O’Brien♦ Gianni O’Connor♦ Jacqueline O’Connor Pail And Jennifer Olson Brian and Lori Osborne♦ Jenisse Ouellette Michelle Owens Kelli Pace Chelsea and Otis Padgett♦ Lindsey Parks Terri D. Parnell♦ Adriana Parrino Amy Patenaude♦

Lisa Patterson♦♦ Melissa Pavese Amber and Scott Peck♦ Elizabeth Pento♦ Barbara Perez Sarah and Stephen Perron♦ Paula and Frank Perry♦♦ Cindy Peterson♦ Lauren Peterson Molly Phillips Carolyn Piper♦ Corey and Charlie Poe♦♦ Shannon and Gregory Polizzi♦ Nicole and Ethan Polsky♦ Anita Pop♦ Jennifer and Billy Pressley Emily Preston♦ Kathleen and Mike Purdy Marissa Pupello Ellen Quinlan Sara Ragalie Erika Read♦ Charlsey Reed Jill Reeves Lisa Reeves Morgan Reid Brooks Reilly♦ Erin Reynolds Jenna Richey Susan Rickles♦ Lauren Rigby Megan Rindone Genevieve and John Neal Robinson♦ Jennifer Rocha Ellen Romano♦ Alisha and Gantt Rorebeck♦ Andrea Rottensteiner♦ Dayna Russo Rinku Savadas Simone L. Savino LM Sawyer and Jerry Kerby♦ Julie Scalfaro♦ Natalie Schaap♦ Jamie Schabacker Amber Schaible Krystal R. Schofield♦ Karry Schuele Stephanie and Tony Schwindt Katherine C. Scott Erin Seaverson♦ Ann Sells♦ Kathleen Selman Amy Sharp Jessica and Patrick Shea www.jltampa.org | SUMMER 2012

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Caitlin Weber Patricia Weigel Jessica Weiss Heather Werry♦ Mary Whalen♦ Lucy White Meghan White♦ Trisha Whittemore Emily Williams♦ Anne and David Williams♦ Helen Williams Kristin Wilson♦ Loren Wilson Lauren Withrow♦ Lizabeth Wolfe♦ Jennifer Wonder Jamie Wood♦ Leah Wooten♦ Melissa and Pete Young♦ Leigh Zatco♦

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Accenture LLP♦ Airheads Trampoline Arena Andrea Layne Floral Design Michael and June Annis Artistry Design Be3tshirts Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits♦ Celsius Marketing | Interactive♦♦ Datz Delicatessen & Wine Loft♦ Deborah Kents Grand Events, LLC♦ IKEA Kirbys Menswear Magnon Jewelers, Inc.♦♦ Marissa Moss Photography♦ Nicole Gellar Photography♦ PRP Wines Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Safeway Parking Enterprises South Tampa Dermatology♦ Torra Photography Tory Burch♦ ZYR Vodka 220 East

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__________________________ matching gift companies __________________________ Carol Lybrand Duffey, CPA, PA Daiichi Sankyo Helios Education Foundation♦ JP Morgan Chase♦ Kimberly Clark Corporation♦♦ Merck Pharmaceuticals♦ MFS Investments♦ Microsoft Corporation Saint-Gobain Corporation Tampa Pallet Tech Data Corporation

_____________________________ grants and other restricted gifts _____________________________ Eckerd Family Foundation♦ Mr. and Mrs. James L. Ferman, Sr. The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation♦ The Garcia Family Foundation Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Community Enrichment Grant Program Kashi and The Association of Junior League’s International Kristi and Brad Resch The Tampa Bay Rays Foundation Tampa Bay Times Foundation Walmart

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C ommemo rativ e fu n d Gif ts 2011 - 2 0 1 2 A gift to the League’s Commemorative Fund is a special way to honor a friend or family member’s significant milestone or to remember a loved one. All commemorative contributions benefit the League’s Endowment Fund.

____________________ CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF ____________________ Taylor Alley, daughter of Active Jessica and Richard Alley Jessica Kendall Stephanie Wiendl Timothy Anderson III, son of Active Rosemary and Timothy Anderson Lynette Russell Tracie Domino Stephanie Wiendl Alice Sterling Augustine, daughter of Andrea and David Augustine Allison Burden Andrea Layne Angier and Robert Miller Hailey Alexander Belfatti, daughter of Active Roddy and Ralph Belfatti Lee Lowry Angier and Robert Miller Lynette Russell Francis Poe Brawley III, son of Active Patricia and Frank Brawley Kim and Trey Carswell Betsy Graham Lee Lowry Angier and Robert Miller Penelope Jane Brownstein, daughter of Active Suzanne and Evan Brownstein Tracie Domino Jessica Kendall Andrea Layne Angier and Robert Miller Elizabeth Ann (Ellie) Campbell, daughter of Active Allison and Mark Campbell Jessica Kendall Bryan Carlstedt, son of Active Jen and Ed Carlstedt Heather Barrow Kim and Trey Carswell Laurie Daigle Jessica Kendall Angier and Robert Miller Stephanie Wiendl Claire Cathey, daughter of Active Callie and Tyler Cathey Tracie Domino Stephanie Wiendl

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Parker William Coram, son of Active Shannon and Christopher Coram Mary Ellen and Roy Collins Betsy Graham Nicole and Matt Hubbard Lee Lowry Shannon Walsh Stephanie Wiendl Charles Driggs Dominguez, son of Active Gretchen and Joseph Dominguez Laurie Daigle Jessica Kendall Stephanie Wiendl Sloan Elizabeth Dorrance, daughter of Active Lindsay and Sam Dorrance Lynette Russell Delaney Price Gelwix, daughter of Active Melissa and Joey Gelwix Nicole and Matt Hubbard Wade Hill, son of Active Lindsey and Ed Hill Rosemary Anderson Chloe Cullinan Ansley Grace Hubbard, daughter of Active Nicole and Matt Hubbard Laurie Daigle Jessica Kendall Terri Parnell Angier and Robert Miller Stephanie Wiendl

Cole Kelaita, son of Active KiKi and Jim Kelaita Heather Barrow Tracie Domino Jessica Kendall Madeline Fay Kodadek, daughter of Active Sarah and Ben Kodadek Suzy Mendelson Angier and Robert Miller Kate and Michael Guilfoyle Bennett Gabriel Lacktman, son of Active Malloy and Nathaniel Lacktman Allison Burden Kim and Trey Carswell Nicole and Matt Hubbard Stephanie Wiendl Kian Kaivon Madani, son of Crystal and Kaivon Madani Allison Burden Nicole and Matt Hubbard Andrea Layne Angier and Robert Miller Lee Lowry David Andrew Massari, son of Active Caro and Mike Massari Jessica Kendall Margarat (Maggie) Gray Mosley, daughter Merritt and Patrick Mosley Jessica Kendall Stephanie Wiendl

Graham Edward Sober, son of Active Jennie and Paul Sober Heather Barrow Allison Burden Sarah G. Evans Betsy Graham Nicole Hubbard Jessica Kendall Angier and Robert Miller Kyler Jones, son of Active Whitney and Jason Jones Stephanie Wiendl Andrea Layne Brita Wilkins Lincoln Stephanie Wiendl Milana Iurato, daughter of Active Jenay and Kevin Iurato Allison Burden Nicole Hubbard Jessica Kendall Lee Lowry Lynette Russell Stephanie Wiendl

Jack Kahl, son of Active Aspen and Jake Kahl Heather Barrow Jessica Kendall Lee Lowry Lynette Russell Shannon Walsh Stephanie Wiendl

Elliott Michael Trkovsky, son of active Heather and Aaron Trkovsky Jessica Kendall Nicole Hubbard

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C o mme m o rat ive fu n d Gif t s 2011 - 2012 ________________________ CELEBRATING THE MARRIAGE OF ________________________ Active Megan Berrigan to Josh Kuder Jessica Kendall Lee Lowry Jenn Millman Stephanie Wiendl Active Hannah Dewar to Paul Gross Allison Burden Kim and Trey Carswell Chloe Cullinan Tracie Domino Nicole Hubbard Jessica Kendall Andrea Layne Terri Parnell Lynette and Rick Russell Stephanie Wiendl Sustainer Marsha Martin to Max Castro Mary and Ron Hulse Active Alison Reteneller to David Monahan Heather Barrow Kim and Trey Carswell Nicole Hubbard Jennifer Palacios Johnson Jessica Kendall Angier and Robert Miller Stephanie Wiendl Active Andrea Rottensteiner to Joshua Webb Suzy Mendelson Active Katie Shelnut to Chris Christenson Ginny Daniel Stephanie Wiendl

_________________________ Celebrating the Engagement of _________________________ Active Lisa Humphrey Angier and Robert Miller Active Terri Parnell Julie Sargent

__________ in honor of __________

Active Stacy Carlson, receiving her doctorate in Educational Leadership Allison Burden Sarah G. Evans Betsy Graham Nicole Hubbard Jessica Kendall Lee Lowry Angier and Robert Miller Stephanie Wiendl

Active Cori Cuttler, new job as Senior Director of Public Policy and Communications for the Tampa Chamber of Commerce Virginia Vickers Stephanie Wiendl

Larry Paine, husband of Sustainer Paige Paine Allison Burden Bernice Satterfield Beth Kalicki

Active Jessica Gilmore’s baby bump Marcelite Manuel Stephanie Wiendl

Robert W. Snyder Beth Kalicki

Provisional Jenness Steele on her promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Allison Burden Angier and Robert Miller

Geraldine Train, mother of Sustainer Campbell Burton Allison Burden Stephanie Wiendl

___________ In memory of ___________

Lynda Vawter, Sustainer, and mother of Active Laura Hobby Allison Burden Suzy Lopez Lee Lowry Angier and Robert Miller Lynette Russell Stephanie Wiendl

Jack Booth, father of Sustainer Clara Reynolds Allison Burden Jessica Kendall Stephanie Wiendl Barry Carmody, husband of Sustainer Karen Carmody Allison Burden Phil Cusmano, husband of Active Porter Cusmano Allison Burden Heather Barrow Angier and Robert Miller Stephanie Wiendl Lieutenant Dimitri del Castillo, killed in action Allison Burden Brigid and William Futch Stephanie Wiendl Martha Ferman, Sustainer Gail and William Rinaldi Ann Sheppard Claudia and Bill Young Paulette Szabo Gross, mother-in-law to Active Hannah Gross Nicole and Matt Hubbard Brother of Active Jenifer LeBeau Laurie Daigle Laura Everitt Dorothy Leo, grandmother of Active Michelle Leo Hintson Laura Everitt Jessica Kendall Andrea Layne Louis Marchetta, grandfather of Active Ansley Alvarez and grandfather-in-law of Nina Alvarez Melissa Giunta Leah Wooten

To make a contribution, visit the Support Us section of the JLT website at www.jltampa.org.

Patricia Donnelly Elk, grandmother of Active Shannon Walsh Nicole Hubbard Andrea Layne Angier and Robert Miller Phyllis Warren, Sustainer, mother of Sustainer Lora Hulse and grandmother-in-law of Active Lauren Warren Allison Burden Patricia Carter Suzy Lopez Lee Lowry Stephanie Wiendl Sarah Beville Wilhite, mother of Active Wendy Brill Heather Barrow Allison Burden Kim and Trey Carswell Nicole Hubbard Jenay Iurato Jessica Kendall Lee Lowry Angier and Robert Miller Lynette Russell Stephanie Wiendl Arlin Vance Willyard, father of Active Heather Barrow Allison Burden Nicole and Matt Hubbard Jessica Kendall Lee Lowry Angier and Robert Miller Lynette Russell Stephanie Wiendl www.jltampa.org | SUMMER 2012

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vi ce presid ent’ s c olumn

Our Community Impact by Lee Lowry Community Vice President

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am writing this letter from San Francisco, where the 90th Annual Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) Conference of League Presidents, Presidents-Elect and Incoming Presidents-Elect (my category) is underway. Allison Burden, Stephanie Wiendl and I are surrounded by hundreds of very smart, very aware, very driven women from all over the country. We are being inspired with a variety of speakers, panels and events, all designed to give us ideas and get us pumped up for our roles as leaders of our respective Leagues. We also get the chance to meet and interface with other rising leaders, share thoughts and make connections. It’s surprising both how similar and how different we can be, though we all exist under the umbrella of AJLI and the concept of being a “Junior League.”

Our Key Issue Areas

The Junior League of Tampa’s Key Issue Areas are: •

Child Welfare - focus on promoting the well-being of children by ensuring safety, establishing permanency, and strengthening families to care for their children successfully

Education - focus on providing critical knowledge and tools needed by children and families in our community to help break the cycle of poverty

I hope you will take a moment to read the articles in this issue about our community efforts, because at each of the AJLI conferences I have attended, whether ODI (Organizational Development Institute) a few years ago, the 2012 Winter Leadership Development Conference, or this most recent Annual Conference, each time I’ve come away knowing that community impact is an area in which The Junior League of Tampa excels. We were ahead of the pack in creating a community impact statement. We were talking about outcomes, not just outputs, before almost anyone else. And we are continuing to focus our efforts and our finances on making the greatest difference for the most people in our impact areas of Child Welfare and Education. I will give credit where it is due: I overheard a leader from another League discussing her organization’s impact and what they hoped to achieve. She called it “an inch wide and a mile deep.” It’s a simple concept, but exactly what I hope for The Junior League of Tampa’s impact too. If we hone in with laser focus on a target, we will create an impact far greater than we could have if we were spread more thinly. Thanks for coming on this JLT journey, whether you come as member or supporter. Together, we can do great things!

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Community Impact Statement

he Junior League of Tampa believes women as welltrained volunteers can strengthen and transform communities. We view that one opportunity to engage our 1,800 members in improving the community starts with the prevention and elimination of poverty conditions for our most disadvantaged children and families. Through collaboration and community engagement, we seek to remove the many barriers to success which limit disadvantaged children and families’ ability to improve themselves and their community. The Junior League of Tampa focuses its financial and volunteer resources on ensuring that each individual we serve in Hillsborough County can build a foundation from which to achieve success in life.

The Junior League of Tampa seeks collaborative, strategic partnerships, which leverage financial investments with meaningful volunteer engagement opportunities resulting in lasting community impact. We proactively engage with communitybased organizations, governmental entities, businesses and other funders to improve Child Welfare and Education in Hillsborough County. We seek to be a catalyst for community change through our work as a community convener, advocate, expert and leader in our identified issue areas. We mentor and support our members to become outstanding volunteers and community leaders, which improves our community and enhances their own professional and personal experience.

The Junior League of Tampa’s Mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. To carry out our Mission, much of our volunteer and leadership training is actualized through community service. Based on community research, member interests and internal strategic planning, we have identified two key issues where we focus our community efforts and financial investment in order to maximize our community impact.

Our values guide our efforts. We are dedicated to the service of our community, members and partners and aspire to the following organizational values:

The Junior League of Tampa’s Key Issue Areas are: Child Welfare - focus on promoting the well-being of children by ensuring safety, establishing permanency and strengthening families to care for their children successfully Education - focus on providing critical knowledge and tools needed by children and families in our community to help break the cycle of poverty We view the lack of success in these issue areas as critical barriers to individuals making the most of their lives. The JLT directs its efforts toward Child Welfare activities, particularly, in foster care, recognizing that emotionally and physically safe and caring families promote the overall well-being of children leading to greater academic, social and emotional development. Currently, JLT supports foster care initiatives that ease key transition points and improve the quality of life for foster children and families. The JLT engages in Education initiatives which contribute to greater achievement in school and life. The Junior League of Tampa contributes to emergent literacy awareness, health and nutrition knowledge and life skills as critical tools and knowledge to help prevent or break the conditions of poverty.

Voluntarism - Promoting voluntarism by creating a supportive, safe environment that encourages the continuous development of women to reach their highest potential as civic and community leaders Empowerment - Providing training and mentoring opportunities to develop and empower our members and those we serve to improve their lives and the lives of others Collaboration - Working collaboratively, effectively and strategically with our members and community partners to build a legacy of community impact Advocacy - Acting as catalysts for change in our community and speaking as influencers for those who cannot speak for themselves Stewardship - Achieving organizational excellence to meet our Mission and Vision, by responsibly managing the resources and relationships entrusted to us The Junior League of Tampa is mission-focused and results oriented. The difference we make in the lives of disadvantaged children and families through our community projects will be evidenced by visible improvement and measurable results. In addition, The Junior League of Tampa will be viewed as a collaborative partner, thought-leader and influencer in the community through the development of our members into knowledgeable and skilled community and civic leaders.

Thank you for the Leadership efforts of Stacy Carlson, Lee Lowry and Stephanie Wiendl for creating our Community Impact Statement.


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Our Community Impact

14 celebrations

personalized birthday

3,310 BAGS OF FOOD

103 gifts for kids

distributed at the Wilbert Davis, Sulphur Springs and Nick Capitano Boys and Girls Clubs to feed over 240 children on the weekends and holidays

thrown for children available for adoption and provided

additional birthday

Hosted EVENTS

4

in the Heart Gallery Birthday Buddies program

70,000

to assist over

315 kids

HOURS

contributed by trained JLT volunteers per year worth over $1.5M

aging out of foster care to help with their transition out of their foster homes

13 homeless women residents empowered with all of the tools they need to be successful when transitioning from the Salvation Army's Hospitality House to independent living through the Getting Ahead curriculum

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Food 4 Kids: Tending Our JLT Garden

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by Lee Lowry with additional reporting by Jenna Simpson-Oliver he Junior League of Tampa community projects don’t just run themselves. I’m sure that statement is self-evident to anyone who has come in contact with the strong team of leaders who ran our 13 projects this year, not to mention the hundreds of terrific members who staffed these committees. Many hours of careful planning were behind every item of children’s clothing that was purchased, every picture book that was stickered and every birthday cake that was iced. But there’s even more behind that sentiment than you might think. Not only are an enthusiastic attitude and a lengthy to-do list integral to running a JLT project, but often being bold, being flexible and thinking months (if not years) ahead are also part of the job of both chairs and committee members. I love a good metaphor, so I thought: what is this “project nurturing” process most like? I couldn’t help but think that it resembles the efforts many of us go through to grow a Florida garden. I’m no gardener myself, in fact, my thumb is so black, I feel compelled to whisper a little apology to every new plant I buy, since I know it won’t be long for this world once it’s in my custody. But I’ve attempted to cultivate a yard here in our tropical climate, and as you know, Florida plants never take a break. The warm weather makes the gardening process endless. Unwanted plants creep in, seasonal adjustments must be made to watering, and grass mowing length varies with the weather. And just like a Florida yard, JLT projects must be tended to thrive.

Wise JLT leaders who came before us created a rigorous process to evaluate both existing projects and guide the creation of new ones, and created the Project Development and Evaluation Committee (PDEC) to take charge of this process. However, our projects are only evaluated every two to three years. There is plenty of time in those intervening years for events to grow stale, or for the needs to change. We have all seen what happens here in the gardens that are left to their own devices: overgrowth, withered plants, too much sun… and the same is true for our projects. Constant care is needed. Committee chairs must be constantly vigilant in order for our projects to remain healthy.

This year, one JLT project illustrated this point vividly, with an outcome that is a case study for proactive project leadership: Food 4 Kids. Food 4 Kids is in its fourth year of existence and its project activities are deceptively simple. We purchase non-perishable food from Feeding America Tampa Bay in their Ybor City warehouse. The items are: canned and bagged dinner items for families, like black beans and rice, or spaghetti and sauce. We also include a vegetable or fruit and a box of healthy cereal. We organize all the items at the Feeding America warehouse on alternate Saturday mornings, and place them in brown paper bags with our cute Food 4 Kids logo sticker on the front of each one. www.jltampa.org | SUMMER 2012

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The process is so efficient, it only takes about an hour and a half to do a typical bagging. Then Feeding America delivers the bags to our Boys and Girls Club partners, and Food 4 Kids committee members help facilitate the distribution of the bags to the children served by the Clubs. The children who receive the food are on the free and reduced school meal program, and get their breakfast and lunch through that program during the week. Dinner on school days is often provided by the Boys and Girls Clubs. But weekends are tough for families who are struggling to make ends meet. However, when the kids take our bags home on Friday evening, because of the filling, nutritious food we provide, they are able to return to school on Monday morning with full bellies, ready to concentrate and learn. Sounds perfect, right? However, in Fall 2011, Chair Casey Carefoot and her team discovered that the numbers at the Belmont Heights Boys and Girls Club were falling. We were providing 170 bags, but this was more bags than there were children attending. We had to adjust. The committee determined the actual number of children was 140 and they started bagging and distributing accordingly from

Number of individuals Impacted by Projects Birthday Buddies

159

Children’s Literacy

6,609

Community Action

1,860

Connected by 25

318

DACCO

145

Enabling Fund

2,985

Food 4 Kids (Children receiving bags)

240

Glazer Children’s Museum

145

Kids Connect

150

Kids in the Kitchen Love Bundles Salvation Army

65 1,685 65

that point on. In addition, because of the success of this project and its popularity with members, we increased the budget to add an additional Food 4 Kids location in 2011 - 2012. We became interested in serving the Sulphur Springs area when we did our 2010 - 2011 Provisional Project. Because the need there is great, we selected the Sulphur Springs Boys and Girls Club as our second location. We expected to serve approximately 130 children. However, again through the close attention of the committee, we discovered that the actual number of children was far lower. Since this Club was mainly serving middle and high school students, who tend to use it in smaller numbers, we only needed 40 bags. Again this freed up our budget and our committee’s time and we were able to assure that children were getting fed, but also that none of our bags was going to waste. Of course, we must be always pruning and weeding. We also need to keep planting new seeds if we are to maximize our community impact. We had Food 4 Kids dollars and committee time to spare, and there were still thousands of deserving children in need of help. After consulting with Boys and Girls Club leadership in January 2012 on

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potential additional locations, we narrowed it down to two possibilities. Casey did a site visit and sought feedback from the Club managers about their ability to help facilitate the distribution. Ultimately, we selected the Nick Capitano Boys and Girls Club, located near downtown Tampa, as our third location. We currently serve 60 children there, many of whom go to St. Peter Claver School across the street, and this has been a very successful partnership thus far. There are so many deserving and excellent organizations in the Tampa area, and so many needs to be met. We can only meet so many, but we must be sure we are being as efficient as possible, to make the greatest impact. Only by constantly “tending our JLT garden” can we be sure we are doing so. Jennifer (Jenna) Simpson-Oliver joined The Junior League of Tampa in 2009. She and her husband Thomas live in St. Petersburg, and Jenna is an attorney at Broad and Cassel in Tampa.

Lee Lowry grew up in Vero Beach, Florida, and graduated cum laude from Rollins College in Winter Park with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. This is her eighth Active year in The Junior League of Tampa, and she currently serves as the League’s Community Vice President. She has been married to Lionel for more than 15 years, is mom to her two children, Lillie and Laander, and recently accepted the position of Director of Communications for St. John’s Episcopal Parish Church and Day School in South Tampa.

Focus on Community Impact: By the Numbers (data through May 1, 2012)

JLT Projects Education

2012 Total 8,383

Books distributed (other projects)

6,571

# of people trained (Salvation Army) Foster Care Move In Kits distributed (Connected by 25)

2012 Total

Books distributed (Children’s Literacy) Total books distributed

JLT PROJECTS

18,354 65 80

Total Kids Connect matches

133*

# of parents who attended Kids Connect Events

100

# of children who attended Kids Connect Events

75

Love Bundles packed/distributed

1,950

Birthday Buddies # of parties given

14

Birthday Buddies # of children gifts wrapped for

103

Community Assistance

Enabling Fund grants made

12

Community Action agencies assisted

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2011 - 2012 Provisional Project

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by Meghan Weddle ach August a new group of ladies embark on their training to become a full voting member of The Junior League of Tampa. We call this year of training their Provisional year. The Provisionals take on a project so that they may understand all of the steps it takes to successfully initiate, plan, design and execute. This Provisional Project immediately becomes the common goal that unites these women from different professions and careers.

Food 4 Kids Committee The Food 4 Kids Provisional sub-committee, co-chaired by Courtney Baker and Lisa Reeves, worked with Healthy Kicks and Feeding America of Tampa Bay to put together and deliver bags of food to

This year’s Provisional Project supported the Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) with the goal of increasing the number of Title I schools served by the Teaching Tools Supply Store. The Teaching Tools Supply Store is a place for Title I teachers to access necessary and basic school supplies for their students who cannot afford them. In order to support The Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) and the Supply Store efficiently and productively, the 150 Provisionals divided into six sub-committees. Three sub-committees worked within the constructs of existing League Committees: Children’s Literacy, Food 4 Kids and Kids in the Kitchen. Three sub-committees created their own Provisional Project Committees: Supply Store, Bare Necessities and Marketing and Teacher Appreciation.

students served by HEF. Because high numbers of students at these schools rely on the free or reduced lunch program, school meals are their main source of nutrition. When they go home for holidays or long weekends, there are frequently times where meals are not available. The Food 4 Kids Provisionals assisted in the purchasing, assembling, packaging and delivering food to these students. Kids in the Kitchen Committee Led by co-chairs Christin Carson and Marie Hebbler, the Provisional sub-committee of Kids in the Kitchen positively impacted the

The Children’s Literacy Committee Early in the year Provisionals discovered fewer than 100 books on the shelves of the HEF Teaching Tools Supply Store. Beth Edwards and Erin Greco, Provisional Co-Chairs of this group, set a goal to increase the number of books available at the store. By the end of the year they have added 2,073 to the shelves of the Supply Store. Additionally, Provisionals read to students at Graham Elementary twice per month. These Provisional readers received training from the League’s Children’s Literacy Committee in order to perform these readings more optimally and work with the teachers in the classrooms where the reading sessions occur. Provisionals also partnered with the Children’s Literacy Committee to sort books monthly and participate in the “Big Read” throughout Hillsborough County. On May 3rd, the group held a book fair at Graham Elementary where they distributed 2,500 books. 30

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choices of Potter Elementary students in the kitchen. These Provisionals provided healthy snacks, tote bags and reusable water bottles to the students. And they taught important lessons about USDA’s recommendations for a healthy meal. Potter Elementary students illustrated their own healthy plate and wrote letters to First Lady Michelle Obama about why healthy choices are important. Additionally, students tasted healthy foods, such as cottage cheese and sweet potatoes.


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Supply Committee The Supply Committee, co-chaired by Kelly Hunt and Jenness Steele, collected more than 3,400 school items including backpacks, pens, paper and books to stock The Supply Store. These items ensure that students, who would not have the necessary school supplies, have them.

Letters Below are letters from students at Potter Elementarty to the First Lady Michelle Obama.

Bare Necessities Committee

The Bare Necessities Committee, led by co-chairs Stephanie Leonard and Angela Nidasio, collected over 2,700 items such as jackets, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, tissues, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and combs. Money was raised by holding raffles for dinner and movie gift cards and a Michael Kors watch. The items donated will be given to the store for distribution to students in need. Marketing and Teacher Appreciation Committee Led by co-chairs Michelle Huffmaster, Barbara Perez and Jennifer Wooten, the Marketing and Teacher Appreciation Committee successfully hosted a teacher appreciation fair at HEF. They also created a HEF survey and marketing plan to help guide growth of The Supply Store. Every committee made a remarkable impact not only Hillsborough Education Foundation and the Supply Store, but also on Title I school teachers and students throughout Hillsborough County. Suzy Mendelson, 2011 - 2012 Provisional Education Chair, explains, “the Provisional Project is special because everything is new. The community partnership is new, the members are new and the project chair is new to community work.” Suzy is very proud of the project, saying “this project had an invaluable impact on its partner, HEF. The Provisionals not only achieved their goals, but changed the landscape of what HEF is offering in its Teaching Tools Store. The Provisionals not only wanted to meet their goal but exceed it by providing sustainable benefits to the foundation.”

Meghan Weddle is from Chattanooga, TN and has been a member of the Junior League for three years. She is engaged to be married in July. She teaches Middle Division History at Berkeley Preparatory School.

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2012 - 2013 President-Elect: Lee Manwaring Lowry

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oted “Most Talented” by her high school class, our new President-Elect and 2013 - 2014 President, Lee Manwaring Lowry, exhibited star power from an early age. She made her musical theatre debut at age six in A Pale Pink Dragon and went on to perform in a wide array of community theatre and school productions through elementary, junior high and high school in Vero Beach, Florida. Lee also sang in a high school choral group known as The Elements of Sound. This Gleelike group competed in the International Youth & Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, and won top honors as the Best Overall Chorus. Back at home, she was named second runner-up in the 1989 Vero Beach Junior Miss Pageant. A strong work ethic came naturally to Lee, who was a serious student and excelled in the classroom. Her father remembers that he never had to wake her up for school or remind her to do her homework. Graduating as Salutatorian of her Vero Beach High School class, she went on to Rollins College on an academic and music scholarship. While in college, she continued to perform in theatrical productions, and her senior thesis on Women in Theatre was accepted into the College’s permanent collection. In 1993, Lee graduated with honors 34

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from Rollins with a degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Music, and soon moved to the Tampa area to begin her professional career in the theatre world. Her 10-year career with the American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg took her from Intern to Development Associate to Director of Development and finally Managing Director. There she honed her skills in fundraising, grant writing, event planning, volunteer relations, budgeting, marketing, public relations and human resources—skills that would serve her well in her future JLT leadership positions. In her time at the American Stage Theatre, Lee continued her handson involvement in producing more than 30 theatrical productions from script to stage, including two world premieres and six Shakespeare in the Park productions. It would be easy to conclude that her consistently calm demeanor under pressure stems from her time in the theatre, both performing and managing a staff of 25-30 professional artists. Twice named a “Tampa Bay Woman of Distinction” by Tampa Bay Magazine, she has been a strong proponent of the arts, speaking frequently to community groups and serving on arts grants panels, the Pinellas County Arts Council and the St. Petersburg Cultural Advisory Council.


P r e s iden t- El ect

her professional career as the Director of Communications for St. John’s Episcopal Church and Parish Day School. Lee has applied her many and varied talents throughout her career with the Junior League. Completing her Provisional year in 2004 2005, she joined the Board of Directors as Communications Chair as a second year active. Never one to turn down a new volunteer challenge, she accepted the call to become Chair-Elect for the Holiday Gift Market and served as Co-Chair for the Fifth Annual Holiday Gift Market in 2008. Serving as Treasurer and Finance Vice President, Lee carefully paved the way for our successful move to Expo Hall this past November. Currently serving as Community Vice President, Lee embraces her role as a mentor and cheerleader for our dedicated community project chairs and volunteers. Described as caring, inclusive, intelligent and humble, she passionately believes in developing the potential of women, inspiring our members to find the stars within us. It comes as no surprise that her love of performing factored into her relationship with the man who became her husband. Lee met Lionel Lowry in a communications class at age 17, and they performed together in a number of musicals, including Grease and South Pacific. Her husband’s grandmother first saw them together in South Pacific and as a result sent them to the South Pacific for their honeymoon. It was their good fortune that the show wasn’t Oklahoma! “Just friends” during high school, they began dating during their junior year of college and have been together ever since. Married in 1996, Lee and Lionel welcomed their first child, Lillie, in 2000. A son, Laander, was born in 2004, at which time, literally on the day of his birth, Lee retired from her first career. Her new calling as a committed, community volunteer soon followed. Her husband says, as a wife, mother, friend and volunteer, “she asks so little and does so much for others, taking the burden off of everyone.” Her friends marvel at how she is able to do so many things well while making them appear effortless. Younger sister Eryn has always admired our new President-Elect, and says her big sister has been a wonderful role model as a mother and wife. The two shared a special trip to New Orleans last year just before Eryn became a mother. When asked where she inherited her singing and acting abilities, her father repeated the family joke that the many talents shared by Lee and her sister skipped a generation and came, not from their parents, but from their grandfather who sang on the radio. These talents have not skipped the next generation, as our new PresidentElect’s 11-year-old daughter is following in her mother’s footsteps on the stage and in choral groups.

Possessing a CEO’s focus and vision, a servant leader’s passion and zeal, and an artist’s creativity and attention to detail, our most talented new President-Elect is an ideal candidate to lead our organization.

“She asks so little and does so much for others, taking the burden off of everyone.” —Lionel Lowry

Many of Lee’s current volunteer activities revolve around her two children and their interests, including serving on the Education Committee of the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center, holding numerous positions at her church and children’s school, and leading her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. She also has kept a hand in theatre by judging high school competitions and even directing the Christmas pageant at her church for the past five years. In March, Lee resumed www.jltampa.org | SUMMER 2012

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s trate g ic plan

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.”—Yogi Berra

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o one would argue that Junior Leaguers, by our very nature, are planners. We are women of action, who get things done and relish in making a difference. Each year, every Committee Chair develops her plan, executes it and achieves results - either internally within the League or externally in our community. However, we recently recognized the lack of alignment between our committee plans and our longer-term organizational goals. So this year, in an attempt to build upon our successes and continuously improve our effectiveness, we have undertaken the task of revitalizing our strategic planning process.

Planning for our future, while remaining true to our mission, is critical to our long-term success. The following two pages provide a view of the steps in our journey, the progress we’ve made, and our new organizational goals and objectives. In 2012 - 13, we will continue to refine and improve our strategic plan approach; ensuring that we are building an organization committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

JLT Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives Focal Area Community

Strategic Plan Goals

Objec5ves

Maximize community impact through the creation of issuebased projects, dedication to advocacy , and collaboration with community partners to support our focus areas and provide our members with meaningful volunteer opportunities.

•  Obtain maximum community impact through projects •  Create and implement an issue-based advocacy plan •  Build community relationships and networks that will enhance collaboration

Drive increased awareness of our Mission, Values, capabilities, partnering opportunities and accomplishments.

  Create best practice internal communications processes utilizing technology   Streamline website from both an internal and external viewpoint   Develop and implement and external marketing and PR plan   Provide clear and consistent messaging about JLT to promote the name and brand both internally and externally

Manage and grow our assets and revenue sources responsibly by exploring immediate opportunities and cultivating long-term commitments to fund our Mission.

  Develop and track against an annual Fund Development plan that includes revenue forecasting and tracking   Utilize technology to expand Fund Development efforts   Research and develop future fund development strategies   Cultivate our current fundraising efforts to make them as successful and efficient as possible

Create a positive and empowering environment to support the continuous development of our members in order to provide our community with trained volunteers and civic leaders.

  Enhance members experience within JLT   Grow quantity, while maintaining quality, of our membership   Expand education opportunities for membership

Increase operational excellence through strong internal controls, member accountability, financial stability and process collaboration across the organization.

  Establish a financial forecast system and financial policies and procedures   Utilize employee to maximize operations   Maintain headquarters to support our membership

Implement a mission-focused strategic planning process to ensure organizational sustainability.

  Embed strategic planning throughout all levels of the organization   Ensure the integrity and efficiency of the organizational structure   Establish and maintain a transparent nominating process

Communica5on

Fund Development

Membership Management Governance

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s t rateg ic plan

Example – Development of Community Committee Plans 3 Years

Strategic Plan Goals

Maximize community impact through the creation of issuebased projects, dedication to advocacy , and collaboration with community partners to support our focus areas and provide our members with meaningful volunteer opportunities.

Executive Committee

Years 2-3

Obtain maximum community impact through JLT projects

Advisory Committee Objectives Executive Liaison w/ Advisory Committees

Current Year

Create and implement an issue-based advocacy plan • Public Affairs

- Relevant for all Community committees

Committee Plan Tactics

Heart Gallery

Food for Kids

Children’s Literacy

Glazers Children’s

Community Action

Committee Chairs

Cby25

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Build community relationships and networks that will enhance collaboration

Public Affairs

Love Bundles Treasures for Tpa

Enabling Fund

Salvation Army

Illustrative

Annual Plan

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Outcome

ESTABLISH A FINANCIAL FORECAST SYSTEM AND FINANCIAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURE

1. ABILITY TO TRACK ACTUAL FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE FORCATED FINANCIAL PLAN 2. CONSISTENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL ENSURE ACCURACY AND COMPLIANCE

UTILIZE EMPLOYEE RESOURCES TO MAXIMIZE OPERATIONS

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Congratulations to the Sustainer of the Year

Joy Bell

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he Sustainer of the Year Award is presented to a Sustainer who has shown outstanding volunteer service in a community service organization or through community service over a significant number of years after the age of 40. During the 2012 Annual Dinner, Sarah Jane Rubio made the presentation of the Sustainer of the Year Award to Joy Bell. Joy is a Tampa native, who joined The Junior League of Tampa in 1952, shortly after her husband returned from service in World War II.

Through the years, Joy has served on many boards for many nonprofits in Tampa. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough County Guidance Center during its formative years, she helped to bring psychiatric services for needy children in Tampa. Using her Junior League training, she became involved in MacDonald Training Center’s Nursery, as a volunteer and later as a board member by helping to oversee the pre-school program for special needs children.

Joy embodies what membership in our League is all about. As an Active member, she took the League’s Mission to heart and matured into a caring and committed community leader through her service as member. During her 12 year Active career in the Junior League, she served in a wide variety of roles. In fact, she says that during her years as an Active, she served, at one time or another, on every League committee, including the Board of Directors and as an officer on the Executive Committee.

Her passion for caring for the elderly, drove her to become involved in The Home Association over a 10-year period in the 1970-80s, beginning as a member of their Board of Directors and ultimately becoming its President. Joy found that was a perfect way to offer help in a way that would give a meaningful lifestyle alternative for elderly men and women who might have otherwise suffered loneliness, deprivation and despair. After serving as President, she was appointed a member of The Home’s Advisory Board and their Investment Committee. And she continues to be a member of The Home Association family and is committed to its mission to deliver quality service, foster compassion, trust and growth, and provide the opportunity for dignified living.

Since Joy became a Sustainer in 1964, she used the talents and skills she honed through her service to the League to volunteer for a variety of organizations, making a difference in the lives of children and the elderly throughout our community. And she continued her dedicated commitment to The Junior League of Tampa by serving as Sustainer President in 1975.

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Additionally, Joy’s League training and leadership served her well during her commitment to the H.B Plant Museum Society, where she served in many capacities, including President. She joined


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forces with the early members to re-open, refurbish and hire a director for the museum. She also used her volunteer training as a member of Amaryllis Garden Club for many years, and was appointed a member of Burdines’ Customer Advisory Board, which Tampa Sustainer Betty Wood founded.

volunteer world, serving as an officer on FLiCRA (Florida Life Care Residents Association) and later serving for six years on the Residents’ Panel. She currently is involved with an organization within Canterbury called “The Volunteers” which raises money for improvements to the Health Center.

Alongside with these many concurring and overlapping community obligations, Joy was actively involved in the public school system, her church and her sorority. She served as a member of the PTAs of each of her four children’s schools for 21 years, culminating as President of both Wilson and Plant PTAs. During the teacher’s strike of 1968, she volunteered daily for several weeks to teach English and Spanish at Wilson Junior High School. Her church involvement has been extensive throughout her adult life, included being President of Episcopal Churchwomen and a member and past President of the Daughters of the King, a prayer group for her church. In the late 1960’s, Joy became the President of the Alumnae Association of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She was instrumental in establishing a new chapter at the University of South Florida, and she served as the first Chapter Advisor, and House Corporation Advisor.

Joy has three daughters and a daughter-in-law, all of whom have been members of The Junior League of Tampa, one son, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Additionally, her daughter Becky Savitz (pictured above) served as JLT President in 1985. Joy has truly been an energetic organizer at home and in our community, all the while maintaining her gentle, kind, compassionate disposition.

Fully channeling her wealth of talent and energies into her community, family and church, Joy has always been undaunted by hard work, challenges, --- even old age! In fact, upon entering Canterbury Towers, she immediately immersed herself into its

“Joy embodies what membership in our League is all about...she took the League’s Mission to heart and matured into a caring and committed community leader.” — Julie G. Sargent

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Congratulations to the JLT Award Winners

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his year, The Junior League of Tampa added a few annual awards. The new awards are meant to recognize all levels of membership for exceptional work throughout the year and continually living out our Mission. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding members for their dedication to JLT.

Martha S. Ferman Spirit Award: Wendy Wilhite Brill The Martha S. Ferman Spirit Award will be given annually to recognize the exemplary achievement, steadfast dedication and selfless spirit of a Junior League member as she completes her final year of Active service and becomes a Sustainer. This year’s honoree is Wendy Wilhite Brill. She was presented with the award by Laura Ferman Farrior. She joined The Junior League of Tampa as a Provisional in 1996. In her 15 years as an Active, she served on the Board of Directors nine times, including two years on the Executive Committee. Her League career spanned all areas of the League from leading major fundraisers to serving as a Project Chair to helping select the League’s future leaders as a member and later Chair of the Nominating Committee. The consummate Southern hostess, Wendy gracefully chaired many of our major fundraising social events through the years, from Trinkets & Treasures Auction Party to Patrons’ Party to Holiday Gift Market Kickoff. Whatever her placement, her goal was always to provide a League home for her committee members and fellow Board members. Wendy wrote about the legacy of the League in her Community Vice President column in the Fall 2009 issue of The Sandspur. She said, “Those who came before us set the stage for what we have become through many years of hard work and dedication. If it were not for our past, we would certainly not be able to enjoy the success of today and look forward to a successful tomorrow.” Her own legacy can be seen through her successful debut of our highly impactful Food 4 Kids project. She also left her mark as Co-Chair of the 2007 Holiday Gift Market, for which JLT won the AJLI Marketing Award in recognition of our enhanced public relations and advertising efforts. In an interview with The Sandspur shortly before she passed away last year at age 96, Mrs. Martha Ferman advised members to “Give your best efforts to the wonderful purposes of the Junior League.” Wendy has always done just that, giving her all for the past 15 years to the League’s members, fundraisers and projects. She embodies the Spirit of Mrs. Ferman and her passion for The Junior League of Tampa.

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Inspiring Leader of the Year: Suzy Mendelson

Committee of the Year: Cookbook

The Inspiring Leader Award is given to a woman who inspires and motivates not only themselves, but the League members around them. She instills pride in those with whom she works, and consistently lives our Mission. This year’s winner embodies all that and more. In her ten years with Junior League, Suzy Mendelson has served on a variety of placements and in numerous leadership positions. After receiving numerous nominations for this award, it is clear she is well respected by her peers. Lynette Russell presented Suzy with this award at the Annual Dinner.

The League has enjoyed a record year. Behind each dollar raised and every life impacted, stands a JLT committee comprised of dedicated volunteers. So the selection of the inaugural JLT Committee of the Year was not an easy task, as the majority of our committees are exceptional. During the Annual Dinner, Jessica Kendall, the 2011 - 2012 Treasurer, enthusiastically announced that the 2011 - 2012 Committee of the Year is Cookbook.

“Suzy is a wonderful, nurturing and inspiring woman with an enormous heart,” claims one committee member. She knows each of her committee members on a personal level and has created a family style dynamic amongst the entire group. She frequently held monthly “pow wow” lunches with the committee, so the ladies could discuss issues or concerns and work through them, while respectfully guiding the women. Through her vision and leadership, the committee was able to surpass all of their goals this year. One Member states, “She is always positive, open, clear in her message, respectful and therefore respected.” Her genuine, heartfelt, approach and responsiveness makes everyone want to be around her. “Pure Class!” comments one committee member. “She is by far one of the most confident, courageous and capable women in our organization.” Throughout this year, Suzy has taken the “developing the potential for women” portion of our Mission to a whole new level. She oversaw one of the largest Provisional Classes (over 150 women) in The Junior League of Tampa’s history, and she was able to achieve one of the highest retention rates we have seen in years. She was also pivotal in the reorganization of the curriculum we will be implementing with the new Provisional Class. She accomplished this and more, all the while being a wife, mother of a toddler and full time working woman! “The true definition of the modern Junior League leader!” 44

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This committee’s work began early in the Spring of 2011, as they planned their marketing strategy for a very important anniversary. Thanks to their teamwork, relentless wholesale marketing and a record number of media appearances, they sold over 2,500 copies of 50th Anniversary Edition of The Gasparilla Cookbook, while their goal was only 1,500. During cookbook committee meetings, the members were taught how to sell to easy, moderate and difficult shoppers. Judging from their HGM sales numbers, and many shoppers’ credit card bills, the role play based training did its job! While their sales dollars are very impressive, their dedication to the League did not stop there. The Cookbook Committee also realized the importance of supporting other JLT committees and often volunteered to help out, like last December when they teamed up with Food 4 Kids to help assemble holiday food bags. The co-chairs, Aspen Kahl and Denise Schultz, have managed to run a tight ship, while also empowering the women of their committee to not only to show leadership within their committee, but mentoring them to future leadership roles within JLT. And the leadership of these Chairs and their cookbook sales knowledge is recognized well beyond the walls of JLT. Denise barely made it to Annual Dinner because she was in Nashville at Cookbook University presenting on all aspects of JLT’s cookbook business and marketing strategy, account management, TV and print media, cookbook blog, social media, special events and Holiday Gift Market. The hard work of this Cookbook Committee will enable the League to continue the amazing work we do in the community and will encourage future Cookbook Committees to follow in their footsteps.


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Active of the Year: Melissa Guinta

Provisional of the Year: Erin Greco

The Active of the Year and the Provisional of the Year awards were established this year, when the Members-At-Large realized we, as a League, honor an Inspiring Leader and a Sustainer every year, but not an Active or a Provisional member with extraordinary dedication to the League. They wanted to bring the awards full circle to include all levels of Membership.

The Provisional of the Year award was developed to acknowledge the accomplishments of a provisional member, who has gone above and beyond the requirements of her Provisional curriculum and requirements. During the Provisional Project Brunch the Provisional Chair, Suzy Mendelson, presented the Provisional of the Year award to Erin Greco.

The Active of the Year award was developed to acknowledge the accomplishments of an active member. It is someone that has given 110% of herself throughout the year and continuously showed leadership, dedication and tenacity. The pool of candidates started with anyone who had been selected as a Pro-Active of the Month. Then the chairs could place an additional nomination for them for Active of the Year. During the Annual Dinner the Members-At-Large, Kealoha Deutch, Megan Duffey and Nicole Gellar, presented the Active of the Year award to Melissa Guinta.

If Erin’s Provisional year is any indication of her drive, determination and dedication, there are no limits to where she will go in her League Career. Suzy states that Erin, “was a dream to have as part of the class because she was fun, sociable and kind. She participated, she planned and attended socials, and she was generally a pleasure to be around. But behind her calm, graceful demeanor, she’s a force to be reckoned with.”

Melissa has been in the League for three years and has consistently taken leadership roles throughout that time. This year, she served as a Placement Mentor for a project where she also served as a committee member. The Chair states, “She has been there for the committee every step of the way. She is a fantastic help and a great example to us all.” This committee “adopted” her as a member because her enthusiasm and passion for the League is contagious. Additionally, she volunteered countless hours working shifts and special events for another League projects.

Erin completed all of her requirements with steady precision, and took on the responsibility of Co-Chairing the Provisional Project’s Children’s Literacy Committee. Her partnership with Beth Edwards on this project led to over 4,000 books being donated to Hillsborough Education Foundation, and a seamless orchestration of readings at Graham Elementary. Erin’s patient but assertive manner makes her a natural leader, and her humble, sweet personality make her a great friend. She certainly has an extraordinary future in The Junior League of Tampa.

Her committee Chairs have talked about her overall attitude and willingness to participate in any area she is needed. “She does everything with a smile on her face and a great attitude” stated one of her chairs. “It was not just her dedication to her placement this year, but her dedication to multiple community projects,” stated another. We are so thankful for what she has done for the League and the community this year.

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by Sommer Stiles he signature cocktail of this year’s Annual Dinner may have been the Pink Fizz, but when we look back on this event all we will be talking about is the martini.

Joining Julie Sargent, Sustainer President, in presenting the 2012 Sustainer of the Year Award to Joy Bell, sustaining member Sarah Jane Rubio lauded Joy for her years of service; commitment to the League, community, her family and friends; and, reminisced about the fabulous times they shared frequently over martinis – a remark delivered with such innocent comedic timing that laughter soon ensued among the surprised crowd. Whether from tears of joy or tears of gratitude or maybe even tears of remembrance, there was seldom a dry eye throughout the program and award presentation that evening. Among the woman honored were Wendy Brill recipient of the inaugural Martha S. Ferman Spirit Award, Suzy Mendelson Inspiring Leader of the Year, Melissa Guinta Active of the Year, also a new award first introduced this year, Erin Greco Provisional of the Year, and the women of the Cookbook Committee for Committee of the Year - an impressive group of leaders. Many other woman were recognized at the event by the individual speakers and hosts of the evening including 2011 - 2012 President Allison Burden, the JLT Members at Large – Kealoha Deutsch, Megan Duffey and Nicole Geller, Treasurer

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Jessica Kendall, Membership Vice President Lynette Russell, JLT Sustainer Laura Ferman Farrior, and 2012 - 2013 President Stephanie Wiendl who communicated their heartfelt dedications and sincere thanks to those exemplary members and supporters of the League. Off stage, we stood together singing in unison “Happy Birthday” to Louise Lykes Ferguson as she was presented with a tall buttercream cake sparkling with the flames of candles in celebration of her 100th birthday. And in the audience, our spirits were ignited as we heard the stories of these inspiring women, celebrated their dedication and raised our glasses toasting to their honor.


a n nual dinner If these remarkable women and the League, as a whole has taught us anything, it is that voluntarism never goes out of style – “Voluntarism is always in fashion.” A choice tag line for the 2012 Junior League of Tampa Annual Dinner, featuring a live runway show that revealed the hot summer collection of one of today’s most accomplished female designers Tory Burch. Subtle nods paying tribute to the designer’s brand seen in the pink and orange that comprised the programs, linens and centerpieces. Colorful tunics and jazz-fusion melodies whisking us away to the French Countryside. Grounded in our seats, we indulged on baby field greens and pancetta, sage encrusted chicken and Kahlua cake prepared by the Pelagia Trattoria, and savored the reminder of our mission and purpose. To quote the closing remarks of new President Stephanie Wiendl “Is there any new business? Any old business? Meeting adjourned.” The 2012 Junior League of Tampa Annual Dinner was held on Tuesday,

May 8th at the Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza. Many thanks and applause to the 2012 planning committee that included Emily Preston (Annual Dinner Coordinator), Gretchen Dominguez (Arrangements Chair), Andrea Augustine, Kimberly Carswell, Andrea Layne, Danielle Post and The Junior League of Tampa Arrangements and Public Relations Committees for hosting a beautiful and memorable event. Sommer Stiles has been a member of The Junior League of Tampa since 2009. She and her husband, Henry, live in South Tampa where they enjoy bicycling along Bayshore, experiencing new restaurants, and visiting the museums and cultural institutions of the area. Sommer is the proprietress and creative director of Paper Anniversary Co., an online stationery boutique and design studio.

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ello, Sustainers! We have had such a beautiful Spring, with many outstanding events. The Day at the Races at Tampa Bay Downs, the Bridge luncheon at Headquarters, our Sustainer Cocktail Party at Teresa Armas’ beautiful home, the Spring Meeting at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Annual Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel. All were especially lovely, thanks to the careful planning and generosity of our many Chairs and hostesses. The Lunch Bunch and Dinner Divas met several times to establish new friendships and nurture old ones. We volunteered once again for Food 4 Kids, read to school children and helped with hurricane preparedness for Meals on Wheels. I am always in awe of the willingness of our members to give of their time, talent and treasure to keep our Sustainers involved and our community well served. I would like to send a hearty “congratulations” to our new Sustainer of the Year, Joy Bell. She is especially deserving of this honor as she has worked tirelessly in many leadership positions throughout her life to improve the quality of life in our community.

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It has been an honor to serve as your President this year. I had to step out of my comfort zone many times throughout the year, and each time that I did I was rewarded with uplifting experiences, personal growth and new friendships. I also had the pleasure of witnessing the expertise of our hardworking Actives. I send a huge “Thank You” to our Sustainer Officers, event chairs, hostesses, Sustainer-at-Large Terri Parnell and to our membership. I’m proud to be associated with such a talented, capable, generous group of women. I am leaving you in good hands with our incoming President Sue Cox and our new officers, and I wish you all a safe, happy, relaxing summer.

Sustainer Officers 2011 - 2012 Sustainer President Julie Sargent

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Summer Weeknight Meals from Tampa Treasures Day 1

Lemon-Dill Flounder with Fresh Green Beans Vinaigrette

Day 2

Grilled Pork Medallions with Minted Grilled Corn

This go-to summertime meal is a great way to start the week! Use fresh dill for the most intense flavor. If you need to use dried dill, apply liberally!

Tangy grilled pork tenderloin medallions are delicious wrapped with bacon (substitute turkey bacon for a more heart-healthy version), and pair with minted grilled corn for a light, casual summer meal.

Lemon-Dill Flounder (p.105) 3 tbsp butter 1 tbsp fresh dill 2 tbsp lemon juice ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 2 green onions 1 pound fresh flounder fillets

Grilled Pork Medallions (p.232) 2 pork tenderloins (about 3 pounds total) 6 uncooked bacon slices 1 large lemon Garlic salt Lemon pepper seasoning

Melt butter in 10-inch skillet over mediumlow heat. Add dill, lemon juice, seasoned salt, pepper and green onions. Saute 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add flounder; cook, basting occasionally with pan juices, until firm and flaky, 10 to 15 minutes. Preparation Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 10 to 15 minutes Yield: 4 servings Serve with Fresh Green Beans Vinaigrette (p.80)

About 1 hour before cooking: cut pork into 1 ½-to-2-inch thick slices; remove fat. Place 2 to 3 slices together; wrap bacon slice around each pork “filet”; secure with toothpicks. Place in pan; squeeze lemon juice over pork; season to taste with garlic salt and lemon pepper. Start grill. Marinate at room temperature 30 minutes. Grill 15 to 20 minutes. Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes Servings: 6 Serve with Minted Grilled Corn (p.84)

Day 3

Fresh Herb Grilled Chicken with Herb Roasted Potatoes

This is not your average chicken and potatoes. This lemon, garlic chicken is fantastic with bright, fresh parsley, rosemary and tarragon. Your family will love the fresh, bold flavors! Chop up any leftover chicken and add to a salad for a great lunch the next day- tastes great hot or cold. Fresh Herb Grilled Chicken (p.130) 8 whole boneless chicken breasts ½ cup olive oil ½ cup lemon juice 1 tsp Dijon mustard 4 cloves garlic ¼ cup fresh parsley 1 tbsp fresh rosemary 1 tbsp fresh tarragon 1 tbsp fresh sage 1 tbsp fresh oregano 1 tbsp fresh chives ½ tsp salt Pepper At least 2 hours before cooking: Place chicken in 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Combine remaining ingredients; pour half of the herb mixture over chicken. Marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours. When ready to cook: Drain chicken and discard any remaining marinade in the pan. Grill chicken; brushing frequently with the other half of herb mixture, about 10 minutes per side or until done. Discard any remaining marinade. Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Servings: 8 to 12 Serve with Herb Roasted Potatoes (p.87)

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Day 4

Garlic Ginger Tenderloin with Chilled Marinated Carrots.

Add a little zing in your mid-week routine with this sweet and savory pairing. Make the marinade and trim the tenderloin the night before or in the morning to save time preparing dinner that evening. Garlic Ginger Tenderloin (p.218) 5-6 pound beef tenderloin 1 cup Japanese soy sauce 3 cloves garlic 2 tbsp fresh ginger ½ cup dry sherry ¼ cup peanut oil At least 3 hours before cooking: Trim all fat from tenderloin; place tenderloin in large bowl. In food processor or blender mix remaining ingredients until smooth; pour half of the mixture over meat. Turn meat to coat all sides. Cover; refrigerate 3 or more hours, turning meat occasionally. When ready to cook: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drain meat; discard mixture it was marinating in. Place meat in shallow baking dish; roast 25 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the other half of mixture. Test with meat thermometer to desired degree of doneness. Remove to heated platter; pour pan juices over; let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Serve with Chilled Marinated Carrots (p.83)

Lynn Footlick graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She is the Director of Career Services at ITT Technical Institute St. Petersburg Campus. She plans, develops and administers career assistance programs; and works with local and regional companies to identify employment opportunities and to promote the school’s qualified students.

Day 5

Grilled Dill Salmon with Rice

A fresh, simple sauce with lemon, dill, green onions and capers compliments the grilled salmon exceptionally well. Serve over basmati rice and you’re done! Let the weekend begin! Grilled Dill Salmon with Rice (p.170) ¼ cup onion 1 carrot 1 stalk celery 1 cup basmati rice (or long-grain rice) ½ tsp lemon peel 3 tbsp lemon juice ¼ tsp salt 1 bay leaf 8 ounces plain low-fat yogurt ¼ cup green onions ¼ cup fresh dill 1 tsp capers 1 pound fresh salmon fillet (about 1 inch thick, skinned) 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Lemon slices Lightly grease a large skillet. Add chopped onion, carrot and celery; cook 2 minutes over medium heat. Add water (1 ½ cups for basmati rice, 2 cups for long-grained rice), rice, lemon juice, salt and bay leaf. Bring to boil; reduce heat to low; cover skillet. Simmer until rice is tender about 20 minutes; keep warm. Grease rack of grill; heat to medium-high. In small mixing bowl combine lemon peel, yogurt, green onions, dill and capers. Place half of mixture in food processor or blender; cover; blend until smooth. Stir in to remaining mixture in bowl; set aside. Cut salmon into four portions; brush with oil. Grill salmon and lemon slices, turning once, just until fish flakes with fork about 7 minutes. Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 7 minutes Servings: 4 To serve, spoon about 2 tablespoons sauce onto center of each dinner plate; top with salmon. Serve with rice and lemon slices.

Summer Weeknight Meals from Tampa Treasures

Stocking your pantry.

For the cook who comes home from work and hasn’t had time to go shopping, the importance of the well-stocked pantry is essential. Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil, Peanut Oil Spices: kosher salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano and basil Cider Vinegar Sugar Unsalted Butter Rice: basmati rice or long-grain rice Non-food items: Non-stick cooking spray, plastic sealable bags, toothpicks and aluminum foil

Shopping List

Carrots (2 pounds) Celery (1 stalk) Fresh green beans (2 pounds) Fresh corn, husks and silks intact (6 ears) Green onions/scallions (10) Onion (2) Green pepper (1) Lemons (3) New potatoes (18) Garlic (10 cloves) Fresh chives (1 tbsp) Fresh dill (1/2 cup) Fresh ginger (2 tbsp) Fresh mint (6 sprigs) Fresh oregano (1 tbsp) Fresh parsley (1/4 cup) Fresh rosemary (3 sprigs) Fresh sage (1 tbsp) Fresh tarragon (tbsp) Fresh thyme (1 sprig) Bay leaf (1) Dried marjoram (1/4 tsp) Dried mustard (1 tsp) Dried lemon pepper spice Bacon slices (6) Fresh salmon fillet- about 1 inch thick, skinned (1 pound) Fresh flounder fillets (1 pound) Beef tenderloin (1- about 5 to 6 pounds) Pork tenderloin (1 or 2 equaling about 3 pounds) Whole chicken breasts (8) Dry sherry (1/2 cup) Lemon juice (1 cup) Capers (1 tsp) Dijon mustard (2 tsp) Japanese soy sauce (1 cup) Worcestershire sauce (1 tsp) Plain low-fat yogurt (8 ounces) *The US Food and Drug Administration recommends using fresh seafood within two days of purchase. You can store it in the fridge. However, if you do your grocery shopping early in the week and are planning to cook fish later in the week, you will need to wrap it tightly in plastic, foil, or moisture-proof paper and store it in the freezer; or buy your fish later in the week.


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