3039M Fall 2014

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Developing Leaders through Training Raising Readers with the DC Public Library 5 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season




he crisp air of autumn in Washington brings a new energy to the Junior League of Washington as we welcome 264 new and 57 transfer members, launch a new website, and provide gifts that give through the 56th annual Holiday Shops. In our 102nd year, we remain every bit as committed to developing the potential of women, promoting voluntarism, and improving our community. This year alone, the JLW will give more than $2 million in trained volunteer time and direct financial support to the community we serve. Our work will touch hundreds of thousands of lives in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The League’s Board of Directors is focused on strengthening our impact in the community, our internal sense of community, and how we share the story of our work. Thanks to the creative vision and leadership of Deidra Lemons Johnson and Ellen Carmichael, this edition of 3039M shares our story in a fun and colorful way that reminds us not only why we chose to join the JLW, but why we continue to support the League’s mission with our time, talent, and treasure. Women have many more opportunities to serve their community than when the JLW opened its doors in 1913, and that is why the League is investing in a new training curriculum designed to support JLW members serving the Washington, D.C. community in a variety of civic, nonprofit, and business leadership roles; exploring new membership models to help women leaders find the right balance; and ensuring our literacy work provides meaningful support to District children most in need. Whether you give to the League through continued membership, a financial contribution, or are one of the 23 District non-profits that benefit from the direct support of our trained volunteers, thank you for being a part of our story. Sincerely, JENNIFER A. HEMINGWAY President

Very best, ELLEN CARMICHAEL Chair Member Communications Committee

MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Ellen Carmichael Chair Tara Andersen Rising Chair


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he Member Communications Committee of the Junior League of Washington is proud to present this issue of 3039M, which will be mailed to every member of our League for the first time. Our hope is that this issue better acquaints you with the “ins and outs” of the JLW – from the indelible contributions we make in our community to the personal development of the women in our League. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my rising chair, Tara Andersen, as well as our entire committee. Creating a magazine of this length and sophistication requires an extraordinary amount of time, effort, and creativity. Without their dedication, it would not be possible. This issue would also be incomplete without the help of numerous committee chairs and members who lent their experience and expertise to the stories we tell here. The Member Communications Committee has learned a great deal about the JLW throughout this process, and we hope you do, too. I wish you and yours a joyous holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the year ahead.

Stephanie Fischer

Maggie Lyons

Ann Mills Lassiter

Rose Overbey

Danielle Lee

Katy Ricalde

Meredith Lowery

Jamie Teufel

Elizabeth Lubben

Katrina Valdes



MEMBERS OF THE BOARD President Jennifer Hemingway


President-Elect Cameron Gilreath

16 Shopping for a Purpose: Holiday Shops

Secretary Catherine Blakley

32 Dates

20 Five Ways to Give Back during the Holidays

Treasurer Brooke Horiuchi


22 Child Friendly Winter Activities

Vice-Treasurer Kelly Wilson-Pisciotta


Communications & PR Deidra Johnson

6 New Member Class Profile

24 Developing Leaders through Training

Youth & Family Community Placement Elizabeth Cathcart

7 Get to Know our Newest Transfers

27 The JLW as Part of the AJLI

Cultural Community Placement Genevieve Moreland

IN EVERY ISSUE 2 Letters 25 Recipes

4 The JLW from Every Angle 5 Conversation with a JLW Legend

COMMUNITY IMPACT 8 Committee Profiles 10 Partner Profiles 12 D.C. Public Library Foundation’s STAR Program

28 A Recruitment Process Refresher 29 JLW’s Congressional Host Committee 30 Nominating, Elections and Getting Involved in Leadership

Adult Community Placement Kimberly Tuomey Community Affairs Constance Christakos Membership Development Elizabeth Keys New Membership Amanda Walke

14 National Book Festival 2014

Nominating Crystal Jezierski Strategic Planning Stacie Andersen Sustainers Jan Abraham Ways & Means Anne Riser


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I’M THANKFUL FOR... Compiled by Katy Ricalde


ith Thanksgiving just around the corner, the mad holiday dash is just beginning. As we start to think about all of the little details that go into holiday planning – the decorations, the travel details, spending time with loved ones, or even just setting the perfect table – it is important to pause and remember life’s many blessings. We asked four of our members – one New Member, one Active, one Transfer, and one Sustainer – to share what they are thankful for, reflecting on their time in the JLW. Here are their responses: Susan Snare, JLW Sustaining Member: Becoming a Sustainer with the JLW has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about this city, its needs, and how the JLW is making a difference through its commitment to voluntarism. I have had the honor of meeting, working with and learning from those that came before me – the many Sustainers who have engaged in decades of voluntarism, who not only trail-blazed for this League, but have taken that experience to other charitable organizations. It has also been a joy to meet those that are coming after me – amazing women who take time out of their busy lives to continue the mission of the JLW in ways that honor all of us. I am humbled when I meet these amazing women, and it brings me great joy when I watch them develop and become leaders. At this special time of year, I am grateful to be a part of the JLW and the blessings our organization brings to Washington, D.C. Tessa Wilkin, JLW Active Member: I spend most days crunching numbers and working primarily on my own, and the JLW has given me the chance to lead a committee of 35 women, speak publicly to rooms filled with hundreds of women, manage projects with multiple moving parts, and all the while still give back to the community. The League has given me the chance to step up to the plate and the support system to knock it out of the park. For that, I am thankful.


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Crystal Zhao, JLW New Member: Although this is my first year as a member of the JLW, there is already so much that I am thankful for. I love that there are fierce female leaders everywhere I turn, in every corner and intersection of life. It is so important for younger women to have visible role models who have been where we want to go, who embody ideals that we strive to possess, and who have a positive impact on society at large. I’m excited to be a part of an organization that empowers not only the women who are a part of it, but also our numerous communities, in order to make the world a better place. Lizzie Bowlin, JLW Transfer Member: The JLW helped me learn about DC in ways I never expected. As a Transfer, at JLW events in the community, I learned how to navigate the Metro and how the different neighborhoods connect to each other. I also learned about community needs and organizations where JLW members volunteer. During my Mini-Placement, I met women at CFLS who connected with JLW volunteers through life experiences we share – bad dates, difficult interviews, or love for new shoes. To see the passion JLW women possess and the desire to help others improve their lives makes me thankful to be part of such an amazing group. •



By Stephanie Fischer


aria Estefania’s impressive resume of service and commitment to The Junior League do not even begin to tell the full story of her love for the League and the opportunities it provides for its members. Maria’s League journey began in 1969, when she joined the Junior League of Spartanburg, South Carolina straight out of college and then transferred as a Provisional to the Junior League of Lynchburg, Virginia. This would not be her last transfer. In 1970, she transferred to the Junior League of Columbia, South Carolina while attending graduate school, returned to the League in Spartanburg in 1972, and in 1973 transferred back to the League in Columbia. Thankfully, she found her home in the Junior League of Washington in 1978 and immediately hit the ground running. Though Maria has held many different roles within the JLW, serving on the Development & Training Committee, Nominating Committee, and Future Planning Committee, just to name a few, she is most proud of her time as president of the JLW. While Maria admits she has never held a League position she did not like, her most rewarding and challenging role was as president. When elected president, Maria faced a new challenge as JLW recognized there were not enough organizations serving women and children in need, particularly those who are homeless. The League secured a federal grant (the first 501(c)(3) JLW secured for itself ) to build a child development center that continues today as Bright Beginnings. This is a cause still dear to Maria’s heart. She is proud to have been involved in its start and today serves as President of the Bright Beginnings, Inc. Board of Directors; but most importantly, she is happy knowing that children in need are receiving care. As League parliamentarian, Maria provides support to the president during meetings by ensuring they run efficiently and according to the rules of parliamentary procedure. Maria also supports the Board by ensuring they understand the JLW Bylaws and Standing Rules and helping them write motions. Since Board members serve one-year terms and in that time must deal with a lot of new and complicated documents, Maria’s role is to provide guidance based on her knowledge and history of the JLW, though she does not make any decisions herself.

When asked why she continues to give so much of her time to the JLW, even now as a Sustainer, Maria shared that her support stems from her love of the League, the opportunities and training it provides for its members, and its ability to affect change in the DC community. Maria also has some great advice for new and active members, saying they should first take a deep breath, and then take the plunge and get involved. •

SO WHAT IS A PARLIAMENTARIAN? The JLW parliamentarian is appointed by the JLW’s president and supports the president and Board of Directors on questions related to the parliamentary authorities of the League. In addition, the parliamentarian assists in formulating additions or changes to the Bylaws and Standing Rules as required or needed.

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7:00 p.m. January 22, 2015 Crystal City Toast the New Year and Tossed & Found at our annual kickoff event. We are excited to bring the 2015 “Diamonds & Dessert” to Crystal City in order to meet growing demand. Mark your calendars now and join us for a memorable evening with JLW members and friends. More details will be posted on the website soon.





Compiled by Katrina Valdes

Meet a handful of the 264 women of the 2014 New Member Class and learn what attracted them to JLW and why they are staying.

By Maggie Lyons


he JLW is pleased to welcome 264 women to the 20142015 new member class. The new members kicked off their year at Saturday Session, held at the Mayflower Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 20. There, new members heard from women who serve in League leadership positions and had the opportunity to meet and mingle with their fellow new members. Also in attendance were the 52 seasoned JLW members who have chosen to serve on the New Member Committee as advisors for this class. The 2014-2015 new member class will contribute hundreds of volunteer hours over the course of their provisional year. The League is welcomes such a diverse and dedicated group of women leaders. Our new member class hails from all over the DMV, with 66 percent from the District, 27 percent from Virginia, and 6 percent from Maryland.


The sheer volume of JLW acronyms and shorthand can overwhelm new members, transfers and even recent actives. Here’s a short list of commonly used “JLW Lingo.” KITK – Kids in the Kitchen, the annual spring event focused on helping children make healthy eating and lifestyle choices. An Association of Junior Leagues International initiative organized by our Community Events Planning Committee. ACD – Assistant Council Director D&T – Development & Training Committee CPC – Community Placement Council Mini-Placement – Important requirement for new members and transfers that provides a brief taste for what it’s like to volunteer on a particular committee. JLW Time – Social time at 6:30 p.m., meeting starts at 7 p.m. Blue Book – Everything you need to know about the JLW, including the League’s Bylaws and Standing Rules. Not really a book anymore; it’s available on the website.


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CAROLINE ANDERSON I am beginning my third year as an after-school mentor for Higher Achievement, and it has become the highlight of my week. After learning of the JLW’s connection to the program and what other causes it promotes, I realized that the League would allow me to connect with like-minded women and have a greater impact within the Washington, D.C. community. After spending the day helping kids open up their books and prepare to meet their favorite authors at the National Book Festival, I knew I made the right decision.

MEREDITH GOURASH I joined the JLW to be an active volunteer in the D.C. community and meet other like-minded women. I strongly believe in the League’s focus on literacy as the key to empowering the disadvantaged. The meetings and events I have attended thus far have made me excited and eager to serve and learn more about the leadership possibilities within the League. My new member advisor has helped the group understand the requirements for our first year in creative and fun ways, and I’ve appreciated her guidance.

ALLISON KAJS I joined the JLW at the encouragement of my mom, who was involved with the Junior League of Wichita Falls, TX for 25 years. I grew up with The Junior League and have vivid childhood memories of hanging out in the League office while my Mom volunteered. Her example, as well as the support of my friend and fellow JLW member Erin Wieczorek, led me to join, and I look forward to the friendships, memories, and volunteering that is sure to come. •


GET TO KNOW OUR NEWEST TRANSFERS By Stephanie Fischer This fall, the JLW welcomes 57 transfers from 22 states and one from the United Kingdom. Transfer members are an important part of the JLW membership, bringing geographic diversity, as well as their prior League experiences, to the JLW. We spoke with a few of our recent transfer members. Here’s what they had to say: Why did you transfer? I transferred due to my husband’s job. He’s a corporate pilot and has moved us around quite a bit (5 times within the past 5 years). He travels often and I’m usually in a new city by myself. I needed a great group of ladies to surround myself with and the Junior League fell right into place when I needed it to. I came from the Junior League of Sioux Falls – yes, that’s in South Dakota, also known as the frozen tundra. I think I will be able to handle the winters in DC. – Dixie Kimble I recently accepted a position with the Department of Defense and relocated to the DC metro area for my new human resources program manager position. I transferred from the Junior League of Charlotte, North Carolina. – Lauren Scott Tell us a bit about your experiences with your previous League? Some of my favorite placements [with the Junior League of Charlotte] included the JLC Speakers Bureau Series and Kids in Motion. The JLC Speakers Bureau identifies key influential speakers and leaders in the Charlotte community to come and speak to not only our membership, but also with many of the initiatives we implemented in the Charlotte community. During this placement, I identified and engaged a wellknown radio personality to facilitate outreach workshops in a number of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools which focused in on anti-bullying and self-esteem. – Lauren Scott

I participated in a literacy community placement [with the Junior League of Phoenix] for 2 years, and it was the exact reason I joined the League – to be an active volunteer member, give to my community and be a part of making a difference in the life of another. – Tiffany Alati Any opinions on the Junior League of Washington so far? First, and in my opinion, most importantly, I love meeting new member ladies. I have enjoyed and always look forward to our transfer meetings. It’s a guaranteed good time. I also really like that transfers have a committee all to themselves. The organization of the JLW is very impressive, and I look forward to knowing about all of the committees. – Dixie Kimble I love, love, love that there are so many community partners we can volunteer with. Phoenix had a handful, but the JLW has so many more. So far all the women I met are so wonderful, fun, different backgrounds, open, and easy to talk to. Last, but certainly not least – who wouldn’t love The Loughborough House. – Tiffany Alati

Dixie Kimble

Lauren Scott

Tiffany Alati

ADVICE FOR TRANSFER MEMBERS FROM A TRANSFER MEMBER We asked Lisa Buckley – who transferred from the Junior League of Charleston in 2011 and now serves on the Transfer Committee – if she has any advice for the newest transfer members. Buckley responded with advice that is great for members new and old: “Say yes and figure out how to make it work later. It’s so easy at the end of the day to just go home and unwind, but the more you put yourself out there and the more you put into JLW, or any League for that matter, the more you’re going to get out of it. You may think your plate is full, but just pile a little more on top.” •




By Katy Ricalde


Rita Lassiter, Afton Wagner and Lindsay Addison at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a Resolution Read event.


or 15 years, the JLW has concentrated its work on promoting literacy throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area. In 2012, as part of its centennial year, JLW committed to purchasing and distributing 100,000 new books throughout the DC community. The Resolution Read Committee was the force behind this remarkable achievement. Since the 100,000 books milestone was achieved, the committee has remained focused on promoting literacy in the community. Resolution Read targets literacy initiatives across a broad range of programs and partners. Resolution Read Committee Chair Lauren Airey comments: “It has been an eye-opening experience to see the shift from one big project that had such an incredible impact to a sustainable model of literacy. Our community has great needs when it comes to books, and our committee is dedicated to meeting those needs wherever possible.” Last year, Resolution Read donated nearly 5,000 books to community organizations across the District. Resolution Read also works with the larger JLW community and with our partners on literacy initiatives. Committee members connect with other committees like Horton’s Kids, Bright Beginnings, and Teen


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Life Clubs to provide needed books. Resolution Read encourages the incorporation of “read aloud” programs – which have been proven to increase a child’s vocabulary, develop the attention span of young readers, and contribute to a love for reading later in life. The committee is also partnering with the D.C. Public Library to host a weekly “Story Time” session for kids of all ages at the Takoma Library. The kickoff was earlier in November. Resolution Read will also be working with the Special Events Committee to host a book drive on Dec. 10 as part of the ongoing Chef Series with the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown. JLW members will gather for a bite to eat or a beverage at Degrees Restaurant, with 15 percent of the proceeds donated back to the League. Members are also encouraged to bring a new children’s book or make a $10 donation that will purchase three new books. Resolution Read is a great example of the League’s focus on literacy in action. Airey says there are many ways to support the JLW literacy effort and to get books in the hands of children in our area who need them, from participating in the JLW events that provide the funding for book purchases to volunteering for a Resolution Read shift. •



By Maggie Lyons


he 22 women of the Membership Outreach Committee have a tough job ahead of them for the 2014-2015 League year – trying to keep all 2,400 JLW members connected. The Membership Outreach Committee is tasked with focusing on the retention of members (a tall order for a League as large as ours) by creating a strong member network and ensuring increased satisfaction among our membership through a variety of events. A key feature of the committee’s work this year is organizing the League’s many book clubs. More than 100 League members attended the Book Club Kick-Off event on Sept. 23. Attendees learned from local authors Judy Bachrach, Monica Barnett, Amie Parnes, and Sarah Pekkanen, who participated in a panel discussion and took

questions from members. The event was a resounding success, and the committee plans to host a similar event in February. In addition to facilitating the League’s Book Clubs, the Membership Outreach Committee also puts on Bubbly with the Board. These events give first year active members the opportunity to engage with the JLW Board of Directors in an informal setting. The first Bubbly with the Board was held on Oct. 2, and the next is scheduled for Jan. 12. “The hard work of the women on this committee helps us all foster better relationships with each other and the League,” says Miranda McDaniel, chair of Membership Outreach. “We’re happy to be able to offer a variety of ways members can engage with each other and learn more about the League.” •

Members of the JLW Board of Directors gather with first-year actives to share their experiences with the League.







he National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) occupies an important space in DC cultural life. The JLW has partnered with the Museum since its incorporation in 1981. In 1987, the NMWA opened its current location, at the corner of New York Avenue and 13th Street, NW. As the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions, the NMWA’s initial purpose was to fill the “where are the women artists?” void in the national conversation about arts. However, over the years it has far exceeded that original vision to become a leading institution that assures a place in history for both remarkable women artists of the past and those working today. With diverse pieces from women of all nationalities and many time periods, the museum’s collection teaches the public about the rich and colorful contributions that these women artists have brought – and continue to bring – to our global society. With its partnership, the JLW has a committee of more than 20 volunteers dedicated to providing assistance to the NMWA. JLW members manage the art information desk and conduct tours of this dynamic museum. The JLW helps to educate visitors regarding the Elisabetta Sirani, Virgin and Child, permanent and ever-chang1663; Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina ing collections and to Holladay; Conservation funds generoussupport the public programs ly provided by the Southern California that the museum offers to State Committee of the National children and families on an Museum of Women in the Arts. annual basis. Jill Landry, a member of the committee, told us of her involvement: “My volunteer experience with the NMWA has been very enjoyable, and I am so happy to be a member of the NMWA Committee. It’s been such a great opportunity to learn more about all the different art collections and exhibits throughout the museum. My interaction with the visitors to the museum and other docents has truly been wonderful, and I look forward to my volunteer shift every month.”


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Throughout the year, the museum presents a number of special exhibits. Beginning on November 17, an exhibit showcasing the work of painter and illustrator Doris Lee will feature murals she painted for the U.S. Post Office buildings, children’s book illustrations and her work for Life magazine. The “Picturing Mary” exhibit will start on December 5 and will focus on the Virgin Mary as a symbol of womanhood and the different roles she has played in societal norms. The exhibit will include paintings, sculptures and drawings of Mary from different angles throughout the years. Both exhibits will run until the spring, so you have plenty of time to plan to learn more and to peruse the museum’s other collections and exhibitions. •



By Ann Mills Lassiter


or the past 15 years, the JLW has provided support to the patients and staff of the flagship hospital of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. JLW volunteers visit the hospital each week to play games with patients and their families – activities that not only help the patients as they recover, but that also lift the spirits of their families. JLW volunteers also plan special events for the hospital during the holidays. “The JLW NRH Committee is composed of a group of caring women who volunteer faithfully every Wednesday at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital with patients who are currently undergoing various treatments to improve their quality of life,” says chair Tarina Charleston. “The presence of the committee members provides emotional support and an outlet for many of the patients.” Founded in 1986, the MedStar NRH is focused on treating both adults and children for a variety of neurologic and orthopedic conditions, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals in the 2014-15 Best Hospitals issue as well as one of the top three hospitals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, MedStar NRH has inpatient, day treatment, and outpatient locations throughout the District, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. The MedStar NRH is committed to serving the community in five key ways: quality patient care, rehabilitation research, education and research, assistive technology, and advocacy. Patient care programs feature a team-based care approach and utilize state-of-the-art rehabilitation technology. •



By Jamie Teufel


he JLW is a diverse League, including in its community reach. The League serves the District of Columbia, as well as communities in Northern Virginia and Maryland. League members reside and work throughout the DC metro area, and many fulfill their volunteer commitments close to home. Read on to discover volunteer opportunities outside the District. You may be surprised to find one in your backyard.

COMMUNITY TRAINING COMMITTEE: ARLINGTON, VA Among the organizations served by the Community Training Committee is the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, located in Arlington and accessible by Metro on the Orange line. The Community Training Committee began in 1992 as the result of a vision to combine the JLW’s goal of training its members for their League roles with its equally important goal of training members as community leaders. The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless supports clients bettering themselves by staying clean, finding permanent housing, and developing their parenting skills. The Community Training Committee helps clients reach their goals through training on topics that involve life skills, such as financial literacy, budgeting, borrowing basics, and resume writing, as well as personal development skills such as goal setting, stress management, conflict management, and nutrition.

HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS: ALEXANDRIA, VA The mission of the Higher Achievement Program (HAP) is to develop academic skills, behaviors, and attitudes in academically motivated but underserved middle school children. The goal is improved grades, higher standardized test scores, better attendance, and increased educational opportunities. JLW volunteers mentor HAP scholars in literature, math, and technology; provide homework help; and support HAP academic events. While many of the HAP centers are located in the District, one of six volunteer centers is located in Alexandria on Seminary Road, accessible by car off of the Seminary Road exit on I-395.

HISTORIC ALEXANDRIA DOCENTS: ALEXANDRIA, VA The JLW supports our American historic, cultural, and artistic history by providing volunteer docents for the Historic Alexandria Foundation. By giving tours of historic properties and museums with other HAD volunteers, JLW’s docents expand their cultural

literacy while teaching and engaging others, developing public speaking skills, and gaining in-depth knowledge about Alexandria’s fascinating history. Historic Alexandria Docents volunteer at Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, Gadsby’s Tavern, and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, all located in Old Town Alexandria, with street and garage parking available and accessible by Metro on the Blue line. Historic Alexandria Docents also volunteer at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located south of Old Town Alexandria on the George Washington Parkway.

LANGLEY RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT SERVICES: VIENNA, VA Langley Residential Support Services has been a JLW community partner for almost 20 years. Langley offers a variety of quality comprehensive residential and community support services that enable adults with intellectual disabilities to live active and rich lives and to develop the self-confidence that comes with being independent. Langley maintains two group homes, two supported-residential homes, and provides counseling and support services to more than 75 people. JLW volunteers work to improve reading skills, promote self-confidence, and provide opportunities for social interaction among Langley residents. They do so through a weekly book club and various weekend activities including a holiday cooking class and annual talent show. Langley group and residential homes are near Tyson’s Corner in Vienna and accessible by Metro on the Silver Line and bus service.

TOSSED & FOUND: ARLINGTON, VA Tossed & Found is the Junior League of Washington’s annual weekend sale that provides many families in our community with quality, gently used goods at bargain prices. Tossed & Found has been located in Arlington for the past several years. Volunteer shifts before, during, and after the event are in Crystal City, Arlington, accessible by Metro on the Blue and Yellow lines, and there is ample garage and street parking. In addition to these five volunteer opportunities, the Done-in-aDay Committee offers volunteer opportunities for JLW members in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Check the League’s website at www.jlw.org to see if there is one in your neighborhood. •






By Meredith Lowery


he DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) was selected this year as one of two Targeted Grants recipients to extend its successful Sing, Talk, and Read (STAR) Program, which helps children from newborn to age 5 get ready to learn to read. With the JLW’s help, the program is expanding to Wards 7 and 8 and focus on helping families connect to the many resources provided by the District of Columbia’s Public Library (DCPL) system. The DCPLF was established in 1985 to coordinate funding for a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has since secured and administered more than $4 million in funding for District libraries, with literacy and children’s programs as key focus areas. The DCPLF’s mission is to support and enrich the capabilities, resources, and services of the DCPL system and to promote greater awareness of the library’s valuable resources. The foundation accomplishes this through fundraising and innovative programs that benefit the District of Columbia’s diverse community. The JLW’s Targeted Grant and Volunteer Resources (TGVR) Committee is responsible for evaluating applications from community non-profits and recommending targeted grants that support the League’s Mission. “Through the targeted grants process, we have been able to support literacy activities in the DC area,” said Nancy Kohler, TGVR committee member. “The committee works hard to ensure that the organizations we select are making a meaningful impact in the community and will help the JLW accomplish its goal of addressing three specific literacy concerns: lack of age-appropriate reading materials in the homes of children; lack of reading materials in school classrooms and libraries, with an emphasis on children in Wards 5, 7, 8 and ages 0 through grade 5; and lack of exposure to reading out loud for children.” The STAR Program addresses all of JLW’s goals. Adult participants learn how to read out loud to their young children in a fun and engaging way that develops early literacy skills like sound awareness and how a book works. The program helps caregivers, regardless of literacy level, feel comfortable reading to young children. Participants in the program benefit from the gift of new books to take home. The STAR program is also working to build libraries in the childcare centers where the events take place.


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The JLW had the opportunity to connect with Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of the DC Public Library, to talk more about the STAR Program and what receiving this year’s targeted grant will mean for participating adults and children. Mr. Reyes-Gavilan spoke to JLW members during the Sep. 22 Fall Membership Meeting. 1.

What was the driver for starting the STAR Program and how has it helped DCPL to achieve its mission? The mission of the DC Public Library is to encourage and facilitate lifelong learning, and we believe that creating passionate, engaged learners begins at birth. Therefore, DC’s youngest residents are some of our most important patrons. To that end, early literacy has always been a DCPL priority; we have offered story times for children of all ages since the library’s founding. In fact, more than 15,000 children per month attend story times at our 26 neighborhood libraries, and the library often holds back-to-back story times to ensure we meet the needs of the community. We also know that development of infants and toddlers proceeds at a staggering pace. By age three, the brains of children are 2.5 times more active than the brains of adults. Infants and toddlers are biologically primed for learning; yet many children, especially those living in poverty, do not receive adequate exposure to reading at this age. And, once children get behind, it becomes difficult for them to catch up. The data are staggering – here in DC, children are struggling in reading by the time they reach kindergarten and they continue to remain behind in third grade. The recently released 2014 D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System scores show that only 43 percent of DC’s third-graders were proficient readers. And we know that reading deficiency at this young age continues to have significant negative impacts throughout a child’s school career and life. To help address this critical issue, in 2009 the DCPL designed the STAR Program to help children begin their school career ready to learn to read and to provide parents and caretakers with tools to help their children become lifelong learners. STAR allows us to reach families who do not visit their local library or know about the library’s services and to give them


direct instruction on the practices that will help them prepare their children to be ready to learn to read. 2.

The targeted grant was awarded to extend the STAR Program into Wards 7 and 8 specifically. What past successes has DCPL achieved with this program and what are you expecting to accomplish this year? The DCPL has trained on average 60+ caregivers per year to use STAR practices in their work with children from birth to age five. Our children’s librarians regularly conduct trainings at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and our 25 neighborhood libraries. We have also worked with numerous partners to bring this important program to the folks who will benefit most – those who may not ever visit the library on their own, or may not be comfortable asking for help, such as recent immigrants, English language learners or adults who cannot read themselves. So we have partnered with community-based childhood programs such as Mary’s Center and Centro Nia; adult learning centers such as Academy of Hope and Washington Literacy Council; day cares at Martha’s Table and Bright Beginnings; and the New Heights Program for Expecting and Parenting Students, a DC Public School initiative. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible to ensure that DC’s children are ready to learn to read when they get to school.


How will the JLW Targeted Grant award help you to achieve those goals and objectives for the STAR Program, as well as the overall mission and vision of the DC Public Library? The JLW Targeted Grant allows us to work directly with the families enrolled at Sunshine Early Learning Centers and Educare in Wards 7 and 8, working to create lifelong learners among some of DC’s most vulnerable populations. Fundamentally, this is the most important thing we do at the DCPL. Through the JLW Targeted Grant, we are also making it easier for parents to build on what they have learned at the STAR trainings at home, and reaching new groups of DC residents who can benefit from STAR. To reinforce the lessons taught in our STAR workshops, our JLW Targeted Grant allows us to create starter libraries at the daycare centers with approximately 100 books, mostly children’s titles but also some parenting books, that will be made available for the teachers and families to use to support

the lessons they learn there. And, as many parents often have low literacy levels themselves, we will use JLW funds to create a STAR training manual geared to these parents’ reading levels. 4.

How has the community benefited from this program? Our goal through STAR is to change behavior, create new habits and encourage lifelong learning. We want parents and caregivers singing, talking and reading with their children – and ultimately, we want more children reading at the proficient level in school. Our evaluations show that after participating in a STAR training, parents are more likely to engage their children by singing, talking and reading to them. Parents are also more likely to visit their local library for story times or other literacy programs, which also helps to reinforce the lessons learned in the STAR workshops.


Why is literacy an important initiative for you? My parents and two older brothers arrived in Queens from Cuba in 1967, squeezing into a one-bedroom apartment that got even more cramped when I showed up two years later. Suspicious of everyone and unable to communicate in English, my parents weren’t about to let their kids roam unsupervised in the streets of their graffiti-strewn city. And since they both worked, we boys spent a lot of time at home making the best of our crowded quarters. The main public library was the first place I was allowed to visit on my own. I started going when I was 8. Everything I needed was located on what seemed to me an endless single floor. Wandering around that building aimlessly on a Saturday afternoon offered a sense of freedom I’d never experienced before. I felt a certain level of dignity and self-respect at the library. I’d wonder how others perceived me, and at some point it dawned upon me that no one ever looked at me twice. They must have thought that I, too, was being productive. Why else would I be there? What a great feeling! I was no more and no less important than anyone in that building. That didn’t seem to be true anywhere else. My experience in that library as a child is why I became a librarian – to bring that experience to others! The Center for an Urban Future, a New York City-based think tank that helps inform public policy, released a report in 2013 about the increasing importance of public libraries in urban settings, stating that the public library has become the second chance human capital institution. It goes on to state that no other institution, public or private, does a better job of reaching people who have been left behind in today’s economy, have failed to reach their potential in the city’s public school system or who simply need help navigating an increasingly complex world. The DCPL is working to be that second chance institution. I believe it starts with literacy. I am honored to work with an amazing staff and with supportive partners, such as the Junior League of Washington, to provide quality educational programs and services for the District’s residents. •






By Elizabeth Lubben


n 1999, the JLW’s membership selected literacy as its area of focus. Over the last 15 years, the League has aligned its relationships and partnerships with the community, its provision of grants, and its fundraising efforts to advance greater literacy in the Washington, D.C. community. One of the most tangible examples of this long-standing commitment to literacy is the JLW’s annual participation in the National Book Festival. Organized by the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival is a “celebration of the joy of books and reading,” featuring “a variety of interactive family-centered activities about the importance of lifelong literacy, cultural preservation, and preserving digital culture.” The festival hosts more than 100 authors, illustrators, and poets each year. Since 2001, JLW members have supported the festival by the hundreds, investing more than 25,000 hours of volunteer support to the Library of Congress in support of our mission and our focus on literacy. On Aug. 30, the 14th annual National Book Festival introduced several significant changes to this popular event. The Library of Congress reversed a three-year history of weekend-long festivals by compressing the event into one, 12-hour day. This year’s festival also came three weeks earlier than last year’s, taking place on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. However, the biggest change came in the form of relocation. After a decade on the National Mall, the National Book Festival moved to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, bringing with it some anxiety about participant turnout and satisfaction. Despite the modifications to schedule and venue, the women of the JLW approached the event with all of the enthusiasm, commitment, and support that we have exhibited every year since the beginning of our partnership with the Library of Congress. The League’s 349 volunteers – clad in bright green t-shirts and even brighter smiles – managed book signing lines, assisted in the genre pavilions, and helped excited festival goers find their way.


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While festival organizers were concerned that relocating would mean losing some of the magic that comes with being on the National Mall, JLW volunteers were quick to realize the opportunities the new venue would afford, if not improve on, the National Book Festival. “I thought the new location was terrific,” says Nancy Peele, Rising Chair of the Community Events Planning Committee. “I was really happy. The Metro lets off right there at the building, and it was wonderful not to be worried about the weather. I heard from a number of people that they were pleased with the new location as well.” In hindsight, it seems that the festival’s organizers had little to worry about. The convention center opened its doors to thousands of excited patrons who packed the author pavilions and left standing room only for the various panel discussions and children’s activities that filled the day’s schedule. JLW volunteers were busy managing the authors’ book signing lines – keeping queues moving smoothly while also facilitating more enjoyable experiences for those waiting. One of the day’s highlights was the line to meet David Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series, led by Carly Rockstroh (NBF volunteer, Holiday Shops Co-Chair). “Captain Underpants was a hit,” says Peele. “At one point, I was helping move the line along and yelled out ‘If you’re wearing underpants get ready to move.’ The kids thought it was great.” Rockstroh and the other JLW volunteers managed the huge line and facilitated more than 800 signatures. Pilkey’s publicist remarked that JLW volunteers were the “best volunteers at any book event in the world.” As with any changes to a well-established event, a few challenges remain to be ironed out and opportunities for improvement explored. But the JLW’s volunteer corps brought exceptional enthusiasm, adaptability, and resourcefulness to the festival, exemplifying the League’s Mission throughout the day. Our members proved themselves to be a resilient bunch, rising to the occasion and embracing the National Book Festival in this next chapter of its history. •






he history of the JLW is in in many ways reflective of the city it was created to serve, both in terms of responding to our community’s evolving needs and operating as a critical driving force behind important changes facing our region and our nation. Here are four key moments where JLW members rolled up their sleeves and responded to the needs of the time: When the Great Depression struck following the stock market crash in 1929, Washington was not immune to the profound economic fallout that dragged out across the 1930s. JLW volunteers focused their work in caring for those in the Washington community who had fallen on hard times. Through work at local hospitals, the establishment of an employment bureau, fundraisers, and engagement with the community, the JLW helped lift spirits and provided much-needed relief. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (who had been a friend of Mary Harriman and one of the earliest members of the original Junior League in New York City), took time to meet with our volunteers as they trained for welfare volunteer positions. She also attended the JLW Cabaret Ball, which raised money and awareness for causes supported by the JLW. With the onset of World War II, the lives of Washington residents changed dramatically. Everyone pitched into the domestic war effort and the JLW was no exception. JLW members served as nurses, volunteers at the USO, and volunteers staffing the Travelers Aid desk at Union Station. JLW members also volunteered with the Red Cross, amassing nearly 900 volunteers for

Mrs. Charles Runyon III, Mrs. Robert Wilson and Mrs. Joe Hume Gardner in Red Cross Uniforms (1945)

the organization, and raised money for war bonds through the entertaining JLW Follies. 3. In 1968, Washington briefly descended into rioting and chaos following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As the city recovered, the JLW did its part to help, presenting $5,000 to D.C. Mayor Walter E. Washington for emergency relief. This was the first such grant the city received following the riots. 4. In the early 1980s, the JLW initiated a comprehensive community needs assessment that focused members on the two most urgent issues facing Washingtonians: health and education. As the decade progressed, the JLW further refined its efforts to address “Youth-at-Risk” and “Women-in-Crisis.” Working with community partners, including the D.C. Department of Human Services and local Head Start providers, the JLW provided intensive onsite care for over 40 homeless children. With a grant of $50,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the JLW jointly founded Bright Beginnings in 1991 as a Head Start program. The program flourishes to this day and has served nearly 1,700 homeless children since then. From its founding in 1912, the JLW has sought to leave a lasting positive impression on our community. Through volunteer placements, grants, and other initiatives, the JLW has touched thousands of lives. Today, the League continues to be an important resource for the community and has time and time again proven itself in times of need or crisis. As the JLW continues its 102nd year, so does our passion to develop the potential of women, promote voluntarism, and improve our community. •

Junior League volunteer works at self-help exchange (1942)

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USF34-9058-C]





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he JLW will kick-off its 56th annual holiday fundraiser, Holiday Shops, in just a few short days. In keeping with tradition, Holiday Shops will feature a variety of juried merchants offering unique gifts from November 20 – 23. A key element to Holiday Shops’ ongoing success is its merchants -- both returning and new. This feature spotlights two popular returning merchants and one new and noteworthy merchant.

Carrie Hubbell, Carrie Dunham What is your main line of business? Carrie Dunham is a line of sophisticated and gorgeous genuine leather, made in the USA handbags. What differentiates our line even further is that Carrie Dunham has tak-


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en the Bermuda bag of the 60’s, which has come back for several decades identically, and finally modernized the bag for today. It is a completely different, more sophisticated bag but is a nostalgic reminder of the original. The base is not just one style or color and has such unique and interesting covers as leathers, linens, wools, plaids, sequins, suedes, corks, silks and so much more. Why did you choose to go into business and get into this particular field? I decided to launch Carrie Dunham after being frustrated while in business school and not being able to find a stylish laptop bag that was also functional in any way – it simply didn’t exist. I have always loved design and fashion and loved the idea of running my own business so decided to leave the safe world of working for someone else to launch my own line. I spent years creating my first stylish and very functional laptop bags. The brand evolved significantly when I was designing my eReader case and came across the stud – while debating using the stud I realized I could use these studs to reinvent the Bermuda bag. From that point,

Carrie Dunham has grown into a full line of handbags keeping the idea of functionality built into every bag or case. Why have you chosen to participate in Holiday Shops the past few years? My sister, Heather Cook, was a member of the JLW and initially got me involved in [Holiday Shops]. I loved the people I met and many seemed to love my products, which has kept me coming back. I consider many JLW members to be friends and look forward to seeing them every year! Members understand that their shopping brings dollars directly to the Junior League and helps the communities they are trying to impact. How has the Junior League positively impacted your business through this event? The JLW has helped me introduce my line to many in the DC area and has helped build a strong presence there. What can shoppers expect from Carrie Dunham this year? Carrie Dunham has some great new products including cases for your cords,

which are great for yourself as well as great stocking stuffers for all of the men and women in your life. Carrie Dunham has several new clutches including a new Dunham base and gorgeous leather totes and waxed cotton totes for women as well as for traveling men. As always, Carrie Dunham has great new covers for your Dunham clutch, handbag and satchel! We look forward to seeing everyone!

Mary Kirk (JLW member), Merrifield Garden Center What is your main line of business? We are the largest nursery on the East Coast and a full-scale landscape design company. We have a landscape design and build firm and are widely known for our Christmas shop. Many shoppers come to us for their Christmas trees and we conduct a large Christmas celebration throughout the season.

Why did you choose to go into business and get into this particular field? Merrifield Garden Center was started by Bob Warhurst in the spring of 1971 with a quaint red barn, a small store and less than an acre of plants. From the very beginning, Bob emphasized outstanding customer service, exceptional quality and superior selection. Now, more than 40 years later, Merrifield Garden Center has expanded to become one of the largest and most complete nurseries in the country through its three locations – the original site in Merrifield, a second location in Fairfax and a third in Gainesville, Virginia. I decided to join this company because I love being outside and I love art. I am a landscape designer by profession and we have participated in this event for five years. We like to bring the Merrifield Christmas shop to JLW’s Holiday Shops. Why have you chosen to participate in Holiday Shops the past few years? We like being in touch with the JLW. The volunteers have been very helpful and we

have met a number of shoppers and had a great opportunity to reach out and get to know our customer base. It is good to extend the League’s mission – everyone gets really excited that we are doing something for such a good cause. How has the JLW positively impacted your business through this event? By getting to know new customers and reconnecting with returning customers. It is great to get people to the booth and increase our exposure. There are shoppers who may have forgotten we existed and are reminded about our offerings when they come to our booth. We really appreciate being able to get our name out there to our customers. What can shoppers expect from Merrifield Garden Center this year? Shoppers will be able to pre-order their wreaths and holiday greens. We have never done so in the past. We also worked with the Holiday Shops Committee to come up with a pre-order system which will allow Continued on page 20

Who to Expect at this Year’s Shops Holiday Shops 2014 will feature many great new and returning merchants, including: A Spice Above

Collared Greens

Love Lucy’s Candles

Sapore Oil & Vinegar



Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry

Sasha Bella

American Classic Clothes

Diana E Kelly INC

Marcy’s Bendable Hair Clips

Secret Sweater

Andrea’s Beau

Elan Indique LLC.

Marlisa Jeng Ceramics

Susan Meier Jewelry

Annabelle Noel Designs

Essence de Provence by Lavender Retreat

Megan Cash

The Alpaca Girl, LLC

Gallery 1401

Merrifield Garden Center

The Trendy Ribbon

Muffy Writes A Note

Toggle Home LLC

Neiman Marcus

Touch of Purple

Old Town Suds, LLC

Uncle David’s Kettle Corn

Pain Free Products

Usborne Books


Vale Jewelry

Queen Bee Designs

Merchants confirmed as of press time, Oct. 15.

Be You Fashion Brake Ink The Capital Candy Jar By Enise

Hawaiian Moon High Cotton

CALVERT formerly The Calvert Collection

Ibhana Creations, LLC

Carrie Dunham

Juanita’s Adventures



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customers to shop through the different options, customize their order and designate a future pick-up at the garden center. Shoppers can also stop by the booth to get their wreath bows made. At the same time, everything will be available as was last year.

David Burton, The Capital Candy Jar What is your main line of business? We make small batch confections by hand. Our signature candy is divinity, which we offer in five flavors plus a few seasonal flavors from time to time. We also make lollipops in 20 flavors, marshmallows in 10 flavors, choc-

olate-covered chocolate covered pretzel rods, and chocolate-covered marshmallows. Why did you choose to go into business and get into this particular field? I have been making candy since I was 14 years old. When I was in junior high I wanted money to go to movies and to do things with friends. My dad was right out of grad school and my parents had no money. My mom found a recipe to make lollipops and I would make them and sell them at school every day. I built a candy empire at the school in a very short time until I was shut down by the principal because I was taking too much revenue from the vending machines. Why have you chosen to participate in Holiday Shops this year? I love Christmas markets and the atmosphere they bring. I visited some Christmas markets in London a few years ago and was

swept up in the holiday spirit. Our treats will fit right in with the festiveness of the holiday and we have some really fantastic gift boxes that are going to be the must have gift of the season. What are you hoping to accomplish by participating in this year’s Holiday Shops event? We are a brand new company and we want to introduce ourselves to the world. We want to be known as DC’s hometown candy company. What can shoppers expect from The Capital Candy Jar at this year’s event? Really amazing luxury gift boxes! The boxes are so nice that I imagine people may be keeping them long after the candy has been eaten. We are also introducing three new seasonal candies at the Holiday Shops. We’ll have a peppermint bark, an almond toffee bark and a butter pecan brittle. •

GIFTS THAT GIVE, KIDS EDITION By Jamie Teufel Every year, the JLW ushers in the holiday season with a 55-year-strong tradition - our Holiday Shops fundraiser. Holiday Shops is a four-day shopping event that features a wide variety of independent merchants, many locally owned and operated. There are many wonderful gifts for the special people in your life, including the littlest ones. If you saw a woman lugging several large shopping bags at last year’s preview party, there is a good chance it was me. I was thrilled to find so many unique and fun – yet educational and high quality – toys and books for the children in my life, including my toddler son and his two young cousins. Some of the items I picked up included interactive educational books that teach about animals, instruments and modes of transportation through music and other


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audio features. I even found books where trains, planes and automobiles ride along tracks inside the pages. How cool is that? There were beautifully monogrammed items for boys and girls alike, and special items such as matching swimwear for mom and daughter. For elementary school-aged children, there were toy merchants selling building sets, kinetic sand, and science kits. In fact, there were gifts for children of every age and gender that covered all interests and curiosities. Holiday Shops is a fun event for JLW members and the community to shop unique items from independent merchants. Proceeds and a portion of merchant sales directly support the League’s mission, including our partnerships with leading community organizations such as

The Literacy Lab, N Street Village, and Bright Beginnings. This year, the JLW aims to raise more than $150,000 through Holiday Shops, allowing the League to fulfill our mission of developing the potential of women, promoting voluntarism, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. So skip the long lines at the mall and avoid mass produced toys with little lasting value and head to Holiday Shops. I know I’ll be making a list, checking it twice and stocking up on gifts for the little people (and big people) in my life at the 56th annual Holiday Shops, held Thursday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Sphinx Club in downtown Washington. •




with the League during the Holidays! By Rose Overbey


he JLW works throughout the year to improve the community we serve, and the holiday season offers unique opportunities to volunteer with several League partners or support their work. Below are five ways JLW volunteers are building a better Washington during the holiday season, including ways for you to help support their philanthropic work.

1. SPEND A SATURDAY AFTERNOON WITH LANGLEY Based in Northern Virginia, Langley Residential Support Services is a non-profit that offers residential and community support services to enable adults with intellectual disabilities (“consumers” is the term Langley uses to describe the residents of its group homes) to live active and rich lives. According to Langley Committee Chair Somelea Neville, “The 33 consumers have


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counselors and are taken to their jobs. They cook dinner together and do their laundry. Most of them have Down syndrome, and a majority are men. They are in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s. It’s a really fun group.” JLW volunteers at Langley attend at least two of the weekly book club meetings per month. “Every Tuesday we meet for an hour from 7-8 p.m. It is a literacy club,” Neville says. “We work on their reading skills, but we also work on social skills. After the activity, we have a snack.” The committee also plans a few weekend events each year, including a seasonal celebration on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 1205 Dolley Madison Boulevard, McLean, VA. Snacks and socializing will begin at 1 p.m. and bingo (a favorite activity of the consumers) will start at 2 p.m. Though not Metro accessible, there should be ample parking at the church. Attending the fall event at Langley would be a great way to volunteer – and learn about another placement. Children of JLW volunteers are also invited. It will be a laid

back affair, with a light lunch and volunteers in jeans.

2. HELPING A HOMELESS FAMILY AT BRIGHT BEGINNINGS Bright Beginnings is a childcare center for over 100 homeless preschoolers. Throughout the year, members of the Bright Beginnings Committee plan literacy events for children and their families. They also watch the children while their parents and guardians receive important life-skills and literacy training. Every holiday season, JLW volunteers organize the Bright Beginnings’ Adopt-a-Child gift program. “The Adopt-a-Child program is great for both parents and kids,” says Michele Russo, one of the Wish List coordinators for the 2014 Holiday Season. “A social worker onsite at Bright Beginnings puts together a list of children served by the center, with a wish list for each child. The list includes the name of the child, their age, their clothing size, clothing needs and an item that the child really wants. In the past chil-

dren have asked for bikes, tricycles, or other popular toys.” Clothing needs include pajamas, underwear, a winter coat, hat, gloves or mittens, shoes or boots, and socks. Of course, a book is also on the list. Sponsors can donate wrapping paper and tape for the presents, but they are instructed not to wrap them – this is something the parents get to do for their children.

“EVERY HOLIDAY SEASON, JLW VOLUNTEERS ORGANIZE THE BRIGHT BEGINNINGS’ ADOPT A CHILD PROGRAM.” Anyone can be a sponsor. The Bright Beginnings Committee encourages members to sponsor one of the 88 children on the wish list by emailing wishlistbb@gmail. com. The cost commitment ranges from $100-$150, depending on a child’s wish list. Donated items must be dropped off by Dec. 8 at JLW headquarters in time for the children to receive them on Dec.13. If $100 or more is outside of your budget, League members may consider donating gifts directly to the Bright Beginnings Holiday Shop, which serves the parents by providing a place where they can pick out gifts for older children who fall outside of the Adopt-a-Child program age range (six months to five years). JLW members who would like to donate to the Holiday Shop can also email wishlistbb@ gmail.com. As with presents, please drop off all donations to JLW headquarters before Dec. 8.

Whether you choose to sponsor a child’s wish list, or donate an item for the Holiday Shop, your gift will certainly have a huge impact on a child this holiday season.

3. SUPPORT THE HORTON’S KIDS’ HOLIDAY PARTY Horton’s Kids offers educational and social services for children in Ward 8 in Washington, D.C. JLW volunteers help with Horton’s diverse programming on both weekends and weekdays. During the holiday season, JLW volunteers support Horton’s Kids’s holiday party and community turkey distribution. Last year, with the help of JLW volunteers, Horton’s Kids delivered a Thanksgiving meal to 130 families in need. Horton’s Kids also delivered an additional 1,074 meals to address hunger during the holiday season. This year, JLW volunteers will participate in the turkey distribution and host a holiday party for the children. JLW members can support Horton’s Kids during the holidays by making a donation through the Horton’s Kids website. Any amount can be put to good use. For example, $50 will buy five books for a child to read during tutoring, $100 will fund gardening and cooking supplies for 40 children and $250 allows 20 children to enjoy a field trip. Donating to Horton’s Kids is an easy way to support the important work of a JLW partner.

4. CONTRIBUTE TO LITERACY LAB’S WINTER ACCESSORY DRIVE The Literacy Lab is a non-profit organization that offers low-income children specialized reading instruction to help improve their literacy skills. JLW members volunteer twelve Saturdays during the school year with the Literacy Lab’s Ready to Read program at the DC General and New Beginnings shelters. The Literacy Lab Committee is planning a holiday party for the children on Dec. 10. The committee is planning for 20-30 children, ranging from three to six, to enjoy a reading-aloud activity, games, songs, and other fun movement activities.

Explains Committee Chair Ashley Carter, “Our song last year at the party was ‘five little bells,’ it was based off of ‘five little monkeys.’ We always do an art activity, related to literacy, and in years past, we’ve had coloring pages and made holiday trees. We will be doing a party at both DC General and New Beginnings. In the past, it’s only been at one of the shelters, but this year we’re doubling up.” At the end of the party, children will take home a goodie bag, including a new book and winter accessories. “The children we work with are all homeless and living at either DC General or New Beginnings. They are always in need of warm outerwear such as hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens and we will host a drive this holiday season,” says Carter. “Donating is one possible way to give back.” Literacy Lab will have a box at JLW headquarters for donations. The drive is underway right now. Keep an eye on League Lines for more information.

5. FINISHING YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT JLW HOLIDAY EVENTS. It’s the holiday season and that means a lot of JLW members will be shopping for holiday presents. This year, shop strategically and buy gifts that give back. The Holiday Shops, JLW’s largest holiday fundraiser, will be held at the historic Sphinx Club from Nov. 20 to 23. The Holiday Shops offer a wide variety of merchandise, so you’re sure to find something for someone on your list. If you prefer boutique stores, check out JLW Shops! Georgetown – Save Before the Holidays on Dec. 4. JLW members receive a discount, and 10 percent of proceeds go back to the League. JLW volunteers serving on League community placements do amazing work, and our in-League placements raise and award money to help fund critical needs in our community. By participating in Holiday Shops and JLW Shops! – you are contributing to the Mission of the JLW - a powerful way to give back during the holidays. •



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aby, it’s cold outside, which is why we found ten winter activities with the League or our partners that are fun, warm, and educational. Whether a historic adventure, healthy eating, or hands-on wood engraving, the JLW has something for you and your children.

Yuletide Shakespeare 10 to 11 a.m., Dec. 6 Folger Shakespeare Library 201 East Capitol St., SE Washington, D.C. 20003 Welcome the holiday season with William Shakespeare, exploring his language and his world. This event is recommended for ages 6-12. Admission is free, but you must reserve a spot online at www.folger.edu.

Tavern Toddlers 10:30 a.m. to noon, Mondays Gadsby’s Tavern Museum 134 N. Royal St. Alexandria, VA 22314 Give your toddlers a leg up on their American history at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. The cost is $7 per group of three, and each group must include an adult. A five-week pass is also available for $30. No reservations are needed, but playtime is closed on federal holidays. The program runs September to April.

A Soldier’s Christmas Noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 6 The Carlyle House 121 N. Fairfax St. Alexandria, VA 22314 The Soldier’s Christmas program, which takes place after the annual Scottish Christmas Walk in Old Town Alexandria, features reenactors showing what Christmas was like for a soldier in Revolutionary Alexandria. Visitors will see demonstrations of military drills, fife and drum music, gaming, cooking, and more. Admission is free.

Holidays Around the World 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 13 Loughborough House 3039 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 The JLW Mom’s Club ABCs series continues with a Holidays Around the World theme, featuring activities, story time, and crafts designed to teach children how the holidays are celebrated by different cultures around the world. Newborns, rollers, and crawlers are welcome for tummy time and play – just bring a blanket and your favorite toy. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Christmas Illuminations 5:30 to 9 p.m., Dec. 20 Mount Vernon 3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy. Mt. Vernon, VA 22121 Mount Vernon debuts a holiday-themed evening, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the season as George Washington might have. The event will feature local choirs, cider, hot chocolate, cookies, a bonfire, and fireworks. Tickets, available at www.mountvernon.org, are $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-11. Children younger than six are free.

Community Day Noon to 5 p.m., first Sunday of every month National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20005 The National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates Community Day on the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy free admission all day and experience all the museum has to offer.

Wood Carving 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 10 National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20005 The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host Rosemary Feit Covey, a wellknown local artist who works in wood, who will demonstrate wood engraving. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice wood engraving. This is a great event for children ages 14 and up. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $13 for members, seniors, and students. You can register for this event online.

Candlelight Tours in Historic Alexandria 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 13 and 3 to 6 p.m., Dec. 14 Old Town Alexandria Take a trip to Old Town for one of Alexandria’s most popular holiday events. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, and Lee-Fendall House by candlelight and enjoy period holiday decorations and refreshments. The cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older), and $5 for children ages 6-17. Tickets can be purchased online at https:// shop.alexandriava.gov/.

Kids in the Kitchen Jan. 10, time TBA Children’s National Medical Center 111 Michigan Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20010 After a successful inaugural event in early 2014, JLW is thrilled to once again partner with Children’s National Medical Center to bring Kids in the Kitchen to their Diabetes Care Complex. Open to the public, as well as JLW families and patients of the hospital, this free event showcases ways kids can make healthy lifestyle choices. JLW members should look for more event details in upcoming League Lines. Also, don’t forget to save the date for the second Kids in the Kitchen event at the YMCA National Capital on March 7. ESPRIT Mom’s Club Trip to the Building Museum Time and date TBA National Building Museum 401 F St., NW Washington, D.C. 20001 Keep an eye out for a winter trip to the National Building Museum, where young children will have the opportunity to experience the museum’s Building Zone and explore the museum’s Project Playhouse.





with the Development & Training Committee By Tara Andersen


nyone who has been to one of the Development & Training Committee’s evening or weekend sessions knows what a great resource this committee is for members looking to expand their knowledge and develop new skills. Development & Training (D&T) Chair Rita Lee detailed the committee’s plans for the remainder of the League year. “We are working to better align the curriculum to our League’s commitment to leadership and volunteerism,” Lee said. “As a result, we are very focused on training activities that fall into one of three tracks: leadership, volunteer essentials, and community training.” Working to implement a vision of JLW President Jennifer Hemingway, D&T is preparing to launch “Get on Board.” This new


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training series is a multi-week program designed to help members develop the expertise and skills to successfully serve on the League and community boards. The training will focus on topics such as board service, fiduciary responsibility, grant writing, and running effective board meetings, among others. “As trained volunteers with a strong commitment to the community, the women of the JLW are perfect candidates for community boards,” Lee noted. “We hope this unique opportunity will provide participants with confidence and skills to go out and pursue these opportunities.” The “Get on Board” training will launch in January 2015. D&T is also continuing its “Second Cup of Coffee” series. These Saturday morning sessions proved to be very popular last year and remain a nice alternative to weeknight sessions.

New D&T trainings are being scheduled all the time; registration information and session descriptions are posted on the JLW website. •

Did you know that The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) also offers unique training opportunities through its Webinar Wednesday series? These online webinars are typically held twice a month. Recent topics have included fundraising, self-reinvention, and accessing AJLI resources. You can register for the webinars by logging into the AJLI member website. Archived webinars are also available through the site.




all is the perfect time to update your recipe file. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for your family or need something new to take to a potluck celebration, both of these recipes – swapped with the Junior League of New Orleans – hit the mark and add some southern flair.

* Recipes compliments of the Junior League of New Orleans. Adapted from the Crescent City Collection Cookbook – A Taste of New Orleans. Copyright 2000.

GRIS GRIS GRITS • • • • • • • •

1 cup whipping cream 4 cups chicken broth, divided 1 cup grits (not instant) 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk 1 lb. fresh mixed greens (collards, swiss chard, etc.) 1/4 cup butter or margarine 1 to 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Combine whipping cream and 3 cups chicken broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; gradually stir in grits. Cook over medium heat until mixture returns to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Gradually add milk, if necessary, for desired consistency. Remove and discard the stems and any discolored spots from greens. Wash greens thoroughly, drain, and cut into 1/2 inch strips. Combine greens and remaining 1 cup chicken broth in a large skillet; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until greens are tender. Drain and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well on paper towels. Add butter, cheese, and pepper to grits, stirring until butter and cheese melt. Stir in greens. Cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated.

FRIED CRAWFISH REMOULADE ON THE HALF-SHELL • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

3 T. drained bottled horseradish 3 T. creole mustard 6 T. distilled vinegar 2 t. paprika 1 1/2 t. salt 1 t. cayenne 1 t. chili sauce (optional) 2/3 cup vegetable oil, plus additional for frying 4 green onion, chopped fine 2 celery ribs, chopped fine 1 lb. Crawfish tails, if frozen, thawed and drained all-purpose flour seasoned with salt and pepper for dredging 3 baked potatoes, sliced cooked and lightly fried in vegetable oil and seasoned w/salt and pepper parsley, chopped, optional lemon wedges, optional

In a food processor, mix first 7 ingredients and add 2/3 cup of oil in a stream. Transfer to bowl. Stir in green onions and celery. May be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill in refrigerator. Place baked potato slices in a bowl and microwave for approximately 2 minutes on medium high. In a fairly deep skillet, heat additional oil and fry the slices til lightly browned. Transfer to paper towels to drain. In a bowl, dredge crawfish in flour and shake in a strainer to remove excess flour. Use either the oil from the potatoes or use new oil in the skillet. Fry crawfish in 4 batches, for 45 seconds or til golden brown. Transfer crawfish to paper towels to drain. Arrange potato slices on six plates and place crawfish on potatoes. Top with remoulade. Serve with lemon wedges and garnish with parsley, if desired. Serves 6

Serves 6-8






Suzanne Doud Galli

Crystal Jezierski


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he JLW strives to be a vibrant presence in the lives of women and children in the greater metropolitan area of the District of Columbia, serving as a resource throughout the community to effect positive change, seek common ground, and inspire hope. The JLW is proud of its connection to a much larger organization: The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). AJLI is accountable to its 292 member Leagues – comprised of more than 150,000 women in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico – and committed to helping Leagues achieve their collective mission. The Junior League of Washington (JLW) is an organization of women committed to honoring and celebrating diversity while focusing on shared values. The JLW strives to create an environment within the JLW in which any woman committed to improving her community, regardless of race, religion, or national origin, will feel welcome and be encouraged to join the JLW. As such, it was only fitting that JLW member Dr. Suzanne Doud Galli was recently appointed to the AJLI Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to examine contemporary topics in diversity and recommend opportunities for improvement in this area for a brighter, more informed future. “I have a lot of volunteer experience in the Asian American community and have served on the diversity committee of one of my professional academies,” says Doud Galli. “I happened to notice that there were very few Asians in the JLW and in leadership positions in the League, so I wanted to be part of this discussion to learn from women from other Leagues about what is being accomplished outside of DC, how this topic is being approached, and what improvements can be made in our League.” Doud Galli says there have been many task force discussions about diversity and inclusion, and also about the legis-

lative perspective of diversity. “From a personal standpoint, I had thought of diversity from a race perspective. And now I realize that diversity is a very broad concept that goes beyond race.” She adds, “We have discussed race, gender, sexuality, age, socioeconomic status, too. Somehow we need to coalesce these discussions into recommendations for AJLI that can then be shared with all Leagues.” When asked about the value of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Doud Galli highlights the importance of these discussions in a 21st century organization. “This initiative is important because our world is changing. The last time [AJLI] looked at this issue was decades ago and a lot has changed since then. The average person is much more aware of diversity issues today,” she says. “To stay relevant, our Leagues need to recognize the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive environment that attracts all women who support our mission.” AJLI has also spent the last several years exercising strategies in member engagement and retention and exploring ways of achieving community impact in today’s complex social environment. These efforts led to the development of new training tracks – announced at AJLI’s 2014 Annual Conference in St. Louis – crafted to expose Leagues to one of two strategies, one focused on governance and the other community impact. AJLI charged League leaders to consider their individual League’s strengths and needs when considering whether to participate in the training. Your JLW Board discussed AJLI’s proposal at length and voted to participate in AJLI’s year-long training to help Leagues to become more governance-focused at the Board table and leave League management to the Councils and Committees. Crystal Jezierski, JLW’s liaison to AJLI for the governance training, comments: “The JLW boasts a wealth of intelligent, driven, Type A personalities, eager to realize our mission under the guidance of a multifaceted, complex League. In our strategic planning we are always


thinking about governance and how can we improve how we lead in order to facilitate the greatest community impact. We are excited to learn more about AJLI’s new governance management initiative and how it might work for our League’s needs and goals for the future.” Currently, the Board is reviewing AJLI’s proposed governance plan, including its recommendation for a governance board and management committee. The Board will continue look at the plan from every angle, which will include hearing from JLW’s membership, before making a further decision on whether and how to move forward with AJLI’s recommendation.








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When asked how the governance training track might benefit the JLW, Jezierski responded, “This exercise is incredibly important to the JLW, and to the AJLI enterprise at large, because it is all about governance – the process by which we make all of our decisions. I am particularly interested from a nominating point of view because a new governance model will immediately affect how the JLW appoints its leadership. Though these shifts require a lot of time and energy, they present us with an invaluable opportunity to evolve the League’s leadership structure to better serve our committed membership in the pursuit of effecting change for the DC community.” •


‘FRIENDS OF JLW’ By Katrina Valdes


ormerly known as the Annual Fund, Friends of JLW fosters a culture of giving among our membership. This year, Friends of JLW has a big goal: to achieve 100 percent member participation. “Take a minute to think about how impactful 100 percent participation would be,” said Friends of JLW Committee Chair Maya Shih. “Think how much we could do. By giving to the campaign, donors will help to further our mission and the commitment made to both our membership and the greater Washington, D.C. community.” Every gift made to the Friends of the Junior League is a vote of confidence given by our members in our mission. A larger percentage of the money raised by the Friends of the Junior League goes back to supporting our programs than it did in previous years. Please consider making your gift to the Friends of the Junior League. •

In May, Tossed & Found won AJLI’s Fund Development Award. Former JLW President Shiela Corley accepted the award at the AJLI Annual Conference in St. Louis. In recognizing JLW, AJLI noted the unique dual role of Tossed & Found as both an important way to fund our mission and as an opportunity to provide so many in need with discounted clothing and goods. President-Elect Cameron Gilreath, Corley, and President Jennifer Hemingway are shown here after accepting the award from Toni L. Freeman, AJLI President 2012-2014.






By Rose Overbey


ow did you join the JLW? You may have memories of filling out a few forms, figuring out your assigned sponsor, and waiting for the lottery to see if your number was drawn. And I hope you remember the anticipation and then excitement of learning you were selected for the upcoming new member class. Well, as newer active members can attest, the JLW continues to employ an open application process, including a lottery for identifying its new member class. The JLW does not require letters of recommendation or sponsors. If you do not already know someone in the League to be your sponsor, you can be assigned one, or meet one at an open house. JLW sponsors serve as liaisons to address questions a prospective member may have as she moves through the recruitment process. In other Leagues, potential new members must know an active League member, or have some other League connection, prior to applying. In 2015, prospective members will submit a $35 fee with their application, which includes several essay questions allowing women to highlight their interest in voluntarism. While the recruitment process itself has not changed, the names of the documents have. The former “application” is now the “Applicant Interest Form”, and must be received by December 12, 2014. The former “contract” is now the “application” and is due by March 9, 2015, along with a $35 application fee. (All of this is detailed on the public side of the JLW website for prospective members.) An application fee is not unique to the JLW. While the council was investigating the possibility of a fee, members reached out to other Leagues across the country. The largest fee is the New York Junior League, at $125. A majority of other League application fees range from $25-$60. Applicants not selected will receive credit for the fee when reapplying for a future new member class. The JLW incurs costs when processing prospective members, including printing, inviting women into our home to educate them on the League, and costs processing the potential new member’s paperwork. Monies from the application fee will support the same endeavors as dues and fees paid by the current membership – mission-critical costs such as training, member communications, and recruitment, to name a few. “The members of the Member Recruitment Committee have worked very hard over the past few years to really educate the prospective members on who we are and what is expected of members,” said Walke. She notes, “We have a very enthusiastic group of new members this year, partly due to their efforts.” •


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KNOW A PHENOMENAL WOMAN WHO WOULD MAKE A GREAT JLW MEMBER? Here’s a quick refresher on the four-step application process. BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE JLW Encourage interested women to explore the JLW website and share your own League experiences. Also, offer to be their Sponsor, an easy way to support the prospective member when she needs to…

SUBMIT THE ONLINE APPLICANT INTEREST FORM Women interested in joining must submit a JLW Applicant Interest Form, which is due by Dec. 12, 2014. The online form includes three essay questions, as well as basic information needed to begin the application process. If members meet the requirements of membership, they will be invited to…

ATTEND A MANDATORY RECRUITMENT ORIENTATION SESSION AND SUBMIT THE CONTRACT These sessions in January and February give prospective members a chance to learn more about the JLW. Each attendee will receive access to the Membership Application, which will only be distributed at Recruitment Orientation Sessions and must be submitted online with a $35 applicant-processing fee by March 9, 2015. Applicants will then be entered into a lottery and…

IF SELECTED IN THE LOTTERY, WILL RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE JLW NEW MEMBER CLASS OF 2015-2016 If selected through the lottery, applicants must pay new member dues and course fees by May 1, 2015. And as always, encourage anyone who might be interested in joining our League to email join@jlw.org to learn more.




he Congressional Host Committee, established in 2013, recruits members of Congress and notable DC-area officials to serve as Honorary Hosts of the JLW – promoting the JLW’s name recognition and furthering our cause in the local community. Hosts are not obligated to attend any JLW events, but are welcome to do so for free. Notably, the Host Committee is bi-partisan. “With many of our members holding close ties to Capitol Hill, our League is uniquely situated here in our nation’s capitol, said Pres-

ident-Elect Cameron Gilreath. “Building relationships with federal and local elected officials provides opportunities to raise awareness of our mission and involve them in our efforts.” Although the Host Committee is not an official placement, four JLW members –Cameron Gilreath, Alison Ottenbreit and two new members – Kara Starr and Kristy Shaulis – are assisting with the effort in the 2014-2015 year. Any JLW member who has a connection with a member of Congress or local official and would like to help is encouraged to contact Cameron or Alison. •

2014-2015 CONGRESSIONAL HOST COMMITTEE U.S. Senate The Honorable Kelly A. Ayotte The Honorable Roy Blunt The Honorable John Cornyn The Honorable Deb Fischer The Honorable Pat Toomey

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John A. Boehner The Honorable Mark E. Amodei The Honorable Spencer Bachus The Honorable Joe Barton The Honorable Joyce Beatty The Honorable Diane Black The Honorable Marsha Blackburn The Honorable Kevin Brady The Honorable Susan W. Brooks The Honorable Corrine Brown The Honorable Julia Brownley The Honorable Michael C. Burgess The Honorable John R. Carter The Honorable Judy Chu The Honorable William Lacy Clay The Honorable Mike Coffman The Honorable Steve Cohen The Honorable Tom Cole The Honorable Doug Collins The Honorable Gerald E. Connolly The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings The Honorable John K. Delaney The Honorable Ron DeSantis The Honorable John D. Dingell

The Honorable Renee L. Ellmers The Honorable Blake Farenthold The Honorable Chaka Fattah The Honorable Stephen Lee Fincher The Honorable Bill Flores The Honorable John Garamendi The Honorable Phil Gingrey The Honorable Bob Goodlatte The Honorable Raúl M. Grijalva The Honorable Brett Guthrie The Honorable Jeb Hensarling The Honorable George Holding The Honorable Eleanor Holmes-Norton The Honorable Darrell E. Issa The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee The Honorable Sam Johnson The Honorable Walter B. Jones The Honorable Marcy Kaptur The Honorable James Lankford The Honorable Blaine Luetkemeyer The Honorable Stephen F. Lynch The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney The Honorable Tom Marino The Honorable Doris O. Matsui The Honorable Michael T. McCaul The Honorable Jim McDermott The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers The Honorable Grace Meng The Honorable Candice S. Miller The Honorable Patrick E. Murphy The Honorable Richard E. Neal The Honorable Pete Olson The Honorable Steven M. Palazzo The Honorable Ed Pastor

The Honorable Erik Paulsen The Honorable Chellie Pingree The Honorable Ted Poe The Honorable David G. Reichert The Honorable David P. Roe The Honorable Thomas J. Rooney The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard The Honorable C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger The Honorable Adam B. Schiff The Honorable John Shimkus The Honorable Lamar Smith The Honorable Chris Stewart The Honorable Steve Stockman The Honorable Chris Van Hollen The Honorable Tim Walberg The Honorable Ed Whitfield The Honorable Robert J. Wittman

Local DC Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander DC Councilmember Muriel Bowser DC Councilmember At-Large David Grosso DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie DC State Board of Education Member Monica Warren-Jones Commissioner Mark Ranslem *List current as of Oct. 15.






re you familiar with the JLW’s nominating and elections process? Do you find the process is confusing? The Nominating Committee is focused on energizing our membership to participate in the leadership selection process, which is an important element in ensuring that the JLW accomplishes its mission.

OVERVIEW OF THE NOMINATING AND ELECTIONS PROCESS What is the Nominating Committee? The Nominating Committee facilitates and oversees the annual nominating process for the League. The committee is comprised of 11 women, voted on by active members, who are past leaders (committee chair or board member) and represent all areas of the League. This committee is responsible for putting together a proposed slate for the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee members, which is approved by the JLW membership as part of the annual ballot, as well as all committee chairs, assistant council directors (ACDs), and certain rising committee chairs (as dictated by the JLW’s Standing Rules). What is the nominating and elections process? 1. Gather information The Nominating Committee puts together the slates for the Board and committee chairs, based on information gathered from members, previous leadership, observation, and nominating forms (peer and self-nominations). Information includes: • Insight into the future direction of the JLW and leadership recommendations, • Issues impacting councils, • Understanding of the leadership role requirements, • Information included on the nomination forms, and • Feedback on committee members from liaisons. 2. Conduct deliberations and create the slates Once the committee has reviewed all of the information, the selections are narrowed down and deliberations occur to assess various components including: • The type of leader needed, the unique strength of the committee or council, • Whether the League is meeting its goals and how best to match those goals, and • Whether it’s a good fit for the potential candidate and the placement. It is important to note that confidentiality is maintained throughout the deliberations process. The Nominating Com-


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mittee can also help identify interested members for steering committee or vice chair positions, but those positions are not included on the slate for a vote during elections and do not automatically rise to a committee chair position the next year.

THINGS TO REMEMBER • Self-nominate and nominate others, taking into consideration your skills (and the skills of others) and commitment level, and the roles you think would be the best fit. • The Nominating Committee encourages and welcomes information and recommendations provided by JLW members.

3. Finalize the slate Upon completion of the slate, the Nominating Committee chair presents the slate to the Board. The slate for the Board and the Nominating Committee is presented to the Board, but is not voted on by the Board since those positions are presented to the JLW membership through the annual ballot process. The remaining leadership positions, however, are presented to the Board for approval. The Committee typically slates the Board and Nominating Committee members first and then tackles the assistant council directors and committee chairs during the remainder of the year. It is important for active members to take advantage of the nominating and elections process. Nominating Committee Chair Crystal Jezierski states: “Experience shows that only 200-250 members will send in the ballot or vote online. The rest of the active members don’t exercise their right to vote. We want to have higher engagement and participation that allows us to improve across the League and accomplish our Mission.”

GETTING INVOLVED IN LEADERSHIP It is important for the League to have diverse representation within its leadership to carry out its Mission both internally within the League and externally in the community.


Active members who are interested in leadership are encouraged to get involved with their placement by offering to help current leadership perform their duties and attend a variety of committee activities to get more in-depth exposure to how the committee works and to learn what is required in a leadership position. Also, talk to JLW leaders you respect about how they became involved in leadership. Additional things to consider include: • Are you able to commit to the position and the time required to serve in this role? • Are you good with people? Are you collegial? • Are you able to serve in the leadership position and carry out the responsibilities and requirements as set in the JLW bylaws and standard rules and procedures? • What are you looking to get out of your League experience? Benefits of JLW leadership include: • Gain leadership and development experiences you may not get in your job, • Obtain enhanced leadership skills and growth opportunities, and • Increase your experience and exposure to different areas within the League. Jezierski states: “If leadership is something you are interested in, look for ways to get more involved and assist your committee chair. Help the chair; take on the hard jobs.”


KEY DATES November 1: Board nominations are due January 5: Board slate presented at the Board meeting February 1: ACD and Committee Chair nominations are due February-May: Slate ACD and Chair positions and submit to Board for voting March: Annual ballot is distributed for spring voting

For answers to your questions on the nominating process, send an email to nominating@jlw.org. For more information on leadership criteria and requirements, refer to the JLW Bylaws and Standing Rules on jlw.org. •


his fall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art closed its doors for the last time. Founded in 1869 by William Wilson Corcoran, and at the location on 17th Street and New York Avenue NW since 1897, the Corcoran Gallery had a long legacy of promoting American artists and arts education in the nation’s capital. The JLW provided volunteers to the Corcoran Gallery for over 50 years, and the League was well represented during the Gallery’s final months. It was an honor to provide support to such a longstanding and valued community partner and commemorate this important chapter in the League’s history of improving our community. The Corcoran Collection is now under the direction of the National Gallery of Art. The Gallery building is now owned by George Washington University and will remain closed until 2015 for renovations. With the official end of our community partnership occurring on September 30, 2014, the JLW thanks the hundreds of League

volunteers who lovingly supported our community partnership with the Corcoran throughout the years. •




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NOVEMBER 20-23: Holiday Shops NOVEMBER 20: Holiday Shops Preview Party NOVEMBER 22: Holiday Shops Black White & Read All Over Cocktail Party and Auction DECEMBER 4: JLW Shops! Georgetown DECEMBER 6: Sustainer Holiday Tea DECEMBER 10: Chef Series at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, highlighting our partner Resolution Read


JANUARY 10: Kids in the Kitchen, Children’s National Medical Center

JANUARY 14: Chef Series at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, celebrating Sustainers and highlighting our partner 826DC JANUARY 22: Tossed & Found Diamonds & Dessert JANUARY 29: Ring in the New Year at Pepco Edison Place Gallery FEBRUARY 11: Chef Series at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, featuring Friends of the JLW

MARCH 7: Kids in the Kitchen, YMCA MARCH 7: Bright Beginnings 5K MARCH 7: Tossed & Found Children’s Trunk Show MARCH 20-22: Tossed & Found APRIL 18: Kitchen Tour MAY 14: Annual Reception