“Done in a Day”
ACE Awards Granted
JLA Scores Hole in One
Members Volunteer throughout Community
22nd Annual Educator Grants
At 5th Annual Golf Tournament
League Links A Publication of the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF AUGUSTA, GEORGIA • WOMEN BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES
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The Junior League of Augusta, Georgia is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
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Presidentâ€™s Letter Letter from Your Editor In the Community Tea Time Publications League Life
Done in a Day ACE Awards JLA Scores Hole in One
Provisional Post League Faces Bulletin Board Advertiser Index Blue Book Updates
Active members of the Junior League of Augusta join in the holiday spirit and help decorate the Ronald McDonald House for a Done in a Day Project
s the League year continues to fly by, don’t forget to take part in our A Million Dreams and Counting: The Junior Leagues of Georgia Million Minute Read Initiative. Over the summer, our League joined with eleven of our sister Leagues in Georgia and created this initiative to help celebrate the one millionth child being enrolled in pre-K with the Bright from the Start program. Georgia’s own First Lady, Mrs. Mary Perdue kicked off the program with Reading Under the Stars at the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta. ALL League members (Actives, Sustainers and Provisionals) are needed to help us reach our League goal of reading 77,000 minutes to area children. Our Arts Reading program as well as Kids in the Kitchen and Smart Choices involve reading to children and those minutes also contribute towards our goal. Volunteering your time to read is easy and can be done in a variety of ways. If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, school teacher or Sunday school teacher, any minutes spent reading to children count towards our goal. This includes reading at home to your children or being a reading buddy in your child’s class at school. We also have community opportunities at several elementary schools as well as the Family Y’s Child Development Center on Walton Way. Currently we have achieved a total of 50,000 minutes! For more information or to sign up for any of the community opportunities, please contact me at email@example.com or by telephone 706-394-7510. Join us as we make this initiative and celebration a huge success!! - April J. King, President
A Publication of the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia
2009 – 2010 League Links Staff Chair
Vice Chair Laura English Business Manager Feature Writer
Elizabeth W. Finch Bobbie Rhodes
Ad Solicitors Elizabeth Morgan Jane Sanders O’Dell Kim Overstreet Designer
2009 – 2010 JLA Executive Committee April J. King President Paula Jackson Herz President-Elect Amy W. Johnson Communications Vice President Christine Anderson Community Vice President Elizabeth Jackson Finance Vice President Anna Susan Boykin Membership Vice President Kari Baker Treasurer Erreca White Parliamentarian Courtney Wier Tea-Time Publications Chair Elizabeth Donsbach Placement Chair Rebekah Henry Ways and Means Treasurer Brenda McCrary Corresponding Secretary Lisa Whatley Sustaining Advisor League Links is published four times seasonally August through May. No reproductions may be made in any form without expressed written consent from the Junior League of Augusta. Any correspondence, comments or inquiries should be directed to the Editor’s attention at 363 Highland Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30909.
ow can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving. – James Cash Penny The holiday season is here and brings with it all the planning and preparation for the many celebrations and family gatherings. It is time to add shopping, cooking, decorating and gift wrapping to the already full “to do” list. This makes me stop and think about my childhood and question, “how did my Mom and Dad make it look so easy?” While raising three children and both working full time jobs, my parents each found time to serve on various boards and volunteer in our community. Serving on the Animal Control Board, being members in the Advertising Club of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, BBB, hosting the local Children’s Miracle Network Telethon and numerous times as PTA President, (just to name a few), my mother and father are born leaders and volunteers. I learned so much from my parents and their giving of time and talent. They set an example in sacrificing their time to volunteer and give back. Now with my own family, and our calendar filling up with holiday plans, I feel the excitement and stress this time of year brings with it. As I peruse the Sunday paper, looking at the ads to find those toys on my girls’ wish lists, I consider how to teach my daughters a truer meaning of the holidays. The quote I began with is my answer. Perhaps we can all take an opportunity to share our love of volunteerism with our children this holiday season. Maybe through a League event, a church function or helping out an organization you hold near and dear to your heart. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, have your children help you clean out their toy room and donate the goodies to a local charity, go caroling at a nursing home…. So many ideas and opportunities! And, yes, I know, so little time. But this is where the “sacrifice” comes in and teaches that lesson for you. Our children are wise beyond their years, and although the “lesson” may not have an immediate impact, they, like me, will one day be able to reflect upon these times. And the lesson, and your love, will shine through. Happy holiday wishes and may God bless you and your family this season.
April J. King JLA President 2009 - 2010 In Loving Memory of
Penny Leigh Trombly Short December 28, 1942 - December 13, 2009 Mother of April, Paige, and Chris; Wife of Ted; Grandmother of Emily and Elizabeth King WINTER 2009
t’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! December brings the cold winter winds, thoughts of the Holiday season and anticipation of the next year. As your family ventures out and about to fulfill your normal holiday season traditions and tasks, take a moment to think about fulfilling your commitment to the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia. All I Want For Christmas….! As you double check your Christmas shopping list- ask yourself how many times you have done your shopping for League Loot? We forget what a vital part of our giving this is so let’s take a moment to remember how important these gifts are to those who receive them any time of year. Santa Claus is Coming to Town! While waiting in line with family and friends, your children’s faces light up when they climb on St. Nick’s lap. Your heart will fill with warmth no Starbucks could match. But remember how important the JLA is to Heritage Academy and those small smiling faces who depend on your time. I guarantee your heart will fill with the same Grande Mocha Espresso feeling your own children bring you. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas! A full house of family at this time of year means more mouths to feed and more ears to hear. Gather your family on this Christmas Eve round a fire, a table or even a tree. Bring out the old classic and have a moment in time. Small children are more eager than ever to hear the stories that rhyme. Just be sure to count as the hands tick so you can work towards our goal of a Million Minutes Read which we need. For Auld Lang Syne! As you end up 2009 with a BANG of fireworks and toast of goodwill, JLA is preparing to end the final year of our Healthy Child initiative. Wrapping up the eighth year of this successful campaign of the Junior League of Augusta, Georgia brings great memories, great stories and great achievements. Let’s all make it our New Year’s Resolution to put our commitment in action and end our Healthy Child Initiative with a grand finale of fireworks by signing up for Done In A Day projects beyond your obligated level. From the JLA home to yours…. Sincerely,
Kathleen McDonnell League Links Editor/ Chair
Million-Minute Challenge Worth More Than Millions by Bobbie G. Rhodes, League Links Feature Writer
s an English teacher, an avid reader, and a new mother, I am more than a little ecstatic about “A Million Dreams and Counting: The Junior Leagues of Georgia Million Minute Read”! After feeding The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle) in my belly with delicious treats from the candy bar at the October meeting, I settled in as President April King began discussing this exciting reading opportunity. First, I looked around and felt a sense of pride being in the company of women who really know How to be a Princess (Cappi Novell)--and I don’t mean The Paper Bag Princess (Robert N. Munsch), either. [By the way, if any of you are royalty, Are You My Mother? (Philip D. Eastman)] I also thought about my favorite childhood books like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Judith Viorst), Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney), and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Simms Taback) and of how much fun My Mommy and Me and My Daddy and Me (Tina Macnaughton) had reading for hours on end. Then, I felt a little overwhelmed by what seemed like a Math Curse (Chris Van Allsburg), but after a quick, easy explanation complete with a bookmark, I no longer felt the need to be The Runaway Bunny (Margaret Wise) nor to enlist the help of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (William Steig) to understand exactly what I was to do. The next day while enjoying a plate of Green Eggs and Ham (Dr. Seuss), The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint-Exupery) and I discussed How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Dr. Seuss) but was ultimately saved by Amazing Grace (Mary Hoffman). Beau blew a kiss
to The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss), and then we set out on our big day to visit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Orald Dahl). We took a wrong turn and ended up Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak); The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare) directed us to the right of Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls) and to the left of Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White). After giving a quarter to The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster), we were back on our way. The factory visit was awesome but sadly just a Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle). We caught a ride on The Little Engine That Could (Watty Piper) back to our Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder). At the end of our wonderful day, our “little house” became The Napping House (Audrey Wood). Whew! So, head to Where the Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein) with your Corduroy (Don Freeman) jacket; curl up under the The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein) with Clifford, the Big Red Dog (Norman Bridwell), Koala Lou (Mem Fox), Skippyjon Jones (Judy Schachner), and some precious, Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) and Little Men (Louisa May Alcott), and Oh, The Places You’ll Go (Dr. Seuss) as you READ! Take part in this challenge, and the children will Love You Forever (Robert N. Munsch)... and it will make My Happy Heart (Victoria Osteen) even happier! Have a delightful and imaginative year filled with beautiful words, pictures, and children!
These fine childrens books can be found at your local library.
Done in a Day:
League Members Volunteer throughout Community with new Program
unior League of Augusta members are ‘taking to the streets’ during the 2009 - 2010 year, with the adoption of a national project of the Association of Junior Leagues International, known as “Done in a Day”. Done In A Day provides a quick response or short term project support for Junior League communities. The Junior League of Augusta provides volunteer support for community projects that can be accomplished in a one-time day, evening, or weekend effort. When nonprofit agencies are limited in achieving their goals because of lack of manpower, this program provides a dedicated group of JLA volunteers to work on short-term projects. The introduction of Done in a Day to the Junior League of Augusta has been met with resounding success!
Projects completed thus far this fall include: Welcoming patrons to the annual Westobou Festival, clocking times at both the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and the Boys and Girls Club Walk, volunteering for Augusta Urban Ministries’ White Christmas program, ringing bells for The Salvation Army of Augusta; decorating the Ronald McDonald House for the Christmas holiday; and providing crafts and cookiedecorating at the Downtown Tree Lighting. League Links asked JLA Members to share some of their experiences the past three months with Done in a Day. From these testimonies, it is easy to see the small impact League members are making throughout the greater Augusta community with these “small” projects, and the way face-to-face time with area non-profits influence League members.
Santa Wheels Goodwill Industries On November 14, I had the pleasure of working with Santa Wheels as part of DIAD requirements. Santa Wheels is an amazing local program that provides bicycles for children in need. We scrubbed, de-greased and polished donated bikes before passing them on to a bike maintenance specialist. His job is to make sure each bike is structurally sound. Families submit applications to Santa Wheels, and the child is presented a refurbished (I prefer “recycled”) bike and helmet at their Bike Rodeo each December. This year they will give out 130 bikes! This was one of the most satisfying volunteer efforts that I have been involved with during my 3 years in JLA! I am married to an avid cyclist,
(Continued from page 8) and I know the life-long joy that a bike can provide. I was thrilled to be a very small part of passing that joy on to a deserving child.
event was wrapped up with the big tree being lit and fireworks lighting up the night sky. - Laura English
I plan to attend the Bike Rodeo on December 17, so that I can see the children with their new bikes! I look forward to working (along with my husband and 7yr old son) with Santa Wheels again next year, as we “recycle” for the kids of the CSRA! - Beverly Thompson
Downtown Tree Lighting City of Augusta On Saturday, December 5, 2009 I got to volunteer at the Augusta Commons to help children decorate Christmas tree ornaments and cookies. This was a great event to be a part of because there was so much going on with a parade, bands playing, activities, Santa Claus, and lots more! I had a great time working with my fellow Junior League ladies as we sat huddled in the cold. Even though it was cold, I noticed how each of us had a smile on hand and a cheerful hello to each and every child that came to decorate an ornament and cookie. I could tell that each child was thrilled to be designing their own cookie to eat and to be creating their very own ornament. This
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Presenting Opportunities to Children to make the “Best” Decisions by Martha Robertson, Smart Choices Chair
he Smart Choices committee for the 20092010 year is comprised of three committee members, all mommies of new babies (including one set of twins!), a wonderful co-chair who is expecting her second baby in January, and me, a mother of two not-so-big boys. As the chair of this group, I feel as though I hit the motherload (no pun intended) of all possible committee make-ups with the talent of my committee members! We are a group full of energy, great ideas and healthy dose of ingenuity. Our job is to go into several schools and make two presentations, each one week apart. On our first visit, we bring in folders for each child with all of the handouts the children will need for both presentations. During the first week’s presentation, we talk to the children about safety, self esteem and manners. The children learn about bike, pedestrian and water safety, we talk about things they do well during the selfesteem portion and discuss how to use good manners and treat themselves and others with respect at home and in and out of school. The teacher receives a goody bucket full of school supplies and a manner banner – a pageant style ribbon that says, “MANNER STAR” or “BEST MANNERS” to be worn by the child who exhibits the best manners for the day, and has the choice of a school supply prize from the bucket at the end of the day. During the second week’s presentations on nutrition, fitness and dental hygiene, the children work in groups on the task
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of putting together a healthy meal using felt plates and felt “food”. They also talk about things they can do to stay physically fit and the basic concepts related to good dental hygiene. Gretchen Blanchard, our first committee member to make her presentation this year, has just completed her committee obligation by preparing and presenting her presentation at Monte Sano Elementary School. As many of you know, Gretchen is a dentist, and was able to offer professional instruction to the children in her area of expertise within the Smart Choices curriculum. I spoke with the principal of Monte Sano Elementary on the day of Gretchen’s first presentation, and she praised our program and told me that the Junior League is always welcome to bring our programs to the school. Having often had a hard time scheduling visits to the schools that are most in need of our program, this is a huge compliment both to the Junior League and to the Smart Choices program! We plan to visit two more elementary schools in the spring, and we feel confident that they will be as well received as the presentations were at Monte Sano Elementary. I have been a part of the Smart Choices committee for three years now, and I leave the school visits feeling certain that I have made a positive impact on the children and the teachers.
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2009 ACE Awards
22nd Annual Grant Program for Area Teachers included fourteen recipients by Gin Stephens, ACE Chair
ourteen ACE Award recipients from twelve area schools were honored at the October 6th general membership meeting. ACE stands for “Award for Classroom Enrichment”, and this marks the 22nd year this grant has been available for local teachers.
The 2009 - 2010 ACE Award Grant Recipients: Joan Adkins, Stallings Island Middle “Biology: From Beginning to End, Inside and Out” Sonya Bailey, Lake Forest Hills Elementary “Digital Television Production Studio”
Joan Adkins of Stallings Island Middle School, a recipient for the past 2 years, shared a Photo Story presentation showing the impact that last year’s grant had on her science students. Mrs. Adkins told league members that the league’s support has been vital in implementing projects that have greatly benefitted her students, providing hands-on science activities that they would not have had the opportunity to experience without the league’s generous support.
Michael Berg, Martinez Elementary School “Improving Math Skills through Differentiated Math Strategies”
Recipients shared $6,448.49 to fund various classroom projects. Here are some of the projects funded:
Tami Bernhardt, Evans Christian Academy “A Candid Camera: Constructive Self-Assessment”
• A local elementary school will implement a digital television studio;
Mary Bock, Riverside Elementary “Documenting Geometry”
• Elementary students at one CSRA school will be integrating math skills with physical education— keeping fit as they learn; • An area middle school will be investigating alternate sources of energy; and • High school students will get the opportunity to learn an unusual foreign language through a new language club. These are just a few of the outstanding projects that were funded this year. As you can see, a large number of students around our community will benefit from the league’s support of innovative educational projects. Many thanks go out to the Vice-Chair, Shelley Hollan, and to the committee who read and scored each of the many grants we received. Grant applications for the 2010 ACE Awards will be available on the league website this spring, and will be due by 5:00 p.m. on July 1st. Please encourage all teachers you know to apply for next year’s ACE Award!
Carol Bennett, Jenkins White Elementary Charter School “The Effect of Kids Magazines on Reading Fluency”
Valery Dinkins, Martinez Elementary School “Generation to Generation: Will You be my Pen Pal?” Pamella Ferris, Riverside Middle School “Alternative Resources and Energy: ARE we on the right track?” Tammy Harold, Tammy, Martinez Elementary School “Young Readers Book Club” Laura Harriss, Augusta Preparatory Day “Founding a Less Commonly Taught Language Program” Allison Palfy, Cedar Ridge Elementary School “Step Up to the Challenge: Building Strong Muscles in Math” Pam Skelton, Blue Ridge Elementary School “Books for Boys” Elizabeth Toole, Langford Middle School “An Ocean Adventure Paired with Literature” Marie Watson, Hornsby Elementary School “Life Science Observation Website” WINTER 2009
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5 large red-skinned potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 4 (10-ounce) cans (or more) chicken broth Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups half-and-half ½ cup (1 stick) butter 2 bunches green onions, sliced ¼ white onion, finely chopped 2 ribs celery, finely chopped Combine the potatoes and broth in a 4-quart stockpot. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Mash the potatoes with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the half-and-half. Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the green onions, white onions and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are tender. Add to the soup and stir to mix well. Add more broth if the soup is too thick. Your family will ask for this rich, creamy soup again and again.
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JLA Scores Hole-in-One at Golf Tournament JLA hosts fifth annual Golf Tournament, raising over $26,000 for community programs
by Bobi Claridge, Golf Tournament Chair
hen I was asked to serve as the Golf Tournament Chair, I thought my job would be a breeze. After all, I had been on the committee the two years prior. Everything was set. Now worries. What I did not know was that exciting changes were in store for the 5th Annual Junior League of Augusta Golf Tournament. The tournament and the party were held on a single day, and Jones Creek Golf Course was our new venue for the event. And while there were a few changes, some great things remained the same. Checkers again provided the golfers and volunteers with a delicious lunch and Toast Beverages and Coca Cola graciously supplied refreshments for the Golf Tournament. The day had finally arrived! The morning of October 2, 2009 started out brisk, but sunny. As the Golf Tournament committee began to arrive at the golf course, I could feel the excitement build. We were ready! This amazing group of women had worked all summer and early fall to make this day a success. As the volunteers arrived and got to work, we knew this day would be all we had hoped for. Turned out, I was right! The day had finally arrived! The morning of October 2, 2009 started out brisk, but sunny. As the Golf Tournament committee began to arrive at
the golf course, I could feel the excitement build. We were ready! This amazing group of women had worked all summer and early fall to make this day a success. As the volunteers arrived and got to work, we knew this day would be all we had hoped for. Turned out, I was right! We could not have had a more accommodating and helpful host than the staff at Jones Creek. The tournament went off without a hitch, well at least very few hitches. Thanks to the legions of volunteers, the day ran like clockwork. The wide verandahs of the club house at Jones Creek made a perfect setting for the Party at the 19th Hole. Those who attended were treated to live music, a delicious buffet provided by Fatz Cafe, and an amazing silent auction. The live auction featured a golf cart, a gorgeous pearl necklace with enhancer, courtesy of Estate Jewelry Center, as well as a trip to Mexico! I cannot thank our sponsors and the businesses that donated auction items enough. With their generous help, we were able to raise over $26,000.00 dollars, even in these tough economic times!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS The Junior League of Augusta thanks the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations to the fifth annual Golf Tournament.
WILLIAMS MOISTURE CONTROL BIRDIE SPONSORS
AUGUSTA ENT CLARIDGE LAW FIRM HIEBERT CONCRETE BLANCHARD & ASSOCIATES FAMILY DENTAL CARE HOLE SPONSORS
BLANCHARD JOHNSTON, ATTORNEYS AT LAW FATZ CAFÉ TOAST CHECKERS COCA COLA MASTERS GMC ESTATE JEWELRY CENTER WINDSOR JEWELERS PF CHANGS ACADEMY SPORTS & OUTDOORS KID TO KID WILLIAMS MOISTURE CONTROL HIEBERT CONCRETE CLAEYS, MCELROY-MAGRUDER, ATTORNEYS AT LAW PUTTING GREEN SPONSORS BARRETT TROTTER, DMD LANDRUM KITCHEN AND BATH SHOWROOM KID TO KID FEHRMAN INVESTMENT GROUP MCLEOD DOWLING, ATTORNEYS AT LAW GWEN FULCHER YOUNG & ASSOCIATES CHERRY BEKAERT & HOLLAND GRAY JACKSON, MORGANSTANLEY SMITHBARNEY REGIONS BANK CENTER FOR PRIMARY CARE ANDREA JOHNSON, REMAX PARTNERS TOURNAMENT GAME CENTER COMPUTER MASTERS OF AUGUSTA IN KIND DONATIONS
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League Life by Anna Susan Boykin, Membership Vice President
n June of 2009, President Barack Obama kicked off his “United We Serve” campaign. President Obama is urging people to pitch in and volunteer within their communities. His intention is that people will contribute their efforts to their communities and in turn it will have an impact on our economic recovery. Brannack McLain from Take Part, LLC writes “Obama hopes to build “America’s new foundation… one neighborhood at a time”. As the Junior League of Augusta takes on new projects this year such as “Done in a Day”, “Kids in the Kitchen”, and “The Million Minute Read”, it is our intention that we build new foundations across our community, one project at a time. As volunteers we are given many wonderful opportunities that can make such a strong impact towards the betterment of our area, and as a part of a membership in our Junior League our impact is that much stronger. So, “United We Serve” is a good motto for us Junior Leaguers to go by when we take part in our various service projects... we are a membership, we work together, we are UNITED when we serve!
ll of our new transfers have been placed and seem to be settling in quickly. We will be planning another Transfer Get-Together sometime before the Holidays. All transfers and all members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We have been lucky to receive six transfers already this year, one of whom is new to us since our last League Links was issued: Susannah Jenkins, an Active who comes to us from Macon, GA. Welcome, Susannah! We are happy and excited to have you here!
by Britt Buckler, Transfer Chair
he sustainers of the Junior League of Augusta have kicked off a new year of wonderful activities. The September 29th Arts and Edibles event was huge success. Active member and director of The Gertrude Herbert Art Institute, Rebekah Henry, led the Sustainers on a tour of the 29th Annual Juried Exhibition: A Sense of Place. The exhibit featured 2-D and 3-D works by artists from across the country. We were also afforded the opportunity to tour local ceramisist, Shishir Chockshi’s, the Mad Potter’s Tea Party which was housed in the newly restored 3rd floor Creel-Harrison Community Art Gallery. A lovely afternoon of visiting with fellow Sustainers and having a private showing of two exquisite exhibitions proved to be a great start to our year!
by Jessica Weinstein, Sustainer Liaison Chair
by Brandy Howard, Membership Development Chair
he Provisional year is continuing to go well. In September, the Provisionals participated in their first volunteer event at the 2nd Annual Westobou Festival. They volunteered at the Avett Brothers’ concert on Friday that kicked off the weekend events and braved the monsoon, and greeted festival goers over the weekend at the information booth providing maps and selling festival souvenirs. Everyone really had a great time and enjoying getting the “volunteer/service” aspect of the year started. Also in September, the different councils began coming to our meetings. They are providing information about the different placements to help the Provisionals understand what they each do to make up our different councils. With sixty-two Provisionals, currently, we have high hopes of the volunteer work that we will be able to do in the coming year. Many of our Provisional members have already begun to demonstrate a commitment to service and civic responsibility. Our Provisional Class if full of great ladies involved in exciting careers and other organizations. Some have taken on outstanding leadership positions in this areas, and we are delighted to highlight a few of the “Emerging Leaders” that make up the 2009 - 2010 Provisional Class.
Member, American Society of Interior Designers
Director at Large, Augusta Advertising Federation
Kristen A. Faunce
President, MCG Housestaff Auxiliary
Treasurer, Quest United Methodist Church
Vice President, Georgia-Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
Member, Augusta Bar Association
We Need You! 58th Annual Attic Sale
by Julie Kneuker, Attic Sale Chair
he 58th Attic Sale is fast approaching and my committee is working hard to make sure this event continues to be a huge success! My commitment to this project is so great because we are providing items for those in our community in need while at the same time raising money to fund the Junior League of Augusta’s many community projects. However, the success of this annual event depends on you! Each and every member plays a vital role! Below are some reminders to help you help us fulfill our mission. Bulk Pick Up: Arrange a pick up at your home, a neighbor’s home, a fellow family member’s home, even a business. Spread the word! Please contact our Bulk Pick Up Coordinator, Beth Ann Young at email@example.com to schedule a pick up. Quota: Every active member must turn in at least $175 worth of quality items. The quota packet and assigned quota numbers are on the Website. Just log onto the Junior League of Augusta’s website at www.jlaugusta.org. Starting this year everyone will have permanent numbers. Your number will not change from year to year. Please refer to our pricing guide to ensure proper pricing. If you plan on qualifying as a Donation Diva or with any other quota questions please contact April Porterfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. Work Shifts: Volunteer sign-up sheets will be available at the January and February General Membership meetings. Every active member must work two three -hour shifts. We strongly encourage one shift to be either Preview Party and/ or Sale Day. Please contact Carson McCutcheon at email@example.com or Bric Rahimi at firstname.lastname@example.org with any conflicts or questions. Preview Party/Silent Auction: We are planning an evening of fun for the Preview Party scheduled for Friday, March 5, 2010. All Active and Provisional members in good standing will receive 2 Preview
Party tickets. Tickets will be available at the February General Membership Meeting. This includes a barbeque dinner, cash bar, music, silent auction and it is a chance to see and buy merchandise the night before the sale. All items at the Preview Party are sold at double the price marked. Come show your support! Please contact Jenna Matson at jennabmatson@ gmail.com or Jennifer Burch at jenriley64@ hotmail.com if you have any items for the silent auction. Something New: In order to continue to support the needs of our community, we have decided to offer gently worn adult clothes for purchase on Sale Day! Please consider donating items such as, coats, jackets, dress pants, dresses, skirts, button down shirts, ties, blouses, etc. We would like to offer items that would be appropriate for work, church, etc. No shoes or athletic wear, please! These items will not be included in quota. No need to price these items! Just clean out your closet and drop off with your quota. We hope this will be a positive addition to our Attic Sale! IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER Set up Day: Fri., February 26 (2pm-6pm) Move In Day: Sat., February 27 (8am-2pm) Preview Party: Fri., March 5 (7pm-10pm) Sale Day: Sat., March 6 (7am-1pm) PresaleWork Shifts: Mon. – Thurs., March 1 - March 4 (9am-1pm) or (6pm-9pm) Preview Party Shifts: 6:30 – 9:30, 7:30 – 10:30 Sale Day Shifts: 6:30 – 9:30, 9:00 – 12:00, 11:30 – 2:30, 12:00 – 3:00
Family program aimed at educating kids about healthy eating habits and making smart lifestlye choices!
February 7, 2010 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Wilson Branch Family Y 3570 Wheeler Road Special Appearances:
Kim Beavers of “Eating Well with Kim”
Augusta Chronicles’s The Pinch Columnist LaTina Emerson with budget hints and tricks
Richmond County Board of Education School Nutritionists
DOOR PRIZES • INTERACTIVE STATIONS • FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES HEALTHY COOKING DEMOS • FREE ADMISSION • AND MUCH MORE!
Images courtesy of Ben Herz 1 2 3 4 5 6
Provisionals Anah Bhatia and Elizabeth Senn attend their first General Membership Meeting in September Geryl Lino, Shannon Roberts-Kelly, and President April J. King share a laugh. Charlotte Wiedenman, Paula Herz, Kari Baker, and Amy Johnson at the September Meeting and Crums on Central. Jenna Matson, Leigh Bilodeau, Madeline Evans, and Nicole Acevedo have a friendship that extends beyond the League. Sarah Bangs, Elizabeth Finch, Sarah Katherine McNeil and Sydey Peden pose with Greg Baker, husband of Treasurer Kari. Actives and Provisionals alike enjoyed visiting with one another.
LeagueFaces: Golf Tournament
LeagueFaces: Meet Mrs. Claus
Images courtesy of Ben Herz Tea Time Publications welcomed local children and their families on Sunday, December 12 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art to â€œMeet Mrs. Clausâ€?. Children enjoyed crafts, storytime with Mrs. Claus, holiday treats, and more. Each family took home a copy of Second Round Tea Time at The MASTERS. Special thanks to Mrs. Betty Jackson for making an appearance as Mrs Claus.
league member SPOTLIGHT:
Julie Kneuker Our fearless Attic Sale Leader
ulie Kneuker has been an active member of the Junior League of Augusta since 2003. She has been living in the CSRA for almost ten years, by way of Tallahassee, FL. She is originally from St. Petersburg, FL. Being involved in the league has helped her to step way out of her comfort zone by choosing placements that make her speak in front of groups of adults. Julie is currently the Attic Sale Chair. When asked what her favorite placement to date has been Julie does not hesitate to give an enthusiastic shout of “ATTIC SALE, ATTIC SALE, ATTIC SALE!!!” She continues to say, “I was a Provisional who liked it. In fact, I remember being inspired by our current President-Elect Paula Jackson Herz. She was on the committee at the time and her dedication (man can she lift heavy things) really motivated me.” Julie continued,
with her significant other, Christopher. She also enjoys the company of her perfect dog named Maddie and a willful and crazy cat named Moogy. She also makes time to incorporate her hobbies and interests. These include reading, cooking, traveling, “beaching it”. Julie says, “I enjoy “beaching it” so much more now that I don’t live in Florida.” She also is an avid fan of football and is sometimes known to be one intense “armchair quarterback”. - Laura English
Now, every year I look forward to the Attic Sale. I do not like pricing quota, but the BIG pictures of it all. I can for sure say it has been the most demanding placement. However, without a doubt it has also been the most rewarding. The impact on the community and the strong sense of tradition make it all worth it! By the end of the sale day, aside from needing a shower, I feel a real sense of accomplishment and empowerment.
“I especially appreciate how this fundraiser completely breaks the unfair stereotype of the Junior League.” For ten years, Julie has taught third grade at the Episcopal Day School. Her love of the profession has also spilled into the summer months by being the summer camp director. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Florida State University. When not working on the many details of the attic sale and her professional life Julie enjoys spending time
Julie Kneuker Current Placement: Attic Sale Chair Favorite Placement: Attic Sale Occupation: Third Grade Teacher Family: Husband Chris and Moogy (a willful and crazy cat) Active Year: 2003 Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
My Priorities Are Simple....... They’re Yours!
GWEN FULCHER YOUNG & ASSOCIATES REAL ESTATE CO. (706) 757-9115
BulletinBoard Office Hours
JLA Calendar January
Bulk Pick-Up, JLA Office, 8:30 a.m.
January GMM Social, Inc. 6:30 Social, 7:00 Meeting
Provisional Meeting - Attic Sale Committee - “Meeting at Fairgrounds”, 6:30 Dinner
Bulk Pick-Up, JLA Office, 8:30 a.m.
Bulk Pick-Up, JLA Office, 8:30 a.m.
Bulk Pick-Up, JLA Office, 8:30 a.m.
Attic Sale Move-in Day
Communications Council, JLA Office
Provisional Meeting - Introduction of Membership Council, 6:30 Dinner
Bulk Pick-Up, JLA Office, 8:30 a.m.
Bulk Pick-Up, JLA Office, 8:30 a.m.
February 2 6
February GMM St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 6:30 Social, 7:00 Meeting Bulk Pick-Up, JLA Office, 8:30 a.m.
Kids in the Kitchen Event The Family Y, Wilson Branch *Also a DIAD opportunity
DIAD at Heritage Academy, 12:00 noon
New Business Hours: Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Office Closings for the Holidays
1 - 4 Attic Sale Work Days 3
Attic Sale Quota Due, 12:00 noon
Attic Sale Preview Party
58th ANNUAL ATTIC SALE
March GMM Morris Museum of Art 6:30 Social, 7:00 Meeting Provisional Meeting - Placement Chair/ Provisional Placement 6:30 Dinner
Please note the JLA Office will be closed December 23, 24, 25, 31, 2009 and January 1, 2010.
League Loot January
MCG Children's Medical Center New or used G and PG Family movies, excluding Disney movies (they have an abundance of Disney movies!!)
Golden Harvest Food Bank Canned Goods & non perishable food items
Real Estate, Civil Litigation, Business Law and Estate Planning Georgia and South Carolina
WILLIAM A. TROTTER, III JAMES B. TROTTER
DAVID C. JONES CHARLSIE K. PAINE
Time to start thinking Attic Saleâ€Ś
Call Max Vallotton, Jr. 706-790-1200
Advertiser Index 2 12 12 12 12 14 14 14 16 17 24 24 25
McManus Properties of Meybohm Realtors New York Butcher Shoppe Elliott Davis Distinctly Different Antiques John T. Chandler, Georgia Bank & Trust Mortgage Augusta ENT Hiebert Construction Claridge Law Firm Andrea Johnson Real Estate Learning Express Toys Williams Moisture Control Portraits South Xytex Cryo International Cord Blood Bank
25 25 26 27
Gwen Fulcher Young and Associates T. Barrett Trotter, DMD, PC Trotter Jones LLP Attorneys at Law
Gretchen Blanchard, DMD, PC Family Dental Care 27 Gate 5 Self-Storage 28 pulse dance center 29 Landrum Supply Company 29 Posh Tots 29 Surrey Center Pharmacy 30 Greater Augusta Arts Council 31 Summerville Rags, Inc. 31 Sacred Heart Garden Festival 32 Summerville Maids
CorrespondingSecretaryâ€™sReport September 2009 Change of Contact/ Personal Information Lauren Gardner 1706 King Woods Drive Augusta, GA 30904 email@example.com
Melanie Miller Longshore firstname.lastname@example.org
(Wiedenman continued) 803-514-2268 (H) 803-522-1878 (C)
TRANSFER OUT Christine Riffle Transfer to Washington, DC 706-951-1317 (C) email@example.com
Megan Murphy P firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Prater Caroline Yort
maternity/ sick leave Lisa Curley (7/29/09 - 10/29/09)
Mariam Pierce Walker
Angel Carter Ellyn Gilbert Jane Shaw Ashley Propst
A P P P
maternity/ sick leave Julia Jackson (6/19/09 - 9/19/09) Morgan Rutherford (7/2/09 - 10/3/09)
October 2009 Change of Contact/ Personal Information
Deidre Hankinson email@example.com
Paula Jackson 974 Heard Avenue Augusta, GA 30904
Susannah Jenkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Miller email@example.com
Lauren Matthews firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha McNeil 912-856-9292 (H)
Kathleen E. McDonnell A 368 Connor Circle Evans, GA 30809 706-945-0190 (H) 706-955-6132 (C) email@example.com Kathleen.Mcdonnell@gmail.com
Lee Mitchell 706-394-3031 (Alternate)
Courtney Wier Courtney@plancspaces.com
Laura Norland firstname.lastname@example.org
Christie Reed email@example.com
Winsor Reynierson firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura White Lauraduke1@gmail.com
Terry Dennis email@example.com
Andrea Donald firstname.lastname@example.org
TRANSFER IN Molly Meek Transfer from Columbus, OH 808 Woodberry Drive Evans, GA 30809 email@example.com Active Year: 2006 DOB: 2/24/76
Charlotte Collins Wiedenman A (Mrs. Boyd Joseph Wiedenman or Dr. Charlotte C. Wiedenman) 110 Englewood Road Aiken, SC 29803 firstname.lastname@example.org
Change of Contact/ Personal Information
Kimberly Bagwell Maggie Gracey Michelle Simmons Karen Turner
P A A S
MATERNITY/ SICK LEAVE Amanda Bennett (9/18/09 - 12/18/09) Melissa Johnson (Bed Rest effective 11/8/09 for 5 weeks) Erica Perry (11/30/09 - 2/30/10)
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