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Fall 2016

LEAGUE LINK Junior League of Nashville’s Magazine

Annual Fund in Review JLN Turns Focus to Human Trafficking This Fall SHOP l SAVE l SUPPORT Gears up for November

Our Mission

The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Junior League of Nashville 2016-2017 Board of Directors President Heather Kemp President-Elect Krystal Clark Executive Vice President Necie Elizabeth Pable Secretary Bethany Rhoten Treasurer Ellie Goldman Active Director Maggie DeVier Active Director Kristin Torrey Active Director Jennifer Hillen Sustainer Director Suann Davis Sustainer Director Jillian Waters Nominating Chair Anna Moran

Management Team Executive Vice President Necie Elizabeth Pable Vice President of Community Elisa Goodrich Vice President of Communications and Marketing Becky Phillips Vice President of Development Allison Cotton Vice President of Membership Caitlin Franklin Vice President of Operations Jade Sampson Sustainer Representative Wendy Foster

President’s Letter “Do not throw away your shot!” Are any of you fans, or even super fans, of the

smash Broadway musical, Hamilton, winner of 11 Tony Awards? If not, you may want to take a moment to listen... it has many historical and life lessons to be learned throughout. As we begin our new 2016 – 2017 League year, we have much to look forward to in the upcoming months! We have over 100 new Provisionals that will begin their journey with us; learning about the Junior League and how they can contribute to our mission in the community. We have our 2016-2022 community partners with whom we will contribute time, talent and treasure to impact the issues of illiteracy and human trafficking. We are in our second year of our newly adopted leadership system with the Governing Board and Management Team, working together hand in hand, to lead the League by the Governing Board planning, setting goals and objectives of where we want the JLN to go… and then allowing our Management Team to devise, strategize and implement changes by empowering and supporting our numerous committee members in their placements. This year, we will kick-off the celebrations for our 95th year of serving the Nashville community. It is a year to be proud of all the accomplishments of our past leaders and members that have brought us this far and helped to serve, lead and impact our community through voluntarism, development and support of various programs, projects and events and their donations of time and funds to further our mission.

making schedules and calendars for committee meetings, Done in a Day volunteer opportunities, and upcoming trainings for our members throughout the year. I am constantly amazed by the dedication, selflessness, strategic-thinking, generosity and wisdom of our members. Every day that I get to work with a member of our Board or Management Team, meet a committee chair that shares her plans of empowering her team to make their mark this year, talk with a Transfer member that shares her wisdom and perspective coming from a sister Junior League city, or any of the varied members that I see working, communicating, mapping out how she will not only develop her potential in our organization but also impact our community through her efforts… EACH of those days is a day of pure JOY for me. I am inspired and motivated by each of you. The musical Hamilton is about one of our nation’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, and his life and rise through the political system against many odds and obstacles. One of my favorite songs is “My Shot” where he talks about his unwillingness to give up when an opportunity is upon him. That is what I want for all our League members this year. I want each member to seize every opportunity available to learn new skills, to meet new friends, to formulate and plan programs and projects with our community partners, to lead, motivate and empower each other as we serve together to impact our wonderful city in new and innovative ways. I am honored and deeply humbled that you have asked me to serve in this position of President again. It is a job I love and one that I take seriously. Thank you for this opportunity… and know that I will not throw away my shot! Best, Heather Kemp

Our JLN members have been already hard at work this summer. They are planning our 95th Anniversary Gala, securing merchants to participate in our Shop Save Support card, writing letters to solicit for our Annual Fund, securing partners for the All Booked Up community event targeted at improving literacy in our community, developing fun activities for our Kids in the Kitchen initiative, and many leaders are


3 President’s Letter 5 Financial Updates 9 New Initiatives 14 Inside the League 18 Events

League Link 2016-2017 Publications Committee Chair- Polly Douse Member- CaNesha Gordon League Link is printed by The Print Authority.

Contributing writers: Maggie DeVier, Meredith Eason, Danielle Fargason, Elizabeth Felder, Ellie Goldman, Elisa Goodrich, Heather Kemp, Becky Phillips, Chelsea Reardon and Kate Tarleton. Photographs by JLN members and Kristi Irving.

Financial Updates

Annual Fund Bridges the Gap By Danielle Fargason, 2016-2017 Annual Fund Chair

We are currently celebrating our 95th year. The JLN

has supported our community through millions of dollars in giving and thousands upon thousands of hours of volunteer service. Annual Fund donors have helped to make this possible, bridging the gap between dues and budget so that we can have ever-expanding provisional classes; technology to support our members; an exemplary staff to support our activities; and topof-the-line meeting and event space. Our members enjoy benefits like outstanding training and opportunities to participate in programs such as Young Leaders Council. A multitude of volunteer opportunities allow members to utilize their skills, or learn new ones. The Junior League provides a safe place to try new things. A place made available through support of the Annual Fund. Here is what a few of our ladies have to say about giving to the Annual Fund: “Giving to Annual Fund is one of the easiest ways to show support for the League. My donation, no matter the amount, not only directly impacts our work in Nashville, but it shows our community that the membership of the League is fully behind its mission and purpose.” – Emily Prather

partner agencies. Every gift, whether large or small, truly makes a difference!” – Rachel Ailor “I give to the Annual Fund to support the operational efforts of the Junior League of Nashville so more funds are available to support our community programs.” – Nancy Williams Davis “As a member, I see my gift to the JLN Annual Fund as one more opportunity to support our mission. I give because I believe wholeheartedly in JLN’s commitment to developing outstanding community volunteers and leaders, and to promoting positive changes in the greater Nashville community.” – Leigh Ivey When considering a gift to the Annual Fund, it’s participation that matters, not dollar amount. In keeping with the 95-year of celebration, let’s aim for 95% participation. Whether it’s $10, $50, $100 or more it’s a chance for donors to demonstrate their commitment to an organization that goes beyond dues or meetings or “requirements.” It’s a way to ensure that opportunities will continue to be available to those most interested in pursuing them.

Thank you for supporting an organization that’s important to our community, but most importantly that’s important to you. Help us finish strong and do better than bridge the gap! Consider a gift to the Annual “It is so important to donate to the Annual Fund because it helps keep the JLN building open and operat- Fund in the future. Visit to ing while allowing more money to go towards our donate today.


2015-2017 Donor Acknowledgements Every gift to the Junior League of Nashville Annual Fund helps us cover operating expenses and allows us to direct more funds to the organizations we support. We are grateful for our donors and their generosity.

2015-2016 Annual Fund Total raised: $55,151 President’s Circle

$1,000 and above Mary Lee and Steve Bartlett Ann S. Bumstead Catherine and Kevin Crumbo Karen Fleming Moore Johnson Donna Cheek Lorrie and Patrick McDermott Olivia Rechter Patti Smallwood Jerry Williams Melissa and Christopher F. Wyatt

Leadership Level

$500-$999 C.B. Rollins III and Delinda Rollins Charitable Lead Unitrust Frances Hardcastle Elizabeth B. Stadler Necie Elizabeth Pable Mary Wade

Leadership Level

$250-$499 Community Foundation of Middle TN (Big Payback) Sarah Brownell Amy Colton Margaret Dolan Laurie Eskind Pat and Paul Green Marian Hall Jonathan Harwell Jennifer Hill Sally Holland Diana Mobley Beth Moore Valerie Nagoshiner Robin Satyshur Katie Steele Dudley White

Leadership Level

$100-$249 Leslee Alexander Polly Alexander Anonymous Sallie Bailey Louise Bairnsfather Jean Barksdale Lillian Bradford Linda Burkholder Lisa Bussard Anne Buttrey Tricia Carswell Jenna Castle Caroline Davis Suann Davis Josephine Doubleday Anne-Taylor Fones Rebecca Garrett Barbara Graves Diane Griffin Lucy Haynes Alice Heywood Meredith Hollomon Alice Hooker Dayna Hulme Suzanne Iler Angela Jefferson Heather Kemp Donna Littleton Barbara Martin Ellen Martin Elizabeth McKenzie Sheila McNeeley Susan Moll Erin Morrison Sandra Owen Nancy Phipps Debora Reed Barbara E. Reynolds Jane Richmond Kathy Rolfe Betsy Schaffer Jessica Schneller Sally Smallwood Frances Spradley Hettie Stuart Catherine Sullivan Barbara Turner Patricia Wallace

Nancy Weaver Eleanor Whitworth Sherry Woodman

Leadership Level

$1-$99 Rachel Albright Beth Alexander Beth Scott Clayton Amos Taryn Anderson Rachel Barden Margaret Barker Elizabeth Baxley Holly Beck Becca Berry Janie Berry Yvonne Bland Amy Bourdeau Katherine Braddy Holly Brewer Cathy Brown Lattie Brown Wyeth Burgess Jeannie Camarillo Molly Campbell Laura Carrico Nancy Cawood Krystal Clark Dr. Kimberly Clay Fletch Coke John Colton Patricia Curry Marjorie Dale Anna Catherine Davenport Andrea Davis Jan Davis Bill DeLoache Tamesha Derico Maggie DeVier Judith Dower Deena Drummond Carol Duncan Cara Ellis Agnes Evans Jean Farris Marilyn Fels Brittney Forrister Caitlin Franklin Tracy Frazier Ali Fricke

Trish Frist Ashley Fuqua Ellie Goldmas Kelly Gould Vanessa Handrick-Garner Julie Haynes HCA Foundation/Company Match for Sarah Brownell Jennifer Hillen Trudy Holden Martha Hutchinson Brittany Irby Susan Irby Leigh Ivey Matilda Jane Stephanie Kennedy Emily Korab Jenni Landry Belleview Lodge Myra Leathers Mollie Lehner Patricia Lekki Eleanor Lentz Liza Lentz Katie Lizarraga Allison Malone Mary Catherine McAnulty Helen McCabe Brenda McCard Kate Meriwether Clare Michels Susan Minor Jennifer Mitchell Mariann Morris Linda Moynihan Emily Murphy Katie Myers Ann Ralls Niewold Sallie Norton Kristin O’Brien Christy Odom Jessica Osaki-Howell Jessica Beth O’Shea Caroline Payne Elinor Peek Linde Pflaum Rebecca Phillips Megan Pinson Nicole Pittman Donna Platt Allison Reed Bethany Rhoten Jenna Rose Lauren Rowe Kristin Sams Lynn Sanders Kim Snodgrass Susan Spickard Lisa Stickel Eliza Stubblefield

Andrea Swafford Jade Sampson Debra Taylor Nancy Thorpe Emily Tidwell Kristin Torrey Sally Underwood Catherine Vrettos Bettye Walker Amy Ward Margaret Warner Jillian Waters Michelle Weiss Blair Williams Mary Wilson Gretchen Zimmerman

2016-2017 Annual Fund (As of August 6, 2016)

President’s Circle

$1,000 and above Necie Elizabeth Pable Bertie Shriver

Leadership Level

$500-$999 Patrick and Lorrie McDermott

Leadership Level

$250-$499 Suann Davis Melissa and Christopher F. Wyatt

Mia McCain Sheila McNeeley Anna Moran Tara Murphy Katie Myers Becky Phillips Allison Reed Bethany Rhoten Jane Richmond Jade Sampson Mary Jo Shankle Amy Smotherman Maleah Stephens Andrea Swafford Maggie Thomson Kristin Torrey Catherine Vrettos Gifts given in honor of 2016-2017 Governing Board and Management Teams Suann Davis Jennifer Hill Jennifer Hillen Matilda Howell Heather Kemp Marjorie Helen Maxwell Jennifer Hill Anna Moran Becky Phillips

Leadership Level

$100-$249 Rachel Ailor Judith Andrews Louise C. Bairnsfather Allison Cotton Ellie Goldman Nina Kumar Mary Lynch Allison Malone Kathryn McNabb Caroline Nail Elizabeth Papel Jillian Waters

Leadership Level $1-$99 Krystal Clark Maggie DeVier Danielle Fargason Caitlin Franklin Elisa Goodrich Alice Heywood Jennifer Hillen Heather Kemp Megan Koontz


2015-2016 Masquerade Sponsors Thank you or all of your gifts to the 2016 Masquerade Ball. We would not have been able to host such an incredible night without your help.

2016 Masquerade Presenting Sponsor Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Platinum Sponsors Publix Super Markets Charities Corrections Corporation of America Premier Sponsor Capstar Bank Premier Valet Sponsor Jaguar Land Rover Nashville Gold Sponsor The Mall at Green Hills Relache Spa SilverSponsor Floorz In-Kind Sponsors Ajax Turner Blue Chair Bay Rum Graceful Tables Junior League of Chicago Kristi Irving Photography Mill Creek Brewing Co. Norcom Inc. Omni Nashville Hotel Roy Laws Art T. Villager Designs Tito’s Wholly Chow

Presenting Patrons Alice Cromarty Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Edwards Gold Level Patrons Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Bumstead Silver Level Patrons Ms. Laura Creekmore and Mr. Ashby Barnes Ms. Kerry Dunn Mr. and Mrs. Richard Anthony Fricke Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hill Mr. and Mrs. James Francis Murphy Mr. and Mrs. David Pflaum T&T Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Brian Matthew Watson Bronze Level Patrons Ms. Polly Alexander Ms. Gina Marie Battaglia Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Beemer Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Caesar Ms. Krystal Clark Mr. and Mrs. Chip DeVier Mr. and Mrs. Chris Graffagnino Mr. Kevin Haley and Mrs. Eleanor Wetzel-Haley Ms. Cordia Harrington Klein Bussell, PLLC Mr. and Mrs. Steve Moll Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence John Pable, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Peters Mr. James Plasko Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Rowe Ms. Dara Russell Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sewell Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Spangler Ms. Amelia Strobel and Mr. Robert Glenn Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Jay Woodall

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Patrons Ms. Carolyn Amiot Mr. and Mrs. Norman Carl Mr. Peter Cromarty Dr. Ross Cromarty Ms. Anne-Taylor and Mr. Matt Fones Mr. and Mrs. Paul Green Senator and Mrs. Douglas Henry Mrs. Frances C. Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Brian Smallwood Ms. Cathy Cate Sullivan 2016 Patron Donors Mr. and Mrs. Marc Aloisio Mr. and Mrs. David Brown Ms Suann Davis Ms. Laurie Gold Eskind Mr. and Mrs. Monty Falls Mr. and Mrs. Reed Hillen Ms. Pamela Howard Mr. Thomas McDaniel Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Meriwether Ms. Valerie Nagoshiner Ms. Caroline Payne Ms. Sally Smallwood Mrs. Fred Tarkington Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Wollas Gifts given in honor of Susana Wilkinson Jennifer Hill The Murphy Family Sarah Layson The Board of Directors

New Initiatives

Community Council Looks Back and Moves Forward Into a New Year A collaborative piece by Maggie DeVier, 2015-2016 V.P. of Community and Elisa Goodrich, 2016-2017 V.P. of Community The Community Council has been diving head first into impactful, new work from last year going into this 2016-2017 League year, as well as continuing to maintain and grow our consistent community endeavors. There were many instrumental committees that helped us make strategic, key changes last year, which we now have the opportunity to execute. This year is the first year that we embark on our new partnerships in our two new seven-year focuses of Cradle-to-Career Literacy and Human Trafficking. Last year, the Needs of Nashville committee created our Invitation to Collaborate (ITC) where we held three information sessions for community agencies on our upcoming change in focus areas, which led to a significant number of partnership proposals for both volunteers and grants. Our Grants committee, after a thorough review process and interviews, identified 10 partnership programs for our literacy focus area (Book ‘Em, East Nashville Hope Exchange, Martha O’Bryan Center, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Public Library, Preston Taylor Ministries, Safe Haven, Tennessee Voices for Children, and Youth Villages) and three partnerships with four programs for our Human Trafficking focus area (End Slavery Tennessee, Oasis Center, and You Have the Power). These new partnerships will help to meet our desired 2022 outcomes for our two focus areas, human trafficking and literacy.

to key influencers, including, but not limited to, legislators, law enforcement and the hospitality industry, as well as the general public, in order to raise awareness of the issue and the ways in which human trafficking can be prevented. Our goal is to increase access to programs that can prevent an increase in the number of human trafficking victims and increase access to programs that assist victims of human trafficking to exit the situation and begin recovery. Our focus on literacy is to provide access to literary materials for at-risk, low income, and new American children and their families. We want to increase access to educational support programs for at-risk, low income, and new American children and their families, raise awareness of the achievement gaps that exist for at-risk, low income, and new American children in order to increase public support for initiatives that close those gaps.

Additionally, this year we have started two new internal programs. This includes a Book Drive committee to work with community agencies and publishers to provide books for our literacy-focused agencies as well as throughout the greater Nashville community. We also have new focus area conveners for human trafficking and literacy. They will bring together agencies working in these areas in the middle Tennessee area to best collaborate on initiatives. It is exciting to see the League take on this leadership role in this With regards to human trafficking, we want to provide capacity, and we have very qualified women to lead educational opportunities and informational materials these new endeavors.

Our community information meetings also increased our Done in a Day (DIAD) opportunities this past year, which we have continued to see grow this year. Last year, the DIAD committee of 60 women provided over 1,400 volunteer hours for more than 80 agencies. Kids in the Kitchen created a new partnership last year with Rocketship Education and held events at both of their Nashville schools, which we will continue to do this year as well. The tradition of providing an educational morning for children in the Donelson and Murfreesboro Pike areas and their parents continues, as children make their way through eight stations and hear about the healthy meal plates, dental health, healthy beverages, safe medication use, exercise and more while their parents enjoyed a cooking demonstration. Over 110 children and 50 parents were served last year and left with knowledge, as well as the tools to cook a healthy meal at home, oral care kits, and healthy snacks for home. This past year we had 160 women placed with our community agencies, and they finished out our partnerships in childhood obesity strong. These women represented the League to our community and put forth over 4,000 hours of service to help MCJCHV, Oasis Center, Renewal House, Safe Haven Family Shelter, Saddle Up!, Rejoice Ministries, Preston Taylor Ministries and Fannie Battle Day Home for Children fulfill their missions. We will continue to serve MCJCHV, our previously mentioned new partners, and our other community endeavors this 2016-2017 year. It has been thrilling to see our membership answer the call to serve with 325 volunteers working on our community causes this year. Thank you to all of those who support our efforts in countless other ways. We are excited to see what we all have accomplished as a League in 2022! To learn more about the Community Council check out JLN’s Tuesday News.

Partnering with You Have The Power By Chelsea Reardon, 2016-2017 Project Chair

Approximately 94 teenagers are sold for sex per

month in Tenn. The average age of a child sold for sex is 13 years-old, and human trafficking is the second-fastest growing criminal industry. These statistics are the reason Junior League has partnered with You Have the Power to help end human trafficking in Tennessee. You Have the Power began in 1993 and was founded by former First Lady of Tennessee, Andrea Conte, to advocate for victims and educate the community. Its mission is to educate, advocate and empower individuals and communities who are impacted by violent crime. Chelsea Reardon, Project Chair for You Have the Power, immediately knew she wanted to work with this agency when she first learned about Junior League partnering with human trafficking non-profits. “There is such a dire need for the local

communities to know what is happening in their backyards. Educating the public is key

to a safer community and less children and women being affected by trafficking. I want to be a part of the change in Nashville.” Junior League of Nashville will have five women serving and volunteering with You Have the Power this year. They are all excited to make a difference. Some of the work they will be doing involves updating the human trafficking documentary that the organization shows at presentations. They will also be doing presentations around sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking in the local communities. Lastly, they will be doing more research to update all statistics for the organization. The committee will be attending any fundraisers and community get-togethers that You Have the Power will be present at as well. Cathy Gurley, Executive Director at You Have the Power, is very excited about the partnership with the Junior League. “We are very thankful to work

with women who want to change the status of this horrible problem in Nashville.

We can’t wait to update our documentary and spread awareness with the help of the Junior League.” To learn more about You Have The Power, visit

JLN to Focus on Human Trafficking This Fall By Kate Tarleton, 2016-2017 End Slavery TN Chair

In preparation for the shift to a 7-year community fo-

cus model, the 2014-2015 Community Research Committee researched the greater-Nashville community, specifically looking for gaps in the system and rising problems affecting our city. What they found was startling. They discovered that human trafficking takes place in our own backyard. Human Trafficking is very different than prostitution.

that can never be taken away. Our Junior League volunteers are so enthusiastic about the opportunity to partner with End Slavery Tennessee and cannot wait to get started.

“For so long, the issue of human trafficking has not even been on the public’s radar. It is a very real problem and can be equated to modern-day slavery. I want to do my part to raise public awareness, educate and take strides to eradicate human trafficking,” comOn the surface, the two could easily be confused unless the warning signs are identified. According to End mented JLN member, Lynn Lawyer. Slavery TN, “Human Trafficking is an act or attempted act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring Taylor Berry, another JLN member added, “Despite not yet starting the placement, I already see the value or receiving a person by means of force, abduction, in working with End Slavery Tennessee. Prior to Jufraud, coercion, purchase, sale, threats, abuse of nior League, I really had no idea what a widespread power for the purpose of exploitation” (www.endproblem this state faced in terms of human The membership then voted to make Human Trafficking one of our two new focus areas. In ing. Through conversations with my group and time spent delving further into ESTN’s mission, my eyes response to this approval, a focus group formed and several outcome statements were created in order to have opened to the prevalence of modern slavery and the detrimental impact it has guide the work of the League. The Junior League of Nashville has partnered with End Slavery TN (ESTN) to collaborate on two of the three Human Trafficking outcomes. First we want to provide educational opportunities and informational materials to key influencers, as well as the general public. Secondly, we want to increase access to programs that assist victims of human trafficking to exit the situation and begin recovery.

More specifically, the Junior League’s 29 volunteers at ESTN will be trained by ESTN to serve in one of two realms: Public Awareness and Survivor Services. The main focus of the Public Awareness group will be working with local sport and music venues. They will be handing out educational mate-

on victims, survivors, and the larger community. Further, it has spurred me to connect with

more people across Nashville who are involved in ESTN and related organizations, which only increases my interest in contributing and sense of community engagement.” To learn more about End Slavery TN and how we can work together to end and prevent human trafficking, visit

rial and educating the community on sex trafficking in Tennessee. Other hot spots for educating the public about human trafficking include the hospitality industry and the transportation industry such as Lyft, and Uber. Survivor Services will focus on providing interactive activities to survivors living in the safe houses. These activities will range from hygiene basics, nutrition, cooking classes, and exercise. Each activity will aim to educate survivors on life skills that we so often take for granted, empower, and cultivate an environment of acceptance. Our hope is that through our efforts we will give them knowledge, something


LADIES OF THE LEAGUE Junior League is filled with women from all walks of life. Check out League Link’s latest interviews with actives and sustainers: Whitney Earhart, Brooke Shippe, Melissa Wyatt and Lella Bromberg Wilbanks.

Name: Whitney Earhart Year you joined the League: 2009 Current Placement: Project Chair for Book’em Why did you join the League? I joined the League to engage in community service. If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? I would bring something that plays music, food and water. On a scale of 1 to 10, how intolerable do you find baby pictures on Facebook? 1 - I love them! How many Taylor Swift songs do you actually listen to every single day? I wouldn’t say I listen to Taylor Swift songs every single day but I love her! What is the last gift you gave someone? Board books to a new baby What is your favorite kind of cookie? Oatmeal chocolate chip

Name: Brooke Shippee Year I Joined The League: 2012 in the Kansas City League Current Placement: All Booked Up & Transfer Placement Why did you join the League? I joined the League not only because I wanted to donate my time but also because I wanted to surround myself with strong, smart women who were committed to making our community better. If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be? “Build Me Up Buttercup” – it’s been my karaoke goto for years. If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children? Wear sunscreen! What was the last gift you gave someone? I brought my parents jars of local honey and blackberry jam back from my vacation to Virginia Beach. The gifts were a “thank you” for house sitting for me. Who was your favorite Spice Girl? Ginger Spice. I LOVED her hair and wanted highlights just like hers! Plus, she had the sparkliest outfits and I’m a sucker for glitter. How old were you when you realized Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny probably never actually knew one another in real life? I was incredibly gullible as a kid, so I’m too embarrassed to confess how old I really was… let’s just say it was older than most of my friends!

Name: Melissa Wyatt Year you joined the League: 2003 Current Placement: Sustainer

Lella Bromberg Wilbanks Year you joined the League: 1996 Current Placement: Sustainer

Why did you join the League? I joined to meet other community-minded women.

Why did you join the League? I had just moved to Nashville as a newlywed, and the JLN was a great way to meet people and get involved in the community.

If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be? “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? Assuming I cannot bring people (my dear family!), I would bring two books Little Women and The Help and a gallon of Fruit Tea from Calypso. If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children? “Be BRAVE and KIND.” We talk about this a lot right now with our children. They are 10, 7, and 5, but we need those qualities at every age. What was the last gift you gave someone? A dog bone - a dear friend got a puppy (so cute, so naughty!) that is chewing on her rugs. I bought the type of bone my dog enjoys and put it in her mailbox with a note that said “Try this. Fingers crossed he loves it more than your rug!” What is your favorite kind of cookie? Peanut Butter Blossoms – They are those awesome cookies folks make at Christmas with a Hershey’s kiss in the center - yum!

Do you believe in Bigfoot? No. My kids have made me watch so much Finding Bigfoot that I am not a believer. But I do believe in ghosts! What was the last gift you gave someone? Tickets for my husband to hear the lawyers from Making a Murderer. What is your favorite kind of cookie? Chocolate Chip How many Taylor Swift songs do you actually listen to every single day? None if I’m lucky

Ellie’s Go-To Sugar Cookies “I am told this sugar cookie recipe originated from a bakery in Indiana. I love making these sugar cookies for the holidays or any special occasion. One aspect of this recipe that I really like is that you roll out the dough between wax paper sheets instead of a floured surface. There is less of a mess than your typical sugar cookie recipe. Most recently, I made them for my son’s first birthday, cutting out ‘A’s’ and ‘1’s’ to fit the event.” - Ellie Goldman, 2016-2017 Treasurer Cookie Ingredients 2 cups of Land o Lakes butter 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 ½ teaspoon salt 1 ¾ teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 egg 4 ¼ cup bread flour Cookie Recipe 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make sure the butter is very cold. Soften butter in mixer. 2. Add sugar, salt and vanilla to the mixer. Mix until smooth. 3. Add egg and blend. Add flour and mix until dough is stiff and waxy. 4. Refrigerate dough until firm. 5. Roll out dough between two pieces of wax paper. Use desired cookie cutter. Place shapes onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. 6. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 13 minutes. 7. Once cooled, place cookies on a wire rack. Pour warm dripping icing over the entire cookie. 8. Allow to cool. Decorate as desired. This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies. Icing Ingredients ¾ cup water 1 cup granulated sugar 9 cups powdered sugar, divided 1 cup vegetable oil ¾ cup light corn syrup 1 ½ tablespoon clear vanilla extract (must be clear so icing doesn’t turn tan color) 1 teaspoon almond extract Food coloring as desired Icing Recipe 1. Add water, granulated sugar and ½ cup powdered sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. 2. Add vegetable oil and corn syrup in a new mixing bowl and add the cooked mixture to it. 3. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix on low speed until all lumps are gone. Add vanilla and almond extract and mix well. 4. Add food coloring as desired. 5. Use while still warm. This recipe makes 13 cups which is enough for four dozen cookies.




Creating Opportunities for all Members to Serve By Meredith Eason, 2016-2017 DIAD Co-Chair

During the 2016 league year, more than 80 Done In A

Day (DIAD) opportunities were posted and over 1,400 volunteer hours completed. In 2017, our group of over 40 volunteers hopes to meet or exceed this benchmark, with an emphasis on organizations that work in our new focus areas of human trafficking and literacy. For more than 90 years, the Junior League of Nashville has partnered with local organizations to provide volunteers for projects that can be completed in one day. The purpose of the DIAD placement is to offer Junior League of Nashville members the opportunity to provide hands­-on volunteer opportunities for nonprofits in Nashville and surrounding areas, while providing agencies with trained, enthusiastic volunteers. The Event Sign Up Page on JLN’s website already has opportunities posted to provide support for events being hosted by End Slavery Tennessee, the Nashville Public Library, Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Sexual Assault Center, Delanie Walker Gives Back Foundation, American Cancer Society, Youth Encouragement Services, Nashville International Center for Empowerment, All About Women and the Adventure Science Center. Approved DIAD projects are those in which volunteer support can be completed within one day. Those requesting volunteer support must fill out the online volunteer request form. The request is then reviewed for approval by the DIAD Co­Chairs and the Management Team.

We are continuing the initiative started in 2016 where various DIAD opportunities are offered to members outside of the DIAD placement who would like to volunteer as their schedule permits. Provisionals, Actives, and Sustainers from any placement now have the opportunity to volunteer alongside their fellow league members. The following is a list of organizations we have partnered with in the past. We expect to receive many more events from these organizations and others throughout the league year. Events are continuously posted on the league­wide and DIAD placement calendars as they become available. Adventure Science Center All About Women American Cancer Society American Lung Association Arthritis Foundation Big Brothers Big Sisters Book’em Boys & Girls Club Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence Imagination Library JLN Annual Fund JLN Masquerade JLN Sickle Cell and Asthma Program Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Monroe Harding Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

Our Kids Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Day Renewal House Southern Festival of Books Colon Cancer Alliance Davis House Child Advocacy Center Deer Run Camps & Retreats End Slavery TN Fannie Battle Get Out the Vote for Women Girls on the Run Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation The Delanie Walker Gives Back Foundation The Next Door Thistle Farms Walk to End Lupus We Heart Babies You Have the Power

All Booked Up Was a Great Success! By Elizabeth Felder 2016-2017 All Booked Up Co-Chair

The Nashville Junior League was thrilled to partner

with the Nashville Children’s Theatre to bring All Booked Up to Nashville! This JLN fundraiser supported our community focus on literacy and brought a fun and unforgettable experience on Saturday, February 27. Children were encouraged to make crafts at our activity stations, meet local authors, enjoy one of the many book readings, mix and mingle with characters, and of course, to pick out a book or two to take home with them! One of the most fun learning opportunities at the event were the Literacy Workshops. These workshops helped bring the excitement of reading back to lives of children. The first literacy workshop was Fancy Nancy, a book series that spent over 300 weeks on The New York Times bestsellers list. Children immersed themselves in an embellished world of enjoyment and play along as they make everything a little bit more spectacular - or Fancy! The second workshop featured America’s well known children’s author, Dr. Seuss. If anyone knows how to take something ordinary and make it interesting and silly, it’s Dr. Seuss! This topsy-turvy workshop explored a fun, imaginative world through drama based play. At the end of this workshop, green eggs and ham may have been many families’ favorite breakfast menu! The third workshop invitation came straight from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Your favorite wizard, Harry Potter, explored the magic of drama and children were invited to practice potion making skills. There also was Quidditch! This magical journey sparked creativity in and outside the Hogwarts classroom. More than 250 people attended All Booked Up, 50 of them from our partner agencies. Children and families enjoyed a day filled with stories, drama, and community! The event raised funds for children and families in the community. For 2017, the All Booked Up committee plans on further capitalizing on JLN’s literacy focus. The committee is already working with our community agency partners to make All Booked Up even bigger and better in its second year! Look for an announcement on details of this spring event coming soon!



95th Anniversary Gala is the Event You Don’t Want to Miss Mark your calendars for the Junior League of Nashville’s 95th Anniversary Gala, to be held Saturday, April 22, 2017. The black-tie event will be hosted at Belle Meade Country Club and will include a sit-down dinner and a late party, as well as a silent auction and live music. The date of this year’s annual fundraiser is significant, as April 22, marks the date the Junior League of Nashville received its charter 95 years ago from the Association of Junior Leagues of America – now AJLI. Last February, the Junior League of Nashville held a sold-out Masquerade at the Downtown Omni Hotel to support the Junior League of Nashville’s community initiatives. This year’s event is sure to build off last year’s success. For those wishing to help support and have a memorable time with special friends, the Junior League of Nashville is currently seeking sponsors and partners for this annual fundraiser. Please contact Reen Baskin, Kayla Lowery or Kerri Burton at 615-269-9393 for more information. The Junior League of Nashville looks forward to seeing you at this important event to celebrate our organization, its history, and our future. With your support, we will further our mission to develop the potential of women to advocate for issues in our community. Photographs by Kristi Irving.

SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT Co-Chairs, Jessica Edwards, Jennifer Hamilton, and Maleah Stephens and their committee are excited to announce the 2016 shopping period: November 1-20. SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT is a fundraiser benefiting the Junior League of Nashville and its community partners. Participants purchase a SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT card for $40 and, in return, receive a 20% discount from participating merchants. Check for updates, card sales, and the ever-growing list of SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT merchants at The SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT shopping period will kick off with a fabulous event for cardholders at the Hill Center of Green Hills on Tuesday, November 1 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Participating merchants will offer sips and snacks, swag bags, raffle items and a 20% discount to SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT cardholders. You may purchase your SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT card through the Junior League of Nashville or at the event. Local bloggers and stylists will be onsite to share their Christmas Shopping Guides, style a fashionable holiday party outfit and pick great transitional pieces for fall to winter. The SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT committee would like to thank all of the participating merchants. Participating merchants’ participation and gift of 20% off to SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT card holders brings value to the fundraiser and the event. Without our generous merchants, we would we not be able to fully execute a successful community fundraiser that fulfills the mission of the Junior League of Nashville to empower women to build a better Nashville. The SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT are grateful for the hard work of their wonderful committee members who are on track to secure the highest number of participating merchants SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT has offered. The SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT committee has gone above and beyond to ensure continued participation from past merchants and gain new merchants to bring continued value to the SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT card and ensure the event and kick-off are successful.

The SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT committee looks forward to sharing its successes with the League and building the SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT brand in the Nashville community. Our goal is to make SHOP | SAVE | SUPPORT a $100,000 fundraiser within the next 8 years, and we believe our continuity and strategic planning will ensure its success.

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The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improvi...

League Link: Junior League of Nashville's Fall Magazine  

The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improvi...