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President: Summer Harper President-Elect: Ginger Poole Avis Executive Vice President: Christy Pauley Secretary: Lindsay Phipps Treasurer: Carrie Harris Nominating Director: Lauren Maxwell Member-at-Large: Jenna Zibton McFarland Sustaining Directors: Jackie Kinder & Ginny Jarrett

Management Team Executive Vice President: Christy Pauley Executive Vice President-Elect: Erika Lovegreen Administrative Vice President: Lindsay Seiler Murray Communications Vice President: Katie Jones Community Vice President: Carter Hanna Finance Vice President: Alicia De Martini

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FROM THE PRESIDENT As I sit to write this message, I am bewildered by the accomplishments of the women of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley throughout our 90 year history, and just since the last issue. The focus of our 90th Anniversary year is all about what it means to be ALL IN. The women of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley are more than ALL IN – they are resilient! The articles in this issue of The STAR Magazine display the multi-dimensional impact of the Junior League’s tireless efforts. The 1st Virginia Statewide Leadership Summit, JLRV volunteers receiving numerous astute professional awards, a twenty-seven year strong fundraiser that continues to grow and bring an entire community together, and the upcoming new member blood drive project that’s received national recognition are just a few of the astounding ways our members are proving their time tested resilience and showing they’re ALL IN. Have you ever heard that organizations don’t change and evolve, people do? Part of the mission of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley is “developing the potential of women.” Through our volunteer members’ commitment to ensuring relevance, inclusiveness, creative mindsets, measurable impact, and strong leadership the JLRV will be able to grow our organization’s value to both the community and each other for years to come. Many have asked and wondered what makes the Junior League continue to succeed despite decades of changing times. What’s the “secret sauce?” It’s our resilient members! The women of the JLRV believe in one mission, and continuously prove they will find ways to further deliver on it. I continue to be empowered by these women, our mission, and the communities we serve as well as the stories they continue to write. I am often reminded how much I still have to learn from the special environment the JLRV offers. I am truly fortunate to be able to reach out and connect with mentors that have 20 years more experience than me, and nearly 20 years less. The range of perspective, insight, and the power of support has been invaluable and ensures that I will continue to evolve. Dr. Maya Angelou said it best: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” And the women of the Junior League make me feel strong and absolutely fearless.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -MAYA ANGELOU

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MEET BOARD FROM THETHE EDITOR The Junior League of Roanoke Valley is made up of almost 500 members. Each and every member is important to the mission of the JLRV. One might think that each member’s importance is due to their willingness to volunteer in the community. Although this commitment to voluntarism is deeply valued, there is more to the JLRV and our members than serving the community. As women we tend to think that investing energy, time, and resources in ourselves and our growth isn’t as important as doing things for others. We sometimes forget that we must first focus on ourselves, our own growth and development, in order to fully be capable and able to serve others. Even leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, firmly believes in this stance. He states that “the single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders, and continually develops them.”

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders, and continually develops them.” -JOHN C. MAXWELL

Part of the JLRV mission is to “develop the potential of women,” which may be most impactful portion. By continuously investing in our members they will be able to work towards the other two parts of the mission, voluntarism and improving communities, in a more effective and efficient way. By focusing on our members’ growth as leaders and expanding their potential, the JLRV will have an even great impact on the Roanoke Valley and beyond. My own personal growth and development seen in my leadership skills, understanding of volunteer management, and ability to effectively be part of a team is due to my experiences in the league. From these I am able to better serve my profession and serve as a volunteer for organizations. Approaching your JLRV experience as a personal growth and development opportunity is one more way that the JLRV can help you in your personal and volunteer pursuits. In this issue, you will find the many ways that JLRV focuses on developing our own members through experiences, programs, and training opportunities. Being part of the JLRV is about so much more than voluntarism, it’s about working to develop ourselves and opening our eyes to new experiences and ideologies. Although each year, like you, I enjoy my time serving, I also find that in so many ways the JLRV helps me become a better woman and person, and has benefited my leadership growth professionally and in my other volunteer commitments. I hope that you will look for ways that you live out our mission to “develop the potential of women” through opportunities you consider in the JLRV, programs you plan, and in self-reflection for what JLRV provides you. And in life, continue to invest in yourself so that you can invest in others. ANGELA MILLS EDITOR, STAR MAGAZINE

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Roanoke Valley Gives Day Mark your calendars for March 15! This year, the JLRV will be participating for the first time in the second annual Roanoke Valley Gives Day. Organized by Foundation for Roanoke Valley, this unique online fundraising event encourages local residents to donate as much money as possible in twenty four hours in support of their favorite charities. Last year's event brought in more than $365,000 for local area non-profits. Can you help us get to this year's goal of $500,000? THANK YOU for your support of the amazing charitable work going on throughout the Roanoke Valley! Please consider donating to the JLRV or other charitable organizations this year.

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“ALL IN” FOR THE STOCKED MARKET

BY: ALLISON WOODY

Hats off to the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) and another successful Stocked Market event! The 28th Annual Stocked Market is an annual volunteer staffed event that is known for kicking off the holiday season. With attendance up, new events and merchants to attract shoppers, the JLRV's biggest fundraiser was nothing short of a success! How do they do it?! Teamwork. A committee is formed within the JLRV to concentrate on organizing this fundraising event. Merchants are contacted and invited to participate, donations and sponsorships are secured, special events are coordinated, and all of the details of the event are promoted throughout the community. Floor plans must be carefully laid out; tickets, posters and event programs must be printed; and budgets must be carefully tracked.

ble and sharing them in pursuit of this common goal. All funds raised stay within the Roanoke Valley and are used to further the JLRV’s mission. Over the past 27 years, the Stocked Market has raised more than $3.4 million. Stocked Market is a collaboration of efforts, talents, hearts and visions; it’s the women of the JLRV being ALL IN!

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The Stocked Market committee must work closely with one another to make all of these things happen, but it takes the entire JLRV to make it a success! “We are here to help facilitate the event. Through spot jobs (member volunteer hours) and our time as a League, we are able to raise money for our community,” noted Sarah Boxley Beck, Stocked Market Secretary/Staffing Chair. Over 930 volunteer hours were logged by the JLRV during this year’s Stocked Market event weekend. As a League, members are dedicated to giving back to our community. And something incredible happens when everyone is equally invested: members work harder, faster and are committed to bringing their many gifts to the ta10

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JUNIOR LEAGUE HOLIDAY PARTY

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BY: LINDSAY PHIPPS

Sustainer, Active, and New Members gathered to celebrate the holiday season at the Junior League of Roanoke Valley’s Annual holiday party on December 2. Music for the event was provided by the Jordan Harmon band, and guests at the party dined on appetizers prepared by Hidden Valley Country Club and desserts made by The Wooden Spoon. At the entrance to the party, there was a selfie photo booth station where many fun holiday themed pictures were taken by guests. Each year the JLRV holiday party is one of the occasions when all members of our League gather to socialize and celebrate. Sustainer Director Ginny Jarrett explains, “The League holiday party is a great way for Sustainers to connect with the Active members and to see old friends. It is great way to kick off to the holiday season.” This year the holiday party was planned by the JLRV’s Membership Education and Training (MET) Committee. The MET committee began planning for the party in August, and being part of the event preparations is one of the highlights of being a member of the Committee this year. MET committee chair Amanda Downing shared, “We were excited to hold the holiday party at

Hidden Valley Country Club this year, and everyone enjoyed the great food, beautiful décor, fantastic band, and the even better company.” A huge thank you to the MET Committee for organizing and planning a wonderful League holiday party this year and for all the JLRV members and Sustainers who attended to make it a magical and fun evening.

2016-2017 JLRV NEW MEMBER HOLIDAY PARTY Do you have a favorite holiday movie? Is it one that you must watch each year, maybe even multiple times, during the holiday season? It might be Elf, The Christmas Story, White Christmas, The Polar Express, Christmas Vacation, or another great holiday classic. Our 2016-2017 JLRV New Member class had a chance to showcase their favorite holiday movie and character at their holiday party. Check out these great costumes!

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WE’RE ALL IN Each day members of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley makes the choice to be ALL IN! Whether it is through responding to an email, reading an article in the magazine, attending a meeting, or sharing with a potential new member about their experience, each of us are placing a priority on the mission and work of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley. Our members choose to spend time away from their professional pursuits and personal passions to give back to our community and invest in one another. Whether it’s to impact lasting change, to empower women, to make a difference, or improve our community, our members are ALL IN. Check out all the different ways that our JLRV members are ALL IN!

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BY GINGER POOLE AVIS, SUMMER HARPER, CHRISTY PAULEY, AND ANGELA MILLS

The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) consists of more than 150,000 women in 291 communities throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom all focused on one vision. The Junior League: Women Around World as Catalyst for Last Community Change. Junior League leaders and members around the world are offered the opportunity to learn and grow to better serve their local Junior League. AJLI provides a wide variety of educational training opportunities with a number of different focuses. In addition, they make available members of their staff and experts to go to Juniors Leagues to bring this experience to your local area. And, the AJLI website is a wealth of knowledge and resources just a click away. In an article on the AJLI website focused on the 2016 AJLI Conference, AJLI President Ellen Rose, a member of the Junior League of the City of New York, shared that “the reason that The Junior League Movement 14

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has been so successful over the years – across so much change in our society and in our social mores – is its deep commitment to women’s leadership and training … there is a hunger for that leadership today that rivals even levels of decades past.” Each year, the Junior League of Roanoke Valley utilizes these conferences as a way to develop our own leaders and expand the education of members. Some are invited to attended as representatives of the JLRV while others see this as an add-on experience to enhance their time in the JLRV. Either way, one thing is true – each attendee finds these opportunities to be informative and inspiring. 2016 AJLI CONFERENCE

Our president, Summer Harper, and president-elect, Ginger Poole Avis, joined members of Junior Leagues from four countries for the Association of Junior Leagues International’s 94th Annual Conference. In May 2016 they came together in Atlanta, GA.

The Annual Meeting is an official business meeting. The voting delegates from each league marches in procession into a grand room in the order in which they joined the Association. The JLRV began its journey in 1926, but didn’t officially join the association until 1928. The meeting opens with the national anthem of each country represented sang in their native language, and is followed by the sharing of messages from each of their countries leaders. JLRV President Summer Harper shared that “it’s the moment you realize that you’re a part of something so much bigger than you imagined.” She reflected that it wasn’t until she attended her first AJLI Annual Meeting that she felt the power of the association. Historical keynote speakers shared inspiring messages, especially Carlotta Well LaNier of the Little Rock Nine. Breakout sessions were numerous with expansive topics led by the AJLI staff and industry professionals.


Sharing, brainstorming, and troubleshooting were hallmarks of sessions and side conversations. Ginger Poole Avis, JLRV President-Elect, felt that “the energy is absolutely contagious and energetic – truly unstoppable.” It is likely that you will recognize the conference’s motto, as our president Summer Harper brought it back to the JLRV. ALL IN! was used to showcase that the most powerful community impact strategy for any Junior League is leveraging all of its assets – including the commitment, knowledge, and expertise of its member in order to achieve a lasting and positive impact on society. Now the JLRV is using it to energize our members and help us recall why we are engaged with the JLRV. 2016 AJLI LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENTS – NEW YORK, NY

The 2016 AJLI Leadership Conference for Executive Vice Presidents was held in New York, NY on July 15-16. JLRV’s Executive Vice President (EVP) Christy Pauley was in attendance. This twoday event was jam packed full of information and resources. The conference provided EVPs from all over the nation an opportunity to come together, share ideas, voice concerns, and brainstorm on ways to improve their respective Leagues. The theme of the Conference centered around taking our Leagues from “Good to Great,” based on the Jim Collins book Good to Great and the Social Sectors. Large group plenary sessions touched on the Board and Management Partnership, as well as Operationalizing League Management. The breakout sessions were more specific focusing on Plans and Planning, Business Models, and HR issues. Friday included a special visit and lunch at the National AJLI HeadquarT H E S TA R M A G A Z I N E

ODI, throughout the year and in a number of different locations. Members of Junior Leagues from all over send members and leaders of their leagues to attend these conferences. Each of the conferences is a threeday educational training weekend filled with general sessions, as well as breakout sessions focused on a few different tracks. The experience is known for being informative, inspiring, and innovative.

ters, located just blocks away from the conference. Christy got to see behind the scenes of AJLI. A tour of the space allowed Christy to see her idol’s office - Anne Dalton. She even spotted a JLRV’s very own “Oh My Stars!” cookbook on a shelf! Evenings were spent exploring the streets of Manhattan and seeing the sights. Most importantly the conference allowed Christy to pick the brains of other empowered, leading women from all over the country on what was working in their Leagues. She returned with a wealth of knowledge to share with both the Governance Board and Management Team. Christy came back incredibly excited and ready to get to work. Throughout our 90th year Christy has applied lessons learned at the conference. 2016 ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE – RALEIGH, NC

A number of us have heard members talk about their ODI experience, but you may have wondered, what is ODI and why do our members go there? The Association of Junior Leagues International hosts Organization Development Institutes, also known as

The Junior League of Roanoke Valley had four leaders attend this fall – Kathleen Baker, Kim Buttles, Ashleigh Huggard, and Susan Stanley-Zahorchak. Together they traveled to Raleigh, NC over a fall weekend to learn new ideas and expand their knowledge to bring back to JLRV. Part of the experience is learning about other leagues, however part of it is realizing the impressiveness of the JLRV. After attending ODI Kim Buttles shared that “we have an exceptional league, both progressive and culturally aware, and we should be very proud.” Kim, along with the other three JLRV attendees, brought back some great ideas and shared them with the JLRV leadership and members. AJLI WEBSITE

All of us are fortunate to have numerous educational opportunities through by the Association of Junior Leagues International. It’s not just the conference mentioned above; it goes so much farther than that. The AJLI website is a wealth of resources. If you have not explored it, we hope that you take a look at it. Webinars, resource materials, articles, group shares, and documents templates are just a few of the resources available. The AJLI has made it easy to expand your knowledge in your professional, personal, and Junior League careers. Visit www.ajli.org and get connected. VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 2

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JL OF VIRGINIA SUMMIT

Coming Together ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH BY: ANGELA MILLS

Imagine a room filled with members of the Junior Leagues from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Women from Bristol to Roanoke to Charlottesville to Northern Virginia to Richmond to Hampton Roads to Virginia Beach gathered together for one purpose. The room fills and excitement is in the air for what the day would hold, who they would meet, and what would be learned – this really happened on a Saturday in November in Richmond, Virginia, and there were 18 women representing JLRV. The idea for the Leadership Summit came from conversation between Summer Harper and Lily Hsu of the Junior League of Norfolk - Virginia Beach in the fall of 2015. At this time the JLRV had several members and leaders transfer to the Junior League of Norfolk - Virginia Beach after Norfolk Southern moved out of Roanoke. Summer and Lily saw the opportunity and synergies possible by bringing members together. So, the Junior 16

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Leagues of Virginia 1st Leadership Summit was created. And according to Summer, “it was about getting to know each other, and combining our resources to provide first class training centered on community impact and advocacy.” And that is exactly what attendees got. Richmond was the perfect location, both geographically and figuratively, due to the focus being partially on advocacy. The Junior League of Richmond quickly came on board to help organize an event in our state’s capital where we could all come together and have conversations about issues impacting our communities and organizations. Together these league leaders from across the Commonwealth created an opportunity for “collective participation from Junior League members with various experiences to create a day of true Impact and Awareness,” shared Summer. Vicki Clark, an expert in board and volunteer management who has spoken to Junior Leagues across the

country, reminded the attendees of the purpose of the Junior League. At first thought one might answer that the purpose of the Junior League is to provide volunteer service to the community, but there is something even more important. Our leagues are sometimes so preoccupied creating volunteer opportunities for members that we miss the greatest opportunity–to invest in our members by educating them on the issues and opportunities for impact in our community. Jessica Catley, JLRV Stocked Market Merchants Committee member, learned that “community service is a tool to make us better women. We are not the tool to make the community better. We still have so much potential individually and as a whole.” Chrystin Sheffield, JLRV New Member Committee member, reflected that “it was tremendous insight into what the League is really about, we aren't just an army of volunteers but agents of change for the betterment of our community.”


The Summit provided an incredible opportunity to hear from Junior Leagues across the Commonwealth of Virginia about their programming. Ginger Poole Avis, JLRV President-Elect, found “that every league has something you can learn from them, no matter how small or how large. We all have the same mission as League members, but was amazed at the scope of service being accomplished on all levels. Junior League members can truly move mountains!” As Jessica Catley reflected on the experience, she shared that “it was so inspiring to see what other Leagues were doing across the state. I know how big this organization is, but to quantify that in terms of projects completed and lives touched is incredible.” Together we create a powerful network of women that have been put to work in the past to affect change and highlight key women’s or community issues that need a greater focus. From the AJLI office, Anne Dalton, AJLI Chief Officer for Strategic Initiatives, educated us on advocacy – what it is, why it is important, and how to best accomplish it. Advocacy is education, supporting policy decisions, and compliance and oversight. It is giving voice to the things that matters. One might think that Junior Leagues shouldn’t be involved in advocacy because of its political nature. However, the advocacy of Junior Leagues isn’t about a political person, it is focused on an issue and bringing a voice to the issue. According to Anne, Junior Leagues are actually viewed as educated, bipartisan, and organizations that don’t have an ax to grind. Anne gave the advice that to get started in advocacy it is important to ask these questions: What is the problem or issue that you are interT H E S TA R M A G A Z I N E

ested in? What is the change that you seek? What strategies will you use, such as storytelling, op-ed, social media, meetings with legislators, or testifying? The AJLI website has a number of different resources for leagues and their members to educate themselves on advocacy. A highly impressive advocacy panel gave real life examples. Our own Mimi Coles, JLRV Past President and Sustainer, served on the panel. As part of her JLRV experience she was part of Virginia SPAC and advocating on behalf of women of the Commonwealth. She was joined on the panel by Carrie Roth, CEO of Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, and The Honorable Mary Margaret Whipple, former State Senator 31st District (D), 1996-2012, and Sustainer with the Junior League of Northern Virginia. Each of the panelists shared of their own experiences of lobbying on behalf of issues and provided information about how legislators receive information. One of the most striking statements made was by Carrie “the world is controlled by those who show up.” Therefore, being there, actively engaged, and giving a voice to an issue is a huge step in making a difference and affecting change. Other great advice from the panelists, included: relationships being key, staying on message focusing on one or two key points focused on why you are there and you are wanting, understand that change and progress is incremental, doing your research and homework makes a world of difference, body language is importing, and a number of other great points. One great idea was educating our community legislators on the JLRV by inviting them to events, sharing updates, or even meeting with them in their home office. A key piece of advice shared was that the more authentic you are, the more effective

you can be. In the afternoon, Vicki Clark challenged us to think differently and really consider what we do and how we do it in each of our leagues. Everyone was in awe of what other leagues were accomplishing and asking how does that work or have you thought of going this direction. It was supportive teamwork and united focus at its best. Our open discussion led to inner reflection about attendees’ own Junior League programming and experience. A key point she made was that when hosting a Done in a Day project that you don’t just go in and provide the volunteer service, but you also build in time to learn about the organization you are helping, take a tour, and understand their mission and programs. Another enlightening point was that the Junior League exists to bring value to members, not satisfy them. Also, in considering our community partners we should look for new opportunities and change them from time to time. And when talking with our members it is important to ask the question “why do you stay?” and really listen to their answer. Being part of the Summit Jessica Catley “confidence in what we are doing in the Roanoke Valley as well as identify places we could improve.” All attendees were incredibly appreciative of this unique opportunity. JLRV was proud to be part of this inaugural event. We are especially proud of the ingenuity, creativity, and tenacity of our own JLRV president, Summer Harper – for without her and her co-collaborator, this wouldn’t have been a reality – only a great idea. We look forward to future collaboration that is to come out of it and to even more excitement for the Junior Leagues of Virginia 2nd Leadership Summit. VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 2

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IN THE JLRV AND BEYOND BY: KATIE JONES

Recently a New Member asked me how the JLRV helps to develop the leadership abilities of members. One of the great things about the JLRV is that there is the flexibility and opportunity to find the right fit to develop the leadership potential of each person. As a committee member, it could mean taking on a project in an area that is unfamiliar to you, or volunteering alongside women you just met. This could mean chairing a committee for the first time or deciding it’s time to serve on the Governance Board or Management Team. It could also mean flying out to a conference for training provided by the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), our parent organization. By pushing yourself in new ways and stretching your boundaries, it’s only natural to feel uncomfortable sometimes. However, Junior League training can help members to push out of their “comfort zone” and feel more confident in their leadership abilities. Here are four current members who credit their JLRV training for helping them hone their leadership skills and make a bigger splash in their professional/volunteer work. GINGER POOLE AVIS

• JLRV President-Elect • Producing Artistic Director, Mill Mountain Theatre • Junior League member for 8 years On breaking out of the comfort zone: “The training I have

received at ODI [Organizational Development Institute] and Leadership Conferences through AJLI has given me more tools to push myself out of my comfort zone in working with the JLRV and also crossover into my professional career too. I have found that many of the skills and resources I have been given through AJLI, I find myself applying to my staff, Board and operations at Mill Mountain Theatre. These skills and resources have made me a stronger manager and leader.” Board Experience:

• 4 years on the JLRV Board • Currently serve on the Advisory Board for The Burton Center for Performing Arts with Roanoke County Schools • Currently serve on the Board of the SETC (South Eastern Theatre Conference) as a member of the Finance Committee and as The Co-Professional Division Chair (This is an organization that involves 12 states in Theatre in the Southeast region) • Currently serve on the Roanoke Education Foundation Board • Previously served as Member at Large for the Roanoke Valley Garden Club and a Virginia Theatre Association Board Member 18

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• On future with the JLRV: “The Junior League organization is a large part of my life, and I plan and hope to be engaged for many years to come!” CHRISTY PAULEY

• JLRV Executive Vice President • Regional Bank Private Banker, Wells Fargo Bank • Junior League member for 7 years On breaking out of the comfort zone: “As a grown woman,

it is easy to gravitate to those who are closest to me. The JLRV has empowered me to seek out and develop new relationships with a new group of intelligent, diverse, and empowered women that I would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.” On leading with passion: “Through JLRV, I have learned

that true leadership exists only if people follow when they have the freedom not to. True leadership is about passion; passion for the mission, passion for those who lead, and those who follow you, and passion for the communities we serve. My personal and professional development have grown tremendously from my experience in Leadership with JLRV, and because of the League, I lead with passion in everything I do.” Board Experience:

• JLRV Management Team and Governance Board • Served on the Board of Directors for the Fredericksburg Jaycees, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters


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en years ago, I never dreamed I could be so impacted and touched by an organization. I have met and been inspired by League members in the Roanoke Valley and all over the country, who believe in the importance of bettering our local communities and effecting change through leadership and the empowering of women. I have been fortunate enough to attend several AJLI leadership conferences, and not only was the information shared at the conferences invaluable, but the community of women from all over the globe that come together for such an important mission instills in me a tremendous feeling of pride and purpose.”

confidence in interacting with people. I’ve always been comfortable doing so for work but been more intimidated in my personal life. When I came to the JLRV, it was a warm and welcoming environment. I found the environment less intimating and more encouraging to break out of my comfort zone. People went out of their way to interact with me and that made me feel more comfortable. Since then some of my closest friends in the area are from JLRV.”

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• JLRV Sustainer Liaison • Pharmacist, Carilion Clinic • Junior League member for 9 years On breaking out of your comfort zone: “I’ve always been an

On the power of a well-run volunteer organization: “The

JLRV has shown me the power of a well organized tiered volunteer organization. Seeing that each person has a part and that those parts add up to a greater whole than if one person handled all the parts has been an incredible life lesson. Teamwork is what makes a volunteer organization with the synergy gained for the organization and for the experience of interacting with fellow members and investing in their well being.”

outgoing person and found speaking to people one of my strengths. My struggle has been ‘trying to please people.’ My leadership experiences in the League have taught me to speak up when I don’t understand or don’t agree with a decision. I used to be intimated to ‘push-back’ against decisions, but now I know that as a leader, that is a skill that is required.”

Board Experience:

On interpersonal communication: “I have enjoyed hearing

On the impact of the JLRV on her career: “All of my

and learning from women who are like-minded but still different from me. This has helped to develop my interpersonal communication skills in ways that I have not had the opportunity to before.”

volunteer experience has helped me be successful in my professional arena. Being a volunteer and also a board member of a volunteer organization helps me view my own work through the lens of a volunteer. I am better asking the strategic questions, such as what does the volunteer want out of the experience, and what does the organization need from the volunteer? One great lesson learned was the realization that I, as the staffer, can let go and give a volunteer the opportunity to handle a project. Another was people volunteered for many different reasons and are motivated differently. Without my JLRV experiences I wouldn’t be as successful in my career.”

Board Experience:

• JLRV Governance Board • Blue Ridge Chapter of JDRF • Previously board positions include JLRV, The Greenvale School and Square Society On training women to become leaders: “The League is truly

the only organization in the Valley that solely is concerned with training women to become better leaders. Other organizations and boards expect the knowledge to already be there, but JLRV understands that developing these skills take time, and they are concerned with investing the time, energy and resources to help you develop those skills.” ANGELA MILLS

• Editor, The STAR • Director of Alumni Relations, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech • Junior League member for 4 years, plus 2 years with Junior League of Knoxville

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• President of the University of Mary Washington Alumni Association • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District III Board • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District III Conference Planning Committee

There is no one path to leadership in the JLRV, and we hope that each member finds the path that works best for their unique circumstances. We encourage New Members to step up into leadership after their first year, too – it’s a fantastic way to learn more about the organization. We also encourage members to discuss any questions they may have with their Membership Advisor. If you have any questions or ideas to share for leadership training, please share them with membership@jlrv.org. VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 2

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Jenna Zibton McFarland BY: KATIE JONES

As JLRV Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors, Jenna Zibton McFarland works hard to give all members a voice. She applies the same philosophy to expose community issues and share local stories as an anchor and reporter at WSLS 10.

Jenna Zibton and photojournalist Greg Moore worked together on the investigation and both took home Emmy Awards from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In June, Jenna won an Emmy Award for a WSLS 10 investigation into the Salem VA Medical Center finding $1.7 million worth of equipment reported missing over five years and a $1.3 million security upgrade that wasn’t working correctly. The stories launched an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation and lead to changes in policies at the medical center. After the story aired, TV stations across the country started asking the same questions and found missing equipment at their local VA medical centers. When asked how it felt to receive an Emmy Award, Jenna shared that “it’s an honor to be recognized but more importantly these kinds of stories expose problems that need to be fixed and might otherwise go unnoticed.” Jenna is no stranger to asking tough questions and bringing issues to light. Her in-depth reporting on human trafficking in 2013 led to changes in Virginia law. She was honored by the JLRV with the Shining Star Award for her in-depth reporting on human trafficking, raising awareness across Virginia about the need for stronger laws and dedication to the JLRV mission. “Everyone can use their voice to make a difference in the Roanoke Valley and beyond,” Jenna shared. “It’s amazing to see what small and large changes can be made by bringing awareness to an issue. That’s one of the things I love about JLRV. We can help change the community we live in by talking about the challenges we face and how we can solve those challenges together.” The JLRV is grateful to have such a passionate and dedicated member who is willing to use her voice for good. Jenna Zibton McFarland is definitely deserving of this great honor.

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Lindsay Seiler Murray BY: JENNA ZIBTON MCFARLAND

Lindsay Seiler Murray was shocked as her name was called during a school assembly in December. The JLRV Active Member and W.E. Cundiff Elementary 4th grade teacher was one of 35 educators across the country honored with a national award called the Milken Educator Award. It’s been called the Oscars of Teaching. Along with the honor, she received $25,000.

This story first appeared on WSLS 10

Murray puts a big emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and has taken a leadership role in making project-based learning a priority. At the school level, she has served as her grade-level chair since 2012, is the school’s science representative, and represents the faculty in Cundiff’s PTA. Her expertise and influence extend statewide as well. Murray was instrumental in the implementation of the Virginia Children’s Engineering program, which is now part of the curriculum throughout the region’s elementary schools.

MURRAY SAYS: “Robert Frost once said “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” From the time I began teaching, I’ve really tried to live out this quote and winning this award has truly awakened something in me that has made me realize just how important it is to continue growing as an educator and an awakener. I’m not done yet and I plan to continue working just as hard as before so that I can keep making a difference in the lives of children. The biggest thing that I would like others to learn from me is that I’m not perfect. I still have a lot to learn and a lot of room for growth. I’ve observed other teachers closely, and I’ve paid attention to the T H E S TA R M A G A Z I N E

qualities that make them successful in the classroom. I will continue to do this as I know it can only make me an even better awakener for my students. I have also learned a lot from my experiences in the Junior League. When I first started teaching and when I first joined the League, I didn’t see myself as much of a leader. I was content learning from others and letting them take the lead while I followed. The League saw potential in me that I had never seen in myself, and they awakened the potential that I could be a leader in our community and even in my job. Because League members reached out to me encouraging me to apply to

be the New Member Co-Chair and for a Board position, I found the confidence to do it, and I’ve learned so much from that experience. Serving in this capacity gave me the confidence to also step up in my job and become a grade level coordinator. I’ve taken my JLRV leadership experiences and applied those into leading my team at school. As League members we have the potential to awaken qualities in others that they may not see in themselves. But, it is important that we build relationships so that we can better see the potential in others and then help awaken that through our encouraging words and actions.” VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 2

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JLRV COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

Have a Heart

BY: REAGAN DEPOE

Volunteering is all about heart. The Junior League of Roanoke Valley New Members took this to heart and adopted a Wizard of Oz theme for this year’s Community Blood Drive. Since March is Red Cross month, it is therefore fitting for JLRV’s Community Blood Drive. The event is hosted by the New Member class and will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Grandin Court Baptist Church. Donations from the JLRV Community Blood Drive help accident and burn victims, cancer patients, surgical and transplant patients, and patients undergoing treatment for leukemia and sickle cell disease. In 2016, the blood drive registered 115 donors and collected 87 usable units of blood. Our first goal for this year is to collect 130 units of blood. Such an amount will enable us to save the lives of 390 patients. Each individual donation helps three people. What an incredible impact that each donor has on the lives of others! The second goal for 2017 is part of celebrating our organization’s 90th anniversary by surpassing the record for most donors. To attain these goals, the blood drive is shifting its focus to become a more community based event. New Members will seek the support of Active and Sustainer members and, for the first time, reaching 22

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out to numerous community organizations who have partnered with the JLRV on other projects in the past.

The first JLRV Community blood drive was hosted in 2003 in partnership with the Red Cross. The idea of a blood drive as a JLRV project was originally proposed to then president-elect Mimi Coles by two other JLRV members: Harriet Robison, an employee of the Red Cross for 17 years, and Jan Garrett, a regular blood donor. Harriet’s job was to target new areas in the community that might bring more volunteers for blood donations, and she had the idea to initiate a blood drive with JLRV. She knew our members would be eager to help and that no endeavor is taken on by our organization unless it is done right. It was the goal of Harriet and her team to forge a partnership between the Red Cross and JLRV on a local and state level. They also had the longterm goal of taking the project nationwide, so that ultimately the two organizations could keep the nation’s blood supply from ever reaching critical levels. After teaming up with Jan and Mimi, the blood drive evolved into a “great way for the new member class to plan a project from the ground up,” according to Mimi. The first blood drive was held in January 2003, chosen specifically because it is a time of year when blood supplies are at emergency levels. Harriet

also shared that the winter and summer months are especially important times to donate as participation drops due to the holidays, inclement weather, and less opportunities for volunteer recruitment. Unfortunately, it is also a time when accident rates are higher. Harriet was spot on in her instincts and is proud of “how quickly JLRV jumped onto this project and has continued it” over the years. The blood drive has been so successful that JLRV was recognized by AJLI with the Crest Whitestrips Award. This year’s New Member class and the entire JLRV aim to continue that success with record breaking donation levels this year. Being a regular blood donor is not especially fun or comfortable, shared Harriet, who will volunteer alongside us on March 25. That is what makes donors, who give without expecting thank you or recognition, the cream of the crop of volunteers. It is surrounding herself with these people that has made the blood drive so rewarding, according to Harriet. Volunteering is all about heart, and we know that the JLRV has plenty of it! So “have a heart” and put that heart to use in one of the most valuable and rewarding ways, donating blood – donate at the JLRV Community Blood Drive on March 25 and then again as your heart leads you to all year round.


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COOKBOOK CORNER

Chicken Chili

WITH WHITE BEANS Chicken Chili with White Beans is the perfect hearty, wintertime meal to keep you warm during the winter months. This recipe is mostly hands-off and is something you can have cooking throughout the day and have ready for dinner that night after a busy day. The suggested toppings compliment the flavors so well and help dress up this easy chili recipe.

GARNISH

INGREDIENTS • 1 pound dried Great Northern white beans

• 1 tablespoon freshly ground white pepper

• Shredded Monteray Jack cheese

• 5 ¼ cups chicken broth

• 5 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts

• Sour Cream

• 1 large white onion, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

• 1 (7-ounce) can chopped green chiles

• 1 tablespoon dried cumin

• 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño peppers (optional)

• ½ teaspoon ground cloves

• 1 ¾ cups chicken broth

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 8 flour tortillas

• Sliced Black Olives • Chopped Avocado • Chunky Salsa

METHOD 1. Sort the beans. Soak the beans in water to cover in a large bowl for 8 hours; drain. Combine with 5 ¼ cups chicken broth, onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, cloves, salt and white pepper in a large saucepan. Simmer, covered, for 5 hours or until the beans are tender, stirring occasionally. 2. Add the chicken broth, green chiles, jalapeño peppers and 1 ¾ cups chicken broth. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Ladle into bowls lined with the tortillas. Serve with the cheese, sour cream, black olives, avocado and salsa for garnishing. Serves eight. 24

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A GLOBAL LEAGUE

Impacting the World BY: SARAH WAMBE Women of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors daily, and as a network of 292 leagues we are generating change across two continents and four countries. Together we are the Association of Junior Leagues International, otherwise known as AJLI. Globally the AJLI women are impacting society through leadership and philanthropy. Through AJLI our partnerships with global organizations such as UNICEF or the Global Fund for Women, to our leadership workshops together we are building our communities and civic leadership. Often we focus so much on what’s happening in the community we live in that as a league we do not always realize the impact AJLI has around the world. It is pretty incredible to realize that we are part of an even greater movement making an impact in their part of the world. International leagues are leaving a mark on communities and following the path that was imagined 89 years ago. The Canadian Federation of Junior Leagues (CFJL) is comprised of leagues in five different system and just like us, are comprised of women committed to building better communities. The CFJL participates in the Kids in the Kitchen initiative as well as holds an annual Tea to Help Teens, which has raised over $165,000 since 2004.

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Across the pond, the ladies of the Junior League of London are busy creating Holiday Hampers, which went to provide for 1164 individuals and 260 families in 2016. Each hamper is filled with gifts, food, toiletries as well as other essentials and given to those in need. As an innovative approach to advocacy about poverty and as a way to raise funds to fight it, the JLL created the Little Black Dress Initiative. The JLL’s primary focus is eliminating poverty in their community and this simple gift is giving hope to families across the city. In Mexico City, the Junior Leaguers are busy working to prevent childhood obesity and are working hand in hand with the Ministry of Public Education and the YMCA to promote healthy and fun cooking ideas to children and their parents. JLMC has just published a cookbook (available in both English and Spanish) called 5: Healthy Numbers, which not only contains recipes but family meal plans and activity ideas. AJLI is dedicated to building the Junior League brand both here in the US and abroad. Keeping connected with our colleagues abroad gives us the opportunity to cultivate an engaged membership base. The JLRV can connect and grow our community and possibly learn from impactful programs taking place across the globe. We are a league of over 160,000 members that is changing the world one woman at a time.

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2017-2018 JLRV LEADERSHIP

At the January 2017 JLRV General Membership Meeting, the following slate was approved for the 2017-2018 League year. The Governance Board, Management Team, and Nominating Committee will include: GOVERNANCE BOARD President: Ginger Poole Avis President Elect: Susan Stanley-Zahorchak Treasurer: Britteny Jenkins Secretary: Bridget Hamill Nominating Director: Ashleigh Huggard Member-At-Large: Christy Pauley Sustaining Director: Ginny Jarrett and Mary Jean Levin Presidential Advisor: Katie Stevens* NOMINATING COMMITTEE Emily Fielder Carter Hanna

Ashleigh Huggard Macel Janoschka

MANAGEMENT TEAM Executive Vice President: Erika Lovegreen Executive Vice President-Elect: Anna Moncure Administrative Vice President: Lindsay Phipps Communications Vice President: Katie Jones Community Vice President: Jenna Zibton McFarland Finance Vice President: Alicia DeMartini Fund Development Vice President: Sarah Baker Membership and Education Vice President: Kate Hailey Beth Kelley Lindsay Seiler Murray

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Lifelong Connections BY: RANDI CARPENTER EARLS One of the most important benefits of membership in the Junior League is a lifelong connection to community-minded women. The Junior League of Roanoke is very grateful for all of our sustaining members. These women continue to give their time, financial support and leadership to improve not only our League but our entire community. Sustainer members use their experience and training from the JLRV in their professional and volunteer lives and many are involved in other community organizations. Sustainers also continue to serve the League as Sustainer Advisors to the board and other League committees. We greatly appreciate the nearly 300 Sustainer members of the JLRV that continue to support the organization after their active years. They have planned and executed their fair share of bargain bazaars, Ronald McDonald meals, Horse Shows and Stocked Markets‌just to name a few! Their past service to our League on committees and councils have implemented new initiatives and continued time-honored traditions that support those in need throughout our community in a wide variety of services.



Though not considered “active� members any longer, many of our wonderful Sustainers fulfill the League’s mission through their continued and devoted service to the community. When asked why they continue to sustain Katie Stevens and Nancy Leggett weighed in with their thoughts. Katie says that she continues to be a Sustainer for several reasons. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities, training, and friendships I had as member. I want the League to remain strong so other young women will enjoy the benefits of our organization. I also enjoy seeing the progress and changes that happen, whether it is The STAR Magazine or the new leadership structure. Great things are happening in the JLRV!� She adds, “I think the JLRV provides Sustainers with the opportunity to connect with other women. I like being a part of an incredible network of talented women.� Nancy’s thoughts on continued involvement include, “I think it is important to continue to give financially to the League, and I enjoy the social contact with League members, both Active and Sustainers. The League does a wonderful job planning nice events for the sustainers. I wish more Sustainers (including myself!) took better advantage of these events.� As we look toward the second half of our 90th year we know that we must look back and appreciate the past and where we’ve come from and the many amazing women that helped get us where we are today. We love our Sustainers! T H E S TA R M A G A Z I N E

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General Membership Meeting

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GIVING TO THE JLRV

Choosing to Give Each year as a member of the Junior League of the Roanoke Valley, each of our Active and New Members, as well as Sustainers, provide a membership fee. Through these funds a number of things are accomplished at our local level, as well as providing support to the national and international level. An additional expectation is to provide a financial contribution to the Junior League of Roanoke Valley through the purchase of tickets to our special events, purchase of our Oh My Stars! Cookbook or other league cookbooks, or provide a monetary donation. Recently the Junior League of Roanoke Valley leadership opened up our options in providing a monetary donation. We now have six options to choose from and decide where our passion is within the JLRV. But wait, there is more – you also have the option to choose the JLRV as a recipient of your donations above and beyond your membership commitment. You can choose to support the JLRV each and every year as a key charity for you, and then actively be part of the impact your donation makes in our community.

SIX FUNDS FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM: BUILDING TRUST FUND

MARY TERRY GOODWIN KUYK SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Building Fund has been established to support the Junior League of Roanoke Valley in meeting its obligations for the payment of office rent and related expenses.

In 1987, one of our sustaining members made a generous donation to the Junior League of Roanoke Valley as part of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations. With this contribution, a scholastic endowment fund was established in the name of Mary Terry Goodwin Kuyk (“MTGK”). Since the fund’s establishment, the Junior League of Roanoke Valley has awarded two scholarships in honor of Mrs. Kuyk each spring.

CARE THE COUNTS FUND Funds from the Care That Counts donations are given to organizational projects relating to child care, after school care, supporting agencies in our community in need of assistance with sliding scale child care and to provide scholarships to students who otherwise could not afford specific educational opportunities that enrich the lives of children. COMMUNITY GRANTS FUND Funds from the Community Grants Fund aid partnerships where the Junior League of Roanoke Valley supports innovative community projects that seek to improve the quality of life for members of our community through strengthening families and empowering women. Such partnerships also allows financial and volunteer participation by the Junior League of Roanoke Valley for a period of one to three years.

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OPERATING SURPLUS FUND The Operating Surplus Fund has been established to support the Junior League of Roanoke Valley in meeting its obligations for operating cash funds and needs. UNRESTRICTED GIFT A contribution without a specific fund for the donation, which allows the Junior League of Roanoke Valley to allocate this to the most current and greatest need of the JLRV.

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