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The Star Staff 2015-2016

Board of Directors 2015-2016

Management Team

Editor Angela Mills Writers Erika Lovegreen Katie Jones Brie Jackson Tara Stanley Heather Knobbe Amy Matheny Photographer Marissa Yi

President Shannon Shaffer President-Elect Summer Harper Executive Vice President Ginger Poole Avis Secretary Emily Fielder Treasurer Susan Stanley-Zahorchak Nominating Director Randi Carpenter Earls Member-at-Large Carter Hanna Sustaining Directors Mimi Coles Jackie Kinder

Executive Vice President Ginger Poole Avis Executive President-Elect Christy Pauley Administrative Vice President Lindsay Seiler Murray Communication Vice President Erika Lovegreen Community Vice President Becky McDonald Finance Vice President Sarah Whitt Fund Development Vice President Ashley Feuerstein

Membership & Education Vice President Jenna McFarland Office Manager: Teresa Jones Bookkeeper: Gloria Stultz

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OUR MISSION The Junior League of Roanoke Valley is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Roanoke Valley is an exclusively educational, charitable organization which reaches out to women of all races, religions, or national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

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LETTER FROM PRESIDENT

LETTER FROM EDITOR

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

NEW FRONTIER

PASSING OF THE GAVEL

FALL INTO LEADERSHIP

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS STOCKED MARKET A Merchant’s Journey

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER Welcome to the first ever issue of STAR Magazine! The STAR Magazine will be published three times a year and will be rich with content and beautiful in all its glossy splendor! For your monthly information, please visit www.jlrv.org, look for e-blasts, and an occasional mailing to keep you all updated. We are thrilled about the opportunity to highlight the work that Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) performs for our entire community, as well as our membership through the STAR Magazine! Since the JLRV was started in 1926, the difference we have made in our community and the training that we have provided to our members has been lasting and impactful. It can be seen and felt all over the city. Some of our projects are marked with plaques and signage, but many were created and implemented with little fanfare and recognition. This is not the reason we do what we do for the JLRV and the Roanoke Valley. We are dedicated to continuously creating ways to make this community better for our parents, our children, our sisters and brothers, our friends, our colleagues and every citizen here. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about the JLRV by reading this publication. Thank you for your continued support of the JLRV through your finances, time and talents. Last year alone the members of the JLRV invested over 10,000 volunteer hours of service in the Roanoke Valley. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

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JLRV’S HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

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BY: BECKY MCDONALD

This year the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) is providing funds to Habitat for Humanity for a Women Build through a Community Project Grant. The build, at 1314 Chapman Ave., will run from October through March. The JLRV Habitat for Humanity committee will be on the build site the first Saturday of each month. Members are encouraged to join in and complete their spot jobs on these dates. For more information contact committee Chair, Betsy Thomas at betsy@ betsythomassf.com.

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STOCKED MARKET

A Merchant’s Journey BY: BRIE JACKSON

limited amount,” said Janoschka. “Some people would buy three, four or five. So we were turning people away who wanted Swag Bags.”

This year the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) hosts its 27th Annual Stocked Market. The shopping extravaganza is a holiday tradition for thousands of customers and dozens of merchants.

Baker said the giveaways are for area-based experiences and there will be a drawing for a grand prize from Fink’s Jewelers. Each person will receive one ticket for a chance to win a prize. Additional tickets can be purchased.

Aaron and Anne Vaughan own Anne Vaughan Designs in Floyd, Virginia which features a collection of unique necklaces, earrings and bracelets. They’ve participated in the JLRV Stocked Market for nearly 5 years. “Every year we have done better and better, and the crowd has gotten better and better. It’s been just a great feeling,” said Aaron Vaughan. Vaughan said they started off with a 10x10 booth their first year at Stocked Market, and then grew to a 10x20 booth in 2014. He said the annual event is one of the biggest shows they do in the region. “Junior League has done a really good job of making sure there is not a ton of crossover of exactly similar products,” he said. “When we go to {other} shows jewelry is like cutthroat, there are so many jewelry people.” In addition to making a profit, vendors said they look forward to the positive energy from returning vendors and long-time customers. 8

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Also new this year is “Kidz Corner” where children can have fun with activities such as building models using LEGO bricks.

“We probably do 20% of our total show sales in the first four hours on Friday,“ Aaron said. “I would say that is probably because everyone is so excited.” The Stocked Market boasts more than one hundred vendors from across the country. Sarah Baker and Macel Janoschka were on this year’s Stocked Market Committee. The committee worked for months to help make it bigger and better than before. For 2015, the committee made changes to help enhance the experience for attendees including more giveaways, instead of Swag Bags. “With the bags we would sell a

There’s a lot to look forward to at this Stocked Market as people from near and far converge at the Berglund Center. Vaughan said he’s excited to bring new jewelry designs to the event, see familiar faces and make new friends. “It is such an adrenaline rush to be able to connect with people,” he said. Junior League of Roanoke Valley’s 2015 Stocked Market takes place November 13-15 at the Berglund Center. General admission tickets (access to all 3 days) are $10 in advance, $11 at the door (cash only). The fundraiser has raised more than $3,320,000 over the past 26 years. All funds raised stay within the Roanoke Valley and are used to further the JLRV’s mission.


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NOVEMBER 13-15 AT THE BERGLUND CENTER FRI, NOV. 13 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. SAT, NOV. 14 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. SUN, NOV. 15 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PREVIEW COFFEE Nov. 13, 8-11 a.m. Aaron and Anne Vaughan own Anne Vaughan Designs in Floyd, Virginia which features a collection of unique necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

General Adm ission $10 in advanc e, $11 at the do or Preview Coffee $20

For tickets, visit www.JLRV.org

FUN FACTS • The first Stocked Market hosted 53 merchants, raised $22,000, and was held at the Salem Civic Center.

• Due to growing popularity of the Stocked Market, the JLRV had to limit the number of local merchants in 1997.

• In 1993, Willard Scott of NBC’s Today Show made a guest appearance.

• In 1998, the Children’s Corner was added.

• In 1996, general admission tickets were $5 and Preview Coffee tickets were $10; 17 years later the prices haven’t changed much as general admission tickets are $11 at the door and Preview Coffee tickets are $20. Still a really great deal! • In the first 10 years of the Stocked Market, the JLRV raised $550,000.

• In 2001, the JLRV started a tradition of selling wreaths with a JLRV signature bow. • The Stocked Market was moved to the Roanoke Civic Center in 2008. • Santa’s first arrival by helicopter started in 2010 courtesy of Clearchannel (now known as iHeartMedia).

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NEW FRONTIER

Newsletter to

MAGAZINE BY: BRIE JACKSON

Welcome to the first edition of the STAR Magazine! As you’ve probably noticed, Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) transitioned from its traditional newsletter to a more modern magazine. It’s the brainchild of member Erika Lovegreen, a Corporate Communications Manager at Medical Facilities of America. She noticed Junior Leagues in other areas had publications similar to this one.

“It hasn’t been “The Leaguer” for years” but a lot of sustainers still call it that,” said Smith. “It’s the lifeline, a great way for people to know what is going on.”

Magazine team meets to work on layout

“I felt like our League, from a size perspective, was even bigger than some of those other Leagues producing beautiful magazines” said Lovegreen. “When I saw that, I became more empowered to look at the idea for our own League.”

RICH HISTORY The Star newsletter had a rich history. You can find decades worth of past publications in the Junior League office at the Jefferson Center. While doing research for this story, I looked through stacks of scrapbooks and found interesting articles from the past. One of the oldest clips I noticed was in the scrapbook labeled 1927-39. Back then, the newsletter was called the “The Junior Leaguer” or “Leaguer” for short. It included crossword puzzles, poems, prayers and write-ups about League activities. Lutheria Smith served as League president in 2006. She wrote messages on the President’s page as well as articles about Stocked Market and training events. She wasn’t sure when the newsletter’s name changed to “The Star.” But she said, for decades, the monthly publication has been an effective way to keep members informed. 10

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Sustainer Emeritus, LeCompte Deyerle, is a long-time supporter of the JLRV and the newsletter. She said she always looked forward to reading about upcoming birthdays and League updates.

“I appreciated the newsletter every time I got it, I read it to try to keep up with what you girls are doing,” said LeCompte Deyerle. “It keeps you up on what’s going on.” Deyerle, as well as several others I spoke with, said they did not know much about the newsletter’s origin. They referred me to older members, some of which I was unable to get in contact with before publishing this article. Deyerle said, many of the League members with a wealth of knowledge about the newsletter’s history have passed away. She hopes having a magazine with more content will help preserve the JLRV’s history.

THE TRANSITION Transitioning from a newsletter to a magazine wasn’t an easy task. Lovegreen had to get approval from the Board of Directors and establish a team of members to help design a magazine from scratch. Lovegreen, a former television news producer, recruited League members with backgrounds in photography, writing, and other professions. She hopes having skilled and enthusiastic committee members will set a solid foundation for future editions of the magazine. “I don’t want us to feel like we have to reinvent the


NEW FRONTIER wheel,” she said. “But I think setting the model, setting infrastructure will help show future STAR teams how it is supposed to be done.” With in-depth stories about sustainers, community partners as well as League activities, STAR contributors hope to better inform people about League happenings. “Show what our sustainers are doing, and provide us more space to bridge the gap between an active member and a sustainer” said Lovegreen. “And have content they are both interested in.”

MOVING FORWARD By having a magazine with advertisements, colorful photos and more content than before, Lovegreen believes it will be an effective recruiting tool and help raise awareness about the JLRV.

New Member Committee gets STAR studded treatment with a photo shoot for the new magazine

“I hope we are able to further educate every reader about who the League is, the mission of the League, and why we are so proud of the League,” said Lovegreen. Deyerle and Smith both said they will miss the newsletter but are excited to see what the magazine has in store. “Knowing you young people, you can think of everything good. You all are so active and great.” said Deyerle. “It would be great to have enough information to keep it going for a while.” Smith hopes the stories shared in the STAR Magazine will show future generations the progress the League has made, as well as the positive impact members have on the community. “Change is constant. I like to see how the League evolves”, said Smith. “I think we are fortunate to have young women with a strong a background that will help make it a success.” The STAR Magazine will be published three times a year and is available online.

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PASSING THE GAVEL

END OF YEAR CELEBRATION

Highlights BY: EMILY FIELDER

The 2014-2015 League year closed with a wonderful and well-attended Annual Celebration, held on the top floor of the Center in the Square building in downtown Roanoke.

Board members celebrate Nominating Director Margaret-Hunter Wade’s Galaxy Award

At this meeting, individual members were recognized for their dedication and contributions to Junior League of Roanoke Valley. Jenna Zibton McFarland accepted and organized nominations for membership awards, and the Board of Directors determined winners in mid-April. New Member Laura Kemper was recognized as the 2014-2015 Rising Star for her leadership skills, enthusiasm for and commitment to the New Member Blood Drive, and her ability to inspire and encourage others in a group setting.

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The Nominating Committee, including Margaret-Hunter Wade, Randi Carpenter Earls, Jen Pugh, Sara Gick, Sarah Boxley Beck, and Michelle Pendleton, received the Galaxy Award for their incredible commitment to JLRV and its mission as they worked to prepare our League for the long-anticipated switch to a Governance Board and Management Team leadership structure for the 2015-2016 League year. Sherri Spell was recognized as the year’s Shining Star for her extraordinary efforts as chair of the Sunshine Committee. She went above and beyond throughout the year, putting much thought into the guidance and resources she provided to her committee, as well as each task she was given. Mimi Rainero Coles received the Mary Terry Goodwin Kuyk Award for Outstanding Sustainer for her impassioned leadership, continued service to the League, and her overall commitment to voluntarism in the Roanoke community.

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FALL INTO LEADERSHIP THE SUMMER OF TRAINING WITH AJLI BY: GINGER POOLE AVIS

The year marks a big year for the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV). It also marks a big year in education and training with AJLI (Association of Junior League International). Early summer, Amy Buckmaster, Stephanie Vaughn, Tina Witcher, and I attended the Organizational Development Institute (ODI) in Charlotte, NC. There were close to 300 delegates present representing 99 different Leagues.

Stephanie Vaughn, Amy Buckmaster, Ginger Poole Avis, and Tina Witcher enjoy ODI Conference in Charlotte, NC

The conference focus was divided up into 4 tracks:

• Building Internal Capacity: Strengthening your League’s Operating Infrastructure • Diversified Fund Development: From Fund Raising to Comprehensive Funding • Governing for Excellence: Achieving the League’s Misson through Effective Governance Strategies • Membership Development: Creating Tomorrow’s Community Leaders These four tracks were divided between our four delegates over a two and a half day period. Each delegate focused on her one track of information. Later this summer in June, I attended a Conference in New York City focused for incoming Executive Vice Presidents. This was the first time AJLI held a specific conference for this newer position in the roll out Leagues. There were 36 EVP’s from all over the country.

The focus of this conference in NYC covered 4 areas of concentration for the EVP’s including:

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Plans & Planning: Making Sense of Who Decides What My Junior League Business Model: Is it Built to Last? HR Considerations: What are your concerns? Charting Communications

All of the EVP’s attended all four of these tracks over the course of two days. If you are interested in attending any ODI conference please let Nominating Committee know by circling YES on your leadership interest form. Remember that the JLRV is the membership’s League… The change and growth starts with us!

CHARLESTON AREA III CONFERENCE BY: ERIKA LOVEGREEN

Shannon Shaffer, Anne Dalton with AJLI, Ashley Feuerstein,and Erika Lovegreen

To continue a busy summer of leadership training, the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) sent three representatives to the Junior League Area III Conference in Charleston, SC. Some of the other Leagues that attended included Nashville, TN, Charleston, SC, Wilmington, NC, August, GA, and more. Shannon Shaffer, President; Ashley Feuerstein, Fund Development VP; and Erika Lovegreen, Communication VP all represented the JLRV. They participated in a variety of workshops at the historic Francis Marion Hotel, including marketing, fundraising, membership, and social media, among others. The keynote speaker was Rebecca Wesson Darwin, the President and CEO of Garden & Gun Magazine. VOLUME 1 | NUMBER 1

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NEW MEMBER KICKOFF

NEW MEMBERS LEARN WHAT THE LEAGUE DOES AND HOW IT WORKS BY: LYDIA MERRITT

If you want to be reminded of the Junior League’s impact on the Roanoke Valley, just ask a New Member why she joined. As President Shannon Shaffer said in her greeting at September’s New Member Kick-off, “There are as many reasons to join the League as there are women in this room.” Some include the social aspects of the League, like meeting new people and networking, while others point to leadership development opportunities. Most New Members know either an Active or a Sustainer who speak highly of the organization, and it is the League’s positive reputation throughout our area that attracts women to the organization. The League’s opportunities to serve are as diverse as the 34 women in the 2015-2016 New Member class. They hail from places such as Northern Virginia, San Francisco, Memphis, Miami and Philadelphia. The members range in age from 23-38. These women work in the home, run businesses, and represent a variety of industries, including healthcare, education, retail, technology, non-profit, and civil service. “We are excited about the diversity of the ladies. They are from all walks of life and all areas of the Roanoke Valley—and beyond,” says New Member Co-Chair Lydia Merritt. “Today’s Junior League has stepped away from the stereotype and has brought together a powerful group of women, leading tangible change across our Valley.” Informing the New Members about League functions is one of the primary goals of the New Member com-

mittee, as greater understanding will ensure participation in League activities. “We want the New Members to end up getting really involved in the League, to make them knowledgeable and educated, not just about what the League does but also about how the League works,” says Co-Chair Chelsea Dyer. The idea is that the New Member year provides each woman with the opportunity to find a place in the Junior League that fulfills her interest.

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MEET THE BOARD

Shannon Shaffer PRESIDENT

FAST FACTS FAVE MUSICIAN: Jimmy Buffett HIDDEN TALENT: My daughter and I used to play in a steel drum band

Compassion and cooperation are among the things Summer Harper said Junior League has taught her. Summer Harper moved from Louisiana to the Roanoke Valley in 2001. She and her husband have two daughters, Mia (8) and Abigail (7). Summer works with Luna Innovations and joined the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) as a way to meet people outside of work and learn more about the area. She has 6 dogs ranging in age from a puppy to 12 years old. What is the most important thing the League has taught you? 16

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Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) women can do it all. Mom, job coach, volunteer, and JLRV President, Shannon Shaffer is certainly proof of that. Shannon says her pride and joy is her daughter, Adair, who’s a junior at Penn State. Adair has a wonderful role model in her mother. In addition to her role as League president, Shannon is an area coordinator and job coach helping adults with barriers find and maintain employment; giving them a sense of pride, community, and purpose. She’s also volunteered with St. Francis Service Dogs. Shannon says the JLRV has really shaped her life in the Roanoke Valley. When did you decide the join the Junior League? I first joined the JLRV when I moved to Roanoke in 2003 to meet people and give back. It was a suggestion of my ex-husband’s colLeague. I found it to be all that and so much more. I have spent the bulk of my time in

the JLRV on the Stocked Market committee. I do hold that fundraiser near and dear to my heart. What is life like as President of the JLRV? How do you manage all of your responsibilities as well as your everyday life? This has been the biggest challenge for me. Life as the President of the JLRV is non-stop. There are constant phone calls and emails.... many of which cannot be answered on my phone, and cannot be answered quickly. My work schedule is all over the place since I have to work the schedules that my clients work, which often times has me working straight through weekends, overnights, etc. I am still working on this balance, but it gets better each day. The amazing support network that is set up for us all in the JLRV is one that allows us to grow and learn, not only as leaders in the JLRV, but also in our own personal lives.

The Power of Teamwork. Together we can move mountains! Where do you see the League in the next 10 years? We will be a League working as one team to transform our community. The continued engagement of our whole membership, actives, sustainers, and new members will grow our human capital and knowledge while allowing us to preserve our League’s history and transforming for the future. Favorite quote? “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein

Summer Harper PRESIDENT-ELECT


MEET THE BOARD Working full time, doctoral student, Junior League leadership – Emily Fielder can do it all. In addition to working in the School of Education at Virginia Tech, she is a part time doctoral student studying educational psychology, and is serving on Junior League of Roanoke Valley’s board for the fourth year in a row. Emily grew up in Mechanicsville, VA – tomato country – and came to Roanoke in 2001 to attend Hollins University. Emily served as Vice President of Membership for two years. During that time she pioneered the League’s most comprehensive membership survey to date and is now leveraging all of her extensive leadership and volunteer experience to serve as this year’s Secretary. What is your history with the JLRV? A sustainer member, Puppie McCloskey, suggested that I join the League in 2006-07. I joined with a

“Part of my job as a citizen of Roanoke is to help give back to the local community and make it a better place to live and work.” Treasurer Susan Stanley-Zahorchak fosters her strong interest in philanthropy through her decade of service to the Junior League of Roanoke Valley. The Bland, Virginia, native and Virginia Tech graduate has worn multiple hats during her League tenure, holding leadership positions such as Finance VP, Grants Chair, Ronald McDonald House Committee Chair, as well as serving a Membership Advisor. Susan works for BB&T Insurance Services as an Employee Benefits Account Manager. She and her husband Paul celebrated their six year wedding

2016 program, during my first active year, encouraged me to go back to school and steer my career in a new direction. What does JLRV mean for the community of Roanoke?

Emily Fielder SECRETARY

few friends I’d just graduated with from Hollins because we wanted to meet people, and we wanted to get to know the community better. It was a great experience and a great way to get to know the community. The majority of my placements have been community or membership related. My Junior League placement with Apple Ridge Farm’s ASPIRE

I think that JLRV is unique in that we have different opportunities to offer our members. In addition to leadership training and other activities that support our mission, we offer our members a strong network of women, which is incredibly valuable. JLRV has a longstanding relationship with the Roanoke Valley. It’s an opportunity to continue the great work that has been done in the past, and to continue as a strong force in our community.

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anniversary in June with a trip to St. Pete Beach. Susan has two step kids, Adam (17) and Anna (15), and an English bulldog named Bettis. What are your goals for the year as Treasurer? My main goal as Treasurer this year is to create a finance manual to document and provide structure to how our League operates financially. The Finance Council has been diligently working to review all of our financial policies and procedures. We intend to either amend our existing policies and procedures or establish new ones to help increase our process efficiency year after year.

Susan Stanley-Zahorchak TREASURER

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MEET THE BOARD

Randi Carpenter Earls NOMINATING DIRECTOR

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Carter Hanna, this year’s MemberAt-Large, has always called the Star City home, and grew up hearing about all the good work that the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) does for the community. Now in her seventh year with JLRV, Carter most recently made her mark by serving as Stocked Market Co-Chair for two years, and prior to that, Stocked Market Merchants Chair. Carter graduated from Hollins University with a degree in Communications and works at Brandon Oaks Retirement Community in the Marketing Office. Carter and her husband John live in South Roanoke with Daisy, their yellow lab. How did you get involved with the League? 18

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Randi Carpenter Earls’ enthusiasm for the Junior League of Roanoke Valley is contagious. This year’s Nominating Director absolutely loves the social and volunteer opportunities offered by the League, and encourages everyone to fully take advantage of them. Bitten early by the “leadership bug,” Randi’s small town Kentucky childhood included a mixture of Clydesdale horses at her grandparents’ farm, cheerleading, rooting for University of Kentucky sports, plus leadership roles with the Future Homemakers of America (now the Family, Community and Career Leaders of America). After completing pharmacy school at Indianapolis’ Butler University and a pharmacy residency in Columbus, GA, Randi came to Roanoke in 2006 for a Carilion faculty position with the family med-

icine teaching service. She recently got board certified as a diabetes educator and is also a board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Randi and her new husband, Justin, live in Raleigh Court and can often be found travelling (Charleston, SC is a favorite!) or winetasting. What’s the best way for someone to get more involved with the League? Don’t be afraid to be a leader of a committee. This is a good way to get the process going, especially coming out of new member year. After you gain some experience, you should pursue the board and the management team. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work out; gain more experience and pursue it again next year.

tion. I called a few friends that I knew were always up for trying something new, and we attended a new member open house! What has the League taught you?

Carter Hanna

The JLRV had taught me to never give up. Throughout my time in the JLRV, I have been told “no” or “try something different.” Most of the time when I have been told this, it’s for good reason, and I eventually see why I was told that. This has helped me grow as a leader and I am thankful for that.

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Being from Roanoke, I had always heard about different projects that the JLRV had been a part of, and I wanted to be a part of this organiza-

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MEET THE BOARD A native of Bristol, VA, Mimi moved to Roanoke in 1985 after graduating from Hollins College with a B.A. in Economics with a Business Concentration and accepting a job with Dominion Bank in their management training program. She joined the Junior League of Roanoke Valley that same year. Over the years, Mimi held a number of prominent roles, including the State Public Affairs Chair and Membership Vice President. She worked on the Stocked Market Merchants Committee, the Roanoke Valley Horse Show Committee, membership and nominating committees and served as League President in 2002-2003. Mimi is the business development and marketing director for her family’s concrete pipe and precast products business, located in Bris-

For almost 30 years, Jackie Kinder has been a dedicated member of the Junior League of the Roanoke Valley (JLRV). Jackie was born and raised in Roanoke and is a graduate of Cave Spring High School and Radford University. She taught kindergarten and second grade in Roanoke County for 20 years. With children, a full time job, and other volunteer responsibilities, Jackie always made her service to the Junior League a priority. Jackie married her high school sweetheart James (Jay) Kinder in 1977. They have four children and three sweet granddaughters. Her oldest daughter Meredith is an Active member of the JLRV. After a variety of committee placements and leadership roles, Jackie became a Sustainer in 2000. She also served on the Grant

Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance Associates Committee, and is President of the Precast Concrete Association of Virginia. Mimi and her husband, Patton, have been married for 28 years and have two sons. Quint (25) lives in Denver, Co, and Jimmy (21) is a student at Hampden-Sydney College. What do you plan to accomplish as Sustaining Director?

Mimi Coles

SUSTAINING DIRECTOR

tol. Having recently completed service as the President of the National Precast Concrete Association, she currently sits on the Foundation for Roanoke Valley Board, Hollins University President’s Advisory Council,

To provide support and guidance for the current JLRV leadership as they work through the transition to the new Governance System. Jackie Kinder and I hope to provide a sustainer’s historical perspective and information to the Board as the work to complete a new strategic plan and seek opportunities to be of service in the Roanoke Valley.

Committee last year as a Sustaining Advisor. What does the League mean for the city of Roanoke? The Junior League is a great resource for the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas. The League offers an amazing group of ladies who are well-trained in a variety of skills and knowledge. These ladies are willing to volunteer and share their talents with our community. The JLRV provides both grants and volunteer services to groups and other organizations when needed.

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Jackie Kinder SUSTAINING DIRECTOR

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MANAGEMENT TEAM Ginger Poole Avis

Ginger Poole Avis EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

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“We can do anything we put our minds to.” To Christy Pauley, this may be the most important thing the Junior League of Roanoke Valley has taught her. Christy and her husband Jason, a Regional Sales Manager for Virginia Carolina Belting, have called the Star City home for the past six years. Unlike most modern love stories, these two met at a very early age in middle school. After dating in high school, and a few years apart, they realized just how unique their bond was and got married. Christy is now currently a Private Banker for Wells Fargo and the two are proud puppy parents to Molly and Gunner. They are very excited to expand their Raleigh Court family as they are in the process of adoption. 20

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“The Junior League of Roanoke Valley was the go to, it catapulted me into the community,” Ginger said confidently. Talking to Ginger reminded me a lot of my own story. A Roanoke transplant who saw the League as a great opportunity to connect to other women.

cation. This is a new role, and I hope to describe the unknown. Whether that means I make concrete job responsibilities or not, I want to broaden our understanding of what this role is and what it means for the future women in this role. I want to go big!

“I immediately had connectors both personally, and professionally. We are human, and drawn together by nature. It’s great to have that common interest in the community.” As the Producing Artistic Director of Mill Mountain Theater, and a Mom to three-year-old Anne Tillison, Ginger is a lady on the go. Mill Mountain is also where she met her husband Jack.

What has been your favorite memory?

What are your goals as Executive Vice President? My biggest goal for this year is to continue the pipelines of communi-

First impressions always stick with me. I would have to say my New Member year. Carter Hanna and I co-chaired the last Bargain Bazaar fundraiser in a snowstorm. We had the most fun digging through people’s yard sale items. I’m glad I jumped in head first with that new member class. It was a year filled with lasting friendships and laughter. *The Executive VP serves on both the Governance Board and Management team.

What is the most important thing the League has taught you? I think the most important thing that the League has taught me is that a group of women who really care to affect positive change in their community can absolutely do that. It has also showed me how diverse personalities and women of all different backgrounds can come together, join forces and make such a huge impact.

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Christy Pauley EXECUTIVE VP ELECT


MANAGEMENT TEAM In the six active years Lindsay Murray has been in the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV), she has been a busy and influential member. Lindsay wanted to join the JLRV to give herself more volunteer opportunities in the Roanoke Valley, besides the work she did at church. Lindsay has held multiple positions throughout the League. Most of her time has been spent in the New Member committee, at first as a member, and then as Chair. Last year she transitioned to the Board Secretary, and currently is the Administrative Vice President for the 2015-2016 year. When Lindsay isn’t working on League activities, she is teaching 4th Grade at W.E. Cundiff Elementary and participating in the PTA. She also

Running after a toddler, managing Communications for the Medical Facilities of America, and fitting in a last minute Pure Barre work out are just a few of things that fill Board Member Erika Lovegreen’s day. Besides juggling her busy work schedule and family life with husband Richard, soon to be two-year old son Parker, and their four legged children Maddie and Harlie, she still finds time for the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV). Erika joined JLRV after a friend suggested she explore the opportunity. She had been an active member of a community service oriented sorority in college, so it seemed like a great fit. Erika’s first appointment with the JLRV was in the Stocked Market Ex-

finds time to volunteer at Raleigh Court United Methodist Church, and catch her students’ athletic events, cheering them on from the sidelines. Lindsay is also enjoying newlywed life, after marrying husband Jason Murray in May of 2015. Together they enjoy attending Virginia Tech football games, and spending time with family and friends. Every few months, they spend some time at the beach, as it is one of Lindsay’s favorite places to be. What has been your favorite position in JLRV? It would have to be the New Member Committee. I love meeting new people and the committee was so close. We formed really great friendships. I also enjoy meeting a large group of people each year.

Lindsay Seiler Murray ADMINISTRATIVE VP

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her second and third active year. Now, in her fourth active year with the League, she is Communications Vice President. Converting the Star Newsletter into STAR Magazine, getting us more engaged online, and increasing our social media are just a few ways she is changing the Communications Council. What do you feel has made the Junior League so successful in the Roanoke Valley?

Erika Lovegreen COMMUNICATIONS VP

ecutive Committee. After getting her feet wet with Stocked Market, she transitioned to a position on the New Member Committee for

I think what has served us best, is the willingness to be open-minded about change. There have been a lot of changes in the JLRV in the last five years with leadership and other avenues. It’s up to us to be flexible, and accepting of other people’s ideas to help us continue to grow. VOLUME 1 | NUMBER 1

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MANAGEMENT TEAM Leadership comes naturally to Becky McDonald, as it does with many ladies of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV). Joining the Junior League as a way to meet new people and integrate herself into the Roanoke community. During her five active years in the JLRV, Becky has mostly held leadership positions. After exploring the Community and Archives committees, she wanted to lend her talents to Grants. After these experiences, and her position as the Children’s Education Associate at the Taubman Museum of Art, made it an easy choice to be the Community Vice President for her sixth active year in the JLRV. This year has not just held a new position in the League, but also

Joining the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) in 2012 seemed like a logical choice for Sarah Whitt, a Roanoke native, when she and her husband moved to the Blacksburg area after graduating from the University of Kentucky. A natural volunteer, Sarah and her husband David, foster puppies and dogs regularly for the SPCA. After a long day at work as Grants Director for Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Sarah enjoys attending her book club, or going to boot camp to work out with David. They have two four legged children, Tulley and Sophie, in addition to their many foster puppies. During her two active years in the JLRV, Sarah has held placements in the Ronald McDonald House Com22

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Selling her home while renovating another has been no easy feat, all the while preparing her eightyear old daughter Ellawyn for her first year in the gifted program at Highland Park Elementary, and as a sister to Cate and Lorelei. As a master of multitasking, Becky is excited to see what can be accomplished this year. What do you feel has made the Junior League of Roanoke Valley so successful in our community?

Becky McDonald COMMUNITY VP

new beginnings at home for Becky, as she and her boyfriend Ryan have been renovating his home so they can blend their two families.

mittee, and the Taubman Committee. Ronald McDonald had a special place in her heart, not only for the personal reward of serving local families in need, but also for the skills it gave her in her personal life. She told me the rewards of learning a new skill and being taught by her fellow peers was a very fulfilling experience. As the Finance Vice President, Sarah is excited to take a leadership role in the League, as well as spend more time with her sister, Margee Clarke, who is beginning her New Member year. What do you think has helped make Junior League so successful in the Roanoke Valley? I have noticed in my time in JLRV, that it is very all-inclusive organiza-

The leaders in the JLRV are a group of amazing, hard-working women, who make sure it is, and stays, a great organization.

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Sarah Witt FINANCE VP

tion that focuses on membership and the retention of its members. You get the feeling that this is a more personal experience, and JLRV tries to keep its members involved.

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MANAGEMENT TEAM Having served with Ashley on the Stocked Market Committee, I was pretty excited for this interview. Her passion for the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) radiates around her. I didn’t realize it until our interview, but she is a Junior League legacy. Ashley wanted to join the Junior League after seeing her mother’s involvement. Her mother was President of the Lynchburg Junior League and even chaired their Bargain Bazaar. Ashley thought it seemed like a great way to meet people and learn leadership skills. Ashley lives in Roanoke with her husband Rob, who she met at JMU, and her two fur babies. Jack was adopted at Angels of Assisi, and Lady was adopted from the Appomattox pound. She works at Caril-

I was fortunate to have met Jenna before she decided to formally transfer into the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV). We worked together at WSLS 10. Before she even told me she was already a League member in Louisiana, I tried to recruit her to the JLRV. When I found out, I remember her telling me what she liked about the League was the ability to connect to a new community right away. Jenna’s job as a news personality has brought her to a lot of cool places, but she grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. She is married to Rob, and met him in Alabama where she was working at the time. She first learned about the League while living in Shreveport, Louisiana. She transferred into the JLRV a few years ago.

ion as a Pediatric Physical Therapist and recently earned a promotion to be a clinical team lead for the department. Having joined the JLRV in 2008, she has held a variety of roles in Fund Development including Stocked Market tickets, Assistant Merchants Chair, Merchants Chair, Stocked Market Co-Chair and Assistant Fund Development. All of these roles have given her great experience to be in her new role as Fund Development Vice President. What excites you most about serving on the Management Team? I like the day-to-day operations of the League. Since I have been in Fund Development so long, it’s

Ashley Feuerstein FUND DEVELOPMENT VP

great being in a position to see how other branches of the League work. It has given me a great perspective on how Fund Development impacts other parts of the organization.

“Developing the potential of women” is one of the key parts of our mission and I think something the League does very well. As an organization of women it is great to see so many contribute to the league in their own way and those contributions can change over time. What has been your favorite placement?

Jenna McFarland MEMBERSHIP & EDUCATION VP

Having the perspective of a Transfer member, what is the most important thing the League has taught you?

Every placement has been so different and I’ve been able to work with so many great people– so it’s hard to pick a favorite. I’ve been involved in many councils including Membership, Communications, and Fund Development. I learned from them all in different ways. *Photo Credit: Marissa Yi

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GRIEF AND LOSS CENTER JLRV GRANT CONTINUES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY: TARA STANLEY

In recent years, our region has been at the center of two very public tragedies; the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, and the horrific murders of two local journalists on live TV. This is a region that has experienced an exceptional amount of loss and grief. Thankfully, there’s a rare resource there for us when we need it. The Grief and Loss Center provides our community with healing support for any loss experienced throughout a person’s life. “So many people in our community experience multiple deaths and the emotional effects of compounded grief. When those who are grieving need support, they oftentimes don’t know where to turn,” says Frannie Gaeta, Supervisee in Social Work. That’s where the Grief Loss Center steps in. The center is the only one of its kind in the Roanoke

Valley. There is no fee for this valuable resource that was originally made possible thanks to a generous grant award from the Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV). “The grant provided by Junior League of Roanoke Valley served as “seed money” to help grow the Community Grief and Loss Center,” says Gaeta. “The Center is a collaborative partnership between Family Service of Roanoke Valley, Carilion Clinic Hospice and more than 15 other community groups and businesses. The JLRV grant funded staff time to facilitate groups and training for volunteers, as well as educational resources for facilitators and participants.” The Community Grief and Loss Center regularly hosts Community Conversations and Professional Development opportunities on topics related to grief and loss, such as suicide awareness/prevention, grief at the holidays and spousal loss. See www.fsrv.org for more information.

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NEWS & NOTES

THE NOMINATING PROCESS IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK! BY: RANDI CARPENTER EARLS

The Junior League of Roanoke Valley (JLRV) started in October of 1926 when a bridge club of 12 “civic-minded girls” wanted a systematic way of “doing their bit” in the community. Over the past century, the JLRV has grown to over 300 outstanding women - you included - who have accomplished likely more than the greatest aspirations of those original 12 members. The JLRV functions most successfully when a number of unique women work together towards a common strategy, goal and mission. Have you ever looked upon some of the leadership positions in the League and thought that you just may have that next great idea? You will begin to see notices in weekly e-blasts and hear

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Bourbon Maple Glazed

CHICKEN WINGS

information at General Membership Meetings (GMMs) from the Nominating Committee when the League year begins about Willingness to Serve Forms. It is easy to complete, just answer a few questions about who you are, roles you have held in the League (Roanoke or another), your strengths/ weaknesses, and what positions you are interested in and why. Willingness to Serve Forms are due January 20, 2016. A leadership position could be just what you are looking for to maximize your league experience. After all, part of our mission is to develop the potential of YOU as a League member. Please feel free to reach out to Nominating Chair, Randi Carpenter Earls, for any questions that you may have about the self-nominating process or about any of the positions.

PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES COOK TIME: 45 MINUTES YIELD: MAKES 15 TO 20 PIECE

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2 pounds chicken wings 1 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp grated onion (use small hole grater) 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey 3/4 cup maple syrup

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2 Tbsp tomato paste 2” fresh rosemary (1 teaspoon dry) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

METHOD 1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add the grated onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the bourbon whiskey, the maple syrup, tomato paste, rosemary, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Bring to a low simmer. 2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chicken wings in a bowl and pour half of the bourbon maple sauce over the wings, returning the remaining sauce to the stovetop. Toss the wings with the sauce to coat. Arrange the wings on an oiled, foil-lined baking pan, with space between each wing. 26

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If you buy whole chicken wings, cut away and discard the wing tips (or save for stock), and separate the drumettes from the rest of the wing with a cleaver or a sharp knife. Single segment wing pieces are much easier to eat as finger food.

3. Roast the wings at 350°F for 20 minutes, then turn the wings over and roast them an additional 12-15 minutes, or until nicely browned. Lower the heat or remove from oven if the wings start getting too dark. 4. While the wings are roasting, simmer the remaining sauce until it thickens slightly and can coat the back of a spoon, then remove from heat. If it is taking too long for the sauce to reduce, pour it into a wide shallow pan and bring to a boil. The wider pan will make sauce evaporate more easily. 5. When wings are done, remove them to a bowl and toss with the remaining sauce.


READING LASSIES

Connected Through Time CELEBRATING LASTING FRIENDSHIPS CENTERED AROUND THE JLRV AND A LOVE OF READING BY: TARA STANLEY

“We meet about once every other month,” says “Lassie” Elizabeth Thomas, except during the summertime. That’s when the ladies relax and enjoy two books, which they then review together once the summer ends. The Reading Lassies have been doing this for more than a decade. “We gather, we have a little something to eat, and then we discuss thoroughly the book,” says Thomas. The ladies are all JLRV Sustainers who have maintained lasting friendships centered around the League and their love of literature. Over the years, the group has grown. “We have a lot of different opinions in this group, and a pretty wide age

span so that’s helpful too,” says group member, Ginny Jarratt. The women have expanded their literary palates as well. “This club has given me the opportunity to read things that I would never have selected had I gone into a bookstore or tried to select something on my Kindle. Even if you haven’t particularly liked the book, it’s interesting to hear other people’s opinions,” says Thomas. One thing the Reading Lassies can all agree on: It’s always special to get together and talk about books. If you are interested in being a part of the Reading Lassies, feel free to contact Elizabeth Thomas at lizzie3361@gmail.com.

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CALENDAR

Calendar

2015-2016

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DECEMBER

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November 10-18

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

November 13

World Kindness Day

November 13-15

27th Annual Stocked Market

November 17

Cluster Meetings

December 2

Giving Tuesday

December 4

Holiday Party

January 11

Giving Tuesday

January 14

2016 AJLI Winter Leadership Conference

January 19

General Membership Meeting (Fitzpatrick Hall)

January 20

Willingness to Serve Forms Due

February 16

General Membership Meeting (Fitzpatrick Hall)


CALENDAR

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

March 1-31

Women’s History Month

March 19

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Denim and Diamonds

March 22

General Membership Meeting (Fitzpatrick Hall)

April 10-16

National Volunteer Week

April 19

General Membership Meeting (Fitzpatrick Hall)

May 12-14

2016 AJLI Annual Conference (Atlanta, GA)

May 17

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