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Hotline NOVEMBER 2016


“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rodgers

A big “Hello!” to the JLW helpers: new, active, and sustaining. I was a little nervous on what to write for my first Hotline. I’m great with throwing myself into the planning of things, of writing detailed emails on facts, and my career involves writing lots of detailed instructions on contract negotiations. But this? This was daunting: a 91 year old institution, filled with a history of remarkable women impacting the second biggest city in Massachusetts. It’s kind of a big deal. I so greatly appreciate and respect all our “helpers” in the JLW and I wanted to be sure I expressed that gratitude right off the top. So a huge “thank you” for allowing me to serve in the role as President for 2016-17.





The above quote from the beloved Mr. Rodgers, is one of my favorites. It epitomizes my reasons for joining the JLW. I wanted to help. When I see a problem, I want to solve it. I want to be responsible for bringing positivity and happiness to those who need it. My reasons however, are not the same reasons everyone else may have. My goal for this year is that every member of the league feels like they are achieving the experiences they hoped to gain from membership.

Leadership opportunities: Board meetings kicked off early this year, with an early brain-storming session in

June. In August the board met for the annual retreat, hosted by Michelle Barkley, with a focus on board requirements, fiduciary duties, and everyone’s favorite – Robert’s Rules. The JLW has had a number of newly active members bravely step right into leadership roles this year, and I’ve been so impressed with how they have handled their new roles. This includes Lauren Evens in Membership and Development, Rachel Kokoska in the Secretary position, Teresa Dufresne as the League Treasurer, and Hannah Bosma and Lucy Allen in committee chair roles. Additionally, we welcomed new Sustainer Representatives, Peggy Glavin and Mary Beth D’Auteuil, who have great ideas regarding the sustainer experience. Philanthropic opportunities: In only a few short months, we have had the opportunity to learn about and/or participate in a variety of philanthropic opportunities in the community from General Membership Meetings to our community programs, which have included Friendly House, Habitat For Humanity, Abby’s House, Coats 4 Kids, Community Harvest, stART on the Street, the Worcester Historical Society, as well as a Stress Relief themed Food4Thought session at Girl’s Choice. Also, we have kicked off our annual Lottery Ticket raffle thanks to the hard work of Molly Farrell and sustainer, Sara Kelleher. Our Mission So what are your reasons? What does JLW membership mean to you? We hope you will share your own experiences and “whys” with us. We would love to utilize them in the marketing to bring other “helpers” to the league. With warm holiday wishes, Becky Robinson, 2016-17 President, The Junior League of Worcester

The Junior League of Worcester is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable Our Vision The Junior League of Worcester will work through involvement in our community to improve and enrich the lives of women and children.




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Congratulations to JLW Superstar

LAUREN EVENS Membership & Development Chair

Don’t forget to purchase your Lottery Ticket Raffle tickets! Don’t miss out on your chance to win!

feeling lucky?

Lauren has received a $500 grant on behalf of the JLW through Hanover InsuranceVolunteer Incentive Program. Hanover’s VIP program is one of the ways they support and encourage their employees’ volunteer efforts throughout the year. They believe, as do we, that the volunteer committment of their employees helps to make a meaningful difference and reflects the best qualities of the their people and their community. Thank you to Hanover Insurance for supporting the Junior League of Worcester. And a big shout out to Lauren for your dedication and all of your hard work. You are a JLW Superstar!





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ho’s ho ?

Kat Trela -Done in a Day Projects Chair

in the JLWoo rhis is Lucy!

Lucy Allen - Kids in the Kitchen Chair

Kat is New York born and raised. She has been a member of JL Schenectady and JL Boston. She currently live in Hudson where she welcomes all to join her for a visit to the Micro Creamery or Medusa Brewery! Tell me a bit about your program? Done in a Day projects are what sucked me into the Junior League.Now I'm in charge of putting them together! How else can you make and see a difference in a project in one day?! You show up, you make change happen, and you go home feeling super awesome about the project you just helped. What are your plans for Kids in the Kitchen? This year we will be assisting Abby’s House, the Boys and Girls Club or Worcester, Habitat for Humanity and the CASA project to name a few. We cheered on 5k runners and served awesome apple crisp. Soon we will be wrapping presents and maybe even building houses! That’s the beauty of DIAD!

Lucy, 25, lives in Northborough with her boyfriend Caleb. They both graduated from UNH in 2013.

What do you do in your professional life? I am a gym teacher, an aquatics coordinator and a ballet barre instructor; Which means I have to rock a crazy schedule.

Tell me a bit about your program? Kids in the Kitchen focuses on healthy eating, and establishing healthy habits in children, and young adults.

What is a fun fact about yourself? When I am not planning to run away with the circus, I like activities such as: curling, rock climbing, kayaking, geocaching, sitting by a bonfire toasting smores (loooove smores!) and enjoying other off the path activities.

What are your plans for Kids in the Kitchen? Right now I am working with Great Brook Valley's Boys and Girls Club to plan either a weeknight dinner, or help them with their holiday party. I'm hoping to plan some fun, and healthful activities that are enjoyable but will also help them take away the bigger message that health is important, and that it's ok to take time for yourself and family to establish healthy habits. What do you do in your professional life? I work as a systems administrator for Concur Technologies.

How has JLW membership been of value in your life? I enjoy random acts of kindness and I feel like we can achieve those with Junior League Done in a Day events. You get a great feeling from helping others in various ways. Everything from s mall things like wrapping presents to larger projects such as constructing a roof can help make people's dreams come true! Done in a Day fairies- attack!!

What is a fun fact about yourself? I'm a klutz. I broke my elbow chasing a seagull. How has JLW membership been of value in your life? The Junior League has helped me break out of my shell and meet some awesome ladies. It's also provided me with countless learning experiences . I'm very excited to see what else the JLW can do for me!

this is Kat!


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What is a JLW Toolbox you ask? It is a place to store all the pieces of information, or "tools", that will enhance your JLW membership experience. We hope that these tools will not only help you out in learning more about the JLW, but help you with your professional and personal life as well.

COMPANIO Most of us have heard of Companio, it is the website the JLW uses to track volunteer opportunities, our calendar, important files and contact information. If you haven't visited in a while, come check it out here. When you first login you will land on your homepage. It shows you all your information, upcoming work shifts, completed volunteer hours and fees paid. But don't forget to browse around a bit...check out the file cabinet. Here you will find all kinds of information on finance, fund development, governance, marketing and training. If you do not have a login for Companio or would like more information on how to use this fantastic resource, just let us know and we would be happy to help you out!

AJLI WEBSITE When was the last time you logged into the AJLI website? Not only can you learn about what's happening with the Junior League, you also have access to the entire AJLI Member Central. Here you will find all kinds of great resources about training and conferences...but you will also find the Online Learning tool. Within Online Learning you can check out the webinars section. The great thing about the webinars is that you can either watch them live (next one is November 2nd from 1-2pm), or you can find past webinars in the On Demand section. There are a variety of topics including governance, membership, budgeting, fundraising and media strategies (and so much more!). I hope that you will take the time to find a webinar that interests you. Not only will it enhance your JLW membership experience, but you might just find something to help with your professional life as well! You can link to the AJLI website here.

Board Of Directors President: Rebecca Robinson President-Elect: Lisa Vickers Community Vice President: Caitlin Sauers Dumas Treasurer: Theresa Dufresne Secretary: Rachel Kokoska VP of Finance: Michelle Barkley Communications Director: Catherine Choquette Membership and Development: Lauren Evens Nominating and Placement: Molly Farrell Sustainer Representatives: Mary Beth D’Auteuil & Peggy Glavin

Keep up with all that’s happening in the JLWoo by visiting our website WWW.JLWMA.ORG JUNIOR LEAGUE OF




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Sustainer Spotlight Cynthia Nelson Pitcher is the recipient of this year’s Knollwood Community Award given by Notre Dame Academy. The Knollwood Awards were established in 1988 to recognize those individuals whose innovation and generosity has made a difference to the Worcester community. Cynthia is a past president of the JLW. She has also served in other leadership roles within the community, such as, the Memorial Hospital Foundation, Worcester Garden Club, Music Worcester and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Maureen Gray received the Lois B. Green Leadership Award from the Women’s Initiative. Each year the Women’s Initiative honors local women that embody leadership values of their co-founders and whose deep committment and dedication make a meaningful difference. Maureen has served on several boards of non-profits, including the JLW, Seven Hills Foundation and Girls Inc. She is also a Corporator of the Worcester Art Museum and a member of the Literacy Committee for the Women’s Initiative.

We asked the Sustainer Representatives, Mary Beth D’Auteuil and Peggy Glavin what their plans for the year are? Here is what they had to say....

We hope to re-engage sustainers, who like us, may be at the point in their lives where their families have grown, or their professional lives are not quite so hectic and are looking for a way to reconnect with old friends. Along the way, perhaps some sustainers will again, volunteer for various events and promote the League, ensuring growth and sustainability. In addition we would like to have a few get togethers for the year and encourage Sustainers to remain valued members of the JLW!

Don’t forget about the Sustainer cocktail party on December 15th at the Salisbury Mansion! SEE PAGE 4 FOR DETAILS


Questions with.....

Mary Beth D’Auteuil


1. When did you join? 1997 or 1998, I can’t remember! 2. Why did you join? I was not working outside the home, and wanted to have interaction with women my age who were at the same point in their lives. Being a volunteer fit perfectly into my schedule. 3. What postitions have you held? I co-chaired M&D for two years. I chaired N&P another year. Planned our meetings one year (can't remember the title of that position.) I co-chaired decorations for 2 or 3 years during the Festival of Trees and I was a daycare reader for several years. 4. What has the JLW given back to you?

The League gave me several long-term friendships and kept me relevant in a changing business environment. League training helped me become a better leader. Many of the skills that I learned and practiced have carried over into my profession. Those skills include being a good mentor, maintaining community relationships and networking. My experience in the JLW afforded me the opportunity to explore what I felt was my civic duty to the people of Worcester and surrounding towns.

5. What do you do in your professional life?

I am Director of Finance for NEBE, LLC




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NEW MEMBER TRAINING This is the last New Member training session for this class. Time is 6:30-8:30pm Please contact us for location

DEC 12



Join us for a unique fundraiser... Holiday Paint Night! ArtReach is generously to donating $20 from every ticket sold to the JLW. Check your Evite or our FB event for details. Hope to see you there!

Join us as we wrap up gifts for the Boys & Girls Club Holiday Party.

DEC 14

DEC 15

Sign up for your volunteer shift in Companio. We hope you will come and help out!

DEC 21




This time we’re wrapping up gifts for the CASA toy drive.

Enjoy the delights of the season at our Sustainer Holiday Party, Cocktailsby Candlelight at the Salisbury Mansion.

Join us for December GMM and Holiday Party. Social starts at 6:30 pm with the meeting starting at 7:00 pm. This meeting is at Davis Adverstising. Look for your Evite for more information.

Sign up for your volunteer shift in Companio. We hope you will come and help out!

Need to get in touch? Here’s how! Junior League of Worcester 290 West Boylston Street P.O. Box 60496 Worcester, MA 01606 email: web: JUNIOR LEAGUE OF


Check your Evite or our FB event for more details.

Junior League of Worcester Hotline - November 2016