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April 2010 Women Building Better Communities

Secret Garden Mother Daughter Tea Find all your forms here!!

Singin’ in The RAIN April General Meeting

A Letter From Our President Loose Talk: Scratch & Sniff... April Showers: WHAT’S ON YOUR Calendar?

AND DON’T MISS: Kids in the Kitchen, Outreach opportunities, and these fun events: RMH Seaside Soiree, Galveston Island Beach Revue

IN THIS ISSUE: 2 Contents 3 Contributors 4 General Meeting-Singing in the Rain 5 Letter from the President-Michele Hay 6 Letter from the President Elect-Kathy Templeton 7 Loose Talk: “Scratch & Sniff” 8 Mother Daughter Tea-Secret Garden 9 Mother Daughter Tea Information Page 10Mother Daughter Tea Sponsor Information 11 Mother Daughter Tea Underwriting Form 12 Provisional Peeks 13 Provisional Peeks Contd. 14 Cookbook 15 Jr. Junior Leaguers

April 2010

16 Kids in the Kitchen 17 Pedi Pals 18 Creating Connections 19 Adopt a School 20 Outreach Opportunity 21 Ronald McDonald House Seaside Soiree 22 CAF/Scholarship 23 GALVESTON ISLAND BEACH REVUE 24April Calendar 25 March Minutes 26 Minutes Contd. 27 Minutes Contd. 28 JLGC Mission Statement 2

Sarah Sullivan-Editor COMMUNICATIONS Rachel Keehn-Website Chair Dina Driskell-PR Chair

Michele Hay-President

Junior League Council VP’s & Chairs Kathy Templeton-President Elect Dana Todd-Secretary/Council Chair Cara Koza-Communications VP/Council Chair Ashlee DuPont-Community VP/Council Chair Yvette Schulz-Finance VP/Council Chair Jocelyn Sullivan-Fundraising VP/Council Chair Stephanie Stathakos-Membership VP/Council Chair PLEASE NOTE: ANY EMAIL OUT OR EMAIL INTENDED FOR PUBLIC USE NEEDS TO GO THROUGH CARA KOZA TO PROOF BEFORE IT IS SENT! Thank you! 3

* In the old church meeting hall * 4


Spring is in the Air!! Hard to believe but Spring is here. The weather is beginning to change. Trees and flowers are showing off their new buds. It’s a sign of new beginnings. The Junior League is no different. This is the time of year when we begin to wrap up one year’s worth of activities and begin to think about the next year. One of those activities includes reviewing and updating our By-Laws and Standing Rules. As a non-profit 501(3)c organization – there are certain requirements that we must abide by in order to maintain this status. Our By-Laws and Standing Rules are our backbone. These two documents are what help us run our organization in a smooth and organized manner. Anouk Davis (Chairman, Advisory Planning and By-Laws) and her committee have worked tirelessly over the past few months going through these documents with a fine-tooth comb. At the March General Meeting – she presented the committee’s recommendations. Everyone will have an opportunity to vote on these changes at the April General Meeting. In addition to changes in our By-Laws – it is also time to begin planning for changes in our leadership for next year. Stephanie Stathakos (VP, Membership) and Pamela Petty (Chair, Membership) and the Placement Advisors have been working extremely hard in preparing for these changes. As the President-Elect, I have the extreme pleasure and honor of selecting the following: CR/PD Chair: Amy Brown Public Relations: Alicia Cahill (Chair), Liz Henson (Co-Chair) Advisory Planning & By-Laws Chair: Ronnie Rapp Administrative Services Chair: Elise Worthen Membership Development Chair: Jill Kaale, Christie Jensen (Co-Chair) Placement Chair: Molly Crow Holiday Ball Chair: Jeannie Janota Fundraising Chair: Kimberley Walker, Christy Taylor (Co-Chair) Sponsor Appreciation Chair: Cara Koza Silent Auction Chair: Mandy Wesley Cookbook: Erin Kearney Conrad Congratulations to all of these wonderfully talented ladies. Many of these ladies have already begun planning for next year. They are awesome!!! We are so lucky!!! --Kathy Templeton


Fresh cut Grass, roses, and the first fire of winter! -Amy Brown

Tanning Lotion Dove Soap Laundry Detergent Baked Goods -Lynsey Ginsberg My favorite smell is clean laundry -Ronnie Rapp Summertime! Babies with sunscreen, salty air, cookouts, & fresh cut grass -Liz Rogers

My favorite smell is my husband‌& garlic bread! -Amanda Hawes

Samantha, especially after a bath...and Burgers cooking on the grill -Ashlee DuPont 7

The 2010 Mother Daughter Tea, Secret Garden is right around the corner! If anyone has a request for information regarding the Tea to be sent to an individual or company you feel would be interested in attending this event, please let us know by contacting We will still send out forms, but the deadline is rapidly approaching so let us know soon! If you are planning on attending the Tea, please mail your form to the TA building or bring to the April General Meeting. We will also have all forms at the general meeting if you need one. Please join us in making Secret Garden a successful fundraiser for our League! Special Room Rates are available at both the Tremont House and the Hotel Galvez the weekend of the Tea: Tremont - (409)763-0300 Friday April 30th - $109.00 Saturday May 1st - $189.00 Galvez - (409)765-7721 Friday April 30th - $139.000 Saturday May 1st - $219.000 When placing reservations you must reference "Junior League of Galveston County, Inc. Mother Daughter Tea" to receive the discounted rate. Availability is on a first-come/first-serve basis and this special rate offer will end April 15th Thanks, Lynsey Ginsberg - Mother Daughter Tea Chair Erica Hallmark - Mother Daughter Tea Co-Chair Reene Bradshaw - Fundraising Chair





Eliza Quigley has was raised in Galveston but moved to Austin for several years and is now glad to be back home. She lives on the Island and has been back in Galveston County for 4 yrs. Eliza is a mom to three children; Cara is the oldest at 11 yrs old followed by Quinn who is two and baby Kadin who is 7mo old. Eliza is a licensed social worker at the children’s center here in Galveston. Hobbies include traveling, all water sports & reading when allowed the time. An interesting tidbit: At age 26 Eliza back packed through the Middle East by herself! What an adventure‌ Jennifer Murray has been in Galveston County for 15 yrs & calls League City her home. She is blessed with one little girl named Olivia who is 8 yrs old. However, she deals with several children on a daily basis being a full time teacher. Jen is also in graduate school. Way to go girl! When not studying she enjoys yard work & reading. Mary Beth Bassett came to Galveston 4 yrs ago from Colorado. She resides on the Island with her husband & two kids. She has a boy named Bryson who is 12 & a daughter named Anna who is 9 years old. Mary Beth is a writer / salesperson for The Islander Magazine. Pick up a copy, as you are sure to enjoy reading it! Valeria Clark has lived in Clear Lake since 1993. She is originally from San Antonio, TX. She is married & has two grown kids, Marshall her 23 yr old son & Courtney her 29 yr old daughter. Valle, as she goes by, is a surgical assistant to her husband Dr Lawrence Clarke who is an ENT- head & neck surgeon. She can actually manipulate six instruments at a time! She is also involved with the Medical Society Alliance as well as other organizations. Hobbies include scuba diving, photography, bicycling, swimming & traveling. Valle loves to cook & has purchased property to build a bakery or tea room on one day. This gal loves to stay busy & enjoys helping others. She is definitely an over achiever & we are pleased to have her in JLGC. Congrats also on purchasing highest number of pre-order cookbooks, Thanks so much!


Lindsey Boone has been in Galveston County 3 years this May. Her roots are from Little Rock, Arkansas but she moved here from Austin after attending the University of Texas. She is currently in nursing school and is looking forward to graduating in May! Lindsey has no kids just yet but does have a dog named Mako. This gal loves beach life & living on the island. She spends her past time fishing, surfing, dancing and is learning how to play the guitar. Lindsey is married to a 3rd year medical student. He proposed to her on west beach & they have spent their married life in Galveston together. Liz Henson has lived in Galveston County for 17 yrs and calls League City her home. She has two daughters; Emily who is 15 and Adrianna who just turned 13. Liz is a Journalism Teacher/Freelance Writer. Her hobbies include scrap booking, reading, watching football & of course, writing. She and her family love to spend time on the water. They enjoy their boat all year long, and like the lake and beach as well. Liz was a newspaper reporter & a PR specialist for 12 years before teaching. She has interviewed all kinds of interesting people from ZZ Top to G. Gordon Liddy to Ninfa Lorenzo. Meredith Martin is new to Galveston. She has been here less than a year & is originally from Dallas. She moved to “The Island” after graduating from Texas A&M in College Station. Meredith is an admissions counselor at Texas A&M Galveston. Her hobbies include reading, shopping & traveling. Meredith enjoyed school & loves A&M. Gig Em’ Aggies! Trisha Leimer enjoys life on Galveston Island. She has two boys; Luke 2 ½ yrs old & Logan 1 ½ yrs old. The boys are a mere 14 months apart making her super mom! Trisha was a kindergarten teacher at Oppe before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, taking pictures & going to the beach with her boys. Pamela Gabriel has been in Galveston County for 15 yrs & calls “The Island” her home. She is a realtor with Sand ‘N Sea Properties. Pamela is married and is blessed with both a boy & a girl. Her daughter, Sara is 6 years old & Austin is her 5 yr old son. Pamela enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her husband & children.



We are still pre-selling the book until July


We are accepting wholesale accounts 

The book will be available in July 

Our launch party is scheduled for the end of July (exact date, time, and details TBA) 

We will be pre-selling cookbooks at the Mother Daughter Tea

Thank you! Erin Kearney Conrad


Please Save the Date for the March Volunteer Opportunity ‌ Please see the link below for additional information about the area as well as a directional map and parking‌

Trash Bash Park Clean-up March 27, 2010 8am-12:30pm with lunch to follow Bay Street Park 900 Bay Street Texas City, TX 77590 We will each need to fill out a registration form to help with this event, so I will forward it along as soon as I receive it! Please let me know if you will be available for this day. Remember you can work one hour or the whole time; whatever fits your schedule! *** RELAY FOR LIFE *** Friday April 30th-Moody Gardens Jr. Junior Leaguers will be helping with luminaries from 5-9!


Thank you to all of you who volunteered at our March events, they were all very successful. We are excited to once again have a booth at Grand Kids Festival in Galveston on April 10, 2010 from 10:00 am to 5:00pm. We are still in need of volunteers for our afternoon shifts. Please contact Ronnie Rapp, Kids in the Kitchen Chair, 281-957-9359 or if you are interested in participating in this event.


Our pop tab count for the League year is close to 70,000! We will be working on "phase one" of a two year League project to spruce up the outdoor play area of Ronald McDonald House Galveston on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. Please email Denise at if you would like to help. Thanks to all who are volunteering for RMH's Seaside Soiree and those who offered to help! We have all the volunteers we need for the evening, but tickets and sponsorships are still available for the event, which will be held April 28 at Murdoch’s. The Space Race will be held April 11 at Gulf Greyhound Park and benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities. Please contact Denise for volunteer information; LIMITED availabilities still exist.


Creating Connections was awarded $600 from the Disaster Fund through AJLI. We will be renovating all 5 bathrooms at the Family Crisis Center with our money. YEAH!!! The bathrooms are in need of some serious TLC, and we are excited to bring new, inspired life to these tired spaces. The Children's Center also requested our help with the main office at the Family Crisis Center. All counseling sessions, one on one meetings, and new client registration are held in this space. However, they don't have any seating for the families. We are looking for a gently used small sofa, love seat, or armchairs. If you have any items of this type that you would like to donate, please contact Holly Pelletier at or 832-865-3379.


Upcoming Adopt A School Events May 3 - 7 - Teacher Appreciation Week: Help us pamper our teachers as we provide snacks and other goodies for the week. May 11- 12 - Reading is Fundamental: This is our book distribution and reading event. We are splitting it over a two day period to accommodate all classes. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact Amy Brown (


Volunteers for Galveston Historical Foundation Homes Tour needed. **These will not be league hours** Help is needed for the May 8th date. Please contact Lori Crossno to sign up. Volunteers receive 1/2 price tickets

Upcoming Outreach Events: Relay for Life-April 30th Sign up for a slot events/1wFy+bipVhE=/public Galveston Beach Review-May 15th


Ronald McDonald House of Galveston Comes of Age with  Seaside Soiree Celebrating its 21st Birthday  Wednesday April 28, 2010 from 7 – 10 pm The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston will celebrate its 21st Anniversary along with Murdochs’ 100 year Anniversary by hosting a Seaside Soiree at 2223rd Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX Feb. 18, 2010 – After 21 years, The Galveston Ronald McDonald House will come of age with a Seawall closing celebration in front of Murdochs on Galveston Island Wednesday April 28th. The Seaside Soiree will take place in and around the newly reconstructed Murdochs between 22nd and 23rd Street and the Seawall. The celebration will include music by the Line-Up and the Coconuts. Vintage cars will be staged on the street , a fabulous silent auction inside, and surprises galore will once again bring the party back to the seawall. Thanks to the generosity of Jim and Suzanne Little who have long been supporters of the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston, the veranda and parts of the new Murdochs will be open to the partygoers. Beach lifeguard towers will be strategically placed on the seawall to honor the major sponsors along with Beach umbrellas and chairs. A wide range of tasty tidbits will be provided by the Galveston Restaurant Group – Saltwater Grill, Sky Bar – Steak & Sushi, Gumbo Bar, Mario’s on the Seawall, and Papa Johns. Bathing beauties reminiscent of the early 1900s will line the ramp to Murdochs to greet the partygoers. A full moon will shine down on a relaxed party aimed at honoring the 21 years of service to children and their families. For additional information on the Seaside Soiree, contact Margie Chavarria Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston at 409-762-8770 ext 106 or visit . About Ronald McDonald House of Galveston: The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston is a home-away-from-home for families of children who are seeking medical evaluation or treatment at UTMB, Shriner Burns Hospital Galveston, and the Transitional Learning Center. Since their opening 21 years ago, our house has provided over 75,000 guest nights to more than 8,000 families from 98 counties in Texas, 14 other states, and 10 foreign countries.


The CAF/Scholarship Committee would like to congratulate the following young ladies who will be receiving the Scholarship grant: Simone Nagle Catherine Uong Vanessa Rivera Abbie Laird Abby Laclede Lorna Hirsch Maegan Mauriello Caitlin Godinich Marissa Cantu Crystal Josey

We would also like to extend an invitation to the entire League inviting you to the Scholarship Tea on April 17th between 10:30-12:00 located at the TA building. This is the first year that we will be recognizing these young ladies during a special tea instead of our general meeting. We would love for as many members as possible to attend the tea to congratulate these women for the contributions they have made to our community. -Laura Roffman, CAF/Scholarship 22


General Meeting-Monday April 12th The Lyceum-24th & Winnie-Galveston *In the old church meeting hall * Outreach Opportunities ** SAVE THE DATE **

Relay for Life Survivor Tent 4-30-10

Scholarship Tea IBC Beach Revue April 17th 10:30-12 TA Building We will be honoring the Ladies selected to receive A scholarship from us. We’d Love to see as many Members as possible!

Creating Connections Event Thursday April 1, 2010 Ronald McDonald House Events: 4-28-10 Seaside Soiree, Murdoch’s Pier 24

Junior League of Galveston County, Inc.

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES Monday, March 8, 2010 Doyle Convention Center, Texas City

Call to Order- The meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm by Michele Hay, President. Thought for the Day- Kathy Templeton read the thought for the day. Reports President, Michele Hay Michele reported that the ballots for Volunteers of the Year are posted on the web and can be filled out and emailed back to Michele or filled out at this meeting and returned to her BY April 16th. Michele reminded chairs that their annual reports will be due May 15th and they should start on them. President-Elect- Kathy Templeton Kathy announced the chair positions for next year: PR Chair- Alicia Cahill, Newssheet- Sarah Sullivan, Website- Michele Hay Fundraising- Kimberly Walker, Fundraising Co-Chair- Christy Taylor, Holiday Ball- Jeannie Janota, Sponsor Party- Cara Koza, Placement Chair- Molly Crow, Membership Development- Jill Kaale, Membership Development Co-chair- Christi Jensen, Advisory Planning/By-Laws- Ronnie Rapp, Administrative Services- Elise Worthen Membership Council- Stephanie Stathakos Stephanie announced the belated February and March Birthdays. Placement Committee passed out the placement brochures and 2010-2011 choice sheets. Pamela Petty reminded everyone of the placement interviews on March 30 and 31. She also announced the placement chairs for next year: Creating Connections- Rachel Keehn, Adopt-a-School- Kim Mack, Junior Junior Leaguers- Lori Crossno and Linsey Ginsberg, PediPals- Denise Taller, Girls on the Run, Sarah Trombley, and GOR Co-chair- Gina Gilmore, Outreach Opportunity- Janet Hoffman and Angie Brown, Kids-in-the-Kitchen- Jennifer Caffey, Salvation Army- Felicity Dodson and Michelle Holland, Habitat for Humanity- Terry Lynn Jones. The Placement committee handed out the ballots for next year’s placement committee. Results: One Year: Kim Mack, Felicity Dodson, Christi Jensen; Two or Three Years: Hayley Hardcastle, Jocelyn Sullivan, Cyndi Lyons; Four Years or More: Kristi Gann, Marjorie Kovacevich, Dana Todd. Stephanie Vasut announced the Provisional Project this year as Independence Village where they will collect items and help out those with mental disabilities. She is proud of what a great group of ladies they are. Fundraising Council Cookbook- Erin Kearney reported that they are still setting up wholesale accounts for the cookbook. Members will soon be able to access the forms online. There will be a cookbook launch party in July when the books will get here. She also reminded members that each will need to have 10 cookbook points before May 1st. Mother/Daughter Tea- Linsey Ginsberg reported that she is picking up sponsor and underwriting forms at this meeting and in April. She will also accept them by email. She also passed around a notebook for members to give the address and name of someone she would like to receive and invitation. There will only be an email invite for members. Finance Council- Michele Hay for Yvette Schulz Michele announced that everyone should have picked up a dues statement and she will accept checks at this meeting or checks can be mailed to the TA Building. Michele explained that the HUGS Endowment has been added as an optional contribution as


the endowment has not earned any money and we would like to be able to give annual donations to Ronald McDonald House. Michele also reported that there is a job description and application for Junior League’s Office Manager. She would like to have someone in the position by April. Placement Fair- Community Council Ashlee Dupont encouraged every member to read the placement brochure before the placement interview. She is available for any questions anyone may have. She had representatives from each placement to speak to membership. She also reported that there will be a Kids-in-the-Kitchen event at the rec center at Menard Park before the end of the League-Year. Proposed By-Laws Changes- Anouk Davis Anouk reported on the changes to the bylaws listed below. These changes have been voted on and passed at Board. Membership will vote for on the changes in April and will be able to vote on one item at a time. The changes are as follows: Article IV Membership The upper age limit of 55 has been removed throughout Clarification throughout that it takes 7 years of active service not including leave of absence time to be eligible to go sustaining Drop the requirement for prospective members to have lived here 6 months prior to the deadline for “proposal of prospective members” Prospective members may live in the immediate surrounding areas of Galveston County Eliminate Non-Resident Prospective Member status Only one of the following can be part of your Sponsor Group (President, Pres-elect, close relative, current member of Membership Development Committee.) Section 7 Removal It will now take a 2/3 vote by the Board of Directors to remove a member instead of a simple majority A member may be removed with or without cause for such action including in good or bad standing. This protects that person’s privacy in the Board minutes which are public. Core Values and Standards of Behavior This document comes from AJLI and was originally brought to board members 2 years ago. We are now extending it to the League via the Standing Rules. Section 5 Disciplinary Procedures: In the event of an egregious breach of the “Core Values and Standards of Behavior" or actions that jeopardize our 501 C 3 status, the Board of Directors may take any action they deem fit. This could include LOA, change of position in the League, restrictive status, removal. Article VI Officers The slate shall be published to the League at least 7 days prior to the vote and may be in the form of email or newssheet. The Finance Assistant is expected to take the role of Finance Vice President the following year. She has no voting power. Finance Vice President may be a two year position Article VII-Meetings Council Meetings are defined Article VIII-Board of Directors They shall be elected by the membership at a General Meeting (as opposed to the Annual Meeting) FYI-The Annual Meeting is a required meeting that serves as our celebratory end of year banquet. It is not a General Meeting. Provisionals are recognized as new Members, a recap of the year’s activities are celebrated and the transition from one Board to the other is acknowledged. It is a time to celebrate! Section 3 B. Policies may be voted on by the membership at a General Meeting. Article X Committees Under Nominating/Placement the word tenure is defined. 3 members in each category will be elected as opposed to only 2.


There may be up to 11 committee members serving as Placement Advisors The current President shall serve in an advisory capacity only. The Placement Chairman is selected by the Placement Committee to the Executive slate. When the slate passes, the current Placement Chairman will then automatically move up to Membership Vice President for the next year. The Placement Chairman must be a current or past Placement Committee member. This will take effect in the 2010-2011 League year. Arrangements-There may be an Education Chairman –as opposed to shall be. Changing from “Co-Chair” to “Chair”. CRPD-the Chairman will serve on both the Community and Planning Council Membership Development-The committee shall consist of a Chairman, a Co-Chairman and a first year active. Add Mother Daughter Tea There shall be a Mother Daughter Tea Committee. It will have a Chair and a Co-Chair The Chair will serve on the Fundraising Council General Membership must vote on Financial Obligations Holiday Ball Ticket Price- Proposed change is to increase the price of the ticket from $125 to $150 each. The Ball ticket price has not changed in 10 years The cost of having the Ball has increased with inflation We are thereby having a harder time funding our projects…and now we have more of them. Annual Meeting Fee- Increase the Annual Meeting fee from $5 to $25. The meeting is mandatory and serves as our Banquet. If you know you cannot attend, you can RSVP to the Arrangements Chairman and instead pay the fee. The fine would increase from $10 to $25 in the event that you do not RSVP at all and then do not attend. I.E. The arrangements committee paid for your meal in anticipation of your attendance. Anouk reported that the red-lined version of the By-Laws will be emailed to all members and changes will be voted on at the April General Meeting.

Unfinished Business There was no unfinished business. New Business Jeannie Janota reported that if you save about $8 or $10 each week, you will have $300 for Holiday Ball by the time it comes around! She also asked that every member invite at least one other couple. The Ball will be December 11 and Sponsor Party will be November 18. Announcements Thanks to everyone who cooked for the meeting. Ronnie Rapp requested volunteers for Kids in the Kitchen events. The ones on the 16th and 24th of March have been cancelled. She asked that her committee meet after the meeting. . Adjourn- The meeting was adjourned at 8:34 p.m.


The Junior League of Galveston County ________________________________ MISSION: The Junior League of Galveston County, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. VISION: Improving the opportunities and life experiences for the residents of Galveston County. 28

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