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Brown bags of donations in hand, JLGO

go without. Each member was asked to fill her

members, friends and family, all gathered at

brown paper bag with money donations and bring

the eighth annual Blue Note Ball on Saturday,

it to the event. League members generously filled

February 27. The theme of Old Florida was about

their bags to make sure no child has to go without

• Less scarring

going back to our roots and focusing on how

lunch. All proceeds will go directly to support the

• Shorter recovery time

our community

League’s mission and efforts to improve childhood

came about.

health, hunger and poverty.

Benefits include: • Significantly less pain

We understand women’s needs like no other area hospital. That’s because Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

Market provided

New to this year’s event was the bucket auction

da Vinci® Si Surgical System, Dr. Vaught performs complex and delicate women’s surgeries with unmatched precision.

the perfect

in which members placed multiple tickets into

w i n n i e p a l m e r h o s p i t a l . c o m • 3 2 1 . 8 H E A LT H ( 3 2 1 . 8 4 3 . 2 5 8 4 )

setting for

a bucket to try to win certain items. Attendees

members to be transported back in time to more

gathered around to see whose name would be

tranquil, slower Florida days without the hustle

drawn to win one of many fabulous prizes such

and bustle of city life. Guests were immediately

as spa gift certificates, Magic tickets, condo

is home to Central Florida’s only female director of minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Jessica Vaught. Utilizing the new



125 N. Lucerne Circle, East Orlando, FL 32801 Address Service Requested

The Farmer’s

2/11/10 3:12 PM

greeted with a sweet tea vodka drink in a mason

stays, diamond

jar and took in the atmosphere. Crates with

jewelry and a

oranges and other citrus decorations under a

meat smoker,

starry night provided the perfect backdrop for the

which was the

special evening.

much-talked about hot

Attendees danced the night away to a seven-

item of the night. Some of the upscale items in

piece band, sampled delicious Southern food such

the silent auction were a Big Apple Adventure

as sweet potato biscuits, barbeque, shrimp and

featuring tickets to a Broadway show and an

grits and a delectable S’mores station, and bid on

upscale restaurant, a Wine Country Weekend

incredible auctions. The packed event was the hit

and meals in Napa Valley, as well as a shopping

of the year with an array of fashion choices, from

excursion to any nation wide Bloomingdale’s.

more casual to elegant.

Another fun addition to the Ball was the photo booth. Guests had a blast taking pictures in the

A philanthropic

booth and coming up with fun poses and facial

new addition to

expressions. The photos provided a fun token to

the annual event

take home at the end of the night. Thank you to

was the Brown Bag Campaign. Brown paper bags

Jordan Cook, Carrie Rentz and the Blue Note

are something that many children bring their lunch

Ball Committee for an amazing event with many

in to school, but many Central Florida children

creative additions.

Spring 2010

By Amy Parker

membership matters

Spring 2010 A Bag of a Ball

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I read with sadness the February 9, 2010, front

The foundation for this program reflects what

You can learn more about this proposed program

page article of The Orlando Sentinel that detailed

the membership told us they want to work

on our website, through your Chairs or mentors,

the latest research of Central Florida families who

on. Membership expressed their views in last

or by calling me. And as you have the opportunity

are living with hunger. Specifically, the report

Spring’s “Speak-Up” sessions, the October Cluster

to vote on this program later this Spring, I hope

showcased a 152 percent increase in just four

Meetings, and the Fall Survey. CRPD took all

you will join me in offering thanks to the hard work

years in the number of people who sought help

of this feedback and crafted a program that

of CRPD for crafting a program that provides

from local food pantries and soup kitchens. Many

directly reflects membership desires. The specific

components that you asked for while also making a

of these people are families with young children.

membership priorities of the program include:

positive impact in the lives of hungry children.

1. Membership Priority: Feed hungry kids

This ONE program will help improve the lives of

Junior League of Greater Orlando

Indeed, of the 732,000 Central Floridians who sought food assistance, nearly half are children.

(direct service to those in need) Dave Krepcho, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, shared this with JLGO

Orlando’s kids.

• Food packs delivered twice a month to ~ 87 kids

members directly when he

• Fresh fruit delivered daily to ~ 87 kids

spoke at the September

• Meals provided 4 times a year to ~ 30 kids &

The Board held its February 2nd meeting “Community Plunge” at Grace Medical Home, a medical center for Orlando’s working uninsured. Marilyn King, JLGO Past President and Chairman of the Board of Grace, offered tours. This event was open to all members.

their families

General Membership meeting. I remember vividly the statistic

2. Membership Priority: Address the greatest need

that the number of children

• Suggested program located at Callahan

living with hunger would fill up

Neighborhood Center, an after-school program

5 Amway Arenas! Because this need is so great, I am proud that JLGO members

Stephanie Garris, President of JLGO

which draws from schools with free/reduced fee lunch participation of 75% or above.

have asked for the opportunity to help. Throughout last year’s process of asking JLGO members what

3. Membership Priority: Provide enrichment

they wanted to work on, helping alleviate childhood

component for kids & their parents

hunger remained at the top of the list.

• 9 hands-on experiences for ~ 30 kids, with league members (focus: health, nutrition,

As the CRPD Committee listened to members about how they could make a difference, they also gathered

exercise) • 4 external speaker experiences for ~ 30 kids

research on best practices with other Leagues on

& their families, with league members

structuring a program while also reaching out to

(focus: health, nutrition, exercise

Central Florida’s partners for collaboration. The result of this work is a proposed program that reflects the

4. Membership Priority: Provide healthy

desires of JLGO Members – HIP Kids - the Healthy,

food component

Informed, Playful Kids Program!

• Fresh fruit delivered daily by Second Harvest to ~ 87 kids

Our Mission The Junior League of Greater Orlando, Florida, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, 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.


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President’s Perspective

Junior League of Greater Orlando, Florida, Inc.

Board of Directors


President Stephanie Garris President-Elect Kirstina Bouwmans Recording Secretary Allison Hudson Treasurer Heather Gantt Vice President of Active Membership Loretta Hawkins Vice President of Community Sharese Pace Vice President of Finance Andrea Balanzatugui Vice President of Marketing & Communications Beth Wilson Vice President of Research & Development Elisha Contner Vice President of Sustainer Membership Lynn Moharam Member-at-Large Wendy Adelson Parliamentarian Vicki Pietrack President’s Assistant Kelly Schupfer President’s Pick Suzanne Tagman

January Board Retreat was held at Orlando Country Club on Saturday, January 2. Special AJLI guest speaker Special Guest Janine Le Sueur helped with the training. This meeting was open to all members.

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By Kirstina Bouwmans

and into the 2010-2011 year, let us remember that we are a membership driven organization. The

Having chaired the Community Research & Program Development (CRPD) committee twice and being the immediate past VP of R&D, I would like to share my thoughts

work that R&D is tasked with can’t be completed in a bubble. It is because of our members’ input, opinions and support that we can continue down the strategic path to accomplishing the goals of our community impact statement.

on R&D’s work during this 2009-2010 League year.

I ask you to continue to freely share your thoughts

This past eighteen months

and ideas with R&D, your own Councils and

has been an unprecedented

the Board. Our Council system works from

time of change for our

the membership level up to the Board and back

League. We have adopted

down again. Please continue to be involved and

a five year strategic plan and narrowed our community

As we move forward through the end of this year

Kirstina Bouwmans

impact area to the issues of childhood health, hunger and poverty. Every step of the way has been collaboration between R&D, membership, all Councils and the Board of Directors. From

engaged as we prepare to move into year two of our five year strategic plan. As always, I am so grateful to serve along with you to make our community a better place to live.

Get to Know your Board Allison Hudson, Recording Secretary and President Elect Elect, has been a JLGO member since 1997. Hudson

as a proud graduate of University of Central

often on the soccer


field! Previously, she has served as

Vicki Pietrack, Parliamentarian, has been a

VP of Finance, VP of Allison Hudson

Community, Themed Social Fundraiser Co-Chair and Asst. Co-Chair, Fred Chair and Assist. Chair, FRED, Green Circle Chair, Green Circle, Teen Court. Hudson’s favorite League memory was when the Board was able to visit and work with the was very moved by the experience and love the

a League, and as a united membership.

work that the JLGO does with this program. We do make a difference in the lives of these troubled girls!” Professionally, Hudson is a Financial Advisor and has been with the same company for 19 years. Hudson graduated from University of Florida. Hudson says of her League experience, “That even after 12 years of being a JLGO member, each year still brings new and exciting challenges. We do make a difference in the lives of those in

Rebecca Cannon

Leigh Ann Vogel

Cynthia Obenland

the Central Florida Community and the JLGO has helped me to be a better leader and volunteer!” Sharese Pace, VP of Community, has been a member of Junior League since 2005. Pace has previously served

an 11 month old son named Connor. Pietrack has previously served as VP of Community, CRPD, Chair of WRCC, Training Team Chair & Asst. Chair and on Bargain Box. Pietrack cites attending an ODI conference

Vicki Pietrack

as a favorite League memory. She says, “It gave me a greater understanding of what AJLI is all about and how it flows down to JLGO.” Pietrack has worked with Orlando Health as the Operations Manager of Risk Management for the past 16 years. She is also the immediate past President of Femmes de Coeur, a fundraising organization that supports the Health Care Center for the Homeless as well as raises funds for nursing scholarships. Pietrack sees the power of community involvement and says, “I believe community and I believe it is never too early to

Planning, as

demonstrate this to our children. There is nothing

the Chair of

greater than working side-by-side with your child,


family or friend when you are giving back to

Assistant to

others and making a difference in the community

President and


member of Junior League for 8 years and has

that everyone has an obligation to serve their

on Advisory

Assistant Chair of

a Marketing and Education director for a large

an Executive on the PTA Board and counts herself

and can be found

Plunges, we have all traveled this path together, as

Amy Parker

Professionally, Pace has worked 10 years as

earn a degree in Interior Design. Pace serves as

boys (Trevor and Trent)

girls at GAP during the holidays. Hudson said, “I

JJ Mackle, Chair

it clearly stuck as she is now VP of Community!

back to school at Southern College for Design to

husband (Scott) and 2

speak-ups to brown bag lunches to Community

Publications Committee

the first time she visited Great Oaks Village and

company in property management and later went

has a full house, with a

Finance Elect, VP of

TEAR/CRPD. Her favorite League memory was

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President Elect Message

Sharese Pace

and lives of others.”


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Volunteer and Take This Once Every Decade Opportunity to Attend the Conference The last time Orlando was asked to host Annual Conference was over 10 years ago. Attendance

From April 14-17, approximately 1,000 League

at each year’s conference is expensive and as

leaders representing Leagues across four

such we are only able to send our President,

countries will join together at the Rosen Centre

President Elect and President Elect-Elect to

Hotel to learn new skills, share best practices,

represent our membership. Since this year’s

make new friendships and voice their thoughts on

conference is in our own backyard, conference

issues that will affect each of the 292 Leagues in

volunteers will be afforded the opportunity to attend

AJLI, including ours!

training sessions and hear from speakers such

Conference Keynote Speaker Announcement

as Mrs. Johnson! We need your help in areas such as registration and goody bag stuffing so please visit and click on the segment

Although final preparations are still underway, we

pertaining to the Conference. There you will see

are happy to announce that our keynote speaker

a volunteer link where you can fill out a form

will be Mrs. Sheila Johnson, a noted female

indicating your volunteer preferences. Sign up

entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian.

today! Please direct any questions to Elizabeth

Mrs. Johnson is the first African-American woman

Hughes at or Kelly Newton

to be an owner or partner in three professional


sports franchises: the Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Wizards (NBA), and the

On behalf of the entire conference planning

Washington Mystics (WNBA). Johnson currently

committee, I thank you for your support and I look

serves as CEO of Salamander Hospitality, a

forward to seeing you at the Conference.

New Community Program Callahan Center A new CAT Team pilot community program was announced at the January GMM! They will be working with 11-12 young girls helping to develop life skills. The League will volunteer at the Callahan Center and help teach Life Skills to young ladies who attend the center after school. The program is similar to GAP except we’re pro-actively reaching out to young ladies before they might get into trouble. Donnita Coleman is helping to head up this program with several new Actives who all are very excited to start! Guest speakers will touch on different topics (hygiene, etiquette, healthy eating, self esteem, journaling) and the goal is to provide dinner and a ‘takeaway meal’ at each session. Several young ladies in the community have already signed up to participate. Training starts with a Self Defense Course and tour of the Center with the staff on February I6, the first session with the girls is on March 2. Coleman remarked, “I am honored that I was selected to help with this pilot program and to think that I get to help with something that

company she founded in 2005. Salamander’s

could be a community program for

portfolio includes: The Woodlands Resort & Inn,

years to come is so exciting!” The

in Summerville, SC; The Innisbrook Resort and

Elizabeth Hughes

Golf Club, a 900 acre, 72 hole PGA tour golf

2010 Annual Conference Site Chair

Laura-Cat Chair, Cindy Asst. CAT Chair , Sharese- VP of community, Donnita Coleman - Chairing new Pilot program and Debbie committee member. Planning out the future of the Pilot program with The Callahan Center.


JLGO Hosts 88th Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) Annual Conference

League thinks so as well!

course in Palm Harbor, FL; and The Salamander

For more information, please

Resort & Spa in the Blue Ridge Mountains in

contact Donnita.C.Coleman@

Middleburg, VA. In addition, she serves as a or Laura Haag, CAT

global ambassador for CARE, a humanitarian

Team Chair.

organization fighting global poverty. Mrs. Johnson’s humanitarian efforts are very similar to the programs at the heart of the League movement and we are eager to welcome her to our conference.




The first time someone volunteers for a DIAD with GAP there is always some trepidation. Volunteers ask themselves; “What can I talk to them about” or “Do I have anything in common with these girls?” There is also a small amount of fear. These are girls in a lockdown facility after all. When they file into the meeting room there is laughter, giggling and playful ribbing among the girls. One quickly realizes that despite the surroundings and the wardrobe these are just teenage girls experiencing the highs and lows of teenage life. The stress of the day melts away and one is transported back to the days when what you wore was paramount and the relationships with your friends and boyfriends were of upmost importance. At the end of the evening the women and the girls gather around and proclaim their status as phenomenal women. Dr. Richard Bommelije, a Rollins College professor once said that, “we are the same person that we were five years ago except for the books that we have read and the people that we meet.” Upon volunteering for a DIAD with the GAP program there is the assumption that one

your choice by going to the JLGO website and clicking on the calendar. The Girls Advocacy Program (GAP) is a wonderful opportunity for all JLGO members to interact with one of our core missions, which is helping children. Every other Thursday, the GAP committee provides food, fun and great speakers to the girls at the Juvenile Detention Center in Orlando. So far this year the girls have learned about the power of optimism, how to present themselves at an interview and their personality colors. Future speakers will discuss Etiquette and CARE. The GAP Program gives the girls a well needed break from their routine at the facility. The JLGO members are great role models for these girls. The girls show their gratitude in letters they write at the end of the session, describing what meant most to them and what they learned in session. This is always a very moving part of the evening, because

January GMM Aims to Help Haitian Victims of Earthquake

Placement Fair on the Horizon

Members collected medical and toiletry goods at

Are you ready for a change? The April Placement

the January GMM in an effort to help the relief effort

Fair is fast approaching. Online Placement opens

in Haiti. Members did this in response to help the

on Tuesday, April 27, the night of the GMM, and

residents of Haiti deal with the consequences of a

will close on May 4. You will be asked to submit

massive earthquake. Active member Laine Powell

four unique Placement choices. These choices are

had cousins severely injured from the quake, as

not ranked, but it never hurts to give a little extra

there are other stories of Central Floridians who

information about which one or two you might prefer.

had families or friends affected by the quake.

The Placement Coordinator is proud to report the

Powell will ensure that they get to the proper

recent Placement success of 49 new members from

agencies for distribution.

the Fall Provisional class. All were placed in one of their three selected Placement choices!

During the social hour, Elizabeth Hughes hosted a meeting for members interested in volunteering

The Placement choice you receive will begin June 1

at the 88th AJLI Annual Conference scheduled for

and end May 31, so please consider any upcoming

April 14-17. Orlando has not been the host site for

events in your life (new baby, getting married,

10 years and we look forward to welcoming 1,000

moving) before making those choices. It’s okay if

women leaders who will attend!

you’re still on the fence about what you want to do,

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The Gap Experience

or if you don’t know a lot about a committee you are

although the girls sometimes seem apathetic, they

considering. The online Placement search engine

always have positive reflections of their experience.

is fun and easy to use. You can search by Council,

If you are looking for a positive DIAD for yourself

job responsibilities, and meeting days and times.

or your committee, then please consider GAP. The

The search engine will be open prior to the start of

benefits will last long after the job is complete.

the Placement fair, but after the March GMM, and

will change a young person’s life by showing them

contact information for all outgoing Chairs is listed

that there are other options in life. By the end of

in each committee’s information.

the night one realizes that it is not them who is affecting change, instead they are changed by the

Remember, all Spring Provisionals and current

experience. Visiting the GAP program is something

Active members of JLGO who are not appointed

that every JLGO member should experience at least

or elected to positions for the 2010-2011 League

once. The program is a shining example of what the

year are required to fill out an online Placement

Junior League stands for.

form, even if you plan to take Associate status, go

Recruiting Interested GAP Volunteers Wanted: Dedicated, talented, open-minded women needed to encourage, support and motivate young ladies. Only two hours on bi-weekly Thursdays. Salary is sense of purpose, enormous gratitude, and warm fuzzy feelings. No interview necessary,


sign-up for a trial internship on the Thursday of

45 JLGO members got DEFENSIVE!! CAT Team and Officer Debbie Driscoll hosted a Self Defense Training Class on February 16 at the Callahan Center from 6 PM to 8 PM. The class was conducted by the Orlando Police Department. Officer Ernest Smith, who has worked 13 years with OPD, volunteered his time to train members of the League on how to defend off an attack. The 2 hour session was a big hit with the large amount of attendees who had a blast and became informed on an important matter at the same time! Look out for the next session!

Sustainer, or take a Leave of Absence. Members are placed in order of their AJLI numbers. If you have any questions, contact Placement Coordinator Jennifer Keefe at jenn_keefe@mac. Our last recruitment event was held on January 6 which produced 32 paid members for the Spring Provisional class. With this class, we have a membership increase which has only occurred once in the last five years!

com or (407) 402-6507.


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life scenarios that these roles may encounter. For example, Assistant Chairs got guidance and had questions answered about becoming Chairs; Chairs discussed the importance of tapping potential new leaders and how to do so; and Mentors reinforced the need for all Active members to be a Mentor in their own way.

Nearly 50 League leaders attended the mid-year training at Orlando Health. Topics included a discussion on engaging and training all committee members, transitioning effectively, why the need for voluntarism remains vital, and the budgeting process.

Mid Year Training By Cynthia Obenland

Laine Powell (Active Member Mentor) gave a fantastic presentation on the need for, and how to, engage all committee members. Powell emphasized the importance of ensuring that all we do (whether committee work, community activities, etc.) needs to tie back to the JLGO mission statement. She challenged the group to see who could recite the mission statement verbatim. Ask

The 2009-2010 Mid-Year Training occurred on

yourself – could you recite the mission statement?

Saturday, January 30 at the M.D. Anderson Cancer

Is the work you’re doing for the League supporting

Center. What an incredible day! JLGO President

the mission statement?

Stephanie Garris started the day off with a heartfelt welcome to all of the attendees and, in

After Council meetings wrapped up the last

keeping true to her favorite William Faulkner quote

session, it was time to call it a day. The 2009-2010

about moving mountains one stone at a time, gave

Mid-Year Training was a big hit and accomplished

everyone a symbolic stone as a thank you.

its primary goal of bringing training to current and future League leaders. Laura Pooser (Member

Fran Carlton, former Florida House of

Development Chair) and her committee, as well

Representatives member and Orange County

as all of the presenters, deserve a huge round of

Clerk of Courts, was the keynote speaker and gave

applause for a very successful event!

an inspirational speech focusing on how League

responsibility to ourselves to be the best we can be


Balanzategui (VP of Finance), were filled with

• Recruiting members to host Cluster meetings; • Establishing partnerships with vendors to

Have you ever walked into a GMM and seen the

provide food and wine for the GMM (did you

room arranged and the tables decorated and

know that Barefoot Wine donates all of the wine

wonder who takes care of all of that? Junior

for free so all monies made from drink sales

League worker elves! Okay, okay, it’s really the

goes directly back to the League?); and

Internal Education & Support (IES) Committee.

• Identifying new social opportunities for

IES does all this with no RSVP’s and with guess

members, such as “JLGOooo To The Movies”

work on about how many to expect. Can you

and “Moms and Tots”.

imagine planning your wedding but never being sure of the final headcount? These ladies are up

The IES Committee is especially thrilled that the

for the challenge and are to be commended for

“Moms and Tots” program has been so successful.

successfully pulling off each event.

A couple of the committee members decided to meet at a local park so they could socialize and

The incredible ladies on this committee are

the kids could play. From this outing, the idea

responsible for all of the details that go into

for “Moms and Tots” took shape and it has now

planning, preparing for, and wrapping up the

become an official monthly event.

GMMs. They work closely with the JLGO President in determining themes for each meeting;

With all that they do, the name IES doesn’t do the

work with other committees to address any

committee justice! Since FRED was rebranded to

needs they have for the GMM (additional rooms

FUNd this year, maybe it’s time for rebranding this

for pre-GMM workshops or meetings; tables for

committee next year to truly reflect what they do.

committee presentations, etc.); stage the main

IES’s super-organizational tactics and commitment

GMM room before the meeting with decorations

to providing us places, food and WINE makes

to help enhance the overall meeting atmosphere;

them truly rock!

but since the committee doesn’t meet any other

a difference – never forget that.

Malaret (Nominating Committee) and Andrea

(location, date, food and drink specials);

committee typically works from 5pm to 9:30pm –

As she constantly reiterated, one person can make

roles. Breakout sessions facilitated by Stacey

• Organizing the December Holiday party

That can lead to a long GMM night – the

and then need to step up and help the community.

anyone excluded who wasn’t filling one of these


has ended.

Carlton reminded Leaguers that we first have a

Assistant Chairs and Mentors, in no way was

By Cynthia Obenland

IES also makes their mark in other ways,

and lastly, break down the room after the GMM

members make a real difference in our community.

While the overall training was focused on Chairs,

Spotlight on IES Committee, otherwise known as “Incredible Energetic Superstars!”

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activities designed to provide solutions to real-

time during the month, its members know that after all of their hard work for the GMM, they Organization Development Institute (ODI) presented by The Association of Junior Leagues International in Little Rock, AR. JLGO Members nominated to attend this conference were Sharese Pace, VP of Community, Heather Gantt, Treasurer, Katie Byrne, FUNd Development Chair and Julie Schallhorn, Provisional Mentor. Past President and Sustainer Mimi Hull attended as a workshop presenter for AJLI!

are done until the next one. This provides some needed flexibility for personal schedules.

Sisters Virginia Pottinger Trabold and Kristin Pottinger Dill IES Chair & Asst. Chair.


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When You Wish Upon a Star, Provisionals Make Dreams Come True

Welcome to the 2010 Spring Provisional Class The League would also like to welcome 45

The 2010 Provisional retreat was held at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, January 23 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. 45 Provisional members took part in team building exercises to help bond with their class and their mentors. President Stephanie Garris addressed the new members and several Board members visited with the newest League members. Provisional requirements and League activities were also reviewed at the retreat. Anna McPherson said of this Provisional class, “Our Provisionals are a great bunch, and have a

Our newest Provisionals are up and running on

The A/P Committee is proud to announce that 52

energetic women whom are on their way to

their “Cinderella’s Closet” Provisional Class Project.

wonderful women are the newest Active members

becoming Active members of our League this

The project involves a prom-dress drive, with

of our League! After an all-day retreat in August,

upcoming Spring! In addition to attending the

vouchers given out to selected women from our

four months of busy meetings and working to

Provisional meetings, GMM’s and socials, these

community partners. These special young women

collect canned goods for the Harvest Hustle 5k

ladies are looking forward to their Provisional

will enjoy an evening of pampering, accessorizing

Run, these ladies have made a real difference in

project collecting prom and cocktail dresses for the

and choosing the perfect prom dress at a special

the JLGO!

Bargain Box.

event at the Bargain Box. The remainder of

April Anderson

Kate Hoff

Elizabeth Anderson

Maritza Salazar

the dresses collected will be offered at a very

Nicole Augeri

Haley Hosch

Angela Guiterrez

Paige Dix

reasonable price to our Bargain Box customers.

Robyn Barnes

Christine Johnson

Linda Moskowitz

Alison Kostke

The drive is happening March 22 - 28; the event

Danielle Barnhart

Noreen Levitt

Danielle Beard

Meredith Stephens

night will occur at a TBD date in April.

Emily Bond

Rikki Logan

Victoria Henige

Michelle Dutka

Susan Borges

Melissa Lops

Kerby Pickens

Megan Kuntz

For all things Provisional, please contact Anna

Jesslynn Buddle

Jacquelyn Lowe

Kristina Bolin

Michelle Stepney

McPherson, the Admissions/Provisional Chair at

Jennifer Calabrese

Natalie Mann

Michele Hickman

Jessica Evans

Danielle Ciccarello

Kate Martin

Kathleen Pollack

Stacey Lancaster

Ravina Claussen

Amy McCook

Jamie Bowen

Jessi Suminski

Luisa Cortese

Jennifer McGinnis

Alicia Holden

Sarah Eyman

Jennifer Dane

Megan Moxley

Ashley Pollard

Angie Langley

Sarah Devoe

Cynthia Obenland

Valerie Boyd

Leslie Valant

Mary Jane Eazer

Sonali Patel

Laura Hooks

Jamie Freidinger

Semra Eichelberger

Marisha Ramsay

Julia Riola

Emily Linden

Christie Ernest

Heather Rhodes

Laura Buchanan

Lauren Wallace

Claudia Feliz

Megan Rose

Charlotte Jebailey

Jessica Fung

Molly Forman

Amy Schwartz

Danielle Ruggieri

Natalie Lorenz

Kirsten Foti

Stacey Spalding

Alex Coady

Cameron Willis

Sarah Gonder

Savannah Stephen

Marcy Keown

Lindsey Gergely

Haley Griffin

Kate Thorne

Tania Russakov

Elicia Meyer

Nell Gyenes

Jenny Velagea

Whitnee Dillard

Lisa Zaranek

Alaina Haddad

Samata Velaga

Heather Kirby

Amber Hall

Kelsey Wohlman

Mai Hammond

Austin Zakari

Meredith Hinshelwood

Vidya Harrisingh

wide array of Orlando “citizenship” – ranging from two ladies who moved to Orlando within one month of the retreat as well as natives of Orlando. They are very eager to get plugged into the community! We are thrilled to have these lovely ladies start their Provisional experience in the League.”


Introducing the 2009 Fall Provisional Graduates – Our Newest Actives!

Calling all Leaguers, dresses you wore to Blue Note Ball might help another special young girl attend her ball! Support our Provisionals and help make Cinderella’s Closet a success!

Active Membership

2010 Provisional Retreat



By Cynthia Obenland

can’t keep a good woman down! In the past few years since she has been back as a Sustainer, she became part of the Sustainer Council and is the driving force behind the 601 Club (taking it from

Why do we love and value our Sustainers? Sustainers have been in almost every situation in the League and offer us valuable insight into our history for reflections on current League issues, which help guide us for our future. Sometimes, it takes just a few years to lose valuable information. Sustainers are known for their history they bring us and also their fun – you can share a glass of wine with them at those infamous 601 Club meetings! An example of a great Sustainer in our League is Maria Motes. Maria was an Active member for about 10 years and during that time, one of her favorite activities was supporting the Bargain Box. She fondly recalls

3-4 meetings per year to monthly meetings from

Bargain Box – so popular in fact, that League members used to fight over volunteer shifts! It is the work that she did for the Bargain Box for which she is most proud. At the time she was Active, League rules required that upon reaching a certain age, Active members had to become Sustainers, and so she did. Life, as it often does, sometimes brought demands on Maria’s time between work and family to a point that continuing to be involved in the League, even in a Sustainer role, was too challenging at the time. Fast-forward to a few years ago, when faced with a challenging time in her life, her friend and co-worker Mary Norris Brown suggested she reconnect with the League in a Sustainer status. Maria’s intent was to reestablish friendships and


not take on an active Sustainer role. But you

Everything Old is New Again – Bargain Box 50 Year Celebration Event By Rebecca Cannon

September through May). The 601 Club is a social opportunity for Sustainers to get together and catch up over a glass of wine (or other beverage of their choice!) starting at 6:01PM. Stories are shared, friendships rekindled and new ones formed.

Bargain Box MOVES through Orlando Locations in the City’s History

I asked Maria for any advice she had for new Actives and her response definitely resonated with

It all started with the Bargain Box on Virginia

me, “Find your passion within the League.” Motes explained that while it is important to explore the different opportunities within the League, work towards finding something that you are passionate about. And don’t forget the friendships – ultimately that’s what brought Maria back to the League, and the League is all the better for having her back!

how popular it was to work at the


Spotlight On Sustainer Maria Motes

Sustainer 601 Calendar March 18: Lago’s Baldwin P ark, 6:01 PM April 22: Pesca Lakeside, 6:01 PM May 20: Dubsdread Country Club, 6:01 PM

Sustainer Spring Events April 24: Spring Sustainer Brunch at Interlachen Country Club, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM May 1: Kentucky Derby Party, 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Street that was the Thrift Shop of Junior Service The response in the community to the 50

League of \Winter Park. The Junior League of

year celebration of the Bargain Box has been

Orlando had a Thrift Shop on Church Street. Our

overwhelming! The Sustainers proudly held

next move was towards Orange Avenue to the

an event on Wednesday, February 10 to

Famous Tinker Building, which became known

enjoy wine and cheese, reconnect with fellow

as, “Twice Is Nice.” Current Sustainer member

Sustainers, other League members and the

Joan Milligan won the contest to name it. In

Bargain Box community. 40 Sustainers hosted

1974, AJLI recommended a merger of Service

other attendees who learned how to support the

League with JLGO. The merger almost didn’t

League’s longest running, on-going fundraiser

happen because of the two Leagues being so

and community service project.

close. The concession was the Bargain Box in Winter Park as the central location. 50 years

The Orlando press also took notice with the help

is total of locations. Milligan has a yearbook of

of PR Chair, Ashley Pinder, publishing an online

1956-57 where gross receipts of $16,000 and

blog about the event. JLGO and its members

net profit was $9,600. In 1932-33, Junior Welfare

can be proud of the legacy we’ve given to the

Association opened the Thrift Shop with $3 as

League and our community.

the first month’s revenue! On January 29, 1947, under the direction of Mrs. William Ellis, Junior Welfare Association became The Junior League of Orlando. And the future looks promising from our history!

Hosts: Carol & Bill Rosenfelt 1400 North New York Avenue Winter Park, FL Sustainers and guests will once again gather for the “Run of the Roses”; mint juleps, hat contest, and friendly “wagers” to benefit the JLGO impact area of childhood health, hunger and poverty.



By JJ Mackle & Leigh Ann Vogel Ever use one of those credit cards with rewards? Buy a product, earn points for something else in the future? Well, if Special Events Committee was a card, it would be the one with rewards, because everyone interacting in this system gets something

Special Events is a favorite committee in the League because it is important to support our city as well as the JLGO. We all want to go out and explore what is new and happening in our area and to earn community rewards in return is always a good thing! If you know of any new venues or businesses that Special Events should consider having an event with, or have any questions, contact Special Events Chair Karen Perry at

Endowment Fund Update – Almost $200 in 5 Minutes! JLGO raised $170.92 in less than 5 minutes at the January GMM when we “passed the pig!” Every Endowment Fund cent contributes to the stability and long-term success of your organization. In 1987, forward thinking Sustainer members originally established the fund, then called the “Sustainer Fund” to encourage charitable gifts and

out of it. Members can try out new local hotspots

provide a more secure means for the purposes of

around town, local businesses are supported by us

the League. All contributions are tax deductible.

and then support us back and with funds generated,

Consider gifting the League as a committee at

and the League can continue to give back to the

the end of the year or in honor of another League

Orlando community’s needs. Special Events also

member. The Endowment Fund is a gift for all of

suits all types of needs for different outings. We

us, from all of us – how cool is that?!

have done large events in the past like the opening sized events like Art After Dark and small events like

Online Social Networking What’s on Your League Mind?

creating art tiles with children. Kirstina Bouwmans,

By JJ Mackle

of Tchoup Tchoup at Universal Studios, medium

President Elect remarked, “The tiles are still in the

Facebook page through friends or search engines. Our newest Provisional members have even set up class pages to further the bonds and help information sharing. JLGO members advertise the League themselves by becoming a fan of our organization and messaging about the League on their personal pages. The League is thrilled to be a part of their member’s lives online and in person!

JLGO Photo Contest Winner

Photo shows CAT team doing a DIAD at the Crisis Nursery. JLGO played board games, card games and played outside with the children staying there. Members pictured are left to right Laura Haag, Megan Fryzel and Francesca Ascher. Date 11/21/09. Photo taken by Cindy Waddell.

Nordstrom’s store in the Florida Mall. They are

While it is always a nice thing to have personal

hanging within a mural in the children’s department.”

face-to-face contact with an individual or group,

Special Events has raised up to $2,000 and more

social networks such as Facebook has enabled

at times for events. It offers members a real deal

the League to communicate with its members and

with a free glass of wine and appetizers or some

supporters in a new way. Currently the League

deal on a service with the money charged as entry

almost has 500 Facebook fans! Fans receive the

– which in turn, goes back to the League and the

Public Affairs Update

latest updates, surveys or questions and continual

community! You get the best of both worlds, having

By Barda Kosovrasti

photo posts. As Publications Chair, it is wonderful

fun and helping your community out!

to have a hard copy printed for members and our

On Tuesday, January 26, Public Affairs committee

community – but praise our online efforts because

hosted a meet and greet at Palmanos restaurant

you get minute by minute news!

in Winter Park with Jack Levine, President of

A recent event was “A New Year, a New You”, held on January 28, at SkySixty to help pamper members

Advocacy Services. Jack works closely with the

after the holiday craze! For twenty dollars, members

Events generate more interest with a guest list of

experienced a large array of services. Nutritionists,

Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs

profiles and pictures to advertise. RSVP lists help

life coaches, hair designers, financial planners,

Committee (SPAC) on its strategic plan and

event planners gauge the interest of members in

tarot card readers, manicures, facials, custom blend

addresses SPAC on issue advocacy several times

the event. Members post status updates about

makeup analysis, body analysis, and massages

a year. Levine met with group of JLGO members

League events and compliment fellow members on

were among the many offered. $200 was raised at

after his seminar for a quick chat on issue

their work in the League.

advocacy and what we could be doing in this area.

the event. Special Events also partnered with Chili’s where members dine at a Chili’s Orlando location on March 30 and 10% of profits go back to the League!


click on, but now they hear of our

Marketing & Communications

Special Events – Support Your Local Community and Give Back!

With a clearly defined focus on childhood hunger Special Events Past and Present. New Year, New You, Art After Dark and Brighton Event.

Recruiting new members has become easier with

we are making a move to push our own issues

this new channel. Interested women can always

locally to truly have the greatest impact.



Our Deepest Sympathy

We omitted Active member Erica Amadori’s birth by

Our deepest sympathies go to the family of

mistake. We apologize for the omission. Thomas

Sustainer Emeritus, Mary Adair Edwards

James Amadori was born to proud parents, Jason

Phifer, who passed away on November 23,

and Erica Amadori on October 16, 2009 at 8:15

2009. Sustainer member Lynn Moharam and

PM weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces and 22 inches

past President, Brandy Hand lost their fathers in

long. Gap Chair, Cherie George welcomed Mason

January and February. Our condolences go to our

Rogers George on December 13, 2009 at 7:07

members and their families for their losses.

AM, weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches. Beth Wilson, VP of M&C, welcomed a son, James Gregory Wilson on December 30, 2009.

League Paparazzi

Corporate Sponsors Thank you to our 2009-10 sponsorships! Champion for Women and Children Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Guardian for Women and Children P.U.G.S. (People Utilizing Gifts Sensibly) Advocate for Women and Children Florida Hospital Nelson Investment Planning Services Publix Super Markets Charities Partner of Women and Children Alexander Hair Dressing Mary Kay Cosmetics Robert S. Hughes Supporter of Women and Children Arthur’s Creative Events & Catering Dairy Farmers, Inc. Hudson Law Firm Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell, P.A.

Thomas Amadori

TWOrlandoJrLeg March2010


8:30 AM

Friend of Women and Children Bagel King CornerStone Construction Services, Inc. Eidson Insurance Frito Lay GrayRobinson, P.A. Group RCI Hilton Orlando Jason’s Deli K-12 Kirkconnell, Lindsey, Snure and Yates, P.A. Lake Baldwin Dental, Dr. William Dunn and Dr. Leonard Glass Umansky Law Firm Additional Inkind Donators Adver-T-Screen Printing Bella’s on Park Avenue Barefoot Wine Brio Tuscan Grille/Bravo Cucina Italiana Cabot Cheese East Coast Entertainment Freestyle Nutritional Front Running Sports Patchington Simply Well


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Junior League Spring 2010 Newsletter  

Junior League of Greater Orlando Spring 2010

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