September General Members Meeting 2017

Celebrate the 85th year of JLCU

Our First General Members Meeting of the 85th year of JLCU opened with music, refreshments, a group photo, and candy… and that’s just the beginning!

SPOTLIGHT ON TRAINING Cheryl Mitchell shared a valuable lesson with us entitled “the Outside In” about discovering our “why” and strategies for approaching change in the coming League year.

SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY   We received an awesome update about the success of the Match for Courage from Megan Wolf, before learning more about the Crisis Nursery – our project partnership for 2017/2018!

Our DIAM raised over $400 and a huge box of art supplies for the Crisis Nursery – so the year is off to a great start!

CAF Grant applications  were due Oct 1, 2017. The goal of the Community Assistance Fund (CAF) is to respond to the financial needs of nonprofit organizations, specifically for programs and projects related to Junior League of Champaign-Urbana position statements.  These position statements outline the focus of JLCU’s focus areas, including child protection and welfare, families, health, hunger, literacy, shelter, school preparedness, voluntarism, and women.

GENERAL BUSINESS  Festival of Trees update SPOLIER … it is going to be EPIC! Reserve November 17th -19th this year for Daddy Daughter Dance, Breakfast with Santa, and the Festival of Trees Gala to benefit Crisis Nursery sponsored by Clark Lindsey Village. All events will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn.

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP  We welcomed a class of 23 provisional members (and as of press time an additional 4 have joined our 2017-2018 class)! We are excited for them to embark on this new adventure with us!

It was awesome to hear from January Boten and Jen Romine as they shared their experiences producing and acting in “The Vagina Monologues” this summer to benefit the Courage Connection.  Beth Peralta (VP of Communications) updated us on hashtags (#JLCU and #JLCUrepresents) to use on social media as well. We even took selfies of our tables to practice.

We honored many Shining Stars that have worked hard this summer! Congratulations!

 

SPOTLIGHT ON ADVOCACY  We took an opportunity to write to our state senators, representatives, and governor to urge them to  fund the Crisis Nursery as they committed to during prior to the state budget crisis.

Celebrating 85 years of Junior League in the Champaign/Urbana Community!

Thank you to Northwestern Mutual for sponsoring our first meeting at the Hawthorne Suites.

Make sure you mark your calendars for everything going on in the coming year – there is so much to look forward to in 2017-2018!

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Match for Courage

Courage Connection Matching Campaign

Where do you turn when you feel like you don’t have any place to turn? When your family isn’t there, your friends won’t understand, and you still have to take care of your kids – in the midst of difficult circumstances? For many women in Champaign County, the answer has been Courage Connection, but due to the State of Illinois’s failure to pass a budget, the Courage Connection remains on the brink of closing.

This is where Junior League of Champaign-Urbana is stepping up and stepping in along with current and former board members of Courage Connection. Together we have created a $50,000 matching gift fund called Match for Courage to support its mission of providing housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence.

Starting June 12th, all monetary donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Donations can be sent to 508 E. Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820 or made online here.

Courage Connection provides support, shelter and service: 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy, transitional housing, job readiness programs, parenting education, children’s programs, safety planning, and more, and we have the opportunity to help see these services continue.

“We are honored to be able to work with Courage Connection and support them at this crucial time,” said Jenette Jurczyk, president of JLCU. “Junior League has been serving the Champaign-Urbana community for 85 years and has been part of the creation of so many organizations that supply such important services to women and families. We cannot stand by and watch as Courage Connection faces the risk of closing their doors. As a long-standing supporter and partner of this institution, we are choosing to step up and participate in this $50,000 donation campaign with matching funds.”

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana has been a long-time partner and supporter of Courage Connection, from its earlier days as The Women’s Emergency Shelter of Champaign County and A Center for Women in Transition. JLCU’s mission includes a commitment to programs that work towards the elimination of domestic violence and support shelters for children and families. JLCU has also supplied grant money and volunteers to support Courage Connection throughout its evolution and has created, funded and supported programs for its residents and children.

Thank you for your consideration of support as we seek to make the Champaign/Urbana community the best it can be for ALL of its residents.

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And That’s a Wrap ! – May JLCU General Membership Meeting Recap

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Congratulations on another amazing year in Junior League!

Our May General Membership Meeting and Annual Dinner was full of laughter, thanks, and recognition of amazing women in our community and League. It was truly a night for celebrating women in all stages of life: from those graduating high school to our own members becoming JLCU sustaining members.

Continue reading And That’s a Wrap ! – May JLCU General Membership Meeting Recap

JLCU Member Spotlight: Erin Tarr

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If you don’t know Erin Tarr yet, you’re missing out; she has big plans and even more enthusiasm!

Erin joined Junior League last summer after Jenette Jurczyk, our president-elect, told her about the organization. “It immediately connected that this would be the best fit for me since I am all about women lifting up and encouraging other women.” Continue reading JLCU Member Spotlight: Erin Tarr

JLCU April Meeting Recap, Guest Panel on Fundraising and Development

Members were welcomed to the monthly membership meeting by our president, Jennifer Romine. Minutes from March were approved and will be posted on the website for members to review. Continue reading JLCU April Meeting Recap, Guest Panel on Fundraising and Development

JLCU March General Membership Meeting Recap

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Thank you to all the members who attending presentations and events with Vicki Clark last month. We hope she left you feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to work!


Look at What You’ve Accomplished!

Do you remember our September meeting?
We wrote down goals for our year in Junior League, and next month at the April General Membership meeting, they will be returned to you to see if we’ve accomplished our goals. JLCU’s goal was to keep you informed and excited about Junior League. Do you think we have been successful? Continue reading JLCU March General Membership Meeting Recap

JLCU Vicki Clark Training Recap

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana was in for a treat during the week of our February membership meeting. We hosted the fantastic speaker and trainer, Vicki Clark, for a series of sessions focused on being effective leaders for JLCU and our larger community.

Hearing Vicki speak about the Junior League experiences was really inspiring and motivating.  She represents the type of thinking that has helped this 116 year old organization evolve and remain relevant.  She definitely helped us understand where we have room for improvement as an organization and as individual members.  I believe our League will continue to grow thanks to her positive influence. – Jenette Jurczyk, JLCU President-Elect

 

You can check out the individual PowerPoint presentations here (note: you must be logged-in as a member to view):

11 Commandments of Wildly Successful Women

Superior Investment in You

Journey of Leadership

2017 Community Impact Presentation

2017 Fund Development Presentation

Desired Outcomes Worksheet

Thank you again for the amazing sessions, Vicki! We are all excited to see where our new knowledge and skills can take JLCU into next year and beyond.

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