“Shining Star” Awarded to Deserving Members at October General Member Meeting

Several wonderful JLCU members were given the “Shining Star Award” for their outstanding contributions at our October General Member Meeting this past week.

Jessie Riley, who was nominated by Laura Gerhold,  went above and beyond this month as JLCU counts down the final weeks leading up to our Festival of Trees Event.  According to Laura, “Jessie stepped in and helped to complete some last minute tasks which were vital.  She was more than willing to help, and did so with amazing results.”

Tiy Goddard nominated all four members of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Committee.  Congratulations to Vaneitta Goines, Katie Bourbeau,  Monica Hillison, and Laura Walsten for the important work they have been doing leading up to election day, November 4th.  As Tiy noted, The Public Affairs and Advocacy Committee is responsible for encouraging Junior League members to be informed, active citizens and helps to frame the public issues which affect our community.  They have been very proactive this year in creating momentum for our league to make a difference in legislature that affects our mission.

Congratulations to this month’s “Shining Star Award” recipients!

Game Night is a Big Deal…and SO FUN!

By Donica Flint

I’ve never been much for board games or for games in general, so it makes perfect sense that I’d volunteer to run Game Night, right?

Game Night is about Fun, Food, and Friends with a side of Games, particularly interactive games…we’re not playing “Monopoly” at my house, ladies. Just since February, we have found great success with “Picture Telephone” and “Cards Against Humanity”… there is no better way to bond with a group of new ladies than to see how they think, draw and choose inappropriate answers to a card game!  9 times out of 10 any singular answer to CAH can turn into an in depth conversation when you have lawyers, designers, teachers, bankers…basically about 12 very intelligent women… sitting at one table.  Every now and again we throw in Catchphrase, Scattergories, and Pictionary just to keep spicing things up.

We’re also into food and making dinner.  Between Cherie Kesler and myself there’s pasta, tacos, pizza, GOAT CHEESE, some kale salad, and I really love it when Lynn Anderson brings brownies. (Hint- if you bring treats, we tend to get giddy)  As you become a Game Night regular you will know what to expect and will find yourself texting or emailing to know what the dinner theme is so you can coordinate your snack or beverage.

We’ve been mixing things up lately this summer!  We had a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Night in June.  Jenn Smist rocked Pictionary that night; her brain moves like lightning.  We brought out the Bags (Cornhole) in August to prep for tailgate season, and in September we had a great night painting at The Art Party Studio. I was excited to see both new members Along with some active members there for their first time. It looks like many of them will be returning in October.

And coming up in October we will be doing A Pumpkin Carving night.  Is this a game?  Yes!  Someone will win a prize for best pumpkin and we will be mixing in some adult themed Halloween games into the evening as well.  There are already 18 people signed up and we are expecting some great photos tagged to #JLCU

Game Night has become a fun way for JLCU members, new and seasoned, to meet new people, connect with members and friends, and have a fun night “out”.  We all want our experience in League to be complete with social interaction and bonding, and that’s what Game Night is all about.  The more fun you have with your fellow members, the more you will enjoy being involved in all aspects of league.

Game Night is always the 3rd Thursday of the month unless it has to change for a holiday or work related travels.
You will always find what we are doing and where we are doing it in the Tuesday Tidbits.
The evening starts around 7 pm, but we usually dine and socialize first and then enjoy games, snacks, drinks and chatting for the rest of the evening.  Join us, bring your friends and get ready to have a blast!

JLCU September Happenings…

JLCU at CU Pride Festival…
For the first time, JLCU participated in the CU Pride Festival on September 6.  It was a fun filled event with a petting zoo, parade, bands, and more.  JLCU member Ashley Morgan says, “At the Pride Festival this year, people were surprised that JLCU had a booth, but very happy that we came out and were participating in pride this year!  It was really great to hear this.”   Junior League is trying to reach out to more community groups and participating in events like CU Pride Festival is a great way to get our name out into other areas of the community.

CarX Crazy K…
This year’s CarX Crazy K was held on September 13, and this is the 4th time that JLCU was selected as an organization to receive proceeds.  Rebecca Guyette, JLCU’s Fund Development chair reported, “We made just shy of $1,000.  We are hoping for more participation next year.”  We are proud of this year’s JLCU team, who took part in the race.  Thank you, Sara Olson, Donica Flint, Emily Ochs and Katie Bourbeau!

Matzner Clinic Special Event…
Matzner Clinic, partnered with Chambanamoms.com, hosted an event on September 13, collecting over $300 in cash and supplies for JLCU League Locker.   Students who attended this event were offered a scoliosis screening, backpack weigh-in, and training on how to stretch and pack their own healthy lunch.  League Locker was grateful for the contribution to our warehouse of supplies for CU’s teachers.