February 2015 Happenings…..

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana has been busy these winter months fundraising, bonding, learning and strengthening our community!  Here are the highlights from this past month…

GALA!  GALA!  GALA!Gala

JLCU and members of the community came out for a fun night of dinner and dancing at our New Orleans themed Masquerade Ball held February 21st at the Champaign Country Club.

The funds raised by the event are going to support Junior League Bright Starts and help our kindergarten readiness project grow and sustain past its inaugural year.   The live auction featured some great packages like a Ski trip to Breckenridge, a Family trip to Disneyworld, a Chicago Shopping trip and the Princess Package for the Daddy Daughter Dance next fall.  The live and silent auctions and the paddle raise helped JLCU raise over $30,000 to support Junior League Bright Starts and we are grateful to all who attended and participated.

One of the highlights of the event was the speech given by sustaining member Amy Armstrong, who helped launch Larkin’s place at the Stephens Family YMCA in honor of her daughter, who was born with Downs Syndrome and other severe conditions.  Amy was eager to point out the great institutions that are part of our community today thanks to “Junior League at work.”

February General Member Meeting

This past month’s meeting featured the reading and vote on the bylaw change for Article 5 Dues and other Financial Obligations. There was also the reading and vote for the 2015-16 Nominating Slate. We would like to congratulate the following members to the Board of Directors, Management Team and other slated positions: President Elect Jennifer Romine, Secretary Katie Blum, Sustainer Representative Amy Chamley, Executive Vice President Danielle Wilberg.  Treasure Elect Andrea Singh, Communications Council VP Ashley Morgan, Finance Council VP Stacey Kresge, Membership Council VP January Boten, Community Impact Council VP Sara Olson, Assistant Nominating Chair Emily Wickstrom Neal, and Nominating Committee Member Denise Poindexter.

The guest speaker for the evening was Deborah Frank Feinen, a partner at Tummelson, Bryan & Knox, LLP, and a Champaign City Council Member. Deborah spoke about how JLCU is important to Champaign and how much they give back to the community. She also spoke about being a strong community member by speaking and spreading the word of our mission.

With 2015-16 placement opening, members were introduced to committees in a new way. The “Placement Speed Round” was where a representative from each committee provided information about the tasks on their committee and any other pertinent information about their committee.  The Speed Round took the place of the Placement Fair that we have had in years past.

February’s Shining Star was Jen Schmidt, who was nominated by Jami Houston for her excellent work on the nominating committee during this busy and exciting time!

Fund Development Creates Fun Nights Out!

Art Party StudioThe most recent Fun Development event was also a Game Night/Girls Night Out!  11 JLCU members attended a special event at the Art Party Studio to paint, enjoy wine and refreshments and raise money to support JLCU.

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