JLCU Welcomes New Office Manager

Junior Lea10294482_10103667866013920_293375344649960344_ngue of Champaign-Urbana would like to extend a huge welcome to Valerie Williams!

Valerie Williams will be taking on the challenging task of replacing Jennifer Kamp as JLCU’s second office manager starting the week of June 22, 2015. Valerie is currently a sustaining member, and was an active member of JLCU from 2003-2012.

While Valerie was an active member she served on a variety of committees, including Chair of Membership, Books by the Bushel, and in many areas of Festival of Trees. As a sustainer, she has continued to volunteer as a room parent and a classroom volunteer in local schools, as well as serving on PTA. Valerie is a busy mother of four, and can be found in the evenings on various ball fields and in local gyms cheering on her children. In her small bits of free time, she enjoys tackling DIY projects around her house. Valerie is excited to be working more closely with the Junior League, and will have regular morning office hours starting in September.


The members of the Junior League of Champaign Urbana would like to collectively and sincerely thank the wonderful Jennifer Kamp for her 5 years in the role as JLCU’s first office manager. Jennifer has been very dedicated, organized, and has kept JLCU running! Jennifer was an active member of JLCU and served on a variety of committees, such as Finance Council, Presidents Council, and Community Impact Council.
JLCU members greatly appreciate Jennifer’s service, and wish her all the best in her new endeavors!

League Locker Undergoes A Redesign


On Saturday June 13th, 10 women and 1 little helper came together to clean, redesign and reorganize the League Locker space.  The goal was to better utilize the facility not only for the League Locker retail space but to incorporate the fundraising supplies from an offsite location.

The goal was successfully met!  League Locker display shelving was moved to create a more store-like feel.  The extra school supplies were relocated to a new area for convenience and accessibility.

Thank you to Kelly Baxter; Laura Gerhold; Jami Tanner; Leslie Vaughn; Toni Delporte, LL committee member; Christy Mathias, LL committee member; Kendra Wolf, LL chair; Annie Kibler, LL assistant chair; Sara Olson, Community Council VP; and Loni Trimble, Treasurer for all their hard work and enthusiasm in completing the first phase of JLCU’s Headquarters transformation.  Stay tuned for updates from phase two.

Interested in JLCU? Come to a Social Event!

The start of summer means one thing for Junior League of Champaign-Urbana: it’s time for our summer socials to get underway!

These events are the perfect opportunity for perspective new members to come and get a little taste of what Junior League is all about. At each social event, current JLCU members will speak briefly about their personal experience with Junior League and the benefits of membership in the organization. The rest of the time is spent socializing and allowing perspective members to meet current members, ask questions, and just have a good time! We will provide light appetizers at each social event, and drinks will be available for purchase.

The summer social event dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday June 9: 6-8pm at Jupiter’s at the Crossing
  • Tuesday July 14: 6-8pm at Blind Pig Brewery
  • Tuesday August 11: 6-9pm* at Houlihan’s

*Note: there will be a one-hour orientation for new members from 8-9pm following the August social event.

 In addition to the three socials listed above, we are also hosting two coffee chats this summer. These smaller events will provide a chance for perspective members to chat one-on-one with a current member of JLCU and get information about the organization. Can’t make it to any of the evening socials? Come grab a cup of coffee and let us tell you about League!

Coffee chats:

  • Thursday July 23: 5:30-6:30pm at Café Paradisio
  • Tuesday August 25: 2-3pm at Café Kopi

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via our new member Facebook page or through our website. We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer of socials! Hope to see you there!

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana Wraps up the 2014-15 Year with Awards and Traditional Gavel Pass

presidentsIt has been quite a year for JLCU!  Thank you to all of our amazing members who worked hard serving the community this year on our projects and participating in the success of our fundraisers!   We wish President Denise Bates and all of the outing Board and Management Team great success in their future endeavors.

JLCU ended their year in the traditional way, by giving awards to members, community partners and high school students.

At the May General Meeting, the following awards were given:

The Elizabeth Alexander Spirit Award went to Laura Gerhold, Chair of FOT this past year, for being an exceptionally effective leader of the committee and the largest fundraiser for JLCU, as well as taking on leadership roles in other organizations.  Those who know her can speak to her positive, “can-do” spirit that radiates through everything that she does.     Konken

The Sustainer Impact Award went to Mary Konken for taking what she learned in League on going on to found Champaign-Urbana’s Girls on the Run program at the Stephens Family YMCA.

ParkhillThe Jen Smith Living Legendary Award, a new award this year to honor former member Jennifer Smith, whose commitment to “Living Legendary” before she succumbed to breast cancer had a positive impact on everyone who knew her, went to Page Johnson Parkhill.   Page is a sustaining member of JLCU, who served as Treasurer as well as other roles, who chooses to help others, against all adversity, in our community.  She carries the mission of JLCU into her church and other organizations, serving on boards and chairing fundraisers.

The “First in Family” High School Scholarship and Award went to Quyen Nguyen from University HS.First in Family

HS winnersHigh School Senior Scholarships and Awards were received by Allison Wisniewski at Centennial HS , Mia Miller at Central HS, Brookelyn Childers at Judah Christian HS,  Alexis Burgin at STM HS, Isabel Morfor-Cheibub at University HS, and Hanna LaFond-Hyman at Urbana HS.

Outgoing President, Denise Bates, thanked the membership for a wonderful year full of new projects, exciting fundraisers and getting our “Game On”.  Incoming President, Heather Vazquez, accepted the gavel passed to her by 11 former presidents of JLCU. During her thoughtful remarks, she shared what Junior League has taught her about serving her community and why she is excited about the year to come.Gavel Pass

Thank you again to all of our members and supporters!  Have a great summer!