Were you unable to make it to the General Meeting on Tuesday, October 20th? This is what you missed:
The evening started off with League members voting to extend League Locker for one year, through fiscal year 2016-2017.
Afterwards, Katie Bourbeau shared some startling statistics with us in regards to child care in the state of Illinois. For example, Illinois is the 9th most expensive and 10th most expensive state for infant and toddler care, respectively. There are programs that can help, but there is still a great need as Head Start has a waiting list of approximately 250 families and, due to new requirements, 90% of new Child Care Assistance Program applicants who were eligible prior to July 1st will now be denied. Katie encouraged us all to continue writing our legislators to support funding for Child Care Assistance Program and early childhood education, as pre-school enrollment betters the community by reducing unemployment and jail time. To write or email your legislator, you can find them here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
Next, Jennifer Schmidt shared her experience on her trip to God’s Littlest Angels, which is a baby ministry located in the mountains overlooking Port-Au-Price, Haiti. God’s Littlest Angels serves as a temporary shelter for children whose families can’t afford to take care of them. To learn more about what you can do to help go to http://www.glahaiti.org/. Additionally, you can support employment in Haiti by purchasing from www.papillon-enterprise.com, which offers chic jewelry made of recycled materials, all while providing employment to over 200 people.
Then Jennifer Romine Shared her 10 take-aways from the 2015 AJLI Fall Leadership Conference in New Orleans, LA. Take-aways included: changing a League’s governance model requires an adjustment period, one year Board and Management Team terms are very limiting, fundraising is about process and repetition, JLCU needs to diversify our fundraising so that it is not all tied to our members, and JLCU needs to diversify its revenue stream.
Allie Teagarden and Tara Harris updated us on Festival of Trees and Gala progress. Various sponsors have provided 22 trees and 9 wreaths. There have been 57 tickets to Daddy-Daughter Dance sold, 21 tickets to Santa brunch sold, and 7 tickets to Gala sold. These should be great events, so don’t forget to invite friends, family, and co-workers! For Festival of Trees information: https://www.juniorleaguecu.org/?nd=fot&gallery_id=266&view=full& For Gala information: https://www.juniorleaguecu.org/?nd=gala
Lastly, the Shining Star award was presented to Katie Adams-Moore and the Membership Development Committee for their outstanding program development in welcoming new members to JLCU.