January JLCU Membership Meeting Recap

Full house for the January meeting!

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana kicked off 2017 by welcoming members to the first meeting of the year on January 17th.

JLCU Gives Back/Done in a Meeting

Donations collected for Austin’s Place

This month, JLCU members brought socks, underwear, deodorant, laundry detergent pods, bus tokens, and various snacks for Austin’s Place in Champaign-Urbana.  Austin’s Place is an emergency shelter for homeless women in Champaign County.  It operates solely through volunteers.  Their mission is to provide an emergency overnight sleeping space that is safe, respectful, and restful for homeless women in our community during the winter months.  Austin’s Place has served 5 women per night since January 1st, 2017.  They are always looking for additional volunteers; if you are interested, please visit their website to get in touch with them.

Special Event at our February Meeting!

          JCLU is lucky enough to welcome Vicki Clark as our keynote speaker for the February meeting!  Vicki has 30 years of experience in building capacity in organizations and inspiring community leaders.  She is a noted speaker, facilitator, consultant, and trainer in the nonprofit, government, and private sector.  Vicki’s areas of specialty include board development, inclusion and diversity, leadership development, strategic planning, project planning, volunteering, resource development, and effective communication.  She is a regular speaker and trainer at the Association of Junior Leagues International conferences.  You can expect provoking discussion on how to get the most out of your league experience and a look at what leadership means to you, both personally and within this (or any) organization.  Vicki has graciously allowed us to fill her schedule while she’s in town so keep an eye on Tuesday Tidbits for details!

Council Updates

Allie Teagarden, Finance Council VP:

Festival of Trees: Allie provided an update on Festival of Trees from 2016.  During the weekend, there were:

  • 363 guests at the Daddy/Daughter Dance
  • 134 guests at the Santa Brunch
  • 1,027 guests during the public hours

In total, Festival of Trees raised $35,526.  Amazing work!

Trivia Night  is scheduled for January 26th.  The event will be held at The City Center at 7pm.  Tickets are $10 per person or $15 at the door.  Bring your family and friends to what is sure to be a fun-filled event.

Nikki Melander, Treasurer:

Membership Dues are due earlier this year pursuant to a vote made last year.  The deadline for dues is March 13th, 2017.  Dues for active members are $145 and can be paid via check or credit card, online or over the phone.  As of March 14th, a $25 late fee will be enacted.  If you are becoming a sustaining member this year, please email your advisor and Valerie Williams to let them know.  Also, there is a payment plan available!  Please reach out to Valerie for details on the payment plan.

Just a reminder – membership dues are tax deductible!

Lonndon Blake, Public Affairs & Advocacy Chair:

JLCU’s Advocacy Training and Personal Development Conference (aka Boot Camp) is scheduled for January 28th and will have seven different topics that you can choose from to attend.  All speakers are from local organizations.  This event is important because it helps JCLU decide what to advocate for and what issues are going on in our community.  Additionally, Ronda Holliman, our own member, is the keynote speaker!  The event is $15 for JCLU members and $20 for community members.

Kristen Sackley, Membership VP:

Kristen Sackley, Donna Cockburn, and Meg Graybill


Shining Star Award: JLCU had three Shining Stars this month!

Mary Wakefield was nominated for her work on the Writing and Publications Committee.  At the beginning of the year, this Committee was down to only a few members.  Despite being a new member, Mary volunteered to be a committee member and has already authored 3 articles.

Donna Cockburn and Meg Graybill were nominated for stepping up to assist with a recent Bright Starts session.  There were very few members signed up to help, and these ladies took charge of the session and made sure it was a success!

Congratulations, ladies! 

Placement Speed Round

Placement speed round hello!

The time is once again upon us for members to be placed in their subcommittees for the upcoming JCLU year!  16 committee chairs/assistant chairs presented on their various committees and the duties, requirements, and opportunities associated with each committee.  If you want additional information about any committee, talk with your advisor or check the Placement page on our website for the chairs of each committee.  Placement process will open up shortly so continue to check Tuesday Tidbits for more information!

Project Development Activity

Members ended the meeting by taking a few minutes to brainstorm projects or areas in the community JCLU can assist with in this coming year.  Ideas included:

  • Expanding to Junior League of Champaign County
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Art outreach
  • Homelessness issues
  • Animal welfare
  • Women’s health issues
  • Political leadership and board leadership roles
  • Summer food programs
  • Job training for women
  • Professional clothing drives
  • Middle school transition/college prep for students
  • Bullying/Human Trafficking
  • Healthcare for all children

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