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JLCU October General Membership Meeting Recap

 

img_9025Junior League of Champaign-Urbana (JLCU) changed meeting locations this month and convened at the Urbana Early Childhood School – the location of JLCU’s Bright Starts program!  Principal Vowels left a note thanking JLCU for their “unwavering support of early childhood education” and stated that JLCU’s commitment “not only has an immediate effect but will benefit the community in the future.”  Continue reading JLCU October General Membership Meeting Recap

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Guest Post: JLCU Advocacy Efforts in Champaign-Urbana and the Importance of Voting in November’s Election

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Lonndon Blake, Public Affairs and Advocacy Chair

What a more fitting time for our government elections to be held in November; the month we give thanks for all the opportunities and blessings we have been afforded.  Although our country is in a time of change, we have the ability to create the change we want to see.   There are many countries throughout the world that do not receive the option to vote, so please exercise your right to vote choosing the best option for you and your needs while continuing your advocacy efforts within the community.

Within Junior League of Champaign Urbana, we train all members in the area of advocacy so we can be effective leaders in the community.  One of our most important advocacy efforts in the Champaign-Urbana area is education.   As many of you are aware, Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding areas have a significant wait-list for preschool.  At that tender age, children are at their most critical time for learning and development and many children in our community are being underserved due to the funding of education in our state.  JLCU has recognized a need in the community for preschools and took action by creating a program called Bright Starts, a Kindergarten readiness program, to help give those children on the wait-list a leg up.  Along with creating programs for our education advocacy area, we as an organization visited our State Capital in Springfield during Early Childhood Education Advocacy Day. During this visit, we met one on one with our legislators to encourage educational changes and/or policies for the betterment of our state and local community.

Bright Starts is a wonderful example of how we advocate for education in the community, but there are other advocacy efforts we participate in, such as Kids in the Kitchen in partnership with the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.  Kids in the Kitchen is an Association of Junior League International (AJLI) – wide health initiative to help prevent childhood obesity.  JLCU may be most widely known for our advocacy regarding women and children, but we should also be known as an organization committed to this community and to organizations that may need a helping hand with their advocacy efforts.

 

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana Welcomes New Year

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A packed house welcomed the new Junior League year at our first General Membership Meeting on 9/20/16. The meeting got started with a welcome from our current President, Jennifer Romine. Jennifer gave a brief update on summer happenings within JLCU, most notably, the move to our new administrative office location in Champaign!


THANK YOU!

Two Champaign-Urbana area businesses were instrumental in assisting us with the move – The Ryan Dallas Team and This is It Furniture – by donating usage of their trucks this past weekend. Any unneeded furniture and fixtures that we owned but did not need at our new location was donated to Salt & Light Ministries. A big thanks, as well, to all members, family, and friends of JLCU who helped in this process.


New Member Announcement!

Welcome to our newest members! 42 local women have joined our organization this year, and got started earlier this month with their first new member meeting. We are looking forward to getting to know all of you!


Project Development Update

Historically, the PD Committee presents at the September meeting and voting occurred at the October meeting. There is a proposed change to this policy that will be voted on at the October meeting. A new project will be proposed at the October GMM, too.

  • Currently, the Policies Approved by Members (PAM) 5.1.A reads: “All projects shall be approved by the membership at the October GMM. Prior notice shall be given and absentee ballots allowed.”
  • Proposed change to PAM 5.1.A: “All projects shall be approved by the membership at the November GMM. Prior notice shall be given and absentee ballots allowed.”

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JLCU Gives Back/Done in a Meeting

Areas of Louisiana were devastated by flooding in August, such as Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The Junior League of New Orleans has been collecting and distributing items to help local women and children. We collected diapers, feminine hygiene products, and gift cards to be donated to help. Many members brought items to help out this worthy cause. Also, extra school supplies from League Locker are being donated directly to schools in the area.

Jennifer Romine’s in-laws have been impacted by the flooding, and she shared the following about some of the schools and how impactful our assistance will be, “they [the schools] flooded and have lost many school supplies right at the beginning of the year. In addition, the students’ homes flooded, and as they come back to school they are unable to bring in new supplies with them.”


JLCU Structure & Council Updates

Loni Trimble, JLCU Executive Vice President, shared information about JLCU’s structure and introduced Council VPs to give exciting updates for the new League year.

Membership Council VP, Kristen Sackley, introduced the new 1st-year member mentor program to the group. The mentors will also plan league-wide social events during the year. Stay tuned for fun events coming soon!

Finance Council VP, Allie Teagarden, announced the exciting 2016-2017 schedule of fundraising events. There is something for everyone! Keep reading Tuesday Tidbits and the JLCU website for details.

  • That’s What She Said Ladies’ Night Out Pre-Party: 10/13
  • Festival of Trees Weekend: 11/18-11/20
    • Daddy Daughter Dance: 11/18
    • Public Hours: 11/19-11/20
    • Brunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus: 11/19
  • JLCU Trivia Night (NEW!): 1/26
  • Red Carpet Affair (NEW!): 2/26

Communications Council VP, Ashley Morgan, presented that we are relaunching the I Am Junior League campaign with updated photos and more. More information coming soon to Tuesday Tidbits on how to be involved.

Community Council Updates: Caitlin Drake, Chair of Bright Starts, shared that there are several change to the “preschool at night” program this year. Any children in the pre-K age range (3-5) are welcome to attend, and there is now a financial scholarship available through Busey Bank for children that attend 7 classes. The next event is 10/11 and maximum enrollment is at 40 children. For more information, visit our Bright Starts webpage.


JLCU Training – The History of Junior League

This video is worth the watch! Members were inspired to learn about JL’s amazing impact on our country and the world.


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Congrats to our very first Shining Star Award for 2016-2017,  Laura Gerhold!

She is pictured here with President Jen Romine (L) and Membership Council VP Kristen Sackley (R). Laura was nominated for her diligent work in assisting with the office move this summer. She also volunteered for every shift on Sunday of move which allowed us to finish 1.5 hours early!

Past Projects: Eastern Illinois Food Bank

Junior League has been a great partner of Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Our relationship spans the 30 year history of EIF, with Junior League being a long-time partner and donor of more than $100,000! Junior League of Champaign-Urbana founded the Backpack Program, which distributes backpacks of nutritious food for children attending partner schools across Champaign County during the 32 week school year. Those packs then go home with children in need to ensure they have food over the weekend. The Backpack Program is a part of Eastern Illinois Foodbank’s “Healthy Futures Initiative”, our coordinated approach to alleviating child hunger, which is a huge concern as the areas that the Eastern Illinois Foodbank serves are deeply affected by child hunger.

In fact, in eastern Illinois, 1 out of 7 individuals struggle with hunger and 1 in every 3 individuals served by the Foodbank is a child.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank is doing its part in helping allivate hunger by serving 14 counties, and providing food to 220 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and emergency food programs. Last year, the Foodbank helped nearly 116,800 people across its service area.

To volunteer or donate, please visit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank’s website at www.eifoodbank.org and bear in mind that $1 that you donate equates to 6 meals to neighbors in need.EIF