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JLCU News: Membership Transformation Rollout

Seeking Volunteers for Membership Transformation Rollout
The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana leadership has decided to join the Association of Junior Leagues International in their Membership Transformation Rollout.  During this first year of our membership model transformation, a committee comprised of Jenn Schmidt, Jenn Smist, Lonndon Blake, Sara Hubbard and January Boten are being trained on the rollout details and implementation process.
We are currently seeking members to volunteer for our pilot cohort in the 2018-2019 League Year.  Interested members should email January Boten at january.boten@gmail.com.  The committee will notify members in January if they have been selected to participate.  The committee will be selecting participants to include a diverse cross section of League members in order to preempt issues which may arise during the transformation before the model is expand to the entire League membership during year three.
This new structure will allow members to explore how for League can work best for them.  Hopefully this model will inspire all of us to re-imagine our commitment to Junior League in new and exciting ways.
Informational sessions about the Membership Transformation will be held prior to the November and January General Membership Meetings.  If you have any questions, please contact one of the committee members.
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Member Spotlight: President Jennifer Romine

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JLCU 2016-2017 President, Jennifer Romine

Meet your 2016-2017 JLCU president, Jen Romine!

Jen first joined Junior League more than a decade ago when she was in graduate school as a way to meet women in the Champaign-Urbana area and learn more about the community. “I was in political science, a male-dominated degree program,” she explained. “I wanted to get more involved in the community and not be so isolated over at the [University of Illinois].” Continue reading Member Spotlight: President Jennifer Romine

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

Guest Post: 10 Things I Learned at the Fall Leadership Conference

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President-Elect Jenette Jurczyk, President Jennifer Romine, and Executive Vice President (EVP) Loni Trimble attend the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) Fall Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Jenette Jurczyk, President-Elect

Attending the Fall Leadership Conference in Chicago was such a rewarding experience, getting to bond with our President and EVP, as well as meet leaders from Leagues across Illinois and the Midwest.  I soaked in as much information as I could to positively impact our League.   Thank you for this opportunity to share some of them with you!

It starts with our members…
Developing the potential of women is one of the pillars that Junior League is founded on.  In everything we do, we need to be nurturing and encouraging our members to grow and learn.  These are the women who will go on to found and lead non-profits and businesses that will effect change.

Everything we do is leadership training…
From updating the website, to organizing events, to working one-on-one with children in our community, everything we do allows members to challenge themselves with experiential, hands-on learning in a supported environment.

Leadership is about one life influencing another….
Many leagues have launched successful member mentorship programs, to keep their members engaged and learning.  In addition to our member advisors, JLCU launched a mentor program this year for our first year actives.  I was excited to hear that other leagues had had success with member retention with use of these programs and that our leadership sees the value in mentors.

The only thing constant is change…
Junior League has to be a fluid and flexible organization.  The needs of our members change; the needs of our community change; even our leadership changes every year.  We need to continually educate and train new members, transfer knowledge to new leadership, and keep our eyes open to the future.

Strategic planning is key….
The best way to create the future is to plan it.  We should constantly be reviewing our vision and defining our goals to make sure that our actions are aligned with our desired impact.

Junior League is more diverse than we think…
It was exciting to see that the leadership from Leagues across the country and beyond were passionate woman of all ages and backgrounds.  We need to keep that in mind as we recruit, train and empower our members to stay engaged in our community.

The power of numbers…
AJLI is in the process of collecting data from all 291 Leagues to be able to speak on a broader, global scale when sharing the impact of what League can do.  We are excited to see them roll out this information, especially since JLCU was featured in the demonstration of this research model.  We will also be able to use this information when explaining the value of supporting our League locally.

Control the conversation…
When your key message is clear, you control the conversation.  The key message is a springboard for discussion.  When educating potential members, donors and community partners about what we do in the community, strong and simple communication is key.

Be aware of opportunities to promote, recruit, advocate…
You never know if the young lady who is helping you plan your social event could be a great potential new member.  It’s possible that the person buying tickets to your fundraiser represents a business that could be a great new donor.  Always present your League in the best light possible and always be willing to start the conversation.

Junior League is for life…
Junior League is the only organization that offers lifelong membership.  It is what you need it to be, when you need it.  JLCU can only continue to effect change in our community with the support of our sustaining members.  The value of Junior League membership doesn’t end after your active years.