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October 2017 General Member Meeting Recap

Who went where?

Laura Gerhold, Jennifer Schmidt, and Jenette Jurczyk attended the AJLI Fall Leadership conference in Salt Lake City, Utah October 12-14. One stand out aspect of the conference was when current presidents of Junior League in cities impacted by recent tragedy (Hurricane/Texas/Las Vegas) shared their outreach efforts within their membership and to support vicitims in their communities, with the support of AJLI and other leagues.

Community Spotlight & JLCU Connections

COMMUNITY: Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club – Jordan Hornickel the Academic Services Coordinator shared information about a new facility called the Martin Center to open in 2020!

JLCU CONNECTION: Kids in the Kitchen – Amy Riha shared about the October success where the theme was “All about Veggies” for kids 5 – 8 years old, who afterwards received quite a fun workout with the firemen who came to help out!

COMMUNITY: Urbana Early Childhood School – Cris Vowels the Principal shared some information and statistics to help us better understand the obstacles and opportunities within our community as they pertain to the Early Childhood Center. For example:

  • 60-100 Kids at risk are on the waiting list for pre-school such as Head Start.
  • For every dollar spent on pre-school $7-14 return on your investment for the community
  • Children who have attended pre-school: listen better, more emotionally secure, healthy relationships, sit in groups, and less likely to be incarcerated

JLCU CONNECTION: Junior League Bright Starts (JLBS) chair Jami Tanner shared more information about how you can get involved in this fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity!

  • Assistance and Volunteer duties:
    • 5:00-7:00 Soft Set-up and classroom assistance
    • 5:15-7:15 food service and sibling care.
  • If you have children you can bring them to Bright Starts!

Community Impact Model

Crisis Nursery partnership plans and needs were communicated by Miranda Smith and Mary Wakefield. Check out these volunteer opportunities.

  • Thursday, Nov 9
    • Casual dress-will be working on holiday shop need 10-12 people, 6-9PM
  • Saturday, Jan 27
    • Crisis Nursery workday activity TBD Noon-3PM
  • Monday, Feb 19th
    • Crisis Nursery workday activity TBD Noon-3PM
  • Wednesday, March 7th
    • Crisis Nursery workday activity TBD 6-9PM

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Committee Updates

DIAM and CAF Grant Update was given by Annie Bruno, and we were happy to hear that JLCU collected 21 Pillows, 22 towels, and 10 washcloths last month for Courage Connection!!!

Laura Gerhold discussed creating partnerships with JLCU requesting that we reach out to organizations that may be interested in partnership opportunities with JLCU. The application for next year is on the website and is due November 30.

Diversity and Inclusion presentation by January Boten and Denise Poindexter really made us think, and challenged us to grow. Their talking points included the following:

  • Think about what it is like for someone else to walk into this room (it isn’t easy for everyone!)
  • Think outside your own experiences (sometimes hard to do!)
  • We will get who we plan for (so let’s make plans to include everyone!)
  • Think ahead (be proactive!)
  • Food is important (makes people feel at home and welcome, so include options that appeal to all diet-types!)
  • Diversity is more than just ethnicity (so much more!)
  • Don’t make assumptions (re-train your brain!)
  • Everyone’s experiences are normal (to them!)

General Business

  • Kids in the Kitchen Re-Proposal by Miranda Smith (3 more years with an increased budget) will be voted on at the November GMM
  • Festival of Trees
  • New membership Transformation Rollout – Jennifer Schmidt and January Boten
    • In-person discussions will be held
      • Tues, Nov 14th 7-7:30 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn prior to the GMM at 7:30.
      • Tuesday, Jan 23rd at 6PM at the Hilton Garden Inn prior to the GMM
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September General Members Meeting 2017

Celebrate the 85th year of JLCU

Our First General Members Meeting of the 85th year of JLCU opened with music, refreshments, a group photo, and candy… and that’s just the beginning!

SPOTLIGHT ON TRAINING Cheryl Mitchell shared a valuable lesson with us entitled “the Outside In” about discovering our “why” and strategies for approaching change in the coming League year.

SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY   We received an awesome update about the success of the Match for Courage from Megan Wolf, before learning more about the Crisis Nursery – our project partnership for 2017/2018!

Our DIAM raised over $400 and a huge box of art supplies for the Crisis Nursery – so the year is off to a great start!

CAF Grant applications  were due Oct 1, 2017. The goal of the Community Assistance Fund (CAF) is to respond to the financial needs of nonprofit organizations, specifically for programs and projects related to Junior League of Champaign-Urbana position statements.  These position statements outline the focus of JLCU’s focus areas, including child protection and welfare, families, health, hunger, literacy, shelter, school preparedness, voluntarism, and women.

GENERAL BUSINESS  Festival of Trees update SPOLIER … it is going to be EPIC! Reserve November 17th -19th this year for Daddy Daughter Dance, Breakfast with Santa, and the Festival of Trees Gala to benefit Crisis Nursery sponsored by Clark Lindsey Village. All events will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn.

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP  We welcomed a class of 23 provisional members (and as of press time an additional 4 have joined our 2017-2018 class)! We are excited for them to embark on this new adventure with us!

It was awesome to hear from January Boten and Jen Romine as they shared their experiences producing and acting in “The Vagina Monologues” this summer to benefit the Courage Connection.  Beth Peralta (VP of Communications) updated us on hashtags (#JLCU and #JLCUrepresents) to use on social media as well. We even took selfies of our tables to practice.

We honored many Shining Stars that have worked hard this summer! Congratulations!

 

SPOTLIGHT ON ADVOCACY  We took an opportunity to write to our state senators, representatives, and governor to urge them to  fund the Crisis Nursery as they committed to during prior to the state budget crisis.

Celebrating 85 years of Junior League in the Champaign/Urbana Community!

Thank you to Northwestern Mutual for sponsoring our first meeting at the Hawthorne Suites.

Make sure you mark your calendars for everything going on in the coming year – there is so much to look forward to in 2017-2018!

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JLCU April Meeting Recap, Guest Panel on Fundraising and Development

Members were welcomed to the monthly membership meeting by our president, Jennifer Romine. Minutes from March were approved and will be posted on the website for members to review. Continue reading JLCU April Meeting Recap, Guest Panel on Fundraising and Development

JLCU March General Membership Meeting Recap

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Thank you to all the members who attending presentations and events with Vicki Clark last month. We hope she left you feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to work!


Look at What You’ve Accomplished!

Do you remember our September meeting?
We wrote down goals for our year in Junior League, and next month at the April General Membership meeting, they will be returned to you to see if we’ve accomplished our goals. JLCU’s goal was to keep you informed and excited about Junior League. Do you think we have been successful? Continue reading JLCU March General Membership Meeting Recap

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!