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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

FESTIVAL OF TREES WEEKEND WRAP UP!

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Just a sampling of some of our beautiful trees and wreaths displayed at this year’s Festival of Trees.

The 21st Annual Festival of Trees (FOT) weekend was a great success! A variety of events were hosted on Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. Continue reading FESTIVAL OF TREES WEEKEND WRAP UP!

Highlighting Favorite Trees and Wreaths from Festival of Trees

Junior League of Champaign-Urbana’s Festival of Trees took place this past weekend, November 18-20, and here are a sample of favorite trees and wreaths that were designed and displayed. Thank you all of our event sponsors and attendees for supporting our annual event! Continue reading Highlighting Favorite Trees and Wreaths from Festival of Trees

Annual Festival of Trees the Perfect Way to Gear Up for the Holiday Season

Make sure to clear your calendar for the weekend of November 18-20!

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana is delighted to announce the annual Festival of Trees weekend at the Hilton Garden Inn from Friday, November 18th through Sunday, November 20th. Attending Festival of Trees is a great way to gear up for the holiday season and support the local community. Continue reading Annual Festival of Trees the Perfect Way to Gear Up for the Holiday Season