JLS Visits UN
You can do something about human trafficking - listen to the stories, and hear the journey of empowerment. Renee’s challenge to all League members for this summer: read “Half the Sky” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, who spoke at the AJLI awards ceremony. You will be changed! (Extra copies are at the League office for check-out).
In May, the United Nations Association of New York honored The Junior League, among others, for its League-based initiatives in fighting against human trafficking. “The 110-year legacy of The Junior League is rooted in service to the under-served, and few groups in our society are as under-served as victims of human trafficking, particularly in its most vile form—commercial sexual exploitation of children,” said AJLI President Delly Beekman. “Human trafficking is an increasingly important issue for many Junior Leagues, and we’re pleased to receive this honor, and all it means, from the United Nations Association of New York.”
“It’s through the work of volunteer organizations like The Junior League... that the world’s attention will be drawn to the global blight of human trafficking,” said Paula Jackson, President of the United Nations Association of New York. “The key to success, both now and in the long term, is the implementation of credible programs that create awareness—globally, nationally and locally—and keep pressure on authorities everywhere to deal with this issue.”
The Junior League of Seattle was one of the local Leagues honored at a luncheon, attended by President Renee Hartnett and President-Elect Ashley Baerwaldt, for our efforts in raising awareness of the issue among our members and the community at large. To further this effort, Renee has issued a summer reading challenge to all members: read “Half the Sky” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. To further underscore the importance of our work on this issue, Shared Hope International recently launched a billboard campaign in Seattle that raises awareness of the issue and its effects on American children in Washington State. Our efforts couldn’t be more timely.
Letter from the President:
This year was a fantastic year full of impressive accomplishments by our members. I am honored to have held the position of President during such a phenomenal year of growth, achievements and triumphs. The Junior League of Seattle continued to make an impact on the greater Seattle community through the efforts of our trained members. There are so many activities and committees that continue to deliver great impact year after year that we couldn’t fit into this summary. All of our members should be proud of this year and confident in the League’s future years.
This year would not have been nearly as successful without the help of many individuals and groups. I don’t have space to thank every one of them but would like to highlight a few:
- Board of Directors: For making bold decisions and pushing the envelope on what the League can achieve.
- Sustainer Council: For being a great source of wise counsel and support.
- Renee Hartnett: For her great partnership, boundless energy and love for the League.
- Past JLS Presidents: For giving guidance, support and advice when needed.
President, 2010 – 2011
2010 - 2011 Year in Review:
NEW VISION STATEMENT
Adopted at January General Meeting: The Junior League: Women Around the World as Catalysts for Lasting Community Change.
2010 - 2011 MEMBERSHIP AWARDS
- Dorothy Stimsom Bullitt Award - Maxine Barnard
- Frances Graham Sustainer Award - Tricia Tiano
- President’s Award- Jill Jackson
- Provisional of the Year - Carly Bridge
- Active of the Year - Amanda Venier
- Sustainer of the Year - Sally Onetto
- Set Impact Areas for Empowerment of Women and Children:
- Violence Against Women, with a focus on Human Trafficking
- Combatting Childhood Obesity
- Disenfranchised Youth/Foster Care
- Added Two New Community Committees
- Kids in the Kitchen
- Lifeskills Women
- JLS Impact Day Grew To Be Impact Weekend
- Hosted Community Collaboration Luncheon With 25+ Non-Profits
- Northwest Art 50th Anniversary Year a Success!
- Collection on Display at Bellevue Art Museum
- Launched the Art of Discovery Book
- Hosted an Art of Discovery launch event at HQ
- Books shipped to over 400 schools and libraries
- Northwest Art Project Collection toured 29 schools
- Reached 11,400+ students and 400+ teachers/art docents
- Began Advocacy around Human Trafficking
- Call-in Campaign to Congress
- October GM devoted to topic of Human Trafficking
- Leaders Attended Forums, Met with Representatives
- JLS graduated its largest Provisional Class into our Active ranks
- Added Loyalty Awards for 5 and 10 Years of Active Service
- Established Grievance Panel to handle internal conflicts
- Training Committee completely revamped Training, adding Learning Circles and All Day trainings as new, innovative ways for our members to receive their Training credits
- New Community Projects at Seattle Urban Academy & Treehouse
- Sponsored Community Impact Training at Northwest Exchange
LEADERSHIP and AJLI HIGHLIGHTS
- Adopted a New Vision Statement
- Developed a Five Year Strategic Plan
- Hosted Northwest Exchange
- JLS Selected for an AJLI Action Learning Team (ALT)
- Honored with AJLI at United Nations for tackling Human Trafficking Issue
- Received the Presidential Award for Service
- Premier Event created a new Procurement Process
- We hosted a Successful Premier Event, raising over $100,000 for the JLS
- Great Sustainer Inclusion And Involvement With The Premier Event
- Raise the Paddle a huge success
- 2nd Annual Casino Night was fun
- Derby Event has become ever more popular
- New Provisional Fundraising Project, Touch a Truck, earned raves
- The Cookbook Committee launched reprint of Seattle Classic
- Added Merchandising as a new dimension to the Cookbook committee for next year
COMMUNICATIONS AND OPERATIONS HIGHLIGHTS
- Rolled Out New Logo and Branding
- Launch Gorgeous New Newsletter: Impact
- New Website is Easier to Navigate
- JLS Featured in Radio Interview on Street Beat (KUBE AND KJR)
- New Signage, Interior Painting and Lighting for JLS Headquarters
- Created a JLS Library for books on Leadership and Self-Improvement
- Created an Award Room at HQ to Highlight Awards