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Photo by Laura Gooley
The Junior League of Erie Newsletter
Mail Box 304  1903 W. 8th Street  Erie, PA 16505
The Junior League of Erie is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism,
developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and
leadership of trained volunteers.
November 2014
Volume 90 Issue 3
Reading Nook Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
November 6th
Left to Right: Lori Root UW; Heather Cash, artist; Bill Jackson UW (in back)
SAMELLA HUDSON-BREWTON, JFK Manager; Nan Held, cutting ribbon; Amanda Brown-Sissem, JLE Sustainer
Over the last year, the ladies of Junior League of Erie have been busy
in collaboration with United Way and donor, Nan Held to create a one-of-a-kind
Dolly Parton Imagination Library Reading Nook.
Community organizations applied to host the Nook in their facilities. This spring we announced that the John F. Kennedy Center
(JFK) located at 2021 East 20th was selected as the recipient! Leaguers have been busy procuring donations, remodeling and
decorating the room to have a great space for families to read and enable imaginations to take flight!
The Nook at the JFK Center had some obstacles to overcome, but a dedicated group was there diligently striping wallpaper,
fixing drywall and cement, replacing ceiling tiles and priming walls for mural artist, Heather Cash to transform the room into
Dolly Parton’s front porch from her childhood in the Smokey Mountains. One full wall is painted like a cabin and the two adjoining walls feature fencing, rails and woodland creatures. Of course in the distance on the painted mountains is the Imagination
Train! There’s also a large tree with built-in shelves, housing a full set of books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL)
donated by League members.
continued on page 5
President’s Message
Hello again! Welcome to what may be our biggest Pier of the year! I hope you find it informative,
helpful AND INTERESTING!
It isn’t easy to make everything appeal to everyone, to keep everyone interested, but I feel like that
is one of my roles as President and I take it seriously. Relevant and interesting. To a bunch of women. And not just any women. Strong, confident, hip and sassy, talented Junior League of Erie women. They didn’t put that in the job description ...
I recently read an article called “The Default Parent” (you can find it at www.huffingtonpost.com/us/
entry/6031128?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063), it was very interesting and relevant TO ME. Maybe not to
everyone. It made me think of how I would define my roles in life. The most important being a mother,
wife, sister, daughter and friend. But what about all the other roles we play? The ones that aren’t so easily defined by society or even by our own standards. What if we just don’t know? I am sure we all like to
think that we have it figured out. And maybe you do and could come and give lessons at a GMM some
time! But if you don’t, I would encourage you to try to sit down and put down on paper the role you want
to play in a certain aspect of your life. We did this as a group at our November GMM with some stellar
results as to what role each active member will play in the JLE.
Why is this important?
Many of our sustaining, active and even former members are pillars of the community, business
owners, volunteers extraordinaire, board members for other non-profits and for profit companies. How
good would you be at your current role if you had never been in the Junior League? Where would your
business, your career or the community be without trained leadership, and committed volunteers? That
is my favorite thing to think about right now as I dig into this role of President! What am I going to do
with everything I have learned in just 6 months? I can’t wait to find out!
The JLE wants to grow, we want to make sure we are relevant in our community and can continue to
do good things for Erie County. To do that we need more hands on deck. In order to grow we need each
member to play a role in the process of our growth. Sustainers can encourage and support (AND COME
TO MEETINGS AND SHARE OPINIONS) all members can contribute at our volunteer opportunities, and as
we divide and conquer the governance and management of the League, every member will have a better
defined place in the League. Family and friends can support emotionally and financially (and probably
babysit or let the dog out once in a while).
These are all important roles because they bring people to the table. Do we want just anyone at our
table? No, we want someone ready to contribute, ready to play their part in the league to help us obtain
our goals. That’s logical. Are there many roles and a need for diverse women to fill them? Absolutely!
And not just any women. Strong, confident, hip and sassy, talented Junior League of Erie women.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Catherine Fox
President, Junior League of Erie 2014-2015
“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Anonymous Greek Proverb
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Volume 90, Issue 3
junior league of erie
honored with
2014 Live United Award
The Junior League of Erie was honored as the 2014 recipient of the LIVE UNITED award at the
Leadership Recognition Reception sponsored by PNC Bank and held Thursday, October 9.
Designed to honor the spirit of collaboration, the LIVE UNITED Award distinguishes organizations
which exemplify a commitment to the idea that we are all connected, united, and interdependent.
The Junior League of Erie was recognized for their critical role in United Way’s
work over the last 17 months with the launching of the Imagination Library. heir silent auction item at the Imagination Ball last October was a one-of-akind Imagination Library Rea ing Nook which raised $3,000 in support of the
Imagination Library! The Reading Nook will be unveiled at the JFK Center on
November 6 as part of the 100,000th Imagination Library Book celebration!
Photos and write up courtesy of United Way of Erie County
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Member Spotlight
What does a Board Do?
Fund Development NEWS
Ever wonder what a Board of any organization does
The 80s Rewind and Casino Night, Party Like It’s 1989, will and what it is responsible for? Your Membership
take place on Saturday, March 22
. The Dance will begin at 8
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Google Docs, you will find the Basket Donation Letter, as well
as the donation spreadsheet. Please utilize the letter if you are
professionalism in nonprofit boards. We will share
asking someone or a business for a donation, and please capture contact information, so that we may send them a thankhow this shift is impacting Junior Leagues across the
you. As you collect donations, please update the list on
USA and Canada.
Google Docs and coordinate with Megan Howard at
[email protected]
There will be some hands-on and group activities,
learning,
food and fun to be had at this training.
Also, on March 11 , we will be looking at the condition of the
decorations and doing any updating to those. If you wish to
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nomination forms
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please forward to Kathryn Proper at [email protected] Tickets are available online at the JLE
site and through Kathryn Proper at $40 per person. Members
are required to purchase two tickets for this event.
Sponsorship for the RAVE event.
This year, the Fund Development is focusing on primary sponsorship monies to go
towards our RAVE event, as it continues to grow in the community every year.
Sponsorship letters have been mailed out and we are starting
to get a response. Please see the information on who the
Fund Development Team has contacted for sponsorship for
the RAVE event (information is on Google Docs, as well as the
sponsorship letter and levels). If you have a relationship with
one of the companies or organizations, we ask that you make
personal contact with them, to invite them to become part of
the event. The deadline for sponsorships will be
March 18.
Please forward all sponsorship information to Kathryn
or Meredi th Estrich
Proper at [email protected]
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at [email protected]
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Reading Nook Ribbon Cutting
continued from front cover
New wall-to-wall carpeting donated by J’s Flooring and furniture from John V. Schultz helped to transform a former office
space into a room full of possibilities! We hope that the Reading Nook will give caregivers a quiet space to bond with their
children, experience the power of the DPIL library
and allow imaginations to soar! Thank you to all
who have made the Reading Nook a reality. May
your efforts help unlock a lifelong love of reading
in the families who spend time there.
Left to Right:
Sheryl Decker JLE; Nicole Wethli JLE;
Amanda Brown-Sissem, JLE Sustainer;
Nicole Buzzard (in back) JLE;
Bill Jackson (in back) UW;
Emily Wachter, JLE VP Communications;
Lorraine Zachryl, (down front) JLE VP
Community Impact Committee
Community Impact Council
Membership � Fund Development
2014
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Dates
2014
Dates
* All dates are tentative and subject to change *
November
20th
6:30 PM
22nd
TBD
Cookie Drop Off-Homemade
(Done in a Day)
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All members (2 doz)
1 CIC hour per 2 dozen
Open to all
N/A
JFK Kids Cafe
(Done in a Day)
OCY Backpack supplydrop off (Done in a Day)
Membership Open
House/GMM at Brewerie
Open to all – signup
3.5 CIC hours
Open to all – signup
CIC hours (per donation)
Open to all $11/person
N/A
OCY Backpack Packing (Done
in a Day at GMM)
OCY Backpack Delivery
JFK Kids Cafe
(Done in a Day)
Membership Training- TBD
Pilot #1 soft skills course
Location: TBD (JFK?)
Open to all – sign up
2 CIC hours
Open to all
Open to all – signup
N/A
3.5 CIC hours
Open to all
At least 4 volunteers
N/A
2 CIC hours each
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11th
TBD
January
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13th
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2:30-6 PM
22nd
23rd
6:30 PM
7:00-9 PM
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COMMUNITY IMPACT COMMITTEE NEWS
Soft Skills Course
Leads to New Collaborations
The Junior League of Erie has
signed a letter of agreement to
become a referral partner for Dress
for Success Erie. As a program of
Mercy Center for Women, Dress
for Success Erie is committed to
empowering women and enhancing
the dignity of those they serve. This
is a perfect match for our league and
its mission of empowering women
and ties hand-in-hand with the launch
of the new Achieving Self-Sufficiency
Soft Skills course that will be launching later this year.
Dress for Success Erie works with
clients on a referral-only basis. As
a referral partner, the Junior League
of Erie will have the ability to further
assist the women that we serve
through the new program. Any woman
in need who has secured a job, is in
a training program or has a scheduled interview is eligible for services
provided by Dress for Success Erie.
These services include one-on-one
confidence building attention with a
personal clothing consultant who
helps the individual select a professional outfit and accessories. Women who obtain a position are further
eligible for additional outfit(s) to help
them enter the workforce with pride
and all services are free of charge.
Since 2008, Dress for Success
Erie has served over 3,500 women.
The Junior League of Erie is proud to
collaborate with this fantastic program
as one of only 15 organizational
referral partners.
As a show of support for a program
that personifies our mission, the Junior
League of Erie collected many items
of clothing and accessories at the
November GMM. Donations of gently
used suits and other professional
attire, as well as, unopened cosmetics,
leggings, nylons, shoes, purses, and
jewelry will be still be collected at
the December 11th GMM.
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United Way Takes Advantage of JLE Activity Kits
As our membership moves its focus to a new area of interest, United Way
of Erie County will continue to make use of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library activity kits developed by the Junior League of Erie. The kits included
four complete lesson plans, for children ages birth through five, as well as, all
supplementary activity supplies. Each lesson includes story time with an age
appropriate book from the library collection, a physical activity, and a takehome craft activity. The kits were handed over to United Way at the end of
September and have already been utilized at a recent Reading Buddies event
that took place at SafeNet.
Community Impact hours are still available for members who wish to volunteer at United Way organized Reading Buddies events.
Office of Children and Youth (OCY) Backpacks
January marks the 90th Anniversary of the Junior League of Erie entering
AJLI. Every year we gather donations for Erie County Office of Children and
Youth. We are undertaking a massive drive this year to celebrate 90 years.
Therefore, the Junior League of Erie is gathering donations to compile 200
backpacks to be provided to the Erie County Office of Children and Youth.
backpacks are distributed to children when they are displaced from their
current living situations, often with little or nothing of their own. backpacks
contain items that will bring the children comfort and/or benefit them in their
new home.
We are asking all Leaguers and Sustainers to help us make this
fantastic anniversary over the top! We are requesting donations and
any other items you feel would benefit these children. The backpacks do not
need to have all the same items so donations of 50 items would be greatly
appreciated. If you, family members, colleagues, etc. would like to make a
monetary donation, checks can be made out to the Junior League of Erie and
mailed to 1903 West 8th Street, PMB 304, Erie PA 16505. We are collecting
items at the December 11th GMM thru January 1st.
In Memory
Sustaining Member, Martha “Marty” Kettering Kessler, 99,
died Friday, October 24, 2014. Martha graduated from Strong Vincent
High School and Mercyhurst College and was the Chief Female Probation Officer for the Erie County Court System during the 1960s and
1970s. “Marty” was preceded in death by her husband, L. Gifford Kessler
on July 29, 1999; a son, L. Gifford Kessler II, of Houston, Texas on December 11, 2001; a sister, Betty Ann Lieb; and a brother, Sheridan Kettering.
Please address correspondences to:
Mrs. Judy Barthelmes • 100 State Street, Suite 700 • Erie, Pa. 16507
Memorials may be made to the Flagship Niagara League,
150 East Front Street Suite 100, Erie, PA 16507,
and the A.N.N.A. Shelter, 1555 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16511.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/erietimesnews/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=172991394#sthash.yOmyO8nY.dpuf
address change: Andrea Simons-Snedden
New address: 5304 Cristina Drive, Erie, PA 16506
Volume 90, Issue 3
Save The Date!
The Fourth Annual RAVE Event will be on
Save The Date!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center
Cocktail Reception: 5:30 pm
Program Begins: 6:30 pm
ONLINE Nomination Forms will be available beginning December 1st.
Contact Meredith Estrich at [email protected] for sponsorships secured.
Fund Development hours will be awarded.
Black Friday Special!
Wednesday, November 26th ~ 9am-8pm
& Friday, November 28th ~ 9am-4pm
25% OFF
Spa & Salon
Gift Certificates!
Spa & Salon Services ONLY
*Phone Orders
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814.480.8170
1337 West 6th Street • Erie, PA 16505
Volunteering
Vixens:
Volume 90, Issue 3
Do you have extra/gently used wrapping paper, bows, gift bags, etc.?
Emmaus and other ministries would greatly appreciate
gently used paper for the Christmas Season.
Please contact Lorraine for collection and drop off-- [email protected]
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……………………………………..
Throwback Thursday
By New Members Mrs. Daniel Gutierrez Jr. (Angela Gutierrez)
and Mrs. Jerzy Smiecinski (Mary Smiecinski)
……………………………………..
Junior
League News, Spring 1960
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Welcome to the Junior League of Erie, circa 1960! The Junior League of Erie has
a 5-person News Staff, the cost of the Provisional Members dinner is $3.60, and the
Provisional Members are taking classes and community field trips to prepare for their
final examination (Wait, what?! There’s an exam?)
On October 9th, our modern-day provisionals experienced ‘Throwback Thursday’,
#JLEstyle. After learning about the history of the Junior League, both globally and
locally, Angela Persico (or Mrs. Dr. Lyman Persico, as she would be referred to in
previous decades), New Membership Co-chair, shared some recently acquired JLE scrapbooks (graciously
donated by Mr. English). New members enjoyed perusing the archives and learning about our local history
Junior
News,thatSpring
and the League
exciting projects
are still1960
impacting our community today. The scrapbooks are absolutely fascinating and truly help us to feel connected to our rich past, and energize us looking forward. The new mem……………………………………..
bers agreed that it would be beneficial if the JLE archives were digitized, not only to preserve our history for
future generations of JLE, but to also share with our community.
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things. Since
the Junior
of Erie’s inception on January 18, 1925, the ladies of
JLE haven’t once hesitated to roll up their sleeves in
order to make a positive impact in the community.
During the roaring1920s, The JLE conducted
occupational therapy work with Hamot Hospital
and Shriners as well as put together a production
of “Wizard of Oz”.Even in the midst of the Great
Depression during the 1930s, The JLE was still able
to remain influential by starting a prenatal clinic
at Hamot Hospital as well as establish the ChildParent Bureau (AKA Family Services of NWPA).
The 1940s saw art classes being taught in various
neighborhoods as well as financial donations being
presented to the Cerebral Palsy Department of Erie
County. While the American economy boomed in
the 1950s, there was still plenty of work to be done
right here at home. The JLE provided volunteers
to the Cerebral Palsy Department, staged several
performances with Children’s Theatre Troupes and
established the Spitz Planetarium.
conducting Junior Philharmonic workshops, establishing the Civic Center Planning Committee and
raising awareness of art in local schools.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the Erie County
Drug Council was established, $20K was allocated
to initiate Hospice of Metropolitan Erie, efforts were
geared towards child abuse prevention and other
women’s resources and mini grants were awarded
to 33 organizations.
The 1990s appeared to be focused on the youth
of Erie as The JLE hosted the Kids Fest at Summer
Festival for the Arts as well as planned and opened
the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum. Notably, Santa’s
Castle Fundraiser ended its 21-year run in 1998.
The new millennium has also seen its share of
extraordinary developments to include Kids in
the Kitchen nutritional education program, Healthy
Zoo Healthy You! collaboration with the Erie Zoo,
Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience, Dolly Parton
Imagination Library partnership and Soft Skills
Readiness Program Development with GECAC.
As many can attest, The Junior League of Erie
has successfully served the City of Erie and is well
positioned to impact our community for years to
come.
On October 9th, our modern-day provisionals experienced ‘Throwback Thursd
the Junior League, both globally and locally, Angela Persico (or Mrs. Dr. Lyman P
decades), New Membership Co-chair, shared some recently acquired JLE scrapb
members enjoyed perusing the archives and learning about our local history and
community today. The scrapbooks are absolutely fascinating and truly help us to
looking forward. The new members agreed that it would be beneficial if the JLE
history for future generations of JLE, but to also share with our community.
Oh My, How We’ve Grown!
Since 1960, the Junior League News has evolved into The Pier and the league itself
the Junior League of Erie’s inception on January 18, 1925, the ladies of JLE haven
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PLEASE WELCOME OUR
NEW MEMBER CLASS OF FALL 2014
Angela Gutierrez
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Junior League
of Erie, Inc.
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Happy
Holidays!
2014 - 2015
Board of Directors
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ERIE, INC.
President
Women building better communities
Catherine Fox
President-Elect
Aileen Baxter
®
Recording Secretary
Erin Eighmy
Treasurer
october 2014 MEMBERSHIP LIST
Sheryl Decker
TOTAL ACTIVES..........................  18
VP of Fund Development
ACTIVES ON LEAVE...................   2
TOTAL SUSTAINERS................... 117
Co-VP’s of Membership
Angie Persico
Aileen Baxter
TOTAL MEMBERSHIP........... 138
VP of Communications
Please submit any changes to your
contact information as soon as possible to:
Emily Wachter
VP of Community Impact
Lorraine Zacherl
Sustainer Representative
Patty Graziano (S)
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Megan Diffendaffer
Junior League of Erie, Inc.
Erin Eighmy, Recording Secretary
Mail Box 304
1903 West 8th Street • Erie, PA 16505
[email protected] juniorleagueoferie.com
The Junior League of Erie newsletter is compiled 10
times a year. Paper newsletters will be printed and
mailed four times a year, and digital versions will be
posted to the website and circulated via email September
– June, with a circulation of 200. Advertising is available
through the Junior League of Erie newsletter.
The Junior League of Erie, Inc. is an organization
of women committed to promoting voluntarism,
developing the potential of women and improving
the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively
educational and charitable.
VISION
The Junior League of Erie Inc., strives
to create positive change and improvement
within our community.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINES
*Always the Wednesday after the GMM*
*Deadlines remain firm for electronic issues*
September – 8/22/14 (E)
February – 1/5/15 (E)
October – 9/8/14 (E)
March – 2/9/15 (P)
November – 10/6/14 (P)
April – 3/9/15
(E)
December – 11/10/14 (E)
May – 4/6/15
(E) January – 12/8/14 (E)
June – 5/8/15
(P)
(P) = Paper
(E) = Electronic
All correspondence regarding the newsletter,
articles, and/or advertisement interest can be sent
to [email protected]
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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ERIE, INC.
General Membership Meeting • Thursday, October 2, 2014 • Cashier’s House
6:40 Call to Order
Catherine Fox
• Minutes from September meeting approved as circulated.
6:46 Treasurer’s Report Sheryl Decker
• Catherine and Sheryl are working on creating policies
and procedures for each line item of the budget,
eliminating overlap and clarifying items.
• See detailed budget.
6:47 Secretary’s ReportErin Eighmy
• Currently 5 Provisional Members.
6:47 New Member 3 Minute Throw-down
Catherine Fox
• Review of the acronyms in Junior League (AJLI,
committees etc.), brief overview of previous past projects.
6:50 President Elect BreakoutAileen Baxter
• Reviewed the AJLI Reaching out Statement, gathered
feedback to submit to AJLI for the update of the statement.
Members broke out into small groups to discuss pros and
cons for keeping the statement as is, tweak, or completely
rewriting it. Suggestions were given.
7:02 Membership CouncilAngie Persico
• Recognition of members
Patty Graziano for her work on the newsletter.
Lorraine Zacherl, Nicole Wethli and Becky Moore
for their work organizing the GECAC training on the Soft Skills initiative.
7:09 Community Impact Council
Lorraine Zacherl
• Update on Reading Nook, will be located at the JFK Center.
Sketches from the artist dispersed for review.
• Vote on increasing CIC hours bylaw from 9 hours to
14 hour requirement.
Motion made by Angie Persico,
Seconded by Lorraine Zacherl.
Motion Passed.
7:14 Fund Development / Communications
Council Catherine Fox
• Meredith Estrich – Approved by the Board
as Fund Development Chair.
• Vote will be cast at the November GMM,
absentee ballots will be in the November Pier.
• Pearls and Prohibition Fund Raiser is postponed
Each active member was directly contacted
by the president.
Fund Development is working with the band
to reschedule.
7:25 Break Out Goal Setting Activity
Catherine Fox
• Posters were distributed with each council’s goals.
Members circulated to add ideas on how to
accomplish the goals
• ODIs and other trainings upcoming were discussed.
Training attendance comes with expectation that the cost
is an investment in the member and that members will use
their knowledge for the good of the League and the community.
7:30 Unfinished Business
Catherine Fox
• Sign-up sheets will no longer be circulated at
GMMs, will be available on google docs.
Reminder email will be sent to membership with google docs login information
• Volunteer hour record will be posted on google docs
7:49 Kudos / Beef Box
Catherine Fox
•Kudos
Great to see all the new members in attendance.
Congratulations to all the new moms and
new moms-to-be! Thanks for making the meeting.
Excited to have 4 provisional members
at tonight’s meeting.
So excited for a great new year!
Thanks for having a great group that are solid and have
each other’s back. Here’s to building friendships
and increasing training.
Congrats to Sarah Godwin and Meredith Estrich
on the arrival of their babies!
Kudos to Patty for her work on the latest Pier.
Thanks to Maureen for checking out this location
for our use until the mansion is available.
Thanks to Catherine for making sure we could
get in tonight.
Kudos to Angie for all her hard work on Membership.
• Beef
Minutes not detailed enough.
Discussion: Minutes are to record votes and decisions made during the GMM. See the Seat Sheet
for detailed information from the Treasurer, Secretary and councils. I the future the Seat Sheet will
be emailed out ahead of the meeting so the details
can be reviewed ahead of the GMM. Seat Sheet
will also accompany the GMM minutes.
7:59 Adjournment
Catherine Fox
Women Building Better Communities
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Phone: 814-636-3460 or E-mail: [email protected]
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Volume 90, Issue 3
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ERIE
The Power of 90!
Over 1 Million Hours
of Volunteer
and
Leadership
Development
$1.4 Million Dollars
Raised by
Volunteers for
Women’s
Leadership and
Community Service
70 Organizations
Received Support
from the JLE
10 Non-Profit
Agencies
established
175 Service Projects
Created from the
Hearts of Members
Two Museums
COUNTLESS LIVES
CHANGED FOREVER!
®

CELEBRATING
90 years of service

90 Years of Projects
in the
Arts, Health,
Education
and
Women’s and
Children’s Welfare
Women building better communities®
The Power of 90! The Junior League is celebrating a momentous achievement!
90 years of serving, learning and leading in Erie! To encourage our continued success at
fulfilling our mission we are asking for a contribution to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund
monies give the Junior League access to unrestricted resources to continue to implement
important community programs, recruit and train members, provide essential support for
operations of our organization which ensures JLE’s presence in the future.
One person can absolutely make a difference! You have already made a difference with
your time and talents; you can also make a difference with your gifts. Perhaps the JLE has
given you friendships that last a lifetime or, maybe you’ve had the benefit of leadership training, realize its importance and want other women in Erie County to be able to experience
the benefits of AJLI trainings. Your gift can also be made to honor a fellow member or a
loved one. No matter the reason, our purpose remains the same: We need the JLE to grow
so that its positive effects in all aspects of our lives can continue. We make a difference!
How can you choose to give? Write and mail a check to Junior League of Erie indicating
Annual Fund in the memo, donate online at www.juniorleagueoferie.com. New this year,
you have an opportunity to choose how your gift is used, either for training expenses or
increasing membership. You can honor a fellow member or a loved one.
Training We have always struggled with getting members to attend the AJLI
training that is so desperately needed. You can now state that you want your gift
to be used specifically for that purpose by sponsoring a member for an ODI or
conference. Your gift will be recognized by a Training Scholarship Award in
the name of your choice.
Membership The second option will be used to increase diversity in the League. We repeatedly hear from great potential members that they just can’t afford JLE right
now, what a loss! Student debt and the general cost of living for women in the
building years of their life are stopping them from joining the greatest organization
of their life! You can now sponsor a potential member by donating a full or partially
funded scholarship which will be applied to a new members first year. Your
contribution will be recognized as a 1st Year Scholarship Award in your name.
I encourage you to participate and show your support, without you, we can’t stay relevant
enough to make the desired impact in our community. Think about the impact YOU have
made and give others a chance to do the same!
Sincerely, Catherine Fox, President 2014-2015
Cut and remove and include with your donation
Please mail to: The Junior League of Erie, ATTN. Annual Fund
Mailbox 304, 1903 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505
Enclosed is my Gift to the
Junior League of Erie’s Annual Fund
Name________________________________________________________
Amount ____________________
Optional ____________________
 Dedicate to Training Scholarship Award ... $250.00
 Dedicate to Membership
Diversity Scholarship............................. $118.00
Address______________________________________________________
City, State, Zip_________________________________________________
Phone_ ______________________________________________________
Email________________________________________________________
Volume 90, Issue 3
You will be contacted to make the Name
of your Scholarship Gift Choice.
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