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March 2022 Newsletter

Message from the President

Dear JLT Friends, Partners, and Community Leaders, 

The Junior League of Tallahassee is a volunteer organizatio
n committed to improving the lives of children and families, and we cannot do our work without dedicated members, community partners, and donors. Our impact within the community is all owed to the community that supports JLT. Therefore, this month’s newsletter, in celebration of Women’s History Month, is dedicated to everyone who has carried our banner and encouraged us since our founding in 1960. While we will be forever changed by the pandemic and its impacts, we are hopeful those lessons are now in our rearview mirror as we face the new challenges of the world and our community today. As you will see below, we continue to show up through it all. This week, our League will host our 3rd Annual Mighty Meals event supporting thousands of food-insecure families over Spring Break.

Please join me this month in celebrating our continued good work in the community, outstanding Members who excel in their respective fields, and the opportunities that strengthen us as trained volunteers.
 

May we continue to #LeadOn,
Katie Britt Williams 
President, 2021-2022

 

 

Mighty Meals is here to serve! | 03.12.22

Do you know a family in need in the Big Bend community? If so, please share the information below regarding Saturday's Mighty Meals Food Distribution event. 

JLT is excited to host the 3rd Annual Mighty Meals food distribution taking place on Saturday, March 12th, 2022 9 to 11 a.m. at Sabal Palm Elementary School. Mighty Meals is one of JLT’s signature projects seeking to fill the meal gap experienced by Leon County students during the week of Spring Break.

Mighty Meal boxes include:

  • Food to feed a family of four, three meals a day for seven days,
  • A recipe booklet to make the best use of the ingredients in the box,
  • Nutritional information, and
  • Fun activities for the children.
Mighty Meals boxes will be distributed at no cost and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
Thank you for sipping with us! 

On March 3rd, JLT hosted Bold Sips, our annual wine-tasting fundraiser at the Governors Club. Guests danced the night away to the Electric Apostles while enjoying delicious sips and mouthwatering bites. This event raises much-needed funds for JLT-led community projects such as Mighty Meals, which provides nutritious food to local children during spring break, and Kids’ Boutique which provides back-to-school clothing and supplies to underprivileged elementary school children.

 
Many thanks to our 2022 Bold Sips Sponsors: Tri-Eagle Sales, Jamie Yarbrough, Premier Fine Homes, Kentnor Construction, Governors Club, Poco Vino, WineBow | Fine Wines + Spirits, and Picme! Photo Booth Rentals.

Only Birdies

Registration has opened for the 6th Annual JLT Golf Classic. This fun and exciting tournament will once again be hosted at Southwood Golf Club on March 25, 2022.
 
Thanks to our generous players, and sponsors, we expect this tournament to be sold out quickly yet again this year! So be sure to reserve your team now on our website
 
Sponsorships are available to put your company in front of hundreds of Tallahassee’s finest. Contact our golf chairs Candace Yeager & Kerin Clarke for more details about this quality investment at golftournament@jltallahassee.org.

Run, Jump, Play! It’s CCYS Field Day!

JLT volunteers and FSU football players had a blast organizing a field day for the kids at Capital City Youth Services (CCYS). The kids got to compete in games such as cornhole, relay races, etc., alongside JLT volunteers and FSU football players. Since 1993, CCYS has worked with homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth to alleviate issues and strengthen families. Learn more about JLT’s partnership with CCYS here

A BIG thank you to FSU Football and our celebrity guests Azareye'h Thomas, Sam McCall, Jammie Robinson, and Omarion Cooper.

The Museum of Florida History
Special Exhibit

JLT members spent a Saturday afternoon touring the Museum of Florida History’s Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade exhibit. This special exhibit tells the story of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its lasting impact on American history and society. 

Members were able to tour the museum and then engage in discussion about the experience. 

 

Many thanks to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chairs, Amy Fox and Molly Merrifield for arranging this powerful outing for our members.

Getting our Swag on

JLT volunteers spent a Saturday morning preparing 350 colorful swag bags with books, toothbrushes, community resources, and more in preparation for Mighty Meals, a JLT signature project alleviating food insecurity in Leon County during spring break. Each “Mighty Meals Box,” distributed through our partnership with the Second Harvest of the Big Bend and Sabal Palm Elementary, contains enough food to feed a family of four, three meals throughout the seven days of spring break. The box also includes community resources and a unique cookbook to help families craft nutritious meals with the contents of the box. 

It’s More than Music

This month, JLT volunteers assisted with the annual Judy Field Memorial Foundation Field Day Music Fest. The Foundation invests in research to help with the prevention of pancreatic cancer and supports individuals and families affected by the disease. Field Day is the only major fundraiser for the foundation, and JLT is proud to be able to assist with this event. 

This partnership operates through JLT’s Done in a Day (DIAD) program. If you have a short-term volunteer need that ties in with the JLT’s mission, you can learn more and fill out an application on our website.

Sustainers Gather

This past month, Sustaining Members of the Junior League of Tallahassee gathered for a Happy Hour at Table 23 in Midtown. Members enjoyed lively conversation and updates on League projects. Many thanks to Sustainer Representative Kate Wasson and Sustainer Representative Elect Jennifer Stanford for organizing this fun event. 

Sustaining members are an important component of our organization’s success. Our Sustainers serve as mentors to the New and Active members of the League and are a valuable source of support and inspiration to the League as a whole.

Learn more about how you can become a member of JLT here.

Let’s Talk About Taxes!
On February 9, the Leadership Development and Training committee hosted the virtual Let’s Chat About Taxes Discussion Panel with Community Partner, Carr, Riggs, and Ingram CPAs and Advisors.  This valuable discussion provided Junior League of Tallahassee members with the opportunity to have their tax questions answered.  We wish a special thanks to Carr, Riggs, and Ingram CPAs and Advisors for making this special opportunity available and accessible for JLT membership.
Teen Board Update

Teen Board momentum is moving strong into the spring semester. The high school juniors and seniors who form JLT’s Teen Board continue to volunteer their time and receive training to enhance leadership, advocacy, and fundraising skills. At the February meeting, Success Coach Gaby Abrams led a training on leadership skills development for our teens. Teen Board members also volunteered alongside JLT members at the annual Judy Field Memorial Foundation Field Day Music Fest supporting pancreatic cancer research. 


Pictured below, Teen Board member, Amaya Waymon, volunteers with JLT’s Public Affairs Chair, Mallory Neumann, at the period product packing event at the Capitol Building. The bags from the event will be donated to Waymon’s Girl Flo Project along with other agencies.

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