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October 2021 Newsletter

Message from the President

Wow, we have less than 90 days left in 2021 - time is just flying by!  The Junior League continues to inspire me daily. While fall events and football are in full swing, the JLT is making the impact we promised our community. 
 
In September, the JLT Membership voted to approve the budget the Board of Directors proposed over the summer with strategic priorities that move us closer to achieving our mission. We welcomed 26  students into our Teen Board Program that trains young women in their Junior and Senior years of high school to become civic leaders.  We have ALL kinds of activities supporting our friends at CCYS, HOPE Community, and the community-at-large through our Done In A Day committee. I can feel the excitement of our members participating in those in-person opportunities. Word must be out on the street about our exceptional work with partners as we received 15 Jill Pope Partnership applications from local nonprofits wanting to partner with us in upcoming years! The future is bright for our community partnerships! President-Elect, Becca Piers, and myself are thrilled to continue serving our community through this strategic partnership opportunity. 
 
Recently, JLT was featured in the local news; one article celebrates Seminole Tribe Chairwoman and trailblazer, Betty Mae Jumper, one of the three women on the recently revealed “Project Daring” mural in Downtown Tallahassee. Another article was featured highlighting a partnership opportunity for JLT to support a new local nonprofit, Beyond the Pantry, and their initiative to support the distribution of period products to local students in need. We are working on various exciting rebranding opportunities, which will allow us the freedom to utilize international resources, engage with our sister organizations under the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) umbrella, as well as increase our collective impact locally as a nonprofit. This week over 10 of our leaders are participating in AJLI’s Centennial Conference, allowing our future leaders to participate in training sessions that can shape our League’s legacy. 
 
These are only a few of the exciting happenings in our League and a reminder we are living out the #MassiveAction we promised to implement. Until next month, take care and enjoy the last quarter of 2021. I look forward to sharing more updates in November as we announce the details of our Little Black Dress Initiative and some teasers about our fun spring events that are already in the works!


Happy Fall, 
Katie Britt Williams
JLT President 2021-2022


Join Us Wednesday @ Happy Motoring
Guest Bartending event

Interested in supporting the Junior League of Tallahassee’s projects? Join guest bartenders Stephanie Shumate from Drip Drop Fitness and Chris Bartell from Modern Fitness for a Happy Motoring Co. takeover tonight, Wednesday, October 13th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Proceeds and tips support the work of the Junior League of Tallahassee.
 
The JLT Golf Committee will be hosting a putting contest at 6:00 p.m.
Don’t “fore”-get to “putt” this fun event on your calendar!

HOPE REfire Renovation

JLT volunteers spent the weekend making over the training room at Big Bend Homeless Coalition’s HOPE Community. Members cleaned, spackled, and painted the room, which is primarily used by the REfire Culinary Program. REfire students plan, prepare, and serve three meals each day to the residents at HOPE Community. 
 
REfire is an eight-week culinary training program for people with felony convictions that prepares graduates for work in restaurant and hotel kitchens with a ServSafe managerial-level certificate. The curriculum is developed by professional chefs and culinary educators and boasts an 80% job placement rate.

Learn more about the program at refireculinary.org.

Volunteers Sow Seeds to Fight Food Insecurity

JLT volunteers spent an early Saturday morning planting seeds at Lott’s Community Garden, a growing and educational facility outside Tallahassee. In partnership with the Second Harvest of the Big Bend, the garden grows a rotation of fresh produce that is then distributed through the local food bank. In the spring, our volunteers will return to harvest our crops so they can be distributed at the peak of their freshness. Learn more about the partnership between Lott’s Community Garden and Second Harvest of the Big Bend at fightinghunger.org.

Making A Difference One Backpack At A Time

JLT members are making a difference in the lives of teens in our community. Members collected donations of personal care items and filled new backpacks to be distributed to incoming Capital City Youth Services (CCYS) residents. These will serve as a welcome to incoming residents.
 
Since 1993, CCYS has worked with homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth to alleviate issues and strengthen families. When youth or families have a problem, CCYS works to understand their needs and develop a plan to do their best to serve them.

Visit CCYS.org to learn more.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 and recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. JLT members gathered at La Tiendita, a local Mexican restaurant, to eat, celebrate, and talk all things Hispanic culture. 

Connecting The Dots

With the cooler weather rolling into Tallahassee, members have been enjoying time together in the great outdoors. Members, their families, and pets were invited to a weekday social and playdate at Discover Playground in Cascades Park. Later in the month, members enjoyed an early morning hike at Lafayette Heritage Trail before indulging in a delicious brunch together. No matter the weather, our members enjoy spending time together. 

Drip Drop Fitness
October Share Event

Junior League of Tallahassee has partnered with Drip Drop Fitness for a two-week-long share event running Monday, October 11th to Monday, October 25th. 
 
20% of all New/One Time purchases made using the promo code DDFxJLT will benefit JLT! Purchases include retail, class packages, drop-ins, and any NEW memberships. The promo code can be applied online (via the website, not the app) or in-studio. 
 
Class passes purchased during the share event can be activated and used at a later date! 
 
** If you are planning to purchase a package to activate at a later date, please make sure to review the activation windows for each package before purchasing.
If you have any questions, please contact Drip Drop staff at (850) 792-7333. 

Upcoming Leaders in Our Community
The Junior League of Tallahassee recently welcomed over 20 young women (junior or senior in high school) to the 2021-2022 Teen Board! 

Participants gain a better understanding of the impact JLT has on the Tallahassee community while earning needed volunteer hours for college and scholarship applications. Volunteer opportunities include service with the current JLT community partners, the Big Bend Homeless Coalition HOPE Community, and Second Harvest of the Big Bend, as well as events within the League. In addition, the members of the Teen Board benefit from trainings on leadership, self-esteem, living an active lifestyle, professionalism, and more.
Training Opportunities for League Members
 
The Junior League of Tallahassee offers many different training opportunities to its members, such as leadership development and diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings. Currently, members have access to many training opportunities from our Leadership Development & Training Committee, which includes two certificate training tracks in civic management and personal leadership.
 
Additionally, our New Members are able to participate in workshops where they continue to learn about the League and our community. The most recent workshop took place on October 5, 2021, where new members learned about our organization's governance, and how to help raise awareness and funds to meet our mission through fundraising.
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