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March 2021 Newsletter

Message from the President

Celebrating Together

Dear Community Leaders and Friends, 

At the beginning of the League Year, I challenged our leadership to celebrate what we do and who we are on a more frequent basis. This climbed to the top of our to-do list because honestly, why wouldn’t it. The Junior League of Tallahassee is a volunteer organization committed to improving the lives of children and family, 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 is dedicated to everyone who has carried our banner and encouraged us throughout the pandemic. 

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.

Be the one, 

Samantha Sexton

2020-2021 President

Community Impact

Second Annual Mighty Meals

 

JLT is gearing up for our second Mighty Meals event taking place on Saturday, March 13, 2021. This program was first launched in March 2020. Targeting our most vulnerable populations in Leon County we aim to tackle childhood hunger and food insecurity here in our backyard. With the support of our partners, JLT works with community leaders to identify families that would most benefit from this assistance.

Families that participate in Mighty Meals will receive a "Mighty Meals Box" that will provide a family of four a total of three meals a day, for the entirety of the 2021 Spring Break. With the help from our sponsors and partners - and special collaboration with Second Harvest of the Big Bend - JLT members personally oversee the development of the box contents, purchase of grocery items, packing and distribution of each meal box. 

This service is offered on a first come, first serve basis. If you know of a family in need, please contact mightymeals@jltallahassee.org to see if they may be included in this event to receive a week's worth of meals. Registered families will be contacted by our Mighty Meals team to confirm their spot and pickup location.

Motivated Women

Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee

 

We are excited to announce Alexis Lambert Fowler has been appointed JLFLSPAC Chair-Elect for the 2021-2022 year! Alexis will serve alongside the incoming Chair, Kate Watt, from the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. The official leadership transition will occur on Friday, May 1, 2021.

Alexis Fowler is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tallahassee, where her provisional year was in 2007. An active participant in local and statewide SPAC initiatives, Alexis currently serves on the JLFLSPAC Board as Sustainer Advisor and has been a featured expert speaker at past JLFLSPAC Conferences. Alexis is a veteran of Florida politics and government. She began her career as a fundraiser for Bill McCollum’s successful race for Attorney General, after which she served the administration as Deputy General Counsel. Alexis is an expert in Florida’s open government laws. After McCollum left office, Alexis staffed the most recent round of Senate and Congressional reapportionment. She served under two Jacksonville mayors before returning to Tallahassee for the 2017-18 Constitution Revision Commission and then as Deputy General Counsel to Gov. Rick Scott. She is currently at the Florida Lottery, and no, she can’t give you the winning numbers. Alexis lives in Tallahassee with her husband, Gene, and their dog, Emmylou.

Congratulations to Alexis on being selected for this outstanding honor!

Fundraising

5th Annual Golf Classic

Only 4 weeks away until the Junior League of Tallahassee’s 5th annual Golf Classic, hosted at Southwood Golf Club! Teams of four will hit the links at 9 a.m. followed by an awards luncheon at the clubhouse on Friday, March 26. There will be prizes for top teams, fun games, great food and drinks, and all for a good cause.

 Registration is open now and is only $375 per team! Visit the JLT page to register! Funds raised will support the JLT’s community projects. 

The Golf Classic is also pleased to announce Arbor Properties and Florida Internet and Television as our Gold Sponsors! Both have been Junior League of Tallahassee Golf classic supporters in the past and we are thrilled to have them back for another year!  

We look forward to seeing you out on the course again soon! 

Register To Play Today!
Community Partnerships

JLT Supports Hope Community

Junior League volunteers have been hard at work this month making grab and go craft kits and Valentine's Day treat bags for the children at HOPE Community and sprucing up the campus during our annual Outdoor Service Day. Even during COVID, volunteers are continually supporting our Jill Pope Community Partners. Click here to hear JLT members reminisce about their favorite HOPE projects and volunteer shifts. 

 HOPE Community provides emergency shelter to families with minor children and works to end family homelessness by providing residents with tools for employment and education, assistance with housing options, and access to supportive services. Every year, over 70% of HOPE’s residents return to stable housing. Visit BigBendHC.org to learn more about this community partner doing amazing work for children and families in our community.

Training Volunteers

Public Affairs Opportunities

Through the Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee (JLFLSPAC), Junior Leaguers, no matter their League or status (ex. New Member, Active or Sustainer) have the opportunity to attend one, two or three events during the month of March. 

  • Event 1: Advocacy Training with Florida politics expert, Steve Vancore: Learn the best ways you can advocate for JLFLSPAC priorities, even in COVID times, from a seasoned pro. Thursday, March 25, 7:00 - 8:00pm EST. FREE! Register here: https://bit.ly/3q05XNA

  • Event 2: JLFLSPAC Virtual Conference: A four-day training conference and opportunity to learn from leading experts on SPAC issues and priorities. Runs each morning from 8:00 - 9:30am EST, Monday - Thursday, March 29-April 1. $50. Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3bLeZsv

  • Event 3: Leading Ladies Luncheon: An opportunity to recognize Members and Leagues for their commitment to advocacy. Tuesday, March 30, Noon - 1:00pm EST. FREE. Register here: https://bit.ly/3dPVzFt

ICYMI:

Congratulations: 25 Women You Need To Know

 
 

 

The Junior League of Tallahassee applauds and celebrates the 2021 class of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 25 Women You Need to Know and 5 Young Women to Watch. Many of these outstanding leaders are former Leaguers and remain connected as donors and volunteers.

We are also excited to recognize Stephanie Shumate, an active Sustaining Member of JLT, for being included on this list. Way to go! 

Review the full list of honorees here.

 

Community Partnerships & Donations

Sponsorships

To aid us in our mission of improving the lives of children and families in the Tallahassee area, JLT relies on the generosity of sponsorships and donations to enhance our community impact. When an organization financially supports the League, we support the organization in return by valuable recognition and exposure to both our members and the general public through online and in-person channels. The League consistently fosters strong partnerships with our sponsors, and we would love to work with you or your organization next!

To learn more about how you can become a JLT Sponsor, please click here to review our sponsorship or email Samantha Ferrin at sponsorship@jltallahassee.org for more information.

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