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April 2022 Newsletter

Message from the President

Dear Community Leaders and Friends of JLT, 

March was a busy month for our members. We celebrated our 7th Annual Bold Sips wine tasting fundraiser; completed renovation projects at Capital City Youth Services and HOPE Community; distributed nearly 30,000 meals leading up to spring break; and hosted our 6th Annual Golf Tournament on a gorgeous spring day. We also did not allow Women’s History Month to pass us by without celebrating our talented and generous members for all that they do for our community. 

With the first taste of spring in the air, our League leadership has begun to transition as we look at the League year ahead of us. The blooming of beautiful flora inspires us to energize and achieve new successes.  Those delicate green leaves and ground shoots are symbols of rebirth and renewal. Incoming President, Becca Piers, exudes a contagious optimism for the new year ahead. Transitions are life’s crossroads.  We can hope for the best but must be prepared to respond to whatever events come our way, and with her at the helm and a strong Board and Management Team behind her, the JLT’s mission will not only prevail but continue to grow. 
 
We are planning to bookend our League year in May at our annual end-of-the-year member celebration to properly honor our leaders, donors, and community partners. 

Lastly, April also kicks off recruitment season. Do you know a woman with a passion for service? Encourage her to learn more about our mission and consider joining our team to serve Tallahassee women and children. For more information about joining the Junior League of Tallahassee, click here or email join@jltallahassee.org.

 

In #MassiveAction, 
Katie Britt Williams
2021-2022 JLT President

Shop for a Cause | April 12, 2022

Pink Narcissus Tallahassee is graciously hosting a share event for the Junior League of Tallahassee! Stop by tomorrow, April 12, 2022, between 10 AM and 7 PM to shop and 10% of your purchase will go back to our mission of improving the lives of children and families in our area. 

It was a Beau- TEE-ful Day for Golf

The Junior League of Tallahassee hosted its 6th annual Golf Classic tournament in March. Members were joined by over 120 golfers and sponsors who spent the day on the greens to raise funds benefitting our community projects and partnerships throughout the Big Bend.
 
Special shout out to our fabulous Golf Chairs, Kerin Clarke and Candace Yeager, for all their hard work in executing another successful event.

Mighty Meals

In March, JLT hosted our 3rd Annual Mighty Meals food distribution event. 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. Each Mighty Meals Box includes 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 kids. 

Prior to this year's event, we distributed nearly 40,000 meals in partnership with Second Harvest of the Big Bend through our 2020 and 2021 food distribution events. This year was our biggest distribution to date. We distributed nearly 30,0000 meals to families in our community in one day; That's 350 boxes of food!

Many thanks to our sponsors:
Second Harvest of the Big Bend
Duren’s Trading Company
UF IFAS Extension
Sabal Palm Elementary Community Partnership School

A BIG thank you to our Mighty Meals Chair, Charlisa Whyms, and the team for pulling this project together!

Funding for this project was generously provided in part by local donors like you and a grant from the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Future Chefs in the Making

Bon appétit! The Junior League of Tallahassee hosted our first Mighty Meals cooking class in partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension and Sabal Palm Elementary School. The kid chefs learned about building a healthy relationship with food and nutrition, prepared a savory stir-fry, and took home some fun kitchen items to get them inspired in their culinary endeavors.

Mentoring Future Leaders

JLT remains committed to fostering the development of the next generation of leaders. This month, JLT partnered with students from FSU’s Center for Leadership & Social Change and Women's Leadership Institute for mentoring and spring beautification at Big Bend Homeless Coalition’s HOPE Community campus. FSU students paired with JLT mentors to learn more about the organizations and our involvement in the community. Together with volunteers, they trimmed bushes, pulled weeds, and painted the swing set for the children and families at HOPE Community.

Many thanks to Erin Sylvester Philpot, HOPE Community, our HOPE Chairs, Chelsea Plotner and Janaye Pieczynski, and fabulous volunteers for making this event a success.

Frenchtown Walking Tour

JLT members immersed themselves in local Tallahassee history this month with a walking tour and historical discussion of the Frenchtown neighborhood. Members took part in the Soul Voices Heritage Trail, which includes historical markers documenting the families, innovators, and businesses that have shaped the Frenchtown community. Members then learned first-hand about the history of the neighborhood from longtime residents and community leaders Jim Bellamy and Annie Harris. Harris, a renowned local artist, also treated members to a tour of her art studio and gallery: Ash Gallery

 
Many thanks to Jim Bellamy and Annie Harris for sharing their time and stories with our members and a special thank you to JLT members, Alexis Simoneau and Amy Fox, for organizing this educational experience.

International Women's Day

JLT members celebrated International Women’s Day by doing what we do best: volunteering. In the morning, members assisted with the Oasis Center for Women and Girls’ 14th Annual Trailblazer Luncheon, which celebrates local women and girls who have changed their communities for the better. That evening, volunteers then assisted with the International Women’s Day Celebration benefiting The Oasis Center for Women and Girls. The event featured music, poetry, and art from the New 76ers, Avis Berry, Diane Roberts, and more. JLT members loved spending the day honoring women’s history and celebrating the achievements of local leaders and innovators. 

 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.

JLT Brings the Fun to HOPE

JLT members have been bringing the fun to the children at Big Bend Homeless Coalition’s HOPE Community. This month, JLT members organized a St. Patrick’s Day party for the children complete with crafts, games, and lots of prizes. Then, JLT and Teen Board volunteers hosted a pajama party featuring blanket forts, nail painting, pillowcase decorating, glow sticks, and a dance party!

HOPE Community provides emergency shelter to families, including 100-120 children each night. Want to become a Champion for HOPE and support Tallahassee's local family shelter? A pledge of $50 per month ($600 annually) provides a safe and temporary home to families.

Read more about sponsorship benefits and what impact your donation makes here.

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. Members have had access to many training opportunities from our Leadership Development & Training Committee (LD&T). In addition to offering two certificate training tracks, one in civic management and the other in personal leadership, LD&T also offers many other trainings during the year, such as: Compassion Fatigue, Let’s Chat about Taxes, Time Management in a Digital Age, the Science of Positivity, Balancing Work and Life, Imposter Syndrome, and Working on Self-Wellness.

 Many thanks to L. Wood Consulting LLC for sponsoring many of our trainings.

Women You Need to Know

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Tallahassee Democrat released their annual list of 25 Women You Need to Know and 5 Young Women to Watch. Now in its 16th year, the program is the Tallahassee Democrat’s way of honoring local women who are making a difference in our community. JLT is proud to collaborate with these featured women to make our community a better place. We'd like to especially celebrate our 3 Leaguer honorees: Katie Britt Williams (2021-22 President), Erin Collins (Sustaining Member), Lily Etemadi Truesdell (Sustaining Member), and our Teen Board honoree: Amaya Waymon.

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